the new supermarket

Happy Chinese New Year! The whole town is celebrating as we are only a couple hours from China.  In honor of the holiday, I thought I’d take you on a tour of our new Chinese supermarket.

2014-02-01DSC_4384This is the first ever real supermarket in town.  I was excited to check it out and see what it had to offer.  I was hopeful that they might carry something that we previously couldn’t get here… like maybe baking soda or milk that doesn’t come in a box and has a concerningly long shelf life.2014-02-01IMG_4314At first, it looked promising.  Everything was neatly organized and priced.2014-02-01IMG_4312But on closer inspection, the bins held some rather unusual snacks…2014-02-01IMG_4310like these unidentifiable chicken bits, shrink wrapped in their juices.  2014-02-01IMG_4305We made our way around the various departments in the store.  Talia and Elise were quite excited about all the dolls and stuffed animals.2014-02-01IMG_4304But, they kind of gave us the creeps.2014-02-01IMG_4302In the home section, I was able to score these plastic clothespin hangers for drying socks and underwear.2014-02-01IMG_4306The clothing section produced some interesting finds.2014-02-01IMG_4301

We had some good chuckles over some of the super cool packaging.  Everyone wants to eat potato chips with that dude.  Our most surprising find?2014-02-01IMG_4315Not the preserved quail eggs…2014-02-01IMG_4316or the Chinese Coke,2014-02-01IMG_4308But, Tide laundry detergent!  I had just made my own detergent, but it’s nice to know it’s there if I need it.2014-02-01DSC_5526My favorite thing in the whole store was these “your text HERE” tissues.  We had a good laugh about the “sample text… your text… your sample here” caption.  Surprisingly, though, they are the tissues we now use as they are the first non-perfumed ones we’ve found.

So, although I didn’t find any helpful groceries, and there’s probably only a handful of things I’d ever buy there, it’s nice to have a real store to browse on occasion.  The girls think it’s quite the outing and Talia even compared it to her favorite store, IKEA.  Wow, not quite how I remembered IKEA, but I’m glad they love it.

What’s your new favorite place to shop?  What preserved chicken part would you like to try?

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3 thoughts on “the new supermarket”

  1. Did they have peanut butter, when we were in China we had a hard time finding it but it was on a top shelf that only someone tall could reach it but it tasted so good.

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