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PostPosted: Fri Dec 22, 2017 9:17 am 
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Packets of these turned up today from Blighty:

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Post Christmas sandwiches are simply not right without a side of Brannigans taking the skin of your tongue with their absurd mustard content. I've also bought myself Jaffa Cakes (sadly not in yard form), and 'proper' Dairy Milk.

Are any of the other expats going out of their way to secure specific foodstuff to make their Christmas a bit more like they remember?


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 22, 2017 9:20 am 
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Dang, that's one potato chip flavour I wouldn't mind trying.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 22, 2017 9:31 am 
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Had some of those bad boys tonight. Delightful.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 22, 2017 9:32 am 
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I don't know what the biggest travesty is - me agreeing with Ika on something or the lack of Salt and Vinegar chips in Europe.


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Decent mince pies


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I don't know what the biggest travesty is - me agreeing with Ika on something or the lack of Salt and Vinegar chips in Europe.

Well that's just a downright lie


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The Brits go for that ready salted shite don't they


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Dang, that's one potato chip flavour I wouldn't mind trying.


They are pretty awesome. Full on mustard hit


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Demilich wrote:
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I don't know what the biggest travesty is - me agreeing with Ika on something or the lack of Salt and Vinegar chips in Europe.


Tip: "Agreeing with Ika" is not a big travesty. I'm going to let you in on a little secret here; that is, the majority of PR posters are fucking bonkers. I know they can be loud and attack en masse, but that doesn't make them right. The minute you see your views on virtually any subject imaginable starting to converge with "the average PR poster", that's the moment to check for travesties. Not when you "agree with Ika". Trust me.

Merry Christmas. :P :P


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Mog The Almighty wrote:
Demilich wrote:
Mog The Almighty wrote:
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I don't know what the biggest travesty is - me agreeing with Ika on something or the lack of Salt and Vinegar chips in Europe.


Tip: "Agreeing with Ika" is not a big travesty. I'm going to let you in on a little secret here; that is, the majority of PR posters are fucking bonkers. I know they can be loud and attack en masse, but that doesn't make them right. The minute you see your views on virtually any subject imaginable starting to converge with "the average PR poster", that's the moment to check for travesties. Not when you "agree with Ika". Trust me.

Merry Christmas. :P :P


You know who else aren't "average PR posters"? Coog. Quentin. kovana. Island Styles. Silver. Dozy. Jake.

These are your peers.


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Demilich wrote:
Mog The Almighty wrote:
Demilich wrote:
Mog The Almighty wrote:
Ill see your weird English chips and raise you these...

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I don't know what the biggest travesty is - me agreeing with Ika on something or the lack of Salt and Vinegar chips in Europe.


Tip: "Agreeing with Ika" is not a big travesty. I'm going to let you in on a little secret here; that is, the majority of PR posters are fucking bonkers. I know they can be loud and attack en masse, but that doesn't make them right. The minute you see your views on virtually any subject imaginable starting to converge with "the average PR poster", that's the moment to check for travesties. Not when you "agree with Ika". Trust me.

Merry Christmas. :P :P


You know who else aren't "average PR posters"? Coog. Quentin. kovana. Island Styles. Silver. Dozy. Jake.

These are your peers.


Yeah no, not really.


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Ooh now those are right fucking tasty. :thumbup:


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I'm spending Christmas in the Caribbean so my family sent me a hamper full of lovely Irish treats this week :D


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I’ve spent the day supposedly Christmas shopping with the missus in joberg. Buying Pimms, cocktail stuff, ribs for the brai... all a bit fcuking weird and we literally had a row when I put a Terry’s Chocolate orange in the trolley as a nod to my usual traditions at which point she called me a fat fcuk. Give me a proper cold Christmas at home in UK with family rows in front of the TV any day rather than the expat bollocks of sunshine and BBQs.


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HKCJ wrote:
I’ve spent the day supposedly Christmas shopping with the missus in joberg. Buying Pimms, cocktail stuff, ribs for the brai... all a bit fcuking weird and we literally had a row when I put a Terry’s Chocolate orange in the trolley as a nod to my usual traditions at which point she called me a fat fcuk. Give me a proper cold Christmas at home in UK with family rows in front of the TV any day rather than the expat bollocks of sunshine and BBQs.

Oh, I would much rather be at home with friends and family but current personal and work circumstances render that impossible, unfortunately.

All of my childhood pals will be in our rural local this evening listening to the music session, supping lovely pints of stout at the table by the peat fire :(


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HKCJ wrote:
I’ve spent the day supposedly Christmas shopping with the missus in joberg. Buying Pimms, cocktail stuff, ribs for the brai... all a bit fcuking weird and we literally had a row when I put a Terry’s Chocolate orange in the trolley as a nod to my usual traditions at which point she called me a fat fcuk. Give me a proper cold Christmas at home in UK with family rows in front of the TV any day rather than the expat bollocks of sunshine and BBQs.


Fat fcuk!! What’s her problem with some nice choccies?


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HKCJ wrote:
I’ve spent the day supposedly Christmas shopping with the missus in joberg. Buying Pimms, cocktail stuff, ribs for the brai... all a bit fcuking weird and we literally had a row when I put a Terry’s Chocolate orange in the trolley as a nod to my usual traditions at which point she called me a fat fcuk. Give me a proper cold Christmas at home in UK with family rows in front of the TV any day rather than the expat bollocks of sunshine and BBQs.


Don't shoot her through the bathroom door


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Demilich wrote:
the lack of Salt and Vinegar chips in Europe.


