30 November 2009

Okay, yes, I've talked about this before, but it's my blog and I'm going to talk about it again.

Grocery stores. Grocery stores. GROCERY STORES.

As I'm sure most of you know, this past Thursday was the day of the turkey. Frankly, I'm not a fan of turkey, so Thanksgiving is one of my least favorite holidays.

This year, Princess and I were going to hang out with two of my friends (who just got married) for a grown-up Thanksgiving. They were doing most of the cooking (because they're both really great cooks), but I was told to bring anything that means Thanksgiving to me. So I did.

Unfortunately, this meant a trip to the grocery store. I shudder to think what might have happened had I been there to pick up more than five items.

Here are the items I needed: noodles, Kosher salt, cheese, cream.

This particular grocery store has always made very little sense to me, as is the case with most of the Albertson's in the metroplex. On top of that, they decided that the Thanksgiving holiday would be the best time to rearrange the store.

So there were boxes all over and most of the aisles were mislabeled. My personal favorite: The milk/cream, yogurt, cheese, and eggs? Are all in different locations around the store. The cheese, specifically, isn't even all in one place. Half the cheese is with the produce and the other half? Is in the aisle with lunch meat. That aisle is labeled "frozen foods" and is in the middle of the store. No, I'm not joking.

It probably took an hour to navigate and find the simple things I needed. More than once, some poor (usually male) soul looked up at me when I passed, "Do you know where I can find baking soda (or some such item)?" Sir, I don't even know where you can find the door at this point. (It turned out he really needed baking powder, and that they were completely out of it. Good thing he didn't get baking soda instead, we all know how that goes...)

I have to say, if I never have to go to another Albertson's again? It will be far too soon.

But then I made cheese and spaghetti (my must-have Thanksgiving food) and it was delicious. Princess and I made it to my friends' place, where we feasted on beef tenderloin, au grautin potatoes (for which, you probably would have given up your first-born...I have the recipe, but I don't want your children), cornbread dressing (seriously, we all have our own, and I didn't really like this variety as much as the one my Granddaddy makes), cheese and spaghetti (I can eat my weight in this stuff, seriously), and some really crunchy green beans (which I don't like).

For dessert, my friend out-did herself with a Triple-Chocolate Mousse Cake. TASTY.

And if that had been the end of the day? It would have been a fun and relaxing Thanksgiving.


Joanna said...

I groceried at 6am Wednesday morning before the crazy crowds! I am genius!
My store here puts the stupid cheese in eleventy different places, too. Stupid cheese.

Jenny said...

"And if that had been the end of the day? It would have been a fun and relaxing Thanksgiving."


Erin said...

Hey! Cliffhangers suck! :)

LiLu said...

"I have the recipe, but I don't want your children..."

Lies and treachery! You would adore my spawn. Admit it.

Fukkit. I'm mailing you one just to prove it.

Just in time for next year's Xmas.

Graygrrrl said...

Yes, Albertson's is the devil. You should have gone to my Kroger- there was no one there on Thursday! I was tempted to do the rest of my shopping, but all I needed was a pie and I was late as it was. Oh well, next year, it's all my regular shopping on the holiday not the day before

Meg Kathleen said...

What a cliffhanger!

restaurant refugee said...

I gotta say that I still have really fond memories of going to the 24hour Albertson's at all hours of the evening when I was an undergrad. I cannot recall anything about their service, selection, or organization, but I have clear and pleasant memories of unabated shopping after the midnight hours.

It may have also helped me make time with a carless co-ed or six who could always use a ride to the grocery.

Antje Spethmann said...

I shopped on Monday night - Yo!

Louise | said...

It's kinda annoying when grocery items are not in the right place. Our grocery here place laundry soaps near breakfast cereals. Like... duh? ¬.¬

Suburban Sweetheart said...

I adore grocery shopping. I don't understand people who dislike grocery shopping, though I suppose if you're at a shitty grocery store, it's a less enjoyable experience...

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