whole foods is the best organic/natural foods market anywhere. of course, it is more expensive than your average ralphs. however, it is well worth it if you're looking for products that aren't sold in regular stores. the pasadena one has a health and beauty section, a bakery, and a wide selection of sandwiches and other "take-out" food. this is also a very good place to get fresh seafood. fruits and vegetables are also very fresh, but expensive if you go organic (they also have conventionally-grown products)--keep your eye out when they have sales. the best part about this market is how pleasing it is to shop there. the environment is relaxed and everything is pristine. i actually look forward to shopping when i go here! the only down side is that it does get expensive. my suggestion is to go here to supplement your usual grocery staples. tip: their "365" house brand is usually reasonable and comparable to other markets. tip#2: if you don't mind the crowds, head here on sat. afternoon. tons of samples! you could practically eat lunch there. always a lot of cheese, and if you go to the deli, they'll give you as many samples as you want of their deli meats.