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Now for something really different.

Hey there! We hope everyone had a great holiday season. Don’t know about you, but I am more than ready for a New Year’s detox after the past few days of food-stuffed gatherings!

We’re always getting new and exciting products in, quite a few of them brought in by our Grocery buyer, James L. This particular item really has us psyched – it’s healthy, really different than anything we’ve seen before and we are the only store in New Jersey to carry it.

It’s The Pure Wrap. 60 calories. Raw. Gluten-free. 9 grams of carbs. Non-GMO Project Verified. No bread, no grains, no soy. It’s a wrap made of coconut meat. Continue reading


(Vegan) (and Raw) Foodie Fun

Hello there! We hope you had a nice Thanksgiving and got a nice start to your holiday shopping.

Coming this Saturday, Dec. 3rd, we’ve got a great free lecture you may want to check out – Flu-Proof Your Winter: Simple Strategies to Beat the Flu with our own Maryjane Mercovich, M.S., Nutritionist and Homeopathic Educator. Many of you know Mary Jane from our Nutrition aisles – she is literally a walking encyclopedia of nutrition! Well, she’s going to give out some of her tips for avoiding the flu this season – and what to do if you get it – naturally, of course. She’ll be in Ocean at 1pm and Shrewsbury at 3 pm. Just think, an hour spent learning from her may save you a week of being sick! (That old “Ounce of prevention, pound of cure” thing)

Vegan and raw foods have come a long, long way, far from just a few years ago, when the general public thought of the diet as “rabbit food” or existing on nuts and plain salads. Vegan and raw chefs have become true innovators to meet the needs and demands of these quickly-growing lifestyles; more and more people are changing their diets and the chefs are stepping up to the plate to come up with more interesting, nutritious, good-tasting food and gourmet options. Like Good Karma Vegan Cafe and Live Jolly Foods. Continue reading

so many things!


Part 2 of our Intro to Raw Foods series was awesome. Abby made chia puddings – one with vanilla agave, the other with blueberries. She explained how chia is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which as you may know is essential for proper body function on so many levels. A few people have called who couldn’t make it to the class but still wanted the recipe, so without further ado, here it is 🙂

1/2 cup chia seeds
3 cups pure water
1/4 tsp Sunfire salt
1/4 cup hemp seeds
2 tbs Sunfire Superfoods Vanilla Agave Nectar

Combine chia seeds, 2 cups of water and Sunfire salt in a glass jar and shake well. Let stand for a minimum of 20 minutes or store in refrigerator overnight.

Combine hemp seeds, 1 cup of water and agave in blender. Blend on high until smooth.

Blend soaked chia and hemp mixture in blender until
moderately smooth.
– OR –
Pour hemp mixture into soaked chia and stir. This method will give you a result similar to tapioca or rice pudding.

Serving suggestions:

– Top with cinnamon or nutmeg and shredded coconut.
– Add raisins or goji berries.
– Blend or stir in 2 cups fresh or frozen berries.
Blueberries are especially nice.
– Sprinkle in some bee pollen and/or Sunfire Superfoods cacao nibs for a real superfood delight!

In other news, have you seen Forks Over Knives yet? We’re sponsoring the film as part of the Yoga Festival by the Sea and The Showroom’s Indiefest this Saturday, Sept. 24th at 4:00. Pretty amazing movie. It follows 2 doctors who have both done their own studies on diet affecting overall health and their conclusions that a whole foods, plant-based diet can not only prevent, but sometimes remedy serious illnesses like diabetes and heart disease. Personally, I have born witness to 2 friends who have gone on their recommended diet and after only a few months had changed their health enough to go off their blood pressure meds. It’s definitely something to consider.

Oh, and bonus if you go – our own Mary Jane AND Raw Foods Abby will both be on the nutritional Q&A panel afterwards. Tickets are available through The Showroom but be warned, the theater is small so it will sell out!

A closing note: A random photo of Ocean’s Front End manager Kelly. Cheers!


Our first Intro to Raw Foods class a few weeks back was a hit – we had so many people signed up we had to add a second class at the Ocean store. That’s never happened, crazy!

So we are doing another one – ready for Part Two? Raw Foods Guru and instructor Abby Cahn-Anton is! Space is limited, sign up at the store of your choice or call Customer Service. Here’s the lowdown:


We’ve been working on some major things coming up that I am dying to tell you about – but can’t just yet, aaahhhhhh! Stay tuned, it’s pretty exciting stuff.




The Dirty Dozen

Everyone knows that fresh fruit and vegetables are an important part of nutrition – but don’t negate the nutrition by consuming massive amounts of pesticides. It’s important to eat organic whenever possible, but especially the produce off the Dirty Dozen List. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) releases a list every year of the fruits and vegetables with the highest pesticide levels and it can be pretty unnerving when you hear some stats. For instance, this year’s top “dirty” food? Apples. More than 40 different kinds of pesticides have been found on apples alone, ack! And strawberries, who can resist a plump, juicy strawberry? That’s another one to watch out for, with over 50 different pesticides’ residue.

