The Supermarket That Feels a Bit Like Home

Sometimes, when all the stuff you own is spread between 1) a distant storage locker, 2) a large roller-suitcase, and 3) a few boxes in USPS transit to an island really quite far away, you start to feel like you don’t have a place to call home.

But then: you walk into what has got to be one of the most diverse grocery stores in the nation, and then…phew.  Feeling better already.

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The selection of dried beans (!!)

The range of languages, cultures and vestments among the shoppers was astonishing for this suburb in Georgia.* Even in NYC it would be hard to find so much cultural richness within one city block, let alone a single store.

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For a lot of folks who find themselves far from their place of origin, locating the proper ingredients to whip up a meal just “like Mom used to make,” can be the difference between feeling unsettled, or right at home. So for this displaced wanderer, I guess it is not entirely surprising that it would be in such a room, in which so many others must regularly find some measure of existential comfort while selecting ingredients for fresh and familiar dishes, I would also begin to feel a little less disoriented, and less alone.

 

(*We are in GA briefly, visiting my brother and his family, on our way to Saipan. Because Georgia is on the way to Saipan from New Mexico, of course.)

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3 thoughts on “The Supermarket That Feels a Bit Like Home

  1. Must not have been a chain type grocery store. How did you find it? What comfort food did you make to feel at home? Miss you in G-town.

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    1. I am not sure if it is a chain, but my sister-in-law (who told me about it) said she felt at home in Seoul when they found a shopping area with a similar name!
      J. made us a delish “Bulgogi” with brown rice meal, yum.

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