As I alluded to in Monday‘s post, I like to start off at Ling’s for the initial stocking up.
Ling’s is totally American in its vibe and in the products it stocks. One look at the clientele and you know that the word on the street among visitors from the US is “go to Lings for your groceries.”
I love me my fresh fruit and vegetables! Produce selection in Aruba, however, is completely hit and miss – it matters not which of the three stores you go to. One year, the entire island was out of bananas, so the story goes!
Frankly, I find Ling’s to be very unpredictable and lacking in terms of fruit and veg availability – which is why I also like to go to SuperFood and Kong Hing (Hong King? King Kong? I can never remember the real name!). The best selection can be found by combining a visit to these two stores, in one trip.
All three supermarkets are located in the same vicinity. In the past, we have walked from Ling’s to the other two neighbouring stores (see yesterday’s post to see just how close together they are!). But it’s a hot and dusty walk (and through a couple sketchy alleys) so I wouldn’t recommend this trek. SuperFood and Kong Hing are easily accessible by bus; Ling’s would be a hike up a main road from the bus stop – again, not a desirable experience.
We always taxi for the first grocery outing because it tends to be quite a significant haul! Eating out in Aruba can get pretty expensive, especially if you were to get all meals and snacks from restaurants or mini-marts; grocery shopping is a necessity.
Inventory in all three stores is influenced by the Netherlands, South American countries, and the U.S. It’s a fun experience to just look over all the different products! Here are a few examples. Let’s start at Ling’s!
Peanut butter is a staple! How about one of these?…
This photo is dedicated to my childhood friends Joanne and Wanda. Their mom, Mrs M, (note: their family is of Dutch origin) used to make us sugar sandwiches. I thought I’d died and gone to heaven when I got one for lunch at their place. Look what I found, girls!…
SuperFood is super awesome! It’s probably the smallest of the three stores, but it’s super clean and super organized. The Dutch influence is most pronounced at this store.
Here’s a veg that I have never seen! Cousin Kate, is this South American?!
After you choose your fruit or veg at SuperFood, you have to bag it and weigh it. A sticker then pops out with the weight and price. There ARE staff people available to assist the (many) clueless vacationers!
Not a large selection of cereals, here, but this kind looked good!
It’s funny to see North American name brands with an added language!
SuperFood is super fun, final assessment!
This sign at the front entrance to Kong Hing caught my eye:
The store is clean and sports an extensive selection; however, organization is a bit lacking:
The cheese section is huge!
Cereal aisle!! *Like!*
And let’s look at chips!
All in all, grocery shopping in Aruba is not a chore, but a FUN part of my holiday.
You can’t get everything you can at home, and you can’t rely on being able to get a certain fresh product…but that’s part of the intrigue of Grocery Shopping in Aruba!