One of the things I have come to enjoy more and more as I get older is going to the grocery store for my weekly needs and wants, cravings and snacks as well.
|Deli meats, well packaged.|
The need for groceries is not a modern thing, it has come with the progress of man and the migration into cities of massive hordes of people, yet having a well stocked pantry is a must these days (and has been for a long time), specially if you enjoy preparing food and trying recipes from all over the world.
|Today's special gourmet offerings.|
Cheese, beef, poultry, fish, snacks, eggs, wine, legumes, fruits, vegetables, crisps, cookies, bread, coffee and tea, cured meats, preserves, tofu, shellfish, tostadas, chocolate, honey, peanut butter, nutella, beer, juice, all of these have their place in your days' menu: sometimes you're in the mood for a ceviche, other days it might be a hamburger, and another day of the week it might be dinner with that special someone, wine and cheese, Ibérico ham and figs (be wild and have fun).
|The cheese selection.|
I like going through my list and making an event of the visit, and the advantage of living in a contemporary metropolis is that there is no shortage of specialty or deli markets that carry plenty of items for the gourmande in you, or anyone really, it boils down to if you're an adventurous eater or not; in either case, you're sure to find what you need (most of the time).
|Wine, and more wine.|
A stroll through the wine aisle lets me sample the variety of types and vintages that might be appropriate for the week's menu or simply to see if there are new brands to try, or one that I haven't had before.
|After the market, about to head home.|
Once outside, with my purchase complete and ready to head home, I always take a little look back, something nostalgic, I can't really explain, a feeling of fulfillment that comes from a having done something amazing, like getting the food for the week but it's really more than that, it's the conversations, the sentiment, the therapy that comes from preparing, cooking and sharing the food and the moments it will provide for amazing gatherings and quality contact with fellow humans, in particular when it's done with love and attention.
|Beers from all over the world.|
For me, going to the supermarket is an enjoyable experience, and I say that if you plan ahead, make a list (or several), see what's new, and have fun, it will make your visit that much better.
(NOTE: all photos taken with iPhone)