To Market, To Market

British grocery stores are a wonder. The selection of potato chips, tea cakes, and ham products alone boggles the mind. As you know, I love a foreign grocery store, and the British grocery store just might be my favorite specimen. Below include photos from Marks and Spencer, Tesco, and Waitrose.  Unfortunately, I did not realize that taking photos in British grocery stores is apparently illegal.  The last day, someone was kind enough to tell me. Which explained all the odd and somewhat threatening looks I got during my photography sessions.
I just thought my innate beauty had stunned them.
So I will be posting totally illegal pictures in this post.
And now…be still my heart:
How can you NOT love a country that devotes an entire aisle to “snacking”?

This is an entire case full of sausages. Each different, each made in England, each used for different purposes. Jimmy Dean, you do nothing for me now.

I didn’t get to try Black Pudding, but I SWEAR that I wanted to buy this and try it in the hotel room. Considering how rare I like my meat, eating blood doesn’t really scare me.
Sorry if I sound like a vampire.

Let me just tell you that the Brits have the MOST EXCEPTIONAL potato chip selection on the face of the planet. Salt and vinegar chips be damned, their “crisps” come in flavors of full meals from roast chicken to prawns to this roast gammon and chutney. Although it is slightly odd to be eating chips that taste strangely reminiscent of chicken curry, it is also the kind of fulfillment that I once thought only time travel could bring. Amazing.


Oh I was just DYING to find a terribly clever dessert that was a doddle to make!

One of the best things about England is that it is actually like you think it will be. People here really DO say brilliant, and they really DO eat steak and kidney pie. Awesome!

Chicken Tikka Masala is sometimes referred to as a national dish of Great Britain.  Lucky jerks.

Lots of potted proteins. Not so much into those.

Fondant Fancies. Little Debbie has nothing on these babies.

They totally eat hot cross buns. I mean…don’t you LOVE it!?

A wall of ham. This is my new decoration scheme for the living room.

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better…they BREADED the ham.

These people LOVE sweetcorn, especially with tuna.  They also love it on baked potatoes.  Once again, not so much up my alley.

We really need some custard aisles in our grocery stores. Like, STAT.
This is not normal cream. This is not heavy cream. This is DOUBLE HEAVY CREAM. Thick as Dijon mustard. Yellow as butter. Creamy as…well, cream. This stuff goes in coffee, in sauces, in dessert, in my mouth…it is simply beyond compare.

Their eggs are so fresh they do not even need to be refrigerated.

You can buy and ENTIRE CARTON of DOUBLE YOLKED eggs…I’m actually crying right now. Like, really.

Now, the fresh veggies do look a wee bit pathetic. But I had the most delicious salads and roasted vegetables there! So…I am going to blame this on the time of night we went shopping.
Which was 10 pm.
Because, don’t you go grocery shopping right after dinner?
Coming up next…one of my FAVORITE meals in London!


  1. Kim says:

    There are just far too many delightful things to mention. I am positively bemused!

  2. Hungry says:

    You are making me jealous with your travels.

  3. Dee says:

    Oh please tell me you bought that clever oaty thing so that you can share the doddle part…I'm with you on the blood sausage. I'm really envious…I love London.

  4. Fritos and Foie Gras says:

    @Kim-LOVE that you are bemused! Perfect word!
    @Hungry-You make me jealous with your Chinese home cooking, so now we are even! ;)
    @Dee-Oh I wish I could! But I brought back soooo many items in my suitcase I had no more room! I will share in an upcoming post all of my take home goodies…

  5. themanhattanfoodproject says:

    I had no idea that it was illegal to take photos in British grocery stores–when we went to an Asda over the summer I managed to take a few on the DL (i.e. without the flash).

    I love goofy English food products! Can't wait to see what made the cut in coming home with you.

  6. Fritos and Foie Gras says:

    @themanhattan-We brought home a BUNCH of great stuff! And I have never been to ASDA!!! Guess I know where I am headed next time!

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