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Oerdin
08-08-2007, 00:29:42
It seems Tesco will be opening a series of stores on the American west coast including in San Diego. The chain says they're making sure they'll cater to American tastes while still providing low prices and many traditional British goods you can't find in America. Should we be scared? We're not going to end up with pickled herring or something are we?

Oerdin
08-08-2007, 00:32:12
As a side note I've had pickled herring and actually liked it. It's more of a eastern European Jewish food then a British food though. Still, what sort of weird things can I expect to find at a Tesco?

Greg W
08-08-2007, 00:34:04
Originally posted by Oerdin
As a side note I've had pickled herring and actually liked it.So what are you complaining about? :confused:

Oerdin
08-08-2007, 00:36:53
I needed to make fun of British food some how. ;)


On a side note:

http://www.csdecisions.com/news/article/67687/tesco_to_test_san_diego.aspx

"The U.K.-based chain is scheduled to have stores in Fallbrook, Vista, Escondido, Casa de Oro and Chula Vista by the holiday season". WTF do they have to open all of their stores in butt fucking Egypt? Why no stores in the actual city? It's not like we're going to drive 40 minutes just for the pleasure of shopping at their store.

Lazarus and the Gimp
08-08-2007, 05:13:30
Originally posted by Oerdin
As a side note I've had pickled herring and actually liked it. It's more of a eastern European Jewish food then a British food though. Still, what sort of weird things can I expect to find at a Tesco?

Scotch eggs
Cornish pasties
HP sauce
Pickled eggs

Koshko
08-08-2007, 05:20:01
Why are they going to the West Coast when the East Coast is 3000 miles closer to them?

Greg W
08-08-2007, 05:30:45
They're tracing the shipments through their colonial empire. They're going via South Africa and Australia first.

Oerdin
08-08-2007, 05:33:29
Originally posted by Koshko
Why are they going to the West Coast when the East Coast is 3000 miles closer to them? Are you kidding? Those guys on the east coast still owe them for one ship full of tea. They know it's safer on the west coast. ;)

Funko
08-08-2007, 08:05:36
Insurance, Houses, Loans, Banking, TVs, Garden Furniture, cheap crappy vegetables that go off in 1 day, cheap books and CDs, farmers and other suppliers looking deathly pale as they've been bled dry.

Oerdin
08-08-2007, 15:18:42
Sounds like Walmart.

Lazarus and the Gimp
08-08-2007, 17:12:49
Tunnock's Teacakes!

http://www.tunnock.co.uk/teacake.htm

Cruddy
08-08-2007, 17:32:02
Tunnock's Caramel Wafers maybe?

Be afraid. Be very, very afraid.

Branston pickle with cheese is good though.

Provost Harrison
08-08-2007, 20:25:07
A bit of Worcestershire sauce...and I bet you yanks can't even pronounce that correctly ;)

Poison Arrow Frog
08-08-2007, 22:18:10
Piff, we've had Worcestershire sauce for ages. At least as far back as WW2 and probably even before that. Pickled eggs sound interesting; I've seen them in the odd British pub here but have never tried them. Scotch eggs are great and I've been wanting to try Cornish Pasties ever since Laz started posting about them. We do have a Brit ex-pat shop here where you can already buy this sort of stuff but the lady who owns it charges an arm and a leg so I haven't shopped there. Maybe Tesco can bring these things in for a more reasonable price.

Scabrous Birdseed
09-08-2007, 05:28:56
Things to avoid:

Cadbury's "Bourneville" dark chocolate.
Cadbury's "99 Flake" chocolate sticks.
Wagon Wheels.

Things to try:

Jaffa Cakes.
Penguin bars.
Crumpets.

Recommended site:

http://www.girlalive.com/food/index.html

Funko
09-08-2007, 07:51:10
Originally posted by Oerdin
Sounds like Walmart.

Yes, Tescos most similar rivals in the UK are Asda who are owned by Wal-Mart.

Resource Consumer
09-08-2007, 07:52:34
Originally posted by Poison Arrow Frog
Piff, we've had Worcestershire sauce for ages. At least as far back as WW2 and probably even before that. Pickled eggs sound interesting; I've seen them in the odd British pub here but have never tried them. Scotch eggs are great and I've been wanting to try Cornish Pasties ever since Laz started posting about them. We do have a Brit ex-pat shop here where you can already buy this sort of stuff but the lady who owns it charges an arm and a leg so I haven't shopped there. Maybe Tesco can bring these things in for a more reasonable price.

It is Worcester sauce.

Clearly you have had a pale Yank immatation

Funko
09-08-2007, 07:52:49
Tescos should be ok for processed and packaged foods, but I'm not sure a Tesco Cornish Pasty would give you much idea what they were really like.

