Sunday, May 1, 2016

Cinco De Mayo This Week

Perhaps you're looking to celebrate with some Mexican foods this week in honor of Cinco de Mayo. Our local natural foods stores are certainly offering lots of specials with ready to cook chicken or beef fajitas or carne asadas, Frontera sauce sales, the three for $1 avocado sale at Sprouts and the like. If you are looking for more inspiration, check out these guides: Cinco de Mayo Menu from Food and Wine magazine, Cinco de Mayo from Saveur magazine, and of course, anything from Rick Bayless.

And happy May Day!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Boulder Farmers' Market Today

Well, maybe not the most optimal weather day for strolling today's Boulder Farmers' Market, but think of the local fresh gems you could get if you made the effort (plus making a local farmer or two very happy). Here's what the Farmers' Market says:

At the Market this Saturday: 
overwintered spinach, tulips, pea shoots, asparagus, scallions, arugula, rhubarb, carrots, spicy greens, kale, Swiss chard, green garlic, walking onions, radishes, lettuce, herbs, micro-greens, hanging baskets & gardens starts

Friday, April 29, 2016

A Few Alfalfa's Specials

I rarely get a chance to get to Alfalfa's, much as I love the stores in Boulder in Louisville. Too bad, as they do so well with everything organic, and this week they have some specials that could be so helpful for Cinco de Mayo. I'd love the organic roma tomatoes at $1.49 a pound, and two house-made organic items, guacamole for $6.99 a pound, and pico de gallo just $3.99 a pound, perfect if you just don't have time to make your own. I'm also eyeing Di Parma prosciutto for $18.99 a pound, perhaps around $10 less than the norm, and it doesn't take much to add a special touch to a pasta or risotto. Might just have to make a special trip.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

CO Green Chili Pop-Up Saturday

Whole Foods reports they'll have a Colorado Green Chili pop-up this Saturday from noon to 6 pm at the Pearl Street store. There will be tastings during the pop-up, plus 20% off these products, and that part lasts all day. Other Whole Foods are also involved, but none others listed in Boulder.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

This Week's Hot Grocery Deals (IMHO)

We have new sales starting today at our Boulder Sprouts and Whole Foods stores, while the current long one at Vitamin Cottage continues through May 7th (look quite a few posts down for that one). Here's what's looking good to me now.

Sprouts will offer another 72-hour sale this weekend, Friday through Sunday, where I'm liking previously frozen 26/30 count wild Gulf shrimp for $6.99 a pound, some Tillamook yogurts three for $1, whole seedless watermelons 10 cents a pound, and pork baby back ribs $2.99 a pound, although the weekend's weather isn't looking so great for bbqs and picnics for the latter two.

In Sprouts' regular sale from today through May 4th, I'm liking whole or split fresh chickens $1.49 a pound, ground chicken, pork or chicken breast all $2.99 a pound, stew beef $3.99 a pound, and quite lean 93% lean ground sirloin $4.99 a pound. It's another week where their fish specials aren't truly calling me.

In organic produce at Sprouts, yellow peaches are $1.98 a pound (it will be a while before we see those beautiful ones from the Western Slope, so get started with an alternative), green curly kale bunches or cucumbers are 88 cents each, Bartlett pears are 98 cents a pound, and four pound bags of Valencia oranges are $2.98 each. In conventional produce, avocado fans will delight in Hass avocados at three for $1 (hope you're still reading, Ms. A.!). Elsewhere in the store, with Cinco de Mayo coming up, there are lots of "fiesta favorites" at 30% off. I'm also liking some Siggi's Icelandic style yogurts $1 each, Garden of Eatin' Cantina tortilla chips $2.50 for a big 13 ounce bag, bulk pepper jack cheese $1.99 a pound, and a line drive on Barbara's products at 40% off. For those in the market, there's also a baby sale, with some natural and organic baby essentials 25% off.

At Whole Foods through May 3rd, Hass avocados are $1 each, not in the league of Sprouts' three for $1, but the ones at Whole Foods tend to be larger. Organic Whole Trade mini watermelons are $3.99 each, wild domestic 21/25 count raw shrimp are $9.99 a pound, and fresh lake trout fillets sound tempting at $10.99 a pound. Frontera marinades and cooking sauces are $2 each to make Cinco de Mayo easier, and 365 brand organic extra virgin olive oil in the Mediterranean blend are on sale in both the liter and half liter sizes. Plus Whole Foods Market omega supplements are 50% off.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Boulder Kitchen Tour This Weekend

For those dreaming of kitchen improvements, this year's Dream Kitchens Tour will be this Saturday, the 30th (10-4) and Sunday the 1st (noon-4). It features "Boulder County's finest 'dream' kitchens," and benefits the I Have a Dream Foundation of Boulder County at $20 a ticket. Details can be found here.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Sprouts Webinar Tomorrow

Radiant skin sounds more to my liking than some of Sprouts' other wellness webinars. Tomorrow Sprouts will have a webinar on naturally radiant skin, details and registration here.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Two More Alfalfa's Events Tomorrow

Alfalfa's is busy these days. Both the Boulder and Louisville stores will host different events tomorrow, with these details from them:

The Anti-Inflammatory Diet

Louisville: Sunday 24th 4-6pm

Find out how diet choices can reduce pain and inflammation!
• Learn the best foods to avoid
• Learn the best foods to include
• The power of raw juices
• Key herbs and supplements
• How to build your own food plan
• Reduce common aches and pains:
     *Headache   *Joint aches   *Muscle soreness
• Prevent chronic illness
Get free expert advice on achieving your healthy goals from Todd Nelson, D.Sc., Naturopath.
Todd has been educating people in Colorado about
healthy nutrition and wellness for 33 years.
Sign up at Guest Services or CLICK right HERE!

Restoring Gut Health: Creating Digestive Wellness

Boulder: Sunday, April 24

with Todd Nelson D.Sc, Naturopath
Learn how to heal your gut with food and understand how to optimize digestion.
This class is great for those with IBS, GERD, Constipation, Diarrhea, Gas & Leaky Gut.
Sign up for this FREE class here.
- See more at: https://www.alfalfas.com/events/#sthash.uatLEYL6.dpuf

Earth Day Continues At Alfalfa's

Earth Day has become something more like Earth Week around here. Tomorrow, the Alfalfa's in Louisville will celebrate with samples and outdoor grilling, plus Hippy Hemp Iced Chai and Dirt Milk Shakes, hmmmm. Here are the details from them:

Lovin the Local Earth Day Party

Louisville: Sunday 24th 11am - 2pm

11am-2pm
Free Samples from our favorite LOCAL vendors!
Outdoor Grilling
1$ Chicken Hot Dogs
$4 Dirt Milk Shakes
$2 Hippy Hemp Iced Chai
- See more at: https://www.alfalfas.com/events/#sthash.uatLEYL6.dpuf

Boulder Farmers' Market Today

What a difference a week makes in Boulder. Last Saturday we were facing a spring storm that brought a foot and a half of snow, and today is gorgeous, already shorts weather. So that means it's a great day to get to the Boulder Farmers' Market, and don't forget Alfalfa's a block away will be celebrating its "B'earthday," with details in my post just below about that. Here's what the Market says to expect for today:

At the Market this Saturday: 
pea shoots, asparagus, scallions, arugula, over-wintered spinach, rhubarb, carrots, spicy greens, kale, Swiss chard, green garlic, walking onions, radishes, lettuce, herbs, micro-greens, hanging baskets & gardens starts