Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Rule Brittania.

Ever since I can remember, I have been an ardent Anglophile. As a child, I used to dream of stowing away in my friend's luggage when her family went to London every summer. I watch every British show and film I can find and read every British magazine and every book that I can get my hands on that takes place in England. I finally made my first non-armchair traveler journey to the UK in my early 20s and felt like I was dreaming. It was even better than I could have imagined! I was lucky enough to go back twice in the early 2000s while my very good friend was doing a Doctorate at Oxford University (I KNOW--super smart!). I even got to stay "on a staircase" "in college" (love those archaic terms!). It was in a 17th century building next to the college's chapel, located in the Chapel Quad (how veddy British!). It was heaven (no pun intended).

Sadly I haven't been back in well over five years, but my reading and viewing help me remember my visits. Even the food products from the UK make me happy. I've made trips to Myers of Keswick in Greenwich Village to stock up on Walker's Crisps (Prawn Cocktail is my favorite, followed closely by Cheese & Onion and Smoky Bacon) and Tunnock's Caramel Wafer Biscuits. I was so happy when my local supermarkets began to carry a moderate selection of British foods so I can get my PG Tips (on their site, check out the hilarious commercials featuring a sock monkey and his human) Cadbury Crunchie, and Branston Pickle right near my home.

So I am really loving hwayoungjung's Flickr set, British Things. It's a group of fabulous drawings of more than 100 food products from England. She (I think she?) has also written interesting little histories of each product. I don't think I'll ever get tired of looking through this set, but I just saw that she drew additional sets: American Things, Scottish Things, French Things, and Italian Thing (as hwayoungjung wrote, "just 1 for now"). I guess I'll have to expand my interest in culinary drawings... I'm looking forward to her coming additions to these sets.

Mmmm... another one of my favorite treats (image copyright hwayoungjung)


Amy C said...

Oh Jen, I love your interest in good ole blighty, I was born in UK and I always love to the check out the International section in the store to see what British selections they have, the one that always makes me giggle and gets my husband everytime is Spotted Dick in a can! I keep meaning to buy a can for the bookshelf!
They used to serve this stuff up at school dinners with pink custard.
p.s. Hope your managed to get a copy of the Busy Town matchboxes book at the weekend.

Top bird said...

I do adore 'British Things' on Flickr - I've had it bookmarked for ages and have been meaning to post about them. Love the Tunnock's Tea Cakes!

miss cavendish said...

Love everything British too. I grew up in Canada, so I had access to it all, but took it entirely for granted. Wonder whether there's a Canadian Things? Oddly enough, my favorite Canadian "treat" is Neo Citron, a cold/flu medicine!