Bacon, Netflix and Smaller Portion Sizes - Life is different in London.

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In December, PAMELA ENGEL relocated from New York to London to work for Business Insider's newly opened UK bureau.

She noticed some things are not the same...

The food is actually very different. The burgers don't taste as good, and a lot of what is offered on the American menu is not available in the UK.

The same goes for KFC. I stopped there once to pick up dinner on my way home from work and was surprised to find out it didn't have mashed potatoes. KFC without mashed potatoes is pointless.


Some of my favorite apps don't work in the UK.

Netflix doesn't have the same selection.

Custom sandwiches and salads aren't really a thing here.

The entire article is here,

What's It Like To Live In London England - Business Insider

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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    I would argue that even with mashed potatoes, KFC is pointless...

    But then , I ate a TON of chicken nuggets from Chick-Fil-A at a party last week...so what do I know? My only excuse was they were right next to the shrimp....
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    • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
      I'm surprised that KFC would be coupled with mashed potato.

      A dry food demands a saucy food as accompainiment, hence baked beans...

      Chicken McNuggs and ketchup for me above all, the "boot" being the favourite!

      Why McDonald's Chicken McNuggets Have Four Shapes - Business Insider
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    • Profile picture of the author seasoned
      Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

      I would argue that even with mashed potatoes, KFC is pointless...

      But then , I hate a TON of chicken nuggets from Chick-Fil-A at a party last week...so what do I know? My only excuse was they were right next to the shrimp....
      KFC became a little takeout place, much as it is today, and MOST people I knew liked it as a one stop shop for picnics. One thing WAS the mashed potatoes. It also allowed you to have a healthier type of potatoes than the other companies.

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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    I cannot fathom KFC without the mashed potatoes and I've had that kind of bacon before. It tastes alright but just isn't the same. The pre-made sandwiches and salads didn't look appealing. I'm not a fan of McD's so that wouldn't matter. The row housing looks great. Like the architecture. No outlet in the bathroom is what we have here in a farmhouse and it's a real pain when you want to blow dry your hair or use an electric shaver.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lucian Lada
    Originally Posted by Joe Mobley View Post

    The burgers don't taste as good, and a lot of what is offered on the American menu is not available in the UK.

    Some of my favorite apps don't work in the UK.

    Netflix doesn't have the same selection.

    Custom sandwiches and salads aren't really a thing here.
    So she's complaining because life in London is, in a way, more normal?
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    • Profile picture of the author seasoned
      Originally Posted by Lucian Lada View Post

      So she's complaining because life in London is, in a way, more normal?
      Normal is RELATIVE so, for her, it is LESS normal!

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  • Profile picture of the author TLTheLiberator
    I've got to know what is that brown sauce is that we found in most every middle of the road eating place in London?

    Can one of you Brits help me out?
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    • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
      Originally Posted by TLTheLiberator View Post

      I've got to know what is that brown sauce is that we found in most every middle of the road eating place in London?

      Can one of you Brits help me out?
      It's a meat stock sauce.

      HP (Houses of Parliment) is the most popular brand of it.

      It's a staple of bacon sandwiches for many but I much prefer ketchup.
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      • Profile picture of the author TLTheLiberator
        Originally Posted by Daniel Evans View Post

        It's a meat stock sauce.

        HP (Houses of Parliment) is the most popular brand of it.

        It's a staple of bacon sandwiches for many but I much prefer ketchup.

        Thanks and is that ketchup on your fries or mayonnaise and/or is that a thing (mayonnaise on fries) that happens mostly on the continent?
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        • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
          I use a lot of mayo but rarely with chips.

          Always ketchup with chips and I think that's true for many.
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            Originally Posted by TLTheLiberator View Post

            I've got to know what is that brown sauce is that we found in most every middle of the road eating place in London?

            Can one of you Brits help me out?
            Originally Posted by Daniel Evans View Post

            It's a meat stock sauce.

            HP (Houses of Parliment) is the most popular brand of it.

            It's a staple of bacon sandwiches for many but I much prefer ketchup.
            Or as a chef once taught me back in my days as a cook it's called "brown sauce".
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        • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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          Originally Posted by TLTheLiberator View Post

          and/or is that a thing (mayonnaise on fries) that happens mostly on the continent?
          Much more in continental Europe. Particularly Belgium (famous for it) but sometimes Luxembourg, Netherlands, France, too.

