Or most of my other groceries, for that matter. I just realized this. You see, in America, everything comes from a grocery store with price tags on it. In Israel, most of my stuff comes from an open air market that has very few, if any, price tags. The upside to this is if you go the same place often enough, the prices go down. This is what happened with my meat. The guys know me, noticed when I missed coming for 2 weeks (when I had the baby), and know what I want and how I want it cut and wrapped. (2 bags, please, no blood on the rest of my food, thank you very much...) I think also with my spice merchant. The spice guy never makes me purchase the minimum 50g any more, which keeps me from having to figure out what to do with, say, 40g of whole mace. (anyone have a recipe that calls for a lot of that spice, by the way?) I wish we ate enough fish that I could get the price of that to go down. 90 shekel for a fillet of salmon? you've got to be joking. I have figured out that some things consistently cost the same price. Like my favorite chocolate cake from Marzipan costs 18 shekel. Milk costs 3.5 for a 1 liter bag. A 1.5 liter of coke costs 5 and a .5 liter of coke costs 7 (figure that one out!). Israeli candy bars cost 4 and American ones 8, which is why my Reeses peanut-butter cup loving husband only gets them occasionally.
I should explain that a shekel is about the equivalent of a quarter, sometimes a little more, sometimes less, depending on exchange rates, but that is average. 2 bucks for a candy bar? Although, if I could get my hands on a can of Mt. Dew, I'd pay it gladly. Anyone want to mail me some Dew?