Foodland Farms Ala Moana
Foodland is a locally owned chain of supermarkets. They’ve been a tenant at Ala Moana Center since the beginning, but in 2016 they relocated to a brand new location at the Ewa end of the mall. The revamped store has the usual Foodland grocery selections, but it’s so much more – it’s almost like a super store, with an amazing array of ready-made convenience items.
I’ll skip over the grocery section since it’s pretty much like any other Foodland, and go straight to what makes the Ala Moana location unique and an attractive stop for tourists and locals alike:
- Impressive selection of fresh-cut fruits, juices, kombucha, and ready-made salads and sandwiches for healthy eating on the go
- Salad & deli bar, complete with hot breakfast items in the morning and my favorite: a fruit & yogurt bar
- Of course, no Foodland would be complete without their famous selection of poke and made-to-order poke bowls:
- I’ve yet to see this anywhere else: a ready-to-cook fresh vegetable bar, sold by weight. Gorgeous display aside, this is seriously convenient for the busy person who needs to get dinner on the table ASAP, or if you’re staying in a vacation rental and want to cook but don’t have a lot of space or tools. Everything you need for a stir-fry or BBQ is right here for your picking! Genius.
- Gourmet foods like an antipasto bar, imported cheeses, charcuterie and wines from R Fields:
- A wine bar! Inside of a supermarket! (They were closed when this picture was taken so not sure how this works – are there wines by the glass? do you pay a corkage for a purchased bottle?)
- Food court-like specialty “stations” like shave ice, made-to-order sandwiches and pizza, musubis.
- Bubbies Mochi Ice Cream by the piece (Whole Foods carries them too) and handmade ice cream sandwiches:
- An upgraded bakery with freshly made donuts:
- HI Steak plate lunches:
- As with many Foodland locations, a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf inside the store:
- and a large, modern eat-in space (utensils and napkins can be found as you exit the check-out area.)
Their awesome eats, combined with its close proximity to Nordstrom (their nursing room has practically been my home away from home) and Nijiya Market (another one of our essential grocery stops) has us hanging out there, like, all the time. D and I usually are there every Saturday after dropping off Nomz at Japanese school, planning our day over coffee and a bite to eat.