The reply, “No stock, sir.” is a common one in the Philippines. At least, it is outside of the National Capital Region. What’s an expat to do?
I was raised eating margarine. Back in the day, the fat in butter was said to be bad for you. So my family, along with most Americans, switched to margarine.
About 15 years ago, I read some reports which claimed that the ingredients in many margarine brands were no better for you than the natural fat in butter.
I switched back to butter. I was using olive oil to cook with, could a couple of pats of “bad” butter on my toast be so bad?
One of the problems with butter is that it’s hard when you take it out of the refrigerator.
When I wanted it on my toast, I had to wait for it to warm up before I could use it. Because of this, I stopped using butter except to cook and bake with.
When I moved here to the Philippines, I thought I’d have to give up butter completely. There is no real dairy industry here like there is in most other countries. I thought butter was a thing of past.
I was pretty happy when I found that supermarkets here carried butter products from Europe and New Zealand. I started using a combination spread made by the Lurpak company. It was a mix of butter and olive oil so it was always soft, even right out of the fridge!
I’ve used this spread for over two years now. Except lately. Lately, I haven’t seen it in SM, NCCC, or Gaisano.
It’s been two months now that I’ve been spreadless in Davao. I’ve had to use my mother-in-law’s margarine that I just don’t like very much.
What happens to items in the supermarket like this? You buy them for two years and then one day, they’re not there! Suddenly, they’ve disappeared all over town!
I used to think that it was just bad inventory control by the supermarket. You know how it always seems that they’re out of something when you go grocery shopping. “No stock, sir.” That’s what you hear.
Now, I’m not so sure that it’s the local store’s fault. I can’t find this particular spread at any of the stores it used to be available at. I think it’s a problem with the importer.
Whatever it is, it’s a shame. And I guess I’ll be eating dry toast for a while longer.
I haven’t checked out any of the supermarkets in my area yet but there seems to be at least a greater possibility that Expat Butter Life may be returning to normal!
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