A touch of nirvana, procured at the British Pantry at lunchtime: Ashbourne Chocolate & Ginger Biscuits (to quote from the packaging: “Pieces of the finest quality stem ginger are used to create these delicious biscuits which are fully coated with pure luxurious, rich dark Belgian chocolate.”) A drum of eight set me back more than five dollars, so care is advisable — they are eminently wolfable.

Other tidbits of Anglophilia: Norfolk Manor Wine Gums, a Nestlé Lion Bar, even a bottle of Barr Irn-Bru (ah, memories of Ediburgh!), as well as two meat pies to throw in the oven at a later date.

As far as cultural food crazes go, the current lunch fad among my coworkers is ikura-don, a japanese dish consisting of steamed white rice topped with salmon roe (ikura), flying fish roe (tobiko), and wasabi. Even among the folks who despise sushi, it seems to have gained quite a foothold; a quick experiment earlier today found pavlovian drool reactions in more than one test subject on the mere mention of the dish.

Now we’re having weekly Japanese lunches, and have even reached a critical mass where there’s a non-trivial chance that there won’t be enough ikura for everyone at the table, sparking discussions on perhaps setting up a formal challenge system to determine who gets the goods (cf. The Shotgun Rules).

Not me, of course. I’m not obsessed.

Speaking of tobiko, John Howie’s new restaurant, Seastar, offers oysters on the half-shell with tobiko and wasabi. Now that has me drooling (and dig the Kobe beef steaks on the everday menu!).

There’s a new Seattle Weblog Portal, and it’s extremely well-done. If you’re out here in the Emerald City, check it out.

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  • bhikku

    Norfolk Manor Wine Gums? I believe that these are hand shaped on the bosom of a genuine Milady of the county.

    Bernard Matthews Norfolk Turkeys *are* actually produced in Norfolk, if a giant tin shack can be said to actually *be* from somewhere...

  • Earlier in the year I found a whole bunch of those -don bowls in the oriental stores near my home. There's one called "Sukiyaki-Don" which seemed to be a Japanese variation of Korean bulgogi and it tasted pretty good.

  • Jim

    Ikura: Sure it's expensive, but just you try to choke down more than a couple of bucks worth in one sitting.

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