The most wonderful new place opened close to my neighborhood! I have been waiting for a year, and it is worth the wait! Though I live in an affluent community, there is nowhere to get decent Italian products! There are lots of Jewish deli places, but no Italian products outside of the chain grocery stores. There is a "designer cheese shop" on El Paseo, our version of "Rodeo Drive". On my last trip there, I bought a pound and a half of cheese, signed the credit card while chatting, and found out on the way to the car, I had just spent $76.00 for two pieces of cheese. I have NOT been back!
Our new Palm Desert treasure is a brand new Bristol Farms!!! (Those of you in LA, San Francisco or Orange County already know how exciting this is)!
On my first visit, this week, I spent an hour just walking around the store with my camera. I was AFRAID to get a shopping cart, as this is a potentially DANGEROUS place for my diet! They have a "bar" for EVERYTHING!
Gelato Bar (be still my heart!)
Soup bar (8 kinds)
Chocolate Bar (they are dipping fruits and making confections in front of you)
There is a fabulous floral section (like an upscale florist, with an unbelievable selection of plants, flowers, topiaries, gifts)
There is a cafe.
There is a meat carving station (you can eat there, or buy by the pound and take it home). I thought I was back at a porchetta stand in Italy!
The butcher shop is wonderful.
The deli is spectacular.
The fish selection is amazing.
The produce is beautiful.
The housewares/cards/kitchen gadgets is perfect!
The wine ROOM will knock Brad's socks off. There were SHELVES just from Piemonte!
Did I mention the bakery?
But my FAVORITE is the CHEESE. Oh my goodness!
This section was just for CHEDDAR!
Here is the Parmesano:
Here is the Italian cheese section. Stuff I haven't ever seen or heard of!
These are cheeses from France and all things blue!
Tomorrow I'll show you more...