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eat more chips

And drink more cider:



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  • Ah, the fork.

    The fork–or rather, the lack of getting one–was my chief mistake in my first ever English fish & chips experience. Foolish American that I was, I thought I’d be able to be fine with just my hands.

    The children in the park in Glastonbury that day were heard to speak of the scary, greasy man…

  • Hope you’re getting some proper fish and chips, made with a flat fish like plaice instead of the cod they always seem to use here in the US.

  • Mimi

    Mmmm. Cider. I drink a lot of Strongbow (on tap) whenever I’m lucky enough to be in the UK. Or, better yet, ‘Bow-and-black. Mmmmmm.

  • JoshB

    Clayj, I don’t know where you get your fish and chips that you can only find cod, because I can always find halibut in Seattle. And it’s delicious.

  • I live in the South, but I used to live in England… so I’ve had plenty of real English fish and chips (and bangers and mash, and steak and kidney pie, and sausage rolls, and shepherd’s pie). In this neck of the woods, no one uses flat fish for fish and chips… not even so-called English and Irish pubs. You can get trout, sure, but no one deep-fries them like they do for fish and chips in England.

  • Joanne

    Oddly, fish and chips are one of the things I don’t miss about living away from the UK – because I can report Kiwi fush and chups are miles better. Mainly because they cook them freshly for you rather than having them sitting around in a cabinet for ages.

    On the other hand, despite them having plenty of yummy apples over here, you can’t get cider anywhere. There have been a few occasions on which I would have loved a nice cold glass of cider. Enjoy!

  • Martin

    And which cider would that be?

    If you haven’t tried it yet, pick up some Magners, it’s delicious.

  • i was with maryann on the fish and chips late night (after the theatre) and the fish we had was haddock — flat, deep fried, greasy and absolutely delicious! i’m afraid it ruined me for fishnchips in my neighborhood irish pub/restaurant — or pretty much anywhere else — for quite a while to come.

    as for Strongbow and Magners, they’re passable ciders available here in the states — but i had some really *awesome* ciders while traversing through the cotswolds (and Strongbow is stronger there too). the pint pictured above was had in a small town pub between Salisbury and Glastonbury and was a local cider that was probably the best i’ve ever had. also enjoyed “Old Hookey” and a Sommerset one called “Argyles” (not sure — when i get my pictures i’ll know for sure because i took pictures of the bottle).

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