An American Girl’s Guide to Eating like a Brit

It is widely known that most of the world thinks Americans are generally poor eaters. I don’t help this stereotype much by constantly explaining how much I love Poptarts, of course, but I would like to take this moment to lovingly point out that the UK should not be throwing stones on this particular issue. Let’s explore.


1. Heinz Baked Beans


Beans on everything. Baked potato? Have some beans. Toast? Have some beans. Leftover pizza? Have some beans. Beans? HAVE SOME BEANS.


2. Cadbury Oreo Bars


Is it chocolate? Is it Oreo? Does it even matter? No. Will I eat the entire thing in 45 seconds and then wonder where it went? Yes.


3. Crumpets


I’m not sure which I love more, eating crumpets slathered in butter or just feeling like I’m fancy for eating crumpets.


4. Chip butty


French fries (aka chips) in between two pieces of white bread, likely smothered in butter and/or ketchup. And yet somehow America is seen as the one eating it’s way to a heart attack. OKAY, DOUBLE STANDARDS.


5. Bacon butty


Similar concept to a chip butty, except with bacon. There are no other fillings. Just bacon upon bacon. Upon bacon


6. Yorkshire puddings


Yorkshire puddings are baked batter covered in gravy. The nutritional value is zero, but the taste value is high. It’s part of a traditional “Sunday roast,” which is a Thanksgiving-like meal that many people have every Sunday. I like to think that Americans Thanksgiving was born out of the pilgrims wanting to bring over traditions from the old land but realizing they needed to watch their waistlines.

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7 Responses

  1. matt says:

    Well, obviously the need to watch waistbands disappeared… unlike the waistbands.
    Clarify for me something about the crumpets, if you would. Are they sweet? It looks a bit like our (so called) English Muffins, but I can’t really tell. And if you admit to your American friends/family that you eat crumpets, do they immediately do a corny English accent and say “Tea and crumpets”? (Or is my family just weird?).

    • girlgonelondon says:

      Crumpets are definitely more savory than sweet, though they’re not exactly the texture of anything I can compare it to because crumpets tend to have holes in them for the butter/jam to soak into. Probably similar in taste to most plain bread or dough product you can think of. Relatively bland without toppings! If your family is weird, then my family is weird because they do the same kinds of things…then again, sometimes when I tell English people I’m American, they’ll respond with a “California valley girl” “OOOHHH MYYYY GAAAAWDDD, YOU GUYSSS” accent so it evens out!

  2. Erin Scherer says:

    This takes me back to my good ol’ days in London. Love it! xx

  3. Yes! All of these things (except beans, beans in ketchup are gross)! I’ve even come to accept bacon buttys are better without cheese. And the company I work for gives every employee a bacon butty on Friday mornings. To improve morale, obviously not our health.

    • girlgonelondon says:

      My problem with bacon here is I really like crispy bacon and so adjusting to English bacon feels like it’s undercooked, if that makes sense? LOVE that your company gives out bacon buttys, that is so British. 🙂

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