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  • 1. Email: Poornima.dsouza@k12.sd.us Twitter: @pord_33
  • 2. First Impression  The store was dark and crowded.  There were no shopping carts or shopping baskets.  Employees were not in view. We were there quite awhile before we did see an employee.  Employee spoke to us in English, but I heard him speak to another customer in Spanish.
  • 3. My first impression  I wasn’t sure what to think about the store.  I have been to Mexico many times so I thought it would be like any other store I have been into lately.  I was in for a surprise.  No one talked to us for about 10 minutes…or it seemed that long!
  • 4. Mexicana Store  The food is colorful  The store is very cramped & crowded with small aisles  All the shelves are filled to the max!  It is very dimly lit in the store
  • 5. First Impression This is hard to read, but the sign says $49.99 and $85.99. I was so confused trying to figure out how a muffin can cost that much! Then I realized it was the pots on top that were that much.
  • 6. Making Our Way  As we began down the aisle, I noticed that some products were in English, most were in Spanish, and others had both Spanish and English on them.  We were very dependent on pictures.
  • 7. The arrival  The first thing I noticed was that we were the only ‘white’ people in the store.  No one asked if they could help us when we walked into the store.  Dark and packed! That was my next impression of the store. So dark and so much….STUFF everywhere from floor to ceiling! I also didn’t notice shopping carts.  The prices seemed reasonable but I wasn’t quite sure what everything was at first.
  • 8. Reliance on Pictures Many of the beverages had pictures of things , such as apples, that we could easily tell what they were. With this particular product not even a picture helped.
  • 9. This was a drink mix but not sure what Tamarind tastes like!
  • 10. Making a call home
  • 11. Very confused I had no idea what these were, but a friend explained that they are for international credit cards. I certainly would not know how to use these!
  • 12. Phone Call  I think you could buy an international phone card and then use this phone to make your call. There must be an operator on the other end to help you. No one was around to ask how this works.  How would I feel if I was in a different country and this was the only way I could talk to my family or friends?
  • 13. Radish iodine? This was part of the small ‘pharmacy’ aisle. I was still not sure what you would use this for as a medicine. If I was sick and in another country, how would I know what to buy?
  • 14. My favorite aisle in the store! I love the St. Martin candle and the rest of them too. Religious Candles
  • 15. A new one for me! Who doesn’t pray for a holy death but I have never seen a candle for it.
  • 16. Mayonnaise Lime mayonnaise? A regular size jar too! I am not a huge fan of mayonnaise but we buy this brand. So tiny! Must not be popular. Our Brand
  • 17. Gorilla Snot? Really? Thank goodness my friend figured out it was HAIR GEL! The store had what appeared to be laundry soap, dish soap, and hair products. This appears to be a strong hair gel. The picture on the product helped, but I also had to rely on WHERE it was. It was with other hair products, such as shampoo, so deduced it was hair gel.
  • 18. Items for Sale  The breads and pastries looked like works of art  They seemed like they would be very dense and heavy  They also looked dry
  • 19. Sweets  The cookies were very colorful and large in size  One had the colors of the Mexican flag  They also looked dense and dry  The muffins were all one flavor
  • 20. COOKIES! So at least this was easy to figure out.
  • 21. Candy
  • 22. Not a chocolate sucker!
  • 23. Not my Lollipop  That was a chili flavored sucker! My first thought was that it was chocolate. I would have purchased that and been in for a big surprise!  I thought why would you give a child a chili flavored anything? Shouldn’t candy be sweet? Or is that how I was raised? Is that my culture?  The more I walked through the store the more I thought this would be difficult to do my shopping here. I can read some Spanish but they didn’t carry the items I use.
  • 24. Dried Items  Corn husks for tamales  Chilies of all temperatures  Beans  Seeds
  • 25. Fresh fruits, vegetables, & meats  The left part of the store was filled fresh fruits.  Has more bananas than a full size grocery store!  Had delicious looking mangoes, papayas, and coconuts.  The vegetables were not as varied; some corn, beans, and tomatoes.  The meat was all behind glass at a meat counter.  The meat was the only item that customers could not get themselves.  They sell tongue and intestines!
  • 26. Appearances  I would have figured out what the apples were just by looking but there were some other types of peppers that I had not seen. I looked for avocados and didn’t find any.  They had both bananas and plantains but no grapes or cherries. They didn’t have much of a selection of fruit but plenty of veggies! Many of which I did not recognize. I know realize I should have taken more pictures but it felt a bit awkward when I did.  As we walked up and down the aisles we could figure out what the items were but some of them took some time.
