Whole Foods is an unbelievable store. You walk in and are blown away by the Produce department, the selection they have is phenomenal everything from White Raspberries to Bluefoot Mushrooms. There is an amazing Coffee, Wine and Cheese department. Before you travel to much farther into the store you can sit relax and order a wonderful meal from the osteria and have a glass of wine. The seafood department flows into the Poultry and Meat department and the choices you have to choose from you wont know where to start. If you wernt hungry when you passed the osteria your sure to be hungry when you get to the Prepared Foods area. You fill up your plate or take home container take it to the cashier and then you either sit, relax and enjoy your selection there or you can simply take it home with you. But before you made it to the cashier you were stopped by the bakery and were probabaly there for awhile making your selection. Delicious is all I can say. Breads that are to die for and Chocolates that will have you in awe as well as mini tarts to try if your not to sure and whole fresh berry tart to take to the party. The staff at Whole Foods is absolutly perfect everyone is so polite and always willing to help. And they strive on letting you try the not so normal foods that you are used to. Did I forget to mention that there are samples all over the store..
So, going to Chuppa's late in the day Saturday or Sunday is a bad idea because it is going to be packed but, it is worth the hassle if you must. Their steaks are the best because they are large, reasonably priced and have restaurant quality taste. I also had a clam "grill" this year using their Little Neck Clams and they were awesome (I know were I’ll be going next year)! Produce is usually cheaper than what you would get at a major grocery store and much better quality. They also sell Boar’s Head deli meats as well (which is a plus). I am so glad that this little place is right by my house.
With each bag of food I get, I am taken back to the day when food actually had flavor and it was nutricious. I love that my root veggies come with greens attached. I love washing sand out of my kale, lettuce, mustard and collared greens. The ultimate joy is when I have a little inchworm, bee, slug or any other living creature in the food I am cleaning. If the food I eat is safe enough for them to survive in, it's good enough for me and my family to enjoy. (I always set them free into my houseplants. I don't mind sharing.)