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Any British(or European) Markets in Los Angeles?

wunderlust Jul 8, 2009 02:02 AM

I only lived in England for a short time (a year), but developed an obession for Salt n Vinegar Snack a Jacks and Müller Yogurt.

Does anyone know of any British market (or European Market) where I may be able to find these??

Ive tried finding alternatives, searching places likes Fresh and Easy, local super markets, world market, health food stores, upscale supermarkets. The closest ive found to snack a jacks are those Popped Chips. In the yogurt department, i havent found anything close to Müller or real European yogurt.

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    Melvin Surdin RE: wunderlust Jul 8, 2009 08:48 AM

    Several British markets on Santa Monica Boulevard in Santa Monica.

    1. Joe Blowe RE: wunderlust Jul 8, 2009 09:17 AM

      [FYI, Fresh & Easy is NOT a "British market"; it's just a market chain with British ownership. I wouldn't expect the Wal-Marts and Costcos in UK/Europe to be stocked with lots of American goods -- they cater to local markets and demands, as does Fresh & Easy.]


      http://ukinusa.fco.gov.uk/en/our-offi... (scroll down to Wholesalers)

      http://www.britweek.org/fashion_britw... (scroll down to Markets & Shops)

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        Das Ubergeek RE: Joe Blowe Jul 8, 2009 09:42 AM

        F&E have started carrying some British products. I saw European yoghurt in my local one (Main & Chapman, in the City of Orange) but I disremember whether it was Mueller brand. It might have been Emmi.

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          PasadenaFoodie RE: Das Ubergeek Jan 6, 2010 03:29 PM

          Fresh & Easy have started stocking some British product, but I'm totally disgusted with the pickled onions and imitation Branston pickle they carry. Whoever sold those lines to them really sold them some bad product. I've also had a few issues with dating on the canned product at F&E, past the best by dates.

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            Peripatetic RE: PasadenaFoodie Jan 6, 2010 03:58 PM

            Perhaps due to the difference between British and American date formats?

            Also, the "imitations" may be relabeled Tesco own-brand products, which are pretty dreary.

      2. lil mikey RE: wunderlust Jul 8, 2009 09:30 AM

        Beachwood Market has a British shelf just as you walk in. They carry Twiglets, HP Brown sauce, spotted dick, English style baked beans and other items I also found in London. I don't think they have the yogurt you're referring to, as the shelf is not refrigerated. And I also don't remember the Snack a Jacks. But the other items are reminiscent.

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          jay 1 RE: wunderlust Jul 9, 2009 12:09 AM

          Sainsbury Market on WIlshire, west of Bundy bears the name of the UK chain, and has quite a few shelves of UK items. I believe the owner is from the UK. They had many of my favorite biscuits and candy bars!

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            misseatalot RE: jay 1 Jul 10, 2009 05:58 PM

            Not a big fan of British food, but I've seen British products in the Indian grocery stores in Artesia on Pioneer. Seen Heinz Beans, Spotted Dick, UK candy bars like Flake there. Here's one of them:

            Farm Fresh
            18612 Pioneer Blvd
            Artesia, CA 90701-5630

          2. Steve2 in LA RE: wunderlust Jul 11, 2009 04:44 PM

            Nobody has mentioned the "Friar Tuck Shoppe" in Van Nuys on Burbank. Not only do they have packaged and fresh English products like PG Tips tea, Heinz baked beans and Spotted Dick but nearly a full aisle of candy and sweets.

            As a bonus, right next door is the "Robin Hood Pub", a semi-authentic pub where you can have, amongst other things, Bangers and Mash, Scotch Eggs, Steak and Kidney Pie and Fish with Chips.

            While the names are on the "cutsie" side, I had Scotch Eggs with Branston Pickle (an unusual but tasty condiment) last I was there, which my Brit pal tells me is a little taste of home.

            Friar Tuck
            3638 Burbank Blvd
            Van Nuys, CA 91401
            (818) 785-4814

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              ZoeZ RE: Steve2 in LA Jul 12, 2009 02:15 PM

              Tudor House on 2nd St in SM has a large selection of British (and Irish) stuff plus lots of bakery items (their sausage rolls at Christmas time are really wonderful with plenty of sausage and good quality flaky pastry. I love their Battenberg cake, Eccles cake and currant squares and after a big shop you can repair to the cafe off the shop for sanwiches, tea and more pastries. The Scotch eggs at the Kings Head on SM blvd to the west are excellent also the Welsh Rarebit and the fish and chips are A+++.

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                maxzook RE: ZoeZ Sep 27, 2009 05:41 PM

                And Ye Olde Kings Head also has a market for British food products next door.

                Ye Olde King's Head
                116 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

            2. Peripatetic RE: wunderlust Jul 12, 2009 08:40 PM

              Snack a Jacks:

              You might find Salt n Vinegar Snack a Jacks at one of the shops others have mentioned. If not, there are a number of online shops for British expats that carry them, for example:


              Of course the shipping costs are steep, but, hey, we have to pay for our obsessions. I've never ordered from any of these, so I can't vouch for them.

              Müller yogurt:

              I'll be very surprised if you can find Müller yogurt anywhere. You might try contacting them directly to see whether they know anyone who imports it to "the States" or at least ships it overseas:


              I lived in England for over ten years but somehow never tried Muller yogurt, so now I'm wondering what I missed!

