I’m always enamored by European food, especially British fare, as those of you who read this blog already know thanks to my posts on a typical British ploughman’s lunch and afternoon tea. When I was in the
Kingdom, I spent a great deal of time
walking through every aisle of the corner shop looking at the products offered that
were different from home. And when I found the Harrods food halls, I was in
I've never been to the other European countries, but I love the food from
(I blame Julia Child), Italy
(Lidia Bastianich and Mary Ann Esposito), and Germany
(my German heritage.) Breads, cheeses, and cured meats comprise some of my
favorite lunches, and my favorite varieties and styles seem to come from across
Last Saturday, The Picky Eater and I spent the day in
Brits and Au Marché, conveniently located next door to each other. These two shops can conquer just
about any European craving. Lawrence,
Kansas, which always includes stops at
You can find any tea imaginable...
Plus a lot of food stuffs that take me back to those little corner shops in small British towns.
There are also beverages (I love the rose lemonade and elderflower pressé), cheeses, and frozen sausages and meat pies. Recently the shop started selling take-away items from Queen Lizzy’s Catering, including scotch eggs and sausage rolls.
Of course, there are souvenirs…
Don’t forget the jams…
Plus scarves from various football (soccer) teams…
I always leave with my favorite Carrs Ginger Lemon Cremes biscuits (cookies) and Nestle Toffee Crisp candy bar, plus anything else that looks appealing. Usually that includes a jar of orange marmalade, a book on British food, a new tea, and pudding. Also, we always stock up on Airwaves menthol and eucalyptus gum, which packs a refreshing punch in each tiny piece.
First I head straight for the cheese case. Cheese is my favorite food, but the chocolate case comes in a close second.
Plus, I make a stop at the case of imported salami and hams (some were missing because the clerk behind the counter was busy slicing them for customers)…
And then I scope out all of the other food stuffs, though some of the labels aren't in English, so I have no idea what’s inside. Of course, all I have to do is ask owner Lora Wiley and she fills me in on the details.
The shop sells in-house coffee bean varieties. Also available are bags of tea in a lot of different flavors. I left with the orange-cinnamon variety, which is yummy.
The only problem with Brits and Au Marché is deciding which treat to enjoy first when I get home.