Welcoming the New Whole Foods

Hey ya’ll! It’s hump day. To be completely honest, it always takes me a few hours of each day to realize what day of the week it is. Oh how I am going to miss break. Luckily I get to ease back into school next week with only one day of class and one day of work. Thank god or I might die from the exhausting schedule that I have. Now I have some big news. A new Whole Foods opened up in Austin today in the Domain. I have been waiting for this thing for two years. It is just like the one downtown with a few different twists. When I extended my trip home, I was so excited that I was going to be home for the opening ceremony.

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For those of you that don’t know, Austin is the headquarters for Whole Foods and it is where the company originated. I feel like that is one of our cities claims to fame. I’m proud of it too because I am all about my healthy living and nutrition agenda. Austinites love keeping Austin weird by supporting local businesses. Whole Foods is something that most Austinites can’t live without (on the list are Longhorn football, yoga, Torchy’s Tacos, etc). This is why this place was a freaking zoo. My brother and I had to park in a parking garage so far away because every spot was taken and the dirt lot was full. This was insane.

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One of the cool things that Whole Foods did was that if you were one of the first 500 people at the opening then you would get a free Austin bag with goodies. I’m Jewish. Obviously I woke up at 7 am just so I could get a bag filled with free things. It wasn’t that bad actually. I ended up being 447, barely made it! I was so glad I got it though because it was a really good deal. I love reusable shopping bags not only because I hate dealing with plastic bags, but also because they can be used for so many other things like carrying my laundry to the laundromat or returning items to clothing stores. The bag also came with a nice sized freezer bag. That can be used for chilled bottles of wine or icecream, but maybe both for Galentine’s day that is February 13th (for the reference PLEASE watch Parks and Rec)! While we were waiting in line, staff from Whole Foods came around giving out stress balls in the shape of fruits and vegetables. I got myself a carrot. These were super cute and I was like I could totally do something like this for my future dietitian practice!

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Hello to you dark chocolate peanut butter cup. I love you too. This was just one of the many delicious treats that was in the bag. I love Justin’s more than anything. Seriously one of the best companies for organic peanut butter treats. One of my favorite things of theirs is the 80 calorie squeeze packs. I discovered them at a Whole Foods in NYC and I died. Other things in the bag include Lucy’s Gluten Free Cookies, black bean chips, tons of different types of tea, a bottle of soul water, omegabar, chocolate chip cookies, and so much more. It was a nice thing to do for the loyal customers in my opinion. Plus I now have more shopping bags, so win win!

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One of the best parts about a grand opening is all of the samples. Once again, the free things. I swear it is just something in my genetics that calls to me when I see the word free. The samples at Whole Foods were on point today. This was a piece of salmon that was grilled outside and seasoned with some spicy cajun spices. Amen. There was also an amazing piece of flank steak outside on the grill. It was incredibly tender and juicy. Other sample highlights include ramen broth, lobster tail meat, a shucked oyster, and tons of fresh fruit. I felt like I was in foodie heaven.

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Oh yeah, you heard right. I said a ramen sample because guess what? Our new Whole Foods has a ramen bar. Now that is what I am talking about. I ended up sampling the pork ramen broth, which was simple yet delicious. I will definitely have to come back next time I’m in town when the heat dies down, so I can get a huge bowl of ramen. The line was ridiculous. I hate crowds also, so that was a huge problem for me. People were walking so slow in the store that it was impossible to move around. I had to bust out my New Yorker moves a couple of times in order to get around.

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Wait, you don’t have a restaurant in the middle of your Whole Foods? Well we do. There was the cutest open building in the middle of the new store. It was a draft and oyster house. Beer and oysters. I could particularly do without the beer since I don’t drink a lot, but I would definitely line up for the oysters. They are really good. We got free samples of the oysters, so I can definitely vouch for this place. Also the fact that the inside was extremely crowded vouches for it too. I would definitely love to be able to sit down next time and enjoy an entire plate of oysters instead of just a sample. The ambiance was really cute too because it reminded me of a country porch. A place to kick back with a beer and some oysters.

