Monday, March 05, 2007

Grocery Shopping

Yesterday I had to be home from 1:30-4pm so that the groceries I ordered could be delivered. The fact that they deliver groceries in Turkey may come as a surprise to some of you. I love it! I especially love it because I don't drive here. I would usually wait until Brian could take me grocery shopping, or I would take public transportation. The only thing I didn't like about taking a taxi home from the grocery store is the numerous trips from the taxi to the apartment door with a gazillion bags. Then I had to unlock the building door and take many trips from that point to the elevator. After arriving on the third floor I had to take several trips from the elevator to my front door with the bags. After entering my apartment I had to bring the bags from my front door to the kitchen. After that I usually felt like I needed to sit down and have a cold one, but I couldn't because I had groceries to put away! It was better when Brian could take me to the store because then there were at least two of us carrying the bags. And if the kids were with us we loaded them down with bags as well. But all of that is a thing of the past! I order my groceries online now! I get to choose a 2 1/2 hour window of time when I want them delivered, and only once in the couple of years I have been doing this have they not made it in that time limit. They have also only missed delivering something that I paid for only once. They called the next day and delivered it then. There are the occasional items that are out of stock and then they either give me a similar item instead or just don't charge me for that item. If you are interested you can check out their website to see what fun food we have here in Turkey. The website is in Turkish so here are a few instructions once you get to the website to be able to see the food items.

Click on the top right orange "Migros Sanal Market"
Click on "lutfen seciniz" and pick "Ankara"
Click on "semt" and pick "Cigdem Mahallesi"
After that you can choose "Tum Reyonlar" from the list in blue on the left. This gives you the entire grocery store by labels. You can start picking things and some of them will have a camera next to them. If you pick that item you will be able to see a picture of what that item is.

Some items you might want to look at are Meyve, Sebze, Cips cerez, Icecekler, and Cikolata.


Have fun shopping! I love technology!

Oh yeah, I still go to grocery stores on a regular basis to get the couple of things I need for dinner that night or to get something that I can't find online, but I never do a big grocery store trip anymore! Yea!!!


Gina said...

Okay..here is my totally random 'shopping list' as far as I can tell:
liquor (remember...totally a RANDOM pick)
body lotion
deep cleaning mask
cleaning spray
panty hose

Hope you like my selection!!

Anonymous said...

How wonderful to be able to shop online for groceries and have them delivered!! I just had to go buy milk & bread today, but on those big shopping days, it would be nice to have someone carry them to me:) I am thouroughly enjoying your blog. It is fun keeping up with you even though you are so far away.

Amy said...

Woo hoo! First random click and I found Snickers!!! A few clicks later and I have Coca-Cola Light! Life is good. I didn't write down all the items you said to check out so I just looked around. I wish I could shop like that. I HATE going to the grocery store!!!!! I might grocery shop every day if I could do it online. Hmmm. Maybe that's not such a good thing.

Anonymous said...

Hey Natalie! I guess you could classify me as a "lurker" since I normally don't take time to write a comment. But I do enjoy keeping up with you guys! Kevin would absolutely LOVE for me to grocery shop like you do. Since I am unwilling to take all three girls to the grocery store, I end up deserting them for those 2 1/2 hours. To think I could just be at home instead!