My shopping and eating habits are greatly changed from being in South America. When I first started shopping in the US after the Covid19 shut down, folks were hording, so I was quite comfortable with limited choices. No longer am I eager to see what the grocery store has in stock. I know when I head out that they will have everything, far more things than I would ever consider buying. I know I will run into the paradox of choice. I am finding myself trying to think of things that I just can’t get in other countries and get those. Sometimes they just don’t tastes like I remember.
One exception is Stouffers’ spinach souffle. it is still every bit as good as it always was. It has the benefit of being microwaveable. I got the fixings for two sandwiches, which were favorites when I was a child; pimento cheese and potted meat. It wasn’t until I had made some before I realized that to be the sandwiches of my childhood they needed to be made with white bread. I will be moving to a new Airbnb in less than three weeks, so I will wait until I am there before trying to recreate the memories again.
I still have a some of the shopping and eating habits I developed while traveling. I buy easy to snack on fruits and veggies. Healthy doesn’t grab me, but easy does. I do like the so-called baby carrots you can get in the US. It is much easier to dump them in a bowl than it was to cut batons of carrots from the lovely huge carrots I was buying elsewhere. Most days I have a bowl full of carrots on the counter. Right now I also have a bowl of red cherries, and packet of Rainer Cherries in the fridge to follow.
I have been eating a lot of hummus, since all food markets carry it nowadays. It makes the veggies go down easier. I used to love freeze dried veggies, but I found I have lost my taste for them. I would rather have the fresh ones, or what passes for fresh in the US. I am sure, when I am able to travel again, I will miss some of the foods I am now eating, but for right now, I am pretty well sick of them.
I have been in the US for too long. It is well past the time, I should have moved on the next country. I hope that one day I will be able to travel again. I hope the the current ‘leadership’ in this country doesn’t end up making Americans personae non gratae in other countries. We can only hope.