When I travel overseas (from my home in Australia), one of my very favourite activities is devoting large chunks of time to browsing grocery stores (like many Chowhounders also love to do, I suspect!).
For my visit to San Francisco next week, I've already got plans to hit Bi Rite, Boulette's Larder, Berkeley Bowl and a couple of others, but..
I also have a hankering to browse the kinds of products that aren't quite gourmet but quintessentially old school "American" (apologies for the mass generalisation, but you know what I mean..): Twinkies, marshmallow fluff, Shake n Bake, anything with processed cheese, transfat snacks, that kind of thing..and I really want to bring home a couple bags of specialty baking chips like peanut butter or toffee 'chocolate' chips.
So my question is; are there any good mass market consumer supermarkets around either the Union Sq or Noe Valley areas Chowhounds who can appreciate a little junk food lust can recommend?
2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703
Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111