Food to bring back from London

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Yehudi, Feb 23, 2013.

  1. Cachoo

    Cachoo Well-Known Member

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    My mouth is watering reading this. As Dame Maggie said in "Gosford Park": "Yum, yum." :)
     
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  2. Oreo

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    Clotted cream is so totally worth the airfare to go over there.
     
  3. Artemis@BC

    Artemis@BC Well-Known Member

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    I concur with all the biscuit recommendations. My personal favourites (that I can't get here) are Club -- either the orange or currant variety. There are lots of other biscuts I like but we have a good selection in our supermarkets here.

    I also concur with Cadbury's -- the Canadian-made stuff is pretty good, but the UK stuff is even better. Tho I do prefer dark most of the time, if I'm going to go milk there's nothing like UK-made Cadbury. A bar called "Time Out" is my fave.

    If you're at Mark's & Spencer, I highly recommend any of their artisan lines of crisps (chips). Oh so good, better than anything you can find on this side of the pond.

    I also try to bring back some bitter lemon, since it's no longer available here, but that's a personal thing, not on everyone's list. Of course it is a weight issue, and it has to be packed in checked luggage since it's a liquid.

    I personally wouldn't bother with cheese -- at least not with bringing any home (do eat lots when you're there!). Aside from the perishibility issue, there's a risk of it being taken away at customs. You can get a lot of great UK cheeses at any good supermarket in either the US or Canada (just picked up some amazing Coastal Cheddar at Trader Joe's this weekend).
     
  4. skategal

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    Don't listen to the naysayers. Crumpets are delicious...especially with cream and jam. YUM!!
     
  5. milanessa

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    They're a lot like (what we call) English muffins so if you like those...
     
  6. Artemis@BC

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    Crumpets with butter & honey are one of my favourite winter treats! They're extra delicious if you have a toasting fork and can do them the old-fashioned way, over an open fire.
     
  7. *Jen*

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    I agree. I get my lunch from them most days, and they have great crisps/potato chips, sweets etc.

    Half the stuff mentioned on this thread I've never tried :lol: I'll have to make a trip to the supermaket :sekret:

    Cadbury tastes different depending on which country it's made in, so as others have said, it's worth a try. As for biscuits...I can't go past chocolate digestives, but that's perhaps just me.

    Go to the food hall at the bottom of John Lewis, Selfridges, Harrods or Fortnum and Mason if you want some food porn :swoon: They have so much gourmet stuff - the latter three especially. Things that are delicious, but perhaps a little more special in terms of handmade, or not handmade but still unique, specialities etc.
     
  8. nuge

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    Forget your chocolates and crumpets a lovely Melton Mowbray pork pie is what you need :p
    All this talk of crumpets I've just been to the shops and bought some !
     
  9. antmanb

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    I add another recommendation for going to Marks & Spencer and getting anything!

    Fortnum and Mason do really nice lemon curd and lime curd but it's priced for the name, there are just as nice cheaper alternatives in any supermarket.

    I'd also add a nod to Hotel Chocolat which are hands down my favourite chocolates and it seems they're a British company despite the French sounding name. I cannot sing the priases of this chocolate enough!
     
  10. snowbird

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    Battenburg cake, little bilberry pies, , vanilla fudge. Can't go wrong with the vanilla fudge.
     
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  11. antmanb

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    Here are lots of pictures of crumpets. They're rubbery things until toasted. I like them really well toasted almost burnt with loads of butter and more or less any topping. I don't think they're anything like english muffins though - they're much more like bread, crumpets are not like bread at all.
     
  12. milanessa

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    Maybe, but I've had both and they're much the same to me. I guess I'm not much of a gourmand. :lol:
     
  13. Reuven

    Reuven Official FSU Alte Kacher

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    Odd thing is, Mrs. Reuven drinks decaffeinated tea. Do you think we could find any in London? Non. So the next time we went, we brought our own. "Coals to Newcastle" :lol:
     
  14. allezfred

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    Really? I drink decaffeinated tea and have no trouble finding it here so I can't imagine it being any more difficult in the UK. :confused:
     
  15. *Jen*

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    I don't know if you can get it in Starbucks, for example, but there's definitely no problem getting it from any supermarket. Maybe they don't really serve it in cafes? I'm not sure.
     
  16. Reuven

    Reuven Official FSU Alte Kacher

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    Hm. We looked around in small local markets but couldn't find any. Of course, this was over 12 years ago, now.
     
  17. allezfred

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    Most cafes recently seem to have it, although the odd place won't.

    Maybe that's it. Because I've only been drinking decaf since 2009. ;)
     
  18. Oreo

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    You're absolutely right! I forgot about that place! It's fabulous.
     
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  20. reckless

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    ITA. Hotel Chocolat is amazing. When my UK friends come to visit, they *must* load up their bags with goodies from Hotel Chocolat. It is possible to get their chocolates in the US, but the shipping is prohibitive and the selection is very limited. Also, at some of the stores, they will have specials where you can get nice discounts on their small items. The small items, which are about 3 or 4 GBP each, make great little gifts for friends and family.
     
  21. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa Épaulement!!!

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    They look divine. :swoon:
     
  22. Norlite

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    I'm a little confused.

    Can't you buy crumpets in any supermarket in the US? We can here in Canada.
     
  23. aftershocks

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    That's interesting about crumpets. Thanks for sharing. It made me want to find out more about the differences. :)

    http://www.thekitchn.com/whats-the-difference-crumpets-113577
     
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  25. michiruwater

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    Crumpets are absolutely amazing :swoon: I like English muffins as well, but crumpets are really just the most divine things ever. Amazing.
     
  26. Marge_Simpson

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    I first encountered a spotted dick in a grocery store in London; I cracked up laughing right there in the aisle. People ate something that sounded like the name of a venereal disease? :eek:
    It was microwaveable, so I bought a whole pile of them as gag gifts. It actually tastes pretty good.
    My neighborhood is mainly Irish, so I can get Curly Wurly bars and Jaffa cakes and so on right in the local supermarket. But no spotted dick!
    The last time I was in London, I discovered flapjacks. I thought I was buying the equivalent of a granola bar. Mais non! It was soft and chewy and extremely delicious. If you see some, give it a try,
    My supermarket doesn't sell these either, but no matter, as they sell golden syrup, so I can make my own. If you can't buy golden syrup where you are, that's something to bring back. It's kind of similar to molasses and usually used in baked goods. But I discovered it's great on waffles, or as an ice cream topping.
     
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  27. allezfred

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    Irish people don't eat spotted dick. We're fussy like that.;)
     
  28. Artemis@BC

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    And if you're out and about and encounter an ice cream van, you can get yourself a "99," which is a soft-serve ice cream cone with a Flake stuck into it. Soft serve isn't my favourite and I'm not sure the Flake benefits from being in the ice cream ... but I try to have at least one 99 whenever I make a trip to the UK. (Probably because I was never allowed one when I lived there as a child. :shuffle: Cheapskate parents!)

    Spotted dick isn't my favourite either (though I do agree it's a great novelty item!), but I do order sticky toffee pudding whenever I see it on the menu. It's heavenly. They make some store-bought ones that aren't half bad, and of course you can make it from scratch ... but it's still best in a restaurant imo.
     
  29. JasperBoy

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    Not food to bring back, but I have found that London has a great many excellent family-run Italian restaurants. You know, the kind with the owner's little kids on the premises.
     
  30. TheGirlCanSkate

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    Crumpets are at Trader Joe's if you have one, and some stores used to carry them but they were called Australian Toaster Biscuits by Orowheat.