I went to one of the larger markets today to set up our pantry with all the basics. Although the selection would seem limited compared to the US, I found myself comparing it to the situation in Venezuela last summer.
The lacteos, dairy products, all are wonderful! Milk comes in a bag and oatmeal is in a cereal like box! The meat looked good but the names of all the cuts are different. My favorite beef in Venezuela was 'lomito' but here that is a sandwich. I ended up buying ground beef and chicken which was easily recognizable. :)
The bread is purchased at the market rather than the 'panaderias' which are on every corner of Venezuela. The bread all looked very different and they have a bun which they call a 'galleta', which is a cookie in Venezuela. I will have to try several things to figure out what is what. You have the bread weighed and that determines the price.
The vegetables all looked nice and I saw the largest sweet potato pf my life! It was the size of a small watermelon!
All in all, I found the supermarket to be quite nice and enjoyed the experience. It was clean and organized. I did realize that I will have to learn to read some Portuguese in order to read many of the labels of products imported from Brazil. Many of the better products seem to be Brazilian. I found myself staring and getting confused as I tried to read what should have been easily understandable Spanish only to remind myself it was Portuguese and that is why I was struggling so. Whew!
The one thing that left me scratching my head was the fact that they had young female workers zooming around the place on Rollerblades! They were in uniform and obviously worked there, but they could not answer any questions. Just eye candy, I suppose...