Excursion to most people's store of America
• Excursion in most people's store of America
What is the United States of America? Glittering skyscrapers, endless highways along the cornfields? Silicon Valley? White caps of the mountains of Montana? Black residents of disadvantaged neighborhoods? America is very different. Having been in more than forty states, I still can not tell about this country unique. When visited dozens of cities from Chicago to San Francisco, I looked at the stars in the national parks, rode along the Canadian and Mexican borders, and all these things already said, you can talk about things completely non-touristic. Although they would like to write about in the first days of the very first trip here. How are hypermarkets in America? What kind of products out there, than eat three hundred million people? To do this, we go on a tour of the most People's Shop America - Walmart.
When I wrote about their food basket, that I buy in the States for a week, many Russian immigrants who settled in the country, tried to shame me: What do you say, you go to Walmart? The same shop for the homeless! That would have went to Whole foods !. It was funny to read those comments. Some stereotypes about Walmart exist here, as we do about Ashan, but the Americans do it. Buy once a week - handy to the same products, as a rule, are the same everywhere, but cheaper in hypermarkets. From the point of view of the experiment, the network fits perfectly: it is possible and in Moscow in the ABC taste go, but it is not typical to Russian supermarket. So on and pushes - Wal-Mart in America is like Auchan (or OK) in Russia.
Right from the entrance begins fruit and vegetable section. I like that the food here sometimes try to spread nicely. Where this is possible. An important difference from our stores: fruit there is no need to weigh the cashier to do it yourself.
prices today will not paint, count yourself if you want. Fruits look nice, but not because unnatural, but just them neatly laid out for you, and removed the moldy stuff outright, which is still no one will take it, and it kind of spoils. Watermelons in America all the year round, with its own: there is also the southern states, where they can be grown all year round.
The same with other fruits, vegetables and berries. Cherries and raspberries in December in a climate of the middle band - a dream! And you can always buy a special set, where everything is already cleaned and cut into: know only in the mouth to shower! Why not? The man who first guessed remove peel with orange, watermelon cut and sell ready-made multi-billionaire certainly has.
Garlic dozen different species. Normal, packaged, pickled, chopped into small pieces ...
The greens and salads of all kinds.
Delicatessen shop. It sells cheese and ham, but it was such a turn that is not risen. Christmas on the nose, people bought for the festive table!
But four different windows with meat products. The whole huge stand with bacon, separate ham for breakfast, sausages and all sorts of semi-finished meat like cevapcici, hamburger patties and so on ...
Evil tongues say that Wal-Mart is a store that specializes in the food is not. Well, here one of these refrigerators ten rows. And each sold one thing. Choice is enormous. All of these racks, about twenty offices - this ice cream. Yes, there are hundreds of its species, honestly, honestly!
Next comes the same long refrigerator, and all full of frozen pizza of all kinds.
And on pizza range ends. Chicken wings, ready meals, all kinds of cakes. Demand creates supply, and competition engenders even more product variants. Not particularly a fan of such a ready meal: it is tasty, but certainly harmful. Himself buy only pizza and sometimes nuggets.
If we talk about the sauces, they are also a million options. Like Americans, and all sorts of pickles, and even make a popular snack of pickled cucumbers in the form of a sauce. He took forced himself pickles on a piece of meat.
Meat. Pork chops, steaks and ground beef ribeye. From unusual, here it is sold, including in the form of sausages.
And pork, a gammon, and similar delicacies. Somewhere all in bulk and bottled you can take right away. Popular and whole hams, their time for the holiday table, and buy. Thanksgiving turkey, Christmas pig.
A wide range of spices. It is somewhere one-tenth, only two small shelves fell. Condiments are divided into two categories: for amateurs in the kitchen and for the pros. In the first case, on the packaging write for a particular dish is a bag.
Meat and vegetable preserves. Separately, stop spam, the glory of which I was once a video filmed somewhere in the abandoned town of Montana.
A very long shelves of breakfast cereal, cereal, pillows and the like. From this fanateyut Americans of all ages.
chips. I stopped them there a long time ago, but the lure of packing, of course. Chips are never eaten suhomyatku, always with some sauce (dip), which is also a great variety.
