36 thoughts on “Grocery Shopping”

  1. LOL. When YA was four, we lost our old Irish Setter, Kate Scarlett. Through a connection here in the Twin Cities, I found a breeder who had puppies and seemed trustworthy. In California. I luckily had airline mileage so I flew to from Minneapolis to California with an empty kennel, stayed overnight with the breeder and next day flew home with Tristan, the 10-week old blitzkrieg!

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  2. One a trip to England with Darling Husband, I abandoned him for the day to have curry with a pal in Newcastle. Think the train trip was about 2 or 2 1/2 hours each way between London and Newcastle. Husband visited museums I was not interested in, and I got some tasty curry and time with a friend I hadn’t seen in quite some time.

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  3. Wow, Renee — that’s commitment! I love lamb, but rarely buy it as it is expensive. I remember the first time I made a lamb roast for Christmas a couple years ago, and it turned out fantastic. I’m sure your lambs will turn out wonderful as well.

    If I can’t find something within 10-20 miles, it’s not worth it to me (I hate driving).

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    1. I don’t buy lamb in the store, either. It is too expensive that way. We buy a couple of lambs from the meat store in Newell every other year and keep it in one of our many freezers (tee hee, Bill). They raise a lot of sheep around Newell. This year we are bringing one of the lambs to our son and dil.

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  4. I can’t think of anything right now but there’s one phrase in your post, Renee, that I simply can’t relate to: “I will enjoy the drive.” I’m thinking that traffic in your part of north dakota is not as bad as it is around here. Every time I drive nowadays it’s white knuckle driving and I’ve had to revise my trip estimates by basically doubling the amount of time I used to figure on. For example, what used to be a 20-minute drive I now figure will be 40 minutes.

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      1. OK, I won’t move to Portland.

        Up until a few months ago, it wasn’t that bad here, but due to the city reworking driving lanes and bike lanes and closing certain streets it’s been kind of a nightmare around here. I’m right in the middle of it so it affects every trip I make in the car. The increased traffic on streets that have fewer driving lanes really drives me bonkers. The other day as I inched around someone who was parallel parking, I realized that if an emergency vehicle came down the street, that between the cars parked bumper to bumper on one side of the street and the protected bike lane on the other side, that I would not be able to move out of the way. Kinda scary.

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    1. I wish I could convey the vast emptiness where we drove today. It is about 170 miles to Newell, and on the way there we saw, perhaps, 20 other vehicles. There are hardly any towns and very few ranches. We saw lots of Golden and Bald eagles. The terrain is rough and full of sage brush.

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  5. I assume the question is, “What’s the farthest you’ve traveled solely for the purpose of buying something?” Naturally we’ve bought things on distant travels and even diverted from our most direct route to shop at a specific establishment, but most of our buying trips are folded into other objectives.

    On a non-buying excursion, we did once drive from upstate New York all the way across Massachussetts for the specific goal of visiting Mount Auburn Cemetery in Watertown (Boston). On our way back to New York, we stopped in Harvard, Mass. to visit the site of Bronson Alcott’s failed utopian experiment, Fruitlands.

    Whenever we plan any kind of road trip, we do a search of yarn shops and used bookstores along our route.

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  6. Hi–

    My director boss and I rented a large truck and drove to Ann Arbor Michigan to buy some theater props.
    I’ve driven to WI to buy farm machinery; that was about 2.5 hours away.
    I used to drive up to Homestead Pickin’ parlor for banjo lessons but that really seemed excessive.
    We got our dog Humphrey from a lady Kelly works with. And she spent weekends at her boyfriends place about an hour away. And that’s where Humphrey came from.

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  7. I really miss the three Trader Joes that were sometimes in my path when living in R’dale. Now I have to travel to Rochester, which just doesn’t happen much, or wait till I’m going to the Cities. So I will travel distances for what I buy there, but it is always clustered with other activities.

    A California friend Fern found a lovely little RV near the Twin Cities, while she was visiting in Minnesota. She thought about it after she got home, decided to go for it, and flew back to MN, bought it, and drove it back to Half Moon Bay. I helped her go through all the various manuals before she took off – boy there are a lot of parts that you need to know about, in even a little RV.

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  8. I can’t think of many long drives to buy things. The only such thing that comes to mind is driving north of Aitkin (which is north of Mille Lacs) to buy a springer spaniel puppy. That dog and I had a remarkable 14-year adventure together, and she helped me write two books about pheasants. In my Saint Paul home I had two original paintings of her.

