Happy Days Are Here Again!

Sign in the window of Shanghai’s Marks & Spencer.  Yes, they’ve had a new delivery cleared by customs.  I picked up some baked beans (10 rmb for a big can), two frozen Bramley Apple pies (one of which I baked straight away), some freeze dried instant coffee, 160 tea bags, cranberry and orange cookies, and a few other bits and pieces.

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30 Responses to Happy Days Are Here Again!

  1. rich says:

    Mmmm, no crisps? Or M&S jaffa cakes? Well, at least you got the apple pie.

  2. incognito says:

    hey, I like reading your blog, for it is so interesting and descriptive. Please keep up the good works!

    “God bless America” : )

  3. T says:

    I’m trying to decide if incognito is spam or not.

    I may stop by M&S during lunch for Ginger Snaps and Extremely Chocolatey White Chocolate Rounds.

    (Baked beans? Not so much. As much time as I spent in HK, I’m not British. The whole English breakfast with the fried tomato and baked beans? WEIRD.)

  4. incognito says:

    well well well, T.

    Tone Loc once gave you a large pizza? that’s nothing, Chester Bennington once gave me a huge whopper at Burger King! : )

  5. WoAi says:

    Rich – Sadly no crisps (well spotted) or jaffa cakes, but I was more than satisfied with what they did have.

    T – LOL, I thought EXACTLY the same thing about incognito. I get lots of spam that just says “I really like your interesting insights, keep up the good work” with no SPECIFIC reference to the post. But I guess the second comment kind of clears it all up. Either that or it’s one hell of an impressive bit of computer code!

    Incognito – Thanks!

  6. WoAi says:

    Oops, forgot to reply to T’s breakfast comment. Well it’s fair enough if it ain’t your thang. I don’t think many Hongkongers really enjoy that either, they seem to have developed their own version of British food which, while very nice, is not the same (English tea with Carnation milk!!).

  7. Tina says:

    You’re in China, and you buy not only by tea at M&S, but teabags? That seems rather wrong, doesn’t it?

  8. T. says:

    Your thang?

  9. WoAi says:

    Tina – You think that’s wrong? Imagine my amusement when my dear old mother came to visit me from England and the first thing she unpacked from her luggage was a ziploc bag full of PG Tips tea bags! What can I say, we Brits are very particular about our tea.

    T – Sorry that was a poor attempt on my part to bond with you by speaking yankee doodle language!

  10. heli82 says:

    T – you can always go the American route and have the baked beans with dinner. They’re not just for breakfast anymore!

    As far as the tea goes, Chinese tea is great, but sometimes you get tired of picking jasmine bits out of your teeth. Is a nice Earl Grey without judgment too much to ask for every now and then?

  11. WoAi says:

    Heli82 – Thanks for the supportive comments on tea. For the record I don’t bother picking the bits of jasmine from my teeth I just spit the bits out on to the floor :-p

  12. Mike says:

    I’m so jealous you can go to Marks & Spencer to get some home comforts. It’s nigh on impossible to get that kind of food here in Xiamen, though I did pick up some goodies from M&S whilst I was in Hong Kong, but they’re soon to be gone.

    And also I love a nice cup of British tea.

  13. heli82 says:

    Ah, I see you have completely assimilated. Do you also spit chicken and fish bones on the table?

  14. WoAi says:

    Mike – I am taking orders now so let me know what you want and I will EMS them over to you.

    Heli82 – Of course, where else are you supposed to put them?

    I was having dinner with an American friend the other day and he was awkwardly putting the bones back in to the bowl he was still eating from. Amateurs!

  15. tinkerbell says:

    i am extremely pleased with my haul last nite!!! it’s good to see the shelves are stocked to the brim :) hipp hippp hooorayyyy!!!!

  16. WoAi says:

    Tinkerbell – You sound like you feel exactly the way I felt the other day with my own “haul”. They only need to get in some crisps and I’ll be over the moon! So what did you get?

  17. Stimpy says:

    Yes, happy days indeed. Was really pleased with the curry sauces- use them with meat and some veg and it’s better than most of the Indian take-aways across the city.

    There were some ready salted crips when I went, but still no sign of the promised salt and vinegar ones. :(

  18. tinkerbell says:

    i got some jaffa cakes, cheddar cheese crispies, cheese twists, olive crackers and a bottle of sundried tomato paste… i didn’t see the orange cookies nor the baked beans! i must have overlooked as it was almost closing time. it was like a 1 minute shopping spree contest! *chuckle* hey, looks like i need to make another before the week ends! i did see the salted crisps and the bbq flavor in a canister… no other crisps :( but then, i’m still a very happy person nonetheless :)

  19. Lei says:

    what? no salt and vinegar ones? that’s redunkcules.

  20. WoAi says:

    Stimpy – Yes ready salted I can get here anyway so not that interested in M&S ready salted.

    Tinkerbell – They had jaffa cakes? I didn’t see any! Looks like we both missed things despite the small floor space! I saw the BBQ in cannisters but again that’s not one of my top flavours and when I picked up the can, it felt like they were all broken in to little pieces inside.

    Lei – I want cheese and onion!

  21. Mike says:

    In Hong Kong I got Salt & Vinegar, Cheese & Onion, BBQ ones in the tube, 2 packs of eclairs, a pack of liquorice allsorts and a pack of wine gums. I’m guessing they have a similar selection of foods in Shanghai. The BBQ ones were my favourite though, they were the first to go, shortly followed by the Salt & Vinegar.

    I’m getting hungry with all this food talk, time to get something to eat.

  22. Mark says:

    Mike – you can get most of the items you’re looking for down here. There’s a shop called Nice Day over by the Marco Polo area, they’ve got chips, licorice, baked beans, and all sorts of western items. The Olive Stores also have western foods and the collection at the Metro is always getting better…

  23. rich says:

    Er, T, so do you prefer salty bacon with sweet maple syrup poured over it for breakfast? And you think tomato with beans is weird! Ok then ;)

  24. T says:

    rich – er, no. the maple syrup is for the pancakes, not the bacon.

  25. rich says:

    Oh ok cos I always see this on the menu, pancakes with bacon and maple syrup and the whole salty/sweet combination just doesn’t seem right to me. But I also recently overheard some malaysians talking about eating roti dipped 1st in curry sauce then in sugar, so maybe it’s just me with the strange taste.

  26. D says:

    yum! just came back from M&S…. things dont look so well this side of the world!

    how could i have forgotten my apple pie. must go back now :)

  27. WoAi says:

    D – You have an oven? God that’s one thing I miss about England!

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  29. Andrew says:

    Where is this M&S store? Apple pie would be awesome! If only I had an oven in my apartment…

  30. WoAi says:

    Andrew – It’s on Nanjing West Rd by Shi Men Yi Road. You can get a counter top oven for about 500 rmb which will do the pies just fine!

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