I love to taste things especially in fancy grocery stores with fruits and vegetables that I can’t pronounce and don’t know how to cook. It is all so exotic.
I love to shop on sample day. Hmmmm….samples. You get an introduction without commitment. It’s like dating. Sorta.
I try things. That’s how I found out I love pretzel chips as a dipper. And sweet hot sauce as a dip!
There are the regional and national aisles. Invariably I’d get sucked into buying a Chinese or Italian something or other. I bought a Caribbean sauce that I never would have bought without the sample.
Sometimes the purchase is wonderful and some end up in a landfill with Jimmy Hoffa. It happens.
It’s been a long time since I went to a grocery store just to browse and taste. Lately I go with the beloved husband. He is not a dawdler by nature. He has a list, fills the basket with list items and we are out of there. It’s the right way to shop but I miss roaming the aisles looking for samples. (It must be my primitive gathering skills coming to surface.)
We shop at the local Farmers’ Market too. I sample the peanuts while he buys them. If he talks sports with the proprietor (and with our local teams there is a LOT to talk about) I mosey over to the cheese place and check out any new cheeses. Calcium you know! Dips and baloney beckon. There is a pickle place too.
Shopping is the first part. The big event is the unveiling. Ripping bags open on the kitchen counter!
Everything must be tasted immediately — a slice of lunch meat, a piece of cheese. Maybe a strawberry or another piece of fruit. Sometimes it’s a carrot that’s calling to me. Or Auntie Anne’s pretzels. A spoonful of potato salad or deli delight.
Bakery goods are fair game. If you are buying to take somewhere you can have a piece. You cut all the rest up and take it on a tray. No one will know one piece is missing. Or two. Besides you don’t want to take the ends.
Fresh warm baked bread are bought two at a time. One for the road and one for the meal. Warm bread doesn’t need anything on top. I can comprise and entire lunch!
Today is Farmers’ Market day. Hope the beloved husband has a LONG sports discussion with Mr. Peanut man. Hmmm….samples!
Do you sample and taste? Or are you more disciplined?