Keep your e-mails pouring in, it's good to know that there are lots of you out there with views and opinions.
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If you like, you can use this search thingy to find stuff that matches with any of the icons you pick, or use the fantastic free text search, Yay!
|Dear Nicey and Wifey,|
I am delighted to inform you that Dark Chocolate Hob-Nobs have at last returned to Waitrose in Frimley, Surrey, after a long absence marked by occasional requests to the staff.
|Nicey replies: Mark
Thank you for that heads up on the Dark chocolate HobNob situation in Frimley.
||Nicey, you star!|
I was made-up to go on the site today to find a new icon for Hiromi. She's a public treasure: always informative, enthusiastic and full of a pleasing wackiness that sits well with the British public. Hooray to you for recognising her unique strengths.
Anna's Ginger, Blueberry and Lemon Thins Review
|Having been to Stockholm for work recently, I brought back two tins of Anna's Swedish thins (ginger) for my colleagues. We are now all seriously addicted and I'm not going back to Stockholm for a while. Can you buy them in the UK?|
|Nicey replies: Actually the answer is quite obvious, you can get them in IKEA. They also turn up in places like Waitrose and Budgens as well corner shops, petrol stations and so on. If I remember correctly they are imported by G Costa whose products can turn up just about anywhere so keep your eyes open.|
|Hello Nicey, wifey and YMOS|
I thought I would email you and ask you if it was perhaps time that Hiromi Miura had her own little icon?? All she gets is the little globe by the looks of things. It would be nice to be able to search for her under a little icon of her own – perhaps a lightening bolt to complement her love of black thunder biscuits and also to represent her dynamism.
Also I have a helpful tip for the fellow Aussie who will be visiting the UK soon – I would recommend he try a bourbon biscuit. He would need to look up the proper etiquette of eating one as we don’t have them over here (I have searched but to no avail) but they are really ultra yummy. Especially dipped in tea.
Thanks and kind regards
Great site as usual
|Nicey replies: Right that's a new icon for Hiromi then, or any other Korean based Japanese UK biscuit aficionados with a liking for Black Thunders that write to us.
In time honoured NCOTAASD fashion, here is a hearty Hoorah! for the new icon (I had to animate it and everything).
||Dear Nicey, Wifey and YMOS|
Wednesday the 10th, my husband and I came back to Korea ,dragging packets of Japanese biscuits from our three-day trip in Tokyo Japan to make our life in Korea more comfortable :-)
Then I was able to get a case of twenty & fourteen "Black Thunder" biscuit bars, my favourite Japanese biscuit, which are chocolate covered biscuits like the "Penguin" and" Tim Tam" , although they have a rugged texture unlike those two traditional biscuits.
To tell you the truth, the "Black Thunder" is much more popular than before in Japan.
Reportedly, Kohei Uchimura of Japan, silver medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games men's gymnastics, is a "Black Thunder" fiend.
Since such a fact spread all over Japan, Yuraku Confectionery, the manuacturer of the "Black Thunder" has been so busy filling increased demand for the biscuits that some employees were unable to take their summer holiday.
I got mine at a 7-Eleven, which is a major convenience store chain in Japan. The shop manager who was kind enough to allow me to buy up all the "Black Thinder" biscuit bars in his shop, told me that each 7-Eleven shop could order only one case (20bars) of "Black Thunder" biscuits at a time, up to three cases a week, nowadays.
Actually, it was not easy for me to spot a store sellig them.
Hence, the biscuits appear to have become hard-to-get biscuits for shops as well as us consumers.
It is reported that Yuraku Confectionery does want to keep supporting Uchimura with its "Black Thunder" biscuits until the 2012 London Olympic Games.
So, you may see Kohei Uchimura munching some"Black Thunder"biscuits somewhere in London in 2012.
And I obtained a box of "Mcvitie's digestive biscuits pumpukin flavour",too, which was made in Japan by Meiji Seika.
It is probably a limited edition for this autumn-winter in Japan.
However, if it turned out that another promising athelete were a huge fun of the pumpkin varaiant, Meiji Seika might be required to continue manufacturing it so as to support the athelete at least until 2012 when the London Olympic will be held.
Hiromi Miura (Seoul Korea)
|Nicey replies: Hello Hiromi,
Worrying events in the world of Japanese biscuits especially as you say you like to buy them otona-gai. I suspect once they have got the situation under control they'll probaby start making all sorts of spin off biscuits. I have to say we all enjoyed the Black Thunders you kindly sent. They seem to be a mass produced version of the sort of tray bake things you can make with smashed up biscuits, dried fruit and chocolate which are very pleasant.
Not sure what biscuits Chris Hoy our triple gold medal winning cycling bloke or Rebecca Adlington our double Gold Medal lady swimmer eat. Some how what ever they were I don't think the whole nation would run out and buy them all up though.