Sunday, 1 December 2013

Whole Foods Market, Kensington

It's a running joke that I practically live in our local supermarket.  If my local was Whole Foods, then I really would move in.

Whole Foods is nothing short of amazing.  It's foodie heaven with just about everything you can think of available on their shelves.  Need a weird spice for your celebrity chef curry?  Whole Foods.  Want an unusual veggie?  Whole Foods.  Need an obscure cheese?  Whole Foods.  You get the picture, I'm sure!

It's one of my favouritest places ever and it certainly doesn't hurt that everything is beautifully displayed.

Let's go for a little walk around the shop...

I love the cookie bar!

I love how the shelves are always full; it's so welcoming and it makes the store feel positively bountiful.  The fruit and vegetable section is a work of art in its own right.

We couldn't resist trying the DIY nut butter machines--I made a tiny pot of pistachio butter and Lucas went slightly overboard with his pot of cashew butter.  They tasted fantastic, but I can totally see why pistachio paste is so expensive and hard to get hold of--just look at the price!!

Beside the DIY nut butter machines there were also reusable olive oil bottles where you can bring along your empties, refill and be all eco.  Similarly, there are also barrels of wine dotted around the ground floor...

I wish I had a photo of the cheese room.  If you love cheese, and don't have a traditional cheesemongers anywhere near you, this is an awesome place to go.  I spent a while pottering around, trying to decide what I wanted to bring home, and finally settled on some gietost. I fell in love with this unusual cheese in Norway when I visited, err...quite a while ago now.  Over ten years...I feel old now.  I'm going to use it in the sauce for some slightly spiced Scandinavian Meatballs as well as snacking on some crispy crackers!

In-store chocolate counter!!

I womanfully resisted buying a jar of bacon jam at the charcuterie counter after I remembered that Lorraine at Not Quite Nigella had a brilliant recipe for it on her website.  Lucas wants to bake some bread, so that strikes me as a fantastic excuse to make a jar.  Plus, there are all sorts of awesome burger possibilities...

So...can you see why this is one of my favourite foodie places?  It may not be quite as jaw-dropping as, say, Harrods Food Hall, but it's less of a tourist destination and more of a place for serious foodie shoppers.  Heavenly!

PS If you're driving, there's an NCP just around the corner from Whole Foods.  If you spend over £25 then they'll give you two hours free parking.  Which I'm betting gets a lot more people through the doors...bargain!

Whole Foods Market
63-97 Kensington High Street
The Barkers Building
London W8 5SE

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  1. We have a Whole Food, but I have never seen spices displayed like this. I would go crazy in the cheese department and the spice department.

    1. It's probably not great for the quality of the spices to have them exposed to the air and light, but it certainly looked dramatic!

  2. I'm still caught up in the Chewbacca reference! I love going to Whole Foods. It becomes an event. I remember the first time I went to one with a cafeteria attached. It was in Princeton, NJ and I realized you could just make a whole lunch or dinner (or even breakfast) out of the cold and hot bars. It was true love.

    1. I love their cafe, and if I worked in London I'd probably build a lunch from their salad bars. All the food looked so vibrant and happy!

  3. I've never been to Whole Foods but it looks incredible, I definitely think I'd move in too. I enjoyed the litte tour around the shop, so thanks for sharing!

    1. If you ever get a chance, you should definitely go!!

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