Trip Start Aug 03, 2007
Trip End Aug 01, 2008

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Monday, August 20, 2007

I know that I laughed at the fact that people would shop at Safeway while here and not in the local markets but I have to admit that there are some local markets but all of the them have the most amazing lines of western food products. Friday I took 3 1/2 hours and went to Carrefours-a French grocery store/everything. It is located at the City Mall which also has a Starbucks but back to shopping...

I did have a list of items I needed but I also wanted the chance to just wander to see what is there. Wow, there is everything you could imagine plus some more! There are multiple types of fresh feta and other cheeses, an olive bar that puts Byerly's to shame, fresh meat, fish & seafood counters, aisles of frozen foods from traditional Middle Eastern to the distinctly American fare such as pizza. Spices are sold in bulk at one counter or you can buy the already types we have here, fruits and veggies are sold by the weight and must be weighed before going to check out, juices of every flavor and brand possible and the same goes for the pop. No, I still don't like Coke Light but I do love the Fanta! There were also huge areas of rice, oils, and ethnic foods so I found black beans for some teachers here that were looking for them. Even the pickiest of eaters should be able eat here in Amman! Needless to say, I don't think I will have to many problems.

Prices are about the same for most things here. I bought 4 chicken curry kebobs for 2JD or about $2.80. They were quite good! The only thing I have groaned about is the price of pistacios-yikes. Don't ask about the milk as I won't be drinking that but have found good yougurt instead and that is a little pricey.

At this store, they also sell clothing, household cleaning supplies, electronics, decorating stuff, and school supplies. I can also pick up the English Jordan Times to read after I am done. It does cost you 10 fil or about 25 cents to get a shopping cart and you don't use your own bags-just a ton of plastic bags. I think I had 12 bags after that trip! The best thing it can be compared to is probably a KMart/Target and it does have the best prices compared to Safeway but each has their own unique niche to serve.

I haven't been to a "real" souk yet but I am looking forward to that adventure!
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