Monday, June 1, 2009

Bo-De-Ga

Give thanks to Raet, for this . . .Growing up in the South Bronx, the corner store aka bodegas were part and parcel of our daily lives. After I became interested in eating healthier foods, it never ceased to amaze me the amount of straight CRAP to be found at the bodega. I'll never forget the years of lugging my shopping cart to the subway (which is above ground in most of the Bronx), to take the train all the way down to 72nd Street to either go to Fairway or some of the nearby health food stores (many of which have closed down now) just to get some bread made with whole grain flour and no high fructose corn syrup and some soy milk. Things haven't changed much at the bodega even though it's years later. Luckily, the grocery stores like Pathmark, Western Beef, Bravo, C-Town (come on, hood folks, you know these are your grocery stores), are doing a little better and you can at least get soy milk there (albeit for double the price as at Whole Foods).

7 comments:

80sBaby70sSoul said...

Honey I haven't seen a bodega in like 2 years...and when I DO, I will be stockin' up on some orange naaalatuhs (Now-and-Laters)! LOL

Raet said...

Dont you hate that the regular markets charge double the price as Whole Foods for the "natural" foods, lol.

blackgirlinmaine said...

In Chicago the bodegas were only in Puerto Rican area but in the hood we had (excuse me for not being PC) Arab stores...which pretty much functioned just like a bodega. The only produce you had was tomatoes, iceberg lettuce and greens. If you were lucky maybe a banana.

As for juice, only OJ (cheapo kind...to mix with your vodka, I guess) and MAYBE some cranberry juice.

No healthy food to be found and stuff on the shelf was often expired.

Raet said...

Where I live the Dominicans have brought the bodegas to all the low income Black neighborhoods, the music and all.

Sabrina said...

Having grown up in the burbs I wasn't familiar with a bodega. Very interesting!

Ensayn1 said...

LOL Blackgirlinmaine, same exact thing in my Southern Cali hometown. Same products as well...lol

Cocoanib said...

Bodega's and the like are always in abundance in the "hood". We have them where I live and I always see kids with their bags full of junk coming out of there. Make me think that these kids never have a good start at healthy eating. Just looking at all that junk in the video made me cringe!

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