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San Miguel Take-Homes: Supermarket Souvenirs

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As we found that prices are more or less similar in San Miguel de Allende to Mexico City, we decided not to do a Price Check here. We still wanted to provide some shopping tips for those of you who are planning on settle in for a while, so we thought we’d roll it into ...

A Guide to Mexico City’s Markets

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Markets aren’t just for shopping, eating and drinking, as much fun as all of that is in Mexico City, but as a microcosm of a society they also offer a fantastic insight into the culture and everyday life of a place, no more so than in the Mexican capital. Here's our guide to Mexico City's ...

Price Check: a Mexico City Shopping List

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Mexico City is super affordable and some things are dirt cheap, making it a brilliant budget destination and a great place to settle in for a while. Cervezas (beers), for example, cost around $1, the same price they cost when we first visited 17 years ago! However, somewhat surprisingly, it can actually be cheaper to ...

Price Check: an Austin Shopping List

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If you’re staying in a holiday rental in Austin and you’re a foodie and like to stay in and cook sometimes, you’ll be in heaven. Austin is blessed with beautiful produce and brilliant places to buy it — whether you want to shop the farmers’ markets or supermarkets such as Whole Foods and Central Market, or have ...

From Paddock to Plate: Farm to Home Delivery in Austin

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Arriving at a holiday rental is a bit like checking into a hotel room… you snoop around the place, pull back the curtains, bounce on the bed, open cupboards and drawers, and you look in the fridge. When we needed to do some shopping, farm to home delivery in Austin was just what we needed. ...

Price Check: a New York Shopping List

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One of the huge advantages of staying in the East Village instead of, say, around the Times Square, is that there are heaps of affordable supermarkets dotted about, which is wonderful if you’re renting an apartment and want to cook occasionally, or, at the very least, you want to whip up your own breakfast eggs. ...

Price Check: a Bali Shopping List

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If you’re staying in a holiday rental in a village like Tumbak Bayuh in Bali, as we have been, you could find yourself a little frustrated by shopping in Bali, and might be happy to hand over the task to your villa cook if you have one. While locals generally shop for fruit and veg ...

Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo

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Although many of our readers seem to think we’re on a one-year round-the-world food odyssey rather than a grand tour of the globe, we just like visiting food markets and talking to chefs, waiters, restaurateurs, and food enthusiasts. All the same, I was ambivalent about visiting the tuna auction at Tokyo's famous Tsukiji Fish Markets. ...

Tokyo Take-Homes: Supermarket Snack Food Souvenirs

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I don’t usually do a Take-Homes post until we’ve been in a place for a while, but Tokyo’s supermarkets and mini-marts are crammed with so many scrummy snack foods, both savoury and sweet, that I've found it hard to resist grabbing an armful each time we've popped in for some Kirin. So, here's what I've ...

Price Check: a Tokyo Shopping List

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Shopping is terrific fun in Tokyo, whether you're browsing the little shops selling handmade hairbrushes in Asakusa or the sleek boutiques specialising in traditional gifts in Tokyo Midtown. But shopping for food in Tokyo is especially good fun, making research for the Tokyo shopping list, the latest edition of our Price Check series* very enjoyable ...