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||On my only trip to England in 1996, which I had hoped for and planned for over 20 years, I had my first tea with milk and sugar and a biscuit in Sussex. Now my mornings in Austin, Texas always begin with 2 cuppas. As for biscuits, are there Girl Scout biscuits in the U.K.? Here, the Girl Scout "cookie" sale happens once a year and the Thin Mints famously popular. These are a chocolate mint flavored crisp biscuit covered in very thin chocolate glaze. Personally, I think the taste over-powers the tea and the chocolate melts when dipped. For those reasons, my favorite is the Nabisco Lorna Doone. It has a finer texture than Walker's Shortbread and is cheaper too. Also (from Sweden) Nyakers Gingersnaps, very crisp and they come in their own tin that is attractive.|
About the tea...I make a personal blend of 2 pts. Darjeeling to 1 pt. Assam and brew for 3 minutes. I'm the only tea drinker at home so I can splurge. As for the cup; I received a Dunoon English bone china mug (design by Ruth Beck) and I loved it so much, I ordered all the others (different kinds of teas and coffees) she had done, unfortunately now discontinued.
My tea habit is a memory of England that I will have with me forever. Thank you so very much. I sent a link to your site a friend who has been ill. I told him that your site is a "vacation spot occupied by adults who are...happy!"
|Nicey replies: Hello Julie,
What a lovely Texan email you have sent us. Your tea drinking and biscuit eating sounds very resourceful and sensible. Hoorah! for you.
Unfortunately, our Girl Scouts (Guides), don't really get involved with the manufacture and distribution of biscuits.
Lu Mikado Review
I'm a newcomer to your site (great concept, by the way) and I noticed this article about Mikado biscuits. Like you, I also wondered initially what the Gibbons they were until my France vacation in early February, where one of my friends purchased them out of sheer boredom and I then had the privilege to indulge myself in the taste of one.
Yes, they are indeed Japanese - I guessed them before trial just by looking at the idiosyncratic design of the packaging and also the sound of the name. They are truly delicious, there's an adequate amount in each pack and above all, they include chocolate that actually tastes of chocolate. What more can a snacker ask for?
|2 slices of toast well buttered, kit-kat in the middle, leave for 2 minutes to melt and then eat... absolutely delicious... Del|
|Nicey replies: Do you have Private Medical Insurance?|
I'm an American living in NYC, however we always have a mug/cup of tea and a bickie here. I'm currently devouring a box of Anna's Chocolate Mint thins. Has anyone on your site reviewed these before? Quite nice. My mug is from Harney's tea company in Connecticut. My husband knows that I will yell and scream if he touches it. It is mine. It does not go to work. It stays at home. Hmm. I think I'll go make a cuppa.
|Nicey replies: Yes we have a source for Anna's range of thins locally who import them from Sweden. We are keen to review them in one of their incarnations at some point.|
||The Uruguayan "alfahor" is spelled "alfajor" - we also have them in Argentina. However, the Argentine ones are a lot tastier and less crumbly. Tesco's used to sell "Dulce de Leche", but appear to have discontinued. The Anglo-Argentine Society, in London, do manage to get hold of it. It is used on puddings, the way we use cream. One can also make it by immersing a can of condensed milk in water and boiling it for 2 hours. Wonderful! Best thing to do is fly to Buenos Aires and have a wonderful holiday and then bring back a load of alfajores.|
ANNE GILES (Anglo-Argentine)