I love grocery stores and not just in different counties. I can’t even begin to explain how happy I’d be going to the grocery store at home (with my parents money of course). I LOVE LOOKING AT ALL THE THINGS. You can imagine how much time I waste in grocery stores in new countries that have new things to look at.
From what I’ve gathered, it seems that the Norwegian staples are brown cheese, Grandiosa pizza, and Melkesjokolade chocolate. The brown cheese is surprisingly not bad, it tastes like a sweeter version of cheddar and looks like a block of frozen peanut butter. Grandiosa pizza tastes cheap and like bagel bites, not pizza. I broke down and bought one of the tiny versions of the chocolate bars and yeah, it was good. I’m not blown away though.
Condiments- why are they all in tubes? When I was dieting fairly seriously, mustard was my go to. I put it on literally every single thing I ate because it has very few calories. Can someone please explain to me why the mustard in this country has 120 calories per serving? It’s witchcraft and not okay with me. Another thing I can’t wrap my head around is the bacon flavoured mayonnaise. I hate mayo with a passion. I can’t imagine this would taste good to anyone, even if they liked mayo. Hot dog sauce? Is this a fancy word for mayo? So many questions.
I’ve stumbled upon lefsa in the grocery stores, and you cannot seriously tell me that the lefsa they sell in packages in the grocery stores is real. It probably tastes like garbage. Grandma would not approve, therefore, I will not be buying it.
There are the biggest range of fish items. Canned fished meatballs (wtf), fish cakes, fish balls, shrimp, you name it. If there’s a dead fish involved, you can find it at the grocery store, and you can bet I’ll try none of these.
The (local) jams that I’ve tried are really good, not as good as Grandma’s, but good for store bought. I’ve yet to try the “cloudberry” jam, but that’s because I didn’t realize it wasn’t called cloudberry in Norwegian. I saw it in the store today since I knew what I was looking for, and it was super expensive (surprise surprise) so I’ll bring some home when I’ve had enough of this country.
The Asian and Mexican food sections are all massive at the grocery stores. Stuff like that is not hard to find. We brought a bunch of taco and fajita seasoning with us, but it was not necessary. I think the BBQ flavoured fajita mix they sell here is better than what they sell in Canada. It’s cheap too, I might be bringing some home.
I don’t notice a huge difference in price while grocery shopping at home compared to here for most things, and the only thing I can’t find here that I’m missing is clamato juice. This girl needs a caesar in the worst way. Maple syrup is over the MOON expensive and they don’t even sell the cheap fake stuff. Why do I need maple syrup? I really don’t, but you bet I will complain about it (eh).
Now that I’m thinking about it, I’m not sure if living here (except for going out to eat/buying booze) is actually way more expensive than it is at home. Maybe I’m just used to being a child and having my parents do all my grocery shopping. Either way, it’s shocking moving away and realizing how much is actually spent on food, ESPECIALLY when we’re on that chicken and white rice 92% of the time diet and have yet to go out for food. Kebab’s and Ikea don’t count.
Foreign grocery stores are fascinating, and I’ll be sure to spend an obscene amount of time in any one that I come across.