A date with Whole Foods.



Last week, my little Mum and I took an impromptu afternoon trip in to Richmond, for a little midweek sale shopping and a date with Whole Foods. (Sidetone: I don’t think I *ever* go to Richmond without it being totally impromptu and off the cuff! What’s going on with that?!) Even though, as I said last week, my only resolution for this year is to go gentler on myself and not to makes any great changes to my diet or get healthier or anything of that sort, there’s still something about January that always makes me want to eat lighter, more organic foods. Maybe all those ’10 healthy meals to make this January!’ articles I read on Buzzfeed at 1am when I can’t sleep are being osmosed into my psyche! ;)

We wandered across the green (stopping to admire the few remaining Christmas trees and wreaths brightening up the beautiful houses that line the edges of the park), before swinging by Anthropologie for a quick check in on the sale. I tried on some 15-odd dresses, all of which looked glorious on the hanger but horrendous on me (why does this happen? I always feel so duped!) before heading over to Whole Foods for lunch. And I know I’ve mentioned it on the blog already once or twice, but that salad bar? It’s magic. Top tips of what to pick out? The black olives (so salty, so great), the pickled beetroot (just be sure not to spill any down your top), the super creamy feta, and the aubergine from the hot food counter, that comes marinated and cooked in some sort of sweet and spicy sauce that tastes like total heaven.

After lunch we went on a mad dash round the grocery aisles (a mad dash because we were keen not to get caught in rush hour traffic), and bought up one of pretty much everything in the shop. Like sugar snap pea crisps (the caesar flavour is the best!), spelt crisp breads with pumpkin and cheese, chia seeds (I’m finding them pretty repulsive so far, I can’t tell a lie…), freshly ground peanut butter, and some flavoured matcha iced tea. It’s a total feast for the eyes, Whole Foods, don’t you think? We stayed in there for almost two hours- wondering how on earth quinoa flakes can be so incredibly expensive, weighing up the merits of one almond milk over another, sniffing the ripest and mouldiest cheeses, and debating whether or not to try a matcha cupcake.

And my Mum and I played our favourite game the whole day, which is to make dream-plans about where we each might live in the future and the houses we might buy, and what fun it’ll be when she can retire and we can have more time for days like this one. And more time for my Mum to play photographer’s assistant to me, which I know she’s secretly the most excited about ;)

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What I wore :: Jacket (similar) || Jumper || Shirt || Jeans || Loafers (originally from Boden, identical HERE)

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  • http://www.mirandasnotebook.com Miranda | Miranda’s Notebook

    Mother – Daughter dates in Richmond are the best ;) I love Whole Foods too – it’s like a little slice of foodie heaven. Love your grey blazer paired with the jumper – it looks so cosy, yet stylish! xxx

  • Lucy Birchall

    I LOVE Whole Foods, the first time I ever went I was practically dancing around the store! You can get just about anything there. Love the sound of those chorizo skewers and the spirulina drink, which probably tastes like pond water but hey, there ain’t nothing wrong with a bit of green…

    She’s So Lucy

  • http://thisparticular.blogspot.co.uk/ Ala

    Ohhh I say this every time you talk about Richmond but I do love it there! Whole Foods is pretty amazing but I went into the one by my work the other day to get some potatoes and a broccoli for dinner and it cost me a fiver! And that puts me off, but their food to go is pretty special! Glad you had a lovely time with your mum x

    • http://thisparticular.blogspot.co.uk/ Ala

      But I would DEFINITELY have one of those Chorizo sticks!!!!!

  • http://samsamcherie.blogspot.com/ Samsam

    I LOVE Whole Foods! There’s one near my parents’ house in Michigan
    so I’m always sure to stop when I go home. Unfortunately the closest one to my university is 3 hours away :( I always make sure to buy one thing I’ve never had before when I go just to be “adventurous” and try something new. I love the Whole Soy and Co. unsweetened soy yogurt and the 365 frozen mangos!!!
    ~ Samantha

  • http://ceciliaintherain.wordpress.com Cecilia

    Am I the only one who has a massive craving for Chorizo now??

  • http://www.zoenewlove.com Zoe Newlove

    I reallllly want to visit Whole Foods! I need to try the salad bar x x x

    Zoe Newlove Beauty Blogger & MUA

  • http://www.alittlelusciousness.com/ rosie alittlelusciousness

    If you struggle eating chia seeds, mix them with peanut butter and you almost can’t taste them! Or whizz them with peanut butter, dates and coconut oil and roll into little balls to make energy bites..

    Rosie xx

    • http://www.lovedbylaura.com/ Laura

      Ooh thanks for the tip, I was really keen to get into eating chia, but found the taste ‘interesting’ to put it politely… Peanut butter sounds like a winner :)

    • http://www.ciderwithrosie.com/ Rosie

      Oh I love that idea! Thanks for the tip Rosie!

