International Food Cravings

  1. I was up in Vancouver BC yesterday and stopped at The Real Canadian Superstore, where my friend and I gleefully picked up dark chocolate Digestives and Cadbury dark chocolate Caramilk bars. This same friend occasionally gets care packages of Maltesers from another online friend from London. Digestives aren't impossible to find in my neck of the woods, but they're not everywhere, either. And many Cadbury products available in the UK and Canada aren't available in the US--and of those that are, the chocolate is a completely different flavor and texture. It's like dumbed-down chocolate for the Americans.

    My Dutch co-workers get very excited when people coming back from business trips to The Netherlands bring back those awful black licorice drops (sorry, Renee!) they're so fond of.

    So I'm just curious--any foreign food products you love that aren't readily available in your own country? (Maybe we can work out barter deals!) Tell us what you crave.....
    Last edit by Stargazer on Dec 22, '02
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   Mimi2RN
    When we go to Southern Cal I go to a shop that sells British goods. We buy chocolate-Yorkies, Maltesers, Turkish Delight etc I agree about the chocolate flavor, Hershey made Cadbury's is not quite right....Ribena, mushy peas....spend too much money, but it's only once a year, and it does last. Also in the Dutch food places...stroopwafeln....love those things. Now I'm getting hungry....
  4. by   Hidi74
    ooooh I am part German and when I was in Germany I became fond of mustard in a tube. Its this very spicy deli mustard and it's sooooo good. I have friends who go to Germany bring me some and I savor it for a long time....mmmm.....yummy
  5. by   kids
    Not an international food but from out here in WA it might as well be another country:

    Pork roll...and cornmeal mush, pre made so all you have to do is slice and fry.
  6. by   semstr
    ok girls, whatever you want or need, let me know ok!
    What mustard is that? We have all the mustards from tubes. Was that a Kremser or a Estragon?
    Yeah, Stargazer, dropjes, I love them, just got 2 kilo in my christmas- package from mum.
    And stroopwafels........ ok, I'm off for a snack! See you!!
  7. by   lisamct
    I must admit the quality of the chocolate was the one thing I was disappointed in when I holidayed in the USA this year.
    So, what did I miss, well, not that Im a chocoholic but,well,, cadbury's cream eggs, maltesers, boosts, turkish delights and minstrels to name but a few!!
    What I did find that we dont have here anymore was, well i cant remember its name, i think it was Dairy Crunch here, chocolate bars with kind of Rice Crispies in,,yumm..
    Lisa
    :spin:
  8. by   Stargazer
    Renee, enjoy your dropjes! Ah, yes, and stroopwafels--that was the other Dutch sweet I was thinking of!

    Lisa, we do have Cadbury Cream Eggs in the US, but only around Easter. I try to stay away from them because they are evil and addictive. And yes, American mass-produced chocolate stinks, for the most part. Hershey's is terrible; Ghirardelli's is a little better.
    Last edit by Stargazer on Dec 23, '02
  9. by   lisamct
    Stargazer,
    Cream Eggs only at Easter, but how do you cope for the rest of the year.We get lots of Cream Egg imposters around easter time but luckily we have cream eggs all year round. I must admit I do try to limit myself to one a week but sometimes you just gotta have that 99% sugar fake raw egg dripping down your chin to make you feel happy!!!
    I did say I wasnt a chocoholic didnt I...

    Lisa
  10. by   Q.
    Well, I only crave sushi, like negihama maki, spider maki, salmon roe, etc - but luckily I don't have to travel to Japan to get it.
  11. by   adrienurse
    Thai food! I love thai food. I could eat it all the time. I eat asian type food mostly and god do I get indigestion whenever I do the meat and potatoes thing.


    Superstore Rocks Stargazer. I shop there all the time. There is supposed to be somekind of profoud difference in the way Canadians and Americans like their chocolate. I myself find american candybars too sweet and somehow disappointing. Which Superstore do you go to? Do you ever go shopping in Mission or Abbotsford BC? I have family down there.
  12. by   adrienurse
    I'm not ukranian, but apparently we Manitobans cannot do Christmas dinner without cabbage rolls and perogies. It's the law, I think.
  13. by   Stargazer
    Originally posted by adrienurse
    Which Superstore do you go to? Do you ever go shopping in Mission or Abbotsford BC? I have family down there.
    Beats the hell out of me where we were. We came over the border at Blaine, parked and took the SkyTrain to Vancouver to meet some friends for lunch. The Super Store we went to was about 10 - 15 minutes from the (King George? Prince George?)SkyTrain station.

    Sorry, I am criminally bad at navigation, so I didn't pay much attention--my job was to point at things periodically and said, "Oooh! Pretty!" and "Are we there yet?"

    The Super Store DOES rock, though! I had never actually been in one before, but I'll make it a point to stop in whenever I'm Up North. They had everything, and for cheap!

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