Well, the good news is I can go to the grocery store and not spend a lot of money, unless of course I go to City Shop to buy a 12 oz. frozen bag of blackberries for $18.94, which I can not make myself do no matter how badly I want a smoothie!
It is not that the food is that cheap in Shanghai causing me not to spend a lot of money at the grocery store, but take a close look at the picture of the people buying meat in the store.
It makes me want to keep on walking, and so far it is working. Plus, whatever I buy I have to carry for ½ a mile down the street to get it home.
Some of the things in the Carrefour Market are absolutely disgusting looking, like the smell of the open (fresh?) fish, the meat that people pick through and throw back in the bin, the flies on the tables and tables of open rice, and the eggs that just sit on a shelf without refrigeration.
Can milk really be good with an expiration date of 12/20/11 when it is only August? Does the yogurt have to be runny? Does it have to be SO LOUD in the grocery store? Do people really like chicken feet? How on earth do you cook them and what part do you eat, there can’t be that much meat on them? And goose head? just the head? And what is that black thing that looks like a chicken? Just a few things I ponder as I shop for groceries.
Until tonight, mostly I have just gone home and ordered something from Sherpas , a restaurant delivery service, then they deliver my dinner by bicycle 45 minutes later. Convenient? Yes. Delicious? No. I got a kick out of my Mexican food order being delivered by a Chinese guy. But, I am in China, I suppose it shouldn’t have been that funny! But it was to me.
Tonight I actually broke down and bought some pork. I found a mango, which I have finally learned to cut properly thanks to my new friend Linda, and I bought a cucumber, an apple, an onion, a pepper, and some juice. I think that is a big first step. While I was there I looked through the frozen section and saw some things that might be ok, but the directions were in Chinese so I do not know how to prepare anything. Tonight however, I took pictures of the back of the bag of some frozen dumpling type thing and I am going to take it to school tomorrow and ask my co-teacher how to prepare whatever it was that I bought at the store! My friend Alex has saved me a few times too. I can take a picture of some food item, text it to him and he will reply with “Yes, that is ok, or keep on walking!”
Oh yeah, the USA could learn something smart from the Chinese when it comes to shopping. They do not provide bags, you must bring your own. How is that for keeping costs down and “going green?” I do like that aspect of shopping for groceries in Shanghai. Plus when I have to walk a 1/2 mile home with my bags, I don’t risk the plastic bags breaking like the Wal-Mart bags do at home when I just reach and get them out of the car!!! Don’t know how many broken jars of pickles and other glass items met the driveway falling through the hole in the Wal-Mart bags.
Well, wish me luck as I begin to prepare my pork, onion, pepper, and cucumbers. I may conquer rice next. I will look for some pre bagged rice though!