London and I go way back. Many moons ago I studied and eventually lived there for several years. Recently, I traveled back for work and stayed in the East End known as Shoreditch where alternative trends, up and coming art and fashion, and a variety of cuisines all thrive here. During my time, I got the chance to learn more about a grocery store that’s been around for a few decades. It’s simply called The Grocery.
The Grocery is a health food store that started in the 90s by two friends, Simon Hill, and Geoff Goodman. They wanted to create a place they would want to shop in. At the time, this area of the city was a food desert, with no access to fresh food what-so-ever. The building was originally a bank, but it has also been a fax machine store, a tattoo shop, and it even recorded a radio show. The founders quickly realized they didn’t want to carry big name brand products from Persil, Unilever, or Procter & Gamble, so they brought in addition...
During the end of last year, I was fortunate enough to spend some time in northern Spain, in the Asturias region, in the coastal city of Gijón. It’s a lively little city of about 300,000 people, right on the water with all the modern conveniences and old-world charm you would expect in a European city.
If you’ve ever watched any cooking shows on Netflix, you’ll know that the Spanish cuisine is world renown, but what you may not know is that over 25% of the county is dedicated as agricultural lands, making Spain the largest food producer in Europe. It’s no wonder that this abundant country has a unique food establishment, practically on every street corner and it’s called LA FRUTERIA!
Watch the video as I check out Gijón's fruteria shops.
While I was in Gijón, I spent a lot of time getting to know my local fruteria shops. I love learning about new cultures when I travel and what better way to get to know people than with food, specifically, how they bring food into the home?
I live in West Hollywood, California and Sprouts Farmer’s Market is the place I do most of my shopping, so I thought for my first post I thought I should go with what I know!
What are some basic company facts? Let’s find out…
Sprouts Farmers Market is defined as a “Natural & Organic Grocery Store.” Their headquarters is in Phoenix, Arizona. The store’s ethos is healthy living for less. Their bright and cheery interior is designed to model an old fashioned farmer’s market. They offer name-brand health oriented products as well as their own Sprouts Brand products. They aim to sell minimally processed foods free of hydrogenated fats, artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, and preservatives. They are known for their sizable bulk foods, produce, and vitamins/supplements sections. There are currently 277 with plans of opening more.
Without history there is no meaning, so let’s check it out…
It began simply enough, with a man selling peaches on a street corner, and evolving over the years....
As an introductory blog, it’s only natural that we should get to know each other. So here we go with the 5 Ws!
Healthy Mackenzie, that’s me! I live in West Hollywood, California. Food and everything surrounding such a broad topic is my passion. Growing up, I attended a vegetarian school (I know crazy right!?) and I remained a vegetarian well into college for a total of 8 years. Then I moved to London and began traveling extensively. During this time I had no limits on my culinary experience and tried everything from insects to tripe. It wasn’t until I moved back the US in 2014 that I began to reevaluate what I was eating. The more research I did, the more I knew that eating a vegan diet was right for me. This shift opened my eyes to the novelties of food and how it is grown, processed, distributed, sold and eaten; not just vegan food but all kinds. Thus, these were the beginning thoughts of The Grocery Checkout.