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    Question Navigating Dutch grocery stores in English??

    OK, we went to Bonaire back in Nov for the 1st time and loved it! The only thing we didn't love was the 2 hours or so running around VDT trying to figure out what the hell everything was since it's in Dutch! So I know the top stores are Van Den Tweel, Warehouse Bonaire, Bondigro, and Zhung Kong Supermarket from what I read. My questions are: Is there any way of getting a grocery shopper to handle this if we get them the shopping list? What's the best way to navigate the shopping without spending so long in the store. Just find what we need and go? Thanks!

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    Other Bonaire Talkers have used Renee's shopping service . Think you contact her at info@reneesnorkeltrips.com When I shop I usually ask a Dutch lady for some help if I don't know what I am buying. But that does take time. Good Luck!!

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    just ask the department employees - everyone on the staff speaks english and the customer service at VDT-warehouse and bondigro is excellent.

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    Funny, some of the items we ended up liking we bought by mistake. It is indeed an adventure! I will second the statement that the VDT staff speaks English and they are more than helpful. I never thought I'd like something called Paprika Kronkels

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    I agree trips to the dutch store are part of the fun!
    I don't really worry about what I am buying -- Just find some food to eat and get back out diving

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    Curious. I found most things pretty obvious. The couple things I needed help with I just asked someone else who was shopping. Really found most of the branding and packaging to be clear enough.

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    It’s all part of the adventure and the learning, especially after moving here. We try to avoid the Chinese stores with US products and want to learn the Dutch products at VDT, Warehouse, and BondiGro - just remember that “paard” in Dutch is horse. There are several good smartphone apps that translate real-time using your phones camera .... but not always.

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    Nothing wrong with a little horse. Seriously though, give it a shot.

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    ohhh thank you for that piece of info !

    "It’s all part of the adventure and the learning, especially after moving here. We try to avoid the Chinese stores with US products and want to learn the Dutch products at VDT, Warehouse, and BondiGro - just remember that “paard” in Dutch is horse. There are several good smartphone apps that translate real-time using your phones camera .... but not always."

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    just like diving--one never knows what they will see before you get into the water. We do shop at VT just because of selection and close to us. English is not a problem and we have never been disappointing with great service and remember the magic words please and thank you as it goes a long way. Sometimes we have purchased some substitute items and always ask about the sliced deli meats and cheeses as some are not my style but the cheese is great to try something different. We also shop at Zung Kong [sp] as they are the only one I have see that carry 100% Dole mixed fruit juice and the other oriental market right across the street from A & B has the best selection of fruit concentrates....little harder translation but give it a try! Fresh bread from the dutch bakery is....well I hate waking up on vacation but 6am is not a problem! We staying 2-months this January and do freeze and pack some steaks as just spoiled here in the midwest. Best of luck shopping--

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