We stopped by Franrprix several times for ingredients for our meals, snacks, dairy and cheese. Our friends mentioned this was a normal, everyday grocery store with an ok selection.
I really enjoy going to local supermarkets to get a sense of the snack food and items that seem unique to the culture of the location. In San Juan, we picked up several snacks and various local items that can not be found in the States. I have purchased many of plantain chips at the Latin section of my supermarket, however these brand of Filler plantain chips.
The variety of Pepperidge farm freezer section cakes including German Chocolate, Orange Creme, Devil’s Food and Key Lime and Golden.
In Barcalona, the supermarket we most frequently visited was called Consum and in Dubronik, on our walk from the ferry to the Hotel, we came across a large Konzum. We had to walk in.
Every variety of Milka chocolates one could dream of!
Tubes and tubs of mayonnaise
Macho and King Double ice cream bars
Going to the supermarket and seeing the normal food stuff and products for the everyday is one of the most pleasurable experiences. It gives a small slice of the culture of what food products are most important. Chorizo, flan, jamon are several examples. There are many Consum stores throughout Barcelona.
Many varieties of flan 1.5 euros for a 4 pack
Olive oil fried chips, jamon flavored chips
H Mart is a Korean chain supermarket with a large cult following. This one is in Burlington, MA. It opened quite recently in 2009. It also has a bakery, food court, beauty store, and stationery store inside. I have visited other H Mart locations in my travels and this one is spacious! One of the key things that I like to emphasize about this particular Asian market chain is that it is very clean, organized and there’s an abundance of Korean items. There are certainly Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and Thai items as well, but the focus here is on Korean foods. There’s a household section that has very interesting kitchen and cleaning supplies.
Banchan- small assorted side dishes served with rice
Produce here can be good buys. If you don’t shop wisely however, some of the foods are not exactly as cheap as in other Asian Markets. Other downfalls include the limited parking which makes the market very busy. It’s best to go during off-hours. On weekends, H Mart is a madhouse! Plus there are tons of free samples every corner you turn. In a short walk, I tried steamed mussels, yakitori, kalbi, fried scallion pancake, fried rice, miso soup, gyoza, a melon ice pop, ginger soda, and honey tea. An entire meal really! The meat and seafood areas have a wide selection that can be overwhelming. There’s whole aisle of interesting things to find. The food court is a bit over-priced but also a good experience.
I always like to pick up some bulgolgi or kalbi for grilling, mochi in black sesame, strawberry or green tea with adzuki filling, pork and leek gyoza, super spicy ramen in economy packs for those quick meals, or red bean doughnuts and creme choux from Tous Les Jours. You should check out H Mart even if it’s just a one time thing to check out the crowds.