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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Argghh, British Food Sucks! (God knows I didn't believe it would be this bad)

Stopped for a pic with a few of my fellow MBA candidates on such a beautiful day on campus

The weather has been remarkably lovely. So much so that I'm reluctant to even mention it to you in fear of jinxing it. 

Yesterday the MBA director thought it was so lovely in fact that he released us early from our induction proceedings to frolic as we would like for the afternoon.

A few other MBA candidates and I decided to take the opportunity to walk through Egham, the small relatively affluent town where Royal Holloway is located, to Tesco, the local supermarket.

I decided a trip to the market was my most necessary task for the day having had a bout with some terrible British food on campus. I mean the food is terrible. I was warned, but God knows I didn't believe it would be this bad.

Before a British person reads this and gets his or her feathers all ruffled, not ALL the food here is bad. Most British cultural food i.e. Indian, Thai, Japanese is OK. (Listen, this is the best I could do without telling a bold-face lie. The regular food stinks.)

Here are some photos of the quaint cottage-like homes we saw on the stroll to the market.

I decided to walk down each aisle of the market to to familiarize myself with the brands.. I recognized fewer than 1 percent of them.

Talk about culture shock.

Light-bulb moment --  ask for the Jamaican section. Surely there must be a Caribbean/ cultural aisle. I mean Jamaican's are pretty populous in Britain.

Here's a photo of the "Caribbean aisle." Killing me softly.

Seven rows of nothing!

I ended up just picking up the British equivalents to the items I would typically buy at home. I have a sneaking suspicion that they are not going to taste the same way.

On the way home we circled the block and found a small mom and pop type Japanese restaurant on the second floor (which the Brits call the first floor) of a retail strip.

The food was remarkable! I literally could have kissed the cook!  That food salvaged the day.

Was way too busy eating it to take a pic, sorry, next time!


Kelliann McDonald is an author, a marketing and PR strategist and a people connector who loves vinyasa yoga and social media. For up to the moment updates from Kel as she pursues a global MBA from Royal Holloway, University of London, follow her on Twitter @KelliannMc, like her on or follow her on Instagram @kMcDiva for #CasualKel photos.
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