Bit of British grub
I honestly, truly don’t crave much British food here in the USA. I really don’t. Unless it’s put in front of me, that is, and then I can shove down a Flake, some sausages, toffee, some Scampi Fries, Mars Bar, and definitely some Shepherd’s Pie with the best of them.
There’s a hell of a lot of us Brits in this here Maryland community and we all like to support each other’s ventures. Many Brits read this blog for example, and for that I thank them. And Nicola Edwards is a lovely Brit in Odenton, MD who’s set up The Queen’s Grocer, an online store that provides British food, goods, and gifts ‘with royal treatment customer service’. 😉
British food often gets a bad wrap, but it can be fun guys, I assure you!
So, what do British treats and food stuffs look like?
We have chocolate, HobNobs, Pot Noodle (not our finest British culinary moment 😉 ), the best selection of crisps ever, Ready Brek and Shepherd’s Pie – fabulousness! I’m told the key ingredient for this recipe is Bisto gravy. Fact.
Me and my British gal pals, who’ve been in this here land of Uncle Sam for ages, but who retain their British accents and sense of humour, munched our way through the tasters and placed orders for various things (FYI, Scampi Fries and British sausages for me 😉 ).
But…. this is a confession that will shock many British friends. I can’t stand the taste of British bacon anymore. I love American bacon! And whilst British bacon might be one of the things that many Brits hanker after, it’s not for me. Sorry Brit chums. 😉
And, yes, I know we can get some of this British food stuff in the stores round here like Giant and Wegmans, but it’s really important to support personal ventures in our community like Nicola’s so I hope, if you are a Brit here in the USA, you’ll place an order for the things you love, and if you are an American and just fancy trying out some British stuff, go for it!I’ll definitely be placing a big order for St George’s Day celebrations next year. Hoorah for that!
Best of British luck, Nicola! 🙂
Claire Bolden McGill is a British expat who lived in Maryland for three years and moved back to the UK in August 2015. Claire wrote about her life as a British expat on the East Coast and now works in travel and hospitality PR in the UK. She still finds time to blog about her repatriation and the reverse culture shock that ensued – and she still hasn’t finished that novel, but she’s working on it. You can contact Claire via twitter on @clairebmcgill or via her blog From America to England.