Monday, May 01, 2006

Food From Home?

Are you new to Duesseldorf? Where can you find some of your favorite foods from back home?

I go to Karstadt on Schadow Strasse 93. Just go in the main entrance off Schadow Strasse, straight ahead of you will be an escalator down to the grocery store. In there you will find salad dressings from home (the US) like Newman's, Kraft macaroni & cheese, tacos, tortillas, black beans, refried beans, salsa, microwave popcorn, Betty Crocker cake mixes, all the delicious healthy foods you are craving from home.

There's another store I have been meaning to go to, but haven't yet. It is the American & British Foods Store located at Cornelius Strasse 45.

When I have a craving for some Hershey's chocolate syrup for my ice cream I go to the International Food Store at Kurfürstenstr 28, near the Hauptbahnhof.

Lastly, you can go to to find their map/locator service. It is called Routenplaner. Here is the link.

If any one has any other suggestions, please leave a comment.


Anonymous Adam said...

you have a lot of american tips... I have only craved a few items here and there... and usually I ignore them. The only two thing I've generally caved on are plain tortilla chips (from Aldi), and tortillas (from a local international grocery store).

Since moving to Germany, what are your favorite German foods?

10:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Haha! The last thing I thought Americans would miss would be their food. Apparently I am wrong!

1:59 AM  
Blogger Sue in Angermund said...

I live in Angermund and wrote to you earlier about how much I enjoy your blog. You grew up (at some point) near Raleigh, NC. That is David Sidaris' home town, one of our favorite authors.

The Wal-Mart in Ratingen has a Russian, Turkish, Mexican, Greek and American section. Beware the guacamole sold in jars; just terrible. For fresh cilantro, they offer it occasionally, as does the fruit/vegetable market in the Alt Stadt.

Ratio in Ratingen also has incredibly hard to find exotic fruits and vegetables at very low prices. You must have a card, but usually someone will lend you theirs.

A final comment about Margaritas in Dusseldorf. I lived in Rio de Janeiro about 20 years ago, and caipirinhas are very popular here. However, many Mexican restaurants use Cachaca, the Brazilian sugar cane liquor, instead of Tequila and think it is the proper way to make a margarita.

This "Cinco de Mayo" will have about 35 guests here drinking margaritas and Corona beer. If you are interested, I'll send my recipe or any new ones we stumble across this Friday!

Tenga una feliz fin de semana!

11:35 AM  
Blogger Claire said...

I often miss American food stuffs. I mean Dr. Oetker is nice, but where is Betty Crocker when I need her. Duesseldorf sounds like the life! All I can get here is marshmellow fluff, and I have not eaten that since I was like 6!

3:10 PM  
Blogger GC PHILO said...

Have you found any place that sells Reese's Peanut Butter Cups? I've searched high and low all over Europe and still haven't come across anywhere that does (apart from US military bases). When find one, then you know you've truly stumbled across a gem!!!

4:28 PM  
Blogger Rikki said...

You might be interested in a new concept blog we’ve created called Gimme Your Stuff. It’s only a baby :)
It’s about cultural exchange, where people can use blogs to swap culturally significant foods from their area.

9:45 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

GC, I have them shipped in. (Reese's Peanut Butter cups) They're just as good as I remember, too. :)

12:00 PM  
Blogger Dixie said...

Check there for links to American and British foods to buy online.

10:55 PM  
Anonymous Michael said...

Well, we have friends and family bring stuff, but we also go to Edeka which has something of an international selection, plus Kaufhaus in the Altstadt has a good selection of Asian and Indian foods. We used to shop at a Whole Foods in DC (we are not Aldi fans!) and miss all of the international selection.

12:26 PM  
Anonymous Michael said...

...Oh and we go to Belgium often and shop there, too. The Carrefour in Liege, for example, as a very good international selection, including tagines, and instant-hot-chocolate!

2:27 PM  
Blogger J said...

I guess that due to the fact that American food wasn't available where I lived in Poland (not even in the city 66km away), I didn't miss them (other than Reese's Peanut Butter Cups).

6:40 PM  
Blogger jen said...

Minimal has a small american food section. I get my hershey's syrup there. Also, Tegut is as close to Whole foods as I can find in krautland. Its one grocery store that i don't hate being in and they're selection of fish is the best I've found in a grocery store.

4:52 PM  
Blogger Mango de Mallorca said...

I used to live next to American & British Foods and found their selection to be disappointing... and dusty. I think you're wise to go to Karstadt, even though it's a crime how much they charge for a block of cheddar.
p.s. It's so amusing to see another gay American living in D'Dorf going through the similar things that I did when I lived there. Keep up the good job with your blog!

9:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey --I just landed here and I am sooo happy to find this blog! I too have been looking for a wholefoods like store! Being a vegetarian and on the road a lot ---I need protein. I use a protein shake called "Source of Life"! What do you think--can I find it here or should I look to the internet and order it??


3:35 PM  
Anonymous Brenda said...

I have been craving grits. Does anyone know where I might be able to find them in Dusseldorf. I went back to the U.S. for a home visit and bought a box to bring back with me. I forgot to pack them. Any help is much appreciated.

9:11 AM  

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