I’m beginning to think that all the good vegan food shopping is in Virginia. Between H-Mart and Wegmans, there’s really no reason for a vegan to go anywhere else.
Check this place out, it’s a warehouse. More like a city really. You can get pretty much anything here, from food to furniture. Not only that, but in addition to regular grocery store goods, they carry the most extensive selection of vegan and GF products I’ve seen, Whole Foods and co-ops included!
This is only a third of the GF aisle. Dry goods on one side, frozen on the other.
I picked up some GF bread crumbs (for the baked onion rings I plan on making) and pretzels. I asked a fellow GF DC’er over at Gluten Free? Gimme Three! for a good GF pretzel rec, and she really came through with these from Glutino. As she pointed out, the serving size is generous and they are really, really good!
I also found these baked lentil chips in the regular old chip aisle, but they’re also vegan and GF. Have you ever heard of lentil chips before?? I had to try them (obviously) and they’re super light, crunchy and full of flavor. Definitely will get them again. If you do see them in the store though, just know the cucumber dill variety does have milk in it.
The dairy free section included every kind of cheese, yogurt and milk on the market. There were more than a handful of brands I didn’t even know existed! Almond milk yogurt? They had it. Across the aisle were some vegan frozen foods and I finally found a veggie burger not made from the standard ‘mock meat’ formula. Fingers crossed it doesn’t taste like mock meat…
I also picked up a few other staples, including coconut peanut dressing, bean dip and salsa (Wegmans own recipe).
The dressing is as good as it sounds and the salsa has about a million ingredients, just how I like it (and why I never really have the patience to make my own).
I also found these instant Pad Thai dishes that are both vegan and GF! There are several other Asian inspired meals in the line, but if you see them, make sure to read labels because several are either not vegan or not GF. I can’t wait to try these, I love Pad Thai.
I picked up a few more items that I want to review individually, so stay tuned for the best chocolate probiotic bar I’ve ever tried, a vegan ‘cheesy’ salad topper made from spirulina and chlorella and a vegan GF burrito. I don’t have a car, so any sort of food shopping where I don’t have to carry stuff (a minimum of) 5 blocks is reason for me to stock up.