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Speaking of oysters, this Whole Foods actually has a serving station where you can just make yourself a box of oysters to go and shuck yourself. I don’t really like the idea of shucking oysters myself, but I like that they have this option available for the real seafood foodies out there. There were so many different types of oysters to choose from, which was also really nice to have access to. That way in case you don’t like a specific type of oyster, you aren’t stuck to just having that. The Whole Foods really went all out on the seafood part.

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When it comes to Whole Foods, you definitely can’t forget to mention the desserts. You can’t live without a huge cookie cart that has three levels of different types of cookies on all four sides. My brother dug into this station and got a ton of cookies. I ended up sampling a pistachio shortbread, which was to die for. All you could taste was the tasty pistachio flavor, which was great because I hate when things say they are some flavor and there is only a small hint of that flavor. This cookie was great.

So lets get to the things that I didn’t like about the Whole Foods. For one the dessert section was very tiny compared to the downtown one on South Lamar. Also since the dessert section is small, there is no chocolate fountain. That means no caramel apples, which my mom loves. I think that there is a smaller amount of actual products to buy in comparison to the other massive location too. However I definitely won’t complain because I’m very happy that there is a massive Whole Foods near my mom’s house now. It is very convenient to us. I will definitely come here every once and a while when I’m in town.

Have you ever been to the Whole Foods in Austin?
What is your favorite thing(s) to get at Whole Foods?

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WIAW Back to the Party

Hey ya’ll! Sorry I was gone for so long, but I decided to take a mini vacation from my responsibilities (lets be serious, blogging is my only one right now haha). I’m back again because I have so many wonderful posts of restaurant reviews, recipes, and other great surprises for ya’ll! Guess who’s blog is almost one year old? MINE! That is exciting. In the mean time I’m going to celebrate my favorite weekly party WIAW, which is hosted by Jenn. Seriously love it. It always puts me in a better mood to stare at beautiful pictures of food. Not that I’m in a bad mood because I killed my biochemical nutrition paper and the final. 4.0 for my final semester and Dean’s list yet again. Go Lindsay! Lets get it started in hurrrr (oh god I am not that lame)

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Introducing one of my favorite combinations, cake batter oatmeal. You seriously can’t go wrong with anything that is cake batter flavored or themed. Plus the pile of sprinkles adds a happy cheer to this bowl of deliciousness. I had to top it with peanut butter for a creamy texture. It was definitely a good decision. Just looking at this bowl makes me happy. It is really hard for me to decide if I like oatmeal or pancakes more for breakfast, so I think I’m just going to say it is a tie. I have a ton of oatmeal recipes in my brain right now, so get ready in the next month for some epic, scrumptious recipes that will make you drool and run out to go buy oatmeal immediately. Score.

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What is this? An apple? No. Um what? Yes, this is a pear. It is called a papple. Did I buy it partially because of the name? Yes, but also because I love pears and the fact that it looks like a freaking apple. My mom and I were at Central Market to get apples and some fresh fish when we ran across this interesting specimen. We decided to get one for each of us to try. The texture was very odd, but delicious. It was crisp like a pear, but had a crunch like an apple. The flavor was not overly sweet with a small amount of tartness to it.

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I go weak for a good salad. This is my healthy version of a Chinese chicken salad. I left out the unhealthy fried crispy strings. It has avocado, mandarin oranges, sliced red onion, carrot sticks, grilled chicken, lettuce, and a nice sesame thai sauce that is slightly drizzled over the salad. Winner winner healthy chicken dinner. I love making popular salads a lot less calorie packed. I’m going to do an eat this, not that post in regards to my recipe redux of fatty salads that people consider healthy at many popular restaurant chains.

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This sort of looks like a pile of mush, but a really delicious pile of junk. Don’t worry I didn’t eat this all in the same day. The base of this entire box of goodies is lettuce. It is topped with onions, mushrooms, carrots, edamame, curry chickpea salad, tofu in pesto, broiled cauliflower, sauteed mushrooms, a little piece of salmon, some grilled zucchini, and some black olives. This was one of the most filling meals I’ve ever had. My favorite thing in this box of whole foods salad bar goods was the curry chickpea salad. It was not over powering with the curry and it had a sweet flavor with the mango and edamame in it. Yum. I love the salad bar.

