Thursday, August 5, 2010
Michele's Granola At All Our Organic Markets
This is the combination that has changed mornings here in Casa del HowChows. For years, breakfast was basically the orange juice that I deliver in the morning. Then we went to Montreal where she ate yogurt and granola in the hotel. It reminded her of all the simple breakfasts she has enjoyed while travelling, and she decided to bring that experience home
The local option was Michele's granola, a Baltimore brand that Mrs. HowChow found in Whole Foods. She topped her bowls with the Fage Greek yogurt. It's a cool, sweet, crunchy breakfast, and it has inspired her to keep it up. The granola is the key, Mrs. HowChow says. Small packages that stay fresh. Big chunks of granola. She says it's like they bake trays of granola, then break it into the bag.
Have you noticed that I don't have a lot of opinions here? She loves this stuff. I don't want to get between a woman and her infatuation. From my snacking, I'm impressed at how fresh the Michele's tastes. The oats are right up front, then nuts and fruit (at least in the cinnamon raisin we have in the pantry). Right now, Mrs. HowChow wants bags of the original flavor. The cherry chocolate doubles as a dessert, and the ginger is her variation. For right now, she doesn't buy pumpkin spice and the cinnamon raisin, although she thinks they might be flavors for fall.
I have seen Michele's at all the local organic markets -- Roots in Clarksville, David's Natural Market in Columbia, and Mom's Organic in Jessup. Roots was definitely cheaper than Whole Foods, which makes a difference because this stuff runs about $6 for a 12-ounce bag. For the record, Kristi talked up Michele's when I wrote about Greek yogurt last week.