Tuesday, July 15, 2008

A Strange Thing Happened (on vacation)

Lawman and I did what some might consider a strange thing on our vacation. However, we do this just about every time we're in this particular place.

We went to a grocery store.

Yes, you read that right. A grocery store. And, not just one but two. Yes, here and here.

However, they're not your typical grocery stores. Ok, maybe it is for some of you depending upon where you live but compared to what we have available for food shopping, it's anything but typical.

As a matter of fact, in my opinion, it's out of this world! If I had access to this kind of place, our grocery budget would have to grow. There was so many unusual things available.

You see, my grocery stores have the standard mix of food -- dairy, produce, meat counter, deli counter and rows and rows of boxed and canned items. And a small, teeny, tiny section of organic products. Huckleberry's and The Rocket had a multitude of products I'd never seen. Kefir - I'd read about it on several blogs but had never seen it. Some I'd never heard of - black bean flakes. What do you do with them? (If you know, please tell me.) And talk about gourmet spreads and ready-made salads. I could have had a feast right there in the aisle.

There were so many varieties of beans, grains and spices available in bulk. I probably looked like a kid in a candy store as I walked up and down the aisles.

If there's anyone out there reading this that has access to such stores on a regular basis I'd love to hear from you. Do you do all of your shopping at such stores? Purchase only select items there?

Now that I've returned home and had to go to my ever-so-mundane grocery store to gather food for my family, I've decided that next time I visit I will pack an extra carry-on bag that I will fill to the brim with these unique food items and bring them home with me.


Kate said...

Nancy, I LOVE to visit grocery stores when we go on vacation. It's not a vacation unless we go to a new to us grocery store and bookstore.

Those stores you went to sound awesome. We have a few similar ones around here, but we only shop at them rarely.In fact, we have an awesome gourmet market just two miles down the road from us. We love to go to just wander around and enjoy some of their samples. We occasionally buy produce there. It is expensive, but it's also locally-grown, so it's nice to support that. Occasionally we buy some of their ready-made foods too. They have an amazing bakery section and deli/hot food counters. I would probably have to triple our grocery budget if we were going to buy more than just that there.

By the way, if you ever get the chance, you should try kefir. If you like yogurt, you'll love it! And it is SO good for you.

Anonymous said...

Those look like awesome stores! Too bad I don't live near them, or maybe not! I am itching to stop by Trader Joes, but am trying not to! Too much money would be flying out of my wallet!
Have a great weekend!

Anonymous said...

If you ever want anything from these stores, just let me know and I will send it. Huckelberry's is my favorite. Only buy on occasion there. It is not my regular grocery store. But I so love going in there!!!! SIS

Meredith said...

I love to explore grocery stores, too.

It's almost a challenge to have so many ethnic markets, farmer's markets and big health food stores in your own city, though.

"If I make one more stop..." I can get a certain item fresher, more organic, cheaper or more authentic.

We usually leave the specialty stores for family fun times and do our regular shopping at the Kroger or Walmart Market at the corner.