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What delicacy do you enjoy in Europe that you can't find at home?

What delicacy do you enjoy in Europe that you can't find at home?

Jul 10th, 2006, 05:46 PM
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Harry Potters are adjusted for a US audience! Really? Does anyone know what they changed? I picked up a copy of the last one in Greece and don't remember any differences.....now I'm going to have to compare. :-B
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Jul 10th, 2006, 05:55 PM
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Q-tips with wooden sticks!
They are not sold in the US anymore! we just might hurt ourselves and sue!

Roc Enydrial cream..the best thing
I've ever discovered for really dry skin..even my dermatologist was impressed! You cane buy it here but it is $18.00 against 3 € in France.

Maillot Vinagre de Noix...walnut vinegar..much better than walnut oil on salads

Stem ginger..sliced up a bit and drizzled with cream..YUM!

Penhaglion's Bluebell cologne and R&G Gimgembre..about 1/2 the price I'd have to pay in the US

Generic Zyrtec..no prescription and 1/4 of the price

Foie Gras!!!!!!!!!!

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Jul 10th, 2006, 05:59 PM
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Bassett Lemon PonPons I got at Heathrow Airport. I miss them
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Jul 10th, 2006, 06:27 PM
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Jaffa Cakes
Cadbury Fruit & Nut Bars
Chocolates from Charbonnel et Walker

We brought our Laduree macaroons home around the waist, too.

My husband needed non-aspirin pain pills in Bayeux, and a most accommodating pharmacist was very helpful in selling him paracetamol and explaining it was the same as Tylenol.
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Jul 10th, 2006, 06:30 PM
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For those who are macaroon addicted, I recommend the macaroons in Riquwhir (spelling?) in Alsace-Lorraine. Research determined that the best ones are at the top of the hill on the left.

P.S. After the finishing the research, I could not eat dinner.
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Jul 10th, 2006, 08:25 PM
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Mentadent toothpaste in a tube (I buy several tubes on each trip--they are so much easier to travel with than the Mentadent in pump!)

English language paperback novels (they are often out in paperback in Europe when the current releases in the States are only available in hardback)

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Jul 10th, 2006, 10:23 PM
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Blister plasters:

The most common brand in Europe is Compeed. Made by Johnson and Johnson, so it's surprising Americans can't find it at home.

If they don't market it in the US, the Web is stuffed with British sites that sell it online. Just google Compeed.
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Jul 11th, 2006, 04:18 AM
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Believe it or not, there are people who have taken the trouble to compare the American and English versions of Harry Potter
See http://tinyurl.com/gcq4v

I think it's rather a pity, because American children could very well get unfamiliar words by context.
Also, it is sometimes seen in England as a form of "dumbing down".
I heard an English child on the radio saying, "American children are so thick that they have never heard of the Philosopher's Stone"

On the other hand I overheard in my local Waterstones.

Elderly American woman: Please may I have the latest Harry Potter.
Assistant: It's heavy to pack, did you know that it has also been published in the USA?
EAM with a sigh: I know, but my grandson says that it is cool to have the British version.

My favourite treat when visiting "the mainland" is panforte from Italy.
You can get it in some shops in England especially at Christmas, but it's not common.
Perhaps, that's just as well for the sake of my figure.
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Jul 11th, 2006, 04:47 AM
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Michel Cluizel chocolate from Paris, especially the milk 50% cocoa plus several dark varieties and lately also chocolate-coated almonds that are to die for.
Chocolate from at least one small chocolatier store, last time it was from Annecy - wonderful.
Buckwheat honey.
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Jul 11th, 2006, 05:40 AM
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The Acetaminophin/codeine combination is a schedule lll controlled substance. You may find yourself "Limbaughed" at customs if you try to bring it in without a prescription. Plain codeine which is an OTC drug in many countries is Schedule ll, thus the penalties would be greater.

Bobthenavigator - have you tried to make real limoncello at home? It takes time but is very easy. There are a number of authentic recipies on the web.

When in Italy, I like to bring back Pan Forte. It's available on the web but very expensive.
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Jul 11th, 2006, 01:10 PM
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tcreath, I think it was because the cheese was obviously a local product, packaged and labeled with home-made labels.

My friend Kim discovered the joys of Jaffa Cakes, and I introduced her to the evils of LUSH when we found a store in Dublin.
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Jul 11th, 2006, 01:53 PM
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I cannot quite match vcl's devotion to tea bags but as a Yorkshirewoman I am delighted that she chose the right brand! Here are one or two things we look out for, space and time permitting:

Loukoumia from Greece (also known as Turkish Delight in the UK but best not to ask for it by that name in Greece!).

Kalamata olives and olive oil from local suppliers.

Greek honey.

Herbs from Spain, especially Oregano.

Crystallized fruit, incredibly cheap (to me) in Spain. We found crystallized mandarins at about 10 Euros a kilo in a village on the Costa Blanca. We bought a kilo but they didn't last as far as home!

I also buy most of my shoes in Spain.

French coffee and cheese

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Jul 11th, 2006, 01:56 PM
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PS What is Mountain Dew?
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Jul 11th, 2006, 02:46 PM
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any french baked goods, gelato, and pizza. oh and indian food in london...get me on a plane now!!!!!!!!!!
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Jul 11th, 2006, 02:55 PM
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GreenDragon, you are probably right. I buy our cheese vacuum-sealed, which may make a difference. I also have to explain what kind of cheese I'm bringing with me, so it probably has something to do with the USDA and certain kinds of cheeses.

I absolutely love Lush! I first discovered it in London and have bought quite a bit in the Rome location as well. I love the shampoo bars and the bubble bars! They do have locations here in the US now, although unfortunately none close to me.

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Jul 11th, 2006, 03:38 PM
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MissPrism, interesting web site. However, I have bought American popular fiction books published in the UK that made similar adjustments for British readers. Apparently, literary thickness goes both ways.
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Jul 11th, 2006, 04:06 PM
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Mountain Dew is a soft drink that has LOTS of caffeine.
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Jul 11th, 2006, 05:45 PM
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Is a little piece of candy a delicacy? lol!

I miss the candy that I found called Pocket Coffee (in Italy). It's a small bite sized chocolate that has a bit of espresso in the center. I bought boxes of them. And now... they are all gone.
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Jul 22nd, 2006, 09:55 PM
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Basingstoke, are you saying that paracetemol with codeine is avaiable in France without a prescription? What is the name for it?
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Jul 23rd, 2006, 12:23 AM
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pizza al taglio with tomatoes and arugula
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