After our meal we check out the downtown area and find the New World Supermarket to buy our initial provisions for the week. My first impression is oh my - everything is quite expensive. But then I have to convert from grams to ounces and New Zealand dollars to US dollars - something for later; for now we just concentrate on getting what we need. $171 NZD later we smile as we walk out of the market.
We desperately try to stay awake until at least 8 pm local time to try to adjust to the new time zone. I use some of the time to examine the grocery receipt and do the math. The 200g (7 oz) of coffee is ~$5 US. The store brand chicken thighs equate to $3 US per pound. $4.50 US for a pound of butter and $9 US for a bottle of Brancott Sauvignon Blanc. Basically grocery prices are the same as Chicago suburbs - factoring in the advantage of the strong US dollar to the New Zealand dollar.