When I came to the USA
in 1990, there were quite a few Brit things I couldn’t get. I remember
looking for mint sauce (to go with the lamb), being gone for hours and
finally settling for fresh mint and vinegar. It worked by the way, but
there wasn’t a hope of buying a jar of mint. Ditto with egg cups,
electric kettles and melamine table mats with beautiful prints on them.
(Those I had to haul back from the UK, and they weighed a ton.)
Of course, back then there was no Internet. I know. Gasp. I had to
locate items myself, phone up and order things or ask visitors for the
UK to bring things over.
These days, not only can you get a lot
of British merchandise in American shops, you can also peruse the
plethora of online British goods web sites, pay through the nose and
pretty much order whatever you want. Indeed, given the limits on baggage
these days, it’s probably more socially acceptable than asking your
guests to use up valuable luggage space with M&S underwear for you...