10 British foods I can’t wait to try.

Remember how I mentioned that I am going to be organizing themed posts ? So Monday I’ll be posting about all things books and writing. Wednesday I’ll be exploring the world. And then comes Friday. FOOD DAY!

(As if Fridays weren’t already awesome enough)

My trip to the United Kingdom is less than a month away (MAJOR EEEK). So excuse me if I find it difficult to think or write about anything else. Today on the blog I wanted to share a list of 10 foodie experiences that I hope to try while on my trip:

1. Cream Tea 

It may be nothing more than a borderline completely touristy activity, but I can’t wait to have tea in England. Who doesn’t love tea parties? Now I am ready to learn how to do them right. When I was all into making traditional meals from around the world, I attempted to make a full high tea with makeshift clotted cream, scones, and cucumber sandwhiches. It was great, but I have a feeling the real thing will be even better.

Note – I’m not sure I have ever had a proper scone. Everytime I try to make them at home they turn out dry as bricks. They couldn’t have been so popular for hundreds of years if they are all as horrible as mine are. I can’t wait to learn how to do it right.

2. Fish and Chips

There is no possible way that I could spend a month in the UK and Ireland and never try Fish and Chips. I’m not big into fried food or french fries, but I’m looking forward to the experience.

3. Pie

I’m a pie person. Not just a casual pie enjoyer or pie lover. For my high school graduation my friend and I threw a pie potluck. It was pie heaven. If I ever get married, you can bet I’ll have pie instead of cake at my wedding.

4. Haggis

My mantra is: I am willing to try ANYTHING once unless it is alive. I do not believe in live food. Mostly I just want to see if I can stomach sheep stomach.

6. Bao (and other street food)

I found an overwhelming selection of street food vendors while researching cheap food in London. This one looks fantastic. Steamed buns are kind of ridiculously awesome. Stuff em with meat and veggies? BANG!

I definitely want to taste traditional British foods while I am there. However, while I am in the most cosmopolitan city in the world, I’d better take the opportunity to enjoy bunches of cheap cheap international food as well. IT IS GOING TO BE A PARTY GUYS!

7. Marmite 

Black gooey yeast extract? As disguisting as it sounds, I want to give this spread a try. Who knows, maybe I’ll like it. I have a bad habit of loving dark and mysterious foods that everyone else hates (black coffee, 90-100% dark chocolate, licorice).

8. London Markets 

I’ve heard that the markets are the best way to enjoy the vibrancy of London. I’ve always loved markets. Food, people, shouting, what more could you ask for? And I’ve got this incy wincy inclination to skip through Covent Garden singing “All I want is a room somewhere…” Eliza Dolittle is one of my role models, obviously.

9. Welsh Cakes 

Welsh cakes are a traditional pastry filled with raisins or currents. I love any kind of pastry, so…

10. Historic Pub 

Let’s just sit down for a spell and have a refresher on a table where Dickens wrote Little Dorrit or write a poem where Samuel Johnson conferred with his buddies. Or perhaps I’ll have a meat pie down the lane where Queen Elizabeth did the same thing 500 years ago.

Woah. Like WOAAAH.

BONUS: Ein með öllu

In this post I mostly focused on British food experiences. However, I will also be having a short stop over in Iceland on the way over. Though I won’t be there long, I hope to head down to the wharf where a famous hot dog stand sells the best hot dogs in the world. Apparently lamb meat gives the dogs a unique flavor while the secret sauce adds a word class finish. Bill Clinton raved about them when he stopped by, so I suppose I’ll have to give it a go.

Author: Susanna

I'm Susanna, a 20-year-old Christian girl incorrigibly addicted spontaneous adventures. My first dream was to become a pioneer. Unfortunately, I was born a couple centuries late, so I've decided to read, cook, run, and travel the world until my time machine is finished. You'll mostly likely find me getting into trouble and/or eating licorice. I am currently blogging the misadventures of a middle-school teacher in training. Come join me on my quest to become the next Ms. Frizzle!

