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Grocery store with focus on organic foods that has a large variety of vegan and vegetarian food.
Grocery store chain specializing in natural and organic foods. Whole Foods has a wide array of vegetarian and vegan food. They also have a bakery that makes a variety of vegan desserts. Their deli offers organic salads, vegan entrées, daily soups, a salad bar, an Asian food bar, a "made-in-house pizza" bar, and another warm food bar. All of these are located upstairs. This particular location has a nut bar downstairs (pictures coming soon) -- apparently it's one of the only 2 Whole Foods in the US that has this (the other is in Texas). They offer a huge variety of roasted flavored nuts (almonds, macademia, pecans, walnuts) and seeds.
Their brand name products, 365, include a huge number of vegan products and are cheaper than usual.
They also compost food scraps.
on Nov 8 07
(last updated Mar 20 08)
Mark this place closed (permanently).
Most Recent Reviews
As Ramona says, they now have few vegan pastry options (except pumpkin pie & other seasonal ones occasionally), but if you look in the raw food fridge, rather than the bakery section, you'll find some great raw food 'cheesecakes'.
They've also been a bit slack lately at labeling the hot foods - I always seem to have to find a staff member to check which ones are vegan.
I looked and looked for some baked goods or nice desserts in their bakery both yesterday and today I was totally unable to find any!
But other than that, I'm really delighted with this Whole Foods location! They have all the usual grocery options, including a ton of vegan ones, but they also have a lot more warm food options. Since I'm here for a conference, and I'm staying at the hotel across the street (Pasadena Inn), this is a big plus in my book! I got a "vegan tuna sandwich" which was so similar to "real" tuna that I almost spat it out! It tastes good though; I might get it again.
The nut bar looked so cool. And they offer free samples! I got some almonds toasted in syrup and coconut (yumm!) and cinnamon macademia nuts (yumm!).
And of course, since this is California, they have various oranges that are both organic and local. Very cool.
Seeing the compost bins was also a nice surprise! Plus, they have free wireless!
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