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Old 12-16-2008, 10:20 AM   #11
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Love doing it in Europe... meats and cheeses become most of our lunches and dinners. Yummy and fun too.

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Old 12-16-2008, 10:24 AM   #12
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I also like to check out stores and markets you just never now what you will find.

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Old 12-16-2008, 10:38 AM   #13
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Love to do this no matter where I go. It's fun and a fun way to see what's popular there.

Example I went to this huge supermarket in Dubai and saw interesting things that I would never find in US
Went to local markets in Egypt and was also fascinated with the spices and stuff that's popular there. I also got to eat custard apples after a very long time (they are available in Asia and it was a treat to find them in Cairo)
In Amsterdam I could hardly read any labels but the pictures told the story and I purchased some local cookies and snacks for my kids who enjoyed them
In Madrid, I bought some local flan mixes that turned out awesome when I made them at home
In Madrid, it was also great to sample some local cheeses, bread and pastries

Out of all these my favorite place so far is the DeKalb farmer market in Atlanta, if anyone has ever been there they can attest to why it's so fun. It's an all day event (the market is that huge) and they have produce from every part of the globe and they let you sample stuff too.
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Old 12-16-2008, 11:20 AM   #14
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I'm one of these people really addicted to this. My husband used to get annoyed at me until he discovered that the stuff I bought ended up in a delicious meal for him. Now he gladly goes with me. He does draw the line at my dragging him through every botanical garden wherever we go!
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Old 12-16-2008, 12:36 PM   #15
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Yup, I am guilty of this too. Don't often buy a lot, but love to wander.

In fact, a happy weekend day for wife and I is to visit Whole Foods, Trader Joe's,
Costco and/or the Asian Supermarket... just to wander around and maybe buy a little.
(We try to buy something new each time. )
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Old 12-16-2008, 03:27 PM   #16
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Hello -- My name is Bob, and I am a out-of-town grocery store browser...
Hi Bob, and welcome to our 12 step program....
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Old 12-16-2008, 03:30 PM   #17
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Hi Bob, and welcome to our 12 step program....
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Old 12-16-2008, 03:43 PM   #18
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I love to visit grocery stores when I am traveling. My husband doesn't share this passion with me. He always says the same thing..."you don't need to buy anything do you?"
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Old 12-16-2008, 03:59 PM   #19
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I always shop while on vacation. What the heck, that's the best part!
We always rent suites or condo's so we can cook in the room if we don't feel like going out, so one of my first stops is the local market.
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Old 12-20-2008, 04:17 AM   #20
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Love to do it myself, especially when visiting a foreign country. I have a stack of those discount cards from various states as well; that was necessity, we were in an RV. But it is fun to see regional differences in food choices. For example, on the Mississippi side of Memphis we went to a regular grocery store that had a rib department larger than many entire meat departments in other locals. In Slovenia and Quebec we were amazed at the lack of junk food and no "diet" food/drinks at all. One place had no dog food at all, which astonished my husband because everyone seemed to have a dog and took them to restaurants. Well, I guess there's your answer, the dogs are eating restaurant food!

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