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Title: Things you love from other countries...
Post by: melbelle39 on June 14, 2014, 06:03:48 AM
To avoid hijacking another thread... What do you love that you can only get in another country?

I have an addiction to green tea kit kats from Japan, my husband was stationed there for six months and we got hooked.  They are crazy expensive to buy online so I usually just give anyone I know visiting Japan $100 and ask them to bring me back as many as they can

I've been sending Tim Tams and Golden Syrup to friends in the UK and USA respectively for years (mostly golden syrup to expats who want to make Anzac biscuits)

Also - girl scout cookies... Thin Mints!
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Post by: demarco on June 14, 2014, 06:22:02 AM
Violet crumble. Used to be able to buy it at a local (US) supermarket but not any more.
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Post by: Dazi on June 14, 2014, 06:27:17 AM
Cadbury Flake Bars  ;D

Which is kind of funny since I don't care for chocolate, especially milk chocolate.
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Post by: cicero on June 14, 2014, 07:35:37 AM
The one Food item I can't seem to get here is Crystal light ( or any other brand). Foir other items it's not t so much I *can't* get them, its that they're harder to find - ice, ice coffee ( here that ususally refers to overly sweetened and fake flavored slush), donuts and bagels.

Non food items - I find it very hard to shop for clothing. The styles most commonly offered for larger sizes are tunic/mumu/tent styles ( and even women who aren't plkus size seem to prefer the big flowy outfits, and then if I dfo find something that fits, it costs four times what I would pay in the US
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Post by: Nibsey on June 14, 2014, 07:56:37 AM
Yorkshire Tea and Asda's hummus from the UK.

Smiths cheese and onion crisps and barramundi from Australia.

Entemann's products from the States.

My ex roommate use to bring back peach schnapps which was made in his home in Slovakia which was strong but delicious.


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Post by: camlan on June 14, 2014, 08:11:57 AM
Clotted cream. When I lived in Connecticut, I could drive 45 minutes to a tea shop run by a British expat who somehow managed to get clotted cream. You could have a cream tea there, or buy some clotted cream to take home. (Or both.  >:D) Now I don't live there any more and clotted cream is but a distant memory.

And milk chocolate digestive biscuits. My sister misses Hob Nobs. You can find both occasionally in supermarkets, but they are so expensive that we save them for birthday presents.
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Post by: BigBadBetty on June 14, 2014, 08:12:20 AM
I wish I could have squacquerone cheese and arugula (rocket) pizzas from the Emilia Romagna region of Italy. The cheese is fresh so it wouldn't last for export. I also loved the "French"-style bread from Germany. (Yes, I know how dumb that sounds.) You can find good bread like that in the U.S., but you have to search it out. When I was in Germany, it was everywhere.
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Post by: cicero on June 14, 2014, 08:58:43 AM
And I also love pret a manger. It's not that it's the best chain in the universe, and it's not that one can't find great sandwiches and souip elsewhere but I just love that chain
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Post by: kherbert05 on June 14, 2014, 09:31:10 AM
Salt and Vinegar chips that aren't cooked in peanut oil. Got hooked the summer of 76 in Canada. There is only one brand that I have found in the US. It can only found in a few convenience stores and keeps disappearing. 
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Post by: Dazi on June 14, 2014, 10:26:59 AM
Salt and Vinegar chips that aren't cooked in peanut oil. Got hooked the summer of 76 in Canada. There is only one brand that I have found in the US. It can only found in a few convenience stores and keeps disappearing.

Snyder of Berlin makes a great salt and vinegar chip,  IMO.   They are peanut oil free and you can order them online directly from them.
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Post by: Promise on June 14, 2014, 10:29:01 AM
I love the Brasilian pop Guarana. You can sometimes find it here in a specialty store, but you have to search. LOVE IT!
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Post by: Promise on June 14, 2014, 10:33:35 AM
Clotted cream. When I lived in Connecticut, I could drive 45 minutes to a tea shop run by a British expat who somehow managed to get clotted cream. You could have a cream tea there, or buy some clotted cream to take home. (Or both.  >:D) Now I don't live there any more and clotted cream is but a distant memory.

And milk chocolate digestive biscuits. My sister misses Hob Nobs. You can find both occasionally in supermarkets, but they are so expensive that we save them for birthday presents.

Petty simple way to make it here. http://www.cupcakeproject.com/2009/09/clotted-cream-recipe-making-clotted.html
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Post by: Harriet Jones on June 14, 2014, 02:37:48 PM
Salt and Vinegar chips that aren't cooked in peanut oil. Got hooked the summer of 76 in Canada. There is only one brand that I have found in the US. It can only found in a few convenience stores and keeps disappearing.

Snyder of Berlin makes a great salt and vinegar chip,  IMO.   They are peanut oil free and you can order them online directly from them.

