It's time for #ChinaLife with The Rachael Way again! We're talking about how our grocery shopping experience here has been a little different. In Michigan, Angel and I would consider our favorite brand of specialty salsa a "splurge"--but here, "splurges" are a little more basic:
Now, I don't consider myself a shallow person, but sometimes even things that really aren't important in that grand scheme of life (like tasty foods) should be talked about. And, like it or not, excitement over hard-to-find ingredients is an inescapable part of expat life. Not too long ago, Angel and I discovered a rather amazing place: A grocery store that sells tortillas!
We had almost lost hope in ever seeing a tortilla again before this momentous occasion. We also found ground cinnamon:
Cinnamon retails for the rather exorbitant price of 27.90 RMB, or $4.55. Apparently we've turned into cheapskates because we told each other that we'll have to be quite desperate for some good old fried apples before we invest in some cinnamon. Tortillas, on the other hand, we consider worth buying for 13 RMB ($2.12) for a package of 6 (that's not too pricy, but considering that we used to buy 10 tortillas for 99 cents a pack from Aldi, and eat tons of them every week, it's a change for us!).
BLT is the name of this fancy store with the most imported ingredients we've seen since our arrival. However, me being the person that I am, I've taken to calling it the "rich people grocery store." Is that a bad thing? They sell such delicacies as salsa, BBQ sauce, and a large range of boxed cereal (the prices of the boxed cereal, however, would make me faint if I were a more delicate person). They did not, however, have popcorn kernels. If they had, I might have appreciated this store a little more.
Angel was the one who found the tortillas. He came running to me and said, "Guess what they have?!"
I screamed, "Popcorn!!"
After the popcorn false alarm, tortillas were almost a let down. Almost, but not quite. If I had both popcorn and tortillas I'm pretty much convinced I'd never crave another American snack for the rest of my life.
Side note: We also found cherries. We found a 10 lb. box of fresh cherries retailing for the equivalent of $150 USD. I can't quite imagine either eating 10 lbs. of cherries or paying $150 for such cherries, but I suppose some people may feel the same way about cherries that I feel about popcorn.
Angel has already mentioned that he expects me to complete the entirely of his Christmas shopping at this grocery store. I believe that can be arranged.