I'm a walking stereotype, too.
If anyone wants to discuss it further, I'm usually the only bloke with a Ferrari parked in the local Lidl.
Good! I think that no matter how a car is flashy, stopping using it as a mean of transport just because of its flashiness is wrong if you ask me.
On the other hand I have to confess that if I am driving a flashy car I like using/parking it in a context where it doesn't attract too many eyes. It feels more natural. I know people who drive their Ferrari just to go from home to the club in which I play tennis. I don't approve their waste of "driving experience" but I understand how it feels hospitable that parking/context for such a car.
Jarred sauekraut fan?
I can't cope with that, but I do like a pack of Frikkadellen. I can't get with the snobbery, think their cooked meat is for winners. I might not be their anticipated buyer demographic, but I do like value for money.
I hear ya. I think they do great cooked meat too and also fish. Rollmop herrings were a new sensation for me after a visit to Lidl, also Crayfish. I love Polish sausage such as Kabanos but it's a heart attack on a plate. Nice now and again though.
They also do decent cycling gear that snobs turn their nose up at but it's actually half decent.
Just realised all I've contributed to this thread is the merits of certain supermarkets. So I better chuck something car-ish in there. I'd love a picture of your 458 in Lidl's sometime loaded with bags full of German salami!
Forget the salami, I'm filling the generous boot with Kabanos, the sausage of champions. I will gladly oblige in the New Year, the car has been put to bed for the winter now, unless climate change can perk the weather up in an unseasonable way.
I love Lidl - did some really good fireworks this year, too. Anyone declining shopping there on the basis of brand image has clearly got a few issues. Then again, I suspect I'm part pikey.
I'm a regular vistor to Lidl because I love Mortadella and they sell it quite cheaply there. As has been said, their cooked meats and sausages are great. I also like their faux Mars Bars which I think are called something catchy like Choco Caramels. Actually I think I prefer them to Mars bars.
I know a few people who turn their noses up at Lidl's and no doubt Aldi (which I haven't tried yet) but I'm sure that if they tried them they'd be back.
EDIT: I'll be trying some Kabanos next time I'm in there.
I have to confess that I never walked in a Lidl store, even if there are plenty of them here in Turin too. The only supermarket I go often is Eataly, I find its sophisticated ambience a less depressing place to do the grocery shopping after work. I think they should open in London too, the store in New York got some success.
Waitrose and M&S do the best food of all the supermarkets. And i drive a BMW. If that makes me a snob so be it. Or... Maybe it means I've tried everywhere else and formed the opinion as the result of experience! The poorest fresh food has to be Asda followed by Tesco.
Best value? A more difficult decision. Personally, I avoid supermarkets as much as possible. I get meat from the local butchers, bread from the bakers, fruit & veg from the market and local farms.
Sheesh! I was born twenty years too late...
Sheesh! I was born twenty years too late...
I hear you, Rich. You are not alone but there is a vocal minority that will have you believe that you're some kind of anti-progression Luddite for holding such a view. Many, many people spend an awful lot of time belly aching and hand wringing over the political classes and finance industry, but the supermarkets have had a very big role in the state of the UK today, but, while MPs and bankers are the eternal villains of the piece, the supermarkets continue to be embraced. Bizarre.
I've only once parked my car at a Lidl. It was in Guéret, right in the middle of France. The French equivalent of banjo country, if you will. Needless to say it was a less than fulfilling experience. Nothing wrong with it, especially, but it was quite an illogical place to navigate. I did get what I needed and no scenes from The Deer Hunter were played out. So that would be a win. I guess.
Beyond that, I've never really lived near enough to one to bother, and I'm not so sure that they are that good (in terms of price and offering) that I'm likely to go out of my way for them. And to be honest, I love a mince pie, but I'll always take Mr Kipling at £1.79 over Lidl at 99p. I live a three minute walk from a Waitrose, and what I don't want to lug, they will deliver. It's that simple.
The only supermarket I actively keep out of, however, is Asda, but that is only because the frequency of their lighting makes me ill.
If I knew what I was getting into, I wouldn't have done it...and I would have been wrong.
Lidl's Prawn Crackers are also pretty good...