Utz chips are also peanut free.  The Lays chips also seem to be peanut free
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Post by: Octavia on June 14, 2014, 05:55:16 PM
Ketchup-flavored potato chips from Canada. Yum  ;D
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Post by: Venus193 on June 14, 2014, 07:38:54 PM
Scampi Fries.  Brought back about 20 snack bags of it the last time I was in London.  That was so long ago I have no idea if they're still being made.
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Post by: lady_disdain on June 14, 2014, 09:19:16 PM
I love the Brasilian pop Guarana. You can sometimes find it here in a specialty store, but you have to search. LOVE IT!

I usually take several bottles to give to people whenever I am in the US :)

I second the Flake bar and the Girl Scout Cookies. I add Stash tea, rum butter and Guatemalan green pepper sauce.
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Post by: Library Dragon on June 14, 2014, 10:09:41 PM
On every trip to Italy I bring back panna da cucina. It is thicker than whipping cream and is not sweet. It is thicker than heavy cream, with a consistency between that of heavy cream and sour cream. I've had food purists turn up their noses at this, but it is the best for tortellini alla panna.

Bigoli pasta.  It's a buckwheat or whole wheat pasta similar to bucatini, but not as thick.  Just a bit thicker than spaghetti, but with a whole in the center.  It's excellent for thick sauces.
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Post by: sammycat on June 14, 2014, 10:41:00 PM
I bring back so many lollies and chocolates from both New Zealand and the UK that's it's a wonder the customs officials don't ask me if I have an import license. :P Thankfully my favourite NZ biscuits, Mallowpuffs, are now available in Australia.

DH and I love Denny's restaurants in the US.  We just don't have anything like it here in Australia so we always make a beeline for it when we visit the US (and NZ, as they have it there now. They just need to come across the ditch too...).  We always visit the one opposite Disneyland and can't wait to eat there again during our visit later this year.  :D
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Post by: melbelle39 on June 15, 2014, 12:53:23 AM
Ca you get Caramello Koala's outside of Aus yet? When we travelled more for work they were our standard "favour treat" that we gave to people who helped us... and we always and a list of people to mail them to when we returned.

A goodly proportion of aussies rely on the internet to buy clothes, books, shoes, everything really, from the US and the UK - the product range and price is so much better than here. 
Our retailers are trying to add GST (10%) to such purchases to discourage us, but even it it happens (hopefully not) its still not going to be effective as the price difference is usually in the range of 60%+

eg - I buy a type of running shoe that usually costs around $260-$320 a pair in my local sports store.  I just bought two pairs from a US retailer - with shipping, the total cost for two pairs was $210

US and Uk retailers love us - I think the UK retailer ASOS sends the equivalent of two airliners a day worth of orders to australian companies

We are also desperate to access services like Hulu and Netflix because our TV networks are terrible about screening TV shows that come from overseas and with the explosion of twitter etc, its hard to remain unspoiled... I think something like 200,000 australians have monthly subscriptions to online services that mask their ISP so they can subscribe to netflix and hulu... those companies know, but they're happy to get the extra custom.  I think the total cost for a VPN blocker, netflix and hulu account is about $20 a month, whereas similar services in Australia (that have much less variety and are still slow to screen new shows) cost upward of $80 a month.

Someone mentioned schnapps - an austrian friend imports the most amazing flavours of schnapps in for his restaurant, he swears they cure all ills - maybe its just that after a few shots everything seems much better!

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Post by: Redsoil on June 15, 2014, 01:45:32 AM
The cheese, and venison in NZ!  Just awesome.  :)
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Post by: mechtilde on June 15, 2014, 05:36:21 AM
Scampi Fries.  Brought back about 20 snack bags of it the last time I was in London.  That was so long ago I have no idea if they're still being made.

They are!

Maple sugar candies- you can get maple syrup here, but not the candies.
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Post by: iridaceae on June 15, 2014, 05:45:12 AM
Venezuela's Savoy chocolates. Especially the Torontos.

Violet Crumbles.

The excellent sugar free chocolates I found in Germany.

Salmiakki.

Fazer Pihlaja.
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Post by: Katana_Geldar on June 15, 2014, 08:33:49 AM
I love Junior Mints and Thrree Musketeers bars. You can buy them at our green grocer/deli
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Post by: Thipu1 on June 15, 2014, 11:03:55 AM
Barcelona is a source of food that I can't easily find in NYC.  There's a green plum jam that I first encountered in 1972 on Palma de Majorca.   It's a bit loose and it's tart but it's delicious and it's readily available in any Super-Mercado.  We always bring home a few jars.   

  Barcelona is also the source of a version of Torrone and excellent chocolate.  When I brought a few large bars of the candy to the office, it was gone by lunch time.  We load up on those candies too. 

