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I can't believe I'm going public with this, and I may well regret it, but here goes: I visited the new Gowanus Whole Foods (214 3rd Street, 718-907-3622) the other night and I really liked it. God help me. I need to emphasize: I'm not being paid to say this. I don't even write for this blog usuall ... More >>
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Whole Foods Tribeca isn't the only location with new snack options. Brooklyn Flea is partnering with the chain to launch a new, rotating restaurant at the Whole Foods on Bowery. Beginning on Monday October 22, food vendors from the Flea's weekly Williamsburg market will take turns at a space on the ... More >>
Starting yesterday on Earth Day, Whole Foods stopped selling overfished seafood in its stores throughout the country. Not everyone is happy about this new policy: According to the New York Times, some New England fishermen have expressed anger over Whole Foods' move, which they think has threatened ... More >>
It's official, Brooklyn is getting a Whole Foods on a site along the Gowanus Canal. On Tuesday, the supermarket chain got approval for zoning changes from the city's Board of Standards and Appeals, clearing the last hurdle before it can obtain building permits and start construction, reports the Wal ... More >>
Pretty soon Brooklyn will join the Upper West Side in looking like a sterile, predictable American suburb. That's to say that Gowanus is def going to have a Whole Foods very soon -- as early as 2013 -- as a city board today gave the grocery conglomerate a key zoning variance, according to the New ... More >>
Padma Lakshmi, who hosted The Moth's storytelling event at Cooper Union Tuesday night, was reportedly paid to get off the stage due to a "grating" performance. [NY Post] The Olive Garden, Red Lobster, and others are hopping on Michelle Obama's healthy-eating bandwagon and pledging to reduce ... More >>
#1 in employee satisfaction.So apparently labor organizers and proponents of health care reform aren't the only ones disillusioned with Whole Foods.
Rebecca MarxEarlier this afternoon, while wasting time in the produce aisle of the Union Square Whole Foods, we came across some pears.
Tim Pearce/flickrFishy business at Whole FoodsIn a recent Greenpeace ranking of seafood sustainability in supermarkets, Whole Foods ranked fourth, behind Target, which came in second, and Safeway, which took the number one spot.
"It's like every brewer has to make a pumpkin ale now," said the bearded fellow at Whole Foods' beer shop. "But if you don't like any of these," he continued, gesturing to my shopping bag, "I think you should probably just give up on pumpkin ales." Pumpkin ales start popping up everywhere i ... More >>
Mai Cuisine recently opened near Bryant Park--it's a combination Japanese "deli" and sit-down restaurant, headed by a chef who trained with Morimoto. The capacious front carry-out area offers everything from deluxe sushi packs, to bento boxes, to onigiri, tempura, and "sushi cups." The full-s ... More >>
The confusing Whole Foods "dot" identification system for seafood. In a press release that just hit our email box at Fork in the Road, Whole Foods announces the chain-wide implementation of their color coding system for identifying fish according to sustainability, as certified by the Blue O ... More >>
Here's an example of a fish Whole Foods shouldn't be selling. OK, Whole Foods, you're turning 30 in a couple of weeks, so it's time to grow up. Your little ploy of marking the severely overfished species with a red dot makes you seem eco-conscious - while still profiting from the world's dec ... More >>
Whole Foods cloaks itself in a veneer of eco-virtuousness, patting itself on the back for selling some local produce and certified humanely raised meat, giving customers the comfortable feeling that they are somehow doing the world a favor by shopping there. But when it comes to the fish co ... More >>
BravoSo close, yet so far.In a little more than 24 hours, the seventh season of Top Chef will be upon us. Eater has thoughtfully whetted our appetite for punishment with a couple of preview clips, which can be found here. Not much can be gleaned from the two brief videos, except that the con ... More >>
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EaterWhole Food's Sushiya, conveyor belt sushiWhile out and about last weekend, we heard some interesting information about the Whole Foods on the Bowery.
