Get all three components in one bite for maximum satisfaction; that dense and creamy chocolate ganache is no slouch.
'Whole Foods' on Serious Eats
We watched, literally on the edges of our seats as Yuji lit up his blowtorch and pointed the blue flame towards a tray full of mussel shells. The shells crackled and spit briefly, their edges glowing, remnants of their beards flying up in the air as red embers caught in the updraft of smoke. Yuji transferred the mussel shells to miniature French presses, added a handful of smoked shaved bonito flakes, then ladled in a clear broth and placed the pitchers in front of us on the table. This was the last course in one of the most remarkable ramen-based meals I've ever had. And I had it at a lunch counter. Inside a Whole Foods. Weird.
In the wake of recent conversations around labeling of genetically-modified organisms, Whole Foods recently announced plans to label all of their GMO-containing products by 2018. The company already makes an effort to avoid using GMO foods in their 365 Everyday Value products, and certifies their GMO-free items through the Non-GMO Project. Whole Foods is the first food retailer to set such a standard and timeline.
Looking for a healthier alternative to Chinese takeout? Check out the new Whole Foods Market Asian Skillet Meals: Sweet and Sour Chicken, Orange Chicken, General Tso's Chicken, and Beef and Broccoli ($4.99 each).
For most of us, Heinz is the default ketchup of choice, the one we compare all other ketchups to. It makes sense; the company dominates 60% of the entire ketchup market. But that doesn't mean that there aren't other options out there, and—at least in our local market—Heinz tends to be one of the more expensive brands on the shelf, priced at about 150% compared to its closest comparable competitor. Add on to this the recent backlash against high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and the accompanying influx of both organic brands and brands made with non-HFCS sweeteners, and you've got a few other variables to contend with. Could one of these cheaper or non-HFCS bottles be worth squeezing on our hot dogs or dipping our fries into?
The Whole Foods in Lincoln Park has a bounty of fresh produce, and a fleet of young, eager cooks. Is it possible that they could kick out a top quality taco? I was surprised to find that there was even an al pastor spit spinning when I arrived.
The Whole Foods Market on Huron Street in River North does a brisk lunch business, thanks to a big soup and salad bar, a prepared-food department, and a station serving pizza by the slice and made-to-order sandwiches. It was there, at the sandwich station, that I encountered the delicious vegetarian bánh mi ($5.99).
We've already written about Pizza Roma, the first American outpost of a Barcelona-based chain, on Bleecker Street. As of a few weeks ago, their square slices are now sold at the pizza station of New York's Whole Foods on the Bowery.
I'm not thrilled about the arrival of winter, but I must admit that I do look forward to hot chocolate season. I'm a huge fan of Mariebelle's Aztec Hot Chocolate, but that stuff runs $20 for a 12 ounce tin, so it's more of a special gift than a frequent indulgence. I'm determined to find some other options that satisfy my cocoa craving for a bit less cash.
Bottled teas are often either too sweet or too bitter, or too sweet and too bitter. We were pretty impressed, though, by the Whole Foods 365 organic line of bottled teas.
I'm fortunate enough to live in a city where there's plenty of good pizza. Grabbing a slice on a whim while walking down 7th Avenue likely won't lead to serious disappointment. So you can imagine my surprise when I was disgusted by the cheese pizza at Whole Foods.
In honor of Serious Eats Bakery Week, we set out to answer a question that's been on our mind for ages: what's the best baguette in New York? Because for every good baguette, there are dozens of disappointments. Tough, mouth-hurting crusts or doughy, spongy insides. A dried-out crumb or a flavor that's too sweet or too sour or just plain bland. We're tired of suffering bad bread—and wanted to find you the best in the city.
Whole Foods announced a host of new changes to their stores recently, and we're quite happy with them. Keep your eye out for humanely raised insects, including bumblebees raised without cages or crates (they are free to fly away, but choose not to), as well as grasshoppers who are given their own Netflix accounts instead of being forced to share queues. Now that's looking out for the best interest of the little 'hopper!
Last year, we brought you our report on the best oatmeal in New York. But we never tire of our favorite hot cereal, and neither, it seems, do restaurants. We thought last year's roundup was pretty exhaustive, but this year we've uncovered more under-$3 winners, more dessert-like indulgences, and—wait for it—bacon oatmeal. You knew it had to happen.
When approaching this Great Pumpkin Latte Tasting between Whole Foods, Dunkin' Donuts, and Starbucks, we had to ask ourselves, what's more important: pumpkin flavor, or pumpkin spice flavor? It might not seem like it's asking too much for a drink with both "pumpkin" and "spice" in the name to taste like, well, both. But after tasting these three versions, it does seem too much to ask, which is really a crying shame.
Ah, hot dogs. Meat tubes bursting with stars-and-stripes patriotism and, when they're good, a poppy snap with salty-garlicky-beefy juiciness. Even if you're not a "hot dog person" they just taste better on the Fourth. We went grocery shopping for the most nationally-available brands of all-beef franks, both skinless and with natural casing. Check out the results.
[Photo: Kathy YL Chan] There are a few gelato and ice cream shops which I return to constantly over time, but sometimes the good stuff is found in supermarkets. Case in hand: Adirondack Creamery, upstate in Lake George, New...
Do Whole Foods' ready-made pizza ingredients (dough, grated cheese, and sauce) measure up to homemade? We bake two types of pizzas to find out.
Note: Read the results of our Whole Foods Pizza Kit taste test here....