The Great Grocery Bop: Metro Market Haul
Toot toot. Beep beep. This weekend I made the trip back to Milwaukee to visit the fam.
I knew my brother and sister-in-law would be out of town. In fact, as I was travelling to MKE they were passing through Chicago. Sorry I missed you J and Z! However, there is a silver-lining to the situation. They left a lil Zi back in MKE. And by lil Zi, I mean my adorable niece, Zaylia. Yes, my mom and dad [ahem, grams and pops] were taking care of Zi for a couple of days while her parents were out of town. When auntie B heard of this joyous news she knew a trip to MKE was in order… I do love the entire kuehn klan, I promise. And I always enjoy my trips home, but Zi - and Stella the pup - have a special place in auntie b’s heart.
… [drumroll please] let me welcome you to #babysittersclub.
Now what is babysitter's club you may ask? Ah, babysitter's club is all things fun, kooky and, of course, baby-ified. Let's be real, my mom does all the work with Zi - feeds her, bathes her, changes her diaper [etc.]. My contribution to babysitter's club is to simply provide comic relief via ridiculous hand gestures, singing rounds of ‘patty cake’, blowing raspberries, and curating 'baby appropriate' music for Zi to jam to. She loves to dance! Bee bop, don't stop girl! Occasionally I will be tasked with dressing her for the day. I think it's a cute look to tuck her leggings into her sockies... her dad doesn't agree so much :) Anyways, we always have a great and grand time!
See, Zi even took it upon herself to teach auntie b some new tricks. This is how she does the Friyay night turn up. I like your style girl!
Now typically babysitter’s club weekends are pretty relaxed. No set plans are involved. However, my aunt and uncle who live nearby decided it would be fun to have the family over for a casual dinner on Saturday night.
We were tasked with bringing a salad.
[Cue the beginnings of The Great Grocery Bop]!!
The babysitter's club - Zi, Grams and Auntie B - packed up and headed over to the Shorewood Metro Market. Our mission: pick up some veggies for b to build a salad.
Now if you’ve ever been to this Metro Mart, you’d agree that it’s pretty bomb. It’s huge – two floors – open, clean and provides tons of fresh variety.
Their produce department is fire. They have this cute freshly squeezed juice and smoothie station which offers 7 different smoothies and a freshly made juice of the day. After much deliberation, I decided to try the green mango smoothie [mango + spinach + pineapple + banana + coconut water + cayenne pepper]. Miss Meg refused to get her own, but she did agree to try mine so she could provide input for the blog… and I quote “Hmmm, it’s sweet. It doesn’t taste like how it looks. It’s SO green. It looks like spinach!” Then, a shoulder shrug . We'll say approval is granted. It’s good, even for those who are not certified green-machines :)
We moved on throughout the produce department and along the way picked up all the goods to build a fresh, crispy, and b-boppin' salad. First we snagged some I Love Organic Girl romaine hearts. I love this brand. Their greens always stay fresh and crispy for so long. We also picked up some sugar snap peas, cherry tomatoes, red and orange bell peppers, and carrot chips. We had cucumbers at home.
We kept on moving and groovin' through the mart... so many things to explore! We discovered the floral department. Look at this lil beauty I found by the bella bouquets :)
Next, we ventured over to the trail mix station. #nom. Lots of chocolate covered goodness, dried fruit, nuts & seeds. For an added crunch we love to add these little sesame sticks to our salads. Maybe not the healthiest of options, but hey, it's about balance, right. A lil lettuce, a lil tomato, a lil fried sesame... [mmhmm].
Now the first floor is comprised of many things: the produce and floral departments, a mini gourmet cheese counter, the trail mix bar, a huge salad bar, a meat counter, the bakery, a confectioners corner (!), and other assorted hot food bars. The second floor includes all regular grocery items, the health and beauty section, wine and beer, and the frozen foods department.
Here is a look at all the goodies we purchased on the first floor. What is not included in this photo is our second floor purchases. Ooo ditty, we found Brewers themed shelled peanuts #wiscopride, twizzlers AND a mini bubble machine for Zi.
At home I got to work on building the salad. It's so easy peasy so I figured I'd share. Just chop and wash the lettuce, pat dry and add to a big bowl (we had an extra baby spring mix in the fridge so I decided to add that to the chopped romaine).
Chop veggies and throw them in with the lettuce. Toss. Hold off on mixing in the salad dressing until it's time to eat [or I just let people add their own - some like a smidgen, some like a lot]. I can't recall the brand or type of dressing we used. I believe it was a mild Italian. But, honestly this salad is so basic in the best of ways. It would taste great with any dressing variety of your choosing! It's fresh, crispy and I just love those sweet lil snap peas.