Marks and Spencer has a bra that's just right for me. When our travels take us to the UK or Bermuda,  I make a bee-line to pick up a few.         

It's pathetic, I know.  We go to Bermuda to buy underwear.  We go to Spain for candy and jam.  We can get these thing on-line but the fun of going to the place makes a good excuse to travel abroad.   
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Post by: Elfmama on June 15, 2014, 02:39:24 PM
McVitie's ginger nuts and Cadbury drinking chocolate.   I used to miss blood oranges, but now we're starting to see them here in the US.

When we were stationed in Italy, we had friends who adamantly refused to eat local foods.  "We might like them, and then be sad when we went back home and couldn't get them."   ??? I confess to being absolutely baffled by this attitude. 
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Post by: Library Dragon on June 15, 2014, 11:16:27 PM
McVitie's ginger nuts and Cadbury drinking chocolate.   I used to miss blood oranges, but now we're starting to see them here in the US.

When we were stationed in Italy, we had friends who adamantly refused to eat local foods.  "We might like them, and then be sad when we went back home and couldn't get them."   ??? I confess to being absolutely baffled by this attitude.
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Post by: padua on June 15, 2014, 11:55:55 PM
Almdudler. Milka's school und keks. Plum dumplings.


And from Hawaii- coconut filed doughnuts and authentic shaved ice.
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Post by: Smulkin on June 16, 2014, 05:08:06 AM
 Seconding Almdudler. And I need a good reliable recipe for the days when I'd sell *all my hair* for Punschkrapfen.

I've been sending Tim Tams and Golden Syrup to friends in the UK and USA respectively for years (mostly golden syrup to expats who want to make Anzac biscuits)

 Golden syrup is very common in the UK; is this a specific brand or unusual variety you're sending?
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Post by: GreenEyedHawk on June 16, 2014, 06:58:25 AM
Party Rings, cookies from the UK.  Can't get them in Canada :(
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Post by: Katana_Geldar on June 16, 2014, 07:44:26 AM
For your viewing pleasure, John Barrowman doing a Tim Tam slam.

https://www.facebook.com/TheDoctorWhoHub/posts/811955012170737
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Post by: Smulkin on June 16, 2014, 10:33:11 AM
 D'uh, I just re-read and noticed the 'respectively'! Please disregard, melbelle39.
 Maybe we should start sending golden syrup US-wards too.
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Post by: readingchick on June 16, 2014, 12:18:08 PM
Lindt Lindor chocolates. I remember when the only way you could get them was if you were fortunate enough to have friends or family in Europe; my cousin in Germany would include some Lindors in my family's Christmas package when I was small. Looked forward to it every year, I did!
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Post by: Celany on June 16, 2014, 02:13:16 PM
For your viewing pleasure, John Barrowman doing a Tim Tam slam.

https://www.facebook.com/TheDoctorWhoHub/posts/811955012170737

Oooooh, Tim Tams. Someday I will go to Australia with a little carry on suitcase and I giant check-in suitcase. The giant suitcase will be filled with Tim Tams to bring home with me. Soooooo good.

Also, I love congee. We have good congee in NYC, but the best congee I ever had was the Korean congee. The red bean was just...so perfect.
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Post by: melbelle39 on June 16, 2014, 06:20:06 PM
Seconding Almdudler. And I need a good reliable recipe for the days when I'd sell *all my hair* for Punschkrapfen.

I've been sending Tim Tams and Golden Syrup to friends in the UK and USA respectively for years (mostly golden syrup to expats who want to make Anzac biscuits)

 Golden syrup is very common in the UK; is this a specific brand or unusual variety you're sending?

Tim Tams to the UK, Golden Syrup (and also Tim Tams) to the USA
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Post by: ladyknight1 on June 16, 2014, 07:10:12 PM
Lyle's golden syrup is widely available in grocery stores here in Florida, could be due to our high British population.

I love Pocky. I also love an unsweetened Japanese green tea that we can get at EPCOT center.
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Post by: QueenfaninCA on June 16, 2014, 07:10:48 PM
Reblochon, Barilla tortellini and Haribo Salzbrezeln (not all together of course).
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Post by: Marga on June 16, 2014, 09:29:23 PM
For your viewing pleasure, John Barrowman doing a Tim Tam slam.

https://www.facebook.com/TheDoctorWhoHub/posts/811955012170737

Mmm, John Barrowman. Mmm, Tim Tams.
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Post by: Mergatroyd on June 16, 2014, 09:57:26 PM
Walkers Salt n' vinegar chips from the UK.

My English cousins get family here in Canada to send them bags of cheezies though, lol.
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Post by: padua on June 17, 2014, 01:27:50 AM
Elderberry syrup!
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Post by: WolfWay on June 17, 2014, 04:23:15 AM
Ca you get Caramello Koala's outside of Aus yet? When we travelled more for work they were our standard "favour treat" that we gave to people who helped us... and we always and a list of people to mail them to when we returned.

