Anyone else do this?

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2013/01/28 17:43:42 (permalink)

Anyone else do this?

When on vacation or visiting another city, I look for Supermarkets I've never heard of, then come back after dropping off my wife, as she hates food shopping, and spend a couple of hours, if it's a big Market, and look at everything they have. The only thing I usually buy are Potato Chips I've never heard of. Strange hobby, anyone else do this?
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    Davydd
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    Re:Anyone else do this? 2013/01/28 17:55:22 (permalink)
    Having been an architect with a long history of retail design including supermarkets I am always checking out stores and will make it a point to seek out stores I had never been in.
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    Ice Cream Man
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    Re:Anyone else do this? 2013/01/28 18:23:07 (permalink)
    Strange indeed.
    I do it with strip clubs less the potato chips.
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    ces1948
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    Re:Anyone else do this? 2013/01/28 18:31:21 (permalink)
    Oh yes I love to do that. Usually buy more than potato chips though. Wife usually goes along but she's not as excited about it as I am.
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    Re:Anyone else do this? 2013/01/28 18:54:09 (permalink)
    I don't go out of my way, but I definitely shop stores I don't have where I live to see what they have I might want to try. What I buy depends on a whole host of factors, not least of which is where I'm staying and how far away it is. It's a lot easier to buy a bunch of stuff when I'm staying at a friend's house than if I'm in a hotel.
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    Re:Anyone else do this? 2013/01/28 19:04:16 (permalink)
    I've been doing this for years, primarily on my roadtrips down south. It's interesting checking out the many regional food products and brands found at southern grocery chains like Food City, Winn-Dixie and Ingles, as very few of them ever turn up in midwestern supermarkets.
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    Re:Anyone else do this? 2013/01/28 19:53:16 (permalink)
    Yes! I love doing that!
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    Re:Anyone else do this? 2013/01/28 20:30:17 (permalink)
    Chewy, it must be fun for you to get to a big city. What do you do for excitement at home, watch ice melt...........
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    Re:Anyone else do this? 2013/01/28 21:28:22 (permalink)
    Here in our part of Texas lots of mexican grocery stores usually named supermercado are opening. I love to go in and watch the butchers yelling and seeing the huge pork cracklings in the glass cases sometimes as large as a regular size stovetop. They usually serve plate lunches and a la carte items--some really good some not so much. They are pretty interesting. When in south louisiana i like to visit the small grocery stores like in Garyville and reserve where they smoke their own meats and make fresh sausage. They also have interesting items for sale like huge homemade aluminum boat paddles (stirrers) for cooking jambalaya.   
    post edited by Texascajun - 2013/01/28 21:37:22
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    Tony Bad
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    Re:Anyone else do this? 2013/01/28 22:00:06 (permalink)
    I enjoy doing this as well. I had a lot of fun up in Canada a couple of years ago, especially in Quebec! Like others, I bought way more than chips! 
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    kaszeta
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    Re:Anyone else do this? 2013/01/28 22:22:14 (permalink)
    Not so much in the US (I'll do it for targeted shopping for ingredients I can't easily find here in NH, however).
     
    This is a critical part of my foreign trips, however.
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    Re:Anyone else do this? 2013/01/29 06:42:26 (permalink)
    I agree with Bob-primarily down south. Fresh Market in Raleigh was my introduction to excellent, home made pimento cheese, which is the basis for my recipe. I also like to stop at Mom and Pop gas stations, as alot of them have homemade items, like chess pie, pecan pie, craclkins, etc...
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    Re:Anyone else do this? 2013/01/29 06:57:47 (permalink)
    I did tour the Central Market in Houston (it is even bigger than the ones in Dallas).  If I ever visit Cincy, Jungle Jim's would be a definite stop.  Anyone who has not been in a 100,000 s.f.+ Wegman's such as the one in Dulles, VA is missing a bet.
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    Re:Anyone else do this? 2013/01/29 09:17:24 (permalink)
    If you want to see a store with variety, check out the Woodman's chain with 14 stores mostly in Wisconsin and based out of Janesville. Their stores run 200,000 sq ft plus. Chewy you would be in there for days!
     
    http://www.woodmans-food.com/
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    kaszeta
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    Re:Anyone else do this? 2013/01/29 09:19:24 (permalink)
    Yeah, Jungle Jim's is an adventure to visit.
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    Re:Anyone else do this? 2013/01/29 09:34:46 (permalink)
    I haven't done that on a vacation, but whenever I've moved somewhere new, I'll find all of the stores in the area and walk through them all to decide where I want to shop. I'm lucky now, I've got Wegmans stores within a short drive of my office and home, and pretty much anywhere else in area that I might be in. Each one of them is a little different.
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    Davydd
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    Re:Anyone else do this? 2013/01/29 10:04:27 (permalink)
    Woodman's has one of the best beer selections I have ever encountered in a supermarket. That is not only because it is huge but in Wisconsin.
     
    I've been to the large Wegman's in Fairfax, VA. A few years ago I encountered truffles for $999 per pound at that Wegman's. They were under lock and key of course.
     
    In the Twin Cities we have a lot of good local mini-chain supermarkets in Lund's and Byerly's and Kowalski's. When I first moved to Minnesota in the 70s there wasn't another supermarket in the country that could match Byerly's in design decor, shopping elegance, unique selections, deli and meats. I think others have caught up since, so they are not as different today.
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    Re:Anyone else do this? 2013/01/29 10:12:40 (permalink)
    Like Kaszeta, I do this on international trips.  I have done some speaking abroad for the State Department, and I love walking around near my hotel to find the local supermarkets.  In some places, like Rwanda or Azerbaijan, we're talking small mom-and-pop-type places.  In Asian cities like Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok, there are usually large supermarkets that are part of an international chain, like Tops, in the huge shopping centers near Western hotels, and they carry a wide variety of food, both domestic and upscale imported.  I often buy bottled water there (much cheaper than using the minibar in the hotel, or even the hotel gift shop), as well as other foods (cookies, crackers, cheese) to sustain me, especially when I have a full schedule with little time to go out to eat for dinner.
     
    And the great thing is that there's no language barrier at self-serve markets. 
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    Re:Anyone else do this? 2013/01/29 11:11:11 (permalink)
    Ditto kaszeta and rumaki--always on international trips for me, but just occasionally on US travels.
    Chewy, you are lucky to live in Route 11 Chip country!
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    chewingthefat
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    Re:Anyone else do this? 2013/01/29 12:21:11 (permalink)
    pnwchef

    Chewy, it must be fun for you to get to a big city. What do you do for excitement at home, watch ice melt...........

    That and I count our blades of grass, to break the monotony.
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