"Growing up Southern is a privilege, really. It's more than where you're born - it's an idea, a state of mind that seems imparted at birth. It's more than loving fried chicken, sweet tea, high school football, country music, and acoustic guitars. It's being hospitable, being devoted to front porches, magnolias, the good Lord, and each other. We don't become Southern - we're born that way."


True English Food

As I've blogged about before, I'm trying to introduce more foods from various cultures to my kids. Or, as I like to call it....

Shoving culture down my kids' throats....literally!

So anyway. This weekend, John and I were in St Augustine. We had a lovely romantic Valentine's Weekend there. While wandering around the historic district, we found a restaurant called The Prince of Wales Restaurant: A Taste of England. We knew we had to go; John's family is from England and he was raised on true English/UK food. Unfortunately when his family prepares English food now, it's rarely the dishes that he likes. (parsnips, ugh!!)
So, we had our Valentine's Dinner at The Prince of Wales restaurant.
Our starter was a Chip Butty. What's that, you ask? A french fry sandwich. And I am not kidding. Buttered bun with french fries covered with cheese in the middle. Carb-o-licious.

John ordered the fish and chips. Fried cod with french fries, for us Americans. His fish was ginormous!

I ordered bangers & mash, which is sausage over mashed potatoes with onion gravy. It also came with corn and steamed carrots.
It.was.delicious!!! So good I decided to make some at home the next day.

Our small country grocery store has a British section. One of our neighbors is from England, and she convinced them to start carrying some traditional UK foods, like PG Tips tea, sausage rolls, spotted dick, flake chocolate....so, I found Scottish bangers there. They had Irish bangers also, which I'd like to try next time.
Mine wasn't as good as my dinner at The Prince of Wales, but it was still very tasty...and the kids liked it too!
If you're ever in St. Augustine, Florida, I highly recommend The Prince of Wales Restaurant...we can't wait to go back and try some of their other dishes!

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