One of the things I love about living in London (although I expect it’s the same in many UK cities) is the amount of foreign food shops that are available. Particularly, I love shops like Cyber Candy that are choc-a-bloc with sweets from around the world, including those e-number-packed American sweets from my childhood which English shops no longer sell (I miss Nerds!)
Anyway, when I was in Amsterdam recently I was delighted to discover the same concept in reverse in this British and US food shop, the Eichholtz Delicatessen, on Leidestraat. I couldn’t resist popping in to have a look at their wares. It’s amazing how strange ordinary things like jars or Marmite or Heinz Baked Beans can look in an out of place setting! Seeing dozens of cans of Campbell’s Soup and jars of Coleman’s Mustard alongside Pop Tarts and Lucky Charms, all crammed into a tiny, old-fashioned shop in Amsterdam, definitely had a somewhat surreal effect.