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November 14, 2008 @ Whole Story
You may remember back in summer when we first started up on Twitter and chose our favorite Tweet of the Day until the end of August. Well, Tweet of the Day is back - starting on Monday November 17th 2008 (coincidentally, also my birthday!).
November 14, 2008 @ Whole Story
This week, we've got a spring in our step and a silly grin on our face - could it be love? Perhaps, perhaps... but seriously, folks - we're just elated with the positive feedback we've gotten this week! You like us, you really like us!
November 13, 2008 @ Whole Story
I'm one of those people who can wander a grocery store for hours, weaving in and out of the aisles, often times doubling back just because.  However, this means that sometimes wonderful and unintended purchases end up in my gr
November 7, 2008 @ Whole Story
Food and its obvious necessity to sustaining life has been a particularly hot issue this year with increased concerns about rising costs, safety and quality.  This week, we'd like to share with you two interesting projects that unveil aspects of the current state of food in the United States.  Let us know what you think! Food Fight! Documentary
November 6, 2008 @ Whole Story
One of the great pleasures in life is enjoying a memorable meal with your loved ones. Restaurants eliminate the work that goes into preparing a great meal - but at a price.
October 31, 2008 @ Whole Story
As a child, Halloween was my favorite holiday - an excuse to wear an outrageous outfit and walk around my neighborhood getting free candy - what was there not to love?  Sadly, I'm a few years past my trick-or-treating prime (though I still enjoy those crazy costumes!), but thankfully there are many bakers out there making sophisticated Halloween treats right in their own kitchens!  Check 'em out. At Home with Kim Vallee
October 30, 2008 @ Whole Story
One of my favorite aisles to walk down in any Whole Foods Market is the bulk section.  Towering clear bins brimming with grains, dried beans, dried fruits, nuts, spices and more - all waiting to be weighed out and taken home -
October 24, 2008 @ Whole Story
The distinct chill of fall is in the air and I've started engaging in the usual rituals of preparation for cold weather — unearthing my pullovers and sweaters and hypoallergenic comforter.  I'm cancelling items on my social calendar in favor of curling up at home with a pair of knitting needles and a few skeins of yarn.  And with all this newfound time at home, I'm dreaming of roasting butternut squash with sage, baking a silky cinnamon spiked...
October 23, 2008 @ Whole Story
In our Budget Recipe Challenge, we got some excellent recipes and money-saving tips from a seasoned group of food bloggers.  After going through our comment
October 17, 2008 @ Whole Story
With the presidential debates drawing to a close this week and Election Day coming up, we're finding that everyone's got politics on their mind - and for good reason.  This week's featured read is from Michael Pollan who wrote a thorough and detailed open letter to our next 'Farmer-in-Chief' in last Sunday's New York Times Magazine's Food Fights! issue.  He encourages the US's next leader to bring the important issue of food quality and safety into the disc
October 16, 2008 @ Whole Story
Can you say great deal?! Print out our new coupon — $5 off any $25 or more purchase in any of our U.S. stores – good from now until October 22, 2008. This coupon has now expired!
October 10, 2008 @ Whole Story
Okay, we're cheating a little this week and perhaps this post would be better named "What We're Watching..." 'cause that's been the preferred method of media consumption this week. A friend of mine reminded me of some excellent TED | Talks that I'd encouraged him to listen to a few months back. Mark Bittman on what's wrong with what we eat
October 9, 2008 @ Whole Story
We often get stuck in our own ruts without realizing.  We buy the same grocery items week after week, make the same dishes again and again and wonder why we get bored with eating at home.  This week, we challenge you to look a
October 3, 2008 @ Whole Story
I think it's pretty safe to say that in these difficult economic times, we're all looking for ways to save a bit of money.  Thankfully, this doesn't mean completely changing your lifestyle.  Some of our favorite 'green' blogs offer up some very do-able, unique solutions for conserving cash.  Check out some of our favorite creative solutions: Frugal Green Living: Save $1000 Using These 6 Tips
October 2, 2008 @ Whole Story
You've all surely heard the saying that 'less is more' - and while in many cases, this little cliche rings true, Ideal Bite's Tip Library challenges this idea with its post th
September 19, 2008 @ Whole Story
Updated 09/19/08 We just for an email from Sandra 'Mama' Himes, our Executive Coordinator of Operations with an update about our Houston and Sugar Land store hours! All of our Houston area stores, including our location in Sugar Land will be open 9am to 9pm on Saturday and Sunday. Next week, our store hours will be 8am to 9pm and after then, we will return to our regular hours. Thanks to everyone for hanging in there with us. Updated 09/17/08
September 19, 2008 @ Whole Story
We recently challenged some of the best food bloggers out there to a recipe contest. Make a weeknight meal for 4 for less than $4 per serving. Entries came in from chefs of all kinds - cookbook authors, vegans, college students, stay-at-home moms, engineers and we had to narrow a large pool down to our favorite six. But even our runner up recipes were pretty awesome and we thought we'd share with you some of our favorites that didn't make the cut... Apron Adventures: Asian Ginger Steak
September 12, 2008 @ Whole Story
About three months ago, I purchased my first home - a modest one bedroom, less than a fifteen minute bike ride to work, in a safe but diverse neighborhood and with a gorgeous, gorgeous brand new kitchen.  I remember when I first moved in how my enthusiasm (and lack of funds - man, closing costs add up!) drove me to cook meals for myself from scratch almost every night.  I've since fallen out of this habit - choosing to go out with friends or just 'grabbing something quick' instead of enjoying my own home cooking.

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Winnie Hsia is a founder, instructor, and performer with Sky Candy, Austin’s first and most diverse aerial and circus arts school. You may remember her as Whole Foods Market®’s first Social Media Coordinator and Community Manager. She still loves making meals at home from scratch and entertaining friends and family.