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 →

Eccles Cakes

Brand: Lancashire Eccles Cakes Ltd.  Cost: £1.80 Found at: Tesco As an American living in the UK, I keep running into place names that sound made-up. Newcastle upon Tyne, Blackpool, Ipswich, and Swansea all seem like they’ve been lifted wholesale from the novels of CS Lewis or JRR Tolkien. Asking people about their hometowns, I... Continue Reading →

Iron Bru Pastilles

Brand: Buchannan’s Cost: £1.25 Found at: Tesco   Whoever said that whiskey is the national drink of Scotland has clearly never been to Scotland. Sure, I see my fair share of whiskey about, but it is nothing compared to Iron Bru. Every shop, every food truck, every pile of trash on the side of the... Continue Reading →

Cornish Pasties

Brand: Ginsters Cost: £1 Found at: Iceland   Rick Steves taught me about Cornish pasties sometime in the late 1990s. I used to watch his travel shows religiously, dreaming about the days when I could go to Europe and see exotic things like meat and potatoes wrapped in pastry. And here I am, 20 years... Continue Reading →

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