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Where we buy our toiletries [Jul. 4th, 2006|05:28 am]
susan smitten
doc_cathode wanted to see where we buy our toiletries and food. The truth is, I buy most of our toiletries in England, Thailand, Singapore, and New York. But when we buy toiletries in Dubai, we buy them at Carrefour. Are you familiar with this French hypermart? It's like Wal-Mart but all the products are different.

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[User Picture]From: octal
2006-07-04 08:02 am (UTC)
I wonder why Carrefour spread to all the non-American world, but ASDA (UK equivalent, part owned by walmart) didn't.

I do prefer Carrefour to Geant (the other big french chain), or Marche (which I've only seen in Bahrain).

Carrefour is all over the Gulf, and all over Asia (except Mainland China, and AFAICT there is no hypermarket in Hong Kong). I am curious about Saudi -- they tend to have more American stuff vs. European, and most Saudis I've met speak US-accented English vs. the British-type English of the rest of the arab states.

I think there is a carrefour in Bangkok, but I've never been there. Malaysia, Singapore are all overrun though.

Carrefour definitely has better "non-branded" food than Wal-Mart; I'd be reluctant to eat meat or cheese or any non-major-brand food from Wal-Mart.
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[User Picture]From: antivert
2006-07-04 09:50 am (UTC)
Geant is only good for nice cheap tupperware. Carrefour recently has added a TON of awesome non-branded food! #1 brand peace!
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[User Picture]From: antivert
2006-07-04 09:52 am (UTC)
Forgot to mention, the "#1 Brand" mozzarella balls in water are so damn good they make me weep with joy. Seriously, and they're AED 6.50 for 250 grams!
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[User Picture]From: octal
2006-07-04 12:37 pm (UTC)
Buffalo mozzarella?

Mozzarella was one of my favorite Tesco foods when I lived in the UK. Mmm. Although the big ones are not so easy to eat as snack food without a kitchen, or at least a place to cut it into slices.

I feel the need to make or eat a four cheese pizza, but preferably a 16 cheese pizza. Mmm, goat cheese makes an excellent topping too.
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[User Picture]From: dubaiwalla
2006-07-04 10:49 am (UTC)

Carrefour is all over the Gulf

Majid Al Futtaim, a billionaire Emirati businessman, has the rights to put them all over the MENA area, I believe. Given that he also owns the very successful City Centre malls, he often has the perfect real estate for them as well. Which suits me just fine, it's a great place to shop, except for what are often overly long queues. There is only one Geant in Dubai, and I've not looked around it much.
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[User Picture]From: octal
2006-07-04 01:12 pm (UTC)

Re: Carrefour is all over the Gulf

I do really like the Ibn Battuta mall, though, since it's on DIC-net (Du, etc.), and thus unfiltered/fast, even at the free Internet cafe.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2006-07-04 07:23 pm (UTC)

Re: Carrefour is all over the Gulf

I didn't know that! I like that mall, too, because last time I was there was with my parents, and the A/C was good and chilly and there were displays about Islamic science history all around.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2006-07-04 07:26 pm (UTC)

Re: Carrefour is all over the Gulf

I can hardly tell the difference between Carrefour and Geant. But I always remember this review of Geant printed in Time Out Dubai, where the writer said he wanted to pay with a AED 100 note, and the cashier taunted him and said, "Trying to be the big man, aren't you!" *snicker*
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[User Picture]From: octal
2006-07-04 08:25 pm (UTC)

Re: Carrefour is all over the Gulf

ATMs only give out 100s and 500s I thought!

I got stuck with a bunch of 1000s last time I was in dubai (well, not a bunch, but some). That was kind of annoying because I kept getting them confused with 10s.
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[User Picture]From: bonjovigrrrl
2006-07-04 12:04 pm (UTC)
Ummm...not that you asked (or likely care!), but I've eaten meat from Wal Mart many times over and lived to tell the tale. Of course, I live in South Carolina and many other things here are scarier than that! haha It's Food Lion that scares me with their meat department. Can't recall what I ever bought in Carrefour like that though. Been too long since I lived in Dubai I'm afraid.
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[User Picture]From: octal
2006-07-04 01:25 pm (UTC)
Actually, it is irrational to distrust food from Wal Mart -- they're based in the meat producing/butchering regions, and were originally locally sourced, so there's no reason to suspect their meat. I WOULD strongly suspect "kmart" meat.

You have places like Hot N' Now (ugh...vile).

One of the things I really like about Carrefour is the selection of big burlap bags full of bulk nuts, indian spices (20 different kinds of "curry powder", etc.). Although, aside from buying a kilo of pistachios sometimes to go along with my cases of diet coke, I've never actually *cooked* from Carrefour, so I've never bought spices.

I don't think I've cooked food in ... 3-4 years? And actually maybe 4-5 years (spring of 2003). I think maybe some "rice a roni" or something in summer 2003 when I was optimizing for cheapness, and .

(Microwaved foods don't count; I've made plenty of popcorn, nachos, ramen, ...)

Last time I actually used a stove to boil water was probably at a party 2-3 years ago, too.

I should do a thai cooking class or something to make up for this. But now I must go to the free cafeteria for 4th of july food.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2006-07-04 07:28 pm (UTC)
I read, "Hot N'How," hahaha!

And what the hell, man!! Do you ever eat home-cooked meals?! Are you okay?

Don likes a book called "Everything Thai," from the "Everything" series.
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[User Picture]From: bonjovigrrrl
2006-07-04 10:33 pm (UTC)
The day my KMart starts selling meat is the day I most definitely STOP shopping there! LOL

My cooking usually consists of the crock pot and sometimes this nifty air cooker I inherited from my grandmother. I'm a lousy cook anyway, but at least I can mange those simple things/appliances.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2006-07-04 07:28 pm (UTC)
Food Lion!!
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[User Picture]From: hitchhiker
2006-07-07 08:34 pm (UTC)
there is at least one carrefour in bangkok - it was right near my hotel and had an excellent food court :) none in india though.
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