Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Does Publix Have a Gift Registry?

We have decided when we come back to the states, we are going to bring an empty suitcase back with us just for food.  Before we moved here, I thought of a business that would cater to Americans or "Expats".  It would be a store with nothing but food from the U.S.  We would have everything from cereals, cake mixes to candy bars.  Everything over here tastes a little different, but a store like this would be great for American's who were missing that "taste from home".  My wife of course thought that I was crazy and thought that I was dumb.

After we got here, we took a walk around the town and found the store I was thinking of.  A store that caters to Americans.  Did we find American heaven?  This store had everything little thing you wanted to remind you of home.

Apple Jacks, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Froot Loops and Oreos.

Jiff Peanut Butter, Jack Daniels BBQ Sauce and Kraft Mac and Cheese.
I didn't even say a word, I walked right into the store to check this place out.  No need to get use to the food here, we have our own little taste of America right here and that taste comes with a price.  Here is an example of that price:

                                          Kraft Mac and Cheese: € 2,99 = $ 3.87
                                      Apple Jacks/Froot Loops: € 7,49 = $ 9.68
                                    Reese Peanut Butter Cups: € 1,99 = $ 2.57
                                         Betty Crocker cake mix: € 4,99 = $ 6.45
                                               Aunt Jemima Syrup: € 6,99 = $ 9.04
                                     Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate: € 5,99 = $ 7.74
                                                                    Oreos: € 6,79 = $8.87
                                                   Jiff Peanut Butter: € 4,99 = $ 6.45

Those prices are out of control.  Time to go on American "detox".  I bought some local stuff here and you quickly realize that it isn't as good as American food.  Peanut butter tastes different, there isn't American Cheese here (my wife is having a hard time with this) and the Cool Ranch Doritos (called Cool American) taste different.   So for Christmas, rather than gift cards (which we can't use there as they are in dollars and they use Euros here) I have decided to start a gift registry at Publix.  We will register at Publix for birthdays and Christmas.  I can't wait to open up my first Christmas present to discover a box of Kraft Mac and Cheese.  And don't forget, Charmin with Aloe makes a great stocking stuffer for me.

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