Malibu Gets A Whole Foods

It looks like Malibu will get its very own Whole Foods.  I recently noticed the development on the corner of Cross Creek and Civic Center Way with a big sign confirming it.  Not sure of an opening date.  The sign says Spring 2019, but it looks like they’ve a ways to go…

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Boozy Shopping At Santa Monica’s New Whole Foods

Santa Monica is about to get its fourth Whole Foods.  But this one has a difference…  According to the notice of pending requested applications attached to the fencing at the front of the new Whole Foods Market complex being built on the corner of Cloverleaf and Pico, not only with they be selling alcohol, but they will also be having “instructional tasting”, and “beer and wine on premise consumption”.  Organic shopping in Santa Monica is about to get a whole lot more interesting.

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The 2nd Now Open Inside Whole Foods, El Segundo

The popular and always-crowded Whole Foods Market at 760 South Sepulveda Blvd in El Segundo recently opened a new restaurant and bar named The 2nd in a newly constructed space just to your right as you walk in.  On offer here are 36 beers on tap, over 12 wines by the glass, and a creative menu of small plates (such as cauliflower nachos, jackfruit “crab” cakes,  buttermilk marinated calamari), salads, toasts, sushi, various burgers, and desserts (like boozy gelato). There’s also a happy hour from 4pm to 6pm Monday through Friday, and a brunch.  Check out the full menu here.

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N’ice Cream Expands Into Playa Vista

It seems like you can’t swing a dead cat these days without hitting another frozen treat shop.  The latest to recently open is Playa Vista’s sparkling new outpost of Venice’s N’ice Cream, next to Whole Foods at 12746 W Jefferson Blvd .  And they started out with a bang, drawing large crowds with promises of free self-serve gelato and sorbet.

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Alka Logic, The On Demand Premium Water Store Coming Soon To Venice

Need someplace to exclusively purchase your high-end performance-enhanced water without the inconvenient jostle of Whole Foods?  Maybe you didn’t even realize you needed it, but… of course you do!  Already known for their home and business delivery of “pure antioxidant ionizing alkaline water”, Alka Logic is soon opening a free-standing store offering an “on demand self-use water filling station” at 328 Lincoln Blvd. in Venice according to the banner hanging on the storefront.  No word on an opening date, but I’m sure you’ll heave a sigh of relief when that blessed day comes.  Could this be the next big thing?  We’ll have to wait and see…

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Whole Foods Landing Soon In Playa Vista

It’s fascinating watching the massive Playa Vista development emerge out of thin air.  As if overnight, row after row of residential buildings have sprung from nothing.  So of course, it seems only natural that the future inhabitants will need to eat somewhere.  Back in January I told you about the impending arrival of a Cinemark Theater (now open) with a full bar, lounge, and dining menu as well as a future Lyfe Kitchen.  And now we can add to the list a brand new flashy Whole Foods on the corner of W. Jefferson and McConnell Ave.

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Bristol Farms Opens August 21st In Santa Monica

I haven’t heard this much buzz about a supermarket in a long time… It seems Santa Monicans are really excited about the opening of the brand-spankin’ new Bristol Farms that officially opens Wednesday, August 21st at 9:00am.  I’ve heard neighbors talking about it, co-workers, even people in check-out lines of other supermarkets talking about the new high-end grocery that remodeled the old Albertson’s space at 3105 Wilshire Blvd. (corner of Berkeley).  Most are hoping for a viable alternative to Whole Foods, which has long held Santa Monica captive.   Read more at: bristolfarms.com.

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Whole Foods’ CEO John Mackey In Pasadena

Regardless what you think about his political views, Co-CEO of Whole Foods, John Mackey has had a powerful influence on the way we eat.  Passionate about organic food, philanthropy, and animal welfare, he took a small vegetarian market he started in 1978 and built it into an empire spanning two continents.  Well now’s your chance to hear his ideas on free market economics personally.  On Thursday January 24th, he will be signing copies of his new book Conscious Capitalism at the Pasadena Whole Foods at 465 S. Arroyo Parkway from 4pm until 6pm.

Update:  The kind people managing this event asked me to pass on that the book signing is actually from 4pm until 5pm and a portion of the sales from the book will go to a good cause:  Whole Foods Market’s Arroyo store has pledged to donate $1 to Whole Planet Foundation for every book sold.  Read more about their work here: wholeplanetfoundation.

 

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Whole Foods’ Crack Heard ‘Round The World

You could be forgiven for thinking that “The crack heard ’round the world” was a reference to your old, flatulent college roommate, but it isn’t.  On Saturday, March 10th, in a promotional event, Whole Foods stores will simultaneously be cracking open over 300 wheels of authentic Parmigiano Reggiano.  The “The crack heard ’round the world” occurs at 3:00pm eastern time and samples will be offered.