Thursday, August 13, 2015

Supermarket / Russia 3

The supermarket in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk had a feature I've never seen before: frozen foods in bulk.  At the end of the freezer case, after all the packaged fruits and vegetables, were a bunch of open bins with scoops.  Help yourself to one half plum or just enough broccoli for one!

I suspect that frozen foods are way more important in remote Russia than they are to US shoppers.  Winter lasts a long time -- this is Siberia, after all -- and I doubt there's a whole lot of fresh produce being flown in.  But I don't expect to go back in February to test this hypothesis.

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