I am such a grocery-store geek. I love wandering around groceries, checking out what’s new and taking note of what they’ve got that our stores in northwest Alabama do not have — which is usually quite a lot. Take, for instance, this Kroger in Madison, Alabama (which is just north Alabama without the “west” part), which has an incredible international or global or ethnic aisle or whatever you want to call it. I call it, “There are some wonderful things here that I really should buy and take home and learn to cook.” Now, our local northwest-Alabama stores do have “ethnic” food, but it’s more along the lines of tortillas, salsa with some duck sauce and rice thrown in. This array, on the other hand, was impressive — there’s even a British section that made me want to brew a cup of tea, put my feet up in front of a cozy fire and read an Agatha Christie mystery. While eating a digestive biscuit, of course.
You would hate it here no variety what so ever! Happy Sunday and New Year!
I was really amazed by the array of international foods at Krogers when I moved to Houston. All those things that I used but couldn’t get are just sitting there on the shelf. Wheeeee….
I used to work with grocery chains for a living, so I am almost embarrassing when it comes to grocery stores. In fact, when we travel I am always seeking out the local shops to see what it’s like.
Brit food – buy the Hob Nobs!!!!
I totally agree with your comment about the lack of a proper grocery in northwest Alabama. I don’t know the problem; think our area is notorius for being cheap. We suffer the same fate in restaurants too.