A Gourmet Food Store Worthy of Harry Potter

194143 Is this store real life?

Sometimes you just don’t feel like cooking—which is why most people decide to eat out.  However, for that population who wants it all “eating food they didn’t cook, at home,” here is the place for you.

Balducci’s tagline “Food Lover’s Market” really hits the nail on the head. Balducci's is a grocery store, but with gourmet, ready-made dishes that would even impress your Italian grandmother.

I was introduced to the magic of Balducci’s by a friend. I had heard of this mythical place, but I had never experienced one until recently.  I was on my way back from a car show (go figure) and we decided to stop in for lunch. Little did I know this would be the beginning of a fruitful friendship.

As soon as I walked in, I felt like I was in a store out of Harry Potter — the place looked like it was magical. All of the specialty foods were beautifully wrapped in foils and decorative papers and there was an aisle just for chocolate.  Chocolate. (I was sold.)  They carried some specialty brands from Sweden, which made me very happy, and they had walls of  soups, salads, and desserts to take home. Jackpot. There was a chef serving up “to go” boxes of salmon piccata, three-cheese tortellini covered in pesto, roasted artichokes. Yea, we weren’t in D.C. anymore.

But, I digress. Like I stated before, we stopped in for lunch -- which meant I was lead over to the "deli"...