Food in England has been somewhat of a HUGE surprise; I expected to encounter bland, overcooked, badly prepared food and much to my shock I discovered that the food here is great!
The main supermarket here is Tesco and it’s definitely the one I like going to the most. It’s massive and it has basically everything you need, from fresh meat, fish, produce, dairy, groceries and all that to electronics (you can march into the store and buy an Amazon Kindle eReader right off the shelf, no online ordering necessary), clothing (F&F is a really good clothing line and I’ve already bought a lovely brown trench coat from there), home improvement items, kitchen gadgets, music and DVDs, photo developing services, a pharmacy, you name it, the damn place has got it. It also has a service called Tesco Direct that’s basically an online shopping mall. I just ordered all the things I need for my new bedroom from that website and they delivered it to the store 48 hours after I placed the order. Fantastic! But I digress…
One of the things I really love about eating in Cleethorpes is the amount of cheap, fresh local produce available. The carrots here are absolutely fantastic; they compare to the carrots my grandparents grew in their garden in Edmonton so I can’t get enough of them. There are potatoes in abundance and the Brits love to eat them with every meal if they can; I can’t quite get on board with that, but I will admit that they’re pretty nice potatoes. There’s also onions and garlic from UK growers as well as many other root vegetables and some fruit. It’s all dead cheap so you can pretty much eat like a queen when it comes to fruit and veg. Some of the imported stuff is pretty dear, but sometimes it’s worth paying the money for mangoes or grapes.
Meat is in abundance here in the UK, and beef and pork come well before chicken and lamb. UK lamb is very expensive and most people choose to buy theirs frozen from New Zealand. I still haven’t eaten lamb, but I imagine I’m going to get coerced into it sometime soon. The other kinds of meat are also quite inexpensive, though; you can get 4 packages of very nice pork chops for 12 pounds a lot of the time, and yesterday Jenny paid 2 pounds each for 2 lovely, fat little roasting chickens. What a deal!
There are also a tonne of prepared foods available, and even though I’m not impressed with how few people actually prepare their meals from scratch, why would they when Tesco prepares stuff that’s much more gorgeous and delicious than the alternative? They sure put together some really beautiful meals. That will be my next round of pictures. For now, please enjoy some of the beauties and oddities that I noted on this morning’s stroll around the store.