Grocery store foods didn’t meet expectations. List of the top 10 times grocery store foods didn’t meet expectations. The biggest food disappointments ever? Store-bought food expectations vs. reality. Why the food we eat doesn’t look like food in the pictures. We lead busy lives juggling work, family, and friends. When there’s no time to cook meals from scratch, ready-to-eat meals and ‘TV dinners’ are what save the day. But most often, these foods fall short of expectations.