I think that one of the worst things about the life of an expat or repat is dealing with food let-downs. Or is that just me?
You see, when I first moved to Scotland (expat) I really missed certain American foods: Root beer; [proper] hotdogs and corndogs; saltines; Butterfingers; and others. But then I returned to America (repat), leaving behind all of my new-found foods: [Proper] fish-n-chips; curry take-aways; Love Hearts; and various ‘biscuits’ [sweet and savoury].
Anyhow, I’m super-happy about my return to expat life where I will no longer miss my lovely British (and Indian) foods. But I’m starting to realise that I’m going to miss my American foods again. And the more I think about it, the more the list grows! So far I have:
- Hotdogs and hamburgers
- Root beer
- Chicken strips
- Ranch dressing
- Three Musketeers
- Root beer (it deserves a second mention)
- Ranch dressing (it also deserves a second mention)
- [Americanised] Mexican food
- General Tso’s Chicken
- Pioneer Coffee
- Jelly beans
- [Double Stuff] Oreos
- Basic black olives (the kind for tacos and nachos)
- Taco Bell and Taco Time (I know these are restaurants, but I will miss them!)
- Rye bread
- 1000 Island dressing
- Reuben sandwiches
- Many, many more!
Oh! Then there’s the “you can find them but they need to be tracked down at speciality import stores” list.
But you know what? I am willing to make these sacrifices. After all, Scotland is home to deep-fried pizza and Mars bars. So I’ll just console myself with those. [Note to self: Get gym membership!]