Frosted Mince Pies

Brand: Mr Kipling Found at: Tesco  Cost: £1.50   Mince pies were described by my Glaswegian co-worker as a UK staple that has staunchly resisted globalization. And this, I think, is largely an issue of branding. When I hear the word mince pie, I think of ground meat. When any normal person hears the word... Continue Reading →

Jaffa Cakes

I have always wished birthdays had themes the way anniversaries do. I’m thinking about this because I have recently had a birthday, and as much as I treasure the thoughtful gifts of others, I also want to do something to celebrate my anniversary with myself. It is my longest relationship, after all, and I feel... Continue Reading →

Orkney Thin Oatcakes

Brand: Stockan’s Cost: £0.60 Found at: Sainsbury’s   On the minus side, these flat oat crackers taste and look like starchy cardboard. On the plus side, they are an amazing base for cream cheese. And while I usually judge snacks on their own merits alone, with these quarter-circles of blandness I feel weirdly compelled to... Continue Reading →

Tea Cakes

Brand: Tunnock’s Cost: £1 Found at: Sainsbury’s I arrived in Scotland as I arrive in every new country: jetlagged, bewildered and smelling of sweat and sleeplessness. Just because I travel a lot does not mean that I travel well. And the last thing I wanted upon my arrival was a new experience: I wanted a... Continue Reading →

Chocolate Cake (Matcha)

Brand: 7-11 Cost: 213 yen Found at: 7-11   There are days that call for salads and fruits, and there are days that call for the richest, thickest, most decadent cake in the shop. And 7-11 makes some decadent cakes. I suspect that this one is made exclusively of butter, sugar, and matcha (green tea)... Continue Reading →

Premium Cheesecake Chocolate

Brand: Tirol Cost: 45 yen Found at: Family Mart   I don’t love cheesecake.   Which is odd, because I have a massive sweet tooth and I love cheese. But cheesecake has just never quite won me over. It’s disconcertingly both moist and dry – and that vaguely creeps me out. This is not something... Continue Reading →

One Nut Manju

Brand: Rice Shop Stock Company Cost: 145 yen Found at: Family Mart   Why do the snacks in Japan still contain whole, boiled chestnuts? It’s not autumn, chestnut season has passed, but still, I try to have a tasty treat and BAM – a chestnut: just sitting there, soggy and soft and smugly unnecessary. The... Continue Reading →

Soft Chocolate Bread

Brand: 7-11 Cost: 138 yen Found at: Narita Airport 7-11 Last year, I resolved to eat healthier. In fact, I have been making this same resolution for the past several years – writing it down along with three or four other resolutions that I think about for two or three days and then lose in... Continue Reading →

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