Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Jungle Jim's

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You don't see those outside of many grocery stores these days.

While I was in Ohio over Thanksgiving, my sister and her husband took me to this hilarious mega-store called Jungle Jim's International Market. Their taglines are "Six acres of food all under one roof" and "It's not a Grocery store-it's an Amusement Park for Foodies".

That describes it perfectly.

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Here is a little bit more about them...

Founded in 1974 by "Jungle" Jim Bonaminio, the store started as a small produce stand and has grown to over 6½ acres. Jungle Jim's is noted for having one of the largest wine collections in the United States, live seafood tanks, and an in-store cooking school in addition to a 1000 person Event Center.

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I've never had so much fun wandering around a store in my life. Everywhere you turned, there was some kind of odd sign or weird display to see.

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Also, who knew that someone gives out awards for this...

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I'm not sure that I'd want to be on the judging committee for the NLA, but I will say they did manage to make their restroom entrance visually entertaining.

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Being an International Market means that there was all kinds of food in the store that horrified me from an intestinal perspective. This particular item was the grossest...

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Although, $1.77 for 6 duck heads really does sound like a bargain.  I'm just afraid that I'd accidentally eat one after a drunken night out and then would never stop throwing up.

And those who know me and my "Fish-ues" will understand why I didn't buy anything in this particular section either.

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The smell alone from the live seafood tanks (and the creatures inside them) kept me dry-heaving for many aisles to come.

Thankfully I found the bakery and enjoyed the visuals and aromas much more over there. I mean, nothing says "Happy Birthday" like a Pet-head and tea cup themed cake.

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I'm also not sure if Sharon intended for her sign to appear like an ad for a horror movie...

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But, they surely looked good, Shirley.

Sharon.

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One thing's for sure, you'll never be visually bored here...

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So, if you're ever passing through Fairfield, Ohio, you really need to stop by Jungle Jim's for a couple of hours.

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It's magically delicious!

2 comments:

David B. said...

I want to go to Jungle Jim's please take me!!

Vampire Hours said...

You'd definitely have a good time if you went. Lots to do and see.