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Old Nov 25th 2013, 12:54 am
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Originally Posted by Speedwell
My husband is training to become a butcher (for which I must thank Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall for the inspiration, LOL). I don't know about Nashville particularly, but here in Houston he and I occasionally remark to each other on the lack of "proper" bacon, the dearth of really good sausages, the drought of plain old mature Cheddar worth a tinker's damn, and the inability to source raw cream to make your own clotted cream with (since it can be done at home), given the stuff put up in tiny bottles is nearly as expensive as caviar and half rancid. You might as well get a second mortgage for a bit of lamb, and they call pasties "empanadas" in this locality. You can order sweets through the mail but there is a hole in the American consciousness where good British desserts are concerned. The food service industry is notoriously difficult (says the individual who went to school for music), but I think the main thing that scares people off from starting such a business is the simple lack of other similar businesses that can be seen to be doing well. But there are dozens of small German sausage makers in the area between Houston and San Antonio; nothing says it can't be done.

Here in Houston we have everything... seriously, we have Bosnian, Nicaraguan, Peruvian, Afghani, Polish, you name it... but we don't have a good British bakery/butcher and incidentally we don't have a Hungarian restaurant (which drives me bananas personally because I'm a Hungarian Yank).
I have managed to find decent cheddar here but it's so damn expensive that I stopped bothering.

As for lamb - we buy a leg once or twice a year and I normally head down to Whole Foods in Sugar Land for it. Again - ridiculously expensive, but I have to have my roast lamb fix now and then.
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Trader Joe's has an awesome selection of cheese including some excellent vintage cheddar and 'oddities' like chocolate cheddar and cheddar with caramelized onions.

If you have one near (or at least within an easy commute), I recommend TJ's for the cheese and many other unique delights (try the Cookie Butter!!).
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Old Nov 25th 2013, 2:47 am
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Trader Joe's has an awesome selection of cheese including some excellent vintage cheddar and 'oddities' like chocolate cheddar and cheddar with caramelized onions.

If you have one near (or at least within an easy commute), I recommend TJ's for the cheese and many other unique delights (try the Cookie Butter!!).
I'm super picky and my preferences are impossible and obscure. Whine, whine, never satisfied.

Dammit, all I want is the stuff you could buy in plastic at the Cooperative. That was terrific stuff.
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Originally Posted by Speedwell
I'm super picky and my preferences are impossible and obscure. Whine, whine, never satisfied.

Dammit, all I want is the stuff you could buy in plastic at the Cooperative. That was terrific stuff.
Trust me. Give it a try. TJ's 'regular' cheese is outstanding and some of the speciality stuff they have will blow your socks off!

A recent Artisinal Vintage Cheddar was just exceptional and there's always a good selection. They even have Lurpak and Kerrygold butter!
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Originally Posted by Guindalf
Trust me. Give it a try. TJ's 'regular' cheese is outstanding and some of the speciality stuff they have will blow your socks off!

A recent Artisinal Vintage Cheddar was just exceptional and there's always a good selection. They even have Lurpak and Kerrygold butter!
I love the TJ's Vintage Cheddar (it is made in England), they had some good Red Leicester the other week too. If only they would source some Wensleydale.
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Old Nov 25th 2013, 1:02 pm
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Err, costco for cheese Houston people. And butter, for that matter. Kerrygold.
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Old Nov 25th 2013, 1:06 pm
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Err, costco for cheese Houston people. And butter, for that matter. Kerrygold.
I'll have to have another look. I've found good cheddar at HEB and Fiesta but it's massively overpriced. A bit like Ribena.
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Err, costco for cheese Houston people. And butter, for that matter. Kerrygold.
Denver Metro people too.
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Old Nov 29th 2013, 11:38 am
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Saw mini bottles of Robinsons juices for a buck at Walmart.

Christmas Tree shop also had a bunch of Jacobs cracker knock offs for a buck and Digestive biscuits for a couple bucks for the choc ones. Had a bunch of different kinds of Cadburys Fingers and other choc biscuits for a couple bucks as well, all made in the UK by Burton's under license.
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A few things I bought today ready for Christmas:

Wegmans, 2 boxes of 6 mince pies $5.99 each

Home Goods, Thorntons Great British Pudding Chocolates $16.99 and 2 boxes of Thorntons Classic Chocolates $14.99 each.
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Old Nov 30th 2013, 4:19 pm
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Went to Costco in Austin today and found
Crackers!

real English cheddar, stilton, roquefort and a very nice brie..
Hubby found big jar of mincemeat in Wholefoods but for some reason didn't buy it....

yours festively!
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Old Dec 2nd 2013, 5:15 am
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Trader Joes had milk chocolate oranges in exactly the same kind of packaging as Terry's. I didn't try them as World Market has 2 for $7 offer on the real deal and I'd already stocked up.
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Old Dec 3rd 2013, 3:37 am
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Trader Joes had milk chocolate oranges in exactly the same kind of packaging as Terry's. I didn't try them as World Market has 2 for $7 offer on the real deal and I'd already stocked up.
Those are very good...but they, along with their advent calendars tend to sell out really quickly and then they're gone. Our local ran out of the calendars within a few hours
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5 below and Aldi both have advent calendars in, if you're just looking for a standard one with no bells and whistles. Seems like they are catching on here, I couldn't find one for love nor money the first year we arrived.
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I opened the door on my advent calendar yesterday and Tom Daley came out.

...... I'll get me coat.
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