How I got my ‘burban shopping on and you can too, with a #Peapod $100 #Giveaway
This post is sponsored by Peapod. As always. all opinions are my own.
Living in the city has its advantages: great restaurants, great theatre, diversity, excitement. But it has its disadvantages, too. Smaller living quarters, crowded subways, stinky summer streets (coming soon to a neighborhood near you) and really, really small, crowded, mostly awful grocery stores.
Grocery shopping in Manhattan is like being a contestant one of those obstacle course gameshows. Will you fit down the aisle with a full-sized cart without breaking someone’s toe? Can you maneuver around the ill-conceived tasting station without knocking over the knockwurst? Can you time a trip to Trader Joe’s so that it doesn’t take you 25 minutes to buy one box of well-priced cereal and a bag of mixed nuts?
Sadly, the answer to all of those is mostly no. Going to the grocery store in NYC is an ordeal. Always. (Though here’s a tip: Friday nights and Tuesday mornings at 10 seem to be less horrible than other times.. You’re welcome)
Then there are suburban grocery stores: Big aisles, huge selection, non-heart attack inducing prices. Helpful staff. Any staff. It’s kind of astonishing. When I visit a suburban supermarket, I feel like what I imagine USSR exiles felt when they first visited supermarkets in America: awed, amazed, and overwhelmed by the scale of it all. All I need is a bubushka to make the scene complete.
So when PeaPod, the delivery service from the suburban grocery chain, Stop and Shop, contacted me to let me know they were starting delivery service in Manhattan, I was kind of excited at the prospect. Maybe Peapod would bring a bit of that suburban shopping experience — the great prices, the vast selection, the actual existence of humans capable of communicating information to you without sneering or complaining that you asked a question (have you ever been the to the Gristedes on W86th Street? Oh, the horror.) — well, I was game to give it a try.Continue Reading