Grocery shopping in Salta

not exactly Whole foods

Grocery shopping can easily be an all day activity for us.

The store in the photo on the left is where we buy most of our veggies, water, and eggs.  A very woman in an apron always helps me with the Spanish words for the veggies.

If she doesn’t have what we need we go across the street to the man with long sideburns. He also has eggs, some packaged goods, and veggies.  Sometimes for a change I go to the nice older couple. They have a bakery but also eggs,  veggies and two pet parrots.   No matter who I go to, the eggs are never refrigerated, always come wrapped in paper, and they all think it’s hysterical we’re using the eggs for breakfast.

6 eggs wrapped in paper.

Next stop is the butcher for meat, cheese and also sometimes eggs.

And then for everything else there is the supermarket.  The supermarket is pretty much like any other supermarket in the US except for a few differences.

Milk and yogurt come in cartons and boxes, but also bags.

bag of milk
bag of yogurt

The yerba mate aisle is huge.  This entire aisle – all the way to the end-  is for yerba mate.

how many kinds of yerba mate can there be?

The most beautiful part of the grocery store is the shelf after shelf of dulce de leche.


You can even get a one pound bag of dulce de leche.


Then there are the products that make us uncomfortable, like this brand of rice/pasta.

does Diana Ross know about this?

And then there are the products that make us laugh because we’re immature.

this is a sponge.

Can you ever have enough assy power?

this ones a stretch, but we'll laugh at anything.
Who wants a barfy?

clothes for child zombies

And then there is this mannequin. This is not in a supermarket, but I still think it’s funny and slightly frightening.

7 thoughts on “Grocery shopping in Salta”

  1. Looks like quite the adventure…don’t worry, I am with you guys in the immaturity thing…totally lmao on some of the brand names.

  2. oh my god sheryl, you guys are so funny! this post made my day for sure. Especially the product names. this is totally something that Jason and I would do. I love the photo of Jeff with the “sponge”.

  3. This past weekend I tagged along with my flatmate visiting friends, one of which was Argentinean (from Rosario, I think). And what was she drinking? Yerba mate, of course! I had no idea is was as popular as it was until reading your blog.

    Years ago I bought some on a whim at PCC in Seattle, but when I tried it this time, it was more bitter than I remembered… and this was the first time I drank it from what I presume is the proper vessel made of clay, with the metal straw.

    Keep up the posts – and the vids are great too. Me gustan!

    P. S. Assy powder, hehehehehe!

    1. I love that they bring their mates and yerba all the way to Spain with them. I agree, way more bitter than what I bought at Whole Foods. I guess you can add tang or other powdered juice and cold water. That is pretty tasty.

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