Local…

They opened this place…

…quite recently but I did not bother going over to check it out even though it’s not far from my house. After all, they have branches all over town and before the pandemic, I used to go to a couple of them to get my imported Australian and New Zealand beef and lamb. Why! I was so impressed when I dropped by Seremban (Negeri Sembilan) in 2012 and saw that they had a branch…

…there as well.

I was browsing through their Facebook page one fine day when I saw a comment by a Facebook friend of mine. “Like in New Zealand!” he said and my curiosity was instantly aroused. I decided I would hop over soon just to look around and that was what I did the other day.

Yes, it’s a really huge place with all kinds of things for sale but I was more into stuff that I had not seen before. I noticed a lot of sugar-free, no added sugar …

…and unsweetened stuff…

…on the shelves.

They may have them at some other supermarkets in town – I hear those that stock up on imported stuff have quite a collection too these days, just that I have not gone round to see but I certainly would want to try that pistachio milk – I love pistachios and right now, I am getting quite sick and tired of the V-soy soya bean and multi-grain milk and my low fat fresh milk that I am drinking regularly because my doctor said that I would need the protein.

I also saw a lot of stuff not available elsewhere like this particular brand of luncheon meat…

…(I wonder if it’s any good) or these canned sardines…

…and yes, they certainly had a whole lot of ham…

…sausages and other processed meat to pick and choose and even pizzas…

That would be so convenient – just pop it in the oven and one can have a pizza to enjoy in no time at all.

They have the grass-fed beef and lamb…

…that I always buy these days, a whole lot nicer than all the rest and a whole lot of imported stuff…

…that I had not seen anywhere else around here.

There are a whole lot of local stuff as well and among all the different types of fish, barramundi and so on, I was impressed by this ikan terubok (toli shad)

…in the fish section. This is very difficult to get at the market and stalls and they have a whole lot of them here!

Why! They even have these button mushrooms…

…that are so difficult to get elsewhere and my goodness, I was amazed to see the bottles of whiskey and fine wine all lined up on the shelves. Frankly, I have not seen that many before, not even at those duty-free shops at the international airports. My attention was drawn to this bottle of kahlua coffee liquer…

I used to enjoy that so much with vanilla ice cream…

here but of course, I cannot indulge in that anymore now that I am on a low/no sugar diet. Sobsss!!!

I must say that I was baffled by the word local in the name of the place, seeing how they have so much imported stuff. In fact, I was not that keen on dropping by to see what they had because of that word – no point doing that when they only sell local stuff, available at most other places elsewhere.

My missus did buy some of the baked stuff…

…from that section and what caught my attention was the English used. There was no indication as to who supplied all that they were selling and honestly, I couldn’t make head or tail of what they meant…and goodness gracious me! If you change just one letter from the main caption, that would bring about a completely different meaning! *face palm*

Having seen what it was like, I would say that I was VERY impressed – it certainly was a nice place to go and walk around, looking at all the things on display but I do think that they have much bigger places than this in New Zealand. The only similarity that I noticed was how EXTREMELY cold it was inside – I just could not wait to get out of there before I froze to death to go and sit in the car to wait for my girl and the mum. It was like winter in New Zealand, I commented when the ladies finally were through!