Shopping, Shopping and More Shopping


….after our long walk this morning we decided to go out and buy food for the weekend

Not any old food, mind you. We were shopping for food for our family get together on Sunday. Four of us are driving to Hamilton to celebrate Family Day at G’s and B’s home (parents of Winnie). I suggested that we do a pot luck lunch and everyone quickly agreed.

Our contribution is going to be a charcuterie platter and then some smoked pork chops, German style (Kassler rippchen). To get all the ingredients we needed we drove out to Mississauga and went to the Brandt Meat store. What a treat for all the senses.

We left with 5 different meats and three cheeses for the platter, 8 smoked pork chops and meatloaf for tonight’s dinner. As we got back into the car we decided that potato salad would be a nice addition to the chops so I went back inside and bought a few containers of ready to eat salad.

Hard to imagine that I couldn’t find everything that we needed in this one amazing store but we did need milk, cream, fruit, vegetables and dog food so we made another stop at our go to No Frills grocery story just down the road from our home. I love the produce aisles in this store. It is so bright and colourful and everything is very fresh.

After we loaded up the car with more groceries than we had planned to buy my husband thought of another thing we forgot to pick up. Batteries. Instead of going back into the same store he suggested that I go over to the Dollarama which was next door.

Here’s another store that appeals to the eyes. Bright and colourful and kind on the pocketbook. The line-up was pretty long so I decided to take a quick look around and took a few more photos of some of the merchandise. You can tell that St. Patrick’s Day and Easter are just around the corner.

The teacher in me wanted to buy numerous items for my classes but I resisted temptation. Besides my husband was waiting in the car and if I had returned with anything but batteries he would have given me a questioning gaze.

As soon as we got home we put away the groceries and I started dinner. For those of you who know me well I did it voluntarily and without any coercion from my husband. Once in awhile I still like to cook.

Hope you’re all having a fantastic weekend. Mine is just beginning. Hopefully I’ll have more photos and stories about our Family Day get together tomorrow.

Cheers!

14 thoughts on “Shopping, Shopping and More Shopping

  1. I rather like food shopping. There’s always a tingle of excitement wondering what might be available. And when I see something we haven’t bought for a while, or some new item, there’s always the challenge wondering how best to cook it and what it would work well with. That’s one of the reasons I love travelling abroad – new tastes, new food combinations, new recipes to try my version of at home and can often brighten the drench winter months.

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    • I couldn’t agree more, especially about travelling abroad and trying new foods. This summer I discovered burrata cheese in Italy. It’s hard to find here but I have discovered a couple of restaurants that serve it and it’s made somewhere here in Toronto. In cheese stores I’ve only seen it imported from Italy and it’s very expensive.

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      • I’m pretty sure you don’t. I have a cousin who lives in Florida with his family and whenever he comes to Toronto, one of the first things he does is go to Brandt’s to pick up his favourite meat, Kassler ripchen because he can’t get it down there.

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