Mega, A Mexican Grocery Store
Bienvenido loyal reader! Please join Bruce and Mary as they become familiar with their new grocery store. As usual, for those of you email subscribers who prefer to view these posts from the blog-site, please click here.
Well I guess it was bound to happen and I cannot say we feel sorry about it. Walmart had been our primary grocery store for our whole time here on Calle 47 and we didn’t feelÂ tooÂ guilty about it as Walmart’s social contract, as I have mentioned before, is much more humane here than it is in the US, but it is still Walmart. So when Walmart quit carrying Mary’s insulin (not only did they quit stocking it, they had never heard of it and were quite sure that they had never stocked this particular kind of insulin ever before, this insulin that Mary had been buying from them for three years) it was time to make a change. So the move to Mega was quite simple and so far we love the place.
Â It’s a little less convenient to shop at Mega but it’s not too big a deal. We walk up to the Santa Ana bus stop and wait for a yellow bus as they usually cruise up Tecnologio and right by Mega on Circuito Colonias. This one does.
You gotta admit this is a pretty impressive store front.
Flat escalators feel weird.
Â Of course the first order of business is…. cervezas!
Â I am glad to see they are still running their party pack special – A twelve pack of Leones and Pacificos for only 89P!
Â Opposite the beer section is a comfy cafe.
Â This is the wine and liquor section………
….. where I can consistently, so far that is, find my cheap box wine and my Oso Negro in the big 1.75L bottles. Oso Negro is a Mexican vodka that is just barely good enough for my martinis. Walmart had gotten really chancy on these two important products.
The dairy section.
Â And the frozen foods area.
Â The meat department. It seems carne is a little more expensive here than at Walmart but we don’t buy much meat anyhow.
Â And the seafood department.
These squid tentacles look pretty tasty, eh?
I save about a peso on my Guaymex sardinas. Say, can anyone out there tell me what happened to Guaymex sardines in Chipotle sauce? I have not been able to find any for probably about 2 years now.
In their little specialty foods section they even have tofu!
Â We especially love the wide aisles at Mega. BTW, after this pic I got busted by security and my claim of free advertising on this blog did not impress them much.
Â I took this pic surreptitiously, shooting from the hip. Mega’s produce is far better than Walmart’s and a little cheaper.
Â Mega, like Walmart, chisels off the wheels of their carts so the rims will wedge in these flat escalators, preventing runaway carts.
Â I am guarding our comestibles, groceries, at the bus stop on Circuito Colonias while Mary stations herself at the corner for a good view of oncoming taxis.
Â This friendly taxista is on the scene within minutes.
Â Mary is chatting up our cabbie, as usual. We find out the most interesting things from these guys. Right now he is telling Mary about his favorite cantina, Casa de Paja. We’ll have to check it out.
Â And we’re back at our casa where I reprise my beast of burden role.
Thanks for visiting gentle reader. One thing that Bruce and Mary have learned about life down here is that just when you think you’ve got things figured out the rules change. But then change is good, eh?! Hasta proximo Domingo!Â
March 4, 2012
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Posted in: Life in Merida