Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Fred Meyer tourist

On Monday, Jeremy and I went to Fred Meyer. Jeremy quickly became immersed in the camping/outdoor/hardware section, so I passed the time on my own by walking up and down each aisle, without a shopping cart or basket, just to see what's new in American grocery stores these days.

Greek yogurt is a new thing. I mean, it existed two years ago but there was maybe only one brand of it in the dairy case. Now there are several, in all flavors.

Coconut water - what is this new craze? I had never heard of it before and now I see it everywhere. Is it kind of like the aloe water that was so popular in Japan ten years ago?

So...goldfish crackers come in S'mores flavor now??? What fresh madness is this??

I see that there has been a lot of innovation in the hair ties industry over the last two years. I went ahead and bought me some fancy, new-fangled rubber-y hair elastics that hold my hair really well...even if they kind of tear it out when I remove them. I think I'll take the trade-off - regular elastics don't do the job for me.

My sister tells me there is such a thing as peanut butter Cheerios, but I haven't seen them in any stores yet. I did spend a good long while in the cereal aisle at Fred Meyer, though. Ah, so many memories. I keep putting off the pleasure of digging into a box of Cracklin' Oat Bran or Corn Chex because I'm afraid it won't live up to my expectations, which have been inflated by a long absence from those cereals.

Sippy cups look different now than they did when I bought them for my own kids. The cup itself seems to be surrounded by a clear plastic insulation layer. Maybe that keeps the milk/water colder?

You can buy alcohol in stores here. I felt like a sinner just walking down the beer aisle.

I have a Google Doc list of things to bring back to Sharjah, so it was good to get a feel for what's out there. And I even bought a bag of S'mores Goldfish to see if they're any good.


Jen said...

These might just be my favorite posts yet. This is FASCINATING!

Re: goldfish. Bridget, my grocery store has at LEAST 15 flavors of goldfish. (I'm going this morning, so I'll count--just for you.) =) Maybe one of these days if you're feeling homesick, we can all send you a different flavor.

I'd be interested in a post on that that google doc. What are the must-brings?

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Glenda The Good said...

I'm going to guess black beans are on the list :) Please eat some Reeces Pieces cereal before you go home. It is my FAVORITE! I love Fred Meyer. When I was 15 we went on a month long trip to Portland and Washington. Mid trip our mom made us go to church but my dress had gotten destroyed somehow in the beginning of the trip. We went to Fred Meyer. This was before super Walmart or Meijer. It was amazing. Clothes, cereal, fresh fruit, camping gear...anyway I had that dress until I was in my late twenties, loved it so much :) Haha, I originally was signed on as Jason. What the heck since when does he use my computer :)

Liz Johnson said...

I haven't seen PB Cheerios, but I have seen Dulce de Leche Cheerios. I would also be interested in seeing what's on your google doc! When we lived in Mexico, we always brought back canned pumpkin, cupcake liners, grape jelly, molasses, and sprinkles. I still think of molasses cookies as being one of the most special treats in the whole wide world.

Jen said...

The answer is 19. Nineteen different flavors of goldfish at my grocery store. For your information, this includes a fudge brownie flavor. (Perhaps it gets repurposed in the s'more flavor?)

Bridget said...

Jen, WHAT?? I can't even imagine that many flavors! We opened the S'mores kind yesterday and the girls loved them. So I'm sure we'll be bringing some of those home.

Liz, Dulce de Leche Cheerios? Wow. I need to do some more grocery store tourism.

Jen said...

What?? I thought the Dubai Spinney's had EVERYTHING!


Bridget said...

I've only ever seen cheddar and pizza Goldfish in Dubai, and then only once in a while.

In my life, I've seen cheddar, pizza, original, parmesan (my favorite), pretzel, and now S'mores. What are the other flavors, besides fudge?

Ariana said...

The peanut butter cheerios are good, but I think they should be renamed to 'roasted peanut' flavor. They are not as sweet as peanut butter. Which is a good thing. The dulce de leche ones aren't very good. As for goldfish, vanilla cupcake is pretty good. The chocolate ones lack any real chocolate flavor. I'd stick with the parmesan and cheddar.

Jen said...

Well, where to begin? Let's see what I can remember:

Fudge Brownie
Flavor Blast
Whole Grain
White cheddar

I can't remember any more....but I couldn't really believe it myself!


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