Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Grocery Shopping: The Continuing Drama

Here's the grocery list I gave my husband this Sunday. If you're like me, you'll be really interested in finding out what we bought. Whenever I see an abandoned grocery receipt on the ground I pick it up to see what that shopper bought, mostly because I'm obsessed with food and I like to imagine what they might be cooking.

Imagine my disappointment when the receipt says:

Marlbro Lts
Budwser 24pk
KY lube lrg

If you're not nosy like me, you can skip my list:

Apples (Braeburn or Pink Lady)
Scallions (1 bunch)
Avocados (x2)
Eggplant (1 medium)
Shallots (x2)
Onions (2)
Carrots (large, 1 bag)
Baby Spinach- organic
Cilantro (2 bunches)
Mint (1 bunch)
Baguette (1)
Saltine crackers (fat-free)
Total cereal
Fiber One
Jam- raspberry
Tomato paste (organic x2)
Jar roasted red peppers (1)
Chunky mild salsa (12 oz jar, organic)
Lentils (regular)
Garbanzo beans (x3)
Black beans (x2)
Semi-sweet chocolate chips
Orange juice
Frozen raspberries
Veggie burgers
Wine- chardonnay

Sorry, no Hustler. Check back later when I publish our receipt from Borders (ours is offering a special educator discount this week!).

So here are transcripts of the calls I received this time. You will note that we have reduced the number of calls to nearly FIFTY PERCENT. I think this is largely due to the fact that M now fears this public broadcasting of our discussions and he's convinced that the Internet believes him to be a typical, bumbling male idiot when it comes to grocery shopping.

This is not even remotely the case. This boy even knows the produce code for Brussels sprouts! We buy them regularly and for some reason the cashiers never know it, so M memorized it to help them out.

All together now: Awww.

On with the public broadcasting!

Call #1: Don't you want salad?

M: Hey, it's me.
Liz: I know.
Liz: Caller ID.
M: Oh. I thought you were making fun of me again for calling from the food store.
Liz: I would never.
M: Right.
Liz: What's up?
M: Don't you want salad?
Liz: I didn't put it on the list?
M: You wrote Baby Spinach- organic, but not Mixed Greens.
Liz: Well, I still have some leftover greens, so just get the spinach.
M: Okay.

Call #2: In which we cannot fathom a meal without garlic.

M: Hi.
Liz: Hi.
Liz: NO.
M: Wow.
Liz: I know. This must be a first.
M: It's too weird. It's like the garlic is pulling me over, calling my name...
M: I'll try. By the way, the avocados are rock-hard. They don't have any ripe ones.
Liz: Bummer. Well, just get those and I'll stick them on the window sill for a couple days.
M: Poor Alex.
Liz: I know.


M: I found some ripe avocados in the organic section!
Liz: Score!

Call #4: I'll take Genetically Modified for $500, Alex.

M: What's the deal with those numbers again?
Liz: What numbers?
M: The numbers on the produce stickers.
Liz: Let me see... okay, if it's 5 digits, starting with an 8, it's genetically modified. Five digits starting with a 9 means that it's organic. And 4 digits means that it was grown conventionally, neither organic nor genetically modified.
M: I knew you would have that information handy.
Liz: Of course.
M: I love being married to a librarian.

Call #5: A man who loves to save 35 cents? Priceless.

M: I remember seeing cupcake papers on the list on the fridge, but they're not written on this list.
Liz: Yeah, I need them, but not this week. I was trying to trim the list down a bit.
M: Well, they're only 65 cents, so I'll go ahead and get them.
Liz: Okay.
M: I'll get the multicolored ones.
Liz: Oh, baby! Multicolored? Nothing's too expensive for your woman!
M: Actually, they're the cheapest. The foil ones cost 99 cents.
Liz: Never talk to me again!
M: (snickering) Okay, goodbye.

Tune in next weekend when I will simply write Cheddar Cheese on the list without specifying Wisconsin, New York, block, shredded, mild, or sharp.

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Blogger Bearette24 said...

Pink Ladies are the best!

I can't remember looking at abandoned receipts, but I do look at other people's groceries as they unload them on the conveyor belt. Some men's groceries are horrifying (Slim Jims, Coke, beer, Doritos and toilet paper).

11:57 PM  
Blogger Roxanne said...

Dare I ask what's on the menu this week....that's a lot of cilantro.

I never thought that M was incompetent. You can tell him that. ;)

1:47 PM  
Blogger Iamthebookworm said...

I love these grocery store conversations of yours.

9:11 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

rox- half the cilantro was for a chick pea-lentil dish I was making, and the other half was for an avocado salad.

Both were very good. I love cilantro, but I know there are lots of people who just can't stand the taste of it. That's kind of how I feel about anise...*shudder*

9:57 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

bookworm- I often wonder if anyone in the store is listening to M's end of the conversation.

9:58 PM  
Blogger Frema said...

I love reading your phone transcripts. I read the first one about eight times!

10:51 AM  
Blogger kj said...

i am obliged once again, liz, to tell you to find a way to write columns like this each week in a syndicated newspaper.

come on, you can do it. and why not?


11:19 PM  
Blogger BabelBabe said...

you are a hoot.

and can i come to your house for dinner? my grocery lists look like this:
3 gallons whole milk
bushel of bananas
half a dozen loaves of bread, various types
2 industrial vats o' peanut butter (1 organic, creamy; 1 Jif, extra crunchy)
crate of chicken nuggets

and for god's sake don't forget the condoms or we'll be buying FOUR gallons of milk every three days.

3:21 PM  
Blogger Caro said...

dAt least you had chocolate chips on your list.


3:58 PM  

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