Thursday, June 25, 2009
What My Grocery Store Has That Yours Does Not
I detest grocery shopping with a passion.
The crowds. The lines. The difficulty of finding just one can of green enchilada sauce.
But getting groceries is a little easier when it comes with a great view. Of the Statue of Liberty.
Two years ago, my weekly trip to the Kroger in Galloway, Ohio, also came with a great view. Of a car wash and a gas station.
Admittedly, I don't often visit Fairway, the grocery store in Red Hook, Brooklyn, that offers the terrific view from its parking lot. It's a car trip away, and we've gotten used to buying our groceries from the mediocre neighborhood stores.
But every few months we'll rev up the engine and head to Fairway for Whole Foods variety at Kmart prices. Unlike the tiny Bay Ridge grocery stores, Fairway actually has -- gasp!-- selection. And room to move your carts. But still no green enchilada sauce.
The store also has a cafe with outdoor seating overlooking the bay, which is supposed to be lovely on sunny days. The sky was overcast on Sunday, however, so we skipped the cafe in favor of a short walk along the water after we unloaded about a dozen bags into our car trunk.
Maybe I'm still more of a tourist than a resident, but I'm just not yet tired of that view.