Thursday, November 17, 2011

Here's something I never thought would happen to me: Choice Fatigue.



Coming from a European town that boasts two small grocery stores each the size of Dillon's fruit and vegetable section, I found myself overwhelmed, no, paralyzed with the selection.



I'm not saying I didn't like the variety - but have I really been away that long? :(



Every single kind you can imagine...



A cake like one of these neon specimens costs about 125 dollars where I live. My daughters dream...



Finally some American cheese.



And of all this delicious ham can you guess which one I chose to taste? Liverwurst... just like when I was a kid. Nostalgia got the better of me but the truth is it doesn't taste as good as my fertile imagination would like it to.

More akin to ... catfood? :)

20 comments:

Κωστής Τζαγκαράκης said...

Beautiful displays.
Difficult to choose.
Costas

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

We are a nation of abundance for sure. Hey, I love Liverwurst, meow, meow.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

This post struck home as this small town we're living in has 2 small grocery stores. Whenever we travel the choices in other places are. Overwhelming as those you have shown here.

Liesl said...

Oh you are spoiled rotten!! I am glad I don't have to choose because I would overspend.....!No choices to be made ,oh no,buy,buy,buy,buy,,,

Dawn said...

Choices....sometimes I think we have too many - and don't appreciate!
$125 DOLLARS????? I would make her one for free;)

Pam said...

It was good for you to be overwhelmed with choices for a change, Allie.
I agree that nothing is as good as we imagined.. time changes everything eventually.

Family must be thrilled you are home :)

hugs,
Pam

Changes in the wind said...

Too many choices I think, would appreciate things to be on a smaller scale.

Ola said...

so much of everything-I can see problems from my perspective:)

TexWisGirl said...

the land of plenty...the land of excess...the land of waste...

Meg said...

Wow! It is a little crazy, isn't it? I never thought that it would be a shock to anyone who doesn't live here full-time. I always wondered why we can't just have one butter, one milk, etc.

Marissa @Life On Our Side Of The Mountain said...

Coming from a small rural place with tiny little grocery stores, that market would probably overwhelm me! I love that selection of fresh fruit - wow!

Kate @ Daffodils said...

It must seem a little silly to have so many choices! I know I try to avoid grocery shopping in Target or Walmart becuase I walk away with a thousand things I dont need. We try to use the farmers markets as much as possible!

Sandy said...

How in the world could anyone pick just one. Great shots, now I'm hungry.(o:

Raindrops and Daisies said...

Wow,
there is certainly plenty of choice there.

Too many choices make it more difficult to chose.

It all looks good though.

Hope all is well with you and that you
are getting better weather than us here in Ireland,
wet, windy and awful.

Almost the weekend, yippee!!

x Fiona

Judy said...

Look at all that syrup...I need to send you some of the good stuff.

Randy said...

Cheesecake!!!!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

The things we take for granted... :)

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

The things we take for granted... :)

Debbie said...

This reminds me of coming home after living in Russia and buying our food on the street from kiosks and basement stores used as bakeries. Coming home was quite a shock. I am thankful for the choices I am afforded as a US citizen but sometimes I wonder if it is this freedom to choose that binds me most.

Thoughtfully yours

Love you,
Debbie

Katie (Nature ID) said...

Hear, hear! I often feel roped into marketing tactics, be it for "super" stores or for 5 kinds of a particular brand. Unfortunately, variety and cheapness of "fake" food items do not equate to quality and nutrition.