The first time I remember getting excited about exploring a supermarket, was in Arizona, in about 1985. I was there for a three day workshop/training and stumbled across the grand opening of a new food store. I was fascinated by how it was different from what I went to every week in Florida. Different products, different merchandising, different ways of doing things. A few years later when I started to travel more, and travel internationally, the curiosity continued. I have explored grocery stores across north America and western Europe. A few times I have had access to a kitchen, allowing me to sample the local and different.
When people move away from home, family and friends often worry that the person won't be able to find their favorite. My mother use to bring me Vernors Ginger Ale, and Koegel's Ring Bologna from Michigan. What we should think about is all of the wonderful things they can try there, that we can't find here.
Have you shopped and cooked in another country?