Stumbled on this American food store and upon walking towards the front door, said "they never actually have American stuff, it's probably all Australian or whatever they want to carry for the locals". But I was wrong, thank god!
The store doesn't look like much and they actually don't have a ton of product, but... they have mac'n'cheese. KRAFT mac'n'cheese!!! They have Aunt Jemima. They have Stubbs - the best damn bbq sauce in the world. They have Hidden Valley Ranch. They have Vlasic pickles. They have pumpkin puree. They have Reese's PB Cups! And much more. They had all the crappy American food gems that I love and have missed.
And when we asked the store owner if they ever get the Hot Stubbs instead of just the Mild, she said she could and asked us what else we would like. Whether or not she can actually get it, that is the only American food store owner who's ever even asked! Decent prices too, considering import and customs costs, etc.
I'll be back.
Errrrrrrrrrrrr. To be clear, I'm not American, but I grew up partially in the US. I don't think I've ever wanted a Twinkie or Triscuits since, ah, well, a long time, but if I did, I'd come here . Seems popular and fairly well stocked, if what you want is packet foods and cereal.
I am a sucker for American food stuffs, even though if we are all honest about it, most of it is a bit crap. But when I am craving some ranch dressing or s'mores pop tarts, this craving must be satisfied!
So when I discovered the American Food Store sign I was excited. Till I noticed the fact that it was a grubby little newsagent called Punjam, not very apple pie and baseball.
'Wevs', I thought, 'I'm game to see what they've got'. Inside it's a grubby little newsagent, run by two crazy Indian ladies, with an entire wall of American pantry goods. So strange.
They have all the crap you people love... Captain Crunch, Cheez It, grape jelly and peanut butter mix, Mountain Dew and a ridiculous amount of cake mixes. Yeah it's pricey, but not as bad as Cyber Candy and it might make you feel like home for a little while. Though £4 for a small bottle of ranch is a bit much. They have a website too usafoodstore.co.uk
What used to be a post office has morphed into a specialist supplier of American food. I didn't even notice the transformation at first, but went to check when a friend made a special journey the other day. The stamps are gone, pumpkin puree and pretzel sticks are in!
Unfortunately, American food doesn't really do it for me, so I can't comment on the quality. However, if people are prepared to travel across London for their favourite candy, these guys are doing something right. Judging from their website, you can also buy most things online and prices seem reasonable.
I went with such high hopes. It's Thanksgiving Thursday and I figured ...Canned Pumpkin...surely they will have that. Corn Bread Mix...a stretch but maybe! Cream of Mushroom soup...a Campbell's soup variety I'm sure right!?!?! I should have read Tammy O's review before going. It's a news agent that has two walls of American foods and it's really just the sugary cereals, yes...some Shake n bake but I thought for sure with a huge AMERICAN holiday coming...they would get the Turkey staples! I did get some Stove Top Stuffing but you can get stuffing here....arg.
I headed to Selfridges in the end and got my canned pumpkin there. It was pricey but I need it and at least they have a GREAT assortment of American food. They also have shake n bake.
One more note...I read someone's review that "the people who run it are brilliant". I guess they don't work on Saturdays....I got two people who didn't speak a large amount of english...no offer to carry my stuff to the car and i had to ask THEM for a bag.
I say if you are looking for American foods you miss from home...1) have them sent or 2) head to Selfridges...
Skippy Peanut Butter Smooth or Crunchy GINORMOUS size £6ish pounds is good enough for me!
Just to be clear - this is not an American food store. It is 2 walls of American food/kitchen stuff in a newsagent. As long as you're clear on that, you shouldn't be disappointed. Good choice of the typical items Americans miss from home (but probably don't eat that often in the States!). Only place in London I've found Chex Mix, so I'll give credit where credits due.
£7 for Shake & Bake. Enough said.
Good Lord, y'all, you can get a bottle of Ranch dressing in Texas for two dollars: if I lived here full-time I'd have the stuff shipped from my local HEB grocery store in Houston :-)
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