Top 5 Foods to Buy at the British Isles Shop

Are there really ONLY 57 varieties in England?
Are there really ONLY 57 varieties in England?
Photo by Joanna O'Leary

If you're an Anglophile, you're probably already aware of the cuteness that is the British Isles shop in Rice Village. Filled with trinkets (both high end and touristy), foodstuffs, and housewares reminiscent of Ole Britainnia, this store is a godsend for British expats and a source of fun English foods for the rest of us Yanks. Here are five to try:

5. Funky Heinz Condiments. Too many relishes, spreads, sauces to narrow down to just one. A few of them can be found in the foreign foods aisles of local grocery stores, but most are just too esoteric (Piccalilli Pickle) to appeal non-Britons (or non-Briton wannabees).

4. Aunty's Sticky Toffee Pudding. I used to rely on Branchwater Tavern for my sticky toffee pudding fix; alas, the demise of the restaurant meant a dearth of excellent freshly prepared sticky toffee pudding in Houston. Aunty's puddings, which you can reheat in the oven or microwave, push the envelope in a good way in terms of sweet syrupy flavor and boast subtle pleasant butter undertones. This sticky toffee definitely needs no accompaniment, but if a scoop of vanilla ice cream happens to fall on top, so be it.

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