But from this I can not refuse in any way ... .beef jerky. All the men of America love to feast on these pieces of dried beef. But expensive ... ten bucks for a large stack, which still flies in the stomach
Cheese counters. a dozen different kinds of cheese necessarily packed. By the wrapper, as you already understood, the Americans are scrupulously. The manufacturer shall be visually recognizable and visible from afar. Well, four of the most basic types of cheese: plain, cut into pieces (there are rails and cheese), grated cheese sticks, fresh Mexican cheese, similar to our Adyghe ...
Yoghurt. Almost all of it is written that they are low in fat.
Philadelphia cheese. Next to put bagels - such round bun with a hole in the middle, but not bagels. And with these bagels with cream cheese - that's currently Breakfast Cabinet pleasure, I tell you!
Bread is also a huge whole regiment, but as for me, we have it varied. In fact, here it is laid out just loaves of different manufacturers: here it is, mainly, all white. There rye, but Russian black or Borodino does not hold. And Mexican tortillas too popular.
The milk is sold in large bottles. Because the other system of measures: not liters and gallons. Due to falling oil prices, gasoline in the US now costs less than milk.
Eggs. Here, nothing to add.
All kinds of soda and other unhealthy drinks. Upstairs - portable refrigerators. The heat is very important.
Beer shelves. Beer - the only alcohol, which can be purchased at Wal-Mart and in general in any store other than special alcohol. For all states not say, but in Virginia so. Beer a lot. Americans second beer nation, which I respect. In part because they have taken the best from the major brewers of the planet - the Belgians. Perhaps nowhere else but in these countries, you will not find such a variety of types of beer it is. Again, like the Czech Pilsner? Here is a Czech. Like English ales? To your health, drink! For special perverts and "Baltic" in Russian shops sell.
along the rows of food you can walk endlessly, but I end up, otherwise the post will last for all eternity. The Wal-Mart sells a lot of things more. Such as clothes. Not very fancy, but quite practical and cheap. Pants socks only there and buy, with three years and in large quantities. Well, T-shirts have funny. This year, the fashion collection presented jerseys with uporotyh seals. One even tried, but somehow did not buy ...
Before the winter holidays, many still come to Wal-Mart and gift cards. The fact that for some reason have not caught on in Russia, in the United States was the main gift for friends, but not too close. Each chain of restaurants and shops has its own card. Do you know what your friend likes to go to the Outback steak houses? Give him a card for 25 dollars. That's enough, that he kept his wife in a restaurant, just this amount usually manages dinner for two. There are also pre-paid credit cards. You do not know what to give and the cash in an envelope indecent? Give a Visa or Mastercard, people will decide what to buy.
At the finish with Wal-Mart. Normal same shop, is not it?
For comparison and to show another large hypermarket. He is also quite "popular", and called Costco. This is analogous to our Metro: Cash & Carry, small wholesale. Here, too, on access card system, but get this: Anyone can, just need to pay the $ 55 membership fee per year. Or just pay American Express card system, they have a joint agreement.
Yes, I forgot to tell you more being Wal-Mart, which is at the entrance of every store faces a number of electric platforms, which can take anyone. They are intended for the elderly and disabled, but I repeat: anyone can take. Help you do not require.
At Costco also sell everything else, from food to clothing. With clothing, there is one trick: Unlike Walmart, you can find here and "branded" items at very low prices. Odyozhku sell the piece.
But the food will have to take the wholesale, a few pieces. Or just a big special packaging. Such banks Philadelphia or ketchup for a year will be enough!
Gift cards are also profitable, for example, four to 25 will not be 100, and 80. And more cakes are amazingly delicious! I give advice to American good gift: he can give for any occasion such fancy shower heads. In all likelihood, it will be the standard. And here do not understand anything in normal hearts: watering can not be removed and bolted to the wall! But it's a different story
And here to buy household appliances can be more profitable than in any other places. Costco just have some secret arrangement with suppliers to make them even special versions. Although Amazon still cheaper. In principle, almost all of today buy online technology.
Large packaging chocolates and pastries.
Small hungry ulcer. Just like in Auchan, only here this fast food at least tasty. And here's another little detail about Costco: here there are no plastic bags. Bring with them or take such a box for free. There is nothing to spoil the nature. I remember once in the Russian hypermarket yell at me when I wanted to take the orphan empty box to put there products.
In America, a lot of different shops but hypermarkets. All of them are a handful, usually in such a "Plaza", a small one-storey shopping center with a large parking area and separate entrances.