Grocery Shopping and eating in?'s
Posted 03 March 2010 - 09:42 PM
Oh and is there anywhere I can rent a grill or how much would one cost? I assume Mega would sell them.
Posted 04 March 2010 - 07:13 AM
Pour over the Food and Drink forum. There are a lot of good and very current tips being added there daily and one person posted the website of a new business that delivers from several good restaurants. I think you might run into problems getting them to come all the way out south of Chankannab Park from town, however. That's a pretty long drive and, if they'll even do it, they're gong to have to, fairly enough, charge you extra for that. (Taxis to and from your location to town are in the neighborhood of $20 each way, for example.)
Grills you might find at one or the other of the groceries but if you do they'll be cheaply made and expensive to boot so get ready for sticker shock. Although I cannot imagine that a fancy-looking, new complex like Costa del Sol doesn't provide built in grills. If not, you should talk to property management about providing you with one free of charge. it might just be an old ole drum cut in half with legs welded on it and a grill parked on top but that'll work. I bet they have something nicer, however.
If I was staying at your location, I'd eat breakfast in every day, lunch out most days and dinner in unless I felt like driving all the way into town. Other recourse is to hire a cook who will typically come in and make breakfast and dinner for you. This is also something to discuss with management.
Posted 04 March 2010 - 09:12 AM
We were just on the island the end of February and we found the 'price wars' between Mega and Ched amusing. Each store has a "Our price - Mega's Price" or "Our price - Ched's Price" showing that they are the lowest.
Posted 04 March 2010 - 11:01 AM
To consistently do household shopping, it is a back and forth activity. You can virtually never do one stop shopping and get all your items even among basic items usually available 98% of the time. Shopping is an art, science and with an element of luck.
Price comparisons: Chedraui is cheaper on many items, most things are very similar, Mega can be cheaper on some things, but on some items a big difference is found and Chedraui might be 25-30% cheaper on non-food items.
Posted 06 March 2010 - 08:42 AM
As for being helped elsewhere in the store, I have never been bothered at Mega. Questions asked and answered, period.
Posted 06 March 2010 - 11:18 AM
Posted 06 March 2010 - 11:40 AM
It can always be hit or miss in shopping and when I have the time I compare both stores. When I am doing comparison shopping, I am primarily looking at quality, not price with the exception of non-food items of which Chedraui is most often vastly cheaper. I think Mega marks up certain items that might appeal to cruise passengers and other tourists, that locals know many places far cheaper. In the old daze when Maxi's was the only game, they were expensive on soda and a couple of other products that could be purchased at your close by family run store. Locals never bought soda there, so they could price it at double. I think somethings are priced at Mega with this in mind. I consider a 25-35% price difference to be significant.
Because of Mega's proximity to Langosta, besides passengers, many crew members shop there. On the rare occasions that I am there when there actually is a boat docked at Langosta, Spanish is often not the predominate language spoken and English will be the most common mutual language for communication. There are many ship crew that speak at least minimal English and dollars are a common currency. Mega will often give change in dollars and Chedraui almost never.
I pay little attention to who is what with regard to English speaking assistants, but some of those stationed in the front are time share sales people. The biggest complaints I have heard is preying on a spouse waiting while the other shops. They have a large number of tourists there, but time share potential targets are a minority of the English speaking customers. They have to sort through locals and cruise passengers to pick out their potential suckers.
Posted 08 March 2010 - 04:33 PM
Posted 08 March 2010 - 05:19 PM
I have read several posts saying that the beef is really tough in mexico. What do you guys do to marinate/tenderize your steaks before grilling and what kind of steaks do you get at Chedraui or Mega?
Tough but tasty. The sterling brand I think it is in the center butcher cases at the Mega are more or less US quality -- more tender and I think about the same price you'd pay in the states. You can have ribeyes cut to the thickness you want and they're good. Maybe not melt in your mouth Nebraska beef or anything but flavorable and you won't lose a tooth trying to eat them.
Otherwise your choices are to get the 1/32" thick milenesa cuts and fast fry or grill them. this is perfect for fajitas. Take about 30 seconds on a side with a hot grill or pan. Other choice is to stew the meat back to the stone age.
Mega is easier to buy meat as there's seldom a line. and they have more of those American type products.
Posted 08 March 2010 - 05:27 PM
Posted 08 March 2010 - 06:14 PM
I buy the whole piece (about 4 to 5 fillets per slab about which I cut into 2 inch thickness). You can also have them cut it for you, but there can be a line as mentioned.
It tastes better (to me) then I have been able to find at Mega for fillets.
When I do purchase T-bones, I marinate mine in Italian dressing then stick in frig. If you let it marinate at room temperature, you will end up with steak slop...ugly.
Oh, you might want to bring some reusable shopping bags, less plastic in our landfill
The most important thing in life is not knowing everything, it's having the phone number of somebody who does!
Posted 08 March 2010 - 10:05 PM
Posted 29 March 2010 - 05:07 PM
Posted 29 March 2010 - 05:16 PM
Posted 29 March 2010 - 05:52 PM
Posted 30 March 2010 - 06:13 PM
Posted 30 March 2010 - 10:46 PM
Posted 31 March 2010 - 07:44 AM
Are there any cant miss items at the stores that are not available in the US? Where is the best place for fresh fruits and what fruits/veggies are your must haves in Coz?
Can't miss items not available in the US (or easily available). Tortillas hot off the 'chines. Available at all groceries and many little tortellerias around town each of which have their own formulas.
Mexican cheeses like Manchego and oxcaca.
Cilantro in huge fresh bunches always available.
Avocados and limes cheap, cheap cheap.
Small yellow mangos
Goat cheese caramel candy
Chedraui has by far the best produce. If you need it ready to eat that day -- like avocados for guacamole -- go to el mercado before 1 PM. It will cost a few pesos more but they invariably have produce that is ready to use that day. There's a booth behind el mercado that has the juiciest oxcaca cheese. Go to the back of the market on the Avenida 25 side where you'll see the ladies selling masa (tortilla dough). Turn left and walk back into this section of the mercado about 30 feet and you'll see the very small little cheese shop on your right.
Posted 31 March 2010 - 10:14 AM
They do restaurant deliveries to various locations. You might be a bit too far south to have it still be warm.
If this can be put together, it will be a great asset to the island's visitor's who are staying at private residences and condos.
Nah Ha 602
Posted 31 March 2010 - 10:50 AM
I say get a cheapo pan and make some killer chorizo and egg tortas (sammiches) with some of the bread linkslady talked about above.
0 user(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users