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NYC foodie moving to london

I use a service called MYUS (or AccessUSA). They will ship most things to you in the UK. It's expensive but there are many things I can't live without that I can't get in England. I have a Florida address with them and I ship stuff to them and they collect it and send me a CARE package when I request it. I'm probably very picky but I find it impossible to find many, many things, not all of them food items, in London. For example, has anyone found travel sizes of things like toothpaste? Just one small example. The country that brought us the ban on liquids and gels on planes and is so stingy with luggage allowances doesn't seem to have such things.

Aug 04, 2008
relda in U.K./Ireland

whole foods, london

I don't know if anyone's still looking at this thread but... I love whole foods in the US and live in England now. My problem is that I live in Surrey so it's hard for me to get there and get a lot of food home from there. But I worry about the English reaction to the place. We were taking a bus there and we asked the driver if it stopped at Whole Foods. An older woman (she sounded Eastern European) spent the whole trip telling us why we shouldn't shop there. They have so much stuff, it couldn't possibly be fresh. She gets her organic stuff at Marks and Spencer and it's cheaper. English people don't seem to be able to discriminate between buying a whole organic swiss chard and getting good quality, healthy PREPARED food. I want the convenience of someone else cooking stuff I actually want to eat. I don't care nearly as much about its organic pedigree or carbon footprint. Sorry - that's very American of me but that's the way I am. I see the usual jealosy and suspicion which Europeans usually have towards American goods even if they're better and cheaper. I hope Whole Foods London makes it.

Aug 04, 2008
relda in U.K./Ireland

Starbucks Vivanno Smoothies??

Not nitpicking - just want to point out that England uses the pound which is also strong against the dollar. But everything there is a ripoff anyway. I always drink decaf with honey (probably sounds gross but I don't eat sugar). They don't have honey there and they don't brew decaf so I have to get "Americano" which is espresso with extra water and it really isn't nearly as good. I'm looking forward to having Vivannos there although it's almost always too chilly for cold drinks.

Aug 04, 2008
relda in Chains

Starbucks Vivanno Smoothies??

I've had the mango Vivanno at 2 different Starbucks so far and they made it without the milk and the protein and added honey. I really like it. Probably better than Jambo juice which I really love too. I don't do sugar and dairy at Jambo though so I'm just comparing the natural ones. I'm upset about the English price differerential - it's a smaller drink for a lot more money? I live in England and am going back there at the end of the summer.

Aug 04, 2008
relda in Chains