Post # 1
Two of my friends moved from London to Glasgow and were shocked to discover that they couldn’t get decent parkoras for love nor money (you can in Scotland and obviously in India).
I mean, I love haggis… but I’m not shocked when it isn’t popular elsewhere (even if there are less disgusting things in it than in most sausages).
It got me thinking, what are your local standards that you love that you’ve been shocked you couldn’t get elsewhere?
Post # 3
@SpecialSundae: Living in Scotland (Crieff) I was absolutely shocked to discover that Ranch dressing wasn’t something available. I had to have it shipped by the gallons to me because I couldn’t do with out.
Oh and fresh fruit, I mean really delicious fresh fruit. I am spoiled coming from California where fruit is abundant in many varieties, always ripe and at reasonable prices. The fruit that was considered good while living in the UK was not my cup of tea (nor were the prices).
Post # 4
I grew up in New England – and live in Virginia now – so I’m used to fantastic, fresh caught seafood. In Virginia there’s some good seafood, it’s mostly mediocre at best.
Post # 5
real louisiana crawfish, not the fake, tiny things from china
Post # 6
@Treejewel19: The fresh berries in Perthshire are pretty awesome in summer (even if fruit otherwise generally isn’t so great here). Speaking of which… Might send husband downstairs to grab a punnet from the fridge.
Are Californian berries better?
Post # 7
Real Mexican food. Living in southern California we just take it as a given that we can get real delicious Mexican food on every block. Then I lived in the Netherlands for 6 months and tried their “Mexican” food. First thing I did when I got off the plane in LA was go get Mexican food. It’s the only thing I was really homesick for.
Also, why oh why are fresh, decently priced avocados so hard to come by on the east coast? They are like $1 here in Cali and like $4 when I lived in DC and they were tiny sad little things.
Post # 8
Real sweet tea!! I can never get it at restaurants when I leave the South.
Post # 9
@VAwife: Ooh! What’s sweet tea like?
Post # 10
@Meowkers: Oh my lord yes, Mexican food. The gas stations around here have THE BEST Mexican food restaurants attached to them, and yeah I realize how ghetto that makes me sound but whatever, it’s the best. I’ve been Mexico multiple times and the local places around have got it down.
ETA: Oh man sweet tea as well! People up north looked at me like I was batshit crazy when I added sugar to my tea.
Post # 11
Maine lobster. Big deal everywere else, but i can give or take, i don’t really see the big deal!
Post # 12
I was in Ohio for a couple months a while back and was horrified at what passed for “Mexican food” over there. I also immediatly got off the plane and headed for my favorite Mexican food place.
On a similar note, I was shocked to find out that California burritos are pretty much only a San Diego thing. It has California right in the name but just try to get one anywhere north of Orange County.
Post # 13
@Meowkers: Even in Boston I can’t get good Mexican food!! (I’m from Texas, and also lived in New Mexico, so I have standards, dammit!) I was pretty surprised at that, since it’s not like there is no Mexican population here.
It’s really about the tortillas…I have just never found a good flour tortilla up north. And that makes all the difference.
Post # 14
@novacaineandlaughter: OOH! What are California burritos? There’s a decent burrito place near us (a Texan friend approved it) but nowhere near as good as what you get in parts of the States.
Post # 15
Well it’s actually really simple, it’s iced tea sweetened with some a lot of sugar. The trick is that you have to boil the water before adding the tea bags and you have to sweeten it while it’s still hot. Sometimes people tell me that I can just add sugar packets to unsweet tea, but it’s not the same at all!
Sweet tea is very popular in the south though. It’s very cool and refreshing with a little kick for the sweet tooth 🙂
Post # 16
@VAwife: Sounds like DH’s idea of heaven. He’s a total sugar junkie.