adulting is a series on ilam that talks about doing new “adult” things, and what I’ve learned, which hopefully, may help you navigate adulting as well.
Now that I’ve been a city-liver for a little over a year, I’ve realized the one thing most important to me: the proximity of a well-stocked supermarket. I’ve put together an internal list of what I look for in a supermarket, and I’m never happier than visiting a new supermarket for the first time.
- How is the quality and selection size of the produce? Is it arranged nicely, reasonably stocked, and is it fresh at least 6 days out of 7?
- What does its international section look like? Does it carry mirin, rice vinegar, and Golden Curry? Do they have bok choy, sugar snap peas, and daikon? Do they stock green tea ice cream? For a supermarket in a large metropolitan area, these should be all standard.
- Does it sell arugula separately (i.e. not within a salad mix)?
- Does it have a pharmacy with convenient hours?
- Do they bake in-house? How much is a French baguette and how large is it?
- Is the overall feel clean, modern, and pleasant?
- When ordering from the deli, do they look you in the eye when you order?
- What is the supermarket’s brand? Do they focus on organics? Sustainability? Cheap prices?
- How do the prices and quality compare to other supermarkets in the area? How much are the dozen eggs (organic and free-range)? How much are cucumbers? How much are tomatoes?
- Always check out the neighborhood supermarkets before moving into a neighborhood.