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February 15, 2005

Not even going to the regionals


Just got back from England, where they've got no chance of even getting a ticket to the culinary smackdown. Also seen: vegetarian haggis, next to the non-veggie blood sausage on the shelf. Put that in your shopping cart next to the Lamb and Mint Sauce flavored potato chips.

Posted by pam at February 15, 2005 03:04 AM | TrackBack
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Oy. I should say not. Lamb and Mint Sauce flavored potato chips? That's almost as scary sounding as the Japanese chicken wing flavored ice cream.

Posted by: paulette on February 15, 2005 08:01 AM

Don't knock wacky British potato chips (or crisps) until you've tried 'em. There are dozens (possibly hundreds) of different flavours available, and you're sure to find one you like, however usual it may seem. The lamb and mint variety is quite nice, but Worcestershire Sauce flavour was always my favourite.

On the other hand, they also have hundreds of different kinds of packaged sandwiches, and none of them were good (and I even like sausages and brown sauce).

Posted by: David on February 15, 2005 11:52 AM

I'm with David! One can not knock English crisps until you have tried them. They are better and have more imagination than American chips. Prawn Cocktail and Steak and Onion are really good. Also the everyday candy bars are better than they are here.

But the best thing about English food is the meat pie. My personal favorite is steak and mushroom pie with a pint of Blackthorn. There was this lovely pub just outside of Angmering in West Sussex - - (they are closed due to a devastating fire last year but their pie was yummy, yummy, yummy!)

Posted by: terry on February 15, 2005 05:01 PM

Okay, you've all seen through my contrarian ploy to find defenders of British - um - cuisine. I actually had an excellent chicken and leek pie at The Tilted Wig in Warwick. Delicated flaky crust over a rich stew of chicken with slices of leek and mushroom in a creamy sauce... it was deeeeeeeee-licious. Quality pub food is nothing to sneeze at, hear hear. The wacky meat flavored crisps, though, you can have 'em. Not for me, no sir. The candy bars, however, yup, I'll back you on that. I vote yes to candy bars.

Disclaimer: I have overwhelming veggie tendencies. I'm not a strict veggie, but I just don't like the taste of most meat.

Posted by: pam on February 15, 2005 10:36 PM

Ok, so I liked these instant pancakes with jam. I used to get them from Tesco in Prague. Sure, maybe a hot crossiant or poptart would have been nicer, but I liked these just fine.

In the world of culinary smackdown, they are preferable to the frozen "bagels" found at QFC.

Posted by: Knox on February 16, 2005 03:47 AM

There may be some selection bias here: I'm not sure how fair it is to compare the cheap end of Tesco's plastic bread aisle with an Italian patisserie window.

Dave, try Sweet Thai Chilli flavour next time you're over.

Posted by: Sara on February 16, 2005 08:04 AM
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