Monday, March 30, 2009

Why Grocery Shop When You're On Vacation?

Perhaps your vacation this year will involve less eating out and more dining in? I know that is true for our family this year; but at the beach, surrounded by all that fresh seafood, you're not going to lack superior choices that make for quick and easy-to-prepare meals. When there's a large pot available for a shrimp boil (and there is in our condo's kitchen) and plenty of Old Bay Seasoning, my family's quite happy with skipping the expensive restaurant visits.

However, one thing I have always hated when on vacation with the family is having to waste precious vacation time wandering around an unfamiliar grocery store, trying to get all the food for the week crammed into my cart, while the kids whine "When are we going to get to the beach, Mom?"

Well, in this age of Internet and eager-to-please grocery chains, all that is a thing of the past for me now! I present to you . . . Lowes Foods To Go Service!

The nearest Lowes Foods location is about 5 miles from our condo*, and they offer (YAY!) a "Lowes Foods To Go" service, which means that you can order your groceries online at the beginning of your trip, and either have them delivered to the condo after you arrive - or just pick them up on the first day (which costs less than delivery). Just register yourself on their website, select the store you want (see below) and start shopping!

Lowes Foods - Store #230 of Sunset Beach - 6278 Beach Drive, Unit 5 Ocean Isle Beach, NC

What's not to love?

Just to make things a little easier for you, here's a short list of staples & supplies to get you started in planning for your Summer vacation at Sunset Beach Bliss.  On the other hand, previous guests sometimes leave these leftover supplies at the condo, so it's a good idea to take a look before deciding what you need to buy:
  • Bread
  • Butter
  • Milk
  • Coffee or Tea
  • Sugar or sweetener
  • Old Bay Seasoning (note: we do try to keep salt, pepper, & cinnamon in the condo's kitchen for our guests, so you shouldn't need to worry about those)
  • Dishwasher detergent & dish soap
  • Extra toilet paper (Of course, we provide an initial couple days' supply in the bathrooms)
  • Extra paper towels (You'll find one roll provided in the kitchen)
  • cooking oil
  • paper towels/napkins
  • plastic wrap
  • Laundry detergent
  • Briquettes for the Grille
Happy not-grocery shopping!

*  There's also a Food Lion, that's even closer.