But we do a good line in salt and vinegar crisps 8)


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ZappaMan wrote:
HKCJ wrote:
I’ve spent the day supposedly Christmas shopping with the missus in joberg. Buying Pimms, cocktail stuff, ribs for the brai... all a bit fcuking weird and we literally had a row when I put a Terry’s Chocolate orange in the trolley as a nod to my usual traditions at which point she called me a fat fcuk. Give me a proper cold Christmas at home in UK with family rows in front of the TV any day rather than the expat bollocks of sunshine and BBQs.

Oh, I would much rather be at home with friends and family but current personal and work circumstances render that impossible, unfortunately.

All of my childhood pals will be in our rural local this evening listening to the music session, supping lovely pints of stout at the table by the peat fire :(


I don't normally drink stout these days but you have me sold on the idea.


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Keith wrote:
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the lack of Salt and Vinegar chips in Europe.


But we do a good line in salt and vinegar crisps 8)


So does Ireland.
The US is terrible for potato crisps in general. They just don’t do variety or good flavours.. which is surprising.


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A virtual one for you Jeff, just to help you out.













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The Brits go for that ready salted shite don't they


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Prawn cocktail ffs. Your country's fúcked.


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Prawn cocktail ffs. Your country's fúcked.


I've never been anywhere with more or seemingly nonsensical crisp flavours, it's true. Prawn cocktail is nice enough though. But JtB has this nailed with the Brannigan shout.


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Prawn cocktail ffs. Your country's fúcked.


I've never been anywhere with more or seemingly nonsensical crisp flavours, it's true. Prawn cocktail is nice enough though. But JtB has this nailed with the Brannigan shout.


Never heard of Brannigan’s crisps. Not sure if we get them here. Will have to try them sometime, next time I’m across the water or up north.


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Cheese and Onion is the absolute worst. Ready salted is every shit 8th birthday party I ever went to. Salt and vinegar is the one true crisp.


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The problem I have with Antipodean crisps/chips is that they lack a bit of punch. The flavours are invariably mild, even for supposedly strong flavoured crisps.

With the above mentioned crisps, I also bought a pack of these:

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You just can't get crisps like the Brannigans ones, or something packing a lot of spice like the Chilli Heatwave ones, in NZ.


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Keith wrote:
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the lack of Salt and Vinegar chips in Europe.


But we do a good line in salt and vinegar crisps 8)


Wasn't counting you island-folk as part of Europe. You do indeed do a good line in S&V. :thumbup:

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The problem I have with Antipodean crisps/chips is that they lack a bit of punch. The flavours are invariably mild, even for supposedly strong flavoured crisps.

With the above mentioned crisps, I also bought a pack of these:

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You just can't get crisps like the Brannigans ones, or something packing a lot of spice like the Chilli Heatwave ones, in NZ.


One of the lines of "kettle-fries" chips had a lot of flavour (particularly the Salt & Vinegar ones - tongue-burningly so). Not sure if they still do them though. But yes, most are pretty mild.

There is (or at least was) an ex-pat store somewhere on the North Shore which supposedly had a decent range of UK goods - driving there from up north would probably cost less than getting such things posted.


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Demilich wrote:
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But we do a good line in salt and vinegar crisps 8)


Wasn't counting you island-folk as part of Europe. You do indeed do a good line in S&V. :thumbup:

Jeff the Bear wrote:
The problem I have with Antipodean crisps/chips is that they lack a bit of punch. The flavours are invariably mild, even for supposedly strong flavoured crisps.

With the above mentioned crisps, I also bought a pack of these:

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You just can't get crisps like the Brannigans ones, or something packing a lot of spice like the Chilli Heatwave ones, in NZ.


One of the lines of "kettle-fries" chips had a lot of flavour (particularly the Salt & Vinegar ones - tongue-burningly so). Not sure if they still do them though. But yes, most are pretty mild.

There is (or at least was) an ex-pat store somewhere on the North Shore which supposedly had a decent range of UK goods - driving there from up north would probably cost less than getting such things posted.


There's one in Walkworth and Orewa, but neither do those particular crisps. I do use those for standard British stuff we buy like Yorkshire Tea and British biscuits.


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Cheese and Onion is the absolute worst. Ready salted is every shit 8th birthday party I ever went to. Salt and vinegar is the one true crisp.

Tayto Cheese and Onion is the food of the Gods *.

* Celtic variety.


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croyals wrote:
Cheese and Onion is the absolute worst. Ready salted is every shit 8th birthday party I ever went to. Salt and vinegar is the one true crisp.

Tayto Cheese and Onion is the food of the Gods.

Awfully Church of Ireland of me to say but King is far better.


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camroc1 wrote:
croyals wrote:
Cheese and Onion is the absolute worst. Ready salted is every shit 8th birthday party I ever went to. Salt and vinegar is the one true crisp.

Tayto Cheese and Onion is the food of the Gods.

Awfully protestant of me to say but King is far better.


A self described heathen.


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I miss decent sausages and pudding over here.
Yank/Canadian sausages are genuinely awful.


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camroc1 wrote:
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camroc1 wrote:
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Cheese and Onion is the absolute worst. Ready salted is every shit 8th birthday party I ever went to. Salt and vinegar is the one true crisp.

Tayto Cheese and Onion is the food of the Gods.

Awfully protestant of me to say but King is far better.


A self described heathen.

Tayto salt and vinegar are better though.


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Decent biltong. And droëwors.
With all the bloody holidaymakers there is none left.


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Also, Irish style stuffing.
Yanks/Canadians use big chunks of bread instead of crumbs.


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I miss Aussie mangos, more than anything else. What they have here is almost like a different fruit it's so much worse.


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I miss Aussie mangos, more than anything else. What they have here is almost like a different fruit it's so much worse.


The missus complains that mangoes that are sold in the UK/NZ are an affront to good mangoes.


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