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||I think I may have hallucinated a tea room. After three days holiday recently in the mountains south of Brecon, where tea rooms seem to be very few and far between, I was desperate for a cream tea. Anyway I found myself slightly lost somewhere south of Talybont on Usk, having missed my turning but carrying on in a spirit of enquiry, as you do, and I came across a tea room tucked away in the countryside. And this was a proper tea room, mind, serving home-made scones and bara brith, loose leaf tea in pots, with nice bone china cups.|
It was only afterwards that it occurred to me that it was too spookily perfect to be real. Had I stumbled across a fairy tea room that only appears once every seven years, or maybe it was a tea room of requirement that only appears to people desperate for a cream tea and a sit down. I wondered if anyone else may have encountered it in other parts of the world?
|Nicey replies: Yes I have some old reconnaissance photos of that area
We had a tea tour there some years back now and came across a tea place not far from CrickHowell in the village of Llangenny but this is east of Tal-y-bont so maybe the enchanted tea room is prone to manifesting itself in different locations.
Leafy Pie and Green Tea Pocky Review
|Dear Nicey,Wifey and YMOS|
11th November, it is "Pepero Day" in Korea.
So now, "Pepero Day season ". The "Pepero" is a so popular Korean biscuit ,which has been manufactured by Lotte since 1983 in Korea. It is a thin biscuit stick dipped in chocolate. I guess many people may think that the "Pepero" is similar to Japanese "Pocky" (French Mikado). But, sad to say, it appears that there is no relationship between them.
By the way, on this "Pepero Day", many Korean enjoy giving "Pepero" biscuits to their beloved boyfriends/girlfriend, cherished family members, close friends and bosses, and scoffing together.
Allegedly, the "Pepero Day" began 11th November in 1994 when some Korean girl students sent "Pepero" biscuits to one another, hoping to become slim ladies like thin "Pepero" sticks.
11th November, or 11/11 consisting of QUADRUPLE 1 seems to have been specially selected by those Korean girls, as the thin, slim stick shaped like a figure 1. And their gift exchanging seems to have spread all over the country.
Some says that the excitement to the day has been more than Valentine Day in recent years in Korea.
I have no ideas if this happy event is a splendid fiction created by wise Lotte or not. However, I think it is fantastic that many Korean automatically show up on BISCUIT sections in their local supermarkets and corner shops for "Pepero" biscuits, as the "Pepero Day" approaches, every year.
We can actually see many biscuits manufactured by NOT Lotte but other confectioneries sold as gifts for the day, along with "Pepero" biscuits by Lotte. And I want to extend a hearty welcome to such a stretch because, I expect that Korean will start enjoying even more any type of biscuits
in the world as well as "Pepero" biscuit at the very day of "Pepero Day", and eventually the lovely "Pepero Day" will be reborn as even lovelier "Korean Biscuit Day"(KBD) in the future.
Now, "Pepero" has three flavours including chocolate, cocoa biscuit & chocolate and chocolate & almond. Besides, a "Nude-Pepero" line is available in two flavours of chocolate and lemon cheese.
"Nude-Pepero" is a salt-less pretzel stick ZERO percent enrobed in coating. Instead it has some centre filling with a bit seductive naming.
I have a plan to gobble some "Pepero" biscuits with my husband ,11th November this year.
By the way, I read about Bourbon biscuits recalled because of possiblity of contamination of some biscuits by small pieces of metal wire in your "Nice News". I hope things will calm down, soon.
And I felt glad that those Korean girls had chosen NOT thin metallic wires but Pepero biscuits
for their gifts as something slim and thin in 1994.
Thank you for reading.
Hiromi Miura (Seoul Korea).
|Nicey replies: Hello Hiromi,
Once again you've alerted us to yet another blatant copy of somebody else's biscuit by the Koreans. They might not have anything to do with Pocky directly but everything about them is borrowed from Glico's Pocky something I'm even more certain of since receiving your training shipments of Japanese biscuits. Still it must be nice for you and your husband to find such a familiar biscuit in your new home and to have a whole day devoted to it.
I think that the unless they change the date it will probably not spread too far outside of Korea, as on that date we remember those who died in wars and conflicts especially the WWI and WWII as it coincides with the end of WWI. No doubt the Koreans have such a reflective time too, when we are probably doing something frivolous possibly involving biscuits, such is the nature of global biscuit celebrations and human strife.
Tim Tam vs Penguin Review
|Hello Nicey, Wifey and YMOS.|
I work for an airline and spend most of my time barrelling around the world, landing in far off and exotic places. I have to hold on to my hat and close my eyes against the unceasing gale of culture shock. Not having access to a nice cup of tea most of the time, the natural way to restore an inner balance is a wander round your lovely website, which seems to give me inner peace. A type of ‘cyber tea’ if you will. I think it might be something to do with a sort of distilled englishness that pervades the site. Anyhow, browsing the site while in Dubai, I came across some comments regarding Tim-Tams re. Penguins (personally I rejoice in a Tim-Tam but despise Penguins). Intrigued to see the results of the head to head, I clicked on the link and got the following message:
Gosh. What controversial statements am I missing out on? How do you feel about the citizens of the UAE being unable to benefit from your Tim-Tam / Penguin debate?
There is a supermarket opposite the hotel and I will now go biscuit hunting.
Thanks for your lovely site.
PS I find Hiromis’ regular despatches utterly charming – surely I am not the only one who looks forward to hearing of her next Korean related biscuit adventures?
|Nicey replies: Richard,
Firstly I shall be using our airplan icon for your message which until now has mean't issues with tea and biscuits arising whilst on an airplane, or something like that. It now also encompasses anything that people who work for airlines have to say.
We've been told before that the United Arab Emirates have blocked some of our content, I suppose we should be flattered that they have gone to so much trouble on our account. We would tone down our offensive language if we knew what it was we were saying. Perhaps in future they could just underline the offending bits in red and put a note at the bottom.
As for Biscuit Correspondent Hiromi, we have her latest report coming right up.
||Dear Nicey & Wifey,|
I read with interest your report on the decline of the good old fashioned pudding. I'd like to propose another reason why we're not seeing so many these days. It's because traditional 'puds' are being advertised with "crème anglaise" these days rather than custard. Apparently crème anglaise is in fact custard so please don't be alarmed and put off eating a proper hot pud by those pesky European phrases.
||Dear Nicey and the Wife,|
I was a little surprised to read about the decline in the traditional pudding, particularly as the weather is beginning to turn.
There are no such issues in my household with a proper steamed pudding and custard on the menu at least once a week.
I think that the problem may be due in part to the rise in dieting programs and the belief that eating puddings makes you fat.
I would just like to point out to people who hold this view that if you did a bit more exercise you could eat as many puddings as you like.
I myself am rather too partial to a bit of cake with my cup of tea. When my waistline began to spread, I just bought myself a bike with the result that I now need to eat even more cake in order to keep my weight up!
|Nicey replies: Indeed, after our trip to the gym this morning Wifey and I were able to come home and polish off the last of the Christmas cake which didn't fit into the tin and had to baked in its own little tin. This must have offset the 400 calories that the machines at the gym told me I had expended. After which I was fortified enough to go down the shed and mend the back wheel of my road bike which had a nasty blow out over the weekend. All a matter of cake life balance.|