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Sunday Brunch...at Whole Foods Market?

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Normally on the weekends, you can find me, bottomless mimosa in hand, at one of the many awesome brunch spots around town. But this typically leads to a couple of buckets of beer...which lead to a few outdoor games of bags...which lead to someone losing a bet...leading to a stripped-down afternoon jog around Little Woodrow's...and a few more buckets of beer...followed by a late-night trip to Benihana (a true account of my life).

Sometimes, though, you just need a day to "get your business done." And when I need to do that, I start my day off at my go-to gettin'-it-done spot, Whole Foods Market. I can enjoy a blissful outdoor brunch, food-shop for the week, and get on with mah business. Its kick-ass coffee bar, killer breakfast burritos and lovely, fresh baked goods keep me coming back for more.

Let us start with the coffee. Have you ever tried a Toddy brew? If not, get your quenched ass over to a WFM stat and give this a try. Toddy coffee is created using a cold-brewed method, in which the grounds are steeped in room-temperature water for a longer period of time than a hot brewed coffee. Since heat breaks down the oils in coffee beans, causing bitterness, a Toddy brewed coffee has a less acidic, slightly sweeter, and smoother coffee flavor. And Whole Foods does a grand job with their delicious Iced Toddy Brew. I take a medium one of those and add a splash of half & half.

It seems the perfect way to start my day on its own...until I see the Breakfast Taco & Burrito Bar. Depending on my appetite, I'll get a ginormous burrito or go for a smaller, more manageable breakfast taco. But since I can't stuff as much as I'd like to in the tacos, the burrito usually takes it (whatever, I can finish it later cold). I choose between a whole wheat, spinach, plain or sun-dried tomato wrap while eying the fillings: choices of eggs, beans, veggies, cheeses, and meats. And then the toppings: fresh salsas, guacamole, and sour cream.

I usually go for the scrambled eggs, chopped red onion, pico de gallo, black beans, hunks of queso fresco, and crumbled bacon. Then, and this is top-secret information here, I have them add in some fresh spinach leaves (hint: if they don't have them at the bar, ask and they'll get some for you from the salad bar - or just walk your lazy ass over to the salad bar yourself and bring it to the person that is so kindly building you this amazingly delicious burrito).

I prefer my salsas and sour cream on the side so I can custom build each bite, but feel free to slop the freshly made toppings right in. The tomato salsa is banging, sweet and garlicky with a kick of heat from the minced serrano peppers. But the roasted tomatillo takes the cake, perfectly balanced with hints of jalapeno and fresh lime. Loves it!

If instead I want something sweet, I hit up their freshly baked goods for one of their wonderful croissants, muffins or danishes. My personal favorite are the moist chocolate-filled croissant and sweet, flaky cheese danish.

Happy and full, I am ready to go and get my business done (but this is most likely after I take another quick walk around the store to sample a few cheeses, some hummus, fresh mango and a crisp chardonnay).


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