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Old 04.04.2011, 18:10
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No, it's silverware for cutlery.

And what I really miss is brown sugar are dessert forks! You are supposed to eat your dessert with spoons here.
There are dessert forks here. You must just buy and use them. Of course it depends on the kind of dessert.




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There are dessert forks here. You must just buy and use them. Of course it depends on the kind of dessert.
Well in our canteen there aren't any. And in some restaurants I've been to there weren't any either. I have some at home, of course!
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No must say I just couldn't go THAT far. They loved making 'spotted dick' and 'toad in the whole' though. We made cucumber sandwiches, and they couldn't believe the Brits cut the crusts off and throw them away! I used to make very high and wobbly jelly with at least 3 different colours- they loved that. One student from Paris called it 'Witney Spears' and it is still called that in our family
Sorry but I just can't pass on the spelling here as it only has one meaning (and a hole is a hole).
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Old 04.04.2011, 18:22
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A lidi broom.

Commonly used in most of South-East Asia and possibly parts of the Indian sub-continent where coconut trees grow (lidi are the stripped down small spines from the fronds) to clean up the yard and sweep floors. The other day, in fact, I thought I saw a giant version of a lidi broom with a short wooden handle somewhere in CH - or maybe I had one too many Schnapps.
A Reisigbesen perhaps? That's where all brooms in Europe originate from... still the preferred mean of transportation of all witches.

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And what I really miss is brown sugar are dessert forks! You are supposed to eat your dessert with spoons here.
Our company canteen has dessert forks. How else would one eat kremeschnitte?

And there are soup spoons (really big, though) by the soup.
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Switzerland - were I was born and (sort of) bred.
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Brillo pads..do they have Brillo pads here?
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Old 04.04.2011, 21:37
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Brillo pads..do they have Brillo pads here?
Yes .
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Re: Soup Spoons [and other things "missing" in Switzerland]

back to the spoons, we have these ridiculously large spoons that are desert spoon shaped and my swiss partner insists they are soups spoons, not for me! a soup spoon is round and could fit inside your mouth if you wanted it to, think i will be bringing some back from oz
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Yes .
What? Where?
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Old 05.04.2011, 08:58
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Yes .
Yeah, where??

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Yeah, where??
Brillo pads:

From Migros. Brand name Miobrill.

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Re: Soup Spoons [and other things "missing" in Switzerland]

Is it only me or do others also get the impression that at least half of the expats who complain that they cannot find this or that have never been to a Swiss supermarket, household department,...? Seriously: Before you can complain that you cannot find something, first look where you would expect to find it...
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Old 05.04.2011, 10:13
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Is it only me or do others also get the impression that at least half of the expats who complain that they cannot find this or that have never been to a Swiss supermarket, household department,...? Seriously: Before you can complain that you cannot find something, first look where you would expect to find it...
I must be in the other half then because I don`t remember complaining that I couldnt find it, only saying I couldnt find it. After 22 years here, I know what a supermarket looks like.
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Before you can complain that you cannot find something, first look where you would expect to find it...
Well, I'd expect to find it in Rackham's, but I can't find one of them round here...
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Old 05.04.2011, 10:21
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Is it only me or do others also get the impression that at least half of the expats who complain that they cannot find this or that have never been to a Swiss supermarket, household department,...? Seriously: Before you can complain that you cannot find something, first look where you would expect to find it...
I think part of the problem is that what you find can vary greatly by location. On one hand, this is kind of neat, on the other hand, unless you know to anticipate this, it can be a bit misleading.

I do not recall seeing (round) soup spoons in the housewares department of the Coop City near Marktplatz here in Basel and as many of us are told that we can happily do without a personal vehicle, that may be the largest Coop we visit... it's not hard to imagine that what is on offer there seems to be the extent of what's available, at least "at first."

Thinking about it, I don't recall seeing them when I visited M-Parc (at Dreispitz) with my mother-in-law a couple years ago either... possibly now that they've remodeled they may have something more on offer (or perhaps my memory is simply poor, I certainly notice more / different things now than I tended to within my first year here).

It is only within the past year that I've been exploring more on my own instead of simply either going to whatever is nearest and / or already known or going places with my m-i-l (and she of course has her favorites, where she finds the things she likes).
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Is it only me or do others also get the impression that at least half of the expats who complain that they cannot find this or that have never been to a Swiss supermarket, household department,...? Seriously: Before you can complain that you cannot find something, first look where you would expect to find it...
Not just this, but why wouldnt we all accepet some different things and customs.

If you live in Japan, come on, would you eat sushi as they do, or would you bring forks and eat with them.

What I read here a lot, oh I miss this and that, and those are so not important things.

If you dont have some spice or spoon its not end of the world, there are so many other thing maybe better you will miss out.

Do we have to buy and find and bring everithing we used to. Come on, take spoon like they have it here and enjoy the soup.
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Not just this, but why wouldnt we all accepet some different things and customs.

If you live in Japan, come on, would you eat sushi as they do, or would you bring forks and eat with them.

What I read here a lot, oh I miss this and that, and those are so not important things.

If you dont have some spice or spoon its not end of the world, there are so many other thing maybe better you will miss out.

Do we have to buy and find and bring everithing we used to. Come on, take spoon like they have it here and enjoy the soup.



Day to day I agree, on the other hand, there are some days when one is feeling particularly homesick or down or maybe feeling a "happy" sort of pull toward home, that you wish to share links to home with new friends here and being able to find familiar things that are from your own background is important. (As an example, finding all the proper ingredients - such as White Lily brand flour - to make "southern" Biscuits and Gravy for breakfast for my family and friends here, something which of course also requires making the sausage from scratch in the first place.)


Part of feeling "at home" here isn't merely settling in here and accepting that things are different BUT also sharing some of what we bring with us with our new friends and family here.
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Not just this, but why wouldnt we all accepet some different things and customs.

If you live in Japan, come on, would you eat sushi as they do, or would you bring forks and eat with them.

What I read here a lot, oh I miss this and that, and those are so not important things.

If you dont have some spice or spoon its not end of the world, there are so many other thing maybe better you will miss out.

Do we have to buy and find and bring everithing we used to. Come on, take spoon like they have it here and enjoy the soup.
Dude, this forum was built on the search for Brown Sugar...........
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