It’s tough being from up North sometimes – I know that my fellow Canadian bloggers out there can relate . Now, don’t get me wrong – I absolutely love being Canadian and I have no desire to move to the USA (still love you Americans though, plus your NYC kinda rocks), but being bombarded with foodie product after product that we can’t have?! It gets a little tiresome.
FirstWorldProblem to the max, I recognize. But I digress – 1/800 of the pumpkin deliciousness, zero Justin’s, 2 flavours of Oreos, and oh yeah…NO WHOLE FOODS.
Or so I thought – hence why this discovery is so exciting, and merits its very own WIAW post. 🙂 Thanks for hosting as usual, Jenn!
I was peering out of the window like an excited little five year-old. This was my city now! I wanted to soak it all in.
We passed a beautifully painted Lululemon, cafe upon cafe upon cafe, chic-looking shops, and then out of nowhere…
I’m pretty sure only other food / healthy living bloggers / readers of said blogs will understand my excitement.
Obviously I dashed in immediately and spent far too long for my dear mother’s liking wandering the aisles. I couldn’t buy too much – probably a blessing in disguise – since we were of course living temporarily and I had less than 48 hours left with fridge access!
And then, just last week I made my first foray to the salad bar! I know, it’s tragic how long it took me.
I have to say – at first glance I was seriously disappointed with the takeaway box size! It looked SO puny! You would think that if they are charging you by weight, they would provide bigger boxes…but nope. Anyway, I piled as much as humanly possible into that thing and went on my merry way. I was actually pleasantly surprised that it “only” cost $11. That’s about as much as the dining hall salad bar charges, and this meal was approximately 7892x nicer.
It wasn’t until I took it home and dumped it in a bowl that I realized just how much food I actually got! Which was a very good thing, because the day had gotten away from me and I hadn’t eaten since lunch. I kid you not, I literally do not remember the last time there was no afternoon snack in my life.
This beauty was rotisserie chicken, shredded beets + carrots, roasted sweet potato + mushrooms and asparagus. Plus something else, probably, but I am forgetting because there was just so much! 😉
That weekend I went AGAIN, but did not have nearly as wonderful as an experience. I wasn’t in the mood to take the 45min bus ride to the bigger Whole Foods, so I hopped over to the small Kitsilano location. I’ve got to say – while I will go there for groceries ALL the time, never again for the salad bar! The highlight of this meal was steamed carrots + broccoli. Even more delicious when you have zero stove access, but after Wednesday’s dinner…underwhelming.
I have no classes until 3:30pm tomorrow (hooray for cancelled computer science labs!) so you can bet I will be making a trip out to my beloved grocery store. Sorry, dining hall, you’ve been replaced!
Have you ever been to Whole Foods?
Or are you laughing at me because you go daily?
It’s okay if you are. I would too.