24 thoughts on “10 British foods I can’t wait to try.”

  1. Great post, Susanna! I can't wait to hear about all the new foods you try while you're here in Europe! I love Irish/British food so much…it's so simple (nothing terribly fancy!), but incredibly delicious.


  2. That sounds absolutely lovely. I definitely love high tea + fish and chips + tea in general, although I'm not so sure about haggis. (Or alcohol, considering I'm a minor.) Hope you have a lovely trip with lots of food!


  3. Ohh, once you try Marmite, you can move on to Vegemite. 😉 Vegemite is STRONGER and so much more delicious imo. AHEM. I really want to try, like, all of this. But I don't think I would be able to do Haggis. I think…no. I just…no. Fish and chips? YES. That's a staple Australian food too. xD


  4. This is probably so weird of me, but I've always loved marmite. We always have some of it in the cupboard and when I get in the mood for it I butter some toast and spread a little marmite on top. ❤ I'm so thrilled that it made your list. :p


  5. Alsoooo, I tagged you on my #profoundlyloved tag at the cwtch!! 🙂
    Come join the blog party for Valentine's Day! (or after, I don't think
    there's a deadline. :D)


  6. YAAAY. Good to hear that someone loves it. Despite the fact that I have heard so much negative talk about it, I have this odd feeling that I may in fact enjoy it. I tend to like those types of things.


  7. Vegemite is like the marmite of Australia right? In other words, LEVEL TWO. That is definitely on my list of things to try in the not-to-far-off future.

    I feel weird for saying this, but I've never had fish and chips. I CAN'T WAIT!


  8. We shall see what happens with the haggis. I hope I don't freak out right before my chance comes. I have actually never tried alcohol either. I am underage here in the states. In Germany and the UK I am old enough to drink, but since I have no idea how it would affect me, I think I'd rather stay dry and keep my head fully on my shoulders while I am traveling.


  9. FOOOOOOD! Thank you for the pictures of food because I love food and food is pretty and food is good. I love homemade scones. My dad makes them quite often, and they're actually pretty moist. Sometimes we have to be careful because if they're in a container for too long, they can get too moist. Welsh cakes look really good. Oh, and bao looks good too, but it almost looks Asian-style to me. Ugh. Haggis. Please no. I'm not a brave eater-especially when it comes to stuff that looks like guts.


  10. Thanks so much! I am so excited to hear from an expert native Brit! I feel SO much better about the Haggis now that you mentioned that it is just a casing. I will also have to check out afternoon tea, it sounds like a must-do!


  11. Thanks so much! I am just so incredibly excited to be trying all these things for the first time. WOW THAILAND! I would be interested to hear how the transition has been. Both the UK and Thailand are top placed on my dream-to-visit list.


  12. No problemo. Food is uhmazing. Bao is actually Chinese steamed buns, but they serve them as street food in London. Aside from the traditional British food, London is famous for its international cuisine as it is the most cosmopolitan city in the world. I have heard that literally every single country on earth is represented there!

    Also, I am sure now that I did my scones wrong somehow. I suppose I will have to try try again.


  13. You will love it! Oh, an I'm on Team Marmite too 🙂 It's unusual but tasty! 18 is the drinking age over there so make sure you try a good Devon or Cornish Cider (also spelt cyder, syder, cider) or scrumpy. Don't have too many though as they can be strong!

    If you want to know some great places to visit in London then let me know and I'll happily give you some recommendations.

    You can read about my transition in Thailand at http://couplecastaway.co.uk – There was a culture shock at first but I'm so used to it now that it almost feels like home… Just way hotter!


  14. Thanks so much for your tips! I really appreciate it. And I would LOVE to hear any tips of things to visit in London.

    I looked at your blog and was quite amazed. Best of luck as you start out on your beautiful new life Thailand! I will be excited to hear about your adventures.


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