Megastore Marts

Now more than ever, any foodie worth her (pink Hawaiian volcanic) salt can turn a routine household shopping trip into an excuse to stock up on comestibles.

The Chicago Sun-Times profiles several megastores with unexpected food offerings.

Writer Leah Zeldes looks at shopping destinations like Ikea (which actually has quite a cult following for its meatballs and lingonberry sauce) as well as less obvious spots, like the slightly battered gourmet aisle at off-price retailer Marshalls. As far as Cost Plus (also featured in the article) goes, I wasn’t actually aware that it sold anything but high-end chocolate and candy from around the world, along with competitively priced wines.

But the revelation here was news of the extensive food offerings at Cabela’s. I’ve stopped at Nebraska’s finest gigantic outdoor/hunting/fishing store while traveling cross-country before, but never realized it was a mecca for the meat cook, with offerings ranging from game-based deli meats to cornbread mixes, hot sauces, and jerky blasters.

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