Saturday, July 20, 2013
We have been back in Colorado for 2 weeks and I am still in shock - sticker shock that is. I have spent more on groceries in the last 2 weeks than I normally spend in a month in Mexico!!
There are only the 2 of us but still.. My budget there is 1000 pesos ($80) a week and here I spend at least $150 a week - not counting my first shop which including stocking up on staples as there was nothing here. Veggies are expensive! Not to mention beef and decent chicken. I can get "regular" chicken for $4 a pound but the better stuff is at least $7 a pound :( Oh the joys of small mountain towns..
Add to that that the nearest grocery store is 40 miles from where we live, so a trip into town is a well strategized operation with a list of chores lined out in order of location with groceries last as even with a cooler a 40 mile trip is long enough :)
DH managed to find organic free range eggs locally $3 a dozen, the going rate I guess..
The other night I made a crustless spinach and mushroom quiche also known as a fritatta, served with tomatoes and cucumbers and fresh roasted beets with rosemary
Yesterday's lunch was grilled salmon with rice pilaf and mixed greens sauteed in garlic and olive oil, topped with a little parmesan cheese
The salmon was canadian farmed. DH picked it up when we first got back but how won't again after I emailed him an article about farmed fish... So no salmon for a while unless we want to splurge on the $25/pound wild salmon at the natural food store...
I did find grass fed bison steak for $12 a pound - that will be lunch tomorrow :)
The good thing was that there wasn't any junk in my cart at all! Veggies and protein. olives for DH (too salty for me) and a new toothbrush. Not even a magazine this time LOL I'm a sucker for magazines as we cannot get them in Mexico but having bought the same one twice I am a bit more circumspect. I bought the first copy on our trip to AZ in June and then again in early July... Oops! Looking at my stack from last year I must admit they all sort of look the same... so now I'm re-reading my old ones again. Who knew memory lapses can be fun!!