My friend refers to all comic book stores* as "the geek store." This never fails to come to mind (in an admittedly tangled way) whenever I receive a Cooks Illustrated in the mail because if there's a comic book equivalent for food geeks, this has got to be it.
I don't know enough to be a food geek, but I do love everything about Cooks Illustrated: its no-ads black-and-white seriousness; Kimball's Vermont-weird editor letters; the bursting-with-pride Notes from Readers with solutions to common house-hold challenges; and the thorough products tests at the back.
For the May/June issue, the product being tested is hot sauce.
About an hour ago, Whole Foods posted this intriguing bit of news on its Facebook page:
We're SUPER EXCITED to announce that leases have been signed for new stores in the following areas: Maple Grove, MN; Albany & Brooklyn, NY; Alpharetta & Savannah, GA; Memphis, TN; Toronto, Ontario and North Burnaby, British Columbia!!
So, about that new Memphis store ... "Technically, we're expanding," says Darrah Horgan, a spokesperson for Whole Foods.
As the Memphis Business Journal previously reported, the Whole Foods location in East Memphis will take over the Office Depot space.
But today's announcement comes with more details about what the expansion will entail as well as a rough time frame.
On Sunday, Imagine Vegan Cafe celebrated its one-year anniversary with a buffet spread and a SRO crowd, but it was only last Thursday that I made it to the Cooper-Young restaurant myself.
Thursday's visit was prompted by Imagine's participation in Dining Out for Life -- they generously donated 50% of the day's proceeds to the Friends for Life event.
Now that I've been, I can't wait to go back.