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May 9, 2005
Sainsbury's always had what I needed and wanted. They also have a self-service check-out! Just be prepared to bag your own groceries, whether you use the self-checkout or not. You are expected to bag your own stuff!
From journal London Calling
New York, New York
June 25, 2001
What you will immediately notice as you walk in the door is that there are no carriages to wheel around and put your groceries in. Small baskets are available for this purpose. There is a stark difference between the way in which people in the United States shop for their food and the way things are done in the UK. Because their food products are almost completely void of artificial flavors and preservatives, most things will "go bad" within the span of just a few days. Therefore, the English go shopping often and only pick up a few things at a time. Still not akin to the disparity in this particular cultural practice, I was often seen hunched over sideways lugging around an over-stuffed basket - I got used to the strange looks.
For people who enjoy food, Sainsbury's is an inviting oasis. What I found fascinating was how popular pre-packaged foods were. England strives to make most of their food ready-to-eat. However, unlike the popular notion of pre-packaged foods, the term does not insinuate "fast-food" or unhealthy cuisine. Just about everything can be found neatly packaged and in need of only utensils for consumption. Shelves are full of already-compiled meals of the Indian, Asian, American, and typical English-fare variety. Most of the business-folk that work in the area come to the grocery store to snag meals like these for lunch on the go. What's interesting for tourists is the sheer scope of food on display. As a non-English visitor, you will hardly recognize any of the brand names and will be astounded by how many varieties there are for every type of food.
If you want to check out how London residents eat on a daily basis, take a sweep through Sainsbury's and try a few things you've never heard of. Understanding something as culturally definitive as "typical" foods consumed will give you yet another angle in your mental picture of British society.
From journal Studying in & Absorbing Back"woods" London