Whole Foods Market submitted by Ross
Whole Foods(the new landmark store on Lamar) is a mammoth natural foods store. It's big and packed with products. There's a raw food deli at this location, which is all vegan. There are many other fresh food sections, like dessert and pizza, that really don't offer many vegan options. For packaged products, however, there are a million vegan options, and some really good deals. It's a little overwhelming for myself, but many people love this place.
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    Re: Whole Foods Market
    Posted by: Gabriel on 2005-05-18 23:18:13
    Actually I saw honey in some of the raw food items. Other than that, though, everything seemed animal-free.
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      Re: Re: Whole Foods Market
      Posted by: Ross on 2005-05-19 08:39:47
      you serious?? which ones?
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        Re: Re: Re: Whole Foods Market
        Posted by: Gabriel on 2005-05-22 11:17:02
        Some of the food bars there had honey and bee pollen. I believe that there were some other things that had them also. Most stuff was vegan though.....
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          Re: Re: Re: Re: Whole Foods Market
          Posted by: Ross on 2005-05-23 15:10:22
          did the staff consider them vegan?
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    Re: Whole Foods Market
    Posted by: seasonedvegan on 2005-06-14 15:18:27
    This place, especially the new one, gives me panic attacks when I walk in. Too overwhelming. Many of the 365 brand things however are a good value - they have delicious whole wheat organic pasta that is relatively cheap (1.29/lb) and doesn't taste like cardboard.
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      Re: Re: Whole Foods Market
      Posted by: kimchee on 2005-07-21 22:41:42
      my sentiments exactly. the store is too big for me to actually shop at. it took me almost half an hour to find a reasonably-priced vegan sweet to go with my coffee (but FYI, they have great baklava).

      i hate that whole foods is taking the walmart/target approach of building the largest stores possible, in order to purposely muddle and distract the consumer into over-purchasing.
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    Re: Whole Foods Market
    Posted by: Jamie on 2005-12-01 09:44:19
    Their vegan parfait found in the dessert/bakery section was really good.

    I also saw honey in one of their prepared raw food items inside the glass case, but the guy at the counter said the label was wrong. I haven't checked out the pre-packaged stuff though.
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    Re: Whole Foods Market
    Posted by: pete on 2006-03-10 00:28:54
    The place is huge and Wal-Martish, true; but I say the more prominent natural foods are, the better. We can still get the community feel from Wheatsville, etc.

    For those of you are new to Austin and this site, and live in the north part of town, there is another Whole Foods location at the NE corner of 183 & 360 in the Gateway plaza. It is a lot smaller and more manageable than the other one.
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      Re: Re: Whole Foods Market
      Posted by: peter on 2006-07-08 16:22:12
      Just adding a bit...I was down there last week, and contrary to some other opinions posted above, I couldn't help but come away with a positive experience. I'm not sure you guys know how lucky you are to live in a city that has a place like this. I'm moving to Galveston soon, where there is virtually NOTHING. While I prefer to support the little guy, this megastore is a godsend.

      The size of the store has one distinct benefit: increased shelf space, to stock a larger diversity of goods (duh). Looking for that one bulk item that you can't seem to find anywhere else? This place will probably have it. The flavors of Purely Decadent Wheatsville can't carry because of its size? Ditto. Trying to find the best produce in town? Right here, Kemosabe. And the size doesn't have to prevent you from finding something quickly if you know the layout of the store, which you'll get within a few visits.

      Of course WF has it's problems - attracting/marketing to yuppies, union-busting, etc. But I feel so much better when I pay for groceries here than a craphouse like HEB (albeit an affordable craphouse). The workers there seem a lot more helpful and cheerful there, too. We should always put the little guy first, but WF is a place that at least tries to care, and tries to get it right. They deserve at least some of our patronage.
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        Re: Re: Re: Whole Foods Market
        Posted by: Diogenes on 2008-02-27 18:45:00
        raw food doesn't always mean vegan.. there is such a thing as raw honey.. even raw cheese out there on the market if you want to get down to it..
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