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Florida Guide > Shopping

Food Supermarkets in Florida

Well nothing will prepare you for your first visit to a Florida supermarket or as the Americans call them, food halls. It will be an enlightening experience and interesting to see so many different items

Of course there are the Wal-Mart stores but these stores are more than food halls, Wal-Mart are more like a hypermarket as they simply sell everything from a paper clip to plasma screen TV’s along side the food items.

One chain of supermarket that you will see a lot of is Publix, and I think they are definitely one of the best for all food items.

You may be used to Tesco, Morrison’s or Safeway’s back home in the UK but believe me they are not a patch on Publix, they are much much bigger than UK supermarket and as a result there is so much more choice of items.

One area which you will notice a big difference is in the fresh fruit and vegetables which are very fresh, in fact items such as lettuce etc are kept in a chiller cabinet and is watered with a sprinkler, their vegetables are all grown in the USA or close by so that it not flown half way round the world like here in Britain and it shows in the flavours.

The fresh fruit and vegetables definitely taste better because of this, the choice of food available is vast and can be daunting at first and going food shopping takes on a much more exciting trip than back home

One area that will definitely keep you busy is the ice cream aisle as its obvious that the Americans love their ice cream, there is an unreal choice in flavours, even after you have made your choice of flavour you then have many well known brands to choose from Hagendas to my personal favorite Ben and Jerry’s, mmmm the USA is ice cream heaven.

Another sure fire winner is the pizza’s in the USA, the choice is so much better than at home in the UK plus there are proper pizza’s not the tiddling little things that you get in the supermarkets here, and they just taste great, all the kids will love them.

There is a great choice of beer mostly the USA beers such as Budweiser etc but they also carry a range of imported beers for the more discerning beer drinker such as me, and as Al Murray would say there lots of wines to choose from for the ladies, a lot of the American wines are very good in fact and your wallet will like the prices.

Once you finally get to the checkout you will find the checkout staff so very helpful and you will almost immediately have someone come over and pack your bags without asking, and If you are a woman on your own or with kids they will take out your shopping out to the car and help you put it in the boot of your car

The Americans truly do offer helpful and friendly service and this is very much appreciated, and makes a trip for provisions a joy.

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