International Spam And Blackmarket Moon Pies

First, a moment of pause for the the monumental bounty that is the international SPAM section at (truly, I mean this) Atlanta’s best grocery store: the Buford Highway Farmer’s Market.

International SPAM//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

International SPAM//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

International SPAM//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

International SPAM//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

International SPAM//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Actually I don’t eat it but just *wow* at the selection.

I think Buford is actually better than Your Dekalb, though they do have such great flowers and breads there.

At Buford Highway the employees are super, super nice.

The selection of just about everything here is amazing — it’s from all over the world. And beyond the fresh staples of produce and meat, there’s so much to admire in the packaging designs, pastries…and the clientele is not like one’s neighborhood Publix or Whole Foods — it’s something like the international concourse from a giant airport somewhere in the world was beamed in, and ta-da, we’re all hungry Atlantans here. It’s a beautiful thing.

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Food at Buford Highway Farmer's Market, Atlanta GA//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Food at Buford Highway Farmer's Market, Atlanta GA//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Food at Buford Highway Farmer's Market, Atlanta GA//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

They had Choco-Pie here. It was in the news a couple of years ago as a black market opened in North Korea for them, and Pyongyang was forced to start making their own version to shut things down. In response, people from South Korea loaded balloons up with real Choco-Pies and flew them over the border in goodwill. The allure of the Moon Pie is strong.
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More fab grocery packaging pics, especially retro drinks, from Jungle Jim’s outside Cincinnati.


Outside at Buford Highway Farmers Market, someone had a #parkingfail:
Buggy Return Fail, Buford Highway Farmer's Market, Atlanta GA//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Jungle Jim’s in Fairfield, Ohio

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Jungle Jim’s is a grocery store (and so much more) outside of Cincinnati (maybe 20 minutes?) in a town called Fairfield.

Jungle Jim’s is….an amusement park for foodies.

I used to think that Your Dekalb Farmer’s Market (in Decatur, GA, just outside of Atlanta) was the most amazing place to go grocery shopping – it *is* a remarkable place where you’ll see all kinds of groceries for sale that you’d never otherwise find – including fresh meats and fish. Well, Jungle Jim’s beats YDFM any day.

We bought food from England. Japan. Taiwan. Singapore. India. Thailand. Scotland. Ireland. China. Sweden. And several more, including some nice beers Av picked out.

I wish I could show you more pictures of the inside, but photography isn’t allowed.

We got…Tayto ‘Crisps’ from Ireland, Dodekai Baby Star Crispy Noodle Snacks from Japan, I-Mei ‘Just Black Choco Sandwich Cookies’ from Taiwan, Jotis Bechamel sauce mix from Greece, Kinder chocolate candies, Botan Rice Candy – when you eat this candy, you also eat the inner wrapper, Muscat Gummies from Japan (on the front it says, “Its translucent color so alluring and taste and aroma so gentle and mellow offer admiring feelings of a graceful lady. Enjoy soft and juicy Kasugai Muscat Gummy.”), Clarendon Yorkshire Toffees from Ireland, Av’s beers: Trafalgar, Triple Bornam Ale, Hitachino Nest White, Weyerbacher Heresy, Harviestoun Bitter & Twisted, Sapporo Reserve, Duvel, and Fosters, La Valle Pomodori tomatoes, rose syrup from Singapore, Ahmed rose water from Pakistan, Mackay’s Orange Marmalade from Scotland, Tasty Joy Lychees from Taiwan, and Southern Comfort Tea (we’ve never seen that before).