Wednesday, November 14, 2007

I am so missing these foods....




They're about to run out and I'm panicking. Judging by the battered packaging, you can tell I have been hanging on to them for dear life but there's not much left!

I'm referring to some of my favorite foods I brought back with me on my last trip to England. Before I moved to Chicago two years ago, I lived in London for 11 years. Full of bittersweet memories, and fortunately, more of them sweeter rather than bitter.

Two of my favorite M&S Cookies are the 'Pistachio and Almond Cookies' and 'Redcurrant Puffs'. You can almost taste the nuts jutting out of the deliciously crumbly cookie. Also, the delicateness of the dollop of redcurrant jam sitting in the middle of the exquisitely fine pastry.....aaaah.

Another quintessentially British product I am missing is Whittard's Spiced Chai Tea (see picture). If you are a fan of Starbucks' Chai Latte, you'll love the convenience of brewing such a cuppa in your own home. The shops back in London are delightful treasure troves selling both traditional and flavored tea, in leaf or tea bags, and cute cups and plates and other items relating to tea.

When I looked at their website, it said that there is a Whittard in Boston. However I couldn't find a web page for this store. Perhaps you've heard about it? Have you visited and bought anything there?

I couldn't help but suppress a smile at the irony - a very British tea store in the heart of the city where they got rid of all that tea a few hundred years ago...

4 comments:

Windyridge said...

You're making me hungry! I love cookies!

Dana said...

Hi Monica, the Whittard of Chelsea Boston store is at 170 Newbury Street (upstairs from Stil.) They definitely carry the Spiced Chai. They will also soon be opening a second Boston store in Faneuil Hall! :)

Dana said...

And oh, I forgot to mention, in addition to all of the teas and ceramics, the Whittard store also has a 'blend-your-own' tea table where you can try your hand at making your own signature tea blend.

Monica said...

Dana,

Thanks for your comments. I'm so glad they're doing well enough to be opening up a second store in a such a central location. And I love the idea of signature tea blends! I hope Chicago's on their road to success!

-Monica (currently sipping Whittard's Moroccan Mint tea)