We've had Caramello Bears (also made by Cadbury, different product name, different packaging, but extremely similar shape of chocolate mould) in South Africa and Zimbabwe for the last 30 years (I've been eating them since I was a child).

http://www.sanza.co.uk/Cadbury_Caramello_Bear.asp
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Post by: Another Sarah on June 17, 2014, 05:32:51 AM
saltwater taffy. it's amazing.
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Post by: wx4caster on June 17, 2014, 08:14:22 AM
It's a very long list.

Italy: fresh Pecorino cheese, gelato and those small, flat peaches from Sicily
France: all those lovely Normandy cheeses (Camembert, Pont-L'Evêque and Livarot), baguette and crepes
Germany: a poppyseed pastry I never seen anywhere else, wine (we were told the best wines were never exported) and a pear schapps we had frequently at a bar/restaurant near where we stayed in Hamburg (the owner made it himself and gave it away because he wasn't allowed to sell it)
England: ginger beer
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Post by: ladyknight1 on June 17, 2014, 08:28:04 AM
Italy: Pecorino Romano, Parmagiano reggiano, Dry salami, gelato, olive oil, gnocchi, pizza Neapolitano, wine, risotto, Tiramisu
France: Champagne, Gruyere, French onion soup with beef stock, souffle
Germany: Riesling, Eiswein, mustards, sausages, strudel, schnitzel, pretzels, Muenster cheese
The UK: Fish and chips, treacle tart, brown ale, malt vinegar
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Post by: paintpots on June 23, 2014, 10:48:51 AM
Dutch drops (liquorice). I've discovered I can buy them by the kilo from Amazon!!
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Post by: Kiara on July 01, 2014, 08:06:26 AM
Walker's Cheddar and Onion potato chips.  I had my mom bring me back 5 bags last time.

Irish Red Cheddar.  CRUD MONKEYS! this is the best sharp cheddar I've ever had.  Actually, I'd add in Irish beef in there too.

And finally and somewhat bizarrely.......paracetamol from the UK.  I can only take that for pain, and for some reason, the UK stuff works better than the stuff in the US.
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Post by: Venus193 on July 01, 2014, 08:46:52 AM
Salt and vinegar potato chips from Britain.  US companies can't get that flavor to work.
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Post by: Nikko-chan on July 01, 2014, 09:05:59 AM
not so much food but a thing and i can make it right here at home. Bento. Oh my lord. many different foods and just a few bites of each one? Heck yes!
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Post by: mime on July 01, 2014, 12:47:44 PM
With the internet, some things are getting so much easier to get my hands on, but sometimes they still cost a lot---

Lingonberry preserves, or lingonberry anything, really.

Chocolate: Slitti (Italy), Pralus (France).

And I agree with Nikk-chan on Bento. A friend of mine who lived in Japan for many years introduced me to the concept. She also explained the idea that a satisfying meal had to have at least 13 elements, and her lunches did even though they were so compact. It's something I try to achieve now, but don't usually get there!
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Post by: Julia Mercer on July 01, 2014, 02:20:27 PM
Orkney Fudge from Scotland, just melts in your mouth, used to get it all the time when mom and dad and I used to visit family there
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Post by: StarDrifter on July 11, 2014, 01:34:21 AM
mmmm I made the mistake of getting meatballs with mashed potato and that creamy delicious sauce from IKEA the first time we went there.
Now, every time we go to IKEA I make sure to get at least ten or fifteen packets of the gravy, as well as a few bags of the meatballs. It's two hours to the nearest one.
Thankfully, getting ahold of American candy is much easier than it used to be - there's a specialty store here in my town that stocks things like Dr Pepper, Milk Duds and various flavours of Pop Tarts - not stuff available in the supermarket normally.

I got onto IrnBru when I visited the UK and that was a silly thing, because it tastes just that bit different to anything else that there is NO substitute. However, again - I found it at the supermarket the other day.

I have a reciprocal agreement, though, with some friends in the US - they send me US iTunes store gift cards, I send them Caramello Koalas, Tim Tams and salt and vinegar chips.
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Post by: #borecore on July 11, 2014, 08:28:44 AM
French cheeses. I cannot buy them, but I love them. When I buy cheese, I eat nothing but cheese, crackers/bread and fruit until the cheese is gone.

I'll join the Ikea love. We currently have 2 matching desks, chairs, bookcases and storage from Ikea; my first room away from home was 100% furnished by Ikea thanks to some gift cards, and I loved it. I will pass on all the food but the lingonberry soda, though.

