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Commissary

After spending a short time on the RAF base in Lakenheath one thing instantly caught my attention, a large plain looking building with just the words Commissary on it. For those of you who do not know, a commissary is the equivalent to a grocery store on a military base. So I already liked this place based on name alone and it was here where I would go to get some treats to take back home with me. Unlike supermarkets here, isles were just dedicated to a certain product such as cereals, candy and the choices were endless.

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Some of these sort of products we here in the UK and can get them in larger Waitrose stores, Harrods food hall and online specialist sweet stores, so this was an opportunity to stock up on those items that over here in the UK we are ripped off with import duties and retailer mark ups.

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tootsie roll

Luckily my visit coincided with an American tradition of Halloween and candy, what we know as sweets, where plenty and mainly in large bumper bags. My mother is partial to Hershey chocolate and the variety meant I had to get one of each choice and as Gary said “it’s your mother you should get her the choice”. Wayne had heard in a song about Tootsie Roll and wanted to try them and I wanted cereals and in particular ‘Lucky charms’ something that over here is about £7 a box, but on base it is closer to $1.99 a box.
As much as this was about getting to know my new friend Gary, the trip to the Commissary was defiantly a highlight and an insight to the joys of American eating, all be it most of my purchases were candy and cereals.

apple jacks and lucky charms

Waitrose Delivery

Ever supermarket does it, it is home delivery, but what one is the best?
I have in the past tried a few of the leading supermarkets take on home delivery and have never been really satisfied with the results as the food delivered was either close to its use by date, packaging was damaged, tins were dented, the list goes. But I thought I would give it one last try with Waitrose.
I am glad I did as the service is excellent, you can order from either on the web or via the Waitrose phone app and it is just like all the other supermarkets where you pick your time slot, order your goods and also have the day before your delivery to amend your order.

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But one thing that really made Waitrose stand out from all the others was the after sales service. On the very first delivery two of my items were close to their use by date and instead like the other supermarkets that you would just have to use these items first or freeze them where possible, Waitrose add a kind note to your delivery notice “We are sorry that some of your items are close to the used by date so instead of not including them in your order we have given them to you for free of charge.” I could not quite believe that some of my shopping was for free, no other supermarket has ever done this, in fact Waitrose is the only supermarket to do this. If I thought that was good service on another delivery experience I ordered a bag of Lemons and one of them looked a bit worse for wear and unsalvageable so I called customer services and they took my delivery number and not only did they refund me the full value of the item in question (£1.50) but also gave me a further £1.50 refund and said it was there way of saying sorry to give customers a double refund, result.
When your items are delivered the drivers are always well presented, polite and above all extremely helpful, they offer to carry your goods into your kitchen and items are placed in appropriate labelled bags i.e. freezer items, fridge items, cupboard items and instead of giving you all of your shopping at once, you are given it in the order that is most important, freezer items first, then fridge items, fragile items and then the remainder of your shopping.
There are a few improvements that could be made, such as a large choice of its own branded essential items and lowering the cost of how much you spend to get free delivery but other than that it is a truly wonderful service that has made me want to use Waitrose for my grocery shopping.