It would most definitely be Jungle Jim’s…aka just about the coolest grocery store ever.
Obviously, as an International Food Market its going to be big and really really cool inside, so yeah, shall we take a tour?
Oh, and just a heads up -my pictures don’t do justice, and I missed a LOT of stuff…so sorry.
Here’s the entrance, which is impressive and totally cool by itself…sorry folks, that train/tram does not move. If it did and took you around inside (like how some Zoo’s have)…then I wouldn’t even know what to say. Talk about my mind being blown.
So you walk in, and after passing a few shops (such as one’s dedicated to oil alone) you see the bathrooms…
And seriously, it takes you a moment…but then you start to see SEVERAL people walking in and out and then you decide you have to see for yourself…
And no, I do not have a picture…probably the biggest regret of my trip, but they are nice. I guess you are just going to have to check them out for yourself. You’re welcome.
So then after you get over the general awe of the bathrooms you realize you still have a whole store to explore. Which way to go?
Pick randomly, I say…
And its really nice, because the decorations kind of tell you where you are…and off in the distance -is that some sort of truck? Well yes it is, and that’s where we are headed next.
Welcome to where you will find all the hot sauce and salsa your little heart desires!
Showing a very very small portion of what was there.
It was pretty fabulous and fun to look at all the different kinds and labels, because there were definitely some very quirky ones.
My Dad and I have this thing, where if I go someplace cool I try to get him a hot sauce with a ‘babe’ on it.
So when I saw this, I just had to get it…
How lady like…
When I showed it to him, I got a head shake, so I knew that I had accomplished what I wanted to. After a few days of being back, I asked how it was —apparently not as ‘hot’ as the picture portrayed but overall pretty good.
And here is some more if you are you know, totally addicted to the stuff-
Just in case you need it by the jug full…
And that brings us to the most shocking part; they actually have some locked up in a glass case…which I thought was pretty weird until I saw the prices.
under lock & key
And since it is probably hard to tell in this picture, here is a close up of the most expensive one I saw-
pffft. That doesn’t look hot at all.
$129.99? No big deal.
The next place we went to was the produce area! And of course it was massive, again the picture does no justice, but I think you get the point.
And just because…
And some nuts…
That’s a lot of nuts!!
And yes, I understand you most likely won’t ‘get’ the caption under the picture. Any “Kung Pow” fans out there? No? Okay, moving on…
And the coolest part ever!!!
My friend is in the striped sweater.
I thought it was very cool that they had an area where you could buy produce for a reduced price.
The next place we headed was to the Deli/Butcher…or just overall meat section.
Love the ‘buildings’ on top
I didn’t get any close up pictures, but there was a wide variety of seafood available.
And Because it was right by the meat and very awesome.
The next place we headed to was the cheese section. There was so much cheese, I really didn’t know what to do with myself (since I consider myself a cheese addict) and it was overwhelming. It wasn’t just pick what kind of cheese you wanted but what country you wanted it from.
“You want smoked Gouda? Okay…now which country do you want it from? You only have a choice of 50.”
No close up picture (again) and seriously after this trip I realized how much I need to invest into a proper camera and not just rely on my phone. The quality is decent, but man, it eats up my battery so fast!
But anyway, just imagine that there is a ginormous piece of cheese far off in that picture…
The next place we passed through was the candy area (and yes, I only have one picture…trust me, I’m getting annoyed at myself for having to mention the lack of proper pictures).
Every six year old’s dream come true…
And this is the only picture I have from the bakery -that wasn’t really a part of the bakery.
My dream come true…
I’m sorry, but when I saw this cute little stand I could care less about the ‘other’ bakery that had absolutely nothing for me to try, but to only lust after. And its NOT good to lust, so I saved myself and you.
I got a chocolate cupcake and was not disappointed.
And here are some random things…
The Hemp, because my older brother always talks about wanting to grow it. Heh.
And because I couldn’t believe it!!!
Seriously, that is one sexy egg, and for only $39.99…
So that’s the end of my Jungle Jim’s tour! Like I said before, there was so much more there that would have taken a post at least 4 times this one to give you an adequate feel of the place. I suggest if you happen to be near Cincinnati, and more so the Batavia area -that you head on over.
It was a lot of fun to check out, and I totally look forward to visiting again (hopefully) in December.
Also, they have sour cream and onion flavored crickets!! A guy brought them to camp and I totally tried one. It was weird…it tasted like fish scales with an after taste of what could maybe be sour cream and onion.
And a better look at the train/tram thingy-
And yes, I will eventually write about the actual camp I went to!
Have you ever been to a grocery store or department store that
blew your mind due to its uniqueness?