Scouting out guys at the grocery store.

Reply Sun 26 Oct, 2003 09:51 pm
I see Craven. Do you have a good soba sauce recipe?
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Craven de Kere
Reply Sun 26 Oct, 2003 09:54 pm
Hmm, not really. I don;t know how to cook much but what I do cook I do "by ear".

I stir-fry the meat, pasta and veggies in 1 part olive oil and 2 parts soy sauce. Course there's a method to it all, I do the meat first then the veggies then the meat beggies and pasta together but it's really quite straightforward.
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Reply Sun 26 Oct, 2003 09:55 pm
ah well. There are a couple of japanese sauces I can't nail down.
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Craven de Kere
Reply Sun 26 Oct, 2003 09:57 pm
I'm really not the guy to ask. I hate Japanese food. I like some of the stuff they stole from the chinese but I'm not a big fan of oriental food.
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Reply Sun 26 Oct, 2003 10:04 pm

1. 32
2. Female
3. married
4. Typical grocery list

Um. Different lists for different places. Trader Joe's would be something like:

-"Treasure" (fruit chews) at the entrance
-Whatever fresh fruit looks good and cheap --usually at least bananas, often avocadoes
-Pita bread
-Regular bread
-Cookies (Druid Circles et al)
-Ginger granola
-lotsa frozen... frozen mangoes, frozen peas, ratatouille, calzones, sometimes guacamole, potato medley, etc.
-pasta suace (mario battali is good)
-hebrew national hotdogs
-ground beef
-chik breasts
-pizza dough
-pepperoni if needed (lasts a while)
-tabbouli sometimes
-cheese (colby, mozz, + something interesting)

Hmm, that's basic.

There's a store we go to just for produce -- they have fantastic baby mangoes, and we also get like peaches, broccoli, brussel's sprouts, you name it.

5. Typical method of collecting groceries

Um. TJ's -get a "treasure" for the pirate princess. Either put her in her princess throne (big cart) or let her push her own little cart. Dodge pedestrians.

6. Typical time/day to go to the grocery store.

ANY time. All over the place. E.G. usually goes with her in the evenings, I go anytime at all.
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Reply Sun 26 Oct, 2003 10:05 pm
ok, so I'll do my grocery list

If I were to go shopping tomorrow:
unit of broccoli or spinach or asperagus or other green vegie
3-7 mixed units of fruit (apples bananas blueberries)
bag almonds or pistachios
head of garlic
couple onions
a package of juice boxes
sometimes dogfood
2.5 gallon jugs of water
bag of coffee beans
box of tea
4-6 cups of yogurt
box of cereal
carton of almond 'milk' or multi-grain 'milk'
canned tomatoes
soba noodles with sauce
6 eggs
4 packages of frozen tortalini/ravioli
2 frozen enchilada dinners
1 frozen spinach pizza
some type of good cheese
avocado sushi
a bottle of that goooood fruit smoothie stuff
loaf of multi grain bread

I throw it all into the cart with some order (usually) and I always take the same route through the store. I usually go on the weekend, and usually in the evening.
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Reply Sun 26 Oct, 2003 10:05 pm
Watch for ground beef. It spells single.

Salad items are a bad sign
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Reply Sun 26 Oct, 2003 10:06 pm
Garlic. We go through garlic fast.

I usually put the big heavy stuff in the corners -- milk, juice, bag of potatoes -- then everything else is pretty much random.
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Reply Sun 26 Oct, 2003 10:07 pm
Thanks Soz!
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Reply Sun 26 Oct, 2003 10:21 pm
Didn't realize you wanted female responses too!

1. 44
2. F
3. single
skim milk, a few yogurts
cereal, sometimes multigrain bread, rice, sometimes pasta
bananas, grapes, other fruit that's cheap/appealing
broccoli, carrots, celery, grn pepper
"instant salad" (prewashed mixture), maybe a tomato, maybe an avocado (they've been ridiculously expensive)
deli ham/swiss for weekday lunch
lemonade mix/ sometimes diet soda
frozen veggies
sometimes chicken
rarely ground beef
5. Method - try to get in and out fast
6. Usu. Sunday afternoon - in my previous career, I was a 2 am shopper, and that was great except that the restockers took over the aisles, plus the produce was sometimes pitiful.
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Reply Mon 27 Oct, 2003 12:51 am
You want wimmin?