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Every since my mom’s birthday, we have been on the look out for the black forest parfait at Whole Foods. However THEY HAVEN’T HAD IT. Seriously depressing. We decided to try this lemon berry parfait instead. However since we are total idiots, we didn’t realize that the lemony goodness was on the bottom of the cup, so we were eating it and being like WHERE is the lemon dang it. Once we discovered the lemon it was like ooooo that is good, but still not as great as the black forest one. That is just my favorite. You can’t go wrong with chocolate and cherries. Noms.

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Barf in a bowl? It sort of looks like it, but instead it is my delicious creation with my left over spaghetti squash. It is the healthy version of mac n cheese. It is crazy good. I know it looks disgusting to look at, but trust me when you have a bite it it just cheesy goodness that melts in your mouth. I will definitely have to take more pictures and make this recipe again, so I can actually share it with you. It came to me on a whim when I got home from volleyball practice. I was in the mood for cheese (my favorite food group – you are obviously sick if you don’t like cheese), so I was like hmm mac n cheese, but let me make this healthy.

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Healthy snacks by Lindsay. I am getting good at this. I am definitely going to add this to my snack post that is coming real soon. This was homemade cinnamon chips topped with chopped strawberries and a little sugar free chocolate syrup. Dessert nachos. This is the way to go. It was cinnamon sugar that is dusted on the tortilla. It makes for a subtle sweet flavor. I definitely can’t wait to make more of these with different toppings.

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Heaven in little squares? You bet. I have one fatty awesome treat coming for you all in the next few weeks. These are petit fours filled with Bavarian cream and lemon filling. I know you are all now drooling. I have more pictures, but I’m definitely going to have to hold back on ya’ll for the meantime because you will be crying and yelling at me to give the recipe to you immediately. These things are fantastic. My mom and I made them for my volleyball team, and we are getting ready to make some more for a wedding shower. I think I should just quit at life and open a bakery. Food truck maybe? If life doesn’t work out then maybe that will be the plan.

I hope you all have a fantastic Wednesday. I’m currently working on some diet plans for a client I have. If this is a success, I’m totally going to use this person as my business card for my future nutrition practice once I get my license. Also I have tons of artwork I’m doing plus I’m working on tons of scientific papers for my professor. I’m out on the job hunt too, but it isn’t looking good since I’m going to Europe for two weeks. Oh well, those people are losing out because I’m awesome.

Would anyone be interested in doing guest post for me in June?

Belated Birthday

Hey ya’ll! This week is sort of crazy for me. I’m taking the GRE on Thursday night, so I’ve been devoting my life to studying for it. I am praying that I do good, so I don’t have to take it again. That thing is freaking expensive. To be honest, I don’t really think you need to be skilled in geometry or have a high vocab to get your masters in nutrition and exercise physiology. Anyways this past weekend it was my mom’s birthday! I seriously love my mom to death, she is pretty awesome.

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Funny story actually. So on Friday we went to this place called Hey Cupcake to get my cousin a few cupcakes for her birthday (yeah, all of my relatives are born at the same time – weird), and my mom decided to get one for herself for her birthday. The guy working there was like well how old are you and she was like guess how old my daughter is, so he looks at me and goes 16. REALLY DUDE? Like really? I’m 23, but sure 7 years off isn’t bad. He then proceeds to flirt with me and talk about how tall women are beautiful. Umm okay, you just thought I was 16 about 5 seconds ago.

DSCN0160For my mom’s actual birthday, we ended up going to the Whole Foods in downtown Austin to pick up lunch and about 5 million desserts. Okay, I exaggerated a bit. Only like 6 desserts because there was a surprise waiting for my mom at home. We first went to go get my mom a chocolate covered caramel apple at the chocolate bar in the Whole Foods, and that is where I saw some pretty cool stained glass chocolate. I love that chocolate is an art form. I also love the way it tastes. You are probably a deeply disturbed person if you don’t like chocolate.

