Cheese and Crackers. They sell some but odd kinds (who ever heard of eating Parmesan cheese on a cheese board?). Indians don’t eat crackers so they aren’t available. The imported ones are crazy expensive – and outdated. So, we might be bringing in cheese and wheat thins on our next trip back! This vintage cheddar is pretty good!
Pizza. Because the cheeses here are different pizza, which is everywhere, including several American chains, doesn’t taste like home. I’m sure the tomato sauce is canned as well. Heading to Bills for a slice or two when we are next in Newton!
Fish. Bangalore is landlocked and with questionable transportation and refrigeration (I was given a free ice cream bar the other day from a supermarket after buying a lot of stuff and it had clearly melted and been refrozen, maybe multiple times) so buying “fresh” fish isn’t an option. Sometimes the odors of the fish market area even in expensive supermarkets is enough to knock you off food. So, we have tried prawns and they were good. Waiting for some good salmon at Legals.
Hamburger. There is beef, but from questionable sources. We’ve eaten it at hotels, but have resisted purchasing it in stores. Shake Shack here we come!
Salads and Raw Vegetables. This has been the saddest part of our journey. Not feeling comfortable enough to eat salsa, or a salad, or a raw carrot. I’m happy to report that just this week I was able to do my first lettuce harvest so Eric and I had homemade salad. We expect more over the coming months and hope to add peppers and tomatoes to make it more colorful!
Ice cream. It is hard to compare anything to ice cream from Massachusetts, particularly our hometown favorite, J.P. Licks. Even though they imported Jersey cows into India a few years ago because of the better output (versus A2 native Indian cows) they still don’t have the same cream and that’s what makes for good ice cream. We found a temporary placeholder, but expect to consume quite a bit when we are home!
Note, there are higher end grocery stores that are tailored to ex-pats that have Halo tangerines (I think they were about $1 per tiny tangerine) from California and other fruits and vegetables from Australia and Japan. And other things like cereals, jams, peanut butter, etc. Much more expensive, but sometimes worth a splurge. They will have some specialty ingredients for Japanese, Mexican or Italian cooking, but again they are expensive and more of a treat to break from regular dining than to use with any kind of frequency.
So we will wait to indulge until we get home.