Ike’s is a popular sandwich chain that originally started in San Francisco. As a result of its overwhelming popularity, it now has several locations in Northern California and a one in Southern California. I tried their sandwiches on a recent trip home.

Because they are so busy, you can’t even call in an order during peak hours. Luckily, we were eating a late lunch, so we were able to phone in our order and pick it up.

There are dozens upon dozens of sandwiches to choose from, with most of them priced between $9-10. The sandwiches all have very unique names and there is a good variety of vegetarian options. For each sandwich, you can choose between wheat, sourdough, French roll, or Dutch crunch (a white roll with a crackly top that is commonly offered in the Bay Area). The Dutch crunch is by far their most popular bread.

I’m sorry I forgot to take a picture of the Dutch crunch bread. I was with my family and only had a few moments to snap pictures as everyone was starving.

Spiffy Tiffy

Avocado, Halal Chicken, Mushrooms, Pepper Jack, Pesto, Provolone

Each of the sandwiches are served with their “dirty secret sauce.” It’s a creamy, bold and flavorful sauce that makes the sandwiches quite tasty. Unfortunately, it can also soften the bread if not eaten right away. This sandwich was massive, but between the avocados, mushrooms and the sauce, this sandwich bread got quite soggy.

DIY Extracts

Making your own extracts is really easy and they are perfect a perfect gift for the holidays.

I recently made some vanilla, spearmint and mint ones that I plan on giving to friends. You can customize them too, with different bottles, labels, etc.

I have to hand it to Mr. K, he didn’t even blink when I randomly told him at 10 AM that I needed vodka. He’s used to my crazy requests. Later that day, we went to buy a giant bottle so I could start making the extracts.

Over the past year and a half, I’ve found myself shopping more and more at Whole Foods Market®. So when I was approached about sharing with my readers why I shop at Whole Foods Market, I was more than happy to participate.

Initially, Whole Foods Market for me was the store I would occasionally visit to buy snacks from local businesses or to grab a quick meal from their extensive prepared food bar. But as I spent more time there, I began to really appreciate all that it has to offer and the company’s values. I have increasingly relied on it as place to shop at whenever I have guests coming over, when I’m planning a nice meal, or when I’m in need of high quality meat, seafood, or produce. Here are some of the things I really love about Whole Foods Market:

Support of Local Businesses - I love supporting local businesses, so it’s really important to me that Whole Foods Market carries products from so many local businesses. I love finding artisan chocolates, healthy snacks and other unique products.

Sustainable seafood - I consume a lot of seafood and Whole Foods Market allows me to do so while still feeling good about it. For wild-caught seafood, Whole Foods Market carries a lot of Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified seafood. For all non-MSC certified wild-caught seafood, Whole Foods Market has color-coded sustainability ratings. Anything deemed red-rated is not sold at Whole Foods Market.

 

Whole Foods Market also carries farm-raised seafood with very high standards of care, including prohibiting use of antibiotics, added growth hormones, added preservatives like sulfites and phosphates, and genetically-modified seafood.