Saturday, April 26, 2008
I went grocery shopping today and if you live downtown you are painfully aware of the shortage of grocery stores serving the area. Pictured above is one of the only choices: Schnuck's on Union. Now, I promised myself that I would be positive on this blog since there seems to be an abundance of people out there moaning, complaining and ranting I felt I did not need to add to the misery. I will keep this one negative sentiment short. See the scene above? That's what happens in the tiny, almost unnavigable parking lot at Schnuck's on a regular basis. If you are able to get in and out of the parking lot unscathed it doesn't help any that the inside of the store is no better. The store is way too small and I have seen people (me) get so frustrated in there all because they have packed the maximum number of cases and aisles in the minimum amount of space. I feel like having a panic attack every time I go there, which has been more and more infrequent lately.
Schnuk = Yuk
An alternative to Schnuck's is Miss Cordelia's in Harbor Town, which is at least actually downtown and a much better experience. They have a great deli with indoor and outdoor seating and the store is nice but small. The selection is not as varied as a Schnuck's or Kroger simply because they don't have the space. They do a good job though and I end up going there about twice a month to avoid the horror that is Schuck's on Union.
At any rate I was able to make this delicious lunch today. This is tuna salad on pita. Here's the recipe - it's easy and very healthy.
2 cans tuna (in oil - it's not going to kill you)
1 can chick peas
1/2 purple onion, diced
1/2 cup diced cucumber
1/2 cup flat leaf parsley, chopped
1/2 cup roma tomato, diced
1/2 tsp cumin
a little olive oil (yes, more oil)
salt and pepper