Will : Mmmm! Look at this bowl of Heinz Cream of Tomato Soup. I love it, it's so tasty! My favourite soup, by far.
Food Fascist : Soup from a tin!! I don't know how you can put that stuff into your body.
Will : ...because it tastes damn yummy!
Food Fascist : It tastes nothing like tomato, is the wrong consistency for tomato soup, and is packed full of sugar and colouring. It's horrible. Can't you have proper tomato soup instead?
Will : It is "proper", thank you very much! and it tastes far nicer than these cartons of watery, spicy, herby soups that cost three times as much.
Food Fascist : You have an uncultured pallet.
Will : I suppose you're one of those who only eat posh cheeses, has to have fancy chutneys rather than Branston Pickle, never eats anything from a tin, and would rather die before eating baked beans or going to a chip shop. Worst of all, you always have to preach at us because we don't agree with you.
Food Fascist : Well at least I care about my food!
Will : ...at least I'm not a fat snob like you!
Symi, fortunately, can cater for both the food fascist and those who just like what they like. At the tavernas and restaurants you will get the most delicious meals cooked for you night after night. I found, to my great pleasure last summer, that I needn't be embarassed to ask for a big plate of chips & egg at Yianni's Taverna in Yialos (thanks Mike!) and to wolf it down as Christos ate feta psiti, Symi garidakia, and grilled barbouni. Greek food is delicious (the melitzanosalata at Aris is to die for!) but some people may find the choice & the new tastes to be a bit daunting, especially when they have small children who turn their nose up at anything new to them. For many, self-catering is the best option, so I went today to Taxas and Armara supermarkets down in Yialos to see what they had to offer.
Here is a list of some of the familiar items that you can find on Symi:
In the fridges & freezers
Kingsmill sliced bread
Cadbury's Chocolate Fingers
Lurpak butter, regular and 'light'
Pilgrim's Choice English cheddar, mild & mature
Blakeman's pork sausages
Innumerable frozen pizzas
Cadbury's Dairy Milk Chocolate
Nestle Fitness, Fitness & Chocolate, Fitness & Fruit
Weetabix, regular and mini
Kelloggs Cornflakes (normal & Crunchy Nut)
Kelloggs All Bran & All Bran Plus
Kelloggs Special K
Kelooggs Honey Nut Loops
Kelloggs Coco Pops, Coco Pops Choco & Coco Pops Jumbo
Kelloggs Honey Smacks
Kelloggs Rice Krispies
Numerous Breakfast bars, Kelloggs & Nestle.
Angel Delight (many flavours)
McVities Digestives & HobNobs
Heinz Baked Beans
Branston Baked Beans
Uncle Ben's Rice
Knorr Instant Mashed Potato
Crosse & Blackwell tinned carrots, new potatos, peas
Bachelor's Super Noodles
Heinz Cream of Tomato Soup
Heinz Cream of Mushroom Soup
Bachelor's Cream of Chicken Soup
Heinz Vegetable Soup
Heinz Minestrone Soup
Knorr packet soup
Blue Dragon Noodles
Blue Dragon Prawn Crackers
M&Ms!! Chocolate & Peanut
Tea & Coffee etc.
PG Tips tea bags
Liptons Yellow Label tea
Twinings tea - more tan 20 types from Breakfast tea, to Earl Grey, to Chamomile
Nescafe Classic & Gold Blend
Douwe & Egberts (numerous types)
Jacobs Coffee (numerous types inc. decaf.)
Cadbury's Drinking Chocolate
Nesquik (numerous flavours)
Heinz Salad Cream
Colman's Mint Sauce
Mustard (Colman's, Kraft, French's)
Knorr stock cubes (many types)
Bisto Gravy Granules (Beef and Chicken)
Uncle Ben's Cook-in-Sauces (Curry, Sweet'n Sour etc.)
Heinz Worcestershire Sauce
Heinz Soy Sauce
Kikkomo teriyaki sauce
For your animals
Numerous dog foods
Keeping yourself clean & presentable
Soaps : Lux, Dove, Dettox, etc.
Shampoos & Conditioners : L'Oreal Elvive, Organics, Fructis, Nivea, Pantene Pro-V, Herbal Essences etc.
Shower gels : Lux, Dove, Nivea, L'Oreal etc.
Toothpaste : Colgate, Aquafresh, Oral B etc.
Hair gels : Over 20 types inc. Wella, L'Oreal, Nivea. etc.
Hairsprays : Over 20 different types inc. Wella, Pantene, etc.
Garnier Hair dye : Numerous colours
De-odorants : Lynx/Ax, Veet etc.
Women's hygiene : Always (ultra,maxi,mini,silk,tampons)
Nappies : Pampers : maxi, maxi plus, mini, midi, pull-ups, active fit, easy-up
Kiwi shoe polish in several colours
All manner of washing powders & fabric conditioners
This is just a small selection of what you can get on Symi. As I was jotting down my notes in Taxas Supermarket, Yianni asked me what I was up to & after I told him he said that if he knows in advance, he can get ANYTHING (he got me rice pudding, so he's not kidding!)
The fresh fruit, veg, meat and fish you can find on Symi are simply delicious and there is every kind of booze you can imagine, but you can also find a taste of home.