Unless my schedule is so jam-packed — not usually a good thing — I always like to peep my head into a grocery store when I’m traveling, whether in the US or abroad. Overseas, you can tell so much more than just the different flavors! Grocery stores are glimpses into the economics of an area, such as tariffs against US products, quality and quantity of luxury goods, availability of staples.
I checked out a Food Lion in Bruges, Belgium. Food Lion has different types/qualities of stores and I was surprised to see this one labeled as being a “supermarket” rather than one of their “city stores”. After all, it was right in the heart of the historic part of Bruges and was more like a little urban US store than one of our suburban supermarkets. In the US, I’ve mostly seen Food Lion stores in the US in more rural areas.
This is what they say about the store in Bruges:
More than 220 stores imagine the essence of the range of Delhaize, and most shops are open on Sunday morning: that is AD Delhaize. The independent owners, each people with a big heart for food, constantly training to get you the best of modern distribution world to offer: proximity, pleasant surroundings, very smooth opening and products of impeccable quality.
Spacious wine department, more than 100 years the specialty of Delhaize
Bio-products, in all departments you will find a large assortment
Convenience, because our catering department offers customers a complete range of ready-made dishes
Charcuterie specialties, poultry, a wide selection of fish and seafood and vegetarian specialties
Fresh exotic and native fruit and vegetables
Fresh bread: most bakery products we bake on site, several times a day
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Belgian dog food
Whenever possible, I like to bring a little treat back to my dog, Mr. Jefferson! The foreign dog snacks don’t always agree with his tummy, but he does always enjoy them. This one has goose — not found in American dog foods — and veggies. He ate it right up!
States in the US each have different liquor laws. In Maryland, where I live, only some counties have beer available in their grocery stores — those being in a connected structure — and then, it’s hit or miss as to Sunday availability.
Belgian triple ales are great and of course, available at Bruges’ supermarket.
celebrity chef products
H. Piet Huysentruyt is one of Belgium’s tv chefs. He has a variety of spices with his name and countenance available at their grocery stores.
I wanted to check out the various milks in a Belgian grocery store, to see if someone uses half and half in their morning coffee. Not a soul! And I can’t seem to convert any Europeans to my creamy ways.
In Belgium, they call the bitter, crisp greens a Dutch version of chicory. They’re good added in small portions to salads or stuffed with cream cheese . . . of course, we call them Belgian endive.