I know it's an American store, but it's basically 100% imports -- I love to browse the international products/foods at Cost Plus/World Market. Give me some pickledy things from Italy and crispbreads from Northern Europe, and soaps from somewhere like France, and I'm a happy lady.
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Post by: VorFemme on July 11, 2014, 11:42:10 AM
Rooibos (red bush) tea from South Africa - I fell in love with it when a resort used it as the tea that they left in the room with a small amount of coffee for guests to use for their first cup...it was not easily found in stores, so I would treasure the tea bags when we stayed there...

VorGuy tasted some when I found some on sale for about 60% off at a store that specializes in clearing out other stores' stock.  It was still expensive enough that it was a "treat" rather than our everyday beverage.

He liked it, so I found some loose tea at a farmer's market...and then when that spice jar full was half empty in less than two weeks, went looking online for more, a lot more.

Apparently it only grows well in South Africa, but it grows everywhere there...and it is good!

Excuse me, I need to refill my glass...
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Post by: SamiHami on July 11, 2014, 11:53:12 AM
Jaffa cakes...my English coworker has given me some in the past and they are sooo delicious!

My other one, sadly, I think has been discontinued; Caramilk Dark (got it in Canada).
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Post by: Bobbie on July 11, 2014, 12:09:36 PM
not so much food but a thing and i can make it right here at home. Bento. Oh my lord. many different foods and just a few bites of each one? Heck yes!

I love Bento.  When I visit Hawaii I go to Shirokiya and eat.  I love Matsumoto Shave Ice on the North shore of Hawaii.  My parents love on the hill above it and its a must stop for lychee shave ice no beans.

I love World Cost Plus Market, I get my Japanese candy, choco mushrooms, there.  A must stop in Seattle is Uwajimayas (Asian grocery store) I stock up while the family watches the Seattle Mariners, baseball, the stadium is right next door.  I also go to the Southcenter Mall in Renton to get my Japanese bamboo ear cleaners, longs wash clothes, and back scratchers.

I really miss the restaurants in Japan.  I miss corn soup, katsu, okonomiyaki, sukiyaki, cold soba, and donburi.
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Post by: #borecore on July 11, 2014, 12:44:07 PM
Rooibos (red bush) tea from South Africa - I fell in love with it when a resort used it as the tea that they left in the room with a small amount of coffee for guests to use for their first cup...it was not easily found in stores, so I would treasure the tea bags when we stayed there...

VorGuy tasted some when I found some on sale for about 60% off at a store that specializes in clearing out other stores' stock.  It was still expensive enough that it was a "treat" rather than our everyday beverage.

He liked it, so I found some loose tea at a farmer's market...and then when that spice jar full was half empty in less than two weeks, went looking online for more, a lot more.

Apparently it only grows well in South Africa, but it grows everywhere there...and it is good!

Excuse me, I need to refill my glass...

I haven't been to a grocery store in the last 3-5 years that didn't sell some type of rooibos. I don't recall it being significantly more expensive than other types of tea, either (well, more expensive than the 40-pack of Lipton). Have you tried a grocery store?


I do love tea, and I suppose it's an imported good in most places!
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Post by: magicdomino on July 11, 2014, 03:12:25 PM
Celestial Seasonings has roobois tea bags; smaller companies are getting into it as well, but aren't as widely distributed.  I still get my supply from online sellers, because I prefer loose teas at home.  Roobois is probably available from brick-and-mortar specialty shops as well, but then I'd have to drive there.   ;)
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Post by: VorFemme on July 11, 2014, 06:04:39 PM
I checked the price at Teavanna for rooibos ($5 for 3.5 oz. instead of $7 for 16 ounces - so more than four times as much tea for 40% increase in cost) and the price for various companies that sell it in tea bags (also broken down to see how many ounces I'm getting for the money.  The loose tea lets me adjust the strength to suit our tastes more easily than tea bags do and was much cheaper.  VorGuy is an accountant and a bit of a cheapskate - he was happier to get enough tea that he won't run out for a good price (even though I had to find an airtight metal tea canister for storing it - Goodwill).

I found out that a very clean coffee maker (no traces of coffee smell) makes a pretty good substitute for a tea maker - based on what a tea place in Georgia was using to make their specialty tea.  The tea doesn't over steep (and end up "stewed") with a bitter under taste to it (not a problem with rooibos - but a few others in the collection do get an off flavor if they steep too long).

I just have to stay by the coffee maker to take the carafe off the heat & turn the thing off.  And clean it between using it for tea and using it for coffee.  Or use my Hamilton Beach iced tea maker that turns itself off after dispensing the tea into a glass that won't crack if it has ice in it and hot tea drips into it (works very well).
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Post by: Library Dragon on July 11, 2014, 06:20:52 PM
It's a very long list.

