This grocery is a find – the Frog Maxishop. It is on the Peatonal Perez Castellano, a pedestrian walkway that connects the Montevideo port on one end and the Montevideo Rambla on the other. When cruise ships are in port, it is on this street that cruisers shop.

Not cooking, it has become my custom to browse the Frog. I should be eating steaks in the Mercado, or the Parrillada Bar and Restaurant where locals watch soccer games on the weekend on a small flat screen TV mounted on a wood shelf in a corner, near the ceiling, secured with a bungee cord.

This afternoon the Frog features Pollo a la Portugese dishes that are pre-cooked and only need warmed. The dish has rice and veggies and chicken.

It is busy here this morning and I am just one of many in the neighborhood who walk here to shop. Turistas, as well as locals, browse the aisles, price checking and reading labels.

Once I start shopping in a neighborhood grocery, I start to feel like one of the local folks.


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