HOW MUCH FOOD CAN YOU BUY USING $5 AROUND THE WORLD
This might not be a course related blog but I really want to share it. I am a big fan of skin care products because they make me look less like a zombie( I stay up very late), I ve collected tons of skin care products and this is my favorite! I really like their idea that they make their most of products with food, believe it or not, they even have garlic mask! It makes me feel safer to put them on my face instead of tons of alcohols and preservatives! This very cool food mask need to be stored in the fridge, and only have a 15 days of life.
TOP 5 SUPERMARKET I USUALLY GO.
Although I haven’t shopped there for a while since I moved to toronto, it’s still ranked #1 on my list. When I was in Vancouver, we go there every week. I live in West vancouver, and the Costco is in richmond (The one in downtown is smaller, and need to pay for parking). It’s a very long distance to drive there, but my mom like Costco, and she believes we could get high quality food with a cheap price. My mom did an experiment before, she bought beef from T&T, whole foods, Costco, and walmart on the same day, She told me if the beef turns brown, that means its no longer fresh. the beef from T&T only lasts one day, Walmart, 4 days, Costco and Whole foods’ beef lasts really long( can’t exactly remember). However, the beef from Costco is way more cheaper than the whole foods’ ones.
I dont really want to rank T&T as my second favorite supermarket. But…since it has all the asian snacks I can’t find elsewhere, fine, I will put it at the second place.
One of my mother’s friend works for T&T as a department manager, and he told my mom never purchase anything from T&T. I am not sure if I can write about it or not, but since I didn’t write his name, I think its fine to tell you guys. I can’t exactly remember, but basically, for example supermarkets like costco, superstore, T&T, they all purchase beef from one place, Larger supermarkets like costco, they have the priority to choose the beef at first place, T&T picks the left overs, which is no longer that fresh. T&T sells the beef at a higher price. What’s mean about T&T is they scalp the ground beef in a really nice shape and put the ‘red beef’ (fresh) that customers can see out, and hide the brown beef inside. Customers only get a thin layer of the fresh beef, and they could only discover it when they got home.
3) whole foods
I am a big fan of organic food, I do not care whether it’s really good for our health or not, I like the word ‘organic’ because it makes me feel less guilty when I eat. There’s nothing negative I feel about this store, it’s very expensive, but we could get very high quality food there.
I didn’t find any metro in vancouver, maybe its only for toronto?
Metro has been my main food source since I moved to toronto, it’s only 200 m away from where I live. Everything is expensive in downtown while metro have a reasonable price. The food quality is not competitive at all comparing to Costco and whole foods. Once I want to buy some apples, and all the apples in Metro looks so bad that I had to end up buying oranges instead. but it’s close to where I live.
I got the bad milk from there, it’s only 50m away from where I live, but I choose to go metro more often because I don’t want to get any bad milk anymore. However, it’s the most convenient supermarket for me, and opens 24/7, I do not have any option if I want to buy some food in the late night.
Time flies, I can’t believe i am now writing my last main blog entry. I’m feeling a little sad right now because I’m really gonna miss this class. I could still remember how hard I was struggling during the first week when I was writing my first blog entry, now all the ideas come up to my minds as I sitting in front of my laptop.
I learnt that there lies huge social inequity that rich people get richer, poor people becomes poor. The things I thought was justified is actually not after my studying and reading. Urban social justice, public space and food insecurity, and many other social justice issues are all hard cores that can’t be resolved or cant be resolved easily.
For these 3 month of studying in this social justice course, it makes me open my eyes to look at a wider world. I have to say that I’ve missed lots of interesting things happened around me in the past 18 years, it is not too late that I recognized them now. When I walking around this city, I have realized there’s so many meaningful things to blog about. I’ve gained more than I expected from this course. This is my favorite class this year, and I never missed any of the lecture even if I was sick. I’m sure I will be continuing on my blogs, although not that frequently. I really enjoy the time when I was writing the blog that I could sit comfortably in my living room in the late night, everything is peaceful and nice, all the ideas just come to my mind very smoothly. It also helps me develop my critical thinkings that I could think deeper, not just stay on the surface. I have a very great experience after all. My favorite thing about this course is actually to see how others’ thinking about the same problem, I’ve never got a chance before that I could read the whole class’ ideas just through the screen of my laptop. It is really interesting that everyone has their different thoughts and experience, and we could share between each other!
