Alhambra's new Fresh & Easy wasn't relatively uncrowded compared to the first few days when I visited early Saturday morning. Just as she predicted, the first person I saw was Pam from the late and lamented Daily Gluttony blog. She and her baby and husband were taking advantage of the "Adults with children" spaces right up at the front of the parking lot, which is a nice touch, as are the hybrid parking spots. But I'm still having a slightly hard time getting my mind around Fresh & Easy's product selection. I was surprised to see several cheeses from Cypress Grove -- they were in stock on the wonderful Humboldt Fog and it looks like they'll be getting Midnight Moon and a few others, which is reason enough to shop there, since the prices will probably be lower than Whole Foods. The rest of the cheese selection is uninspiring though, while the meats are generally better. Is there a big demand for bresaola in Alhambra? I hadn't realized. Somehow the prepared and frozen foods didn't really appeal to me, but I'm sure they're helpful for people who can't cook. I noted a few interesting products I hadn't seen before. Crispbakes are some kind of breaded amalgam of potatoes, bacon and chicken, or a breaded chili beef patty...is this some kind of British invention?
I'll also be surprised if they sell a lot of salmon croquettes. Nature's Nosh looks more promising -- it's a refrigerated plastic box with either chopped fruit or edamame that you top with nuts for a healthy snack. It seemed a little pricey at $2.99 since you could easily throw this together yourself, but a nice idea anyway. I also liked the "grill pack" which is a big plastic box full of burgers and sausages -- you'd be the hit of the BBQ if you showed up with that. There were people helping put the items through the automated checking machine as well as bagging, which I'm sure won't last long, but they were very friendly. I could see going back from time to time, since it's more convenient for me than the Glassell Park one. Which of the prepared items are decent?