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                PasadenaFoodie RE: Peripatetic Jan 6, 2010 03:26 PM

                The Muller yogurt wouldn't be available here unless it could be kept either frozen or refrigerated with a long shelf life. By the time it would be shipped from the UK, along with sitting on the docks at both ends of the trip, it wouldn't survive.

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                leetmom7 RE: wunderlust Jul 12, 2009 09:18 PM

                ooooh we just got back from two weeks in England. Kids fell in love with the Elderflower sodas, and I understand you can buy it as a concentrate or 'cordial'. Anyone see that? I called the Continental Shop (?) in Santa Monica and they said they carry it intermittently.

                I had wanted to try the 'Branston pickle' when over there, but only once did I get to order a 'Ploughman's Lunch' which had the pub's homemade piccalilli, not the Branston stuff. I managed to buy a jar $6.50!!! here at my local Ralphs so at last I can try and retry it. It has potential for other applications, but I love it in a cheese sandwich with English Cheddar from Trader Joes. Happy tummy!

                We shopped a LOT at Sainsburys (I brought back two boxes of Persil detergent, w00t). Didn't know there was one here in LA, gotta check it out, THANKS for the heads up!

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                  Das Ubergeek RE: leetmom7 Jul 12, 2009 09:23 PM

                  Elderflower cordial, at least, is easy enough -- IKEA carry a Swedish marque of it. Indistinguishable from the British product.

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                    leetmom7 RE: Das Ubergeek Jul 14, 2009 05:01 AM

                    Thanks Uber. I had read that Ikea had an ElderBERRY cordial, and some reported it the same, and others said it wasn't. Worth a try, an Ikea isn't too far from me.

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                      Cinnamon RE: Das Ubergeek Sep 26, 2009 09:10 AM

                      Is St. Germain, the lovely Elderflower liqueur available at the Wine House off the 405 (around Santa Monica) any relation to elderflower cordial?

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                        Peripatetic RE: Cinnamon Sep 30, 2009 07:54 PM

                        Yes, St Germain is essentially an alcoholic elderflower cordial.

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                      PasadenaFoodie RE: leetmom7 Jan 6, 2010 03:22 PM

                      Elderflower cordial and presse are usually in stock at Continental Shop in Santa Monica, along with Branston Pickle. Very seldom visited the shop when the Elderflower wasn't available. The English Elderflower is nothing like the Elderberry at Ikea, a poor cousin indeed is the Elderberry.

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                      ozhead RE: wunderlust Jul 14, 2009 10:39 AM

                      Oh, Fancy That, 18399 Ventura Blvd. in Tarzana, carries a fair selection of British food products. I don't know if they have the items you're looking for, but call (818-996-4405) and ask. I know for a fact that they carry both large- and small-chunk Branston pickle, a product my wife inexplicably likes on sandwiches -- a taste she probably developed after spending a summer studying Chaucer at the University of Kent in Canterbury. There is no accounting for taste.

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                        SeaCook RE: wunderlust Sep 23, 2009 10:37 AM

                        There's a Brit shop (name I can't remember) next to The Buchanan Arms Pub 2013 W. Burbank Blvd in Burbank. There is also The British Grocer 305 N. Harbor Blvd Ste 124 in Fullerton (my current fav).

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                          pinpei RE: wunderlust Sep 25, 2009 01:07 AM

                          The Continental Shop in Santa Monica.


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                            Bugg Superstar RE: wunderlust Sep 25, 2009 10:52 AM

                            mr. marcel in the farmer's market has a lot of british and european products

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                              Debra Stuart RE: wunderlust Sep 25, 2009 12:38 PM

                              India Sweets and Spices in Atwater Village has a large selection of British food but none of it is refrigerated.

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                                frogcreek455 RE: wunderlust Sep 26, 2009 05:47 PM

                                i work with many brits in west hollywood and they always go to mel and rose for their british fix. it is on melrose between la cienega and crescent heights. i even had a british friend ask them if they would order "brown sauce" because he couldn't find it anywhere in town and they did! i hope you find what you are craving!

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                                  Peripatetic RE: frogcreek455 Sep 30, 2009 08:00 PM

                                  The Laurel Canyon Country Store has both Daddies and HP brown sauce. I've always preferred Daddies, which was even difficult to find in "the South" (of England, i.e. south of Birmingham). They carry other British products, too, but because they have no air conditioning, the more fragile ones are sometimes spoiled.

                                2. wowimadog RE: wunderlust Sep 26, 2009 07:07 PM

                                  The British Connection
                                  4413 Torrance Blvd.
                                  Torrance 90503

                                  1. JackonCrack RE: wunderlust Sep 26, 2009 10:37 PM

                                    i KNOW Irish isn't British, but there's also the IRISH IMPORT SHOP on Vine http://www.irishimportshop.com/

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                                      Jerome RE: wunderlust Sep 28, 2009 12:03 AM

                                      the sri lankan store on ventura in tarzana has a ton of british stuff as well.

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                                        PasadenaFoodie RE: wunderlust Jan 6, 2010 03:15 PM

                                        Try Continental Shop in Santa Monica, they've been able to get in some items for me that nobody else has in the area.

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                                          Ginasn RE: wunderlust Dec 5, 2011 11:10 PM

                                          there is this little shop called the British grocer in Fullerton...
                                          carries mostly united kingdom imported product... try it
                                          the British grocer
                                          villa del sol 305 N harbor blvd Fullerton ca

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