Make safer choices when shopping for produce – remember the Dirty Dozen and try to always buy these organic.

Dirty Dozen – 12 Most Contaminated

  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Strawberries
  4. Peaches
  5. Spinach
  6. Nectarines – imported
  7. Grapes – imported
  8. Bell peppers
  9. Potatoes
  10. Blueberries – domestic
  11. Lettuce
  12. Kale/collard greens

Clean 15 – Lowest in Pesticide

  1. Onions
  2. Sweet Corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Avocado
  5. Asparagus
  6. Sweet peas
  7. Mangoes
  8. Eggplant
  9. Cantaloupe – domestic
  10. Kiwi
  11. Cabbage
  12. Watermelon
  13. Sweet potatoes
  14. Grapefruit
  15. Mushrooms

PS: We just got deliveries yesterday of the RAWbundant cheeses in both stores. It’s been hard keeping them on the shelves so if you’re looking, they’re here, get ’em while you can!

What’s New at Dean’s

Hey hey hey!

We’re always on the lookout for great new items to bring into our stores for you. In the past couple of weeks, we’ve got some really exciting new things to tell you about.

Back in July, we attended the Red Bank screening of Forks Over Knives, giving out samples of some of our favorite vegan nibbles. At the stand next to us we met Chef Zoe of RAWbundant   and were able to try some of her raw & organic dishes. We were hooked. She has the most amazing raw “cheeses” made with 100% raw organic cashews from Bali, either feta-style or cream cheese-style, original, garlic & herb or with cracked black pepper. They’re dairy, egg, soy, GMO and gluten-free and absolutely delish. Plus she’s local too, right up in Linden, NJ. She’ll be in Ocean sampling on Friday (8/12), you’ve gotta try them!

DIRT? Todd’s Dirt. Yep, we all chuckled at this one too when Owen, our Grocery Manager in the Ocean store brought this new product to us. Owner/inventor Todd tried for years to duplicate a friend’s seasoning recipe, only to stumble upon one he liked even better, thus The Dirt was born. 100% all-natural and allergen/gluten-free, Todd’s Dirt is one of those favorite catch-all seasonings, great on anything from steak to popcorn. We’re experimenting in our kitchens with it, doing a dry rub on tofu steaks and spicy sweet potatoes. Pick some up and let us know what you come up with!

OK, here’s another one we were like “What?” when we got it in. Betty Lou’s Powdered Peanut Butter.  100% organic, 85% less fat than regular peanut butter, no cholesterol, low sodium and only 45 calories per serving, Betty Lou’s Powdered Peanut Better is quickly becoming a favorite for weight watchers, as a post-workout pick-me-up, or a healthy snack for kids

What else….OH! The Candle Cafe Vegan Pastries! I mentioned them the other day on Facebook and they’re almost gone now, but don’t worry, we’ll get more. My personal favorite is the mini chocolate mousse tart with the lemon-poppy mini muffins running a very close second 🙂

Check back with us now and then for more new item updates and remember, if you find an amazing food, drink, beauty product, etc. that you think we simply MUST carry, let us know!


Local Blues

Gearing up for the big holiday weekend? This Independence Day, remember to support your independent local businesses. Local businesses are part of our community and what makes it special.

Local Blues from Little Buck Organic Farm in Hammonton, NJ

We bring in local product whenever we can, like Eileen’s Gourmet Granola (Ocean Township,) Papa Ganache Pastries (Keyport) or Giamano’s Pasta Sauces (Bradley Beach.) This week we’ve got some great local New Jersey organic blueberries from Little Buck Organics Farm in Hammonton, NJ, the “Blueberry Capitol of the World.”

Family-owned and run by Louis and Elizabeth Condo, Little Buck Organics is one of only 4 farms in NJ who primarily grow certified organic blueberries. It’s hard work, a lot harder than growing conventional berries (who rely on pesticides to do a lot of the work) but the end result is plump, juicy and bursting-with-flavor fruit, hand-picked, sorted and sent all over the country. Well, we’re very lucky that the blueberries we’ve got in our stores go from the farm to table in only a day!

Now this is delicious: Raw Blueberry Sorbet.

  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk
  • 3/4 cup agave syrup
  • 1 tbs. lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract

Blend all ingredients until smooth. Chill in refrigerator, then follow directions on an ice cream maker. If you don’t have one, spoon mixture into a deep dish and place in freezer, stirring with a whisk every 20 minutes. Repeat 2 or 3 times then cover and freeze. When ready to serve, you can either put in a blender for creamier texture or whisk in the bowl.

For more of this week’s produce specials, click here.