i think it's interesting, & maybe also kind of sad, that all the things you got (except maybe for soia cubes; i don't know what those are) can be found in US grocery stores as well... i guess i'd like to think that faraway, foods would be different.
Some stores here will give a slight discount/credit to customers who bring their own bags. (Maybe 10 cents per bag.)
there are still lots of differences. i could have gone for more traditional options that you probably wouldn't have (like icre--a mixture of mayo, fish eggs and onions that people eat for breakfast here). and u.s. grocery stores have MAAAANNY more things than romanian ones! like molasses, brown sugar, peanut butter, maple syrup, soy sauce, worcestershire sauce, barbecue sauce, pre-made meals, tofu, oatmeal, chocolate chips, breads other than white, deli meats, canned soup, etc. etc. etc.! :)
we don't have paper bags here, just plastic. and people use them for everything. when you're walking down the street, the majority of adults you pass are carrying them :)
Sounds like you've been to a few US grocery stores...? Do you miss the selection, or do you like smaller shops? (There's such thing as too much selection i think, and i often find that in stores here...)
yeah, i lived in the states (more specifically, michigan) for a number of years.
i like the convenience of u.s. supermarkets, and sometimes i wish that i had better access to a larger variety of fruits and vegetables, like in the states. in this entry, i was in a hurry and bought small amounts of produce at the supermarket--normally, i go to the large, everyday, year-round market in my town and buy from local people, and i think it's cool that i get to meet the people who grow my food. i know that there are farmer's markets in the states, too, but i'm not sure how popular they are. the market here is like a social gathering.
i definitely like home cooked meals, so i don't miss pre-packaged meals. and it's a lot easier to eat healthfully when i don't have 23984230584390 "king-size" sweets staring me in the face. but i do miss the variety of ethnic ingredients (for asian and tex-mex food, especially!)
i also think there's too much selection sometimes, which is why i like small, but inexpensive grocery stores like Aldi's. For specialty spices or hard to find things, i hear Trader Joe's is good (in the U.S).
Wow, i'd forgotten about this community; don't think i've ever had a reply to a two-year-old comment before :)
Anyway, yeah, too much selection can definitely be a bad thing. There was even a study done a while back that found that faced with too much selection, some people will end up not buying anything (since they can't decide).
A Trader Joe's is supposed to open near me later this year, i think. i mostly shop at Whole Foods, which is relatively small but pretty expensive.
I've kept grocerylists on my community but noticed it wasn't being updated (maybe there's a swankier grocery list blog where other people have been frequenting)- like http://www.grocerylists.org/
That study of too much selection is definitely true- This movie trailer, of "MoonPie", which is like "Rushmore" for teachers, by two MadTV actors, has a scene at -00:55 where Mike McDonald is just staring at refigerated groceries. I've known that moment before:http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=98571826
(trailer on the left
My name is Molly. I don't know you at all but I'm really excited about a new group I've started. The problem is that I can't find anyone who I think would join so now I'm just searching for people interested in healthy TV dinner’s. The group is explained in the group info area. I hope that if you're interested in contributing you'll join up and tell a few of your TV dinner loving friends about it!
Thanks for your time,
PS: Here's the link: http://community.livejournal.com/micro_eats/
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