Decided to bump this thread.
I visit my local variety store once a week to get the Sunday NY Times , and I’ve been buying candy or chips to give the owner business.
When I go on road trips, I tend to buy more at convenience stores. I like bringing home regional brands of treats and drinks, or local specialties.
On a recent day trip to the small town of Neustadt, Ontario, I bought some small batch sweet pickles, Chelsea buns and date turnovers at Granny’s General Store. It’s been around longer than a convenience store. I’d say it’s the ancestor of modern day convenience stores, with the bonus of home baking and local apples.
Granny’s General Store in Neustadt, ON.
In Toronto, there are a handful of variety stores that focus on Japanese or Korean snacks and sandwiches.
Have you been buying more at your convenience stores/variety stores/ corner stores/Quickee Marts this year?
Where are your favourite convenience stores? Which ones do you seek out? Which products do you seek out?
I’ve been impressed with the spam musubi at convenience stores in Hawaii, and the Cuban pastries at some in Miami. The pie and baked goods look tempting at some gas station marts in smalltown Montana and Sask. The variety store in a small town in Saskatchewan I visit regularly, doubles as a pizzeria.
The local dépanneur throughout Quebec and some parts of French- speaking Ontario is a pretty big deal. I’ve had some amazing sandwiches from depanneurs in Montreal.
Still haven’t tried any gas station fried chicken yet.
This thread jogged my memory. I have also had some good meals at rest stops cafeterias in Europe. Especially in Germany, Austria, Greece and Turkey. Amazing pastries, coffee, schnitzel in Bavarian and Tyrolean rest stops, and memorable kalamaki pork skewers at a rest stop in the Peloponnese.