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Subject:It's been a while
Time:07:48 am
I pulled an all-nighter... I can't remember the last time I did that! It was probably some BARGE, but I don't think it was last year. I actually gave up about 2:00 and decided to get a couple hours of sleep, but after tossing and turning in bed for an hour I gave up on giving up and got up. (I'm perversely amused by that sentence. Blame it on sleep deprivation.)

I'm now at SFO where I fly to Chicago, and then to London. I made the very troubling discovery that my company's London office is about two or three blocks from my hotel, so my plan is to wander over after I arrive and say hello to folks. Yeah, this is just my style-- I'm on vacation, so the first thing I do is go to the office.

I've always said that I can pack for a trip out of the country faster than I can pack toys for a playdate, so last night I timed myself. I went from an empty suitcase to being in a position where I could walk out the door in nine minutes flat. That's actually disappointing-- I probably would have taken the under on five minutes.

Totally random question-- what is a crumpet? I assume it's some sort of biscuit. Is it something that I could reasonably buy and bring back with me?
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drj0402
Subject:Here's my take on the crumpet
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Time:2009-07-16 03:07 pm (UTC)
I had a crumpet at Lovetoy's tea house on Church street in SF.

It is small, round, thick, non-sweet, quick bread.

It reminds me of Ethiopian injera because it has some bubbles, like a pancake would have.

The shape is more like an English muffin, but is not as tough as that.

Of course, I have no guarantee that what I had was an authentic crumpet.

I suggest you try one out first (with tea?) before deciding to go the market to buy some to take home.
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jiggery_pokery
Subject:Re: Here's my take on the crumpet
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Time:2009-07-16 08:04 pm (UTC)
As a resident Brit, I'm happy to vouch for the authenticity of your claimed crumpet, adding only that crumpets are customarily eaten hot from the toaster with copious butter dripping down into the bubbles.

My wife takes them through US customs to her US family most times she goes to see them and has not had any problems yet.
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jellymillion
Subject:Re: Here's my take on the crumpet
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Time:2009-07-21 07:21 pm (UTC)
Yes! Loads of butter. Loads. I grill 'em, cholesterol permitting.
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mangosteen
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Time:2009-07-16 03:28 pm (UTC)
Unless the goal is to "bring a baked good back from the UK", most Trader Joe's stock completely reasonable crumpets.
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adbploink
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Time:2009-07-16 05:42 pm (UTC)
It's not a biscuit as a biscuit is called in the UK (which is a cookie in the US). drj0402's description is reasonably accurate.

For an authentic UK dish, try chicken tikka misala, which supposedly originated not in India but in Glasgow in the 60s.
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thorfinn
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Time:2009-07-16 11:04 pm (UTC)
"You, darling, are a perfectly lovely bit of crumpet, and I'd love to butter you and eat you all up." ;-) ;-) *nudge* *nudge*

Apart from that colloquial usage, yes, it's like you took a non-sweet pancake dough and formed it into something 1-2cm thick and round, then do something with it. I think it's baked, might be fried. The defining feature is many column-shaped bubbles, and the golden brown thing.

You put butter and some sweet spread on them to eat, typically.
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slfisher
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Time:2009-07-18 08:36 pm (UTC)
It's an English muffin, more or less.
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