Foods that help fight diabetes, heart disease, migraines and more!

We here over and over that we should eat healthy.  But don’t hear how to or which foods, and why they are important.  Check out this cool article that breaks down why foods like, bell peppers, spinach, pumpkin, almonds, broccoli and many other foods are awesome for your body.  It is even better if you can pick them up local or organic!

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Wednesday’s Hot Bar 02/29/12

RAW FOODS: raw kale salad, raw chipotle kale salad, raw cole slaw

SOUPS: mushroom and barley soup, miso soup, split pea and ham soup, clam chowder, potato/horseradish & bacon soup

VEGAN FOODS: local Hunan BBQ tofu, mujadara, Spanish quinoa, seitan with peppers and onions, black beans, broccoli basmati rice, sugar snap peas with caramelized onions, vegan succotash, gobhi matar, curried cabbage, aloo mutter, chole saag, vegetable korma, tomato rice

VEGETARIAN: roasted yellow tomato and blue cheese pasta, tandoori naan

MEAT: Jamaican jerk chicken, curry crusted loin, garlic and capers on rockfish, chicken samosa, chicken tikka masala

*Hotbar is subject to change throughout the day without notice.

Under Construction!

As we’re sure you’ve all noticed, our store is currently in the midst of some construction. Behind those white tarps will soon be the home to many new exciting features in our store. As we try and work quickly and quietly to meet our expected opening date, we foremost apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. We know that once it’s all over, the end result will be well worth it. Here’s what to expect…

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Showing Pigs Some Love

Burrito behemoth Chipotle recently highlighted factory-farmed pigs’ plight with an ad during this year’s Grammy Awards. The commercial drew national media attention to an important message: Support local, small-scale, chemical-free farming rather than the heavily mechanized methods used by most major producers. The ad aligns with some of the philosophies the company lives by: Since 2001, Chipotle has sourced 100 percent of its pork from gestation-crate-free producers as part of the company’s “Food With Integrity” campaign.

We’d like to give a round of applause to Chipotle for putting money and energy into raising national awareness with this commercial!

Tuesday’s Hot Bar 02/28/12

RAW FOODS: raw kale salad, raw carrot & fennel slaw, raw cole slaw

SOUPS: miso soup, clam chowder, brunswick stew, wild mushroom and barley soup, miso soup

VEGAN FOODS: gluten free veggie lasagna, local hunan BBQ tofu, green curried local tofu, buffalo vegan bites, black beans, basmati rice, vegan succotash, misir wat, tikel gomen, bedelijan, mujadara, gingered squash, steamed broccoli

VEGETARIAN: 5 spice roasted butternut squash

MEAT: cider braised chicken, braised chicken with olives and mushrooms, salami ziti, talapia with black beans and corn salsa, curry crusted pork loin, Spanish chicken, braised red cabbage with bacon

*Hot bar is subject to change throughout the day without notice.

Monday’s Hot Bar 02/27/12

RAW FOODS: raw cole slaw, raw kale salad, raw fennel and carrot salad

SOUPS: mushroom and barley soup, vegan chili, tomato bisque, clam chowder, brunswick stew

VEGAN: local tofu stir fry, buffalo vegan bites, green curried local tofu, local Hunan bbq tofu, black beans, basmati rice, ater kik alicha, bedelijan, dinich wat, tikel gomen, vegetable curried rice, gomen, mujadara, steamed broccoli, misir wat

VEGETARIAN: roasted yellow tomato and blue cheese pasta

MEAT: braised red cabbage with bacon, spanish chicken, cajun pork loin, braised chicken with olives and mushrooms, trout with lemon asparagus cream sauce

*Hotbar is subject to change throughout the day without notice.

Caromont Farm Local Cheeses!

We’re super excited to get in two new local goat cheeses from Caromont Farm in Esmont, Virginia! Caromont is located just 23 miles south of Charlottesville where their core values of sustainable farming start with a commitment to their animals and a strong connection to place.

Gail Hobbs Page is the owner and  cheese maker at Caromont Farm. Her cheeses enjoy a  local as well as a regional following, and are sold at Specialty Cheese Shops, Farmers Markets, and Fine Restaurants  throughout the Southeast. Caromont  holds true to  the  basic farmstead principles of cheese making– they source no outside milk, use no frozen curd, and all cheeses are hand ladled. They continually strive to develop the  terroir of Esmont  in their  cheeses through improving their soil fertility while practicing  holistic herd  practices.

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Friday’s Hot Bart 02/24/12 Fiesta Fridays!

SOUPS: carrot and ginger soup, shiitake and lemongrass soup, chicken tortilla soup, beer and cheese soup, chickpea stew

RAW FOODS: fennel and carrot soup, living cole slaw, raw kale salad

VEGAN FOODS: flour tortillas, corn taco shells, TVP taco meat, Spanish rice, refried beans, black beans, basmati rice, guacamole, pico de gallo, salsa picante, vegan cheese, vegan sour cream, ancho lime pinto beans, fajita veggies, yuccatan veggies, steamed broccoli, local kung pao tofu, local asian tofu stir fry, chickpea picadillo

VEGETARIAN: shredded cheese, sour cream

MEAT: ground turkey, blackened talapia, shredded chicken, sarsaparilla braised pork, carne asada, ranchero casserole, garlic roasted chicken

*Hotbar is subject to change throughout the day without notice.

