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Swiss Supermarkets

I know it's been done to death, and I know I should no better by now, but Christ almighty Swiss Supermarkets suck balls. Why is it every time I have a recipe in mind, it takes visits to about 3 different supermarkets before you have all the ingredients? Why is it you can never rely on them ever having consistency in what they stock, especially fresh produce? This has nothing to do with seasonal produce, every week you just seem to see the result of some procurement teams weekly bargain bulk buy. This means that a visit to a Swiss supermarket ends up being like the first 5 minutes of Ready, Steady, Cook, what can I cook with the produce on offer this week?!

The trigger for this little rant? 3 frigging supermarkets, and NON OF THEM had that most exotic of ingredients, red onions.
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Old 20.11.2015, 14:23
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The trigger for this little rant? 3 frigging supermarkets, and NON OF THEM had that most exotic of ingredients, red onions.
The supermarkets here much better than they used to be about ten years ago.

On a similar subject:

I was talking to a Swiss person the other day about camping in Tuscany as we had both been there recently.

She described the little shop on the campsite there being like the food hall at Globus and I had found the same at a different campsite (actually it was better than Globus but let's not split hairs).

I compared that with the campsite shop at a campsite near Interlaken where we went a couple of weeks later and which had three old potatoes and some dodgy looking bratwurst nestling on the dusty empty shelves.
It looked and felt like an Eastern European supermarket before the collapse of communism.
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Old 20.11.2015, 14:29
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Re: Swiss Supermarkets

I am not sure what a Swiss supermarket is

I have a mental list of stuff I buy in coop, another for Migros and one for Globus. Works most of the time.
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Old 20.11.2015, 14:49
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I am not sure what a Swiss supermarket is

I have a mental list of stuff I buy in coop, another for Migros and one for Globus. Works most of the time.
So, you mean that you have to go to three different supermarkets to get everything you need?
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I am not sure what a Swiss supermarket is

I have a mental list of stuff I buy in coop, another for Migros and one for Globus. Works most of the time.
Same here. My mental list has reserved compartments for what I buy in Coop, Denner, Migros, Landi. In between I fit in local Volg - to coincide with an excercise walk.
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The trigger for this little rant? 3 frigging supermarkets, and NON OF THEM had that most exotic of ingredients, red onions.

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Re: Swiss Supermarkets

Shopping is a past-time here :-) It is not designed for efficiency. One should get inspired by what one can get in the shops... Not by recipes ;-)
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Old 20.11.2015, 15:05
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Re: Swiss Supermarkets

This is how I see Globus.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIb3nLtmeww
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It looked and felt like an Eastern European supermarket before the collapse of communism.
GRRRRRrrrrr....


But I totally agree. Except things cost peanuts and were surely not presented to customers as the highest 1st world quality "oh how lucky are you to be able to buy our stuff". And the solid bag of soviet potatoes, carrots and cabbage would last weeks, unlike here where everything needs to be eaten within a few days. The truth is - when I need "Good bye, Lenin" moment of nostalgia, I prescribe myself a tour in local food stores.

That's why French have put up Carrefour and Casino a few minutes away, not only the offer stable quality that isn't overpriced, it's also all under one single roof. The stores are quite small, actually. Not your usual Wallmart nightmare.
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Re: Swiss Supermarkets

Not to mention the fruit & veg going mouldy the day after you've bought it. We go to the farmers markets now & grow our own as much as possible.
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Re: Swiss Supermarkets

We shopped exclusively locally for years, now it's about 50/50 here and over the border. Our €230 shop in Germany works out to 550 CHf here and we don't go over any limits.
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So, you mean that you have to go to three different supermarkets to get everything you need?
The short answer is yes.
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Re: Swiss Supermarkets

Globus: cold pressed olive oil, certain spices and sauces, bread and a few other *posh* things

For bread and some awesome deserts:
http://www.baeckerei-fleischli.ch/home/home.html
(they also sell in Globus at Bahnhofstrasse)
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Old 20.11.2015, 18:39
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We shopped exclusively locally for years, now it's about 50/50 here and over the border. Our €230 shop in Germany works out to 550 CHf here and we don't go over any limits.
Here's your answer.



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Here's your answer.



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Where? In invisible ink, or microprinted in that dot?
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The short answer is yes.
I'm so glad I live a few minutes from German supermarket Nirvana.
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Re: Swiss Supermarkets

I'm glad I live in a different Switzerland than many others here...
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I'm so glad I live a few minutes from German supermarket Nirvana.
Too right. Marktkauf is part of the supergeil Edeka chain. Toll!


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Too right. Marktkauf is part of the supergeil Edeka chain. Toll!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxVcgDMBU94
That's pure brilliance! Love it!

What does that make Hieber's, then -- übergeil?! (It's definitely geiler than Marktkauf, if only because you don't get assaulted by car tyres and lumberjack clothing at Hieber's. And the trolleys are free.)
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Re: Swiss Supermarkets

It must depend on the different stores. The Co-op in the next Gemeinde generally has all ingredients I might need (it even has Marmite), but the nearest one is rubbish. And as for Migros...

It was so much worse ten years ago.
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