I will preface this by explaining that I am a baby boomer and terribly white. Ok…so now you understand why I was so curious when a Latin grocery store opened in my area. First of all, I grew up in an era where grocery stores were not the size of football fields. I used to really appreciate all of the choices, now am exhausted just walking through them and I do not think I really need to have 7 different brands of canned green beans…A green bean is pretty much a green bean, one or two brands is just fine! So this little Latin grocery is small, like the main street grocery store I remember, probably 50% of the store is fresh produce and meats with only 3 aisles of other stuff, some of it recognizable, some not. The only things that had more than one brand choice was rice and I counted 4 different varieties. The building was very small and had maybe a dozen or so parking places right by the front door. The people were incredibly friendly and the prices were great. There was contemporary Latin music playing loudly that filled the place, not the typical “muzak” grocery store and without thinking I caught myself giggling and doing a cha-cha step behind the cart every once in a while. Sometimes it is just fun to experience how other cultures do the same thing differently.
"Smooth" Carlos Santana