You can imagine my surprise when I spotted this in the dairy section of my nearby Real supermarket:
Not only that, over Christmas, in the baking aisle, there was real, honest to goodness, vanilla extract (I’m still going to make my own though). Dr Pepper is now available at the same price as other sodas, along with vanilla and cherry Coke. Pepperidge Farms cookies have recently joined the sinfully delicious chocolate-covered Oreos in the cookie aisle. Haagen Daaz and Ben & Jerrys are ever present in the freezer section. Sweet potatoes and Haas avocados are almost always in-stock (Haas avocados even occasionally show up in our tiny, local, village Edeka).
Things have changed a lot in the almost 10 years I’ve been in Germany. I remember when none of these things were around. Blocks of cheddar were hard to come by.
Even with these “advances,” I still long for trips to Italy and France to give me a chance to stock up on French and Italian goodies for my pantry. I’ve always thought that expats in France and Italy have it made, surrounded by amazing cuisines and able to visit gorgeous markets. Then, this winter, two of my favorite expat bloggers, David Lebowitz in Paris and Michelle Fabio in Calabria, Italy, both complained about ingredients they couldn’t come by in their countries. I don’t remember what they were now, but they were all items that I can pick up in the nearest city.
I’m starting to think that, as far as expat life goes, maybe I shouldn’t be so jealous of those folks just over the border. I think I’ve got it pretty good right here. Okay, well, maybe I’ll still be just a little jealous.
Do you miss anything that you can’t get in your area? I want to look into the possibility of growing Key lime and Meyer lemon trees here.