London might not be renowned for its decadent cuisine, but I do enjoy browsing the shelves at M&S and Sainsburys on occasion. My top ten favorite items to toss in my shopping trolley/cart? (in no particular order.)
Twiglets – These require an adventurous palate as many people are put off by them at first. They taste like Marmite and look like twigs, or really knobbly pretzels.
Squeezable Laughing Cow Cheese – The ultimate cheesy sandwich spread, not too tangy, but just right.
Maltloaf – One of my all time favorite foods, my brother and I used to fight over this raisin-spotted treat when they were shipped to the States as a gift.
Crumpets – Breakfast every morning, I have become especially fond of the Co-op version. These are like English Muffins, only smoother, doughier and better.
OXO – My dad drinks this stuff, but these little cubes are usually crushed up and mixed with water to make a gravy.
Chocolate Horlicks – Can't fall asleep? This stuff rocks. Just mix the with boiled water and take it to bed with you.
Turkish Delights – Some people say these taste like flowers, and they do sort of, but chocolate-covered flowers. Aha!
Rich Tea biscuits – With all the tea-drinking, these are the perfect complimentary dunking biscuits. They absorb just enough tea if you count to six, and even taste good alone.
Vodka Mudshakes – Chocolate alcohol that floats like an icy heaven down the throat on a hot day (not that we get many of those. Hot days, that is.)
Gu – More chocolate! But not just any chocolate, mind you. This is rich, creamy, thick, melt-in-to-fondue kind of chocolate. Dipping chocolate – whether it's a strawberry or your finger.
And five I miss from home:
Lucky Charms – too much sugar for the English. Apparently.
Mountain Dew Code Red – Erm, I think this was banned for the same reason.
Goldfish – My favorite drunk food. The closest I have found to these are round crackers called Chedders, but they in no way compare to the mini fish shaped cracker bursting with cheesy flavor that is a Goldfish.
Brisk Iced Tea – They have Lipton here, but it's not as sweet as my favorite Brisk. Are you sensing a pattern?
Graham Crackers – I need these for S'mores, which I must teach my British friends to make, but I have found no suitable alternative. Suggestions welcome.
The great thing about London, is that you can find any sort of international restaurants from Moroccan to Brazilian to Singaporean to Jamaican jerk chicken joints. Then there's the ever faithful British foods: fish & chips, steak and kidney pie, toad in the hole, spotted dick....*nods* Oh, and can't forget Nandos (the chicken restaurant with delicious sauces). Yum!