Hello lovelies! Hope you all had a lovely weekend. I sure did. :) My fetching boyfriend G came to town and we had a wonderful weekend together. G spent some time in the U.K. for his sister's wedding and returned to the States with a fondness for a few foods from the other side of the pond. He visited this weekend and on Saturday we hit up Ames British Foods.
The specialty shop is a real gem right here smack-dab in the middle of Iowa. The family-run business was started back in September 2008 to serve local U.K. expats working at Iowa State University. And now it's become a go-to shop beloved by born-and-bred Iowans and Midwesterners, Brits, Europeans, Australians, Kiwis, and people from all over the world.
|Above: Ames British Foods, interior|
The bf went in on a mission to find two things he'd been raving to me about: HP sauce and Branston. Ames British Foods had both. He nabbed a couple bottles of the HP sauce plus a jar of Branston whilst I went ga-ga over the teas and ended up with a box of Tetley. After our visit to Ames British Foods, we hit up the shop owner's restaurant The Chip Shop for a delicious lunch of fish'n'chips. (I also tried and fell head over heels for malt vinegar.)
Later in the afternoon after a few episodes of Sherlock, we cracked open the Branston jar. G couldn't quite remember what cheese he'd eaten with Branston over in the U.K., so we opted for gouda. We put the Branston and cheese on crackers for a quick snack. I also brewed up some Tetley tea. (I usually drink my tea with a splash of milk, but alas! For the photo above, I was out.)
All I have to say about the Branston pickle is... yum!
I know that I have some U.K. readers out there and I would love to hear how you eat Branston. What kind of cheese do you pair it with? What do you put it on? And what is the best beverage to drink with it?
I'd love to hear your suggestions as I have a jar to eat up. :)
And what other U.K. foods and beverages would you recommend? Food, desserts, tea, beer! Give me your recommendations. Since I'll be returning to this charming shop soonly and often, I'd love to buy something new each visit.