          "HP Sauce" is a particularly famous brand. If you ask for it in places like the Savoy Hotel (London) they actually bring it to the table (in a dish on a little silver tray) with the bottle, so you can see from the label that it's the genuine item.


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          • Profile picture of the author seasoned
            Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

            Much more in continental Europe. Particularly Belgium (famous for it) but sometimes Luxembourg, Netherlands, France, too.

            "HP Sauce" is a particularly famous brand. If you ask for it in places like the Savoy Hotel (London) they actually bring it to the table (in a dish on a little silver tray) with the bottle, so you can see from the label that it's the genuine item.


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            But the restaurants likely marry in the UK ALSO, don't they!?!?!?!?















            Marry is restaurant speak for combining leftover residue from various bottles, like ketchup, into another bottle to lower costs and make things look neater. OBVIOUSLY though, the bottles don't care what WAS in them! JUST SAYING.....

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            • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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              Originally Posted by seasoned View Post

              But the restaurants likely marry in the UK ALSO, don't they!?!?!?!?
              Yes; I wouldn't be at all surprised.

              I think Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential was originally published over there, but I don't seriously imagine that "ours" are significantly different.
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    STOP THE PRESSES!!!!

    Go to a different country and find that things are different.

    Who'd have thought it?
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      Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

      No outlet in the bathroom is what we have here in a farmhouse and it's a real pain when you want to blow dry your hair or use an electric shaver.
      I hope that's for your legs





      Originally Posted by whateverpedia View Post


      Go to a different country and find that things are different.

      Who'd have thought it?
      Yep. Scorpion soup, They don't know what they're missing.


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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        Originally Posted by positivenegative View Post

        Scorpion soup, They don't know what they're missing.
        But by the time those scorpions have finished off all the soup, which they're doubtless enjoying so much, what does the person who ordered the "soup of the day" get to eat for his first course?
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    I'm surprised that the UK doesn't do mashed potatoes. I'm pretty sure I ate them in Germany. Germans do wonderful things to potatoes. I would have just presumed that all of Europe made them - thought that's where they came from.

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    That's what the gravy is for.

    That's for Yorkshire puddings....
    Daniel - it might surprise you to know that not all that many Americans are familiar with Yorkshire pudding. My mother was an extraordinary cook and we got a lot of foods most Americans don't get. I'm a gravy addict, though, so whether it's Yorkshire or potatoes is irrelevant as long as there's awesome gravy on top of it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by HeySal View Post

      I'm surprised that the UK doesn't do mashed potatoes.
      We do. Very much so. I think of "mashed potatoes" as a British thing, myself.

      (But maybe KFC isn't sold with them, here: this I wouldn't know.)

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      • Profile picture of the author HeySal
        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        We do. Very much so. I think of "mashed potatoes" as a British thing, myself.

        (But maybe KFC isn't sold with them, here: this I wouldn't know.)

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        My faith in the British is restored, Alexa. As far as KFC - I don't eat where the food is factory farmed or Monsanto. Not sure if that is the case over there or not, either.
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      • Profile picture of the author lanfear63
        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        We do. Very much so. I think of "mashed potatoes" as a British thing, myself.

        (But maybe KFC isn't sold with them, here: this I wouldn't know.)

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        I have always got the impression that mashed potatoes are one of the least creative things you can do with them. In the UK it is considered common food, nothing special, blue collar workers eat them that way, that's the traditional view. Roast potatoes, baked potatoes and large sized, fried chipped ones are much more loved.

        I like mashed potatoes with British sausages and baked beans but otherwise I would not gravitate to eating them that way. Adding brown gravy, optional. Adding brown sauce or ketchup, salt and pepper, essential.

        I know in the US, they will season them more, add herbs, butter and garlic etc. try to make them more interesting.

        One thing that interests me in the US is green beans. You want a vegetable, it must be green beans and corn. There is a huge variety of vegetables to be had out there (including bean types) but all we get offered is this one variety of rather acrid tasting green bean. Don't even know what it is but that's all you seem to get.
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        • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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          Originally Posted by lanfear63 View Post

          I know in the US, they will season them more, add herbs, butter and garlic etc. try to make them more interesting.
          So will I. (I'll be honest: my referring to something culinary as in my perceptions "a British thing" is not intrinsically a compliment to it ).

          I do like a nice, well-made Yorkshire pudding, though. And nobody can pretend that isn't British.

          Originally Posted by lanfear63 View Post

          One thing that interests me in the US is green beans. You want a vegetable, it must be green beans and corn.
          I'll take corn, of the two; thank you.

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