It started on the flight back, looking through the Skymall (or whatever it's called) magazine for duty free sales. This time I'm going to do it right. I'm going to make a list of the things I really miss living in the US and be sure to bring back a wholesome stash to ration until my next resupply.
- Chocolate. Obviously. Chocolate is made with lots of cocoa and not high fructose corn syrup. If you do it right, you end up with a piece of food that is milky, soft and tasty. If you do it wrong, you get candle wax.
- Smarties. Always liked them, especially because you get�a letter on the inside of the cap.
- Dairy milk. Pretending it's Cadbury's while making it with Hershey's chocolate is inexcusable.
- Mars bars. Useful as currency, among other things.
- Curly wurly, twirl, double decker, time out, finger of fudge and all of the other�great chocolate bars that have yet to penetrate the world market.
- Big tin of Roses. I just saw an advert on TV.
- HP Brown Sauce. How can a country that, in every restaurant,�has 5 salad dressings as standard neglect to include brown sauce in its cuisine.
- Kingsmill. Probably difficult to take back effectively. I include it here in protest.
- Twiglets. Very tasty.
- IRN-BRU. Made from girders in Scotland. What more do I need to say?
- Dandelion and burdock. I quite like the taste but�I think more that it's a miracle they ever managed to market a drink with this name. To be fair, this is hard to find in Britain as well.
- Bacon. Low grade, fatty, streaky bacon shouldn't qualify for the 'bacon' moniker on any continent. Bacon should be salty, possibly smoked and comprise significantly more meat than fat.
- Bangers. Sausages are just for breakfast you know.
- Cherry bakewells, economy swiss rolls. Included for sentimental attachment.
This list has been longer in the past. I have been fortunate to discover:
- Baked beans. QFC, Larrys and a handful of other places sell these for $1.99 a can. Extorsion, yes, but sometimes the toast just isn't the same without.
- Marmite. Love it or�hate it.
- Tea. I've found a handful of places that import Twinings and life has improved with the discovery.
I've a feeling this entry will be subject to a few edits and additions.