John Mackey may have been a PR nightmare for Whole Foods, but no company -- like no person -- can be all bad. The Bowery location of Whole Foods, for example, is donating 5 percent of all purchases made today to the Lower Eastside Girls Club, an organization that aims to empower girls living ... More >>
It looks like Whole Foods is finally doing something to the site at Third Street in Gowanus where it's been sort of planning to build a store for months now. The Carroll Gardens Diary got ahold of a letter sent to WF stakeholders and community groups detailing the chain's plans to begin parti ... More >>
Dan Winters for the New YorkerJohn Mackey eats his vegetables, denies global warming You might remember the brouhaha when Whole Foods co-founder and CEO John Mackey came out against government-backed health care reform this summer. You may also recall the incident about two years ago when it ... More >>
Whole Foods CEO John Mackey talks about his supermarket chain returning its roots: health food. He's pulling things like the chocolate fountain and many indulgent foods, and adding more features like salad bars with oil-free dressing. [AP] Meanwhile, Whole Foods is recalling several products ... More >>
Whole Foods may not be coming to Gowanus anytime in the near future, but On Monday, Union Market will bring its own brand of aspirational grocery shopping to the neighborhood a few blocks north.
The latest food safety scare involves a snack mix made by Snack King Foods in Rochester called Island Snacks Natures Mix. The product, sold at Kmart, is being recalled due to the detection of undeclared sulfites during routine tests. [Forbes] BlackBook rounds up the best comfort food spots ... More >>
A union-backed investor has accused Whole Foods CEO John Mackey of damaging the company's reputation and called for him to be ousted following a controversial anti-health care reform op-ed he wrote in The Wall Street Journal. [NY Post] Chefs like Mario Batali and Marcus Samuelsson are modify ... More >>
Yesterday, Fork in the Road reported on a boycott being organized against Whole Foods, in response to a right-wing editorial reviling health care reform by founder John Mackey published in the Wall Street Journal. Later in the day, in response to a near-universal outcry among the liberal cust ... More >>
Did you once boycott Domino's Pizza because of its support of the anti-abortion movement and other right wing causes? Well, here's another politically retrograde business to add to your boycott list: Whole Foods. According to an article in the current Counterpunch by Russell Mokhiber, of sin ... More >>
Wakame Soba (the photos in the book are much prettier than mine)Takashi's Noodles by Takashi Yagihashi is a new cookbook from 10 Speed Press containing Yagihashi's exacting and precise recipes for Japanese noodles. The chapters are broken up by noodle type: ramen, soba, udon, somen, Asian noodles (l ... More >>
A Swedish study conducted among close to 5,000 15-year-old boys suggests that eating omega 3-rich fish, such as salmon, mackerel and albacore tuna, can help promote healthy brain development and maintain brain health for life. [Reuters] A study of 2,000 Chinese women showed that those who ate more ... More >>
Usually, trail mix is just an excuse to pick the chocolate chips out of a bag of nuts. But these trail mixes, from Sahale Snacks, are delicious. There are six different varieties, of which my favorites are Ksar--pistachios, dried figs, sunflower seeds and harissa--and Sing Buri--cashews, dried pine ... More >>
Yesterday, McDonald's announced a 7.1% increase in international same-store sales for January 2009, compared to the same month last year. [NY Post]Westchester County has fined 21 supermarkets, including Whole Foods, for selling food past the expiration dates.[Newsday]In recent years, the federal gov ... More >>
The economic downturn has resulted in a decrease in milk consumption; now California's dairy operators may need their own sort of bailout. [Mercury News]Representatives from seven of the country's most expensive restaurants, from Masa to Alinea, say they haven't seen much of a decrease in business. ... More >>
The biggest turkey of the year was the one I bought at Whole Foods and filled with M&M's for a very sweet Thanksgiving Day spent blissfully solo. (Kidding. I indulged in that great American tradition--Chinese buffet--with the whole messy extended family.) But there were so many other gigantic turkey ... More >>
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