Thursday, January 19, 2006

Shopping with a dictionary?


I am about to leave for my German language course that starts at 9:00 AM, but I have a quick funny story and I am wondering if this has happened to other expats. I went to Aldi (a German grocery store) and I thought I was buying moisturizing lotion for these cold wintelr days. When I first used it I thought to myself, wow--this German lotion is very greasy. Well, M. took a look at it and it turned out to be liquid soap. I guess I need to go shopping with a dictionary??? (These are some of the items we have on a storage shelf. NOTE: There is milk on the shelf and not in the fridge. It can be left out in the warm air until April and it is still good to drink. That seems very strange to an American. Germans also place their eggs on a shelf and not in the refridgerator section of the grocery store. That, too, is so unusual to an American. I will take a photo of it at the grocery store and upload it later....)

7 Comments:

Blogger christina said...

That's funny! Yes, it probably is a good idea to take a dictionary just to be sure what you're buying, although you get to recognize stuff really fast.

The H-Milch is so convenient but my husband and kids won't drink it because they say it tastes funny due to it being heated. I like it just fine, though. And not refrigerating the eggs is pretty weird. I always rush mine home and get them into the fridge where they belong. :-)

3:11 PM  
Blogger Expat Traveler said...

I love the H-Milk as i think it tastes waaaay better. As for the eggs, wait until Easter when you see all of the hard boiled ones. Well I think that at least occurs everywhere in Europe like it did in Switzerland.

8:35 PM  
Blogger Dixie said...

When I first moved to Germany I freaked a bit about H-milk. It tasted funny to me and I would avoid it. Then when my MIL moved out and I did all the shopping I would buy fresh milk but that got to be a pain because the freshness date would be like the next day. So I bought H-milk again and lo and behold I liked it. My aversion to it before had nothing to do with it being H-milk - it was from the fact that my MIL doesn't keep her fridge as cold as I like it and I need to have milk super cold before I drink it. Now I won't buy anything but H-milk...I think it tastes better than fresh milk.

Keep in mind that H-milk spoils faster than fresh milk after it's opened. Once you open the carton, consume it within three days. Same with juice.

Took me a while to get over the egg thing too but think about it - eggs were stored that way well before refrigeration. Still, I slap 'em in the fridge the minute I get them home. And don't eat those hard boiled pre-colored Easter eggs they sell at Easter time. I saw on the news last spring that those eggs are God only knows how old. They're okay for decoration but then I pitch them.

You know, I've never taken to Aldi. I'm more of a Lidl gal.

11:46 PM  
Anonymous megan said...

You would think it would be easy to deduce the identity of items at a store. How could it be so different, right? And yet it is. Life becomes much easier here when you've learned the basic words for groceries and menus.

I once tried to buy a gentle face wash and ended up buying some kind of grandma-brand anti-wrinkle cream that had my guy chortling for days.

3:08 PM  
Blogger Sparky said...

Discovering the wonders of H-Milk, eh?

You should know that it's flash-heated, usually by nuking it. Some tree-huggers are afraid it's radioactive :))).

I love it. But keep in mind to consume it quikly once opened, just like Dixie said.

- m.

7:39 PM  
Blogger christina said...

Oh yeah, another thing about the H-Milch. If it's been in the fridge a few days and does go off, it will taste bitter rather than sour.

And hands off those pre-coloured supermarket Easter eggs. They keep them around for WEEKS! Eew. :-O

12:58 AM  
Anonymous megan said...

now people don't rob him of the joys of discovering some things for himself! We all need that 'first time joy' of adding milk to the coffee and having it come up as cheese.

(it foams well too!)

1:12 PM  

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