You know when you go to a foreign food market and there are a lot of foreign people chatting happily and buying weird stuff?

That was me
; at the new Costco that opened up around here recently.

I always thought Asians, Africans, Europeans, Central/South Americans, and others were just happy shoppers when I lived in Canada.

Go figure.


note: I may have hugged the cheese refrigerator … I’m sure people laughed at me.

double note: some things were really cheap, some things were “must haves” and reasonably priced, and other things not such a good deal.

triple note: as Mr. Pettit  said, “It’s not as cheap as Costco in the U.S.,  … but  this pizza is awesome and super cheap here!

quadruple note: I’m eating ravioli for the first time in 6 years! … love affair renewed. … I may start listening to Neil Diamond music again. … I’m actually  listening to him now, but that’s a secret. It wasn’t the ravioli; he’s just that good.

quintuple note: it appears Mr. Pettit and I have written on the same topic. This has to be a first!


Today #279

Nothing unusual happened  today … which was unusual.

15 responses to “Foreigners

  1. I stand by my love of Costco. It kills me when people say, “I’m single. I don’t need that much stuff.”

    I’m single. You buy bulk of THE CHEAP SHITE that’s non-perishable. Why pay twice as much for the same small amount…when you can get far more? Then again, as you’ve found, some stuff is merely reasonable and others not so much. It takes a good shopper to know when you see a GREAT deal!

  2. I’m trying to think of what I might miss if I were living in Japan. Hmm… corned beef hash comes to mind. I don’t eat it much, but every once in a while I get the craving. For the most part, though, I like Japanese food.

  3. We don’t have Costco here. I was listening to Neil on the weekend. I haven’t had ravioli for ages either. Now I want some.
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  4. You don’t listen to Neil and eat ravioli…you eat “crunchy granola sweet”

  5. Cynical Scribble

    Costco pizza is ace. At least you don’t need to eat it with chopsticks either.

    I still haven’t mastered them things.

  6. Did you read my blog for inspiration on this one? ha-ha.

    Costco rules. A little slice of home can’t be a bad thing. Now if I can just get Canada to ship the whole county over then life would be complete!

    Note: What’s up with Costco not having Reese’s Peanut Buttercups, or Lays Salt & Vinegar Chips? BOOOOOO!

  7. When I lived in Germany, the Germans were all agog over the new Wal-Mart that had just opened up. It had a little section of “American Food”. A small jar of peanut butter was 6 euros, and they paid it, because ZOMG!! this PB had SUGAR in it!!

  8. What? We’re trying to convert the Japanese to buying in quantity now? Buy your chopsticks by the thousand!

  9. Thanks for all the comments!

    madtante: I agree. I’m not a great shopper, but I know what I pay for canned soup and cranberry juice usually; and they were 50% and 75% cheaper respectively at Costco.

    writerdood: corned beef is sold at supermarkets here; I’m not sure about hash … Japan has pretty severe penalties for drug possession. hee hee!

    Tony McGurk: I’d kind of forgotten about ravioli until I saw it at Costco … then I went searching for perogies, but didn’t find any. (sad face)

    bearmancartoon: I had to look up what you were talking about. I don’t think that song was on The Greatest Hits record my mom had lying around the house as a kid.

    Cynical Scribble: you don’t need to eat pizza with chopsticks, but you can if you like. hee hee!
    The pizza was awesome!

    Kelly Pettit: let’s go again next weekend! hee hee!

    LC Aggie Sith: I remember a little beach shack “chicken or fish” restaurant on some little island in Malaysia that sold amazing Mars Bar milkshakes. I was there everyday.

    Donald Diddams: I don’t see people buying in bulk at supermarkets here: I don’t know why. I think the average person goes shopping twice a week for food. Maybe it’s because 99% of people do not have big household freezers, or because a lot of people have older relatives living with them that can do the shopping every few days.

  10. One of my secret vices – shopping in foreign supermarkets. Can’t help myself. My favourite? A dingey Alpha-Beta in some little town near Athens 1984.

  11. We had spaghetti for dinner tonight. It wasn’t ravioli but close enough. I think I need to have italian again tomorrow. Pizza!!!

  12. I like to bring my boy and get our costco sample on. Did they have any Mexican coke at the Costco? You know the kind with real sugar. We get that at our Costco once in awhile.

  13. Thanks for the comments.

    Tooty Nolan: I’m used to the local supermarkets here; especially the one aisle reserved for cup noodles and the other one for soy sauce. I don’t venture down those ones very often.

    Tony: spaghetti is closer to ravioli than most people think … especially on Italian restaurant menus.

    3guys1movie: thanks for stopping by! Did all 3 of you stop by?
    Yes, the samples would have been awesome except for all those people milling around waiting for them. I will have to check out this Mexican coke of which you speak the next time I go.

  14. I’ve got to drive 35 miles just to get Heinz Beans! I stock up.

  15. S. Le: I used to order cases of beans and Kraft Dinner from a place in Kobe because I couldn’t find them around here at all.
    Now, a few places stock them; I don’t buy them very often anymore for some reason.
    I guess just knowing they are around, if I want them, is enough.

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