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Old Sep 15th 2013, 1:19 am
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Originally Posted by Bob View Post
Ouch, bit of a hike just for some tea.

I'm a bit lucky for tea places, quite a few around so there's good choice. It's just expensive and a lot of it tends to be herbal of green tea.

Surprisingly, found loads of places up around where we lived up in Maine though.
well I am lucky we have one 8 miles away and they have British chocolate and lots of Indian food and is just like the Disneyland of food. You should pay a visit Bob it is the best food store I have found here for everything - wine, cheese, fresh fish anything you want baby.
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Old Sep 15th 2013, 1:25 am
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Originally Posted by Bob View Post
Cheap, around here is $6 for a 40 count of PG Tips, Tyhoo is about $4 and Yorkshire/Punjabi between the two, depending on finding them in Ocean State/X-Mass Tree or a regular grocery store.

That's not really very cheap considering.
wow you are being ripped off I can start a business here.
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Old Sep 15th 2013, 1:50 am
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Originally Posted by JULIEROSE View Post
Do you guys not just buy the tea here?
I buy loads of tea here, but not American teabags, which I have proved to my own satisfaction contain around half the tea of british teabags. Even the ones that say "British" or "British-style" teabags--just forget it!

Trader Joe Irish teabags are an exception; they are packed full of strong tea. Not the TJ British teabags, the Irish ones in the green box. Not always available but good, and not expensive.

But I always bring a box or two of PG Tips or even Tesco Finest back in my suitcase. I usually remember to write it on the customs form & never had any extra scrutiny over it.
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Old Sep 16th 2013, 3:48 pm
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Originally Posted by watchamacallit View Post
The only food you need to dump before entry are meat, fruit or veg. Tea bags, coffee, candy and cookies are allowed.
You can buy PG tips and Tetleys in Hannafords, Price Chopper, Shaws. Stop and Shop and a few other stores anyway.
The trick I have worked out is to get the butcher to vacuum seal the sausages and bacon for you. It mushes up the sausages a lot, but you can always "re-form" them later.
Freeze them solid and then put them into good zip-lock bags.
This helps to keep the sniffer dogs away.

Stuff them then into socks or wrap up in jeans, etc. and pack them into your suitcase. All this extra insulation will keep them from completely defrosting after a long series of flights to the US.

One thing I also make sure to do is pack a load of complicated looking stuff in with them, such as toys for the kids, any stuff you might get like mugs, key chains and other tat which inevitably finds its way into the return luggage. The more the better.
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Old Sep 16th 2013, 4:23 pm
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Default Re: Taking food to the States!

Originally Posted by Xebedee View Post
The trick I have worked out is to get the butcher to vacuum seal the sausages and bacon for you. It mushes up the sausages a lot, but you can always "re-form" them later.
Freeze them solid and then put them into good zip-lock bags.
This helps to keep the sniffer dogs away.

To my surprise, according to the USDA website, its legal to import cooked and uncooked pork from the UK.

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Old Sep 16th 2013, 4:27 pm
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Originally Posted by civilservant View Post
Twinning's English Breakfast is available at any Walmart too.
It doesn't taste remotely like the British stuff though. They change it for the American market, just like Cadbury etc. It's yuk!
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Old Sep 16th 2013, 4:28 pm
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Originally Posted by JULIEROSE View Post
Do you guys not just buy the tea here?
No, American tea is disgusting.
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Old Sep 16th 2013, 4:42 pm
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Originally Posted by hungryhorace View Post
No, American tea is disgusting.
It's not all bad.

It's just the cheap stuff, or anything for the Brit market that tastes pretty dodgy.

They do have some great herbal and green teas and the like.

Lipton, is just a waste though.
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Old Sep 16th 2013, 4:43 pm
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Originally Posted by hungryhorace View Post
No, American tea is disgusting.
I'd say American tea is OK for what it is, but it is a different product. I wouldn't try putting milk in it and expecting a decent strong cuppa. But standard American tea is OK drunk black.

Tazo Earl Grey is very nice .. Again, I wouldn't put milk in it.
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It's not all bad.

It's just the cheap stuff, or anything for the Brit market that tastes pretty dodgy.
Why have they ruined Twinings tea so badly here? The Americans I know love proper English tea when they drink it, so they're hardly catering for a market that will only drink Twinings' US variant.

Same with Cadbury; i've yet to meet anyone that thinks Cadbury's US chocolate is anything other than pigswill. Give an English bar to a yank and they love it.

Just makes no sense to me why manufacturers think they need to change an already near perfect product for a market that hasn't asked for the change.
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Default Re: Taking food to the States!

Originally Posted by hungryhorace View Post
Why have they ruined Twinings tea so badly here? The Americans I know love proper English tea when they drink it, so they're hardly catering for a market that will only drink Twinings' US variant.

Same with Cadbury; i've yet to meet anyone that thinks Cadbury's US chocolate is anything other than pigswill. Give an English bar to a yank and they love it.

Just makes no sense to me why manufacturers think they need to change an already near perfect product for a market that hasn't asked for the change.
I wouldn't drink Twinings in England either. I've never liked any of their teas.
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Originally Posted by robin1234 View Post
I wouldn't drink Twinings in England either. I've never liked any of their teas.
I believe Twinings is the most popular tea in England?
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Old Sep 16th 2013, 5:04 pm
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Originally Posted by hungryhorace View Post
I believe Twinings is the most popular tea in England?
More popular than Typhoo or PG Tips?

Don't think so!
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More popular than Typhoo or PG Tips?

Don't think so!
As in, the most popular 'up market' tea.
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Yes, but it's no big deal.
https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/det...r-personal-use

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Originally Posted by canarybats View Post
Just wondering whether you should declare teabags as food on the customs form when entering the States? I'm getting conflicting advice.
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