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    1. The mention of the RV reminded me of picking up a boat. My friend Jerry is originally from Hayes, Kansas. Most of his family is still in the area. Jerry’s sister and her husband found a used boat on Ebay up in WI. So they convinced me and Jerry to drive over to Lacrosse to meet the people selling. Lacrosse was about 1/2 for both of us and the seller. Then the seller had some issues and asked us to drive to Sparta. Sigh. OK, fine.
      Met them at a gas station and the wire connector for the lights is too short to connect to my truck. I give it a tug and now it fits. Except I didn’t realize I had pulled a connector apart.
      It was winter and dark as we headed back to Rochester. People and semi’s kept passing us and flashing their lights at me. Yep, I know, I’d just flash lights back. I’m sure they thought I was a complete idiot.
      Got the boat to our house and a few weeks later, Jerry’s sister and husband drove up from Kansas and picked it up.

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  9. I, too, am interpreting the question as meaning a trip for the sole purpose of buying something specific, and by that definition our drive to Des Moines, many years ago, to pick up our previous dachshund, Pablo, qualifies. We drove down one day, stayed overnight in Hotel Pattee in Perry, Iowa, and then drove the half-hour drive to Des Moines to meet our eight week old puppy. We bonded during the roughly five-hour drive home with him in my lap or held to my chest. We stopped at every rest stop along the way for him to do his business. He lived to be 14 years old, and was a sweetheart the entire time.

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      1. You’re right, Steve, I have mentioned Hotel Pattee before. We’ve actually been to there three times, and each time stayed in a different room or suite. No two rooms are decorate or appointed the same. It’s a wonderful small hotel, despite being in the middle of nowhere. In the summer it’s a great place to go for bicycling.

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  10. i am biting my lip and have done it before because i honor your right to choice but maybe i should make it known that when i was in china and people starting talking about the monkey brain meals where they bring the live monkey in and have his head stick up through the table and beat him to death and eat his brains grosses me out. they had cats and dogs and squirrels and racoon and snakes and exotic birds all for a speacial meal for anyone who chose to eat it.
    1969 is when i could no longer look at a hamburger without seeing a cows eyes. i have never been tempted to eat again so the thought of traveling to have an animal butchered for an order is a similar ordeal for me. in costco they now offer halil lamb hanging in a cloth bag for the may mulim people living in the twin cities. they cover it with cloth because i guess it is a better presentation. no one would shoot a cow or a pig and chop off a leg and cook it up but i have a hard time seeing the difference between things in this arena i get emotional. a car in arizona i can claim a pickup of a delicacy that was raised for slaughter is a thing of the same ilk as snuff movies.
    this is the second time i have had to decide to shut up and realize i am a minority on this planet but i failed miserably at shutting up this time

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  11. i have driven to jasper brittish columbia to buy peace of mind. lake celestine is my place on the planet. i need to go back there some time soon. it is a 30 hour drive or so and one time when i was there i had such a hard time tearing myslef away that i left a drive all the way non stop in order to meet the timetable i had prearranged to be back. i would imagine i was a little toasty at that meeting but i was on time. so much for relaxation and peace of mind. back to the grind of reality

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  12. I don’t go very far for purchases, but I find I have to drive quite a distance to buy cheese with caraway seeds in it. There is a shop at the Mall of America that still has it. I have also bought it at a cheese shop in Nelson, Wisconsin, but they don’t seem to have it any more. The megamall is maybe a half hour drive.

    I will drive to Pepin for a meal at the Harbor View with chocolate buttercream pie for dessert. Mmmmm.

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    1. We drive to Pepin for a meal at the Harbor View, too, but I’m pretty sure we wouldn’t do that if it weren’t such a scenic drive.

      About cheese with caraway seeds in it. Have you tried the cheese shop on Grand Ave. just before the Snelling Ave intersection? I know that Ingebretson’s in Minneapolis sometimes has Havarti with caraway seeds. It’s best to call first, though, if it’s the only reason you go there.

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  13. Oh wow – Does the question expand to include long distance DELIVERY? I just remembered that n fall of ’76, I drove out VW van containing three cats from Brooklyn NY to Palo Alto CA (where Wasband was staying), after I figured out I could no longer survive in that marriage. I had said cats at my folks’ in Iowa for about a month before I drove the van the rest of the way West. Then I flew back to Iowa a free woman… and moved to Mpls a few months later.

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  14. I am from downstate new york or from one of the boroughs called brooklyn in the US. And in my adult live every now and then I long for a specialty pasta recipe that I know only the town of Utica (upstate New York) serves, in which I had done my undergrad schooling there now 10 years ago. Anyhow, various friends have stayed in lived in the area after school, and every now and then maybe not in the particular since of purchasing a grocer item, but when I go back to the area, I technically am travelling 4 hours to get a taste of the infamous chicken riggies of Utica, NY!

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