There are some frequent topics of conversation at the weekly coffee hour in my department: shop talk, the weather, and food. A lot of us often talk about food we can’t get in Edinburgh. Or what used to be unavailable, but now can be found at such-and-such shop. Or what we stock up on every time we’re back in the Old Country (and I’ll spare you the tangential thought about how reverse-directional migration makes phrases like ‘the Old Country’ very awkward).
I’ve just spent over a month visiting the United States. I left Edinburgh before the holidays started in order to present a paper at the ASA. After three weeks in various parts of Northern California I spent 11 days in various parts of Arizona. Now I’m in the Baltimore area, and on Sunday I fly back home to Edinburgh.
While here, I’ve eaten a lot. And having so much time to have so many meals made me think about how I prioritize food choices. There’s the must eats, those things I’ll seek out even if I just have one day in the US! And then, like a travel guide book, there’s those things I seek out if I have more time. Or a lot more time! And every time I visit, the list changes. But here’s the current list…
Apple butter! (I know, it’s a little random, but I’m I huge fan.)
Panera’s Iced Green Tea
Sonic’s Cherry Limeade
Trader Joe’s brand anything
Guilty Pleasures, given the opportunity:
Auntie Annie’s Pretzels
Rice Krispy treats
Whatever new gimmick the major candy bar brands have come up with
Foods we can get in Edinburgh but are better in the US:
Foods we can get in Edinburgh but which are cheaper in the US:
Specific Restaurants, if geographically possible:
La Mediterranee, Berkeley, CA
Macy’s European Coffeehouse & Bakery, Flagstaff, AZ
Maya Quetzal, Tucson, AZ (get the Plato Vegetariano)
San Tung, Inner Sunset, San Francisco, CA (get the chicken wings)
Travel on, friends!