We had an interesting week in the Stolze household. Last Saturday, we had a freak October snow storm which resulted in 6 inches of snow, fallen trees everywhere, and loss of electricity – for DAYS. Our town is still recuperating. Schools were closed for three days, whole sections of town were essentially boarded up due to no communications, nor electricity. We stuck it out in our home with no heat, and no way to cook other than stove top. No refrigerated food items survived. It was torture.
As you can well imagine, it took a lot of ‘field trips’ to keep our 7 year old warm, fed, and happy. One of these trips, we took a drive to Bed Bath & Beyond to try and find astove-top percolator, as we were coffee-less, and grumpier for it. Imagine my surprise when we walked in and saw their newest addition – World Market. My son and I spent much too much time wandering through, slack-jawed and taste-testing everything they had available. There is more coffee and tea than I have ever seen in any one place before. The Brit in me drooled over the PGTips teas, Cadbury candy, and canned treacle pudding, while the German in us was equally enchanted by the Adventskalendar selection, spaetzle, Milka, Kinderpunsch, and jarred wurst. The Asian palates will find equally exciting items, not easily found elsewhere in the States. The selection of gourmet and international foods is simply wonderful. If I had to make one negative observation, it would be that there are too many choices. One could easily spend an hour wandering through there. And the best part? Given the specialized nature of the items, the prices are very reasonable, and somehow manage to undercut small, niche food markets.
I am unsure as to how many Bed Bath & Beyond stores are adding the World Market section, but I can tell you that there is one in East Hanover, New Jersey. Very new, and very wonderful. If you are in North Jersey, I highly recommend it. They are apparently not putting money into marketing the opening yet, as they want to ensure that there is a real interest. So please, stop by and show them how much we love the idea!
As an aside, we never did find a percolator. However, we did find stollen, lebkuchen, jarred bockwurst, and Milka bars had somehow found their way into our basket. Today we returned with my husband, who was equally flummoxed by the selection of German and Indian foods. All in all, a very good find!