I love grocery stores.

I enjoy walking down the long wide aisles – quickly if I’m pushing a trolley along, more slowly if I’m hobbling with a laden basket.

I like it even better when I discover specials and get a good discount on stuff.

[Ontario – famous for its dizzying variety of apples]

[No excuse to not cook – idiot-proof spice mix]

Grocery stores reveal quite a bit about a place and its people. What they eat, and how much of it they typically eat. Where the foods come from and what people are exposed to. What value they place on self-prepared meals, and what lengths they go to in the name of convenience.

Was down the aisles with a mission today. A mission that saw me exit 3-4kg heavier – groceries for the next few days. Thankfully the bus came almost immediately – was worried about the frozen yogurt (it was actually a very warm 27 deg C at that time!).


Specials: smoked salmon, lady’s fingers. Imagine – a nice heap of fish for less than $8!


It’s a warm day, but we can still have soup. Broccoli soup.

Zesty smoked salmon pasta on a bed of spinach and arugula

Berry parfaits


About lilac butterfly

Live. Love. Learn. Laugh. Write. Draw. Colour. Blend. Play. Dream. Cry. Reflect. Pray. Sing. Worship. Bake. Cook. Rest. Give thanks.


  1. Chunling

    Just wanted to let you know I’m following each n every post of yours on your trip 🙂 stay safe!

    • hey, thanks 🙂 There is so much more to Ottawa (or Canada) than just maple syrup – or even trees, water and mountains :p Will have to come back at least a few more times haha…

      if you ever do think of coming back to Canada for a proper holiday and need company, you know who to call 😉

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