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||Where can I buy Liptons Yellow Label Tea Bags in the UK|
|Nicey replies: Good grief! The same insipid stuff that is foisted upon us the moment we step off of the shores of blighty? Pick some up on your next booze cruise to Calais I would reckon.
||I was on 'business' to the Houses of Parliament about 3 months ago and was offered only those Crawford type packet biscuits - think I had the shortbread ones which quite frankly aren't anything like shortbread. Didn't see any Bronte biccies. Inside Portcullis House there is an atrium and a self-serve cafeteria which evokes train stations and shop-challenged airports! And the only tea was that nasty nearly-hot water stuff from an urn, and my famous name politician bought my mug of tea for me! And no, it didn't seem all that cheap either!|
Inside the House of Lords I was offered a milky tea in a time-served mug, and no biccies but then security is very tight these days! Those days of Mrs Miggins delivering teapots, cups and saucers with jangling cutlery to a leather inlaid desk must be well over. I'm back in October to conclude my business - I'll let you know if those who serve the people in those places without an elected assembly, get served good biccies on the job!
There is now a new and far superior figgy alternative to Fig Newtons in the U.S.: Fig Newman's, the cleverly named cookie made by Paul Newman's food ompany. The cookie part isn't mealy or soggy and the fig part is plentiful and devoid of that weird oversweet chemical-y taste that Newtons have. Newman's are also organic and uses its profits for Paul Newman's charities. Plus, there's a nice photo of him and his daughter on the package.
And of course, when you are in effect donating the price of the box of cookies to charity, God cancels out the carbohydrates. (Are Britons following Atkins as assiduously as Americans these days?)
|Nicey replies: Barbara,
Thanks for reminding me about Fig Newman's, I had forgotten about them. Nanny Nicey is very keen on Mr Newman, and Fig Rolls.
Not sure about Atkins but right now a large part of the UK seems to be eating pumpkin seeds, courtesy of Dr Gillian McKeith.
Asda Fruit Shrewsbury with Lemon Drizzle Review
|Dear Nicey and Wifey,|
I undertook some serious field research at the weekend, and sampled the Fruit Shrewsbury and Golden Crunch biscuits from Fortnum & Mason. I'm happy to report that both were delicious - crisp, buttery and really very lovely indeed. They are from the English Butter Biscuit range,in cute round tins, and there are quite a few other nice varieties I want to try. Also, Fortnums stocks one of my favourite biccies of all time - the Duchy Original Butterscotch biscuit, so all round it was a very successful mission.
Regards as always,
|Nicey replies: Righty ho.|
Jacob's Orange Club Review
|First-Things-First - Nicey, you and your website rock!|
Sadly Jacob's Club does not.
I spent a good five minutes searching the isles of a leading supermarket to buy a pack of Fruit Jacob's Club today. Having searched high and low I finally found a variety "party pack" hidden away so that only a devotee of the Club could find them. Sadly it did not contain the Fruit one but I thought I'd console myself with the Orange one instead, paid £1.99 and went merrily on my way.
I got them back to the office and promptly sent an e-mail round inviting those that "Like a lot of chocolate on their biscuit.. etc." to come and have one (my generosity knows no bounds!). Anyway courtesy of some barbaric ex-poly industrial design graduate (Git!), I am now the ashamed owner of 20 (after someone tried 1 the rest were shunned!) pathetic excuses for biscuits and am being blamed for shattering the fond memories of dozens of staff in my office. As a rsult I am having to leave work on Friday under a Cloud now and shall never speak fondly of "Jacob's Club" ever again.
How could they (Jacob's/Danone) and the Git get it so wrong? They have ruined an icon of a biscuit.
I was so deeply upset by this that I telephoned the Customer Satisfaction line @ the Jacob's Bakery in Liverpool on 08081 449 454 to complain. The lady on the telephone was very sympathetic and I pointed out that there was an entire office in Bromley that was appalled at the sacrilegious destruction of the King of biscuits. She said my comments would be passed on to the Marketing Dept (no doubt full of ex-poly graduates thinking up ways to make a Cream Cracker clash with Cheese) and I can only encourage, nay plead with other Club fans to keep up the pressure and make Jacob's see sense.
Yours (with a cold cup of tea and 20 manky Club biscuits now).