Monday, January 25, 2016

Irreplaceable products (mainly food)

Today is Australia day! Well, technically in a few hours, because of the whole time difference, but better early than late right?

In case you wanted a bit of a history lesson, Australia Day is celebrated annually on 26 January. It marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales, and the raising of the Flag of Great Britain at that site by Governor Arthur Phillip. So there you have it.


Australia Day modern day means this: day off from work and playing two up at the local pub. But for poor little old expat Kristen, it means being sad and missing home. Instead of being sad, I thought I would talk about some irreplaceable products, things that I can't get here or haven't found a suitable American replacement. Inspired by Erin's post here

Golden Gaytimes.
The best ice cream of all time. If you ever go to Australia, you simply must try one. It's all crumbly and honeycomby and amazing. Trust.

Gumption.
Gumption is like a multi purpose amazing cleaner. I used to love it, but I have a feeling I'd love it a lot more now that I have a house to clean. Seriously, it's the best. Next time I go, I am buying a bunch and bringing it back.

bunnings


McDonalds Sausage McMuffins.
The very first thing I ate when I touched down in Oz in 2014 was a sausage mcmuffin from maccas. Sausage in general is different at home, but you'd think the mcdonalds one would taste the same in both countries. It looks the same, it smells the same, it does not taste the same. It is my favourite thing on the menu and I'd eat one every day if I could. 

maccas i get mine without cheese, ew.

Allens lollies.
Oh man, I miss me some Allens lollies. There is absolutely no substitute in the US. I've tried all of them. Nope. Give me some allens. Strawberries and creams, red frogs, pineapples, snakes alive.. man oh man that's my childhood right there. Erin sent me some in her care package and I don't think I've ever eaten lollies as quickly as I ate those.



Caramel buds and freckles.
I have found chocolates here that are similar to freckles (on the right) but I haven't found any to replace caramel buds. So good.



Twisties.
Twisties are so hard to explain. They are kind of like cheetos, only not. I used to only eat cheese flavoured twisties when I was sick, for some reason they were all I could keep down. But I'll eat them any old time now. They also come in a chicken flavour which is probably as weird as it sounds but holy moly they are amazing. I could eat twisties every day.


Tasty toobs.
I remember these from my childhood, then they stopped making them, then they brought them back again, then they stopped them again. They were tangy and tomatoey. Bye toobs, I will forever miss you. Sad face. 


Cheese and bacon balls.
Also kind of like cheetos but not. Interestingly, they are made by cheetos. This is going to sound super weird, but I love to let them go stale, they get super crunchy and amazing. Problem is, now when my mum sends me some, I can never wait long enough for them to go stale.


Salad Dressing.
I used to eat way more salads at home. The only dressing I like here is ranch, and that's way too fatty to eat all the time. At home, I ate french and italian, and the US has both of these but they taste completely and utterly ridiculously different.

coles
Thickened cream.
It's cream. But it's thick. It's not the same as heavy cream. I swear, it's not the same. I don't even know how to explain thickened cream but I miss it so very very much.



Milo.
It's like nesquick only not. Only really not. Ohmagerd it's amazing. It's great on ice cream too. This seriously never even lasts a day when I get some.



Chomp.
Mmmmm chomps. It's a chocolate bar with wafers and caramels and goodness.


Killer pythons.
This is the closest I ever got to something 'deadly'. Ha. It's this huge snake. It sounds weird, but no. It's fabulous. Apparently they made them smaller, but when I was a kid, they were huge and only like 50 cents.



Freddo frogs and caramello koalas.
You all have girl scout cookies, we have these guys. Most fundraising type things, people sell chocolates and it's almost always these (or it was when I was a kid). But you can buy them everywhere else as well, so they aren't rare or anything. The freddos also come in white chocolate and a strawberry flavour. At christmas they make a magical elves flavour which might be my absolute favourites.


Curly wurlys.
I found some of these in Dublin and brought some back. Ooooh I was a happy girl for like 24 hours, because that's how long 15 of them lasted. They actually used to sell these at Epcot, but of course something happened and they stopped selling them and I was absolutely devastated when we went in November (I might have cried).

Tampons.
Yeah, shit just got weird in here. I can only find one brand that sells applicator-less tampons here. At home, you struggle to find the applicator ones. Seriously, such a weird thing to miss, but there you go.


