Bliss Thru Shopping: For the love of Food City

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Our expectations were low. Uh, no offense.

On its face, it was a small, frill-less grocery store.

Groceries hardly make the heart skip a beat. However, a tub of pickled eggs, lunch-box-sized paper cartons of wine and one giant Italian bread pizza later, and our tune had changed.

Food City, it was an absolute pleasure.

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Week two of our road trip through Lisbon and Lisbon Falls, we hit the grocery store on Route 196 and came out the better for it.

* 8th Continent soy milk, half-gallon, $3.19

Choose between light chocolate, light vanilla, original or fat-free vanilla. Though, of everything on that list, all you really need to know is chocolate.

* Mexican Coke, 12 oz., $1.50

Made from cane sugar! Comes in a cool glass bottle! Sounds a bit illicit! (Go ahead, brag about your new fondness for Mexican Coke and see the looks you get.) We both tried one. The verdict: Pretty sweet.

* Italian bread pizza, $3.99

In the deli, this started life as a loaf of Italian bread sliced in half, loaded down with fresh toppings and Saran-wrapped. Enormous. And it looked delicious. If you like that sort of thing in food. 

* Sam’s Italian pizza dough, 4-pack, $3.49

For people who want the joy/control/frustration of make-your-own pizza without the joy/control/frustration of making the dough from scratch. And since there are four flats of dough per pack, you can mess up — er, experiment — a few times and still get dinner.

* Moxie, 1 liter, 10 for $10

Honor Lisbon, the unofficial-official Moxie town, with this adorable bottle of soda. Half the size of a large 2-liter, it’s small enough to pack away or carry around, but big enough to quench the thirst of two or three people. (Or just one thirsty bird who really digs Moxie.)

* Bandit and Vendage wines, 500 ml-1 liter, $3.49-$7.99

Bandit’s tag line: “Good to go.” Also comes with the top 10 reasons to buy, including the fact that it’s 96 percent wine, 4 percent packaging. We’re 96 percent agog at the notion of a paper carton of wine (think juice box) that’s small enough to fit in a lunch bag. We’re also 4 percent tempted.

* Food City Grab and Go Snack (deli), $3.59

Two kinds of cheese, a short roll of Ritz crackers and sliced salami. For when committing to a sandwich (fear of mayo) isn’t an option.

* Food City 4 dozen pickled eggs, $12.99

That is so many pickled eggs. We’re again agog.

* Martinelli’s Sparkling Classic Lemonade, 25.4 oz, $3.49

To us, classic lemonade doesn’t sparkle, but hey, we’re willing to give it a try. Never let it be said we aren’t progressive.

* Calavo guacamole, 14 oz., $4.99

Contains two 7-ounce packets, so you can have some guacamole now and some guacamole later. Because life without guacamole is sad.

Best find: Sanders Collection 1,200-thread-count sheet sets, various sizes, $20

Yes, bedsheets. Packs of them in different colors and sizes sat in a shopping cart in the middle of the store. We don’t know where they came from and we’re a little afraid to ask. (Visions of a mob-run bedding racket and/or a pallet having fallen off the back of a truck came to mind. Uh, no offense.) But, boy, the sheets were soft and that price can’t be beat.

Think twice: Chang Farm fresh bean sprouts, 12 oz., $1.59

According to the package, these bean sprouts are rich in vitamins and low in carbs. Which is awesome. The fact that they’re squiggly yellow things that kind of look like a bowl full of brains? Dramatically less awesome. But, a good segue for next week’s column: We scour Lisbon, shopping for Zombie Appreciation Month. Chain saws! Barbed wire! Good times.

* Prices as of 5/11

Bag Lady and Shopping Siren’s true identities are protected by a pair of stylish, sweater-wearing Doberman pinschers (who are always willing to commit to a sandwich) and the Customer Service counter at the Sun Journal. You can reach them at baglady@sunjournal.com and shoppingsiren@sunjournal.com.

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