Friday, April 24, 2009

Pass the ethnic water, please

Yes, yes, pass the ethnic water, would you please?

The ethnic water.

What's wrong with you, you never heard of ethnic water? Why, expateek is shocked! Where have you been, under a rock?

It's in the aisle with the regular water and the Polish candy. You know, here:

IMG_6864 ethnic water, originally uploaded by ehdindigo.

Two aisles over from the Bulgarian food and the Polish food.

IMG_6783 bulgarian/polish, originally uploaded by ehdindigo.

Three aisles from Hispanic.

IMG_6781 hispanic aisle, originally uploaded by ehdindigo.

There's more in the Hispanic aisle than spices and candles, believe expateek when she tells you so. But even looking at pictures of refried beans makes Mr D's tummy rumble, so in the interests of global planetary health and reducing gaseous emissions, expateek will spare us all that unnecessary pain.

You're looking for this:

IMG_6766 nalechowianka water, originally uploaded by ehdindigo.

Yes, ethnic water. Polish water. Shipped straight from Poland. Lovely green bottle, slightly peppery "nose" to it. Light carbonation. Fizzy, a bit. Just like expateek.

And then you can help expateek design a terrific dinner using these very important ingredients that she just had to buy the last time she went grocery shopping. Because life's just not worth living without marmalade and wasabi beans. And South African Mrs. Ball's chutney.

IMG_6777 world food, originally uploaded by ehdindigo.

And while you're at it, what in the world is expateek supposed to do with these? They look kind of tasty in a prickly sort of way. Ideas, my friends?

IMG_6780 cactus food product, originally uploaded by ehdindigo.

And oh, since expateek's already spilled the beans about Mr D's delicate tummy, this post wouldn't be complete without a potty joke.

Here, come with expateek down the produce aisle, and tell her what you think of these.

IMG_6862 yams, originally uploaded by ehdindigo.

Personally, expateek just loves yams.

But maybe not so much when they've got the word flush on the label. Ewwwww.

IMG_6863 yams sign, originally uploaded by ehdindigo.



Anonymous said...

I love sweet potatoes - that's what we call yams. As for those prickly cactus things - well, make them into a rug and then lie on them - supposed to be very therapeutic in a weird kind of way...

pinolona said...

I drink the cherry apple juice too! I used to buy it from the Bad Obwarzanki Lady :)

Anonymous said...

It looks like you are shopping at Fiesta in Houston, Texas! Where are you?! Next time you're in that aisle with the Jesus candles, see if they have "Indio Poderoso Bendicion al hogar" which is "Powerful Indian House Blessing 'Do as I Say' Triple Fast Action Spiritual Bath and Floor Wash." To use for a Bath Ritual, directions instruct you to "pour half the contents of the bottle into a tub or warm water. Stir the mixture while reading the 23rd Psalm. Concentrate on your desires while bathing". To use as a Floor Wash, "Use half a bottle in a pail of warm water. Scrub the floor and steps as needed while concentrating on your desires."
Just thought you'd enjoy this product!

expateek said...

Whoa, mammamia, that sounds AWESOME, and excellent material for a scientific type blog post analysing the effectiveness of the product!!! Cannot wait. Am sure the naked pictures of me stepping into the bath will also bring in the big crowds of readers, too, eh?

We're in Chicago... this is Valli Produce, which is totally a fantastic store. Love it!

pino -- isn't the cherry/apple the best? I'm addicted!

ladyfi -- apparently, yams are not the same as sweet potatoes in America (more yellowy inside or something?) but who knows. Yes, they are delicious, arent they? Esp with salt and pepper. Ymmmmm.

Miss Yvonne said...

I have a friend from Mexico that makes an amazing cactus salad. I really want to try that water!

expateek said...

Miss Y, do you have the recipe? Or does it take hours/days? Those thangs look so tempting and juicy! Love your blog, btw!

pinolona said...

Yes! the other flavours are a bit weird: when I first arrived I tried mixing vodka with a juice which turned out to be apple/mint. It was a bit like drinking Listerine...

expateek said...

Holy cats, pino!

Christine said...

You crack me up! Now I have coffee running our of my nose.

That store puts our Ethnic food section to shame.

Hannah Rose said...

Snooty foreign-water drinker! It makes you distinguished.

Mr London Street said...

I suppose, in the scheme of things, everything's ethnic to someone.

Captain Dumbass said...

Marmalade and wasabi peas. That was beautiful.

expateek said...

Mr London -- what's ethnic in Bracknell, tho? That's what I wanna know!

Cap'n -- shall I rustle up some din-din for ya? I could throw in some feta cheese too, just to mix it up.