  • 27. Fresh Produce What is this?
  • 28. Fruit
  • 29. Fresh Produce Upon approaching the fresh produce, we saw boxes of these. They appear to be rotten bananas. They did have fresh bananas as well. They aren’t really rotten bananas, are they?
  • 30. Frozen Section  A lot of frozen fish  Other frozen meats  Some frozen vegetables  No processed frozen foods, such as Chicken Nuggets
  • 31. Nikki’s Burrito Express  Great timing as tacos are only $1.25 on Tuesdays – any choice of meat!  Regular taco price is $2.00 a taco or 4 for $6.25.
  • 32. Delicious Food!  Chicken taco  Chips with queso blanco fresco  Chicken quesadilla
  • 33. Thumbs up!  Fresh guacamole is so good and something we rarely make at home  My daughter was very happy with her lunch!
  • 34. You can send money to Mexico at Nikki’s! This beer means two X (like twice the refreshment?)
  • 35. Our first stop of the day was for some lunch at Puerto Vallarta restaurant. This is a favorite stop for my family. My daughters love the bright colors and art work. I appreciate the gluten free options (a must for my daughters). We had a wonderful server who was willing to answer a few questions for me. She is from Mexico. She moved to the United States for a better job and better pay. She moved to South Dakota because she has family who live in Watertown and Aberdeen. Her native language is Spanish. She speaks a little English. I asked her what things have been different here in Sioux Falls than what she expected. She said that everything is different from Mexico. She said that the pay per hour she gets here and the weather are two big differences. When I asked her what has helped her learn English she said that customers, friends, and her family helped her.
  • 36. Our first stop of the day was for some lunch at Puerto Vallarta restaurant. This is a favorite stop for my family. My daughters love the bright colors and art work. I appreciate the gluten free options (a must for my daughters). We had a wonderful server who was willing to answer a few questions for me. She is from Mexico. She moved to the United States for a better job and better pay. She moved to South Dakota because she has family who live in Watertown and Aberdeen. Her native language is Spanish. She speaks a little English. I asked her what things have been different here in Sioux Falls than what she expected. She said that everything is different from Mexico. She said that the pay per hour she gets here and the weather are two big differences. When I asked her what has helped her learn English she said that customers, friends, and her family helped her.
  • 37. Dakota International Mart 325 North Minnesota Ave Our second stop of the day was a little shopping at Dakota International Mart. My daughters were amazed at how small the store was, but how many different items were in there. I was amazed at their reaction when they spotted the bottles of Coke in the refrigerator. I had told them they could pick out a treat, and was disappointed at first that they picked out a soda. After we left I asked them about their choice. They told me that was the only thing they recognized. I thought that was very interesting. I wonder how true that is for people who come to South Dakota from other countries.
  • 38. Philippine Oriental Food 1105 North Minnesota Ave Our final stop of the day was to visit the Philippine Oriental Food grocery store. Here we found all sorts of new vegetables that we had never seen before. We also found some food we wanted to try to make at home. My daughters were more comfortable exploring foods from different cultures by this stop. Here they were pulling things off the shelves and asking lots of questions. I am so glad we took the time today to explore a few of the different cultures in our city. It was really interesting to watch my daughters in each setting. When first exposed to a different culture, they were timid and looked for anything familiar. Although I sent the girls to an elementary school rich in diversity, changing the setting changed everything.
  • 39. Meat Counter  The meat was in big chunks rather than the pre-cut meat I am accustomed to seeing.  Much of the meat I did not know what it was.  I was unable to read the labels so I still did not know what it was.  There was not ground beef. My first thought? How do you make tacos without ground beef?
  • 40. Baked Goods The baked goods looked really good, but much different than what I am familiar with.
  • 41. Liquor
  • 42. Medication This was the most frightening to me. Most medications do not include pictures, so how would you know what you are buying and for what purpose? There was one that appeared to be like Pedalyte. That made me think about how scary it would be if you had a sick child.
  • 43. European grocery store Shelves were aligned along the perimeter of the store. first shelf had many different types of cookies, crackers, and chips on it.  There were also some cooking rubs and powdered sauces cooking oils of different kinds in large glass jars many different kinds of pastas displayed.
