Have a recommendation? We'd LOVE to hear it!
Salutations Readers!

Kalamazoo has good food.
Great food, in fact. We have made it our mission to check out all the local eateries one at a time - and more for our own poor memories than any other reason, we'll be chronicling our adventures in food here. And some places float our boats way more than others, which is why we have developed the very scientific
five golden forks rating scale. Ok. It is not scientific at all. It is actually quite unscientific. But, it is something. And now, you can search all of our reviews by the forks rating. YAY!


But, wait! There's more!
Kalamazoo Foodies no longer just eat at restaurants then review them. There are recipes posted, some easy, some less easy, all delicious. There are, or will be, book reviews, the new
Foodie Movie Review-y which will focus on movies about food or ones that have a lot of beautiful food in them. There are other food musings, and hopefully soon contests and so much more. But, Foodie Friends, it is all about food. Because we love it!
And, we want to hear from you!

We want to hear your comments on our recipes and reviews. We want to know where you love to eat. And, we are looking for GUEST bloggers to broaden our horizons a bit. And, if you haven't found us on Facebook, you should do that too. Like our page for other fun Foodies stuff like photos, polls, and more.


SO KALAMAZOO PATRONS - where do YOU love to eat? Because we'd love to check it out and share our thoughts here. Give us a comment below, and quickly! Our tummies are grumbling in anticipation.

A Note from the Foodies about our typical fair:
So, you may notice as you read our blog that we often order the same thing wherever we go. OK, maybe not quite, but we do often order similar things. Kristin has her caprese salads and mushroom dishes. Kate has her baked goat cheese and things with tofu. Well, readers, we wanted to let you know that this is absolutely intentional. A) We love those things, so why not order what you love? And, B) It is a lot easier to compare apples to apples than it is to compare apples to comquats. So, we like to order similar things to have a good sense of how to compare them. Just wanted to let you in on that little secret. Bon appetit!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Earth Fare Preview

Well Foodies... we know it has been quite some time since there has been any traffic on this site. I would say I am sorry about that, but we've been living our very busy lives with a VERY busy 2-year old. That said, we are trying to keep you in-the-know on great food via Facebook, so if you haven't found us there yet, you really should. I promise we post at least once a week.
 
Also, we pin almost daily! We've got lots of food (and non-food) boards. Find us and follow us on Pinterest for more Foodie fun!
 
On to the business of this post...
 
A beautiful produce section welcomes you when you enter the store.
The Kalamazoo Foodies were honored to be invited on a special tour of the organic-food market, Earth Fare, which opens in Portage THIS Wednesday. They are open 7 am- 10 pm daily.
 
The company is 40 years old and started as a one-shop operation in North Carolina. Their mission is to connect communities and improve lives through food. They place a strong value on customer service and aim to provide the freshest, healthiest food available. Learn more about Earth Fare here.

Earth Fare's Food Philosophy.
The Portage store will be their 35th store. They are growing slowly and purposefully, and look for communities that are vibrant, have a strong local-food movement, and focus on wellness. This will be their first store in Michigan.
 
Their labeling system makes it easy to tell what is local, organic, or gluten free. They define local as sourced within a 100 mile radius. Most aisles have easy-to-find gluten-free sections.
Clear labeling helps to identify local (within 100-mile radius) products.
The bulk-foods area is robust and you are encouraged to try before you buy by opening up any bin and scooping a sample into your hand. I tried their English Toffee and organic, vitamin C gummi bears. There are no dyes in any of their foods, which means that the color candy section is full of colors you would find naturally. You can also buy honey, maple syrup, and agave nectar in bulk and can even bring your own container if you want. Also included in the bulk-food section is a nut grinding station for fresh-nut butters.
 
Nut-grinding station.
The Earth Fare brand offers many options throughout the store and are priced at a great value. I saw boxed macaroni and cheese, pasta sauce, and more that I will be trying.
 
At the back of the store are three aisles of wellness-related items including medicinals, supplements, and beauty products. Our tour guide showed us a collection of gift baskets that will be raffled off this week after the grand opening. I saw many brands I recognized and many new ones.
 
