I am the supermarket junkie

30 Nov

I believe that there are two kinds of people. The ones that love a good super market thrill (like me) and the others who absolutely dread going to the super market (my sister). I am not sure if there is anyone in between.

I love a good super market visit. I am not prone to buying half of the store but I love finding new things on the shelves.We live in the suburbs of Athens and we really have crappy super markets. If I need to find everything I want I must go to 4 different places. Am I crazy? Maybe. Still, I have my reasons.

I need to cook three different kind of meals daily. Two low fat for N. & Yianni due to high blood cholesterol levels, one low calorie/low carb for me as I have recently had a thyroidectomy and one full fat for Iliana as she is the LUCKY one in our family with no dietary prerequisites or problems.

Furthermore, I try to find the healthy alternatives to shitty products full of MSG and not pay a small fortune while doing that. I could just go to the health store and buy everything from there. There are two problems though. One: I would need to find a job in order to afford the extra costs. Two: N. doesn’t really believe in organic stuff (I mean yes, they are better for you, but do we really know WHERE they are coming from)?

So, to cut the story short, these are the places I visit on a weekly basis: the local supermarket, the german discount super market chain -you can’t really beat their gherkins-, the local farm market and the health store (kid or kids inclusive).



Any other supermarket/grocery store addicts out there?



6 Responses to “I am the supermarket junkie”

  1. dorokz November 30, 2012 at 10:53 am #

    I have to admit, I suffer from the same affliction….even when I lived in Greece, I also had my quick visits to at least 3 supermarkets a week. i could never find everything in one place or found that the other places offered better price for value.
    I must say I agree with N. about organic food, since the incentive for the so called producers seems to be a suuuper profit margin, I have serious doubts about origins, which is not to say that I believe they are all crooks…plus go take an organic apple from the saturday organic street market in Voula and take the same name apple from regular strreet matket….I would choose the regular one any day, cause they do not look crippled or hiding extra protein.
    what I have discovered is this:
    1. a lot of the vegetables in supermarkets come from abroad(tomatoes from Poland???)
    2. Greek products are always more price-y than foreign products(Fage youghurt is
    cheaper abroad than in Greece)
    3. Big supermarkets are periodically found to be operating on levels of cartell like modus operanti, are fined in the 6 to 8 figure amounts, but probably are never made to pay, cause if they had to fork over the fines, they would learn that this kind of price fixing DOES NOT pay and would hence cease using those methods, but then you read about their practices again and new fines, BUT nothing ever happens or changes

    Here is the sweet deal, in Germany there are far more choices of supermarkets, with far better prices than Greece. People make more money, but food is 1/3 less than in Greece, where incomes are far lower.

  2. ramblingsfromamum November 30, 2012 at 11:02 am #

    Hmm I cannot say I am T, in fact I am so slack in the supermarket buying as there is my daughter (25) living with us and Mr. S who is quite content to eat poached eggs on toast – which he does exceptionally well I may add. I possibly cook 1 meal a week! I eat little, possibly if I really try hard 1 meal a day. I graze, I’m like a sheep in a paddock. We have our large Supermarkets here and the independent small chains, which are usually a little more expensive but they have such opposition with the ‘big guys’. I don’t do organic purely because it’s so much more expensive. I DO however always buy free range eggs, so I do my bit to stop the poor little feathered layers having to lay their eggs in cramped cages.

    My faves though are Asian Grocers with all their fresh herbs and their wonderful condiments and I can’t go past a Delicatessen for small goods (fresh meats) and continental produce. It’s the European blood in me! 🙂
    I can understand how buying from a health food shop would be costly, terrible that to eat healthy one has to pay more for it!

  3. Our Adventure in Croatia November 30, 2012 at 12:03 pm #

    nope, I am like your sister, if I can avoid the supermarket, I will. Get groceries on the internet and a delivery to my doorstep. But I do like buying fruit and veg from the market stalls.

  4. Ice Beautiful November 30, 2012 at 1:30 pm #

    I hate shopping! I do need to shop groceries one day a week – I visit few local supermarket chains hunting for better quality and prices and stock up for all the week (I try to keep the rule to make a complete list and shop once a week). Local food in regular grocery stores in Iceland is still much better that in any other European country I believe so I do not shop organic. I also do not believe in organic food because I have heard from the developers how some so called organic farms were established. There is no local markets for fruits and vegetables due to the cold climate and limited agricultural development because of that. All the rest – clothes, cosmetics, etc.? I hate shopping for myself! I mean I am interested in all these fashion things, I like to be dressed well but I hate all this walking from department to department from shop to shop trying to find something I like and can afford. I would rather shop for my daughter 🙂

  5. nothingbythebook November 30, 2012 at 5:19 pm #

    I used to love markets and shopping for food… until baby number three arrived. Now I get our groceries delivered. But every once in a while, a Friday night alone in a supermarket, leisurely pushing a cart, and fondling every tomato for as long as I want to is the most valued moment of my post-kid life. Which sounds a bit sad on paper… but it really isn’t.

  6. nassia December 3, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

    Feta from one s/m , bio from the local farm market once a week, cleaning supplies from another s/m , wine/cheese from a third one it’s actually ridiculous , but can’t avoid it…
    (ps. kuddos on the healthy eating husband- it’s a hell of a lot easier to get my son to eat everything)

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