I would like to write about the differences of food between Michigan and Japan today.
I am going to mention what I was surprised when I went shopping to the supermarket here in Michigan.
1. VERY large!
Some of the supermarkets are very large!
It sometimes takes time to find what I want.
And it's like walking exercise when I am exploring in the supermarket!
2. Various kinds of products
I sometimes can't choose the products because we have too many choices.
For example, milk.
There are so many sizes and kinds.
I think if I could try some, it would be easier to choose.
When I bought a gallon of milk, it wasn't good.
I had to drink all of them even though I didn't like it.
3. Various kinds of potato
I was surprised to see a lot of kinds of potato!
I used to buy Danshaku potato or May queen in Japan.
I still don't know what's the difference between yellow potato, red potato, and white potato!
I was also surprised that they were very cheap!
My children love French fries, and I often buy frozen French fries.
They are very cheap, so I often put them into their lunch box.
They love it very much and I just heat them in the oven.
Very easy and they are happy.
This is exactly "killing one birds with two stone"!
4. Various kinds of cheese
I often bought a pack of sliced processed cheese when I was in Japan.
I was surprised to see a lot of kinds of cheese at the supermarket.
When I went to the sandwich store with my children, I didn't know how to order.
I observed how other people were ordering and found out that I should write down my order on the bag of sandwich!
The bag was on the counter, so I took it and read what was written on it.
There were several options on it, and what I had to do was just check what I wanted.
I understood the options of bread, ham, vegetable and sauce, but I had no idea about the kinds of cheese.
I asked the staff,
"What cheese do children usually like the most?
"American? Is that the name of the cheese?"
I thought in my mind, I didn't know about the names of cheese at all.
"OK, I'll have that."
I said to the staff.
My children asked me anxiously,
"What kind of sandwich are we going to eat? "
"I am not sure, but it would be nice!"
5. Cabbage is very hard!
I don't know why but I feel cabbage is hard than Japanese one.
I try to simmer them when I cook it.
6. Cucumber is very thick and big!
My 8-year-old daughter loved cucumber when she was in Japan.
But after we moved, she doesn't like it very much.
Because they are very thick and big!
They are not prickly.
I was taught by my mother that prickly cucumbers are very fresh.
I wonder how I could know they are fresh or not without prickles.
7. Meats are very cheap!
I was surprised that meats are very cheap!
A pack of meat is usually very big, our family couldn't eat up one pack of beef for steak.
Meats are usually shaved and sold in Japan.
If I want shaved meat here, I have to ask the staff to shave them or cut them by myself.
I am getting used to cut by myself little by little.
8. The colors of decoration cake are very vivid!
I was surprised to see the very big cake at the supermarket.
But what made me more surprised was its color.
Blue? Pink? Orange???
I have never seen such color was used for cake in Japan.
I agree that they look colorful, fun, and cheerful.
I would like to try it someday.
9. There are few options of fish.
It might be only in Michigan, but unfortunately, I couldn't find a lot of kinds of fish here.
Most of them are salmon and tilapia.
I haven't tried tilapia, but I like it very much.
The taste is like a cod.
10. Japanese food sold in Michigan are way too expensive!
When we first started living here, we often went to the Japanese supermarkets.
The prices were too expensive!
I understand it is costly to import them from Japan.
But I feel like I pay too much unnecessary charge for them.
I enjoy finding such differences.
I never know unless I try!
Thank you(^o^) for reading this article!