Friday, October 24, 2008



We're having some company over for dinner tomorrow night and I needed to finish making my chili sauce for the shreeded pork I cooked a couple of days ago. Down the hiway we have a store called Codallios, it's a local supermarket that has almost everything you need......almost.

I thought that I was the only one that had to store hop in order to get the correct stuff. I use to go to the Mercado down in the center of town until it got to the point that the parking was so bad that I had to park the car and walk for 4 or 5 blocks.
Walking 4 or 5 blocks is usually not a big problem going there. However when you have stuff like a kilo of tomatoes, then a couple of beets, a head of lettuce, a chicken, some tortillas ( from the Indiana ladies, they have the hand made blue corn ones) maybe some rice and beans and pretty soon you have 15 or 20 lbs of stuff to schlep back while your fingers are getting cut by the cheap plastic bags that you happen to stuff to overflowing in order to test the tensile strength of the bag.
So, here comes a big chain called Soriana.
Locals merchants didn't want it.
The parking lot is about a third full, I park and walk in.
Stuff more stuff and even more stuff.
Do we really need that much stuff?
We did just fine years ago, stopping by little family run stores, where the clerks would cut the cheese for you, weigh the eggs, and fetch the aspirin. Stores that a shopping cart would block the few isles the store had.
Where else would be be able to get our variety of Campbells soup then?
Before I made my own soup, but at Soriana they have 10 ft of shelves devoted to soups.
Mine tasted better and was cheaper. Besides it was a way to off the left overs.
Progress sucks!
Going to the Mercado was a social happening. Shopping at Soriana is overwhelming.
I don't overwhelm very good.

2 comments:

Bob Mrotek said...

I live less than 1000 meters from both Sam's and Walmart in Irapuato. It is like having my own personal store houses. However, it is more of a curse than a convenience. It is like being sucked into a whirlpool of bad habits. Somebody stop me :)

ken kushnir said...

Your one lucky guy Bob, this way you don't have to stock anything! Do you have a little sign on a chair at their coffee counter there? We are suppose to divest ourselves of stuff the older we get, be brave! Just say no!