Lost in the Pond: Why Americans with a Love of British Food Should Visit Ohio

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Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night craving a sausage roll? Perhaps you long for the Cadbury bars not sold at Meijer? Or maybe you just desire some good old British bacon? Well, you may want to hit the road and head to Ohio.

The Buckeye State is home to Jungle Jim’s International Market – a cosmopolitan grocery store that packs in over 150,000 products from around 70 different countries.

Claiming 5 aisles of its own at the very back of the store is Great Britain! For the Anglophiles or British expats among you, entering the British section of Jungle Jim’s is sort of akin to falling in love for the first time. It feels incredibly exciting and magical, and vaguely risky – especially for those who are heavily money conscious.

IMG_20130706_155303 (600x450)Indeed, much of your hard earned cash could be put to good use at the tea shelves, where you will discover over  a hundred different brands of tea. And we’re not just talking about the major players such as PG Tips or Yorkshire Tea: in fact, Jungle Jim’s actually offers tea from all over the world, such as Pu-erh from China and Harney & Sons from the USA. Suffice to say, it’s almost worth visiting for these products alone, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Even if you’re not, there’s a good chance – what with you being a human, and everything – that chocolate is your sort of thing. If that’s the case, the excitement of the next aisles will likely lead you to perform some kind of brief, but highly ridiculous dance – the like of which really should have ceased when you were 9.

For on these aisles lies every Cadbury’s bar you could ever think of: Crunchie, Twirl, Double Decker, Wispa, Flake! It might be an idea, depending on the distance of your commute, to throw as many chocolate bars as possible into a cart, before heading to the checkout.

IMG_20130706_160653 (600x450)However, should this be your course of action, you would almost certainly miss the frozen section. This is where you would find meat pies and sausage rolls, which have been statistically proven to change your life for the better. You would also miss out on Twiglets, Heinz Baked Beans, Oxo cubes, the aforementioned British bacon, Digestives, Jaffa Cakes, Wheetabix and, well, hundreds of other sacred items.

So don’t make bad decisions.

In fact, make the best decision of your life and click on this map to begin your journey.

P.S. If an international store still doesn’t satisfy your curiosity, there is a popular and devoted British shop – Wise Choice British Foods, Gifts and Candies – just 50 miles north on the outskirts of Dayton.

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