It's such a cool place, first of all. It's like a little amusement park of a grocery store. The store is set up kind of like an Ikea where you wind your way through the different sections in a maze like pattern and when you're done, you are released to the checkout area where your nose is greeted with the tempting smells of ready to eat roasted and fried chicken, potatoes, pasta salads, fresh flowers and so much more. As you make your way through the store, there are many "shortcuts" so a trip there for a carton of milk doesn't take 20 minutes, although it's completely worth the walk through if you have the spare time. The atmosphere is more like that of an indoor market, where everything is in crates and coolers and bins with hand decorated signs telling you where your food came from. There are also animatronic characters throughout the store that will dance over your head and entertain little ones if you're grocery trips necessitate bringing wee ones. Personally, these things kind of startle me, but it's all what makes Stew's, Stew's!
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So our date was sexy in that we had a leisurely stroll through the store to acclimate ourselves, and chatted with the folks behind the meat and seafood counters. They answered all of our questions cheerfully and as thoroughly as they could, and we made it out of there with some bacon cheddar burgers, some freshl frozen yogurt and ice cream, and a few other gems. An important note: Even if you are not a pistachio fan, Stew's pistachio frozen yogurt is possibly the yummiest thing you'll ever taste, especially with a small dollop of vanilla on top. Trust me on this.
We went home and made our burgers, which filled the apartment with the glorious smell of bacon, as we settled in to catch up on the Game of Thrones finale - wow, Joffrey, what a tool. We had to settle for using Udi's bagels as we have yet to find a store that can hold on to their burger buns long enough for us to purchase them.
Speaking of which...
Has anyone tried the new Udi's hamburger buns yet? We can't seem to catch them anywhere, as they've been selling out like crazy! I am devoted to seeking out gluten free items, however stalking every grocery store in Fairfield County on a daily basis is just not reasonable.
Until then, we'll settle for burgers atop bagels, which I can now form into more even patties thanks to our new burger press from William Sonoma! I love making burgers from scratch, and this little tool will help ensure that they're cooked evenly all the way through, so we don't end up walking to the hospital with a bout of e coli. Yuck.
The new apartment features a cute little balcony, which sadly we cannot grill on, so we will have to settle for grilling on the stovetop for now, or the hospitality of friends who are hosting outdoor gatherings this summer, to fulfill our bun-loving desires. That is, if we can find them!