  • 44. European grocery store - Cooler fresh fish displayed; some that were clean and filleted, and others that were frozen just as they were caught, complete with scales and heads.  lamb and veal in the cooler. stuffed pastas- vegetables like spinach, but most were stuffed with a variety of meats or cheeses. Many of these pastas were in the shape of tortellinis, raviolis, or perogies. On the next wall was a large display of specialty chocolates and candies. In a display case next to the cash register, there was many different kinds of beef and pork in long tubes.
  • 45. Ethiopian Coffee House Ethiopian Coffee is one of the best I've tasted. I brought pastries from Manna bakery – Great combination…love Manna pastries. Reminds me of India!
  • 46. Manna Bakery I tried a couple of their pastries but did not like either one. I guess I am used to our more sweet tasting rolls and donuts and I do like a lot of frosting.
  • 47. Hakim’s Clothing Store He does alteration and Tailor Made to Your Measurements – Check sign ;)
  • 48. Mexican Restaurant intrigued by all of the colors and the welcoming atmosphere. initially spoke Spanish and then switched to fluent English chips and salsa were served free of charge as we waited for our main entrees. impressed with our food ~it was delicious.
  • 49. African theme at St.Olaf - Stations Jesus nailed to the cross and Jesus meets his mother
  • 50. African Art at St.Olaf Jesus – The good sheperd
  • 51. African theme at St.Olaf St. Joseph the Carpenter with Jesus and Mother Mary
  • 52. Ethnic market
  • 53. Ethnic market
  • 54. Ethnic market Ganesha — the elephant-deity
  • 55. Ethnic market
  • 56. Japanese Garden
  • 57. New Spanish words I learned  Tortas = hot sandwich  Gringas = grilled burrito  Arroz = rice  Frijol = beans  Picadillo = ground beef  Desebrada = shredded beef  Horchata = rice drink  Quesco blanco fresco = white runny cheese dip
  • 58. Two Anonymous Interviews of workers at Nikki’s: Grandmother: Arrives by 5:00 a.m. and begins cooking meats Makes all the tortillas fresh everyday Chops all the veggies by hand Hand washes all dishes in giant sink Granddaughter: Arrives at 10:30 in the summer to help with lunch rush; sometimes comes back at 4:30 to help with dinner Works “the line” preparing meals or the till (rings up meals & collects money) Cleans the dining room tables and trays Sweeps floors
  • 59. Questions I have:  What is the difference between tostadas and tostados? Using the Spanish to English dictionary, I find that they both mean “to toast” or “to roast” or “to brown”, yet it is a hard flat corn tortilla topped with anything!  What is enchilada banderas? Separately, enchiladas are meats rolled in tortillas, baked, and covered with sauces. Using the Spanish to English dictionary, banderas is a flag or banner.  How can picadillo be both minced meat and chopped vegetables?
  • 60. Questions I have:  how this entire experience has helped shape them into the people they are today  how it has affected their children and what it is they want them to become.
  • 61. Conclusion  I enjoyed the trip.  I learned I probably couldn’t shop there for a week’s worth of grocery. They didn’t have any hamburger meat!  After looking at your list of places to go I was quite surprised and the number of diverse stores.
  • 62. Conclusion  During the rest of the summer, I plan to spend time visiting different ethnic grocery stores, bakeries, and restaurants in Sioux Falls.  I’m also planning on reaching out to the Nepali family that I mentored last year and asking for suggestions of Nepali restaurants and grocery stores that they go visit.  I’ve learned that it’s a neat experience to go visit ethnic stores
  • 63. Closing Thoughts  I could cook a meal by shopping in this store.  I would struggle to shop for a week’s worth of groceries for my family.  Pictures are extremely important.  I understand the importance of using pictures with my students to help them understand what is being talked about.  Sometimes you are so clueless you don’t even know what questions to ask.  Therefore, my students may not ask questions because they are that lost in the topic.
  • 64. Closing Thoughts  I love to broaden my horizons with different cultural experiences.  I am constantly looking for places that I have never been to.  It is important in a constantly changing society that we immerse ourselves in a variety of experiences.  Initially I judged the restaurant by looking at the outside. I try not to "judge a book by it's cover," but it is hard to control sometimes.  It is the people that do not experience other cultures that become ignorant and judgmental of other people and cultures.  I enjoyed this field trip experience and thought that it was one step in enriching my cultural perspective
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