Hmmmmmmmm - 50 - single F

Saturday - morning if I am meeting friends, afternoons if not.

FRUIT (depends what there is)
bok choy
stir fry stuff
free range chook (chicken)
beef (for cats)
fish (canned for work)
cat food, dry and canned
cat litter
crap for the loo and shampoo and cleaning gunk
whatever spices I need - and chili and garlic and lemongrass and stuff
other stuff

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Grand Duke
Reply Mon 27 Oct, 2003 02:40 am
Re: Scouting out guys at the grocery store.
1. 27
2. Male
3. Single
4. Cornflakes, milk, beer, vodka, tomato juice, worcester sauce (last 3 for Bloody Mary's), spaghetti, tinned tomatoes, onions, garlic, herbs, frozen oven chips (fries), gammon, bacon, eggs, frozen veg, cheese
5. Walk home from shop with bags after purchasing goods
6. Evening time after work (5ish onwards)

On the whole I would say that single men are less likely to read the ingredients/nutritional labels on foods (no woman at home on a diet dictating the fat content or calarific value of products).

If you can spy on the same man over a period of time, you may find he buys exactly the same stuff everytime (we bachelors love routine), whereas a coupled or married man has to try to keep things interesting food-wise (oysters, whipped cream in cans etc).

Happy hunting...

PS. Apologies for a slight digression here, but why do alot of women wait until the cashier has told them the final value of the bill before getting their purse out of their bags, thus holding up the queue, and then spend ages tucking the receipts and change back into the right sections of the purse before putting it back in to their bag before they get out of the way of the next customer? It's almost as if they weren't expecting to have to pay!
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Reply Mon 27 Oct, 2003 04:53 am
Frozen Food
Half and half
Early Sunday morning
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Reply Mon 27 Oct, 2003 05:23 am
... depends on where and when.
Whole Foods, Losta produce, lotsa meats (Mrs. SealPoet is a dedicated canivore). Some cheese, some bread, some of this, some of that...

Local small grocery store, hit and run. Go in for just a few items, usually leave with just those few items. Paper or Plastic? Canvas! (store is just across the street)

Costco. Lots and lots of staples.

Evenings, weekends. Usually you can tell I'm attached by my nearby attchment.

When I was single, you could find me going very fast through the 'jail' aisles looking left-right-left-right-left-right to see what I had forgotten.
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Reply Mon 27 Oct, 2003 08:39 am
39 single with 16 year old and living with mom.

cucumbers when my garden is done for the year.
Most veggies I get from my garden, but when there's none left I go for turnip, peppers, onions, garlic, carrots, cabbage, broccoli, coliflower, brussels sprouts, potatoes, tomatoes, etc...
strawberries I get at the u-pick and get enough for the year.
sometimes grapefruit
orange juice
grape juice
cranburry juice
orange, bananam kiwii juice
cold cuts
multi grain bread
white bread
english muffins
hamberger helper because son loves it
hamburger rolls
hot dogs
frozen pizza pockets and stuff like that for son

