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Wednesday, 16 January 2008

A little slice of heaven



For several years I lived in Canada and became unaccountably addicted to a crisp, dry salty cracker called Stoned Wheat Thins which seem to be unavailable anywhere else, and certainly not here in Britain. So I would like to shout a big thank-you across the Atlantic all the way clear to Vancouver to Nancy, Val, Ann and Sam for sending me a giant box which arrived courtesy of Parcel Force this afternoon

11 comments:

Queen of Sheba said...

Oh those are all over the US--and they are truly the best crackers ever. Congratulations on achieving a supply from afar!

miss cavendish said...

Ahhh--Canadian food . . . I happily recall deep-fried beaver tails slathered with strawberry preserves after a long evening of skating on the Rideau Canal. And of course boxes of "Smarties," which "M&M's" can't nearly approximate, in this Canadian-living-in-the-States' humble opinion.

And in London? Call me pedestrian, but I love Pret a Manger, while walking eight hours a day, natch!

Thomas said...

There is nothing unaccountable about it - Stoned Wheat Thins are amazing (with a sly pun on "stoned" I wonder?). But big ups to my hometown of Vancouver for coming through for you. I think I'll go and buy a box today to celebrate the one thing you can get here that you can't get anywhere else.

Toby wollin said...

When I was about 10, my parents decided that I'd lived long enough in culture-deprived Upstate New York and dragged us up to Stratford, Ontario to the Shakespeare Festival for several summers running. The highpoint of these trips(besides the plays) was shopping for Red Rose Tea and other food items we could not get in the US...and then smuggling them across the border.
Because my mother had an accent, the Customs guards were far more interested in having her show her citizenship papers than what we had in the trunk of the car.

materfamilias said...

Like Thomas (and, after all, he's practically my neighbour), I'm going to pick up a box of Stoned (and yes, there's always a chuckle here) Wheat Thins. Haven't had them for ages -- I guess I've been taking them for granted so thanks for giving me a new perspective.

Nancy (nanflan) said...

You can also get them in the States.

I had no idea they are Canadian in origin--yet another thing for which to love our Northern neighbors!!

Linda Grant said...

See how it says Imported right there on the box?

lagatta de Montréal said...

Linda, I'll make you a venison tourtière as I made for New Year's. (But no poutine - that is vile).

As for London, I always think of excellent Asian food - whether South or East Asian.

Phyllis said...

No way! I think Brits would go for them big time too. Have you finished a box yet?

Gigi said...

As a Canadian-living-in-Hong-Kong, I can name many, many food items I miss back home... Stoned Wheat Thins with homemade herb-mixed cream cheese and smoked salmon? Heaven in 2 bites (one if I was very hungry :)

lagatta à Montréal said...

The President's Choice (Loblaws) 7 Grain Flatbread Crackers are also lovely, low in fat, and great with cheese or hummous - or little bits of smoked salmon. Like tasty matzos?

http://tinyurl.com/ys4dv6 PC Flatbread crackers