This post is sponsored by Epermarket, an online grocery store with more than 5,000 imported and safe local goods and a growing selection of organic products – the largest online selection of its kind in China. Shop for fresh produce, personal care products, pantry staples, organic foods and high-quality imported meats and beverages with convenient customer service in English, French, German, and Chinese.

When settling in a new place abroad, one of the first things that you can’t wait to do is get out there and see what fun surprises the local culture has in store for you. Everybody who’s ever made the bold decision to move abroad can agree:  one of the easiest ways to start bonding with your new turf is through food. It’s truly exciting to taste new spices, discover new cooking methods, and most importantly, experience new and innovative ways to prepare dishes using familiar ingredients. There’s nothing like the adrenalin rush of finding some little food gem that makes your taste buds do the happy dance.


However like all experiences, the novelty of newness starts to wane and your thoughts begin turning homewards. And we all know that when that starts to happen, the craving for your favorite comfort foods that you know and miss inevitably start kicking in.

First, you begin foraging like squirrels gathering nuts to prepare for winter. You pop into this shop, buy a few familiar necessities, then pop over to another shop and gather a few more. You begin treating these items like you’re Golem from Lord of the Rings that box of Kraft Mac ‘n Cheese is like the Ring to End-Them-All. But these items are typically more expensive than you would have paid at home, so instead of being a convenient product that’s handy to have around the house, you begin viewing them as only something you have as a treat every once in a while, or only bring out for special occasions. 


It’s ok to admit it. It’s happened to all of us who are living abroad at some point or another.

Even as recent as ten years ago in China, there wasn’t a thorough selection of Western products that foreigners could choose from, much less from brands that you know and trust. But nowadays things are changing at a rapid pace and Western grocery stores have really stepped up their game. Things aren’t as crazy expensive as they used to be, and more and more imports are popping up all over the place. 


But that’s just it. At the end of the day, you’re still gathering nuts.

Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a place where you could get everything you need? Online shops such as Epermarket have begun shipping everywhere in China, and with their selection of 5,000+ products, you’ve got the best chance of finding everything that you need, all in one convenient online shop. Familiar American brands such as Pepperidge Farm, Newman’s Own, General Mills, Vlasic, Betty Crocker, Sara Lee, Ore Ida, and more are all available on their website (www.epermarket.com).


Also, make sure to check with them when the holidays come up in just a couple of months:  Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup, Libby’s Pumpkin, Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce/Jelly, Frozen Turkeys and more can all help you ensure that you’ve got smooth sailing this holiday season (we’ve even heard whispers that French’s French Fried Onions might make an appearance on their website sometime soon as well). 

Now that would be just plain nuts!

Photos courtesy of Epermarket

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