Whole Foods Market focaccia
Whole Foods Market is a labyrinth of price contradictions. You can go in there and blow a few hundred bucks on groceries for a week if you’re not careful, or you can be extremely careful like I am and walk out of there with bargains every time. Here is a short list of items that I buy almost exclusively from Whole Foods:
- Olive oil (house brand), $6.99/liter
- Ice cream (house brand), $3.99/half gallon
- Frozen fruit (I can’t remember the price, but the house brand is a good buy)
- Sausage (which I have blogged about several times—the chicken sausages end up being around a dollar a piece and have cool flavors like blueberry)
- Butter. The house brand of butter is good and cheaper than Breakstone’s or Land-o-Lakes.
My new favorite weekend lunch item when I don’t feel like making a sandwich is the Whole Foods focaccia from the hot food area, an absolute steal at $3.29.
I can barely eat half of it, so I send the leftover for n8’s lunch. If I worked around Union Square and were lazy, I’d probably eat these twice a week. This one was covered with delicious cheese and oil, and it was hot out of the oven. It reminded me of a similar item I used to make at Einstein Bros. Bagels, where I was a “baker” at the age of 16 (baking at Einstein’s = pulling bagels out of freezer, proofing them, seeding them, then baking them). What could be better than oily melted cheese on hot flaky dough? This is such a better deal than the overpriced-per-pound items in the back of the store.