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Max's parents left today for 2 weeks in France and like usual they asked us to make them a shopping list for food we'd like them to bring back for us (we do the same for them when we go abroad). It's like having personal shoppers and a home delivery service all rolled into one. :)

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Hi Jackie/Maman and Philip/Dad,

Here is the shopping list:

2 x chicken stock cans
4 x chorizo, 2 extra-fort, 2-fort
2kg garlic
2kg shallots
1 x saffran
2 x Vendèe ham
1 x mogette
Danette - Optional
Cheese

If you have room can you also get:
6 x white
6 x red
couple rosè if possible
Nothing too fancy for the wine, just everyday drinking wine.

Please don't overload the car at our expense. As you said, you're going back soon so we can always get more later.

lots of love

Naomi and Macsen

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I've also written a shopping list for when we go to America in September. It's mostly of junk food and I'll probably only pick up a few of them, but here's the list so far:

Black beans
Canned pumpkin
Corn tortillas
Masa harina
Root beer
Cinnamon toast crunch cereal
Canned chicken broth
Chilies
Blue Sky soda
Annie's mac & cheese
Traditional Medicinals ginger tea
Frontera habanero salsa
Seabear smoked salmon (The best smoked salmon in the world, except for freshly smoked of course. Max's parents even took some to eat on Christmas while in Tunisia!)
Reeces
Peanut butter m&ms
Cheez-its

It's funny what becomes exotic from home when you've been living abroad.
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On July 17th, 2003 07:05 am (UTC), vulgarlad commented:
you guys can't get root beer over there? damn...that's harsh.

~m
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On July 17th, 2003 07:12 am (UTC), nomi replied:
actually I recently discovered some at a grocery store called asda, which was bought out by wal-mart. It's all right for a fix, but I still want some of the good organic stuff from home.
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On July 17th, 2003 07:28 am (UTC), whorlpool commented:
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Masa harina is difficult enough to find here, too. We have to walk to a store two miles away to get it; none of our nearest stores (an organic market, a farmer's market-type place, and a small grocery store) have it. Fortunately, it lasts a while. I don't think I could ever go back to store bought tortillas.
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On July 17th, 2003 09:29 am (UTC), nomi replied:
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Yes, home made are the best! Masa harina can be bought at an order-only shop in London, but it's more expensive and I think it's the only place in the UK where it can be found. I know it can be found somewhere in Port Townsend because my Mexican friend there used to hold "Taco Tuesday" parties and he would have us help him make tortillas for it. I think it might even be available at Safeway there, but I'm not sure. I will find some though, I'm determined. We found corn tortillas at a grocery store here, but they're Old El Paso and not great.

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On July 17th, 2003 07:40 am (UTC), atlaz commented:
mmmmmmmm frontera
best
salsa (store bought)
ever
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On July 17th, 2003 09:30 am (UTC), nomi replied:
yes, I should find out their recipe. ;)
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On July 17th, 2003 11:56 am (UTC), rdg commented:
It's funny what becomes exotic from home when you've been living abroad.

i lost my shit when i found out that waitrose sells skippy

whenever my dad goes to japan, he has to take a separate suitcase filled with boxes of fruit loops. the children of the people he works with go absolutely nuts for the stuff
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On July 18th, 2003 06:45 am (UTC), nomi replied:
hah I was the same when I found out asda sold corn tortillas and root bear. Panzer's in St. John's Wood also sells miscellaneous American junk, including Skippy.

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On July 17th, 2003 03:52 pm (UTC), wastedbeers commented:
Hey, you live in London, I'm sure you can find pretty much anything somewhere!
Peanut m&ms are sold here, aren't they?
At least, they were last time I ate them, which was before I went vegan, which was 1995...
I'm damn certain you can get the first five, and I've seen Hershey's chocolate all over the place, so I'm sure Reece's shouldn't be too far behind, and what kind of chillies can't you get?
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On July 18th, 2003 06:49 am (UTC), nomi replied:
oops, I meant peanut butter m&ms. I haven't been able to find them.

most kinds of Mexican chilies aren't available in the uk, or if they are they're horribly overpriced.
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On July 17th, 2003 06:30 pm (UTC), 100acrewoods commented:
My brother has international satellite TV, and now that Iraqi state TV is off the air, he really misses the 'Saddam Hussein music videos'.
Do you know of some online venue for viewing Middle Eastern music videos?
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On July 18th, 2003 06:52 am (UTC), nomi replied:
I don't, but have you checked wwiTV.com? I haven't watched anything on there for a long time, but I used to watch music videos from India, etc. on there.
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On July 18th, 2003 10:26 am (UTC), opalfruit commented:
You used to be able to get Cinnamon Toast Crunch here, I was totally addicted. I think Cinnamon Grahams are quite similar? But not entirely correct!
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On July 21st, 2003 05:58 am (UTC), nomi replied:
Really? I wonder why they stopped selling it? Admittedly I don't buy it often in the states, but once in awhile I really want some.

I just looked it up and came across this "In 1997 Cinnamon Toast Crunch was re-named Cinnamon Grahams and re-launched in the UK" so I guess they are the same! I'll have to find it.
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On July 21st, 2003 12:39 pm (UTC), opalfruit replied:
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Wow! They are pretty much the same, I just thought I remembered CTC to be less sugary..
Well, whatever, happy eating :)
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On July 21st, 2003 04:47 pm (UTC), gulch commented:
Your American shopping list sounds like most of the stuff I can't get from the Millennium Cookbook (the vegan bits, anyway). Especially masa harina, not a very common item in Sheffield.
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On July 22nd, 2003 05:51 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
It's weird, last month I spent hours trying to track down masa harina in London and all I could find was the Cool Chile Co. now out of the blue I've come across it at Panzer's and a few other places in the city. Apparently Panzer's will be ordering 4lb bags of it soon.
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