Whole Foods is the Cadillac Escalade of grocery stores. It’s a great place to people-watch. If the customers aren’t celebrities in their own right, most are definitely A-list in their own minds. You’ll find the freshest vegetables and the priciest cuts of meat, but smart shoppers balance their cart with the company’s reasonably-priced 365 Everyday Value brand.
Check out the legendary olive bar, where in addition to olives you can find everything from preserved lemons to South African peppers. The 3rd Street store also has a great selection of cut flowers, an excellent vitamin and supplement section, and even some sidewalk tables, where you’ll sit only feet away from cars haplessly circling the lot looking for a parking space. Don’t play games with the 1.5 hour parking rule at the 3rd St. location – I’ve seen Mercedes and BMWs getting towed.