Thursday’s Hot Bar 02/23/12

SOUPS: beer and cheese soup, mushroom barley soup, chicken & tortilla soup, chickpea stew

RAW FOODS: carrot and fennel salad, raw cole slaw, raw kale salad

VEGAN FOODS: black beans, brown basmati rice, ginger squash, sugar snap peas, vegan succotash, roasted brussel sprouts, steamed broccoli, local kung pao tofu, mujadara, chickpea cacciatore, spanish quinoa

VEGETARIAN: roasted yellow tomato and blue cheese pasta, green bean almondine, chipotle cheddar mashed potatoes

MEAT: Jamaican jerk chicken, braised chicken with olives and mushrooms, cajun pork loin, rainbow trout with pesto veggies, meatloaf with port wine mushroom sauce, roasted cod with manhattan clam chowder broth

*Hotbar is subject to change throughout the day without notice.

Ellwood’s House Blend

Last week we headed over to Blanchard’s Coffee Co. on Forest Hill Ave. during their last few weeks at that location to test and taste some blends, single origins, and recommendations from Stephen for our upcoming house espresso blend. We even threw some milk in there to see how it held up.

In a few weeks, you’ll have the chance to try this delicious new house coffee, locally roasted right in Manchester at our new coffee, tea and juice bar. We’d love to know what you think!

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Calling All Asparagus Lovers!

We love Asparagus here at Ellwood Thompsons!  It is great to know that something you love is great for your body.  Asparagus is the leading supplier among vegetables of folic acid. A 5.3 ounce serving provides 60% of the recommended daily allowance for folacin which is necessary for blood cell formation, growth, and prevention of liver disease.  Its wealth of nutrients, fiber and very low sodium and calorie content make asparagus a nutritionally wise choice.  We have some beautiful organic asparagus on sale for $4.59lb. Stop by and grab a bunch while you can — they are going fast!

Dish Of The Week: Barley

Barley is one of the oldest cultivated plants.  It was first domesticated about 10,000 years ago in southwestern Asia.  Barley is a wonderfully versatile cereal grain with a rich nutlike flavor and an appealing chewy, pasta-like consistency. Its appearance resembles wheat berries, although it is slightly lighter in color. Sprouted barley is naturally high in maltose. When fermented, barley is used as an ingredient in beer.  Barley’s claim to nutritional fame is being a very good source of fiber and selenium, and a good source of phosphorus, copper and manganese.  Stop by our hot bar and try some of our outstanding barley mushroom soup!

Wednesday’s Hot Bar 02/22/12

SOUPS: beer and cheese soup, andouille sausage and kale, tomato bisque, miso soup, vegetable lentil stew

RAW FOOS: carrot and fennel salad, raw cole slaw, raw kale salad

VEGAN FOODS: black beans, basmati rice, steamed broccoli, vegetable korma, roasted cauliflower, vegetable curried rice, aloo gobhi, malabar’s curried cabbage, gobhi matar, chole saag, kadhi pakoras, mujadara, local coconut curried tofu, lentils with kale, kung pao local tofu

VEGETARIAN: tandoori naan

MEAT: braised chicken with olives and mushrooms, rainbow trout with pesto, chicken tikka masala, chicken samosas, red curried chicken

*Hotbar is subject to change throughout the day without notice.

First Annual Bumper Sticker Contest

We’re in the market for a creative, funny, and original new bumper sticker for our store – and we’d love to have your help! Get your thinking caps on and shoot us some ideas. Keep it simple and keep it clean, we’re looking for ideas that make us and everyone around us smile. We’ll announce one winner on March 16th and then have those stickers made and available to the public!

One winner will receive a $50.00 gift card to our store, life-long Richmond fame, and a picture on our website!

To enter, just submit your idea to sticker@ellwoodthompsons.com

Make sure you include your full name, email, phone number, zip code, and of course, your idea. Click on for the official rules and all the small print.

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Tuesday’s Hot Bar 02/21/12

SOUPS: broccoli & cheddar soup, miso soup, vegetable lentil stew, andouille sausage and kale soup, tomato bisque

RAW FOODS: raw kale salad, raw cole slaw, raw fennel and carrot salad

VEGAN FOODS: basmati rice, black beans, ancho lime pinto beans, bedelijan, misir wat, dinich wat, tikel gomen, mixed steamed veggies, english peas with caramelized mushrooms and onions, ater kik alicha, steamed broccoli, local coconut curried tofu, Spanish quinoa, lentils with kale, vegan loaded mashed potatoes

MEAT: meatloaf with port wine mushroom sauce, 5 spice local roasted chicken, baked spaghetti with meat sauce, rainbow trout with pesto asparagus, cider braised chicken, curry crusted pork loin

*Hotbar is subject to change throughout the day without notice.