Saturday, August 31, 2013

Pies, Ice Creams, and No-Bake Desserts to Make for Labor Day





























On Labor Day, we really pull out all the stops to embrace the last days of summer. That means ingesting as many scoops of fresh, cold ice cream as possible chased down by slices of pie bursting with summer fruit. We also like desserts that don't require fuss or turning on the oven (they should call it no-Labor day, really) and desserts that can easily feed an unexpected guest or twelve. Click here to continue on seriouseats.com.

Summer Potluck Picnic Got You Stumped? Follow This Chart.

From chow.com - click here to link to website.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

UK vs. USA IPA Battle

Thank you John David Harmon, Specialty Coordinator in the UK for this fun post.

Just wanted you to see what we are doing on this side of the pond with craft beers. London is abuzz with craft beers. Over ten local brewers (inside the M25) have set up shop since I got here in January. There are now over 50 in London. Many of the newbies are borderline obsessed with American craft beers. To capture the spirit of the movement, we are hosting an IPA battle this week in stores pitting modern UK brewers versus established American craft.

Stores are hosting tastings daily to allow customers to vote on what they think is best. We are tracking sales to see who comes out on top. After day 1, The Kernel (London brewer located in the Arches not far from where Neal’s Yard Dairy warehouses their cheese), is on top in sales. The customer feedback is nearly tied and TM’s response has been in favour of Lagunitas IPA and The Kernel.











In the American corner…
Lagunitas IPA, Bear Republic Racer 5 and Founder’s IPA

Representing the United Kingdom…
Brew Dog Punk IPA (in cans!), The Kernel IPA (brewed for us using Simcoe and Summit hops) and Beavertown Black Betty IPA (Black IPA brewed by Robert Plant’s son in Hackney).

Here are the pics from Day 1 & 2:






Dragon Fruit in Arizona

Last Weekend in Arizona we highlighted the gorgeous dragon fruit in our stores in multiple departments. The dragon fruit was on a three-day sale for $8.99/lb, $2 less than the local competitors.






Coconuts anyone?


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Whole Foods Is Selling LPs Now


33⅓ rpm records have been around for 65 years and in that time they've come and gone. And come back again. Apparently the nation's few remaining record stores, stamped out by lack of demand, are suddenly not enough, so Whole Foods has begun selling vinyl at five locations in and around LA, including West Hollywood, Santa Barbara and Venice. Click here to continue on gizmodo.com

Monday, August 26, 2013

20 Foreign Words Every Beer Lover Should Know

Time to brush up on a little German, French, and Dutch-here are definitions for 20 terms you might encounter at your ... Read more

As We Knew Her

To our friend Helen. From the beginning at Fresh Fields in New Jersey. Helen was a mentor, mother,  and friend to so many team members through the years. Not to mention funny and a wise ass. We will miss you.



My Kind of Bottle

Friday, August 23, 2013

Laguna Niguel and Roti Chicken

Chicken at Carrollwood


WB Pop Up at Pearl!


Coordinator Team getting ready for Lincoln, NE!

Midwest Team visits the heartland in preparation for the Lincoln, NE store that opens in December.
This is a combination of the Coordinator Team and LIN leadership.
Here they are from Left to Right:

Matt Mell – EC Purchasing
Shannon Chronister – Produce Merchandiser
Tim Fanning – Grocery Associate Coordinator
Renee DeMan – LIN STL
Ryan Stover – Seafood Coordinator
Elise Steffel – Specialty Merchandiser
Robert Whittaker – Bakery Coordinator
Chad Taylor – LIN ASTL
Eric Winters – Pricing Coordinator
Stefanie Garcia – Forager and Competitive Strategy Coordinator
Heather Prach – Customer Service Associate Coordinator
David Spear – Meat Coordinator
Mike Morgan – Whole Body Coordinator

Doughssants in Tustin

The Tustin store is now offering Doughssants!    
They have started with Cinnamon Sugar, Maple Butter Cream Bacon and Vanilla Coconut.  






Song of the Week

Surfin' Bird by the Trashman in honor of the one day Roti Chicken Sale. Enjoy!

Yummy Pizza at Ft Collins.


Thursday, August 22, 2013

Taste Test: The Best Sourdough Bread in San Francisco

The history of sourdough bread in San Francisco goes way back to the time of the gold rush, when Basque migrants started baking bread in the area using the natural yeasts and bacteria present in the air for fermentation. San Francisco is widely regarded as the mecca of sour-style bread, though that reputation really has more to do with the culture of bread baking, the high concentration of great bakers, and the stiff competition than any sort of magical bread-baking climate (despite occasional claims to the contrary). Click here to read more on seriouseats.com

Hooray for Hollywood


How Lafayette did One Day Supplement Sale


  • Tables set throughout the store with different themed displays.
  • Exceptional customer service.
  • Local Nutritionist and community partner to engage with customers who are ready to get serious on their journey to health.


  • Great item Suja 3-Day Cleanse.