Jungle Jim’s – You’re in the Jungle Baby!!
This morning Kelly and I had to go out and get more groceries and run a couple of errands. We had a minor emergency as we were nearly out of cheese and beer. Driving on the interstate a couple days ago I saw what looked to be a cool grocery store. I based this assumption almost entirely on the fact that they had a neat looking logo with 2 bananas. It doesn’t take much to make an impression on me, apparently. It just so happened some of the errands we needed to run would take us through that same area, so we decided to check it out.
BOY were we in for a surprise.
Upon entering the parking lot we were greeted with weird jungle themed music and a monorail.
We experienced a wide range of emotions… confusion, intrigue, skepticism. Ultimately our curiosity drove us onward.
There were other oddities by the door, hinting at the madness inside.
Upon entering, we immediately noticed the toilets.
Surprise surprise, these outhouses are actually the entrance to the store’s normal bathrooms – 5 stalls, 4 sinks, a totally complete and modern setup. They are just trick doors. Amazing. They even won a “best restroom” competition in 2007.
As we continued on, we rounded the corner to the largest selection of asian-style sauces I have ever encountered.
That’s when we really started to get excited. It turns out this grocery store – or as they like to call it an “international market” has EVERY FOOD KNOWN TO MAN. They had Asian, Indian, African, Mexican, European, Middle Eastern – not just one long international aisle like your typical big-city grocery store, but aisle after aisle for each region. Then they had all your standard grocery store sections, but MORE. EVERY flavor of EVERY brand of EVERY product you have ever encountered. Seriously. It was entire warehouse of food goodies. An amusement park food if you will.
At this point Kelly and I looked at each other wide eyed, feeling a little woozy with possibility. We marched onward and promptly encountered the hot sauce section.
There is a whole corner of the store dedicated to hot sauce. Guarded by a man riding a firetruck. They also had rare and exotic hot sauces at astronomical prices.
And no, that’s not $16.99…
And of course, your typical middle-america grocery store wouldn’t be complete without the hookah aisle.
We continued on to the seafood section, where there is a gigantic boat, because of course there is:
Each different section had what I can only imagine is literally every single option of whatever you’re looking for. You want olives? Pick from the 50+ varieties at the olive bar. You want maple syrup? Come on down to the Maple Syrup Emporium.
And the cheese section, which – hello. It’s like an entire store itself. The cheeses are separated by the country they came from.
They even had cheeses in fun shapes!
I should also mention that they have one of the largest wine selections in the country with over 12,000 wines to choose from. They also have 4,000 kinds of beer. We picked up a selection to try!
So, we came in for cheese and beer, and we left with… almost $100 worth of groceries. Which I feel was pretty damn good considering all the temptations we ran into along the way.
On the way out, one final treat:
Check out Wikipedia for more on Jungle Jim’s. Or of course you can head to their website. They have events and cooking classes and things like that as well. We loved it, it’s definitely worth stopping by if you love food and are in the area!