New! Whole Foods in Plymouth Meeting
Weekends usually mean running around from planned activity to planned activity for PhillyBoy and I. This weekend, for the first time in what seems like many months, we had no scheduled plans! Yes, we had lots to do in the house, and yes, our to do lists are miles long, but with no strict schedules we were able to have some fun.
A new Whole Foods opened in Plymouth Meeting, PA, about 20 minutes from Center City Philadelphia, and I have wanted to go and see it for weeks. This store is one of (or THE) biggest in our area, and being brand new, I knew it would have many of the great qualities of my local Whole Foods in Cranston, RI. Saturday the opportunity to shop there came when we heard about The Great Parmigiano Reggiano Wheel Cracking Extravaganza . Hundreds of Whole Foods across the nation, Canada, and the U.K. came together to crack large wheels of parmigiano reggiano cheese at exactly the same moment, breaking a previously made world record.
For more information on parmigiano reggiano, visit the Behind the Rind blog on the Whole Foods Market website.
The event promised cheese samples, recipe demonstrations, and wine & beer tastings where available. When PB, my mother in law, her husband Ed, and I arrived at the store, it was packed. Snowstorm warning packed. Early Saturday morning packed.
We were happy for our little adventure though!
This Whole Foods was the best one I have ever visited. I found some ingredients and products I haven’t been able to find anywhere else in this area, and I noticed that the variety in the store is tremendous. I could have stayed there for hour visiting each aisle and learning what it had to offer. I was especially impressed with the selection of produce, noting that they had lots of local fruits and vegetables, but also a great selection of imported unknown produce that I wished I had the time to learn more about. The staff, like at any Whole Foods, was knowledgeable and kind.
Fun fact! Hangry Pants Heather’s brother is the Specialty Foods Team Leader at a Whole Foods in Rhode Island! Speaking of Heather, I bid on her version of Dreena’s Super Charge Me cookies for the Online Bake for Haiti and won! They are so incredible and taste just like Girl Scout samoa cookies. I put them in the freezer and have been pulling out two a day to add to my greek yogurt snack. YUM,
Back to Whole Foods, Plymouth Meeting: PB and I made salads in the extensive prepared foods section and ate a quick late lunch before the event.
The four of us made our way over to the cheese area at 2:59 PM, and at 3:00 PM exactly (with a countdown) the cheese expert made the final cut in the parmigiano reggiano wheel, opening it for all to see. The cheese area was packed!
The final countdown:
It was really fun! I actually don’t like cheese when it is not mixed in foods so I do not sample any, but PB, my mother in law, and her husband all said it was extremely flavorful! The cheese expert must have passed out over 100 samples in the first few minutes alone.
We were all happy.
They also passed out samples of a basic pasta topped with parmigiano reggiano.
Whole Foods does it right.
Congratulations to the Whole Foods Market in Plymouth Meeting- you are doing everything right! We can’t wait to move closer… just to have access to your amazing store.
***Don’t forget to enter my delicate soles giveaway!!
Whole Foods Market in Plymouth Meeting, PA is located at 500 W. Germantown Pike Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462 and is open from 8:00 AM- 9:00 PM seven days a week. Contact phone number: 610.832.0010.