Posts Tagged ‘Whole Foods


Do you like your chocolate chip cookies chewy or crispy?

Me, I usually prefer them chewy with the chocolate chips still in their melted state (e.g., Potbelly’s). These crsipy ones from Tate’s Bake Shop won me over, though, with their buttery crispness and big chocolate chips. They’re also baked to be a lot browner than your typical cookies, which gives them a nice flavor.

The first ingredient is actually chocolate. My guess would have been butter.

The only place I’ve seen them is Whole Foods, and they’re usually sold out of the chocolate chip (even at $5+ a bag!), the shelves cluttered with a sea of macadamia nut rejects. I snagged the last two bags at the P Street Whole Foods on Friday.

If you order from the Tate’s website, they’re 3 bags for $22.50, so $5+ a bag seems like a deal next to that.

***Update: Although Tate’s oatmeal raisin cookies are studded with big raisins, the crispy cookie part doesn’t live up to the buttery goodness of the chocolate chip flavor. In fact, it reminds me of stale Potbelly oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, when the fats in the cookie start to lose their freshness.***


Whole Foods vs. Trader Joe’s

I know that there’s no comparison when it comes to say, the quality of produce or product selection–Whole Foods wins, hands down. But when it comes to other categories like frozen foods, Trader Joe’s whoops some serious WF butt. This tart was $5.99, what you’d pay for just a slice at a restaurant or patisserie. At Whole Foods, the nearly identical made-in-France tart was $9.99 over the summer. Ouch.

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Whole Foods pineapple upside-down cake

Yet again I victimize my wallet by going shopping hungry. Well, I must’ve been ravenously hungry, because pineapple cake isn’t something I usually go for. I believe this was $3.99 for a mini cake. It’s not bad, but not crave-worthy. After 4 days, half of it is sitting in my fridge.

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food-to-sweets ratio in my freezer

At the risk of looking like a crazy person, here are the contents of my freezer.

I know what you’re thinking. Is she one of those OCD hoarders, with an apartment knee-deep in trash? Why is everything just crammed in there? Can’t she even place stuff in there upside-right?


My dysfunctional grocery shopping habits were exposed one day when Mr. X-sXe suggested that I eat what I have before buying anything else. A light bulb went off. It was such an obvious but alien concept.

I’m analyzing the contents of my freezer for two reasons. One is that I was curious what the ratio of desserts to real food would be. The other is that all too often when I open my fridge or freezer, something falls out. Most of the time it’s just annoying, but sometimes it’s also a huge pain in the butt, like when a jar of spaghetti sauce or salad dressing shatters all over the floor.  This has happened three times in the past year and needs to stop. I really should repeat this exercise for my fridge too, but that’s too daunting a task right now. So let’s start with the freezer.


Turns out I had more food (non-dessert) items in there than I thought. There were only a couple of things that I had to throw out: the baguette and unidentifiable green sauce. I wasn’t sure how old the Drumstick was, but it was a mistake to dispose of it in my stomach. The ice cream part was full of ice crystals and the cone, completely soggy.

After taking stock of everything in there, I did re-organize a bit, which helped prevent the food avalanches that would happen every time I opened the door. So that’s good. And it looks like there’s almost a 2:1 ratio of food to dessert. Also good. Most important, nothing has ended up broken on the floor for a while. We’ll see how long that lasts.


PS: I forgot to include the package of frozen berries. I think that would go in the food column.