Go Whole or Go Home

Some of the best quick meals involve a hodge-podge of small snacks tied together by a theme: here, a mediterranean-style antipasti plate. The best place to put one together? Whole Foods.

wholly awesome.

Two individual pieces of bread, sliced thin [$0.69 each], shelled mussels [$2.00], a soft cheese and a hard cheese [$5 total, look for the tiny pieces in the basket or hiding on the cheese counter; alternatively, ask them to cut an already-packaged piece smaller – they’ll gladly do so], sun-dried tomatoes, an assortment of pickled vegetables, grape leaves, and dipping oil [gifts from Shaun’s parents], sparkling water [$1.29], and of course, a glass of white wine.

our last bottle.

The 2008 Bradford Reed Chardonnay is my absolute favorite Virginia white. My first glass was at The Local sometime last year, and I’ve craved it ever since. The vintner is a “virtual winemaker” who uses grapes from different Virginia wineries and creates his own blends. The chardonnay grapes come from Ox Eye Vineyards. It’s oaky and buttery [my favorite combination], and I’m going to scour the city now to try to replace the bottle.

Sometimes for dinner, picking is the way to go.


Just one of the many reasons Whole Foods is the best thing, ever.

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Courtney grew up in Reading, PA, and has lived in New York City (where she earned a bachelor's degree at NYU), Prague, Philadelphia, and Charlottesville (where she received a J.D. from UVa Law). Courtney and her new husband will settle in Philadelphia following a six-week Euro-trip extravaganza in September of 2012. Courtney's interests include music, writing, criticism, fitness, travel, cooking, and sports. Please enjoy the blog. LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/courtney-marello/1a/375/b30 Tumblr: http://abarrelofoddsandends.tumblr.com/


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