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Old 01-20-2010, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Madrid
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A friend who from London has a birthday coming up so I thought it would be cool to send her some things that we have here in the U.S. (particularly california) that you guys don't have over in the u.k. Any suggestions of favorites from those of you who have been to the U.S.? Keep in mind it has to be able to be shipped. Thanks!! By the way she is a vegetarian if that matters.
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Old 01-20-2010, 07:35 PM
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Location: Coastal Georgia
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I don't know what they don't have in the UK, but maybe Vermont Maple Syrup and pancake mix, California wine, boston baked beans and brown bread, shrimp and grits mix, Moon Pies?
Can you find some reruns of the TV show that Paula Deen's sons had on the Food Network? They went to a lot of American regional food places and everyone on the show had a direct mail order.
There are probably restrictions on what you can ship, so you might check on that first.
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Old 01-20-2010, 07:52 PM
 
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Maple syrup for sure. I don't think you can ship alcohol, but I may be wrong. Decent organic peanut butter might work.
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Old 01-20-2010, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Madrid
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Do they not have real maple syrup in the UK? I actually just found out that no one eats waffles over there haha. thanks for the suggestions so far guys, keep em coming!
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Old 01-21-2010, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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Do they not have real maple syrup in the UK? I actually just found out that no one eats waffles over there haha. thanks for the suggestions so far guys, keep em coming!
Yes, we have maple syrup (our food store only carries one brand but it's still available and it's 100% maple syrup) and yes, we eat waffles. For starters, we have Belgium waffles which are sweeter than American waffles and ate for dessert rather than breakfast but they are very similar so it's easy to find waffle makers and if worse comes to worse, you can make the American mix from scratch. But secondly, some food stores supply American style waffles as well as some bisquick-like mixes. Also, some hotel restaurants offer American style waffles. I can't say American style waffles are very popular but they are possible to find/make.

The same goes for American style pancakes. Over here, "pancakes" are what Americans call crepes. But again, you can find American style pancakes at restaurants (more common than the waffles too) and as mixes at the food store.

There isn't a huge amount that you absolutely can't find in the UK. But one of the things I really miss is Tastykakes: Tastykake.com but last I knew, that was a very regional east coast thing so probably not even available in California.

Also nothing to do with CA but I once brought my MIL some Apple Butter because she'd never heard of it before.

My husband missed Crystal Light, can't get that here.

Although some of the food stores claim to supply it on their website, it is very difficult for me to find Cracklin' Oat Bran. Also, the Cheerios over here is the multigrain kind (or honey nut), not the traditional kind.

I swear the bacon over here is salted more than bacon in the US. So whenever I'm visiting home, I always make sure to have some bacon!

That's all I can think of off the top of my head.
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Old 01-21-2010, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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How about grits? I'm pretty sure you can't buy those but then again, even if you could I'm pretty sure nobody would
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Old 01-21-2010, 08:51 AM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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How about grits? I'm pretty sure you can't buy those but then again, even if you could I'm pretty sure nobody would
That and scrapple. But isn't grits more of a dish you have to make? I don't think it would be easy to ship, lol.
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Old 01-21-2010, 09:10 AM
 
Location: SouthCentral Texas
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How about grits? I'm pretty sure you can't buy those but then again, even if you could I'm pretty sure nobody would
polent and grits are basically the same thing...sep for color of corn...white vs. yellow
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Old 01-21-2010, 09:22 AM
 
Location: The cupboard under the sink
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Grape jelly !!

It's hard to find, certainly around my local area.

i got hooked on it in the US, and now i import it regularly.

Apart from that, maybe some chocolate, or confectionery.

We can't get things like Twinkies. For a while, it was hard to get Reese's peanut stuff, but a lot of places are carrying that now.

remember it's not allowed to send meat, or dairy products.
Although I'm not sure how that goes for tinned meat ??
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Old 01-21-2010, 09:31 AM
 
Location: The Silver State (from the UK)
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Pumpkin Butter is great and I haven't see it here, and our pumpkin pie mix is crap in comparison. Your stuffing is ten times better than ours so maybe that, and possibly some good old American crunchy peanut butter!
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