Photos: Opening Day at New Leaf


Posted by on Wed, June 18, 2008

We’ve all been eager for New Leaf to open, but no one than our teenage daughter Victoria.  A recently converted health nut, Victoria has struggled to find many healthy alternatives at the local stores.  Today, we had a hard time getting her to leave the store.

Victoria’s Top 10 things that make me happy at New Leaf

Cheri Parr

Salad Bar: I like the options at the salad bar, mainly because it gives a healthy alternative during our time off at lunch. They also have a hot entrée bar, olive bar, and well stocked deli. Yay options! One warning – the desserts are delicious and will call your name if you come anywhere near them.  Naturally, you have to go through the desserts to get to the salad.  Sigh.

Cheri Parr

Fresh organic fruits and vegetables: Between the millions of fruits and vegetables, I didn’t even know where to start. There was an intense amount of produce, and all of it was ripe, which is a nice change. Best of all?  Samples, samples, samples.  Who can say no to free fruits.  Not me.

Cheri Parr

Job opportunities: Working behind-the-scenes might not always be glamorous, but it gets the bills paid. New Leaf provides many job opportunities for teenagers, including some friends of mine.

Click below for more, including a surprise guest.

Pasta options: Not only can you buy a diverse amount of pasta; you can also buy some healthier options. New Leaf provides pasta made from flour, wheat, and even corn.

Soy milk: Many products are sold at New Leaf that are made with soy- including the ever-famous soymilk.  I had options.  I had choices.  Even coffee soy!

Cooking sauces: I love to cook.  I don’t love making sauce.  New Leaf has a whole section of sauces and dressings so I’m hitting the recipie book for some new unique dinner ideas.

Dairy selection: I love yogurt and you guessed it – soy yogurt.  Usually I’m lucky if I can find one variety at the other stores, but today I counted over 5 varieties of soy yogurt. You literally have enough options to keep you guessing which is best to buy, and best of all, which is best to eat.

Hair products: I could have spent all day in the great hair and beauty section.  Lots of testers, lots of samples, and great hair products from shampoo to shiners.

Mac and cheese without the guilt: Annie’s White Chedder Mac n’ Cheese.  Nuff said.

Soda alternatives: Although most people are fine with classic Coke, there are others who seek something new. Ever hear of Zevia?  It’s a low-calorie soft drink sweetened with stevia. And guess what – it tastes pretty good too.

And here are a couple more pictures of Half Moon Bay’s exciting New Leaf store.

Cheri Parr


Cheri Parr

Cheri Parr


What a wonderful market!  My son and I were there today as well, and all I can say is wow. But, I have a question - how did you manage to get photos without a ton of people in the background?!  :-) The place was packed when we were there at 3pm.  And to think they aren’t even completely stocked yet!

Yes, it is wonderful to have such a great shopping experience in HMB. And, especially delightful to see such lovely displays of my two fave vitamin ‘c’s: chocolate and cheese. happy shopping!

Oh Martha - you’re speaking my language now.  How about that other C - Cabernet!  I was also happy to see a few single malt scotches, and if you want to entertain the 10 and younger set - they have machines that let you grind your own Almond Butter or Peanut Butter, which you can then eat on Dagoba chocolate.  If you haven’t tried it - you must.  My favorite is the Xocolati which is 74% dark chocolate with Chilies and cocoa nibs.  They also make a nice lime/ginger and best of all, they are on sale this week!  I can also recommend Voges Chocolate - the Black Pearl Bar has wasabi, black sesame seeds and ginger.  I didn’t see Voges at New Leaf - but they carry some at Simply Delicious.  Maybe we need to start a Chocolate thread in Town Hall?  This is making me hungry!

We are soooo happy to have New Leaf in HMB! One of the things we missed when moving to El Granada from San Mateo is Whold Foods and TJ’s. I feel like a kid in a candy store when I walk into New Leaf. Hooray!