Italy: fresh Pecorino cheese, gelato and those small, flat peaches from Sicily
France: all those lovely Normandy cheeses (Camembert, Pont-L'Evêque and Livarot), baguette and crepes
Germany: a poppyseed pastry I never seen anywhere else, wine (we were told the best wines were never exported) and a pear schapps we had frequently at a bar/restaurant near where we stayed in Hamburg (the owner made it himself and gave it away because he wasn't allowed to sell it)
England: ginger beer

Italian peaches! We have very good local peaches, but these flat peaches are so delicious.
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Post by: alkira6 on July 11, 2014, 06:21:36 PM
I miss Irish and Welsh cheese - always so fresh and sharp.  I also miss getting up and walking to the market in Swansea and getting fresh pasties and Welsh cakes and snacking on cockles with vinegar.

Good scones and thick shred marmalade.  I have found ginger beer here lately.  Our local Kroger will order it, give me a call, and I'll buy the entire order of Fever Tree ginger beer.  They also have golden syrup so that I can make flapjacks when I have a craving for them.

A Tesco brand cheese cracker that was absolutely delicious.  It was extremely thin and in a waffle pattern.  I haven't had those in years.

ETA: Teavanna has lost all custom from me. There were one too many times that I bought some delicious tea from them after sampling and when I made it at home it was a pale imitation of what the sample tasted like.  The sales associates told me that I was making it wrong, and come to find out they were using 4-6 times the amount of tea to make the samples.  Doubly deceptive since one of their selling points is how inexpensive each cup of tea is if made according to the directions, but if you do this then it tastes like faintly flavored water instead of the rich robist cup you had when sampling.
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Post by: VorFemme on July 11, 2014, 08:20:38 PM
I am getting good flavor with 1/3 the amount of the loose rooibos that I found (fresher tea, I think, so more flavor) in the Hamilton Beach iced tea maker (both the tea and the small appliance were bought off eBay - but Wal*Mart is supposed to have the tea maker or you can buy an inexpensive Mr. Coffee or Mr. Tea and just pour the results into a pitcher to chill, I'm sure - it's what I'm doing in the resort mini-kitchen).

I also have a Black & Decker coffee maker that makes up to 15 oz. of tea, coffee, or hot water into a travel mug (which comes with it and coincidentally holds 15 oz.) - it works very well & has a built in filter, no paper filters needed.  I have been steeping the tea in the hot water, instead of using it in the filter.  Since I didn't bring it with us on vacation - I'll have to try it once I get home.

I have an espresso machine, a 12 cup coffee maker, a 4 cup Mr. Coffee, the Black & Decker coffee maker, the Hamilton Beach iced tea maker, and a French Press (never used) - it may go to a fund raising garage sale the next time VorGuy's students set one up...and I almost forgot the clear glass tea pot with glass infuser (intended for blooming teas) that does NOT work with loose tea - the infuser slots are too large & I have to filter the tea.

Um - I may have been trying too hard to find the "perfect" tea and coffee makers...may need to post getting rid of a couple of these to the decluttering thread!  I can't get rid of the 4 & 12 cup coffee makers as long as VorGuy is teaching school, as they get taken on field trips to make large batches of tea or hot chocolate (or even coffee - depending on what is wanted by various students & chaperoning parents).

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Post by: Gwywnnydd on July 12, 2014, 07:19:14 PM
I love Ambre Solaire sun screen. Can't get it in either the US or Canada. Only in Europe/UK.
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Post by: BarensMom on July 12, 2014, 10:31:11 PM
I want one of these:  http://www.amazon.com/Kotatsu-Blanket-120×80cm-xFF09-2-4person/dp/B009LDQBL4/ref=sr_1_14?ie=UTF8&qid=1405222100&sr=8-14&keywords=kotatsu+heater

It just seems like a great thing to sit under when watching TV during cold winter nights.
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Post by: afbluebelle on July 22, 2014, 04:25:35 PM
http://www.germandeli.com/Ferrero-Kinder-Happy-Hippo-5-Pack-Milk-Hazelnut-Cream.html?gclid=CNGOj7ft2b8CFUwV7Aod8k8AGgp

Hippos! Our SNCO bought a case of them in Germany when we were crossing the pond on our last trip. He saved some to hand out for Christmas.... I may PCS to Germany just to eat these everyday.
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Post by: iridaceae on July 23, 2014, 04:28:24 AM
I've seen Hippos at Costplus World Market.
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Post by: Venus193 on July 23, 2014, 05:26:11 AM
PG Tips tea.  Fortunately I can get it through Amazon.
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Post by: Coralreef on July 23, 2014, 09:36:59 AM
In Japan, I loved a little bird-shaped pastry called Kotori.  I also miss yuzu flavoured everything, but mostly the candies and juice.  The udon bowls were also delicious.  Good thing I love to cook!

From France, it was the crème brulée.  I make my own now, but darn that one was heavenly.

