Mini Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

Brand: Trader Joe’s Cost: $3.99 Found at: Trader Joe’s I left these biscotti on the kitchen table, and this was a tactical error. I really should have known better. Leave anything out in the open at my house and it enters the public domain. So, just like my kindergarten diary in 1996, my family got... Continue Reading →

Treacle Toffee

Brand: Buchanan’s Cost: £1.40 Found at: Tesco This candy reminds me of the classic animated film, Ratatouille. In the most famous scene in the film, Anton Ego (the sour-faced food critic voiced by Peter O’Toole) eats a gourmet version of title dish. The moment he takes his first bite, the camera pans into his iris and... Continue Reading →

Malt Loaf

Brand: Rowan Hill Cost: 55p Found at: Lidl Lanarkshire is famous for its bricks. About four hours walk Northwest of my house are the Glenboig brickworks – closed down in the mid 70s. In the 1800s, these bricks were famous: able to withstand incredible temperatures they were used in furnaces from Australia to Nova Scotia,... Continue Reading →

Angel Slices

Brand: Mr. Kipling Cost: £1 Found at: Tesco It was a miserable day for a walk. It is the last week in June, but the weather has turned extremely sour. I was warned that the Scottish summer would be like this, but the unseasonable warmth and sunshine of May had lulled me into a false... Continue Reading →

Earl Grey All Butter Shortbread

Brand: Lidl Deluxe Scottish Collection Cost: £1.29 Found at: Lidl Glasgow and Tacoma are so similar that I sometimes forget that I have moved abroad at all. Tacoma is a seaport with a temperate climate, Glasgow is a seaport with a temperate climate. Tacoma has a historic reputation for a drugs and crime, Glasgow has... Continue Reading →

Sentouchi Lemon Pie

Brand: Furuta Seika Found at: Bokkusu My friend Mackenzie is a picky eater. This would usually be a problem for me. In the past, I have struggled to cultivate empathy for the food shy – my slightly Victorian upbringing has left me with the misguided impression that all of life’s problems can be solved with... Continue Reading →

Baklava Assortment

Brand: Eridanous Cost: £1.50 Found at: Lidl             How have I been alive on this earth for almost three decades and never once had chocolate covered baklava? How did I stumble through my life before this moment, completely oblivious to how good life could be?             For those unfamiliar with my favorite desert, baklava is... Continue Reading →

Butter and Soy Sauce Crunchy Eringi Mushrooms

Brand: Sozai Found at: Bokkusu Oh no. I don’t even know where to start. These are horrific to the point that my brain cannot process the information that my mouth is giving me. Imagine butter popcorn that is also mushroom flavored. Now imagine that it is not only mushroom flavored, but artisanal mushroom flavored, with... Continue Reading →

Kuroi Kinako-San Dango Mochi

Brand: Yamayo Seika Found at: Bokkusu Location: Aichi Prefecture   Eating this is like licking a molasses desert.   The mochi itself is flavored with Japanese black sugar syrup, and this gives it a pleasant, brown-sugar flavor that’s not too powerfully sweet. But for all the moderation in the mochi flavoring, the coating of kinako... Continue Reading →

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