Finding America

Me and Tarah

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Since I began this blog I have written fairly extensively about the British foods I miss most. But something I have noticed over the previous 5 years is that the United States - a country with a well documented love affair with all things British - actually offers a surprising amount of wonderful British food items. Here are 5 to get you started.

 1. Fish 'n' Chips
While American restaurants don't usually do it quite right, fish 'n' chips is readily available in virtually all British-style pubs, as well as various restaurants with no ulterior agenda whatsoever. Perhaps more surprising than their U.S. existence is the fact that seafood chain Red Lobster offers some of the best in the country.

2. Bangers and Mash
Confined mainly to the aforementioned British-style pubs, bangers and mash is one of those items  that Americans cannot work out until they are presented with a picture. Essentially, bangers and mash is a combination of sausages and mashed potatoes, usually served with a generous helping of gravy.

3. Shepherd's Pie
Apparently, we Brits just love to combine meat and mashed potatoes. Perhaps, in the meat and potatoes world of American cuisine, this is why shepherd's pie is itself relatively easy to find stateside. What is simply a meat pie topped with mash, shepherd's pie (or cottage pie) is also mainly available in a good old British style pub, though pre-made versions do crop up occasionally in American grocery stores.

4. Cadbury's chocolate
Though there are a good number of Cadbury's chocolate bars one cannot easily obtain stateside, plain bars, fruit 'n' nut and Creme Eggs are actually in relatively broad supply, especially around Easter time. Such chocolate can often be found in Walmart, Kroger, Meijer and Target.

5. HP Brown Sauce
Thank goodness for those British-style pubs. Not only do they provide the three dishes on this list, but also one of the most important condiments: brown sauce. Often incorrectly compared to A1 steak sauce, brown sauce pairs well with fish and chips, hot dogs or just a good old cheese sandwich. Fun fact: brown sauce - known more commonly as HP Sauce - is widely produced in Canada.   

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  1. After 20+ years in the states, there are only 4 staples that I continue to buy from our local "English shop" in Los Angeles.... HP Sauce, Branston Pickle, Marmite and Bisto gravy granules.

  2. the #1 thing I miss the most is a doner kebab on naan bread with shredded cabbage, extra onions, and extra garlic sauce and mayo. I've worked out how to assemble my own with a combination takeaway from greek (gyro meat), indian (for the naan bread) and then grocers for the other stuff....except the garlic sauce!! I can't for the life of me find it or figure out what it is!! My hubby misses pork pies

  3. The Cadbury part is rather incorrect; the evil Hershey's bought the licence to produce and sell 'chocolate' in the US under the Cadbury brand, albeit with far crappier ingredients and a taste to match. It's a shame they were allowed to keep the Royal Warrant on the packaging. The Crème Eggs you buy in the UK are not at all the same as the horrendously-sweet, waxy, High Fructose Corn Syrup-y wads of rubbish that are sold all across the US during Easter. I can still find some real Cadbury goodness in import stores and on Amazon, though (however the real Creme Eggs are difficult to find, make sure they're shipped from Britain).



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