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The first thing an expat asks when they arrive where can I get this?
Now I have broke this down in the stores I shop at here in Cebu Philippines
Rustans and Shopwise - These are the same outfit with different names. Now they are a regular grocery store that tend to cater a little to the western taste. They have a nice selection of cheese and wines. In addition they have good quality meat products. The stores are very customer based and seem to have a good grasp on maintaining inventory. We do most of shopping here.
Robinsons - This is a cross section type store. It will have some western favorites however it is a majority Filipino culture. They have very good fruits and vegetables and the meat department is adequate. Yet if you are looking for beef that will be hit or miss.
Metro Gaisano - We do a lot of shopping at Metro Gaisano. I have found that I can get most of my staples here. The price is good and the stores are normally very clean. Finding western food is difficult yet they do tend to have a varied selection. The meats seems good and have a decent selection. This store has a very nice produce area and always seems to have fresh vegetables.
Last on the list Gaisano - Now there is a diffrence between Metro Gaisano and Gaisano. Gaisano is a grocery store. I will give them that much. Yet the selection is very poor and what I described above was a Giasano. It is just a horrible place to shop. I avoid these places like the plague.
So where do I do most of my shopping.
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