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US Expats living in London what do you miss?

Old May 19th, 2016, 02:57 AM
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I had no idea that chili powder tastes different amongst brands. So that makes me wonder exactly what the people who "manufacture" and package it are doing to it.

Silly me, I thought you simply ground the thing into a powder, bottled it, and sold it.

I mean, we supposedly know all about genetically-altered foods, and additives, and meat "filled" with antibiotics, but this? Wow!
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Old May 19th, 2016, 04:49 AM
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bilbo: I am hardly an expert on this, having never tasted it, but isn't beef jerky a packaged product that would be allowed to be brought in?

Fra: I was thinking along those lines -- that there probably are many things you can get in London, but some of them might be price prohibitive there. That's what I'd be thinking about: something the London resident can get but probably won't because it's too expensive there.

This was some years ago, but friends of ours had a son living in London, and when they visited they always brought a few jars of Skippy's peanut butter. I think the son could obtain it in London, but it was expensive. All that may have changed, but you get the point.
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Old May 19th, 2016, 04:54 AM
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I don't live in London but if someone was bringing me something from the US, I would want dried peppers, dried corn husks, masa, and other ingredients for "Mexican" food. I haven't had much luck finding those in the Northwest but it's also very possible that I haven't been looking in the right places.

I'd also kill for proper American-style breakfast sausage.


Yes, I realize I am replying to a 4 year old thread.
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Old May 19th, 2016, 05:27 AM
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adielk: >>Great I added some really good information on how to get cheap American and mexican food in the UK and the moderators removed it! xxx
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Old May 19th, 2016, 06:41 AM
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janisj: Thanks for that, I just thought it would be useful to add the links so folks know what i am talking about and may have been useful for them.
It seems some people get away with adding links on the forum, it would be useful to allow them though when people are making points or trying to give useful information.
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Old May 19th, 2016, 06:54 AM
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Dukey,

It can be of different strengths.
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Old May 19th, 2016, 07:05 AM
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Don't know if it's still the case, but it used to be hard to find real maple syrup -- and expensive if you did. Judging from some comments on this forum, it doesn't seem very popular among the British.
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Old May 19th, 2016, 07:20 AM
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Sometimes "chili powder" is just powdered chili pepper. But often it is a spice mix used to make chili (con carne, or not), usually with at least the addition of cumin and oregano. You need to read the label!

See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chili_powder
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Old May 19th, 2016, 09:10 AM
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Vicenzo

"bilbo: I am hardly an expert on this, having never tasted it, but isn't beef jerky a packaged product that would be allowed to be brought in?"

no.
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Old May 19th, 2016, 09:11 AM
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Hey, but it is good to see my old post again after all these years
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Old May 19th, 2016, 09:15 AM
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A particular cook's chili powder might be a well guarded secret.
it is like curry powder, a mix of spices.
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Old May 19th, 2016, 12:43 PM
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adielk: >>It seems some people get away with adding links on the forum, it would be useful to allow them though when people are making points or trying to give useful information.
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Old May 19th, 2016, 12:45 PM
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sparkchaser:

"I don't live in London but if someone was bringing me something from the US, I would want dried peppers, dried corn husks, masa, and other ingredients for "Mexican" food. I haven't had much luck finding those in the Northwest but it's also very possible that I haven't been looking in the right places."

I posted a suggestion for buying Mexican ingredients earlier and one of the moderators decided to knock it off! talk about a nanny forum.

Anyway I'll try again; you don't have to get people to bring you things from the US or Mexico there are a few websites here in the UK that will deliver all the ingredients you asked for and more just google mexican grocers, the one I personally use is http://mexika.co.uk/ although just checking they seem to be down at the moment.

You can also try o
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Old May 19th, 2016, 12:51 PM
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janisj: Thanks for clearing that up, I was sort of wondering with lots of other people submitting links.
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Old May 19th, 2016, 01:21 PM
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adielk, thanks for the tip. Much appreciated!

Now, all I need is a tortilleria.
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Old May 20th, 2016, 07:03 AM
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I'd guess that Mexican food isn't that popular here in the UK due the national food being Indian or Chinese. I've always thought of Mexican as: Dinner, some assembly required. (Apologies to the Big Bang theory).
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Old May 20th, 2016, 10:12 AM
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It can be of different strengths.

I am sure it can but that shouldn't alter the basic taste should it? I mean, hotter is one thing...
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Old May 20th, 2016, 11:21 AM
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There are many different commercial chili powders out there, but good god, why are you so fixated on this? For me, McCormick's tastes different than Schillings which tastes different than......

I just got my McCormick's chili powder from the shelf. Contents: chili pepper, spices, salt, silicon dioxide (to make it free flowing) and garlic.

Anything else?
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Old May 20th, 2016, 11:59 AM
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bilbo: I gotta get experienced on that.
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