DSCN0167For my lunch I had a salad from the hot and cold food bars. I piled it on with delicious goodness. It had spinach leaves and romaine lettuce, eggplant with miso glaze, roasted zucchini, grilled mushrooms, pesto roasted tofu, edamame, and some roasted tomatoes. Healthy and delicious. That is my style. My brother and mom split a sandwich called the Mopac. I know ya’ll are telling me to shut up about the food and just get to the desserts, so lets do this.

DSCN0171That is beautiful. I have a weakness for cherries. Oh and if you didn’t already know chocolate too. I love chocolate. This was a black forest cake in a cup. I love when Whole Foods smashes up a dessert and puts it in a cup to go. This dessert was probably my favorite of all the ones we picked out to have. It was so rich from the chocolate and it was moist. Thank god because I hate when cakes or brownies are like crispy instead of squishy.

DSCN0170That cloud of fluffy icing looks like a nice pillow that I just want to lay on and eat it up. Maybe not exactly, but I definitely want to gobble it up. This is the tres leches cake at Whole Foods. If you haven’t had it, you seriously need to get in your car and go pick one up immediately. This is probably the moistest cake I have ever had, and also the best tres leches cake I’ve probably had too. Whole Foods does a perfect job of incorporating the classic flavors of this traditional Mexican dessert.

DSCN0163The surprise that was awaiting my mother. A Banana Fosters birthday cake. Yes, I know. This actually exists in reality. Thank you Whole Foods for being the greatest place in the world. Okay I wouldn’t go that far, but I do love the Whole Foods. Really just the one in Austin because it is the headquarters and far superior to any other one in the world.

DSCN0169This cake was heaven. It had a thin layer of caramel for every icing layer within the cake. The bottom of the cake was surrounded in dehydrated bananas, I was a fan and no one else was. The icing was fluffy and delicious, while the cake was not dry and had so many flavors packed into it. It was sort of overwhelming, but in a good way.

DSCN0173I ended up having some fruit salad, so I could pretend that I didn’t eat all of that dessert. I’m not that much of a fatty. I only had one or two bites of every dessert that we actually got. I liked the fruit salad though. It was only filled berries and pineapple. I was glad because I’m not a fan of honeydew and I hate when people put it in fruit salad. Gross.

DSCN0161I just thought this was really neat. We obviously didn’t buy a huge thing of chocolate, but I love how they do all these cool artsy pieces in the display case at the chocolate bar in the Whole Foods. I do wonder if someone actually buys these things. I wouldn’t mind if a guy bought me that key in dark chocolate.

DSCN0162We know I love cupcakes. My weakness in life. Whole Foods does such a good job at making the cupcakes look crazy adorable, so people will buy them. This one was my favorite one that day. It was an icecream sunday on top of a plain vanilla cupcake. I’ve had their cupcakes before, so I didn’t want to get one. I love the icing, but the cake is just sort of a cake. Whole Foods is obviously somewhere you don’t go to get the cupcakes, but still most of their desserts are pretty mind blowing.

What is your favorite dessert?
How often do you go to Whole Foods?

Life as a Dietetics Student

Hey ya’ll! Today I’m going to post a new addition to the blog: Life as a Dietetics student. I will show ya’ll what my daily life is like as a nutrition student, what sort of things you need to do to get a dietetic internship, and other random dietetic major tidbits. For today, I’m going to focus on a fun project we are doing in my advanced food science class. Advanced Food Science is a class that focuses more specifically on the science of food with a heavy impact on biochemistry, organic chemistry, and biology.  We had to keep a food diary for one week following a limited processed foods diet. I thought this was excellent for health reasons and just for fun.

My epic food journal. I’ve actually almost lost it multiple times during the week while recording my food because it is just a stapled together thing of paper. I also have random food stains on it because I was eating and recording at the same time. I probably should have waited till after I was done eating, but oh well I’m proactive.

At first I was freaking out because I was like oh god this is going to be so awful, but then I realized I actually do not eat that much of processed foods. Once I came to that realization, things were much easier. When we ate something we had to record whether it was not processed, slightly processed or processed. Take my oatmeal for instance, it is slightly processed because the oats were run through a factory, but are out of a bin from the health store.

