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||A friend told me of the machine in the canteen at his university, which asked you to enter a number code for each drink. 100 was tea, no milk powder crap, no sugar. 101 was with sugar, etc. You get the idea. The machine also served cold drinks like fizzy orange, and hot soups as well. These also had their number codes. The numbers specified the ingredients, whether it was hot, fizzy or whatever. Normally you could only enter the codes listed on the front.|
The fun started when the machine went wrong, and allowed any number to be entered. The machine would then try it's best to produce Fizzy Soup, Cold Orange Coffee, and the frankly disturbing Chicken Tea with Sugar.
All revolting, including the standard tea & coffee of course.
|Nicey replies: Yes I once had to work in a place that had those. I don't think it was a malfunction that they could make stupid drinks, it was all part of the service. You could also make double strength drinks, which were twice as nasty.|
||RE: Matt Revell's Trip to NY|
I've heard there is a very nice cafe in New York called Tea and Sympathy, which is very British, so should have good tea and biscuits, as well as proper cakes and things like Shepherd's Pie on the menu, should you need something more substantial. Other than that, there is a lovely bakery called the Magnolia Bakery, I think on Bleeker St, which has lots of lovely cakes and brownies. Enjoy!
||I drink from a Che Guevara mug with the slogan " Hasta La Victoria Siempre" emblazoned on it.|
It recently acquired a nasty chip on the rim. This was caused by a souvenir bottle of ouzo in the shape of a violin toppling off the welsh dresser and crashing into the mug. It had been dislodged by my over excited jumping up and down as the England Rugby team won the Rugby World Cup.
I've noticed some discussion of French biscuits on the site, and thought I'd mention one I came across while staying in the Loire valley towards the end of 2002. I was studying at a French language school near Sancerre, and I found these biscuits in a little shop in Sancerre itself.
The biscuits were called 'langues des sorcières' (witches' tongues — apparently the region was once known for witches). They're large but quite thin and sort of teardrop shaped — about 6 inches long and 3 or 4 wide at the widest bit — crispy with a distinct honey taste, and they have some kind
of sticky glaze and nut bits towards the centre, if I remember rightly. We weren't supposed to eat in class, but if I brought these along everyone (including the teacher) scoffed them.
I do recall them being very nice with a cup of tea (even though the only tea I could get hold of was Lipton's Yellow Label).
I think I was told they were a local speciality, but my French is fairly bad so I could be wrong.
|Nicey replies: That sounds like a local variation on the 'langues des chats'. You do have to watch out for the Liptons Yellow Label tea it can confuse the palette, but it is better than nothing, just.|
Fox's Butter Crinkle Crunch Review
Just been perusing your biscuit archive and I thought I ought to throw in my two-penneth worth in favour of Fox's Butter Crinkle Cruch biscuits, in my opinion, if not the best biscuit in the world, then definately in the top 5.
The high sugar content makes them the perfect biscuit pick-me-up for the end of a long hard day. As a dinghy sailing instructor who frequently spends all day enjoying the best that the British weather can throw at me, I'd say these biscuits have saved my sense of humour from certain death on more than one occasion, only McVitie's (plain) chocolate digestives have proven the same level of reliability.
Well Many thanks for a highly informative website - keep up the good work,
Yours - Andrew.
|Nicey replies: As it so happens I had three of them yesterday for elevensees, they are very nice aren't they.