Whole Foods, the organic food from Austin to all Anglo-Saxon countries

whole foodsWe pass in the back door of the building, and head to Columbus Avenue. Sid confesses to me that the area is under video surveillance.  When entering and leaving, the white people do not think about it. If there is a black individual, the security ensures that they actually live there. Apparently, in spite of Martin Luther King and even more so with Barack Obama, the prejudices never die.  He tells me that even in the apartment profile that he rents; he puts a picture with his “white” friends.   If you only see him, there is no chance that they would trust him.  I can’t believe it! Between the two apartments there is a Whole Foods.  It is widely used in the United States, particularly in New York, as people coming home after work and certainly don’t want to cook, but at the same time don’t want to eat junk food.

Whole Foods is a chain of stores where there is prepared food and groceries, but the store that gained awholefood lot of success in the Austin area, has spread to 270 locations in the United States, Canada and Great Britain.  Because it focuses on organic products, it shelves approximately 2400 products that support local agriculture and seasonal foods.  There is an attention to cultural conditions and respect for sustainable for fish and meats. It also offers a wide range of bakery and pastries that are gluten-free, dairy-free and egg-free, for those who are allergic those.  I start to feel hungry after seeing all the delicious options.   The apartment will be our next stop.   As soon as we enter the apartment, we welcome a girl squatting to dust the TV. The girl is from South America and she’s very sweet.   I speak a little bit of Spanish with her.  Sid looks around smugly.  The last time someone had cleaned the apartment, had not properly cleaned.  That is why Sid wanted to go there, to make sure that everything was perfect to be rented.   In fact, in addition to working on Wall Street, as a lawyer, he has four other apartments he manages, three of which used as Bed and Breakfasts.

Thanks to the website Airbnb, business is going very well for Sid.   It’s a very popular site where you can find private apartments.   He is seriously thinking of committing himself to this and leaving his job as a lawyer; as the apartments are almost always full due to the tourist demand throughout the year.  I like his theory, too bad it does not have any apartment in Rome between IMU and mortgages.   It would be impossible to get an apartment.   It would be nice though to be able to rent an apartment and with the profits, be able to travel the world.

Whole-Foods-006I leave Sid to his extra job and I head to Whole Foods and between bites of food, I call Scott, an old friend. We met when I came to New York the first time.  We communicated sporadically via e-mail for all these years, but we kept always in touch.   Then this year, in April, he came to Rome, and I mentioned to him that I would come in New York. Yesterday I bought the sim card I needed for my phone and with that we could phone each other to plan to meet each other again in the evening for dinner: Appointment in Greenwich Village at 6pm on 14th avenue.

I am satisfied with my lunch: rustic turkey and cheese. I feel like a real New Yorker!



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