When I went to the grocery store for the week, I mainly focused on not buying anything that was in packages. When I got home I realized that I only really bought whole foods, so I was going to have to get creative when it came to dishes. The dish above is my version of a mashed potato, but with cauliflower instead. Some of it is processed, but it is way healthier than eating something like a microwave meal because it provides me with tons of nutrients and health benefits.

This was a delicious snack I had. I made this yogurt combination with vanilla yogurt, a mashed banana, some brown sugar, cinnamon, and a splash of vanilla extract. It was so good and I used a grannysmith apple to dip in it. I’ve been making this yogurt combo a lot since I started making it for the assignment. Definitely a good low calorie treat to have.

WIAW #6

Hey ya’ll! Sorry I’ve been absent from the blogging world. I just have so much going on right now. My volleyball team and I leave this Friday, so I’ve been having last minute practices, dealing with volleyball team drama, and convincing some public school volleyball coaches to let my girls miss tryouts to come with the team. Luckily everything has worked out so far! Also my internet is very bad, so it is pretty hard to write posts too. It takes me a couple of hours to get things working unlike at my apartment where it takes me at the most about 30 minutes.

Enough with all the drama! It is on to my favorite day of the week: What I ate Wednesday. Thanks so much to Jenn for hosting this day. It is a once a week event where bloggers can share what they have been eating in a friendly and awesome environment. I love it. It always gives me a lot of great ideas about what to cook.

Lets see what I have been eating lately in my absence.

I’ve been eating a ton of eggs. I just love omelets. It is something about the gooeyness of the cheese with the soft texture of the eggs and the crisp vegetables. Eggs are great because they are a great source of protein and it is a really filling breakfast that will last you for a couple of hours. This is important because it keeps you from snacking throughout the day, and by eating a healthy breakfast it keeps your metabolism going.

I have an extremely large sweet tooth. One thing I can’t resist in life, even though I eat really healthy, is candy. Recently I have rediscovered the greatness of Jelly Beans. My older brother had gone on a business trip near a Jelly Belly factor, and picked me up a bag of Snapple Jelly Bellys. That was the start of an addiction. Thank you. This is a mixed bag of jelly beans for my trip, but I have been sneaking a few out every day. Lets just hope I don’t eat them all before I leave on Friday.

Another snack I’ve been enjoying are these Lemon flavored meringues. I got them at Sprouts Market the other day when I was there with my mom. Not only are these pretty low calorie, but they are also gluten free (I’ll go into the importance of this in a couple of days). They are a really tasty snack, and the lemon flavor is not too subtle or too strong.

For lunch, a Whole Foods salad. I’m sorry, but not sorry that our Whole Foods is supreme to all other ones. Not only do we have one amazing Whole Foods, but Austin is currently in the process of building another one the exact same size near my mom’s! So excited. Anyways, the downtown location has the greatest salad bar ever. There is about 4 or 5 long buffet style stations filled with delicious goods.

In the salad was spinach leaves, balsamic roasted tofu, cantaloupe, grapes, strawberries, quinoa, edamame, raspberries, and blueberries. I love fruit salads, so this was a perfect lunch to have. It was huge too. A refreshing lunch.

I know this looks really disgusting, but it is actually crazy good. It is pan fried tofu with a eggplant and vegetable sauce. My mom and I had gotten an eggplant at Central Market a while ago, and were wondering what to do with it. She decided to make a sort of chunky sauce with it. The sauce had tomato paste, eggplant, cherry tomatoes, and red onion in it. I then added my tofu in it, and it lead to an amazing dinner. It was sort of an Italian tofu dinner.

I’ve been on a huge reading kick lately. I can read about two or three books a day when I have the time to, which is pretty nice. These are the current ones I have checked out from the library. If you liked The Hunger Games then you should definitely check out the Divergent book series (Insurgent is the second book) and the Matched series. I have finally gotten Fifty Shades of Grey from the library. I requested the book two and a half months ago. It is about time.

Hope everyone has a great Wednesday, and hurrah for it almost being Friday!

