I have a confession to make.
I actually like grocery shopping.
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. :)