The convenience of living in the United States is amazing. We can go to the grocery store and pick up basically anything we want and most meals are quick and easy to prepare. Buying fresh produce and meat, well that depends on how you look at it! It's fresh in our meat and vegetable department, but is it fresh really??? How long did it take to ship it to our local grocery store? Not that I am complaining, we love salad, fresh fruit and veggies and even fresh meat! But you've never saw the likes of the fresh produce and meat selection here!
Every single item is FRESH! Fish caught that morning, chickens just killed and plucked that morning-heads and feet still attached! And veggies and fruit! I've never seen such a large selection of fresh fruits and vegetable all at one place, at one time! We have to wait till things are in season at home! Not here...want a watermelon, sure, they're on the left of the isle! Strawberries, blueberries, honeydew melon, cucumbers, tomatoes, green beans, garlic, broccoli, cauliflower...the list goes on and on!!! Oh and lettuce! Lots of yummy lettuce for salads!
So, all who were worried we wouldn't find anything to eat here...you can STOP! There is more than an adequate selection of food choices for us. All fresh and ready to eat! As Cody said..."We might just screw around here and get healthy!"
The challenge comes in cooking everything fresh and finding the "small things," like salt. Every single trip to the market is challenging and an adventure! We have managed to find pepper, cinnamon, garlic powder, flower, sugar, rice, dried beans, tuna, pickles, Lays potato chips and much more at local markets. There is a store here called Cold Storage that we can go to. It apparently caters to Westerners and has many of our convenience foods from the States. So far, the only thing I can think of that I would want from there is salad dressing. But then again, if I can find olive oil and balsamic vinegar..viola! Salad dressing!
Half the fun here is embracing the challenges! GETTING to the market (I haven't even talked about the crazy driving) and then going on the hunt for what you want/need! Every day is presenting a new adventure and experience that we will never forget!