Friday, February 10, 2017

What they all want to know!

What’s the most burning question on everyone's lips when talking about our new life in New York?!

The answer might surprise you! They don’t want to know about the glamorous lifestyle (yeah right) or how many celebs I’ve seen, they want to know where on earth I do my grocery shopping without a Tesco, Sainsburys or Waitrose, without a car and with all those stairs!

Granted this may say more about the company I keep, most of my friends are mums now and not carefree free girls in their twenties anymore. However as so many have asked, I’ll answer.

My answer a year ago it would have been a mad dash of local mini markets which we had to visit practically every day as there is only so much I can carry at any one time while dragging a reluctant toddler. 

But now I try to convince myself I have my sh!t together and have an altogether different plan of attack which keeps me out of the grocery shops as much as possible! 

Firstly most New Yorkers get their groceries delivered. There are many different services now such as FreshDirect, Peapod and Amazon PrimePantry. I use a mix of all the delivery services using the best value depending on what sort of groceries I need. Choices can often be limited, but you’ll always find something. 

The delivery guys will always bring your groceries right to your door, even if like us you live on the top floor! This is particularly useful for your heavy and bulky products as you can order online you don’t have to worry about carrying things home.

Food packaging can be a little bit confusing if you are new to America, particularly when it comes to meat and fish products. Meats have different grades and sometimes hormones and antibiotics are used. I confess I don’t fully understand the labelling so I tend to head to Whole Foods every few weeks as they are a supermarket that uses high quality produce. I will then stock up on meat and fish, portion it up and freeze it. 

Finally I do shop locally for fresh fruit and pastries. I’m never happy with what is delivered when it comes to fruit and veg, I like to choose the freshest products. I also like to choose little treats from the store, it’s not quite the same choosing that sort of thing online, plus I like to feel like we are doing something to support the local businesses.  

So there it is…. The incredibly dull answer to how New Yorkers do their grocery shopping! If you have any other questions about everyday life in New York let me know in the comments below. 

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