Yes, my life is so exciting that sometimes I visit new grocery stores. Actually, this trip was a bit more exciting than usual because I had a Groupon! This was my first time using one of the Groupons I've bought and I was a little nervous it wouldn't work out. But it did! And check out the haul:
For only $2.36! Well, kind of. I guess it was $17.36 - but the deal was $15 for $30 worth of food, so I think I did well. "Cheezy Pizza" flavor raw kale chips, pumpkin pie mix (I messed up! I wanted plain pumpkin!!), organic sunflower seed butter, sauerkraut, Vega protein powders (vanilla chai and chocolate) and carob-spirulina energy bites.
The Groupon was for a local health food store, Elm Health on 14th St. and 7th Ave in Manhattan. I had actually never heard of this place, despite working only a few blocks away. Inside, it is clean and sleek and not at all crowded. There is a wide variety of products but they only carry one or two brands of each product. I'm not super picky about that stuff but it's nice to have an option.
The store is bigger than I had expected and it's a bit randomly organized so I had to do quite a bit of wandering to find what I was looking for. There weren't many employees around to help either. Maybe I was looking in the wrong places, but I couldn't even find tempeh or tofu. Speaking of which, it was sort of difficult to pick what I did want to buy. I figured since I had a half-off deal, this would be one of my few chances to buy some foods I've wanted but don't actually feel like spending money on. Hence the kale chips, pumpkin, and sunflower seed butter. This is also the first time I've ever bought or tasted sunflower seed butter! That purchase was for a recipe I made tonight (more on that tomorrow) but I also tasted some off the spoon and I really like it! Very smooth and sweeter than I imagined.
Anyway, Elm Health was nice for a visit (with a coupon especially) but I can't imagine returning here often. The selection is a bit weird and the prices are confusing. Everything has two different prices on it! I wonder if any New York readers have been here - what do you think of the store? They do have a juice bar, which is always nice, and a well-stocked natural pharmacy. I may try to exchange the pumpkin pie mix for canned pumpkin and get a juice while I'm there but I much prefer Lifethyme in the West Village. They have a raw food bar and the guy who makes THEIR juices has dreads! Elm Health seems a little too slick for me, which sort of makes sense considering its proximity to Chelsea.
But still - $2.36!!
What would you buy if you had fifteen extra dollars at your favorite health food store?