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Sep 29, 2008 08:24 AM

Natural Gourmet store in 5 towns

anyone been to this store? if so, what interesting products have you found that are not carried in the standard kosher store

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  1. I was underwhelmed. A LOT of space is taken up with pretty paper goods and kitchen gadgets and housewares. i think if you have wheat allergies, there are some spelt items and very very expensive things. the only thing that intrigued me was Newman's own mints....

    I'm curious to hear if anyone else found anything interesting...

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    1. re: eatgood

      >> very very expensive things

      Just what I have been waiting for. I expected that from the "G" word.

      1. re: eatgood

        I happend there by chance last night (I noticed that it was open before I went into Gourmet Glatt).

        I wish the owner(s) well, but I really don't understand how such a store can compete with a Trader Joe's or Whole Foods market (not that there's a Whole Foods Market anywhere remotely near the Five Towns).

        I didn't notice Kosher Gourmet Mart or Eat Good or Marty B shopping there, but, then again, I have no idea who these people are. :-)

        I noticed that around 80 - 90% of the store's items appeared to be dairy, non cholev Yisroel. As one who only uses cholev Yisroel products, that means that I could write off 80 - 90 % of the store as being irrelevant to our family. I also was a little surprised at all of the paper goods and fancy plastic dishes and wondered what they were doing in such a store.

        As for being a "health food" store, just as Whole Foods and Trader Joe's, there were loads of products with sugar, some with artificial food coloring, etc. and all types of ingredients that didn't appear to me to be any more healthful than standard items.

        I was dissapointed that there was no organic produce section, something I would be interested in (though I doubt that such a store could have prices that are low enough to meet my budget.

        Again, I do wish the owner(s) well, but it just didn't seem to be a store that had anything new or different, that I haven't seen elsewhere. We enjoy shopping at Trader Joe's; practically every WEEK we seem to see some new and interesting kosher product on the shelves... and importantly, the turnover there is wonderful... the packaged nuts (which we purchase all the time) seem fresher than any other store we've purchased from, and BA"H we've never had a problem with rancidity or freshness at Trader Joe's.

        1. re: midasgold

          I came, I saw, I have zero desire to go back. The store is very very lovely inside but as has been stated before, I would raher stick to the trader joes for half the price.

          I was in the health food store on Cedarhurst ave. a few times and she seems to have a nice selection. She also knows what she is talking about which I didn't find in the Natural gourmet. If I need fancy plates then maybe I will go back.

          Did gourmet glatt finally not make a good choice?

          1. re: midasgold

            And the great thing about Trader Joe's is that if you ever do have a problem, they always take back anything--NO QUESTIONS ASKED! Actually, even if there is no problem, and you just changed your mind or you didn't like the way something tasted or whatever, they will take it back. I once bought a chocolate they only carried at Christmas, and I was unimpressed, threw it into the car with the intention of returning it, forgot about it for at least eight months, if not more, and they didn't even say boo when I went to return it, even though they weren't currently selling the item. Just the other day, I bought three bags of dried apples without a hechsher, because I thought they didn't need one. When I got home to check that fact, I discovered that dried apples DO need a hechsher. I know I will not have any problem returning them; I'll just try to do it faster than eight months this time!

        2. I was in the store and I love it! I have been searching for dried tart cherries with a Hechsher for years and they had them.

          They have many products that I have never seen with a Hechsher before, beautiful chocolates, teas, dried fruits, etc.

          I hope that the five towns is ready for this kind of store!

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          1. re: obsessedkosherfoodie

            Hmmm... sounds like you've never been to Trader Joe's. TJ has had the dried tart cherries with a hechsher for years, as well as the other products you mentioned (with hechsherim) and much, much more... check out the variety of plain and flavored flour and corn tortillas, all kosher.

            1. re: midasgold

              Actually, Trader Joe's used to have the dried sour cherries with a hechsher, but that was years ago. They may have sweet ones with a hechsher, but they definately do not have one with a (reliable) hechsher on the tart ones.

              1. re: obsessedkosherfoodie

                They have both Bing and Ranier cherries with a hechsher, but not the Montmorency ones they used to have. Those only have a K now. The Bings are a bit more tart; the Ranier are definitely sweet.

                1. re: queenscook

                  Might want to find out who is behind the "K" on the package. Sometimes private rabbis use K (such as on Starbucks drinks).