[Mystery Eater here]
Have you given up on your local Vons because of low-quality produce, or sparse selection of exotic spices and other goods? On a recent trip to the local Vons, however, something delightful and innovative awaited...
Nut Butter Central?
Whatever its official name (which wasn't discernible from the kiosk), this particular Vons had various fresh nuts (almonds, cashews, peanuts, honey roasted peanuts, etc), and several stations where you could create your own nut butter! Peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter... mmm. Visions of various nut butters with sliced bread, fruits (apples, strawberries), and vegetables (carrots, celery) began to dance in my head...
Like a squirrel scurrying around to collect a fresh bounty of nuts, I was eager to see what these "nut stations" entailed. Simple-- fresh nuts were put in the canister, and with a pull of a lever, it would churn the nuts into fresh butter! Empty plastic boxes with matching lids are at your disposal, and your can "churn" as much butter as you'd like!
Pictured above is the organic peanut butter and and chocolate chips at 4.99/lb. It looks slightly unappealing (like numero dos, to put it nicely). However, the flavor is good-- a nice balance of smooth chocolate chips and chunky peanut butter. Another interesting (but more expensive one) was the cashew butter at 8.99/lb.
For the lazy, there are pre-packaged butters-- not as fun, and not for those lacking in willpower. I could see myself, plopped in front of the television, eating away until peanut butter seeped out from my pores.
Anyway, perhaps your local Vons will surprise you, with its updated decor and nut butter creation station. Let me know if you find any other interesting kiosks at your local supermarket-- fresh herb station? make-your-own smoothie bar? You may be surprised to find what your local supermarket holds... and please, share your findings!
2495 Truxton Road
San Diego, CA 92106