Do you have any good book recommendations?

A Hectic Weekend

Hey ya’ll! This weekend is a little bit crazy for me. I am currently in the process of moving apartments. While I’m only moving a little ways down from where I live now, I still have accumulated a ton of junk. I’m not sure where it all came from because my current room is a small little hamster cage. Also this next week is my last week of summer school! So excited. I need a mental break. Even through all this stress, I had a pretty good saturday.

I woke up that morning and decided to have chocolate covered strawberry oats. They were pretty delicious and filling. That is one of the good things about oatmeal. It is filled with tons of fiber, so it keeps you full longer than other breakfast options like cold cereal. I couldn’t find the chocolate chips, so I sliced up a Hershey kiss instead.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Oats
1/2 c. old fashioned oats
1 1/2 c. water
1 packet of 20 calorie hot cocoa mix
1 c. sliced strawberries
handful of chocolate chips (I sliced up a Hershey kiss)
1 tsp vanilla
1 packet of stevia

1. Pour oatmeal and water into a microwaveable safe dish and heat for 2 minutes and 55 seconds.
2. Once cooked, add in vanilla and stevia.
3. Then place in cocoa mix, stirring well so that all of the oatmeal is chocolate.
4. Add in strawberries and chocolate chips, mix well.
5. If you want, add a little more for on top.

I was the first one up in my house (I was at my mom’s), and I ate this while I waited for everyone to wake up, so we could do some errands. Then my mom woke up, and we watched Serena’s Wimbledon match. It was pretty intense, but good thing she won. Next we ran some errands, and I found sound pretty great things.
Yes, I found Harry Potter in Hebrew at the library down the street from my mom’s. I was there returning some books, paying some fines, and I found this wonderful gem in the teen section. I guess it is because I live in a Jewish neighborhood, but I laughed and snapped a pic with my iPhone.

After all my errands, I ended up meeting my dad at the Whole Foods downtown in Austin. This is the greatest Whole Foods in the entire world. I’m not kidding. Since Austin is Whole Foods Headquarters, we have one of the greatest ones. We decided to sit at the fish station for a healthy and nutritious meal – since I’m pescatarian.

For my appetizer, I had a blackened tilapia taco. It was probably one of the best fish tacos I have had. The fish was crispy and flaky, the taco shell was crunchy, and the aioli sauce that topped it was spicy and rich. It was the perfect way to start the meal.

For my entree, I had scallops. They were placed over a bed of quinoa, kale, and roasted tomatoes. This was the first time I’ve ever had kale, and now I’m going to go out and buy a ton of it to eat. The kale was cooked in a bit of olive oil, which gave a nice flavor to the dish. The roasted tomatoes were great when I would put them on top of the scallop. Only sad thing was that I wish they placed more scallops on it. I love me some scallops. The even gave us a free square of chocolate because they gave us the wrong plates.

Of course I couldn’t go to Whole Foods and not buy anything. I was excited because they had a few products that I have seriously been searching for forever. The almond coconut milk was one of those things, and the pineapple upside down larabar was the other. Some other items I got to try were Justin’s vanilla almond butter, chocolate chip cherry torte larabar, halo nutty marshmallow bar, and dr. praeger’s littles broccoli (they are for kids, I thought they were cute). Some of my old favorites are Artic Zero cookies n cream, some rice noodles (I’m gonna be making spring rolls soon), and some puff cereal. I would have raided whole foods, but not on my wallet.

This is currently my apartment. The living room is piled with junk that I have to move into my car and then into my new apartment. Did I mention I live on the third story right now? It is an evil workout.

Since pretty much everything is packed, I decided to go to Which Wich for a salad. I got the Hula, which is ham and pineapple. It was pretty awesome. I got tomatoes, pickles, onions, banana peppers, mushrooms and black olives on top of it. This is a place I am definitely going to have to frequent in the fall. They probably will get to know me and better give me discounts. A girl can hope!

I hope everyone has a fantastic Sunday. I’ll be sweating buckets while I move all my junk.

Have you ever been to Which Wich?
Where is the best Whole Foods you have ever been to?