Although this is the end of this course, I believe it is not the end to me of exploring the social justice in our city. Urban social studies, public space, food inequity… I believe there are many more issues out there in the city to blog about which I will find them out in the future of my study.
I had never heard any news of shooting the any city when I was living there. After the eaton center shooting at the food court last summer, I had to go to other shopping mall with my friend for a while. The safety on the public space is now a concern to me. I am so lucky that I did not experience this although I go shopping very often.
I’ve also heard that last year there was a shooting at a elementary school, and many students were killed. School is also a relatively semi-public space because literarily anyone can access the school.
Looking at our shopping mall or other public space, honestly, there should be more protection there, however, it is very hard to protect a public space because it’s for the public.
The only thing we could do about it is be careful ourselves.
The subway from union to St.george shutdown almost every weekend, therefore, I have to take the shuttle bus last weekend. It was a very terrible experience, i was thinking I would get St.geroge station faster if I walk there myself.
My friend drive me to markham for food twice a month, and that every time it took us an hour to get there, and it only take us 20 minutes to go back. We go there around 5pm, and come back around 10p.m.
I already considered the condos are a disaster for our city, because the developer already built as many as they can, condos are everywhere while many people can’t afford to buy them. There’s lots of people living in richmond hill or north york, purchase a condo in Downtown, and rent it out, then after several years, they can sell it at a really high price.
The transportation system scars me, I live on Yonge street, and I can observe a traffic Jam in very late night. Meantime, as the development of the car rental company, such as zipcar and cartogo, the situation only becomes worth.
But there’s still many needs for cars.
Last week’s class, we were asked to go to the supermarket, and think about what can we buy if we only have $5 for food for one day. This was quite a challenge, with only $5 per day, what can we buy? Honestly, I rarely look at the price when I do the grocery shopping, I just grab whatever I need and want.
Let us assume we have a $20 budget for 4 days for meal, because we can’t finish one bag of rice in one day.
Because we have a really tight budget, we can not afford my favorite category throughout the grocery shopping—Snacks, which is actually a good thing because it only makes me fat and unhealthy.
Things I would probably consider:
- A pack of 6 eggs —$2.99
- A bag of pasta—$0.99
- pasta sauce—$3.99
- banana per pound—$0.99
- chicken legs per pack —$3.99
- A slice of beef steak —$3.50
- Oranges per pound —$0.99
- tomatoes per pound—$0.99
- Potatoes per pound—$1.69
- Milk per box—$5.69
- one small bag of rice—$3.00
It wasn’t a nice experience because I need to calculate everything I look at, and need to look for the brands such as ‘selection’. I’m sure that those people who only have $5 budget on food everyday must feel depressing. They can not choose to buy what they like, they can only buy the one can fill them up the most. Milk and eggs are expensive, and it’s almost not possible to afford them, the price of chicken was fine, but one tiny slice of beef costs $3.50 which makes beef not an option for them. Pasta is a good option, but only for those pasta recipe without cheese—5 slices of cheese will costs $3.
I feel really back on the way back to the classroom, I have to think about what can people eat with only $5 everyday plus people have to pay hydro for cooking those food, so it turns out to be less than $5 everyday for a person. On the other hand, i feel graceful for myself because my family can afford my living here in toronto. I can choose to eat what I want, what I like, I can dine out with my friend in a nice restaurant whenever I don’t feel like cooking.
Food is an important factor for our health, it is really important to have a regular 3 meals with balanced nutrition. There’s lots of consequences for not having enough nutrition, the poor people suffers more from the illness than the rich people. It is really sad, because we can’t really do much things about it. Since the rent is a large portion for those people, I really hope the government would probably provide a low rent housing in an convenient area for those people.