Day 30: I Swear I Do More Than Eat!
Honestly. Before this challenge I grocery shopped maybe once every 10 days.
Maybe shopping small is giving me a glipse of living in Europe where people actually shop for fresh food every few days!
Good for us, though, because it’s leading us to some cool spots. Then again, my family recalls past vacations based on where we ate; and plans other vacations based on restaurants we want to try.
I loved today’s spot. And, since my son’s indoor baseball practice isn’t too far from there, I’ll be in the area a few more times.
Granted it feels a little “hipster,” but it gave this suburban mom a few minutes of imagining to be trendy, living in the cool condos above Lemon Tree Grocer.
While they pretty much carry everything you would need for day-to-day groceries, the focus is their deli, artisanal cheeses, and butcher. I was incredibly impressed with their prices for Boars Head deli meats and responsibly raised (no growth hormones, grass-fed, you know the drill) chicken and beef.
Don’t feel like cooking? They have a nice selection of prepared meals with FRESH and REAL ingredients.
Need to pick up dessert? Though I didn’t get any today, they looked delicious. Gluten-free or vegan? They have amazing options for you too.
Kids with the sitter? Pick up a bottle of wine (or beer if you’re hanging out with me) and some cheese.
Need a gift basket? You could go to town here with any theme.
The staff is extremely friendly and helpful- they’ll even walk you to the product which you know I love so much.
Lemon Tree Grocer also has a cafe, Zest Cafe. Don’t worry, the cafe is set off to the side so it doesn’t have the creepy feel of people shopping next to your table. The menu lunch/dinner specials change daily, and it was still fairly packed when I was there after lunchtime. There’s a Saturday/Sunday brunch with a Bloody Mary bar & champagne cocktails, anyone game?!