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Breakfast At The Basel Marktplatz

Basel is so freakin cute. Like seriously cute. As far as Europe goes, I haven’t seen much of it, but it’s definitely up there on the cute scale. Like postcard cute. And it’s quite a manageable little city. Quite walkable, trams take you everywhere, and it’s nice to look at.
Every morning at the Marktplatz, there is an open air market where locals hawk their food wares. Like these beautiful veggies.
More veggies. I think.
Olives, my nemesis, and some cured meats.
More of my little enemies.
Fresh stuffed pastas!
Laugenbread. Looks just like challah, huh?
Fruits and nuts.
Strange berries. There are blackberries and blueberries, but there are some blue and red ones that I am not familiar with.
Who wouldn’t want to buy fresh foods at a place this picturesque?
On this morning I got a delicious little latte from that adorable cart and a special crepe made with grapes. I had to wait awhile for this crepe, as the lone crepemaker had taken a break, but unfortunately, it was kind of awful. It was just super sweet and mushy. But that’s ok, I forgive for the surroundings.

Food Shopping In Germany

So I walked to Germany (yes, it’s that close), and decided to check out the food shopping there too. The Rhein Center happened to have this giant Marktkauf store in it. Let’s explore! I was impressed by the Swiss yogurt selections, but this one is even more freakishly vast. And they have giant sized tubs here. Oh look, the best of the wursts… They too are fans of tube technology. Here, we see tomato paste concentrate in tubes. Ketchup and mayo in a tube. I’m not sure how I feel about this. In addition to tube technology, Germans love packet technology. There are aisles and aisles of packeted foods. In no other country will you see so many purple foods sold. Apparently, McDonalds sells ketchup in Germany. These greens look sickeningly amazing. Um… someone tell me what this giant pointy freak cabbage thingy is… Even more cheese than in the Swiss grocery. It’s too much! But then you look at the giant aisle simply dedicated to butters and spreads. Seriously, it’s frightening. They also like to put their veggies in jars here. Cans are popular too, but you’ll see many more jars than in the US. I wonder why that is? And you can bet your on-time German trains that they’re already selling christmas stuff. Oh dear. Prices are quite reasonable. And the depth and breadth of the offerings here were quite impressive. The germans do their grocery super stores quite well!

Food Shopping In Basel

So the main grocery stores in Switzerland seem to be Migros and Coop. They come in different varieties and sizes. Switzerland has some convenience stores as well, but they’re pretty small. These full grocery stores are a nice size though. Their yogurt aisle shames the US in comparison.
They also have much more sophisticated food tube technology. I believe these are mayonnaise in tubes.
Their pasta seems to prefer coming in bags, instead of boxes.
And they’re fans of non-refrigerated milk.
And it is Switzerland people, so the chocolate selection is ridiculous.
Along with their cheese selections.
Chip flavors include paprika, curry oriental, and mexican.
The laugenbread that I had on the plane! It’s delicious!
Oh, and you can get socks too.

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