I could go on and on. I'm not crazy about grocery shopping and since we have a large deep freeze I tend to stalk up for a month on most things.
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Reply Mon 27 Oct, 2003 09:55 am
1. 41
2. Female
3. Married (Mr. J & I nearly always go together)
4. We're buying a lot more produce these days, and the types of stuff varies, so this is more like what we buy in a typical month:
salad bags
little carrots
grape tomatoes
green beans (fresh)
green apple (just 1; I'm the only one who eats it)
pea pods (sometimes)
1 cucumber
Yukon Gold potatoes
1% milk
Carton of orange juice (no pulp)
flavored soy milk
turkey bacon
boneless chicken breast
turkey burgers or chicken franks
shredded cheese (cheddar, Mont. Jack and mozz.)
crumbled cheese (gorgonzola and/or feta)
salt & vinegar chips
plain microwave popcorn
Hot pockets
small frozen dinners (for when I'm at school)
spices (occasionally)
canned soup
canned tomatoes
fruit cocktail
canned black beans
canned chiles
canned corn
canned chicken stock
canned Chinese vegetables
frozen Italian green beans
mixed frozen vegetables (must contain Lima beans; neither of us knows exactly why this is a requirement)
mayo (plain and the kind flavored with wasabi)
olive oil
sesame oil
balsamic vinegar
rice crackers
little pretzel nuggets
no-salt tortilla chips
flour tortillas
turkey sausage
5. Start at produce, work our way over to deli
6. Friday evenings or Saturday mornings, nearly no one's in the parking lot and we get a chance to get out quickly (the lines aren't as long)
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Reply Mon 27 Oct, 2003 10:16 am
1. Age - 32
2. Male
3. single
4. Very short list (well, I never make a list!), as I shop nearly every day, typically:
Prepared salads (mix lettuce bag, others from deli)
Apple/Orange Juice
Organic Eggs & Milk
French Bread
Vastly expensive deli ham!

(Unless I'm having a dinner party, in which case it's I go to a market/specialist to buy fresh fish, meat, top cheeses and usually a fruit-based dessert!)

5. Wander across the road to the deli, organic shop and mini-supermarket
6. After 7pm any night (deli & organic shop close at 8, supermarket at 11pm)
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Slappy Doo Hoo
Reply Mon 27 Oct, 2003 10:24 am
Instead of all this analyzing/market research stuff, follow my fool proof way of finding out if that guy you've got your eye on is single. Walk up, grab his crotch and say "whatcha' been feeding this thing, big dog?" If he takes you home, you're in.
Ok, so now my fantasizing is out of the way...

-Single/but have a chick
My list is pretty much the same when I go.
-Couple of chicken wraps(when at trader joe's)
-Fat free chocolate/peanut butter ice cream sandwiches
-3 or 4 Lean Cuisine Skillet Sensations
-Grape juice
-maybe a bag of tortilla chips
-Misc. soap, paper towels, whatever needed.

Pretty much it, only time I make myself a meal is once a day, at night. I'm in/out of the store in 10-15 minutes. You'd have to act fast.
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Reply Mon 27 Oct, 2003 10:43 am
"Coupled"? lol

Typical list:

Fruit (Plums, bananas, apples and grapes only)
Fresh Veggies (Onions, taters, mushrooms, garlic, bell peppers and on occassion lettuce or carrots)
Meats (veal, chicken, steaks, thin sliced pork chops, Italian sausage, Salmon fillets, whole trout, wursts)
Periogies, tortellinis or gnocchi
Pastas (angel hair, spag. and/or medium width egg noodles)
Bread flour
On occassion I'll pick up a Betty Crocker cake/brownie mix..
Olive Oil
bread crumbs
Cheeses (shredded Mozerella and Parm for cooking, wedges of Gouda, Edam and Pepper-Jack for snacking)
Peperoni sticks
Assorted seasonings if I'm out of something.
Apple Cider, Eggnog etc as the seasons change.
Italian Ices.
Iced tea mix.
Cleaning supplies, soap, deoderant, etc..

I usually go on my way home from work although I try to do most of my meat shopping at Costco so sometimes I'll hit that on a Sunday afternoon.

I buy almost nothing from the frozen foods section.
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Reply Mon 27 Oct, 2003 10:49 am
Btw, I do have a "system" for putting things in the cart. Veggies and "soft items" go in the kiddie seat, heavy bulk items go in the back of the cart under the kiddie seat, really bulky items go underneath the cart. The front of the cart goes in cans and boxed items, then heavy unboxed items and then light unboxed items.

Of course the kids packing the bags ignore all of that and just throw everything in together. lol
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