Resource Consumer
09-08-2007, 07:53:24
Originally posted by Provost Harrison
A bit of Worcestershire sauce...and I bet you yanks can't even pronounce that correctly ;)

and you should know better :)

Funko
09-08-2007, 07:55:09
Originally posted by Resource Consumer
It is Worcester sauce.

Clearly you have had a pale Yank immatation

Well... the generic name for the sauce is Worcester sauce but the Lea and Perrins variety is called Lea and Perrins Worcestershire sauce. As I can hardly recall seeing another make he's not really wrong.

Funko
09-08-2007, 07:55:42
It's just pronounced wooster. ;)

Dyl Ulenspiegel
09-08-2007, 08:32:30
No, it's pronounced Wortschesterrr.

C.G.B. Spender
09-08-2007, 08:33:22
Wooster, Lester and Buster

Chris
09-08-2007, 09:51:15
We are?

Does that mean I have to stop taking care of my teeth?

Provost Harrison
09-08-2007, 12:01:44
Originally posted by Resource Consumer
and you should know better :)

That's not what it says on my bottle of the stuff :p

Cruddy
09-08-2007, 16:01:27
Originally posted by Funko
Tescos should be ok for processed and packaged foods, but I'm not sure a Tesco Cornish Pasty would give you much idea what they were really like.

Alas, Tesco's CPs are cheap and nasty compared to the real thing. Mostly pastry and air.

Caligastia
10-08-2007, 15:20:17
Originally posted by Chris
We are?

Does that mean I have to stop taking care of my teeth?

Lurker went British ages ago.

LoD
12-08-2007, 10:43:57
Originally posted by Oerdin
As a side note I've had pickled herring and actually liked it. It's more of a eastern European Jewish food then a British food though. Still, what sort of weird things can I expect to find at a Tesco?

Tesco beer :vom:.

The Mad Monk
13-08-2007, 22:34:05
Originally posted by Funko
It's just pronounced wooster. ;)

The Lea & Perrins commercial that always pops up during the holidays over here ("go on -- open it up!") has a very British sounding announcer pronouncing it as "wist-eh-sheer".

Oerdin
13-08-2007, 22:36:28
Originally posted by Scabrous Birdseed

Things to try:

Jaffa Cakes.
Penguin bars.
Crumpets.

Recommended site:

http://www.girlalive.com/food/index.html

Crumpets are fairly popular here and just about every tea shop carries them. My grandma used to make some great blue berry scones too.

qcubed
13-08-2007, 23:12:54
The Economist (http://www.economist.com/displaystory.cfm?story_id=9358986) is guardedly optimistic. To be honest, its description does make me want to shop there...

Funko
14-08-2007, 08:33:45
That's a really excellent article.

C.G.B. Spender
14-08-2007, 08:36:12
Very profound. I bookmarked just it in case I discover a sleep disorder

Oerdin
02-11-2008, 08:50:08
Finally got around to visiting the "Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market by Tesco". It's located way out in east county which is the ass end of this area but the girlfriend and I went hiking today and we saw the sign when we were driving home and decided to take a look. It's a lot smaller then an American super market though they did have a lot of ready made foods and soups sold for a cheap price. Sadly, they mainly carry American stuff with barely a British brand in sight. I did notice the butter they were selling was Irish though.

Oerdin
02-11-2008, 09:02:35
I went to their website and it seems that they're opening a store about 2 miles from my house. I may actually buy some of their soups and stuff for those days I'm to lazy to cook.

MOBIUS
02-11-2008, 12:42:47
Really, there's nothing amazing about Tescos at all...

We spend most of our time over here trying to avoid buying stuff there and giving up because they're everywhere and have great prices.

Their heroes are Walmart and that is who they try to emulate basically...

LoD
02-11-2008, 19:06:53
I don't understand the assumption that Tesco sells mainly British products anywhere outside of GB.

The Mad Monk
05-11-2008, 06:49:32
It probably has something to do with the chain announcing that they would sell British products.

Oerdin
05-11-2008, 07:09:38
It was. The problem is they don't sell British products. :(

LoD
05-11-2008, 08:12:38
Originally posted by The Mad Monk
It probably has something to do with the chain announcing that they would sell British products.

Not my brightest moment :o.

Bob
05-11-2008, 08:13:59
What was your brightest moment anyway?

Funko
05-11-2008, 09:31:10
Originally posted by MOBIUS
Their heroes are Walmart and that is who they try to emulate basically...

You'd never hear them say that seeing as Walmart own Asda who are their most direct competition in food retail.