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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

While we're on the subject

Recently, I've been reading about how people are shopping at Ikea for food as a way to conserve money. If you're not familiar with it, Ikea is really a furniture store. I'll admit, I like getting stuff from there for cookware and kitchen items. Most items are relatively inexpensive and practical, albeit not really meant to be passed from generation to generation.

Being a Sweden-based company, Ikea food has become sort of a stereotype for Swedish food, starting with the famous Swedish meatballs that are served in most Ikea cafeterias. And they sell prepackaged frozen meatballs and lingonberry preserves, too (well, the local Houston store has a food section just before leaving the store for getting these Swedish goodies). Personally, I don''t know of any other source for elderflower drinks, or the ever nummy Punschroll.

And then there's my latest discovery - they sell pretty good tea. There are only two teas, they're both black, organic, and flavored, and at $2.49 for 100g, quite inexpensive. While this will not compete in subtlety and complexity to a fine Ti Kwan Yin, these are perfectly serviceable loose leaf black teas, superior to the generic teabag brands in most supermarket shelves. The flavoring takes away from the versatility of a tea, but it'll do very nicely for most things. Specially for the price.

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