I know I have mentioned the difficulty of shopping here for food before but I surprise myself at the lengths I will go to, to get things I miss from the
. I drove a 30 mile round trip because I heard on the ex-pat grape vine that an Indian store sold Ribena. I can’t tell you how excited I was when I not only found Ribena ($8 for a £1.99 bottle – what sort of exchange rate is that?!) but also Vimto! I miss squash – I get sick of ‘soda’ even though I am a coke addict (cola! Although I might try the other sort). Water doesn’t do the job when you want squash! I don’t understand why Americans don’t have it! It is sugary and sweet but then it does require some effort – you have to mix the squash with the water… too much hassle for them if they actually have to do something! I have learned too that if you say you want a drink – they assume you mean alcohol. You have to ask for a beverage if you want a soft drink! How English! UK
I found Heinz baked beans in a store called ‘World Market’ which sells things from around the world that no one really wants but they assume is representative. It has provided me with a few things I miss, such as marmite. Last time I went I got 4 cans of beans to stock up ($1.50 a can!). The cashier said ‘I find these heavy’. I agreed, ‘Yes they can give you terrible wind’. I didn’t realise she was talking about the weight of the cans!
I smuggled back Christmas pud and concentrated Robinson’s squash when I went to
last time, along with Indian spices (as they are obscenely expensive here) Oxo cubes, some custard powder and Paxo Stuffing! My mom posts me packets of gravy mix. You can get it here but there is a vomit inducing amount of salt in it! Same with their stock cubes. They even inject their meat with a ‘broth’ which is, as far as I can tell, salt water. I pay twice as much for brothless beef! (I’m sure there is a joke in that somewhere!) England
Their sausage and bacon just isn’t right. Breakfast sausage tastes like the MacDonald’s stuff. I found Irish sausages on the internet – you can order them and they get shipped from
in some sort of freezer pack. I haven’t succumbed yet but I’m sure I’ll get desperate for sausage eventually (Yes! I know there is a joke there). Their bacon is thin and fatty and smoked. Ok on a Caesar salad but not for breakfast! I was a vegetarian for years but couldn't resist bacon! Maybe it is time to give it another go... if only vegetables were cheaper here! New York
There are other things that you can get if you are prepared to pay! Decent cheese is very expensive- too expensive to put on toast and no point anyway without HP sauce! Some things you can get but something happens to it in the transportation – Weetabix just isn’t right and Cadbury Chocolate goes white and funny. Something similar happened to me on the flight over here!
You might wonder why I don’t just do what most Americans do most of the time and eat out! Ah well… that’s another story!