Grocery Shopping in a Foreign Country
Hi guys, Morgan here today! If you read Kylie’s post a few days ago, you saw that I was heading to Italy soon. Well, I finally arrived on March 1st and despite being incredibly overwhelmed the first few days, I’ve finally settled into a semi-routine. Some days that means wandering around my new city for 3 hours. Some days that means sitting at a coffee shop for a few hours and getting some work done. Other days it means watching movies like The Holiday, Under the Tuscan Sun, and Eat, Pray, Love (read: movies about females who travel abroad by themselves!) while translating one of the hundreds of Italian books that are in my apartment. If you want to know a little more about why I jetted off to Italy, you can read about that here.
Today, I want to share with you my first experience grocery shopping in Italy! When I was in Italy for a study abroad a few summers ago, we also had to do our own grocery shopping and it was amazing. We went to a cute little market in the small town we were living in and between 4 girls, figured out what we needed to buy. I was anticipating a similar experience, but that wasn’t the case.
The closest market to me is right across the street from my apartment, but I quickly found out it’s more of a discount market with incredibly limited options. Or maybe that’s the norm and I’m just used to HEB… Either way, I’ll definitely be finding a different market to shop at next time I need groceries. The whole experience was way more overwhelming than I thought it would be, but I got some staples just to keep in my apartment and food to help me feel a little more settled/like I was back home.
Included in my cart was:
- Apples and bananas
- Bread, that I think is wheat
- Raspberry Yogurt
- Peach Jelly, though I don’t have a toaster so TBD on if I use this
- Coffee, because I have moka pot!
- Sugar, which is probably too much sugar… but I panicked because I didn’t want to accidentally get a low-cal sweetener
- Milk, to put in my coffee
- EVOO, a necessity
- Mayonnaise, I think… it’ll be used for sandwiches
- Spaghetti and pasta sauce
- Ritz Crackers, because I needed something familiar
- Chocolate cereal, it was this or something resembling wheat chex which I wasn’t about
- Wine, which was so incredibly cheap so who knows how it actually tastes
- Not in the picture: ham and cheese to make sandwiches with
If this grocery trip taught me anything, it’s that I REALLY need to work on my foods in Italian before I go grocery shopping again, but I think this is a good start! If anything, I’ll just pop over to the cafe below my apartment and live off gelato and focaccia bread for a while :P