Meat pies. 
I don't even love meat, but good god give me a meat pie every day of my life and I'm sorted. I miss these most because there is nowhere I can get something remotely similar, and if I do find somewhere online they want to charge me like $100 for what used to cost $2.

Sara Lee Chocolate Cake.
You all have Sara Lee. They even have chocolate cake. But it's not the same. This is the most amazing cake in the world, and I don't even like cake. You can buy it in big slabs and it basically used to be at every single birthday party that I ever went to. Sigh. I found it on amazon, which is totally weird. $120 for 4 cakes, totally reasonable. I love it with thickened cream, so it's probably for the best that I can't get it here, because it would be sad without the cream.


Takeaway fish & chips.
One of the biggest things I miss is the ability to grab some fish and chips (or lets be real, just chips) from the charcoal chicken shop (I know, it's weird) and have that for lunch. There really is just no comparable option here. Well, not in KY.


Chicken salt.
Yeah.... that does sound weird, doesn't it? But it's heaven in a salt shaker, trust me. Goes great on chips (as in fries).



Lucas' Papaw.
Rash? Papaw. Burn? Papaw. Tattoo? Papaw. Chapped lips? Papaw. Stung by something? PapawPimple? Papaw. Seriously, anything, and Lucas' papaw has you covered.


Kraft blue box cheese.
If there was a number one thing I miss most of all, it would be this cheese. It's so weird because I don't even like cheese (at least, compared to most people). But there is nothing like this in the US. I don't even know how to describe it. It's light. It's gotta be packed full of bad stuff because it sits on the shelf at home, how weird is that? You put it in the fridge when you get home, but still. Shelf at the store. My favourite way to have it was in a salad (chopped in squares), slices on toast and grated on pasta. Tears of joy were shed when we went back home and I shoved it in my gob. KC didn't like it, weirdo.

The funny thing is, if I lived at home, I'd probably eat all of the foods on this list like once a year. But the simple fact that I can't get them easily is what makes you want it more. Out of sight, always on the mind - that's how the saying goes, right?

Anyway, happy Australia Day!


What would you miss if you moved to a different country?

54 comments:

  1. MILO!!! i thought that was only a jamaican drink because every chinese jamaican i knew had that in their house...that and Ribena lol.

    happy aussie day!!

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  2. happy australia day! i'm not sure how i feel about tampons being named after my zodiac sign but i'll let it pass haha. and now i want all the treats. especially those cheetos!

    xoxo cheshire kat

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  3. h and i like to go to grocery stores and buy stuff for picnics soo i'm pinning this so i know what to eat when i visit australia one day :) xo jillian

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  4. Can you please have KC record you going into a US store and asking if you can get a Golden Gaytime?? I just want to see the reaction you'd get! (And they do sound delicious!) These lists are so fascinating and it's surprising that we don't have some of these things here. I mean - bacon cheetos would be a huge hit!!!

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  5. Happy Australia Day! Bacon Cheetos? Sign me up!

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  6. I am so intrigued by Bacon Cheetos. Happy Australia Day! :)

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  7. Happy Australia Day!! I think I would totally love those Caramello Koala's!

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  8. Happy Australia day, beautiful. Lollies is a fun word to say, lollies, lollies, lollies!

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  9. Happy Aussie Day! This post was so fun! It's cool to see how different things are from another culture! I'm sure it's hard to not be able to find those things that are comforts of home for you . . . I suppose that makes them all the better when you do get to go home.

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  10. I'm still stuck on the Golden Gaytimes up there---why aren't they here?!?! Why do they look so delicious?!

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  11. Oh how I loved the lollies when I was in Australia! I always had a bag of the snake lollies at my desk. Happy Australia Day!

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  12. So weird that companies can make the same product and they taste totally different in two different countries! This post made me hungry, all those candies look so good!

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  13. So, this is totally irrelevant, but this post is the first time I realized you live in Kentucky. I had no idea you were so close to me! How exciting! If I'm ever in KY, we need to get together! :)

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  14. Cheese and bacon balls - i mean stop that sounds amazing!! I think I'd miss food - the food I'm used to here! That's what I miss most when we travel! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  15. I want to eat everything on this list, is that weird? You make it sound so good and now I'm hungry. I know what you mean about the fast food being different. They have Pizza Hut in India, but it doesn't taste the same. The sauce has a distinctly spicy, Indian flavor, not like US tomato sauce.

