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Back to the every day: Grocery Shopping

Today, I decided to take you along on my grocery shopping trip. We are headed to the MMM Migros at Zugerland. It is the biggest store around. It is located half way between Zach  and Katelyn’s schools, so it is very convenient for me to shop at.

But, first we need a little history / cultural lesson. What does the MMM Migros mean? Glad you asked. Migros comes from the French words: Demi Gros, meaning- half quantities. It started out as a man delivering just a couple items at various spots around town. They dropped the DE and squished the Mi-Gros together to get Migros. The MMM means that it is the largest Migros. They stock food, beauty supplies, cleaning supplies and clothing. Kind of similar to a Super Target or Super Walmart, but smaller scale. The MM Migros means that they stock what a normal grocery store would stock – no clothing. The M means it is very small and will stock the very basics. We have a M Migros at the bottom of the Zugerberg (about a KM away). It is perfect for “Aaron can you take Katelyn on a bus ride to get more bread or milk or bananas.” Katelyn loves to ride the city buses, so it is the perfect outing for them in a pinch. BEWARE – EVERYTHING is closed on Sunday.

Grocery shopping does take a little getting use to. Remember, bring your own bags. Everything is printed in German with Italian and French as the other languages. All the workers speak German /Swiss German and a “little” English. There are, of course, a few traditional Swiss foods that are not common in US stores too. So, once you get past the differences, it is kind of like shopping in any grocery store. Aaron’s idea is to always bring home something new to try. Seeing I can’t always read what it says and sometimes Google Translate doesn’t work in the store….well, we have ended up with some weird items. Just because it looks likes a pork roast, doesn’t mean that it is. I did find an actual pork roast today though. It will be fun to cook that up this weekend.

Note: I did not take photos of everything, although it was tempting. I just hit the highlights and the unusual items. The other customers already thought I was a little crazy for taking the photos in the first place, so I will go back another time and share some other items that are different. Or maybe take you to a different store.


  1. Rachael Herbes
    Posted January 13, 2011 at 10:47 pm | #

    LOL – Giggle/Giggle “Pink toilet paper”

  2. Tammy Herbes
    Posted January 13, 2011 at 10:48 pm | #

    Microwave? Micro Meals?

  3. Jacquie
    Posted January 14, 2011 at 3:39 am | #

    Paying for a cart seems very wrong! However, the chocolate aisle seems more than sufficient!! 🙂

  4. Dave Roeder
    Posted January 14, 2011 at 4:26 am | #

    Interesting post!

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