I experienced a store this weekend that is a game changer for me in Switzerland. It’s called Aligro, and it’s the closest thing to a Costco or Sam’s Club I’ve found. Membership is free, and it’s only 35 km away (roughly, a 30 minute drive). Clearly, many of the shoppers are businesses, restaurants, and caterers, but it’s a breath of fresh air for an American who likes to buy things in bulk and who is a bit desperate for some cheddar cheese!
You know it’s about to be a good experience when your only cart option is a flat bed. Like all grocery stores in Switzerland, you have to pay 2 CHF (roughly $2.25 USD) for a cart, which you get back upon return. (Maybe this is a solution for all of the abandoned carts in Walmart parking lots…)
I literally went up and down every aisle, so I know all of the options for future visits. It’s two stories of goodness! I was buying groceries for my 4th of July party, and I’m pretty sure there was an American flag on almost all of the products I purchased!
I cannot tell you how excited I was to find cheddar cheese for the first time since moving here! Not only can I start making my delicious Hot Cheese Dip recipe for parties, but we can finally have a Mexican night! AND not only did they have shredded cheddar, but they had sliced cheddar, too, which means we can have cheeseburgers on the 4th!
I would say it was a successful shopping adventure, because in the end, there wasn’t room for one more thing on my cart! 48 burgers, 40 hot dogs, 8 bags of Doritos, lots of cheddar cheese, and red, white & blue balloons…we are ready for a big American bash on Friday!