I haunt the Superstore. Every day I go and wander the aisles, inspect the produce and sometimes actually talk to someone in the store. One day I bought a house plant at the florist for Earth Day. The lady said to me, “Oh you! You’re always here!” I thought that was funny. When I go wandering in my mornings I wear hiking clothes, pigtails and no make up thinking, no one is looking at me.
They gave out notices last week that the store was going to be closed all Monday for renovations. They seem to do this every year. Just when I think I can remember where everything is, they have to change it. OK, I thought, I can live without The Superstore for a day.
Monday I wandered to the “other” neighbourhood store. It is twice as far a walk from me so my frozen food thawed before I made it home. This is one of the many reasons why I do not go there, especially in the winter where I can barely get out at all, although then there is no need to worry about food thawing!
I have been trying very hard to boost veggies in my diet. I am very guilty of eating few vegetables. Which is bad bad bad! I know that. I definitely make up for it with the fruit I eat but still, come on Suzie the Foodie! Get with the program. I picked up some fennel and radicchio. I was going to roast the fennel with breadcrumbs and use grill the radicchio and make a warm salad with grilled onions. Perfect! Healthy and colourful. Totally made up for the decadent breaded clams, my guilty pleasure.
At the cash, the cashier was completely stumped with the fennel. He asked me what it was. I told him it was fennel and then he said, “Um, how do you spell that?” This is when I started to worry. He went through this little book of produce over and over and couldn’t find it. He went to call his supervisor when I asked if I could look through the book. I found it under “anise”. Which is not how they labelled it where I picked it up. I told him that yes, that was another name for me. He seemed dubious.
After I left the store I looked at the receipt. He had put my radicchio through as “red cabbage.” Good grief. Why should I be surprised? This is the same store that puts lychee fruit in the canned vegetable aisle. It meant I only paid 30 cents for it though so that rocked.
I went back to The Superstore today and yes, a lot has changed but I do not care. The cashiers here definitely know their produce. They may not know the code for each item but they know their fruits and veggies. I did stump one lady though. She said, “I’ve been working here 20 years and nobody has ever bought this before.” Lemongrass. I think that has more to do with people’s lack of adventurous cooking spirit than the people at the registers.
This foodie is very happy that her home away from home is open again!