Best Bangers, Beans and Sundries - 2005
The British Emporium
Anglophiles, unite! Join us for a trip just past the insipid wineries and knickknack pushers of "historic" Grapevine to discover a heaven rich with Earl Grey and black currant. Pop a Fruit-tella chew and say hello to owners Alexandra Evans and Sheela Kadam. While you're at it, thank them for a fine array of Heinz tinned baked beans and soups (better than any American versions, trust us), a freezer stocked with English butter and bangers, "proper" bacon and sinful Cadbury yummies. If you're brave, you can have a go at some Scottish haggis, spotted dick or Vegemite--they stock all three. The welcoming shop also offers a selection of gift items ranging from Pimpernel table décor, Queen Mother memorabilia, flags and stunning Richard Blenko glassware to silly little fun stuff. But Alex and Sheela don't just stop at the stock. The savvy duo also schedules classic car shows with "bonnet and boot" contests. It's a hop across the pond without that horrendous airfare.