I’ve been dying to make a Philly cheese steak for ages, but can’t find provolone cheese in the stores here. The selection of American and continental (i.e., European) foods in markets here has improved even in the time I’ve been in the UK (3 years), but I have yet to find very specific items like provolone cheese. Until now! Normally I’d be wary of ordering food that should be refrigerated online, but I might give this a go. I just have to make sure to line up the meat and bread supply when I order the cheese. Butchers here don’t know what ‘top round’ is (the traditional cheese steak cut of beef), and Italian bread will be impossible to find (slighty chewy crust, chewy inside) but I’ll give it a try with a roast cut of beef and French bread. Have to just make do, sometimes!
I didn’t do much of anything, really, did some shopping and that was it. I did get a couple of emails saying ‘happy 4th of July’ from British mates, which was nice.
I did get a kick out of this story from Reuters UK (Reuters is one of the biggest and oldest news groups in the world, and based in England) about the annual 4th of July Nathan’s hot dog eating contest. This year’s contest was the first in 6 years that was won by an American, and they ended the story and interview with this paragraph:
“The United States has the highest prevalence of obesity among developed countries, at about one-third of the adult population, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 60 million adults are obese.”
That’s good, innit?