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Back from Aldi - thank you

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suziewoozie Mon 17-Jun-19 14:15:02

So I bought - coffee, cheese, salmon wellington, steak, chocolate, ground almonds, sparkling water and wine ( red, white, champagne). The fruit and veg looked good but I was well stocked up on those so gave them a miss. It was very busy but parked all right . The store was smaller than I expected and I had to concentrate not to miss anything. Will now look forward to tasting everything. Thank you for your help

Alima Mon 17-Jun-19 14:57:29

What time is the party starting?

BlueBelle Mon 17-Jun-19 15:01:16

I m on my way too get the glasses out
Once you know your way around they ll probably change it 😂😂😂

merlotgran Mon 17-Jun-19 15:03:58

Have you worked out how much money you've saved?

suziewoozie Mon 17-Jun-19 15:06:53

No merlotgran but I know how much I spent😲

Callistemon Mon 17-Jun-19 15:56:19

I'll be round about 6 pm grin
Is it OK if I bring a bottle of Lidl's best?

Callistemon Mon 17-Jun-19 15:56:59

I could bring some broccoli as well?

Cabbie21 Mon 17-Jun-19 15:58:40

I usually spend about a third of what I would spend elsewhere for the same items.

suziewoozie Mon 17-Jun-19 16:05:57

What shall we drink with the broccoli?

annsixty Mon 17-Jun-19 16:39:41

Perhaps dandelion and burdock.
It goes really well and brings out the taste of.....?

Callistemon Mon 17-Jun-19 18:04:46

I thought the broccoli would go very nicely with the salmon wellington, along with my Lidl special Riesling.

Eat up your greens! Then you can have some chocolate.

Carillion Sat 22-Jun-19 12:41:18

Thanks for posting these opinions. In Brittany, Aldi and Lidl have really good quality fresh meat, fish and vegetables (if you can't get to a local market) AND... They open through lunchtime! Of course, I can't get my lovely Haggis or Stotties but I can get food popular in France, Belgium and Germany! Being realistic, I love the fact that both supermarkets - here anyway seem to take seriously providing as much fresh local produce as possible for example, plenty of beef, pork, veal, chicken, Atlantic salmon, langoustine, oysters and mussels but lamb is scarce
and when you can find it, expensive.
Aldi is always a quiet shop here, not sure why because generally it is regularly more VfM than the other 'big' supermarkets.

crazyH Sat 22-Jun-19 12:54:18

What's VfM? Just curious

Carillion Sat 22-Jun-19 12:57:41

Hello! ...Value for Money. X

JackyB Sat 22-Jun-19 15:24:43

Carillion, I have heard that, for some reason, the French don't like Aldi but flock to Lidl. This was certainly the case when I was last in France visiting our partner town in Burgundy.

A little googling for "pourquoi pas Aldi" showed that they took quite a while to integrate (s'embourgeoiser). That may change.

In the meantime, if you're looking for things not typically French, you will get your shopping quicker and cheaper at Aldi.

This article might explain why the French aren't so keen, but it is a couple of years out of date and one would assume that Aldi have been trying to improve their services in the meantime. However, the original dislike will take a long time to get out of people's heads.

Here in Germany, Aldi has been part of daily life for decades. I have no qualms about buying fruit, veg and meat there, because it sells out so quickly that it is always fresh.

However, I did my weekly shop in Lidl this morning and was amazed at the amount of plastic packaging on the vegetables. Whereas the standard supermarkets all have an option of a non-disposable net bag these days, there are no scales in Lidl, so everything is pre-packed.

Carillion Sat 22-Jun-19 15:48:53

Hello Jacky, I understand all you say. I think because I'm in a quiet part of Brittany...even for Brittany ... people are bombarded by the weekly supermarket leaflets which seem to influence how many now attend Aldi/Lidl.
I've been reading recently the history of those two supermarkets and how the founder members...eventually went their separate ways and hence, the two outlets started their own, different shopping personalities.
I agree entirely about what you say about the plastic packaging but still think the produce makes both worth a look. X

Jessity Sat 22-Jun-19 21:41:56

suziewoozie did you really, truly, cross your heart not buy anything from the aisle of wonderment in the centre?

suziewoozie Sat 22-Jun-19 22:00:38

Not one thing - cross my heart and hope to die

Carillion Sat 22-Jun-19 22:34:34

Must be wonderful suziewoozie that you and Jessity have not bought anything from the aisle of wonderment even though one of you has been married , yes honestly, for so many years

suziewoozie Sat 22-Jun-19 23:17:43

What am I missing Carillion?

Carillion Sat 22-Jun-19 23:20:11

You tell me

suziewoozie Sun 23-Jun-19 00:02:36

I would if I knew

Jessity Sun 23-Jun-19 06:35:27

But I have! Last time it was their Lacura eye shadow palette which is actually not bad, comes with double-ended brush and mirror, though I could wish there were fewer glittery shades. And the time before was knitting wool because I knit for our local premature baby unit.

Maybe neither of those count if aisle of wonderment purchases are things you never knew you needed and still don’t when you get back home!

Bordersgirl57 Sun 23-Jun-19 06:45:35

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

silverlining48 Sun 23-Jun-19 08:52:39

Does everyone know that Aldi suncream was voted best by Which magazine last year? I have used it fir years.
I am a big fan of the middle aisle. It’s astonishing the variety of things to buy there, generator anyone? There always something. Dh bought walking boots fir £8 he used them fir 6 or 7 years, they are still ok, but they are relegated to the garden now. Mine are also Aldi.