British Food of the Day Volume II
Monday: Steak and kidney pie.
Yeah, I know that BFotD started with steak and kidney pie, but if the Motorola cafeteria can repeat it every four weeks, so can I!
Tuesday: Cumberland pie.
There's nothing wrong with this "pie" per say, except that you never know what you're getting for two reasons: the first is that the sign at the front of the cafeteria ("Cottage pie") never matches the signs in front of the food ("Cumberland pie"). Last time the front sign said "Shepherd's pie" and the sign at the counter said "Cottage pie". The other reason is that it's covered with a pastry or a mash potato mold and you can't tell what is underneath. Certainly the signs are no help.
Wednesday: Spaghetti noodles with bacon and fried egg.
This was at an Italian restaurant in the Old Town part of
Swindon. The waiter managed to say "Gratzi," "Thanks," AND
"Cheers" in response to everything.
I have nothing. The canteen had normal food and I'm too tired
to recall anything strange from the past few days.
Instead, a mini translation guide
Friday: Chicken "fillit" on a deli bap.
Only because it sounds funny. I'm running out of material here --
BFotD II reeks of failure.
Sunday: Big Mac, fries and a coke.
Monday: Bangers and mash.
Tuesday: Fruit of the Forest Paris Breast.
I think this was a dessert, and I'm pretty sure I ate it.
Sorry, no time tonight for rants or wish-I-were-a-gay-Jewish-female-or-New-Yorker-pseudo-public-radio-essayist-mini-essays.
Wednesday: King prawns.
Everywhere. In everything. And I thought the English were only obsessed with curry and tea.
I was at work for 21 hours today and just when I thought it couldn't get any worse, I ran over a rabbit on my drive home. The sun will come out tomorrow, right?
Friday: Medium-well steak with Borras sauce (cream, read wine, mushrooms). Banoffee pie and coffee.
Tied for best meal I've had in England, because I had it twice this fall.
- Near car accidents: 1
- Roadkill: 1
- Driving mistakes: 1
- Car stalls: 8
- Meals from Pizza Hut: 0
- Meals from TGI Fridays: 0
- Meals from Burger King: 2
- Meals from McDonald's: 1
- Indian dinners: 1
- Italian dinners: 2
- Chinese dinners: 3
- Dishes consisting primarily of potatoes consumed: 2
- Potato dishes consumed today: 1
- Meals that completely avoided British cuisine: 17
- Room service meals: 2
- Number of times I've been called "my love" a cafeteria cashier: 5
- Number of times I've heard the John Peel show: 1
- Number of times I've heard the shipping forecast: 1
- Number of older women on planes who flirted with me: 1
- Number of entries in the "mile-high club": 0
Updated November 18, 2002
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