Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Piccadilly English Shop

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There's a place called Piccadilly English Shop in the Kurfuersten Passage across from the Heidelberg Hauptbahnhof. Unbelievably, I never went in there until yesterday. I'd seen it many times, but when passing by, all one can see is the windows filled with hideous mugs and other such useless junk. So, I never bothered going in, since I don't need anything like that, and I've never been jonesing for Cadbury chocolate or anything.

I was saying something about Skittles and Damon said someone at his lab found some at the English shop, so I finally went in to check it out, and there's quite a bit of useful stuff there! For one thing, they have Rice Krispies, which I had trouble finding before. As soon as I can muster up the will to pay whatever price they are asking there (it's not a cheap place), I'm totally finding some marshmallows and making bars. They also had canned pumpkin and evaporated milk and, yes, Skittles and also Butterfinger. There's also a big selection of whiskey. Of course they also sell a wide selection of hideous mugs. But don't be fooled, it's not all junk. :)

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  2. Oh yeah I've been there before. It was empty when I got there, and I thought that they were closing down soon! I remember wishing that there was a shop like that in Jena. This was in 2006, so it's good to know that they're still around.

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  3. The same huge prices can be found over here as well in the stores that sell German products. But once in a while they are worth it.

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  4. G: I emailed you!

    Arashi-Kishu: I had the same feeling when I was there - there were quite a few empty shelves! I guess that must be normal for them.

    Bek: I agree - it can't be an everyday thing, but it's nice that it's there when you need it!

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  5. Cologne has The English Shop (or is it The British Shop?) that has UK and US things, but they're prohibitively expensive.

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  6. Rice Krispies!
    I found them and Cocoa Krispies at my local Kaisers. You guessed it... within 3 days I had secured marshmallows and was making Cocoa Krispies Treats! I've made them twice since then! Tee hee hee!

    There are many such stores in Berlin as well... but horribly cost prohibitive. Adam and I stumbled over one of them at a German/American celebration here in Berlin; it can be found at "americancandy.de". They have just about everything your American heart could desire... but no storefront.

    Of course while you are here in Berlin we can hit places like the KaDeWe which have just about anything you like.

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  7. Yeah, I totally stumbled in there one day too trying to kill time and was pleasantly surprised. Didn't buy a thing but it was totally reassuring! I think I was most psyched about the english magazines (at the time I hadn't seen them anywhere else). But I bet the canned pumpkin will come in real handy right about now!

    Jen

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  8. I found them useful for getting my hands on things like Cranberry sauce and molasses. Nice little shop, and in many respects not so pricey.

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  9. J: This place was a little expensive too. Damon got some tea that was marked 1.29 pounds, but it was something like 4.60 EUR - a lot more than the exchange rate. Who knew importing from the UK would be so much? I guess they might be a bit low-traffic and need to charge more to stay in business?

    Snooker: I'm so making regular Rice Krispie treats and also the peanut butter ones with chocolate on top!
    I went to KaDeWe my first time in Berlin and had a fun time laughing at the cost of Campbell's soup! :D

    Anon: I don't have a pie pan but I am pretty sure I could just make the pie in bar form or something! I need pumpkin from a can! :D

    Mike: Oooh, I'll have to look closer for that cranberry sauce!

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  10. I just roasted two Hokkaido pumpkins to make pumpkin pie tomorrow. It's very easy: cut the top and bottom, quarter, scrape out the guts (I'm roasting the seeds tomorrow) then roast at 350F until fork tender (45 min or so. I put it through my ricer and threw it in the fridge til tomorrow.

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  11. G: I don't have a ricer, blender, food processor, etc (well, I do...in US storage, haha). Can it be done with just a fork?

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  12. Yes, although probably a wooden spoon would be better, or a potato masher if you have one.Or a really sturdy fork (I tend to bend utensils if Iuse them for other purposes.) I also didn't scrape the meat off the skin because Hokkaido is soft and edible. You could use a grapefruit spoon to scrape the insides out of a regular pumpkin (or another sturdy spoon). Sometimes it amazes me how slow I am to realize that things can be easy.

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  13. They have canned pumpkin??? I was just in there last week but I must admit, I didn't even look for it. I think I'll have to stop by there again very very soon. Like tomorrow!

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  14. What do you know. I am making pumpkin pie from scratch tomm. My roommate is canadian and she insisted I make it to celebrate her fake thanksgiving. =) I linked to the recipe in case you want to try.

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  15. I wish we had something like that here in Korea. The closest we get is a hidden black market shop the size of a large closet, in the foreigner district of Seoul.

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  16. G: No potato masher either (we are really lacking in the kitchen dept. but we do have a wooden spatula....)

    Viviane: It's in the back left corner on the left! :)

    Yankee: Thanks!

    Drifting: That sounds...adventurous!!

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  17. We frequent the Piccadilly here...several years in England left us craving HobNobs and pickles. And yes, they can be pricey on some things, but not too bad.

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