Shopping at Whole Foods After Sandy

After I cleaned up my fridge and threw pretty much everything away (pickles, condiments and root vegetables got to stay) I walked over to the Whole Foods on the Bowery to do a big shop.  So this was on Saturday the 3rd, we had gotten power back the night before.  

As you can see from the picture above the beer section survived the storm brilliantly.

The freezer section, not so much. The entire aisle of freezers was empty.  The other freezer section for ice cream and frozen fruit was equally empty.  Not that they weren’t working really hard to restock.  The Chrystie street loading dock was packed – there were so many shipments waiting to get unloaded that there was no place to walk on the sidewalk.

The dairy and egg sections were being filled up and when some thing new had been added they’d make an announcement over the store’s PA system:

we now have milk…

But if you didn’t get there quick enough it was all gone.  particularly true of the egg section when I went by the first time it looked like the picture above, when I came around again to se if heavy cream was unload the egg section looked like this:

Certainly it was crowded but I’ve seen it way more crowded and the lines at check out were on the short side.  Other than the frozen section everything else seemed like normal, lots of meat, fish and produce. And of course even though they didn’t have ice cream they had cream and milk so that meant if you really had a hankering you could make your own.

The Whole Foods on the Bowery has a second floor which is divided into “whole body” which sells vitamins, shampoo, soap etc and a fairly extensive food court.  I sort of loath food courts so never really even go into that part of the store, but then I learned that the Italian restaurant that used to be there has closed and is being replaced with something called Smorgasbord – so far so not interesting right?  But here’s the deal Whole Foods has asked/invited some of the food vendors from the Brooklyn Flea to move in and because space is limited they will rotate them on a regular basis!  How cool is that?  Now there is always a reason to poke your nose into the food court to see what hipster local food vendor is in the house. And more importantly what they are cooking!

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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2 Responses to Shopping at Whole Foods After Sandy

  1. I always find that (when I’m back in the US) unless I go into Whole Foods with a laser-like focus on what I absolutely must have, I wander aimlessly, dazed by the variety. Those empty shelves were a stark sight! It sounds surreal, especially hearing the appearance of items announced only to find they’ve all been spirited away.

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