Here There and Everywhere

Expat wanderer

The Apple Market, Pensacola

The Apple Market isn’t a big chain. You can hardly maneuver in the aisles, they are so close together. They have their own deli, with Boar’s Head meats, they have a big section with deli-made food, made with fresh ingredients, that you can take home and heat – some are already hot! They have rotisseried chickens, they have fresh key lime pies, boutique breads, a whole huge refrigerator full of freshly made salads . . . the Apple Market is my kind of place.

I can’t imagine the odds against the family grocery stores staying in existence against the giants. But I can walk into one of the giants here – Winn Dixie – and walk out without buying a thing, the giant is so tired looking, so sterile, so packaged. What the Apple Market offers is personal service.

When I walk up to the counter with a container of “Mama’s Gumbo” they ask me if I have had it before, and when I say I have, and loved it, they recommend the Shrimp Loxlie, in the same brand, and recommend that I serve it over rice or noodles, to make it go further. I buy some, serve it over angel hair pasta, and it is a gourmet feast. They encourage you to bring your own re-usable bags, or buy one of theirs – they are earth friendly.

You pay a little more. I don’t mind. They buy locally, the produce is always first rate, and they have an amazing variety of goods in a relatively small space. I can always fine something to fix up for dinner there, and I always love the service. Give me The Apple Market over a big box store anyday!

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July 24, 2007 - Posted by | Bureaucracy, Community, Cooking, Customer Service, Family Issues, Florida, Living Conditions, Shopping, Social Issues, Uncategorized

5 Comments »

  1. nothing like FRESH food

    Comment by EniGma | July 24, 2007 | Reply

  2. EniGma – We are so lucky in Kuwait, with all the fresh foods available! 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | July 24, 2007 | Reply

  3. I love the apple market, they have an incredible amount and variety of sauces and seasonings. Fresh fruits and veggies as well. I do know that many of the items they sell you cannot find in Pensacola at all. The service is top notch.

    Comment by Shawn | March 17, 2008 | Reply

  4. Shawn – I agree. The Apple is really special. When I am in Pensacola, it is one of my very first stops.

    Comment by intlxpatr | March 17, 2008 | Reply

  5. […] won’t even let myself go into the Apple Market until I have been back for a while. When I get to their spices aisle, my heart just starts going […]

    Pingback by Re-Entry « Here There and Everywhere | December 3, 2008 | Reply


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