After visiting every grocery store in a walkable 7 mile radius from my apartment, I think I found my new go to supermarket.
Of course I still visit a few of my favorites each weekend if I don’t have other plans. Because going to the food store counts as a major weekend outing right? (I know you agree with me at least Dad.)
But this store is so cool! It’s like a Japanese cross between a Trader Joe’s and Aldi’s and if you know me, you know those are two of my absolute favorite stores. It’s a small store, but has a ton of interesting import foods and some familiar brands (hello Heinz, Nutella, Hellmann’s, and Old El Paso). But, major win, they had rolled oats!! Not Quaker oats, but rolled oats for a very decent price and I almost cried with joy. Oat’s are my go to for cheap healthy lunches, pancakes, and baked goods. Don’t laugh, they’re good for you! I eat them everyday for lunch, and of course all the kiddos always ask what my funny looking mush is. Every. Single. Day.
Anyway, this store is called Gyomu Super and its about an 8 minute bike ride from my apartment. I can even get there without a GPS now! It sort of resembles a warehouse on the inside: most of the space is taken up by long freezer aisles (like Trader Joe’s, but less perky and quirky) and the merchandise on the shelves and floor is displayed right from the cardboard boxes it arrived in the store in. So not a very attractive shop, but oh so familiar. It doesn’t accept credit cards, only a few employees work at once, boxes everywhere, store brands with some name brands, and a bunch of import items! And there are import and halal items everywhere! It’s so cool. Brazilian brands, Indian, American, Filipino, some Italian and German as well. Not a huge huge selection of anything, but enough to have a decent selection of options for the weekly menu.
Just like Aldi’s cheap produce, I was suspect of Gyomu’s cheap produce as well, but so far everything I’ve purchased has been the same quality as the larger name brand chain stores. This was one of those random happy accidental discoveries I stumbled upon about a month ago and now it’s easily my new favorite store. The only thing its lacking is the free samples that some of the other shops have… but I have a list of those as well. I have a few that I’ll frequent if I want to free sample my way through lunch on a Sunday morning.
I promise I’ve gotten out and done fun things on the weekends as well, but honestly, exploring food stores is one of my favorite ways to get to know a new area. (Stop laughing at me Dad, I picked this up from you!)
Food stores also make the best places to pick up souvenirs for loved ones back home. So y’all better believe I’ll be picking up massive bags of fun candies and cookies to bring back as gifts!