On Saturday we went shopping in town with the couple who has been showing us around and the other new family who arrived about 2 weeks before us. We went to 2 stores and the market, but I’ll save the market pics for a later post.
The first store we went to was called Papindos. I was impressed as we walked in that they had buggies so I would have a place to put Everett. That was my only positive first impression. The place smelled TERRIBLE and was pretty dirty. Most of the packages just looked dusty. That made it hard to think about food. Also, I really didn’t know what types of food we would be able to get, so I hadn’t prepared for my shopping trip by making a meal plan or list. Thus I was randomly tossing things in my buggy that I thought I might need. Only problem with that was that I was supposed to be able to feed my family for a couple of days with what I bought! It was all a bit overwhelming in the first store!
These pics just don’t do the dirt…or the smell…justice! I wish I could make this scratch and sniff. And somehow these pics make the place seem bigger.
There are LOTS of soy sauces and other asian sauces. This row is mostly just soy sauce. It turns out a lot of stores here are owned by Asians.
Here’s a funny thing. See that little yellow box on the counter? Its individually wrapped beef bullion cubes. You know, just in case you need a beef bullion cube on your ride home. I bought one – I didn’t eat it on the way home.
This is actually in the second store (called Bintangor). I was much more seasoned by the time we went in here, so I did much better. Here Rosie (the lady who has been showing us the ropes) is showing me and Faye that the “olive oil” is actually a combination of oils. sneaky.
The reason we went to the second store was because Rosie said they had the best meat counter. See? That’s pretty much all of it. I got some chicken. No boneless, skinless here. And it isn’t prepackaged either. Rosie told them I wanted 4 chicken breasts and they took them out, put them in a grocery bag and tied it off.
I think I’ll do much better on our next trip to the store now that I know what to expect.
Stay tuned for more shopping pics…