Tuesday, June 28, 2011

#2... a country of variety....

.....well, SORT OF....

LIKE: (there is a BIT of sarcasm in today's "like")

I like that when it comes to things like MARMALADE, Denmark has more choices than I ever knew existed... we have every kind of jam and jelly made from every kind of berry known to man, including some really interesting varieties like "gulerød og appelsin" (Carrot and orange"). However if a gal wants to run down to the local grocery store and pick up a jar of grape jam or grape jelly for her PB&J sandwiches, she is OUT OF LUCK! So even in a country of SOOOO many varieties of marmalade, I still have to import my jam!                                    

This same phenomenon occurs when we get to the "Sennep" (mustard) section in the store... Again, varieties of mustard that I have NEVER heard of. I guess it's the popularity of the Danish hot dog that prompts the need for so many versions of mustard, but if my Viking needs "yellow mustard" (AKA American mustard) for his ham sandwich, again, he is OUT OF LUCK, so we keep yellow mustard on our standard USA grocery list. 

Denmark does have a great variety of so many things at the grocery store, but these things are sooo very Danish-- like the rows and rows of jars of red beets-every size and flavor you could want; and don't forget the choices of leverpostej (yes, pork pate that they spread on their bread for lunch)... it comes in SO many different brands, shapes, sizes, plus warm and cold... So I am one immigrant that has not yet learned to ummm, fully APPRECIATE the variety of grocery selections at the market. 

Unfortunately once you have had a TASTE of an American supermarket, you realize how much they are lacking here. I thought it was just me who felt that way, but Mads (whose favorite place in the US is the grocery store) loves to stand on the cereal aisle at the grocery store here and count how many varieties of breakfast cereals that are available...and usually he does not need to use all 10 fingers to do so. He just shakes his head and mumbles something about "if they only knew...."


DISLIKE:

The one thing that bugs me about grocery shopping is that one day you may find some awesome treasure at the store and as you bring it home, you make a mental note of where to find it next time. So you go again...and buy it again. This may happen a couple of times, but then one day, when you are REALLY WANTING that treasure, you go back to the same aisle of the same store and find something totally different in its place! You think it must be temporarily out of stock, so you check back a few days later, but nope... that treasure was only here for a visit, not to put down roots. This is not an uncommon occurrence-- you find something you like and then a few weeks later, it is gone. So my philosophy is when you find a treasure like that, BUY THEM ALL UP! Just in case! 

13 comments:

JustMe said...

Isn't Sød Fransk Sennep the same as yellow American mustard??

PiNG aka Patti said...

The disappearing items drive me nuts! This is why I have learned to scour the bins and not wait to buy as it probably won't be there next time!

Diego Cella said...

It happened to me as well.
I believe they are doing Tests to see how the product sells.
My suggestion is: when you find something new that you love, buy as much as possible, in this way they might see that IT sells very well and it may become a resident item on the shells.

Garkbit said...

One thing I miss compared to the UK or the USA is a variety of tinned/canned soup. I like to cook with fresh ingredients and everything, but just once in a while it would be easier to be able to open a can of Campbell's extra-chunky something-or-other.

Garkbit said...

JustMe: American yellow mustard isn't sweet.

It occurs to me that one could buy mustard powder (Coleman's English in Super Best or Brugsen) and then try to find a good copycat recipe online to make your own yellow mustard.

The Blogless Sister said...

Thanks for the info about the pillows :-)

Your post today reminds me of how I react when I'm in an Amerian supermarket. I take hours in almost every aisle, lol :-)

Archaeogoddess said...

I found a jar of Lemon Curd in Netto the other day and snapped it up. Oh the joy and happiness! But, since it's Netto, I know that I'll likely never see Lemon Curd again. Le Sigh.

Megan said...

ill never forget my first time in a "large" grocery store in bergen...LOL. it was so shocking to me to see such a lack of choices. while i was a little upset about that regarding the move, i did figure it would make grocery shopping easier and not require as many decisions.

i did not know they have so many varieties of liverpate (blah) and marmalades though!!!!

(PS: i may be hitting you up sometime for your cake frosting recipes!)

Anonymous said...

It is not the fact that they keep it on the shelves if you buy it. It is that if it sold out a lot and people like and it is not danish then they take it off the shelf. I studied this in school in economics there and a danish business man discussed this with me. For instance I said they sold cookie dough from the US in Fotex for a while and then every time i went to buy it they were sold out or only had one left, then 3 months later they take it off the shelves. He basically explained that if a foreign company sells it or makes it then Denmark does not get the money...it goes to whatever foreign company is making it and not into the Danish system besides whatever tax is added onto it and selfishly they want Danish people to buy Danish goods so when they see the people are buying other things they quickly take it off the shelf. God forbid they discover things are better or have more variety that is not Danish. The englishman who sells English and American foods has also explained it this way too. He had it happen with icing...yes they sold the icing and took it out when everyone was buying it. It's a matter of keeping money in Denmark as it was explained to me and a whole class.

Aubrey

Anonymous said...

Wow, that is quite the conspiracy theory.

Anonymous said...

@Aubrey- Then what would be the point of offering any non Danish products in the first place?

Anonymous said...

@whoever u r. Like I said I don't know, I was told that in Danish business and economics class. You would have to ask them.
Aub

Lindsay said...

I am with you on the mustard thing! I found a store that sells French's Yellow mustard in Aarhus, and I nearly screamed out loud when I saw it. I don't mind Danish mustards, but they is no comparison with yellow!