This last week I tasted a bit of Americana here in Britain. Little was provided by way of decor, everything was in super-sized quantities, and yes, there were sample ladies.
My trip to Costco with a few friends from my congregation here in London provided me an opportunity to complete a bit more of my three-month food storage with items I cannot seem to find in large quantities elsewhere here in the UK: 2 gallons of olive oil for 16 pounds, large canisters of pepper and cinnamon for a pound and change, and household supplies on the cheap (mom, are you proud of me?).
My visit transported me home for a couple of hours. It would have been difficult to remember I was not in the lower 48 but for the accents and occasional British product: massive bottles of sweet chili sauce (from southeast Asian, but prevalent in common wealth countries), huge packages of malty loaf (yes, I got some), Cadbury chocolates, and pork pies and "jacket potato"additions to the small cafe menu at the front.
The irony of it all was that I could not purchase much but those items which would do well in dry storage, as the standard refrigerator here is 1/3 the size of a normal U.S. refrigerator.
|Warehouse-styled decor (as in, none!).|