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Post by: magicdomino on July 23, 2014, 10:43:18 AM
Chicha morada (sp?) from Peru.  It's made from blue corn with a little fruit juice and sugar. Sort of like a mildly fizzy grape soda.
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Post by: Snooks on July 27, 2014, 09:51:50 AM
Ghirardelli hot chocolate.

Pop Tarts, we can get them but they're super expensive which means they become a treat rather than something to keep in the house to satisfy a junk food craving.
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Post by: Tini on July 27, 2014, 12:54:45 PM
Crumpets. I can make my own, but it's one heck of a learning process. I must have made ten dozen before they were really right. Sometimes, I'd just like to be able to pop down to the supermarket and pick up six instead of spending half a day to make 36.

Double cream. Crème double as they sell it in Germany is just not the same. And single cream? They've never even heard of it over here.
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Post by: Rachel on July 30, 2014, 06:57:04 AM
clothes shopping in Australia.  I'm about 6 foot tall so I have to go to speciality shops in the UK but in Oz I could buy clothes in normal shops, it felt heavenly to not feel so different.  Also, shoes.
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Post by: Cyradis on September 20, 2014, 03:31:29 PM
Jersey Milk chocolates from Canada. One of my aunts would bring them every July and send packages at Christmas. She'd also send these chocolate cookies with chocolate chips and nuts in them. I can't recall the brand, alas.

Cachapas from Venezuela. I can make them but it's not quite the same.

Café con leche for breakfast and limonada later in the heat of the day. It might be time to pay my Venezuelan cousins a visit.

American college town coffee shops. I miss sitting with a real cup, listening to a band or open mic. It was especially nice during fall with a gingerbread latte.

Bookstores. We just don't seem to do them as well here and we don't have many second hand ones. On the return leg of a trip to London and Perth many years ago I was almost over my luggage weight limit because I bought so many books.

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Post by: lady_disdain on September 20, 2014, 04:02:11 PM
And I just found a grocery store that has Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. Killer expensive, of course, and not always available but oh, so good!
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Post by: Snooks on September 24, 2014, 01:25:27 PM
Vanilla Tootsie Rolls. I don't like the chocolate ones at all but the vanilla ones are amazing.
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Post by: Arila on September 26, 2014, 01:27:56 PM
I was really worried when DH got here from the UK that he would get homesick for his favorite foods. Fortunately, we found a grocery store in an upper scale area of the city which has an international section. One FULL aisle (just one side, not both sides) of imported from the UK stuff. So, PG tips, marmite, "proper" marmelade, etc.


The only thing that's missing is bacon. Seriously, the bacon in the UK is so much better why isn't it even an option here!!!!! I just don't get it.
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Post by: z_squared82 on September 26, 2014, 01:48:40 PM
Kinder Eggs and Sweet Thai Chili crisps from Walker's. I think I got the crisps/potato chips here, but I don't remember if they were as good.

The Cadbury chocolate on this side of the Atlantic is made by Hershey's and it's just too sweet.
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Post by: #borecore on September 26, 2014, 02:00:50 PM
Z_squared: I really like Kettle brand Thai Chili chips in the US. They're that sweet-hot thing you're looking for, I bet. They're not the most common flavor, but if you see the red bag, you should try them!
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Post by: nayberry on September 26, 2014, 06:55:43 PM
I got lucky when I found a local store that sells American and Australian goodies in the UK, americansweets.co.uk, I am hooked on twizzlers and pop tarts, plus I can get some of the rarer timtams, although tesco do have a lot of them now. Hubs loves reeves and the vanilla cola.  My best buy is old bay, that stuff goes with everything!!

More awkward to find are choco pies, South Korean heavenly treat, a bit like wagon wheels but better. There are a few Korean supermarkets around but they are all at least an hour away.
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Post by: MagicEyes on September 26, 2014, 08:04:26 PM
More awkward to find are choco pies, South Korean heavenly treat, a bit like wagon wheels but better. There are a few Korean supermarkets around but they are all at least an hour away.
Choco pies are similar to American moon pies. If you can find some of those, they might be an acceptable substitute.
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Post by: nayberry on September 26, 2014, 08:17:52 PM
I tried them, they just aren't the same, which is annoying as it's easier to get them!
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Post by: ladyknight1 on September 28, 2014, 02:43:29 PM
We found a large German section at Aldi, and will be trying the bratwurst and marble poundcake.
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Post by: Thipu1 on September 30, 2014, 10:56:48 AM
We're fortunate here.  We seem to have quite a few ex-pats from the UK in the neighborhood.  As a result, things like Bird's custard powder, candies of various descriptions and Branston pickle are readily available at reasonable prices. 

A few years ago, we were even to tickle a few Harry Potter fans by finding the Easter eggs described in one of the books.   
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Post by: Venus193 on September 30, 2014, 01:46:47 PM
Perfume and related items.