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  16. Happy Austrailia Day! It is so hard to move away from home! I moved about an hour and a half drive from where I grew up. Not that far compared to you but I still CRAVE all these random local food items and every time I go out there I totally pig out on them! It is hard to explain to other people why a sandwich from a shop in your hometown JUST TASTES BETTER than a shop anywhere else but it just does. I feel your pain!

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  17. These posts always amaze me ... I want to try so many of the things.
    Australians love their chicken flavor things, huh?
    I had to laugh at the tampon one - wasn't expecting that one to be in there.

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  18. I love how all of these have such Australian sounding names. Love it! I'm learning all the Aussie lingo by watching the Open! I hate the time difference but it's so fun to watch :)

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  19. Ohhhhhh I want all the candies!!!! I feel like we are seriously missing out on some amazing products. We need to petition for them to come here!!! Heck, I miss out on stuff I could only get up north and not here. I cant imagine how hard it is from across the world!

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  20. Ok I'm officially hungry now! How delish looking is that ice cream?! Happy Australia Day <3
    Green Fashionista

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  21. Happy Australia Day! :) That is a LOT of food to miss. So sad. It kind of makes sense though. There are tons of things I loved as a kid.. but rarely eat, or let myself eat... that I would miss if I could never have them. One of my best friends is moving to Taiwan in like a week (sobs) and I'm sure there will be all sorts of things we'll be mailing her in care packages. :) Fwiw, we do the Honest bundle. We get all of our cleaners (that we don't make) and soaps and stuff from them, and they just started making tampons.. without the scary chemicals... and they're amazing. They come w/ and w/o applicators. Just fyi.. I've been super jazzed about it... but haven't really told anyone LOL. But since you brought it up... bahaha XO -Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  22. Happy Australia Day! Ranch is totally the dressing I miss the most when I'm out of the US. I hunted it down when I studied abroad in Spain and spent a ridiculous amount of money on it. I totally want to check out that ice cream when we visit!

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  23. Happy Australia Day! I laughed at some of these because my Aussie friend used to tell me the same thing about some of these food items! I want that ice cream and I definitely want to try a meat pie some day! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  24. Hahaha omg about the tampons. When I studied in Sydney and had to buy tampons it was a rude awakening when they had no applicator!!! The next time I went I scoured the shelf until I found one that had an applicator. Which is horrible, because that's awful for the environment, but it's just what I'm used to!

    Do Caramello bars taste like the koalas at all? (I'm guessing not.) We used to get the big bags of Allen's gummies (or I'd get Cadbury caramel buttons) and take them to the movies. I miss sausage rolls. I thought they were so good. There is an Aussie/Kiwi pub in Seattle and we went once and it was pretty good. You couldn't buy any of these packaged things but I got a sausage roll so I was happy haha. OH I also miss the availability of sweet chili sauce! Sometimes you can find that stuff here, but when I was in Australia I bought it and used it on everything hahaha.

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  25. It's crazy how different all of the candy is compared to here in the states! When we went on our food tour in NYC in December, we ate at an Australian stand in Chelsea Market and had meat pies, and they were so good! I immediately thought of you and Erin when I was eating them! And those Cheetos sound so amazing, I wonder why they don't sell them in the States. You'd think that anything bacon related would fly off the shelves here!

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  26. Happy Australia day! Bummer you had to go to work. I know the feeling about products (mainly food, drinks and even fruits/veggies) from home that you can't find in the US, although you can get Milo here out our grocery. I grew up drinking that too and it's sure is yum!

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  27. I'm fascinated by this post. Thickened cream? Tell me more. Is it spreadable like mayo or do you pour it like milk? Also, so weird the sausage biscuits don't taste the same! Also, chicken flavored twisties????

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  28. Wow, so many strange products! But I'm sure a lot of our products are or were strange to you as well! Happy Australia Day!!

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  29. I am not a fan of our French dressing, but the Australian French dressing actually looks delicious!

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  30. The candy has me all sweet-tooth over here. Is there any way to get Snakes Alive in the states?

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  31. I was like I must eat everything here and then I was like oh tampons? Moving on....... ;-) the bacon and cheese cheetos though sound like heaven.

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  32. Does lollies mean gummy candies? Lol here I think of lollipops. Wait, the Italian looks red and the French dressing looks green? I am all weirded out and intrigued. My mouth is watering for all this food, even though I probably couldn't eat any of it. I want to try it all.

