For those of you in My Little Corner of East Texas, if you haven't already done so, run, don't walk to check out this store.
It. Is. A. Maze. Ing!
Our local grocery chain, Brookshires, opened a 'new', new for these parts, style of grocery store. The brand name is Fresh. The store lives up it its name. There are all sorts of fresh foods to buy and sample, as well as some of the exotic that they will also let you sample.
Let me begin with a few pictures of the exterior of the store.
Only in its dreams did Piggly Wiggly hope to look like this.
The entrance Art Teacher and I used took you in through the produce department. Art Teacher and I went here last week, yes we were desperate for something different to do.
The produce is unlike anything you'll see at Wal-Martsss. Check out the potatoes
Nope, these are not your typical russet potatoes. Husband said these look like the ones he saw, and ate, while he was a missionary in Peru.
Here's a very colorful and fresh bell pepper display. A.T. commented that she'd never seen white bell peppers before, neither had I.
Have you ever eaten a rambutan? I have.
I saw this display and asked the grocer, who was working nearby, what it was.
He not only proceeded to very knowledgeably tell me that it was a rambutan from Guatemala but he also cut one open so I could taste it.
The texture is that of a grape, the flavor is sweet, very sweet, and refreshing. There is a pit in the center which he said was bitter so you wouldn't want to eat that, well unless you like bitter, which I don't. At 13.99 a pound, I'll have to settle for the free one the grocer gave me or wait for an über special event to buy them.
You like cheese? Well, they have cheese, all kinds of cheese. Mickey Mouse would be happy here.
Then there were the beverages. Oh, the beverages.
You want different, they have different.
What the heck is burdock? It'd be best that I not sample the above, a little fermentation has taken place, if ya know what I mean.
Oh, yes, then there's the salt. Morton's this is not.
Before I forget, if you need pink Himalayan salt, Fresh has it in stock. They had an ample supply the day we were there.
Now for the section that really, really, really spoke to me.
Don't they look yummy? Be still my heart.
There were things to sample, a deli section that is out of this world, organic foods coming out your ear (Baby Sis, we will shop here next time you're in these parts), organic cleaning supplies, did I mention the water?
There are bottled waters from all over the world. These are from the Catalan region of Spain.
A.T. and I each bought a bottle of the water to do a taste test comparison between Spanish bottled water and East Texas bottled water. I've performed my test, the verdict: they taste the same. I'll save some money and stick with Ozarka.
Fresh carries the regular stuff, you know, Fritos, Kraft Mac 'n Cheese, Mr. Clean, etc. but it's nice to know that there's a local store that carries the unique and hard to find. Yes, even though it's forty five miles away it's still a local store. A.T. and I had a blast touring this place, I think you will too. The staff is super friendly and helpful too.
One last thing.
I know you've been on the search for mushrooms. Not the plain ol' button mushrooms but the Shitaki and portobello type mushrooms, Fresh has them. They also carry these
Next time you're looking through Bon Appétit magazine and the recipe calls for truffle mushrooms, you'll know where to go.
The good folks at Fresh didn't pay me to say all these good thing about them, they have no clue who I am, though if they want to send some tambutan my way, I wouldn't turn it down.