Some of my favorite EDTs are from Italy.  There is also lovely soap from Greece and Turkey that costs almost nothing.
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Post by: jaxsue on December 29, 2014, 11:15:31 AM
Cadbury Flake Bars  ;D

Which is kind of funny since I don't care for chocolate, especially milk chocolate.

Some US stores carry real Cadbury bars (and other UK foods). LOVE the flake bars, btw.  :) If you have a local store with an "international" aisle, look there. I absolutely love UK candy/biscuits.
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Post by: mechtilde on December 29, 2014, 11:35:56 AM
We found a large German section at Aldi, and will be trying the bratwurst and marble poundcake.

LIDL are good for that too if you have one near you. Or if there are any Polish shops nearby try there- the food is very similar.
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Post by: Snooks on December 29, 2014, 04:53:58 PM
Vanilla tootsie rolls.  I don't like the chocolate ones but the vanilla ones I find really more-ish.  Unfortunately they're not stocked on any of the US Food websites in the UK.
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Post by: greencat on December 29, 2014, 05:57:53 PM
I love Wine Gums.  I also really enjoy mint Aero bars.  Fortunately, the grocery store near me stocks both of them - they have a healthy selection of British foods.

My dad loves HP Sauce to the point that he sweet-talked one of the food cart owners at a local festival into selling him one of the gallon-sized pump top containers they had.

Snooks, you might be able to get the company that makes Tootsie Rolls to ship to you directly: http://shop.tootsie.com/Policies/ShippingInformation.aspx#international
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Post by: Mel the Redcap on December 29, 2014, 09:03:04 PM
Glacier Mints and Glacier Fruits from the UK. One of the local supermarkets carries them now, yay!

When I spent a year in Japan, one of my Christmas presents from my mother was a huge bottle of 'proper' sweet chilli sauce, because the stuff over there just didn't taste right. I also got hugely attached to a lot of tea sweets that we can't get here. I can find daifuku and yokan jelly here, but not harusame soup...
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Post by: Library Dragon on December 29, 2014, 09:21:45 PM
I may have a lead on Knorr Porcini Bouillon cubes which is good.   I just finished my last box.
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Post by: Alicia on December 29, 2014, 09:27:45 PM
Kinder Bueno bars. Thank goodness my local Korean grocery sells them ( why the Korean store I have no idea as they are European but they are delicious so I won't quibble)
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Post by: EllenS on December 29, 2014, 11:15:10 PM
I recently discovered our World Market has Kinder Schoco-bons, which narrows my list. I still have not found any brand of dinkel-kekse anywhere.
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Post by: crella on December 30, 2014, 04:54:57 AM
Glacier Mints and Glacier Fruits from the UK. One of the local supermarkets carries them now, yay!

When I spent a year in Japan, one of my Christmas presents from my mother was a huge bottle of 'proper' sweet chilli sauce, because the stuff over there just didn't taste right. I also got hugely attached to a lot of tea sweets that we can't get here. I can find daifuku and yokan jelly here, but not harusame soup...


Just for the heck of it I looked around...

http://www.walmart.com/search/?query=harusame%20soup

And I found a Japanese food section on eBay that sells it too! I never would have looked at eBay. Just search 'Japanese food' on eBay and a ton of stuff comes up. They carry harusame soup cups too!
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Post by: Julia Mercer on January 01, 2015, 10:13:29 AM
Being a Canadian, these are from USA that I try to stock up on when I go cross border shopping

Pop Secret Homestyle microwave popcorn
Milwaukee Pickles
Jack Daniels BBQ sauce
Downey potato chips (friend in Michigan gets them for me, we do a trade, I bring her Canadian chocolate)
Hershey Air
Hershey Symphony plain
Hershey Nuggets
Murray cookies
flavors of Hawaiian Punch singles that aren't available here
Funyuns
Snyder Butter snaps pretzels


From UK
Orkney fudge
UK Smarties (with orange flavored shell)
Cadbury buttons

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Post by: ladyknight1 on February 08, 2015, 03:01:10 PM
Finally found Bird's custard powder and bought a squeeze bottle of golden syrup as well!
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Post by: maksi on February 08, 2015, 03:13:54 PM
Tapas! We have some Spanish restaurants in Finland (unfortunately only one in my home city), but what I miss the most is the variety... That you can eat patatas bravas out every day in a different place and they always taste a bit different. (And also I haven't found pimientos de Padrón here :( )

In Poland I had some amazing handmade chocolate. One had crushed rose petals in it and god, it was so good. Another one had almonds. Okay, now I can't stop thinking about them...
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Post by: Promise on February 08, 2015, 03:51:46 PM
Guarana from Brasil. Occasionally, I can find it in an international grocery store if I'm in a city or metro suburban area. But it's nonexistent here in the rural midwest.