Since my parents, my brother and I left England 45 years ago, you would think I would be thoroughly Americanized by now. Ah, but you would only think that if you had not ever been to my parents’ house. It was a little piece of England. We moved a lot, so that piece of England was transplanted quite often.
At any rate, when we finally settled in Southern California in the 70s, we had come to terms with not being able to eat our favorite British sweets and foods without a journey up the coast to Santa Monica.
And then, after many Jelly Baby-less years, we found The British Connection in Torrance.
Since then, it has become a necessity to visit this store every year at Christmas. When Alan and I got married, he became a British sweetie convert and insists on making the pilgrimage, with or without me. Other people visit the Christmas lights at Sleepy Hollow section of Torrance; we go buy Cadbury Flake bars.
So here’s a shout out to The British Connection. If you’re in the South Bay of L.A., give them a visit. They are at 4413 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503. Very friendly people working there, without fail, and if you have no idea what to get, they can help you figure it out. You can even tell them your budget and the age of the person you are buying for and they will put together a basket.
Just a note – you can buy Cadbury at regular grocery stores, but the British Connection sells the real stuff. Yes, there is a difference!