As much as we love the UK, there are certain foods we'd travel miles and miles for (and one really special thing that keeps us coming back)

From delicious mango lassi in India to the rainbow of KitKats available in Japan, here are the food-related habits we wish Great Britain was, well, greater at.


1. Bottomless coffee

The greatest invention of all time, bottomless coffee is offered as standard in the States.

Even better when the waitress just keeps topping it up for you. 

More caffeine please!

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2. Pintxos

A quick visit to San Sebastián in northern Spain will convert you to the power of pintxos. 

They are small snacks such as baguettes, omelettes and croquettas that you can eat while enjoying a drink. 

San Sebastián's streets are lined with pinxtos restaurants. We recommend putting aside an evening to tour the best ones to get the true experience. 

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3. 7UP

Does anyone know why 7UP always tastes better when drunk on holiday?

It's an undeniable fact that drinking this lemon-lime fizzy treat from a glass bottle in the afternoon sunshine takes on a magical quality when you are away on a break. 

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4. Breakfast culture

In Australia it's normal to get up at 7am and go for a swim in the ocean before meeting a gaggle of friends for a leisurely café breakfast. 

Breakfast is a social event Down Under, and you can be sure that your cappuccino is in safe hands.

Café workers have to take a course before they are able to serve coffee, ensuring the perfect cup every time. 

Not quite the same experience when attempted on a freezing, dark morning in the UK.

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5. Onigiri

Fresh, healthy food from a convenience store is something that you have to travel for, it seems.

In Japan, their corner shops' walls are lined with tasty treats such as onigiri – rice parcels wrapped in seaweed with seafood or meat filling.  

Makes a difference from the out-of-date Wotsits you can get for 85p in the local shop in our neck of the woods.

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Japanese convenience store

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6. Doggy bags

If you can't finish your meal in America, it's completely normal to ask for the leftovers to be parcelled up and given to you to take home. 

It makes sense that if you have paid for the entire meal, you would be keen to hang on to the bits that you were too full to devour. 

Ask the same in Britain, and risk being met with a puzzled look. 

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Doggy bag

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7. Fanta

We may have orange Fanta in the UK, but if you journey to Japan, America or Spain you'll be greeted by a range of flavours that you never knew existed. 

From grape, lemon, pineapple and strawberry to even more unusual cans labelled exotica and creamy ... the options are endless.

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8. Gelato

We may have ice-cream in the UK, but it's nowhere near the dizzy heights of the Italian gelato. 

Just thinking of the rectangle bain maries filled with pastel shades of frozen goodness gives us hunger pangs. 

Flavours including melon, mango, coffee, Grand Marnier, pistachio, banana, tirimasu, white chocolate, Nutella and cheesecake. 

Molto delizioso.

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9. KitKats

We travel to Japan once again to show that in the Land of the Rising Sun it's normal to snack on a KitKat with a wacky flavour.

Fruit, edamame, sweet potato, chili, cinnamon, green tea, cheesecake, wasabi or red bean are all available on the high street. 

Have a break, have a strange KitKat.

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10. Lassi

India is a land of many delicious foods, but the mango lassi hasn't quite made it to the shores of Britain. 

Essentially, it's a delicious smoothie that's made with milk, yoghurt and fruit.

Spices are added to round off the flavour, and it sends us into a rage that lassis are so hard to come by.

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Mango lassi

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11. Bacon and maple syrup

Not an idea that will appeal to everybody, but in the USA it's normal to have your bacon slathered in sweet, sticky maple syrup. 

It's only made better when the rashers are balanced on top of a stack of thick, fluffy pancakes – the perfect sweet and savoury breakfast. 

It's a concept that we'd like to have in Britain as a matter of urgency please, Prime Minister.

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Bacon and maple

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12. Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

When you first try a Peanut Butter Cup from American brand Reece's, you might not be convinced that the combination of peanut butter and chocolate works. 

However, give it a few seconds and you'll soon realise that you have started an unstoppable craving that cannot be tamed.

The only solution is eating more Peanut Butter Cups.

The fact that they aren't easily available in Britain is a travesty. 

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Reece's Pieces

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13. Peach rings

We have no idea what ingredients are in peach rings, available from supermarkets in Europe, but they are more addictive than horrifically bad reality TV. 

Plus, unlike a lot of gummy sweets, they actually taste of what they're meant to. 

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14. Ridiculously cheap, and delicious, street food

In Thailand you can get a plate of piping hot noodles for less than a quid. 

You can get street food in some areas of England, but it'll set you back a tenner. 

A plate of pad Thai for less than the price of a British beer? It's a winning concept.

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15. Customising your order

When dining out in America it's perfectly acceptable to customise your order. 

Don't want your salad with dressing? No problem. Would like to swap your mushrooms for something else? That's fine. 

Ask at your own peril for this kind of service in the UK (and pay the additional cost).

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But nowhere can make a Sunday roast like we do in Britain

There's nothing better than a Sunday roast with all the trimmings.


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