I don’t shop at Whole Foods on a regular basis because it’s not geographically desirable. There’s a Giant Eagle a few blocks from my house, so I buy most of my food there.
I’ve been to the Whole Foods Market on Centre Avenue to shop for clients, and sometimes buy specialty items that aren’t available elsewhere. It’s not terribly inconvenient, but I do tent to curse under my breath when I enter that crowded, small parking lot.
I recently found some organic tapioca pearls at Whole Foods that have been eluding me for quite some time. Before heading to the dry-goods area, I took a walk around the produce section. The fresh fruits and veggies at Whole Foods are impressive. All of the oranges, berries, lettuce, peppers are perfectly ripe and colorful; I’ve never come across rotting, discolored items. The fruit and vegetables that I have eaten have always been flavorful and crisp.
Just beyond the produce department is the fresh fish counter. Many species are available that may be absent from other grocers. You will be able to find fresh tuna, salmon, halibut and sea bass. Most importantly, there’s no residual fish smell- that means it’s all being delivered daily.
The beef counter provides shoppers with fresh poultry, pork, and dry aged beef.
The cheese selection is impressive. If you like imported French and Italian cheeses, chances are they’ll have what you’re looking for.
Mt favorite section of Whole Foods is the pastry area. If I’m going to visit a friend, or have a dinner party to attend, I will usually pick a fresh fruit tart. If you’re a chocoholic you won’t be disappointed with the countless coco desserts in their bakery.
Whole Foods is costlier than most supermarkets, but you know what they say… you get what you pay for!
Chef Chuck Kerber