New Whole foods market in Tustin
Has anyone been to the new Whole Foods market in tustin it is the biggest market I have ever been to. The selection in every dept is huge.
That place blows.
Parking and traffic sucks. The isles are filled with people who have no interest in shopping and are just wandering aimlessly. The produce section is completely substandard. There are much better markets out there.
Just getting there is the most gigantic pain in the arse possible. You can't enter at all from Jamboree, but that's where the sign is -- so if you don't turn on Michelson (coming from, say, Newport Beach), then you're stuck as the road turns into the 261, you have to figure out how to exit for Warner, and then find your way past the Costco gas station. The parking is hard to figure out, but there's at least plenty of it. The private drives have bizarre angles, unexpected stop signs, and nary a straight line to be seen anywhere. When the whole shebang is open and it's Christmas shopping season, it is going to be the most unimaginably bad nightmare.
Once inside it's quite nice -- the meat department is very good, though the produce is just OK and it's worth going to the Irvine FM or Wholesome Choice instead. There are some very odd things missing at the Whole Paycheque -- they have lots of fancy duck mousses in the charcuterie, but no pate de campagne. They have random cheese from every corner of the globe, but no ricotta. They have ground lamb, ground veal and even ground buffalo, but when I wanted ground pork they had to go grind it for me. They have fresh pasta in four flavours (plain egg, spinach, sun-dried tomato and squid ink) but don't have dried ziti.
The service in the departments is excellent -- they will let you try anything, and when I didn't need a whole boneless turkey breast they cut one in half for me.
The service up front, though, is a disaster. The checkers have been abominably rude and SLOW each of the four times I've been. Actually, the whole process is slow, which is a bad idea when you have a four-month-old infant with you (lovingly known as "The Ticking Time Bomb" or "She Who Must Be Obeyed"). Their open-sampling policy results in much deliciousness but when you have a family of five people in front of you who are all either debating the merits of prosciutto vs. speck or having a free lunch, it is maddening.
I still go. I can get things there I can't get easily elsewhere -- but it's not my first destination.
As I went there today and saw the sign, I thought, "S***, am I /ever/ going to learn to double-check my posts?"
Michelson's where Wholesome Choice is (corner of Culver) -- Barranca is where the Shopping Centre Of No Return is.
It took me so bloody long to go shopping there today -- I did all of the weekly shopping there today to see just how long and how expensive it would be. Five meals' worth of food -- we have two regular nights when we don't cook -- took two hours and cost $123. The meals, in case you are wondering if we're dining on foie gras here, are grilled branzino with Greek salad, two nights' worth of pasilla chiles stuffed with turkey picadillo, country ham sandwiches and sautéed broccoli with lemon and garlic, and a big salad of fennel, grapefruits, avocadoes and [bought frozen] shrimp... and the Tustin Whole Foods didn't have any avocadoes or fresh oregano, so I still have to go to Northgate and spend another $5 or so.
o/~ Woke up quick, at about noon, just thought that I had to be in Tustin soon, gotta get food before the day begins, before my family starts b****in' about our funds... o/~
(with apologies to Eazy-E)
Well, I guess I disagree. I liked the WF in the old location just off Newport but this one is bigger, nicer, has little eating places inside. I was in a similar WF in Palo Alto and I like that they've continued with that model here. I go in the off hours so I don't see as many crowds and the line is pretty quick.
It is very impressive, but it is an absolute zoo if you try going there on a Saturday afternoon, which is what I did. Big mistake!
The BBQ brisket from the smokehouse is the best in Orange County. We're talking competition quality BBQ here. Has nobody else tried it?
Yes, the parking sucks. Yes, it's big. If you think this WF is massive, you ain't seen nothing till you visit the mothership in Austin.
Ok, once I figured out entering from Warner was the best way in, getting there is a breeze. I've also discovered the illegal entry off Von Karman works on a weeknight as well. Parking is fine, since Winery isn't pulling in the reviews - you just gotta realize that you are parking in the same place as an AMC, Borders, and every other shop in The District.
I love how there are so many options. Especially take-out ones. I already have a favorite smoothie that I'll order upon arrival. I am one of the lookie-loos who will make an hour out of buying five items. You can't help but see the selection and take it all in. The most crowded areas are the ones that are staffed. It's not nearly as bad in the aisles.
whatever you do, dont order the brazilian chicken. Its extremely dry and tastes almost like cardboard. Wish I could have asked for my money back, it was really bad. I've had churrascaria many times (sorry dont know how to spell it) and this tastes nothing like it. We were extremely disappointed. And watch out for all the flies flying into the food out in the open.
All right. I was OK with it until tonight, but now I am SpongeGeek CrankyPants.
I bought two branzino at The Eighth-and-a-Half Circle of Hell yesterday. They were of a quality similar to Santa Monica Seafood (when they have them) and Fish King, but a lot closer to home; at $10 a lb., they were $2 more expensive than Fish King, Fish King charges for prep on whole fish, and TEAAHCOH doesn't.
I asked for them to be cleaned thoroughly, splayed open and filleted while being left whole. They don't charge for this, and it takes 10-20 minutes, much faster than I could do it myself (and better -- a fish surgeon I am most certainly NOT).
So I unwrap the package today, intending to rub olive oil on them, grill them quick, add salmoriglio (garlic, oregano, salt, lemon juice and olive oil) and eat with Greek salad...
...except they weren't filleted. And they weren't fully scaled. And they weren't beheaded, and the fins hadn't been cut off (sweet fancy MOSES those things are SHARP), and the gills were still there. In short, all they did was cut them in half, remove the nastiest of the guts, and scrape half the scales off.
It took me nearly half an hour -- with a very hungry Mrs Ubergeek waiting for a nice piece of branzino al salmoriglio -- to clean the damn things, and an utter dog's breakfast I made of it too.
I'm planning to call them tomorrow and complain, and they get one more chance -- this time with directions written down on a sheet of paper.