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  33. I'm so intrigued by everything here. That ice cream looks delicious- I love the strawberry similar (I'm guessing) version we have here. And the candy all looks SO GOOD. I'm a bacon, egg, and cheese on a biscuit kind of girl but something about that sausage mcmuffin looks so good.

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  34. Hahah, I'm the same too. I totally refrain from jalapeños and burros on a daily basis but in Mexico is like daaamn it I can have them every day!

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  35. First of all, you're back! Yay! I was worried you had stopped blogging. Now about this-I want to try everything, but I think I most want to try the lollies! (Are they like our gummies?) I miss so many things like that from Russia. Thankfully, we have a Russian store where I buy some things I really love. The biggest thing I miss is Russian mayonnaise. It tastes way different from American and is so much better!

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  36. Happy Australia Day!! This list is just one more reason that I want to visit Australia! So many new things to experience!

    As a side note, I know what it feels like to live far away from home and miss favorite things. I'm sorry you are so far away from home during celebratory times like this.

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  37. Happy Australia Day! These snacks look soooo good...I'm hungry now, haha!

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  38. Ah, Milo... I remember drinking that nearly everyday for the 3 weeks that I was in NZ and AUS. That was some good stuff! You know, I've seen it somewhere here in the US because I remember thinking, "Hey! It's Milo!" If I ever see it again, I will get ya some.

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  39. Oh gosh - I wouldn't know what I'd miss until I didn't have it any longer -- if that makes sense. Re: meat pies -- if you're interested, I can let you know when the next Aussie Rules/footy tournament is in Louisville. My husband used to play and they had a booth with real Aussie meat pies imported in. They were pretty good too. :)

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  40. i LOVE this! and i want to try all of these! especially the bacon and cheese balls! One of my college roommates is in Australia at the moment as an AuPair so i'm constantly quizzing her on favorite new foods and things to do over there. she sends me pics with kangaroos and on beautiful beaches all the time!

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  41. Happy Australia Day!! My Mum makes some pretty good meat pies, but she only does them about once a year. I really should learn myself.

    I've found a decent cheese twistie replacement at Meijer, but I don't think you have those down by you.

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  42. So crazy that some of the same foods taste totally different! You seriously have me wondering if I need to go back out and pick up a Sara Lee chocolate cake (even though ours apparently don't taste as good as yours ;)) Happy Australia Day!

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  43. Happy Australia Day! My gosh - some of those candies and sweets looks SO good!

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  44. Most of these things sound awesome! The chicken twisties...I might need some convincing! :)

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  45. Gaytime, Chomp and the Pythons... they sound like something I would want to eat until I threw up, lol
    "Yeah, shit just got weird in here." Bahahahaha! Do you use OB? That's the only applicator-less one I've ever seen.

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  46. wow that is quite a list..
    we moved to a different country and while we don't miss most of the prepackaged snacks we do miss the bakery sweets that me make family members package and bring for us on their every trip..
    and the street food.. mmm.. i need to make a trip back home..

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  47. Hahah I love the theme of "it's like X but it's not." Oh man, I just want to snack on junk food now...and I have nothing here to snack on like that! WHYYYYY.

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  48. Twisties and strawberry cream lollies - so so good! You're right, there is nothing quite like them in the states.

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  49. Happy Straya Day! I definitely travel with my stomach, so a lot of these rang a bell for me and made me wonder what I'd miss if I ever moved away from the UK. Probably mostly the sweets and chocolate, to be honest. Oh and the good bacon. I've never had proper bacon anywhere other than the UK.

    Also that reminds me, I owe you some curly wurlys :)

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  50. I remember my Aussie friends in London were also obsessed with Shapes. I always thought it was hilarious that there was a food called "Shapes," and whoever names them was too lazy to define what shape it was. Hilarious.

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  51. As a substitute for Lucas' Papaw try Bag Balm. It comes in a green tin, sometimes Walgreens or Walmart has it, but in KY a feed store should carry it too. I use it for everything you mentioned above. A friend visiting Australia actually brought me back some Luas' Papaw to try & I found them fairly similar. I use that ish on everything!

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  52. It's so funny seeing foreign snacks! So many of these sound delicious! Definitely saving this for whenever I get to Australia. Hopefully in the next few years!!

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  53. paw paw will be making an appearance on the blog soon. i loved eating the snacks when i was there--a tradition when i travel!

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