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Yesterday, I was in a bubble of comfort. Today, I rediscovered Americana, the joy of being in the foreign country in which I grew up.

First, we went to Kmart. I'd forgotten how wonderful it is to be in a large shop with copious choice in a whole variety of things I end up mail-ordering through obscurity in the UK. I love the range of permanent marker colors, the varieties of ribbon, the kinds of Post-It notes, the rampant creativity of tie-in marketing (at least, in moderation). It's amazing how inexpensive things are.

Secondly, we went to the Split Rail diner in Woodbury, a classy New England diner, full of locals and red-and-white checked curtains. I savored the Root Beer of the Gods*, Buffalo wings with addictive sauce, and stole bites of my grandmother's corned beef hash. So good, so satisfying, so hard to find in the UK.

Driving back, past large lots of land on undulating hills covered in woodland and divided by stone walls, it all seems so civilized and decadent.

* No, they don't make their own. I just miss it that much, and don't usually find it worth paying several pounds for an import can.


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Apr. 30th, 2009 09:19 pm (UTC)
While you are in CT see if you can get to a Stew Leonard's store - always worth a visit.

Feels funny to know that you are so close - just take a quick trip into NYC and we can meet for lunch! :)

Enjoy your trip.
Apr. 30th, 2009 09:24 pm (UTC)
If only it were a longer trip! I leave tomorrow for Iowa.

There's a Stew Leonard's not hugely far away, according to its website; next time!
Apr. 30th, 2009 09:31 pm (UTC)
What brand is the root beer of the gods?
Apr. 30th, 2009 09:34 pm (UTC)
I don't even know. It's probably something mundane like A&W, but since it was a fountain drink, not branded in the menu, and I didn't ask, I can't tell you. Much like Kraft Dinner, if I had it too often, it would probably be much less exciting.
May. 1st, 2009 12:40 am (UTC)
A&w or Stewarts is the best, but has to be ice cold!
Apr. 30th, 2009 10:05 pm (UTC)
Oh, I missed rootbeer, too, the year I lived in Vienna.
Apr. 30th, 2009 10:50 pm (UTC)
Target is usually my large multipurpose store of choice, but I share your feelings.

I went looking for root beer today as the international foods store near work often has it, and not quite as exorbitantly priced as usual. Sadly I was out of luck. If you come up to Liverpool again I'll take you to the cafe that actually has root beer on the menu.

Enjoy the rest of your trip!
May. 1st, 2009 02:39 am (UTC)
If only Southbury had a Target...KMart is as good as it gets there! The good news is that it's a little cheaper.
Apr. 30th, 2009 11:32 pm (UTC)
Oh! See if you can get hold of birch beer while you're in CT, especially Foxon Park. Now THAT is the drink of the gods :)
May. 1st, 2009 12:41 am (UTC)
Creamy Red birch beer is my fav :) I can get it around me because a lot of preppies live in my area, but it's expensive.
May. 1st, 2009 12:40 am (UTC)
Sounds lovely, I haven't really be able to spend enough time in New England. I know what you mean about root beer. I don't even drink it much here, but when I was in England I missed it so much! That and Hot dogs, seriously, what is with that?
I remember going to that canadian store in Covet Garden and buying cans of Mug root beer. And I brought some A&W back with me during a visit home and rationed it. sheesh.
May. 1st, 2009 08:46 am (UTC)
One of the asian import stores here in Bristol sell Singaporean cans of A&W root bear for 65p each! Next time you visit...
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