“Where are the raisins?”
It’s the usual harum-scarum problem that besets bad housewives. We’ve been busy reading and blogging, reading and cleaning, and maybe reading while we walk and drink tea or coffee.
We really need one of those magnetic shopping list pads.
Usually I make a list on a piece of paper torn out of my diary. “Please will somebody go to the store?” I’m a non-driver, and sometimes stuff explodes inside my bike panniers, so if we need a LOT of big stuff, like laundry detergent and that super-size of cereal, I send someone else. Someone who DRIVES.
When I show up at the urban grocery store to pick up a few things, the cashier sees my bike helmet and says, “Who knows if that ice cream will still be ice cream when you get it home?” He has no idea how fast I can ride when there’s ice cream.
Usually we shop urban, but we had some stuff to do in the suburbs, and decided to investigate the new trendy high-concept Hy-Vee in Urbandale.
Oh my God, it was overwhelming. They give you a map. The Asian cooks are stir-frying in front and giving out free samples. There are incredibly green greens and beautiful fruit, including some I’ve never tried: Plumcots (hybrids of plums and apricots), starfruit, and little melons. Sorry, I didn’t take notes, and don’t know what the melons were.
Then there is the gelato bar, the Starbucks with a fireplace, the sushi bar, the Chinese food, the pizza cooked in a stone oven, a huge bakery, a sit-down restaurant, a butcher’s shop, a seafood shop, bulk foods, pet aisles, etc.
My husband wanted to find the oatmeal bar. We couldn’t find it.
We decided we couldn’t possibly shop there without a list. So we just bought birthday cupcakes.
I don’t actually see the cupcakes we bought (I downloaded the photo from the internet). They were little chocolate and white cupcakes. I didn’t feel up to one of those giant cupcakes.
Mmmmm. The cupcakes were delicious.
Many have compared this new Hy-Vee to Trader Joe’s. I’d love to shop at Trader Joe’s, but it is at the edge of the suburbs, and it would be difficult to get there on my bicycle. It could be done, but it would be an unpleasant ride.
Although this new Hy-Vee is a lot of fun, we’ll stick to our regular Hy-Vee (which is also big).
I do love the Hy-Vee. Founded in Iowa in 1930, it is now a big chain. I grew up shopping in the little Hy-Vee store on Kirkwood Ave. in Iowa City with my mom. We would buy groceries (“Could we have space food sticks? Please.”) get dishes with Green Stamps (or they may have been brown: I’m not sure), and pick up comic books and 59-cent editions of Little Women and the Trixie Belden books.
The Kirkwood Ave. store was closed long ago.
The Urbandale Hy-Vee is too far away (would eat gas), and is really too big to be efficient for us. Unless we want a treat, we probably won’t shop there.
We housewives have to think of these things, especially when we’re sending others to the store.
And now here’s a recipe for white cupcakes. I haven’t tested it because I’m a bad housewife. Yup, I don’t need to bake them when I can buy them, but check out allrecipes.com
So where do you like to shop? Big stores, small stores, organic stores…? Let me know!