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Nov 18, 2004 01:54 PM

Items: Missing in US / Missing in UK

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OK chowhounds, Am looking for a lot of support by way
of feedback. Here is the spiel, so I hope y'all will
actively participate with your suggestions.

Two Questions:

A) What do Americans miss from back home when they are
in the UK ?

B)What do Americans (or Brit Expats) yearn for from UK
which they cannot find easily in the US ?

A very good hound friend of mine (Candy from
Indiannapolis) has helped me gather some very valuable
insight, and to give an idea, here are some
suggestions put forth by her:

Missing in US: Crisps (other than BBQ, sourcream,
plain, onion, or salt & vinegar flavour)., Harveys
Club Sherry, Lochan Ora liqueur, Rose's passion fruit
cordial, Knorr sizzle & stir (this was specially
yearned for by a Brit friend of Candy's back in the
US, as it appears that his wife was hassling him for

(you can also include items which may currently be
available within the US but at a high price, however
in this case, please specify)

Missing in UK: Cornmeal, Masa Harina/Hominy/Grits,
BBQ sauces (from SC/NC/TX/TN)

You can mention whatever excites your taste buds on
either side of the Atlantic so you can be as
imaginative as you like and include any item you
normally look for whether it is a particular type of
sauce, paste, pod, herb, spice.. whether it is
cardamom,vanilla, cloves, saffron, paprika, tapioca
pudding (spotted dick), mustard/custard, limequats,
kumquats, Calamondins, meyer lemons, mango, papaya,
fresh/seasonal fruits or foods or whatever comes to

Many thanks in advance

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  1. living here, my darling english husband misses heinz beans, lucozade, bread sauce, and sausage rolls, not to mention winegums, maltesers, and ribena.

    we live in NYC, so this is all stuff we can find, but it's expensive and we have to go out of our way to get it.

    when i'm in the UK with him, i miss skim milk and sweet n' low for my coffee. oh, and good coffee.

    1. This may be a bit out of date but when I lived in the UK these are the prepared foods or produce I missed...
      good watermelons, avocados,
      brownies/chocolate chip cookies
      ice cream in american flavors..rocky road, pumpkin, pecan
      decent burgers and flank steaks...I had a very hard time adjusting to the flavor of british beef ( bloody and not aged )

      these are the things enjoyed in the UK :
      good cheddar
      cornish pasties
      curd tarts,jam tarts and good steamed puddings

      probably more but these are the first things that come to mind.

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      1. re: ciaolette

        oooh, enchiladas. definitely good mexican food. even being able to buy soft corn tortillas and pinto beans at tesco's would be nice.

      2. e

        When I lived in Scotland 12-14 years ago, the food situation in the UK was so dire that I missed everything from fresh fruits and vegetables, good pizza, decent hamburgers, and a good cup of non-instant coffee to good Chinese, Mexican, sushi, Thai, basically everything but Indian. Most insistently, however, I missed a good bagel (the prevalence of great smoked salmon without decent bagels always seemed to be one of Scotland's great tragedies).

        In the last decade, the UK has truly undergone a food revolution. All the things I mentioned are readily available now EXCEPT, judging by what my friends ask me to bring them when I visit, good NY style bagels...

        The things I miss from the UK are: 1) a wide variety of cask-conditioned ales lovingly served; 2) wonderful and unusual farmhouse cheeses, often shot through with beautiful colors of blue; 3) sinful double cream; 4)a plate of spicy haggis with buttery neeps and tatties (really!); 5)crumbly light scones that are not the size of basketballs; 6) lovely creamy layered trifles; 7) sticky toffee pudding (though we get more of these now); 8) a wide variety of affordable port...

        I'm sure more will come to me!

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        1. re: Elaine(Snutteplutten)

          fyi, I do believe dba 1st Ave has a few cask conditioned ales.

          dba is in the East Village on 1st Ave (btwn 2nd & 3rd)

        2. American foods I missed when I lived in Twickenham:
          - Good steak/hamburger meat
          - Bacon
          - Heinz ketchup
          - BLT sandwiches
          - Sausages
          - Pizza

          English foods I missed when I DIDN't live in Twickenham:
          - Tennant's Lager
          - Full English breakfast
          - Fish 'n chips
          - Full fat cheeses
          - Puddings
          - Late night curries
          - Reasonable retail prices on good wine

          1. Looks like other posters share my feelings. Haven't been to the UK for a year or so but on my last stay I longed for good Mexican food. Maybe I just wasn't looking in the right places.