By Michael P Coleman

My eldest sent me a text last weekend and asked whether I’d been to KP International Market in Rancho Cordova. It was an odd question from her, as my kids know I can’t stand grocery shopping.

But after she insisted I had to check it out, only giving me the somewhat cryptic “They know how to do it, Dad,” I decided to check them out. I was looking for something to grill for dinner, anyway.

To paraphrase one of my favorite Saturday Night Live characters, KP International Market has everything!

Good food, good wine, great prices, musical midgets swinging from trapezes…

According to their website, KP International Market carries food items from over 40 different countries. I picked up some salmon that, combined with my husband’s homemade peach habanero glaze, was the centerpiece of the best dinner I’ve had in weeks.

Hubby’s the prep cook, but I’m on the grill!

But THAT wasn’t the real killer about my recent trip to the market, or what my daughter was talking about with the “They know how to do it” line.

To gain entry into KP International Market, shoppers are required to sanitize hands, don disposable gloves, and put on masks…all out in the parking lot, before they ever walk into the front door.

Hand to God. Janet was right: KP International Market knows how to do it!

They know how to keep their customers and staff safe in the middle of a viral pandemic, that is. The last time I was at Raley’s, I found myself in line behind a grungy guy with a cart full of groceries and no face covering over his chapped lips. I changed lanes.

All of the shoppers at KP International Market had the social distancing thing down to a science, too. I felt safer than I have in months at other area grocery stores.

That said, some of the market’s fare required a bit of a paradigm shift. In the west, or at least in the ‘hood, we’re just not used to our chickens still having heads of them.

I’ll grab a sandwich from Popeyes, thanks…

Hand to God.

I may not be buying my chicken at KP International Market, but I’ll certainly be picking up my salmon there…along with a lot of other groceries next time around!

KP International Market is located at 10971 Olson Drive in Rancho Cordova. They are open daily from 8am until 9pm. You can reach them at 916-853-8000.

Published by Michael P Coleman

Freelance writer. I used to talk to strangers and get punished. Now I talk to strangers and get published.

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