After moving to Cheltenham I became a more regular shopper at Wholefoods. Before when it was a half hour away I would always pop in if I were in Cheltenham for another reason and occasionally even made the trip especially. After spending 2 years in America and falling in love with the company over there I was really excited when I heard there would be one opening within driving distance. At that time I did not know there were seven in London (actually there may have only been six at that point) and one in Glasgow.
After the move I could actually walk there, though this had nothing to do with the location of the house we bought (honest). There is a lot more to Wholefoods though than just food shopping and I even managed to attend a few workshops at the Acorn Centre. Though a favourite event was around the store in the form of Tasty Tuesday which we became regulars at. Five 'sample' dishes paired with 5 wines (or 5 soft drinks) for £5.
We hadn't been for a while since Willow had become Vegetarian and often there would be something with meat, though to be fair even when we did go and there was she just gave it to me.This month though the theme (yes there is usually a theme) was Veggie Mexican so we booked for the first time in a while.
It really is a good night, with a great atmosphere and of course lovely food. The dishes are either cooked from scratch and there are often recipes for you to take if you wish and of course the ingredients you would need to recreate it or sometimes it is something straight of the shelf that you may not have tried before and can just put straight in to your basket. I discovered Amy's Chilli this way and it is now a firm favourite in our home.
This month we had the delights of Sweet Potato and Pomegranate Tagine, Moroccan Couscous with Khobez flat bread, Bean Tagine with Harissa and Coriander, Vanilla Ice Cream with Pistachios and Honey and Moroccan Goats cheese with Crispy Bread. So many amazing flavours and difficult to say which was my favourite.
They have a Tasty Tuesday every second Tuesday in the month and you can book for Julys here. They often sell out so don't leave it to late.
*After living in Cheltenham for 6 months I managed to get a job at Wholefoods. The above is a non biased opinion as I was a regular Tasty Tuesday Customer before my employment started