We are on a vacation, celebrating my 50th birthday (which actually doesn't come until mid-June, but it never hurts to celebrate early, eh??). We have never been to India before and have been amazed at the sights, sounds, tastes, and colors that surround us here. We traveled through a few northern cities and have now come down south to finish out the holiday.
One thing we love to do when traveling is, you guessed it, SEE THE LOCAL GROCERY STORE!! Here in India we have been fortunate to see some MARKETS, which are absolutely amazing. We even went to one, Crawford Market, where they MAKE SPICES. By that, I mean they take the spice blends that the women bring (yes, it seemed to be all women ordering them), roast them, then GRIND THEM into the types of spices you and I would expect to see in a jar on a Trader Joe's shelf. I was fascinated and could have easily stayed at that stall for hours observing and smelling. Heaven!
|Spices, having just been roasted, now resting on a burlap bag in the sun waiting for their turn to be ground|
|A long queue of spices on a Sunday at the spice market, all waiting to be ground|
|A grinder! These large pistons slam down very loudly onto the spices, grinding them very finely|
So we popped into one in Mumbai. Let's just say, it was NOT a Trader Joe's :).
First off, no air conditioning. And this is the HOT season here, record highs actually.
Secondly, they have STATUES in their grocery store. See, here is a Ghandi one!!!!! Isn't it great? I have never seen anything like THAT at a TJ's.
|Look, a Ghandi bust in aisle 1!|
Fourthly, the snack food section had FAIRY LIGHTS over it!!! You know the ones, the fancy twinkling Christmas lights!!! Cuz nothing says EAT SOME CHIPS like FAIRY LIGHTS! It was pretty fabulous.
|Snacks and fairy lights, a great combination!|
|We didn't buy a bottle of "Thums Up" soda but we probably should have, eh?|