  • http://givemecakeblog.blogspot.com/ Sara Beth

    I have the same problem with Anthropologie. I decided it was a blessing in disguise (mainly for my wallet!) I think I’ll be saving that game idea for my next M&D date too!

  • http://www.sophiecliff.com/ Sophie Cliff

    Oh so jealous – I am desperate for them to open a Whole Foods in the north!

  • http://pollyrowan.com/ Polly Rowan

    Ahh I love Wholefoods too! The Richmond one is lovely as it’s pretty quiet most of the time. Chia seeds are gross when they soak up liquid and turn into jelly, but I stir them into my porridge sometimes and hardly notice them. They are so good for you.

    Also… can we please talk about those chorizo sticks?!?! Insane!

  • http://www.lovedbylaura.com/ Laura

    This is just the sort of day out that I love, I tend to go a bit nuts in these sort of shops and then have to go home with all my random purchases and work out what to cook with them! All part of the fun :)

  • http://emilyattemptslife.blogspot.co.uk/ Emily

    I really really want to go to whole foods! It sounds like quite a funny thing to really want to do but it looks so amazing!

  • http://www.sedbona.com/ Sed Bona

    Whole Foods is definatly my happy place and I LOVE LOVE LOVE this outfit you wore! Especially that brilliant blazer!

    Sed Bona

  • http://anenglishrosie94.blogspot.co.uk/ Rosie McKay

    Those fruit pots look heavenly!



  • http://www.brittonloves.co.uk Lauren S

    I love Richmond, I visited for Kew two weeks ago and it was gorgeous! Whole Foods is definitely my slice of heaven, it has all the types of foods I love to eat being on a clean/vegan diet. My mum is currently getting me into moringa for extra health boosts and nutrition, and it doesn’t that bad which is brilliant!

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Fashion Beauty – http://www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://namaste-rowan.squarespace.com/ Rowan Collins

    Lovely as always, Rosie. This has really fuelled my desire to go to Wholefoods – it may just be worth a trip into London! xx

  • http://thisiscaz.blogspot.com/ Caz

    I really wish there was a Wholefoods near where I live – i’m definitely missing out as your salad looks amazing!

    Caz | thisiscaz

  • http://charlottesophiaroberts.blogspot.co.uk Charlotte Roberts

    Your jumper is gorgeous! Lovely post Rosie!


  • http://www.foodielaura.com/ Foodie Laura

    I like chia seed pudding with raspberries. I don’t think I’d be able to resist the chorizo skewers.

  • http://www.creativelycat.co.uk Cat

    Those chorizo skewers need to get in my mouth. Wholefoods looks amazing – I’ve never been before and it sounds heavenly x

  • http://lizziedailyblog.blogspot.co.uk/ Elizabeth Rebecca

    I love whole foods – the fruit looks amazing.

    Lizzie Dripping

  • http://stampplease.blogspot.com/ Camille

    I love Whole Foods… and your loafers!

    Silly Medley: Lifestyle and Travel

  • http://kimiandme.blogspot.co.uk Christina L

    I’ve always wanted to go to whole foods! Bet you were in ur element! Xx

  • http://www.sprinkleofgreen.com/ Teffy @ Sprinkle of Green

    Oh exploring Whole Foods can be so much fun!!

    I love adding chia seeds to anything I can. Sprinkle on salads, make bliss balls, blend into smoothies, hide in brownies and cookies, the list goes on. They are quite weird on their own when they form a gel, but they hide super nicely in most things!

    {Teffy’s Perks}

    • http://www.ciderwithrosie.com/ Rosie

      Good shout with sprinkling on salads and baking into brownies, I’d never thought to do that! I tried the gel thing (UGH is all I have to say to that!) and also sprinkling them dry onto yoghurt with granola, but find they look too much like little bugs and it totally puts me off, ha! Will definitely add them to the next salad I make, thanks for the tip! x

  • https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLOHA_mk6LNbEDyHluF6ddg/videos Sophie

    Blend chia seeds into a smoothie…can’t taste a thing!
    Sophie xx


  • http://www.prettygreentea.com/ Daisy

    It sounds like quite a lovely day. It’s so important to spend time with family when we have the chance.

  • http://www.throughthethicket.ca/ Kathryn

    We just got a Whole Foods in my hometown, and I’ve never been more excited!! Although I’m also worried about blowing my grocery budget …

    xx Kathryn

  • http://velvetedges.blogspot.co.uk/ charley downey

    Why isn’t there a Whole Foods near me :(


  • https://sputniksweetheartn.blogspot.com Nadi

    I love adding chia seeds to green smoothies.

  • https://swanlake1701.wordpress.com/ NGOC LAN

    WOw!!!There are so many delicious food!! You definitely have a great time there. I like the mouldy cheese so much. Wish I could taste it

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