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Wholefoods Problems

I'm sorry but they simply cannot be on track with their sales projections. How can they when there are never many people in there shopping? You can call it anecdotal (assuming that's the term you meant to say), but I haven't spoken to anyone in the neighborhood that hasn't commented or griped how the coop is so expensive. I've lived in cities with wonderful coops and, believe me, this one is weak. I really hope it improves. It's right down the street, but so far, it's hard to get much other than a stray item.

Mar 27, 2013
nolala in New Orleans

Wholefoods Problems

The issue is that they present themselves, or are at least perceived by most, as the producer, when in fact they are not.

Mar 27, 2013
nolala in New Orleans

Wholefoods Problems

Kibbles, I learned something new. They (Hollygrove) don't actually garden. They just buy their products from the farmer's market vendors, so they are basically no more than an unnecessary middleman (assuming you can make it to the farmer's market).

Mar 27, 2013
nolala in New Orleans

Dinner ideas during French Quarter Festival

I wouldn't call Three Muses budget-conscious unless you have very little of an appetite. Small portions, big cost, bad deal.

Mar 27, 2013
nolala in New Orleans

Near Louis Armstrong Airport?

A number of good Latin American restaurants are on Williams Blvd, including a Peruvian place called Las Carnitas, which was recently reviewed by Ian McNulty.

Mar 26, 2013
nolala in New Orleans

Wholefoods Problems

Stating "lack of customers" is an obvious one. Everyone knows that the coop is hurting greatly, and things cannot maintain as is. There is just not enough business coming in. It's apparent. This disappoints me greatly as I have been hoping for a coop for years, but I'm also not going to be in denial about it. I'm also not going to be in denial about the coop's prices. Sorry, but the word's out on their selection and prices, and it shows. That's reality.

Mar 24, 2013
nolala in New Orleans

Wholefoods Problems

The items I compared were at least the same or more expensive at the coop. I don't expect a coop to have the same purchasing power, but I'm (and as evidenced by their lack of customers, many others also) not going to pay more than Whole Foods.

Mar 18, 2013
nolala in New Orleans

Wholefoods Problems

Does Hollygrove use raised bed gardening? What with all the lead in our soil, I don't really trust anything grown here otherwise.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/14/gar...

Mar 17, 2013
nolala in New Orleans

Wholefoods Problems

I could work around it if I found organic produce and bulk comparable to Whole Foods. Unless I'm missing somewhere, the produce just isn't there elsewhere and to places like Fresh Market and CBD Rouse's, bulk means basically only candy. The Healing Center co-op is as or more expensive than Whole Foods, so there's that.

Mar 16, 2013
nolala in New Orleans

Where to take Red Lobster foodies ???

Mr. B's is pricey. What about Bourbon House or Muriel's?

Mar 16, 2013
nolala in New Orleans

Best Sazerac?

Sylvain

Mar 16, 2013
nolala in New Orleans

Best boiled Crawfish please!?

Again, boiled crawfish in the Quarter is 2 to 3 times as expensive as it ought to be. It's as if they charged $20 for a bowl of gumbo.

Mar 16, 2013
nolala in New Orleans

Wholefoods Problems

But does Langenstein's have the organic and bulk selection that Whole Foods does? That's what gets me. Otherwise it would be easiest to just shop at the Rouse's in the CBD.

Mar 14, 2013
nolala in New Orleans

Best boiled Crawfish please!?

First off, do not eat boiled crawfish in the Quarter, for unless someone knows of a place otherwise, I haven't seen or heard of anyone there with crawfish less than at least 2X what you'll pay outside of the Quarter. The closest place might be Cajun Seafood right where Rampart turns into St. Claude. Otherwise, downriver, you could hit Captain Sal's on St. Claude or upriver, you could try Fisherman's Cove.

Mar 12, 2013
nolala in New Orleans

Wholefoods Problems

You've got to be kidding. What about simple communication, you know one human interacting directly with another? Instead of that you want Whole Foods to operate like a DMV?

Mar 11, 2013
nolala in New Orleans

Muffaletta without olives?

So, where can I get oysters on the half shell, minus dem ersters?

Mar 10, 2013
nolala in New Orleans

Looking for the Soul of New Orleans

Mena's and Daisy Duke's (add Fleur De Lys) to it are as bad as any food you'll get in the Quarter. Don't waste a meal at any of these places.

Mar 10, 2013
nolala in New Orleans

Restaurant(s) on Hopedale Highway?

Anyone know if Pete's or anything else is still open way down on Hopedale Highway?

Mar 10, 2013
nolala in New Orleans

Wholefoods Problems

What in the world are you talking about? I've never had a problem with people not lining up. Maybe you should go at a less busy time.

Mar 10, 2013
nolala in New Orleans

Vegetarian in New Orleans

If you are vegetarians, Central Grocery seems decidedly like a place you don't want to visit. What about Satsuma or Bennachin or Domenica.

Mar 10, 2013
nolala in New Orleans

Pizza Delicious opens full-time

I've been there three times. First two, spicy, third time, not at all spicy. Guess I just don't see what the big deal is about PD.

Feb 28, 2013
nolala in New Orleans

Any restaurant serve Nutria or wild game?

Try the place on Rampart St right when it turns into St. Claude, riverside. It was King Roger's for years, had nutria, sat empty, got remodeled recently, but it's your best and closest shot. And, it has to be said, I'd rather eat bugs than wait in the tourist-line and eat at Acme. Why not go across the street to Felix's?

Feb 28, 2013
nolala in New Orleans

Any word on Sara Roahen, former food critic for Gambit?

Pretentious? Are you kidding? She wrote a hell of a good book.

Feb 28, 2013
nolala in New Orleans

Pizza Delicious opens full-time

PD a few weeks ago...the sauce had absolutely no spiciness to it and the knots were way overdone. For consistency in the neighborhood, I'd rather go to Sugar Park. Good soups there, as well. For best quality, though, it's easily Domenica. And yes, toppings do matter.

Feb 24, 2013
nolala in New Orleans

R'evolution, not just the name is subpar

Feb 24, 2013
nolala in New Orleans

Wholefoods Problems

Their CEO John Mackey is a total piece of crap, but despite that, Whole Foods is still better than the competition...Fresh Market, Rouse's, etc.

Feb 24, 2013
nolala in New Orleans

Grocery with Peruvian Corn/Maiz Chulpe to make Cancha

Anyone know of a Latin grocery who carries this? So far I've gotten blank looks/responses. Surely someone must like making cancha. Thanks in advance.

Jan 31, 2013
nolala in New Orleans

Dick & Jenny's vs. Jacques-Imo's

"Laid back" is not how I would describe a hyper atmosphere manned by a drunk owner often staggering around and laid out across cars outside, but to each his/her own. D&J's definitely.

Suggestions: Don't hit Coop's during peak times or you will wait and the quality of your food/service may suffer. They serve from 11am until 2am. Also, Port of Call is frankly overrated. Much better options abound.

Jan 18, 2013
nolala in New Orleans

foodies stuck with golf trip buddies...

Here's your/their problem. The golf courses are mostly way out. You could suggest the one at Audubon Park, and that would give you an in to suggest any Riverbend,Magazine St., or St. Charles Ave. restaurants. Otherwise, who knows what's in the English Turn, etc.

Jan 18, 2013
nolala in New Orleans

Japanese grocery w/ Bonito?

Thanks much, HG. As it turns out, I was recently at Hong Kong Market and surprised despite their selection that they only had the bonito powder, not even flakes. It seemed that a place on Williams was probably the place to try.

Jan 18, 2013
nolala in New Orleans