asian grocery stores

I have a confession to make.

I actually like grocery shopping.

Weird, right?

But I honestly get excited about thinking about what I'm going to cook, what I'm going to buy to cook-- and going to the grocery store is not a stressful thing, but a time where I don't think about anything else except food.

And that's something totally great.

Even better than the regular grocery store, or even Trader Joes, is when I have time to go to the Asian grocery store. We have several in Seattle, and there's a pretty big one by my house that not only has Asia covered, but Eastern Europe and Central America. We are talking nearly every heritage and their respective food in one place. I love it.

I love looking at all the unique products, eying the unusual cuts of meat and endless fish, and guessing what vegetable I'm looking at.

Lately, I'm also on this Asian cooking kick, and the grocery store has all the items I need for a fraction of the regular grocery store's price.

Of course American brand ice cream is $6... but handfuls of lime leaves? A dollar.

Worth the trade off, and an afternoon of my time, if you ask me. :)

xo, erika


  1. I wanna go! I'm not usually a fan of the grocery store b/c I can't often go during the less crowded times. But when I'm not crunched for time and the place isn't mayhem, I do find food shopping enjoyable :)
    My husband came home with purple carrots and Asian eggplant this past weekend from his usual grocery run to our local store. I have no idea what he has up his sleeve for dinner this week!

  2. I'm the same way! I love grocery shopping (when I'm not in a rush or fighting the crowds) but I REALLLY love international markets.

  3. I love to grocery shop too....except on Sundays, then I want to murder people!

    I practically live in little Asia and we have an Asian grocery store 2 blocks from my house but it scares me. Maybe I should try it out :).

  4. Ugh, will you grocery shop for me? I HATE grocery shopping!

  5. Every time I visit an Asian supermarket I've overwhelmed by all the amazing treats on offer - bright packages and all manner of different foods I've never seen before...

    But I never buy anything (except chocolate panda biscuits of course) because I'm not brave enough to experiment!

    I guess I should just be brave and ask for some advice!

  6. I love love love grocery shopping. It's a major highlight of my week/every other week/month. Depending on how often I go. ;P There's something about seeing all the yummy foods, picking out fun new stuff to try, etc. that just gets me giddy!

    I have a goal of visiting the Asian market here!

  7. i LOVE shopping at asian grocery stores!!! :)

    Sandy a la Mode

  8. I love grocery shopping, too! I am a huge fan of Trader Joe's. That's pretty much where we do all of our shopping. And I'm like you, grocery shopping is my time to forget the world...everything except the exciting things I will get to eat.

  9. Mmm I love shopping in oriental food stores too! For ages it was the only place over here we could get real, American Mountain Dew and one of the only places that still do it for a normal drink price. We pay a lot for American foods in specialist stores!

    I used to always buy these peanut butter dumplings when I was at uni, I wish I could find a store still selling them!!



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