What is Robert Burns Night & Why Do People Celebrate It?

To those not accustomed to the Scottish tradition, Robert Burns Night might seem an odd thing. In the middle of the cold, dark, long winter, Scots (and many non-Scots with Scottish ancestry) come together to read the poetry of Robert “Rabbie” Burns, enjoy some traditional music, and eat a meal of soup, haggis, neeps, and …

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How to Get British Products Forwarded to the US or Canada (When They Don’t Ship There)

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Whether you’re an ex-pat missing things from home, a frequent visitor who’s fallen in love with British products, or just a devoted Anglophile who wants to buy something from a British business, international shipping can be a headache. Though many shops DO ship to the US or Canada, there are many that don’t. Even when …

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17 Fun & Quirky British Christmas Traditions Worth Exporting

Given the fact that so many Americans have British roots, you wouldn’t expect the Christmas traditions of the two countries to be THAT different…but they are. While some American families have kept their old British traditions alive and a handful of Anglophiles have adopted them, there’s quite a lot that will seem downright strange to …

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What’s a Full English Breakfast – and Where Did the Tradition Come From?

If you’ve ever been to England, you may have noticed something unusual on the menu: the “Full English Breakfast”. If it’s your first time in England, you may not be familiar with the term.  Does it refer to a multi-course breakfast? A breakfast that consists of every single British breakfast food? Not really. So what …

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What is HP Sauce? A Guide to Brown Sauce + HP Sauce Trivia

Nearly every Anglophile will eventually encounter HP Sauce. Whether you’ve travelled to England and spotted it on a restaurant table, heard it mentioned in a television show, or noticed it in the British goods section of a local shop, it’s all over the place. Gilbert O’Sullivan even sings about it in the song “As Long …

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What are Ready Salted Crisps? The Quirky History of “A Packet of Ready Salted”

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If you’ve travelled in the UK or watched a lot of British TV, you may have encountered “ready salted crisps” and wondered what they are, or how they got their name. Why do they bother to specify “ready salted”? Does anyone even sell unsalted crisps? Why don’t they just call them plain, or original? What …

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