Other areas of note within the store:
  • All products at the meat counter are antibiotic free.
  • The cheese counter has a large selection, including many local cheese, and all are made from "grass-fed milks."
  • The majority of the breads are baked in-store and made from scratch. Plus, they have fresh baguettes at an everyday low price of $.98!
  • The deli counter features a large variety of house-made salads and other options. There is a salad bar ($7.99/lb) and a hot-foods bar (also $7.99/lb). There are also a multitude of grab-and-go options including sushi. These items can be enjoyed in the store's CafĂ© area (which includes free wifi) or taken to go. You can also grab a cup of coffee from the coffee bar.
  •  Finally there is a fresh juice and smoothie bar. You can build your own or go with one of their blends. All are made fresh to order.  "Happy hour" is from 2-5 pm and gets you a $1 discount on your juice and smoothie purchase.  
    Fresh juice and smoothie bar.
 

Check out the daily meal deals!
I was especially intrigued by the Meal Deals. I have included a picture of the Meal Deals board. In addition to the daily deals, which include things like $7 pizzas and $5 rotisserie chickens, they also ALWAYS have $3 healthy kids meals. For an on-the-go family who strives to eat fresh while on a budget, I feel as though this may become a new option for us to add into our meal planning rotation!

The grand opening is THIS Wednesday, February 25th! The first 100 people "in line" (they have worked out a ticket system so you don't have to actually stand outside in line, but can wait in your warm car) will get a gift card with a surprise value ranging from $5-$500! They will also be announcing the amount of a donation they will be making to Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes following a fundraising event they held this past Saturday. They are excited to become engaged in our community and help others when they can.
 
 
With that, I am excited to announce that the KALAMAZOO FOODIES have a gift card to giveaway! A $50 card to Earth Fare! All you need to do it post the link to a healthy recipe that your family enjoys in the comment section below, and we will randomly choose a winner  THIS Friday, February 27th!  How easy is that?

Check out more photos from our tour below! We look forward to adding your recipes to our collection! 

 
Loving the Healthy Kids Meal options!!! Only $3!
Sandwich counter with a great daily deal!


Clean, bright, and welcoming. The view from the front door.

Fresh pizza! 1/2 a pizza for $6!

The cheese counter with its large selection.

Check out the local cheese options.

Fresh, made-from-scratch breads including $.98 baguettes!

Lots of great health and beauty options.
 


THIS COULD BE YOURS!

 


Friday, April 11, 2014

Where to find us...

Hello Fellow Foodies!

We haven't forgotten about you. And, I promise we are still eating great food. We just don't have as much time to tell you about it.

If you aren't already a Foodies Fan on Facebook, we do post more frequently there.

And, the Foodie Family is now pinning away on Pinterest. We have lots of food related boards and more! We would love to see you there as well!

Until next time... happy eating!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Happy Holidays!

Happy holidays from the Kalamazoo Foodies!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Foodies Lately..

Sorry for the lack of food musings lately. We've had a very busy start to the academic year.

Posts coming soon on:
Our date night to The Wine Loft
An early dinner at The Crew
And, a surprise birthday breakfast at Sophia's House of Pancakes

Thanks for your patience. We will blog soon!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Hungry for more?

Hi Foodie friends!

Hungry for some Kalamazoo Foodies? Sorry we have been so quiet lately. The last few months have brought us a lot including: a first birthday party, a new job, croup, sleepless nights, and busy times at work. So, we have not only not been posting, but we haven't been exploring a whole lot in the food area.We hope to get back to posting a little more soon. And, wanted you to know we are thinking about you.

In the meantime, if you haven't popped over to Facebook and "liked" our page, I recommend you do so. We post a little more frequently on Facebook... fun photos, links to new places we want to try, etc. Hopefully, we will see you there soon.

Signing off for now. Yummy treats coming your way before too long!


Saturday, August 24, 2013

Little Foodie in the kitchen

Foodie friends! We know it's been awhile. We've been busy chasing around this little one year old! But we promise we will be back in the swing of things soon.

In the meantime, here is a pic of Little Foodie exploring the kitchen.

See you soon.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!

The Kalamazoo Foodies are 5 YEARS OLD TODAY! 

 That's right, our first post was published 5 years ago today! Take a read and see how far we have come!

That's all. Just wanted to pause to celebrate! 

THANKS!

Disregard the number of candles and my name... if only we had a Bert's Bakery Cake to celebrate with!