Insanity!!

by jenna on June 25, 2008

Ahhhhh WHOLE FOODS!!!!!!

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It was INSANE. Total insanity. I got there at 8:45 thinking I was going to be the first one there, but I ended up getting thrown into a line of about 400 (seriously!!!). The line wrapped all around the shopping plaza and from where I was, I couldn’t even see the store. I was was freaking out! They had camera people there, news crews…the whole 9 yards. I was totally worried that the store would meet capacity and I wouldn’t get to go in and at that moment I regretted my decision to come because I hadn’t packed a lunch, I was relying on getting in and buying it!

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But, alas, at around 9:15 I got into the store and was handed a huge recyclable shopping bag full of goodies!!! It must of been for the first couple hundred in or something. I was stoked. I have in my bag granola samples, clif bars, lip balm, shower gel, tons of different teas, crackers, cookies….totally worth the line!

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The store was huge inside, of course, and totally blew me away but by the time I actually got in all I had time to do was grab my lunch and rush to work! The prepared foods section and salad bar spanned about 100 feet and was divided into countries for ethnic foods—they had five different kinds of hummus for crying out loud! amazing! I grabbed a couple different salads to try for lunch:

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a cannellini bean and shrimp salad, tabbouli, texas caviar (black eyed peas), some asian salad with tofu and I tried their sweet potato hummus. It was all really yummy! Its going to kill me not to be able to go back until Friday but maybe by then the insanity will die down a bit. I want to roam the aisles for hours! and eat from the gelato bar!!!

Anyways, I had a hard time picking a snack from the snack bag today but settled on a couple of these peanut butter crackers that were thrown in there. Each cracker was 40 calories and really yummy. I also tried some organic black tea as well.

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I totally don’t want to go to school tonight. It’s storming and my dad is on his way in town for business. I really just want to go out to dinner with him and call in sick! But…my wedding cake is due tomorrow since tomorrow is my last day of class so I think I have to go :(. Bummer! For dinner tonight I just made an Amy’s veggie burger on an ezekiel english muffin with ketchup and honey mustard and had a salad and grapes on the side, with a small glass of red wine.

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It will be hard to choose which snack to bring to school tonight!! I’m not sure yet what I will choose to bring!

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BethT June 25, 2008 at 9:30 pm

Wow, those samples look awesome!

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Ryan June 25, 2008 at 9:36 pm

wow it looks every bit as insane/fun as you described! Btw, i was just showing the Flemings gm your blog and he wanted to send your favorite veggie platter home with me for u

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arielle June 25, 2008 at 9:38 pm

Now that is awesome.

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Meghan June 25, 2008 at 9:39 pm

I’m SOOOOOOO jealous. Oh my GOODNESS!!!!!….so jealous.

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ibex hk June 25, 2008 at 9:51 pm

JACKPOT!!!! What a treat :) so exciting, I can’t wait for Friday’s shop. Have a good night!

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Justy2003 June 25, 2008 at 9:59 pm

Oooo, free goodie bag?! I want one! Now I wanna go to Whole Foods…

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Erin June 25, 2008 at 10:01 pm

Hey, girl! I left my house a little late–my sis overselpt!–and I got there around 9:45-ish. It was NUTS! Total chaos!
First stop–the juice bar, where I got my yummy “Waldorf”! I swear I spent half my monthly income today, but it was worth it!
And I also had that asian tofu salad–“Soy of the Sea” it was called?–and it was sooooooo good!!

Hope you have as much fun as me when you go back this week!!

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Nicole June 25, 2008 at 10:19 pm

Free goodies from Whole Foods? I couldn’t think of a better way to start my shopping trip.

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Betsy June 25, 2008 at 10:43 pm

i LOVE free stuff. soooo amazing. totally worth the wait.

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Monica June 26, 2008 at 12:13 am

You are so lucky! I love the big new whole foods in Orange County out here – especially the prepared food bars!

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Alicia June 26, 2008 at 12:14 am

Wow, the goody bag looks like a real good deal. Way to go, Jenna. Storm looks scary and good luck for your cake decorating. :)

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Nat June 26, 2008 at 12:23 am

I am extremely jealous of your goody-bag. I’m typically more excited to open up those types of free goody-bag “give a ways”, than I am opening birthday or Christmas presents.

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falafel June 26, 2008 at 12:43 am

looks like a little kid dumping their pumpkin pail out after trick or treating! now if only people gave out treats like this for our kids. haha.

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Cecilia June 26, 2008 at 1:01 am

Oh wow I’m soooo jealous that you have WholeFoods in the country that you live in… I’m stuck here in Perth (Aus) and there’s no such store around here :0( And OOooo the goodie bag … yum yum yum!! Everything looks so yummy !!

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Kath June 26, 2008 at 1:21 am

WOW!!! Your samples beat all the ones I had to eat in person at EarthFare!

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Little Black Dress June 26, 2008 at 2:04 am

Jenna, this is awesome! So glad you got some fabulous samples, plus a great way to try new things. We all know you will do amazing on your wedding cake- you are such a talented chef!

Also, TAG! Please see my post from tonight regarding a brief question tag.

-Little Black Dress

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MOM June 26, 2008 at 2:14 am

Amazing!!!! I KNOW you had fun! Only wish I could have been there with you!!!

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Cara June 26, 2008 at 2:35 am

Looks totally worth the trip. Also I have spent over 3 hours in a whole foods. no lie. i love it!!

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Heather June 26, 2008 at 3:49 am

That is so awesome! We have 2 Whole Foods opening nearby in the next few months… thanks to you, I will be sure to be first in line :)

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Clara June 26, 2008 at 5:38 am

Wow – looks like the trip turned out better than you even expected! Goodie bags are sooo exciting, I would be having a complete ball looking through everything; I’m sure you are :D

I’m moving at the end of the summer to a suburb of Chicago (Schaumburg) where there is a Whole Foods quite close… definitely an improvement from the several-hours distance to one in southern california from where I am right now (very northern california). you’ve gotten me really excited!

hang in there at school tonight!

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Ozlem June 26, 2008 at 12:42 pm

Wowwww… I am surprised. I guess I should consider myself lucky living close two different Whole Foods and 3 Trader Joes up here. I remember being in a Whole Foods store in Daytona Beach or near Daytona and was really surprised that it was not like the Whole Foods up here. Then I thought it probably ws not the same type of store or something.

Anyway.. Glad you got a goody bag though. Have fun!

Ozlem

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Kristie June 26, 2008 at 1:59 pm

WHOA that Whole Foods haul is AMAZING. I am so jealous. I would love nothing more than to be able to visit a Whole Foods someday. Next time I’m in the States (who knows when that will be…) I am SO tracking one down.

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Julz June 26, 2008 at 2:47 pm

That is SO Cool!!!!! I just recently applied for two positions at my local WF, and cannot wait for the perks! If only they were being their “Sample Girl”… A foodie can dream though, can’t she :)

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A.Cook June 26, 2008 at 4:45 pm

Too bad you didn’t really get to shop but looks like the goodie bag was worth it! Haha I’m totally going to keep my ears open for any new WF openings…I want free stuff too!!

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beachbum June 27, 2008 at 1:59 am

hey, i’m a vegan and am wanting to try nutritional yeast. i’ve never had it before and was wondering if anyone had any yummy suggestions on how to use it? (besides “cheese” sauces and popcorn) thanks guys!

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