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#327651 - Tue Oct 24 2006 04:15 PM Re: Americans Ban Vegemite
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Yeah Kuu, and this, from Nine MSN . . .

US Government Denies It's Banned Vegemite

"While many Aussies living in the US rely on visiting Australian relatives and friends to bring them a jar or two of Vegemite from Australia, the product is available in some US supermarkets. The price slapped on Vegemite, however, is tough to swallow. A tiny, four ounce jar of Vegemite sells for around $US4.80 ($A6.33) in US supermarkets."
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#327652 - Wed Oct 25 2006 02:31 AM Re: Americans Ban Vegemite
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I do believe that they heard `Roos was on the case and well armed with corrupted Churchill quotes and simply gave up.

NEXT!
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#327653 - Wed Oct 25 2006 04:30 AM Re: Americans Ban Vegemite
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I only like Bovril...
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#327654 - Wed Oct 25 2006 04:51 AM Re: Americans Ban Vegemite
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Not actually similar, except for the shape of the bottle. I like Bovril too, especially as a drink.
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#327655 - Wed Oct 25 2006 06:14 AM Re: Americans Ban Vegemite
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I do believe that they heard `Roos was on the case and well armed with corrupted Churchill quotes and simply gave up.

NEXT!




I'm sure they heard on the FunTrivia Grapevine and decided it wasn't worth the hassle!
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#327656 - Wed Oct 25 2006 09:37 PM Re: Americans Ban Vegemite
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As an American I have to say that I like vegemite. Quite a lot, actually. But I also have to say that (when a kind soul sent me some from Australia - it's next to impossible to find where I live) every person I insisted try it over here just hated it. Truth is, most spit it out in a hurry.
The USA is very obsessed with sweets and such. Vegemite is too salty for most, I reckon. To the majority of Americans, though, I doubt if anyone'd notice it being "off the shelf". It's just not the sort of thing that people like over here, sad to say.
We're an odd bunch. Nobody likes anchovies either on this side of the world. I do.




I second that opinion—Vegemite is great stuff! I’m a bit surprised to hear of the difficulty you have finding it. I live waaaay out in the sticks by “normal people’s” standards and I can purchase it locally at a natural food/health food store...have to drive 65+ miles to get there, but it seems to me that if Vegemite can be found in the hills of West Virginia it aught to be readily available out in the real world. (You can keep the anchovies, though!)

Also, rumor has it that some stores in the Kroger grocery chain carry it since it’s a Kraft product, but when we checked with the closest Kroger’s here they looked at us like we were from Mars: “Vege-what???” I was tempted to say, in my best fake Aussie accent, “No mate, you have it all wrong: Australia, I say! It comes from the land down under—like the kangaroos, matey; like the roos--not from the next blimey planet out the way!”...but I behaved myself.

If neither of those suggestions are helpful, I’ve found this place out of Washington (http://www.simplyoz.com/) for mail order. I’ve not yet had the opportunity to order from them, but they have the best prices I could find—even cheaper than my health food store!

To the person who wondered what Vegemite was like... I would describe it as gooey, brown stuff that resembles soy sauce in flavor; only a good deal stronger. If you like soy sauce, you could probably handle Vegemite. Beginners are advised to spread lightly. I like to fancy myself an advanced user (read: I scrape every last possible drop from the jar with my finger and then lick my finger clean!) I eat mine just plain (no butter), spread on bread—makes a great energy snack!
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#327657 - Wed Oct 25 2006 09:50 PM Re: Americans Ban Vegemite
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It's like somone was playing chinese whispers and the end result was "America is going to ban Vegemite" and in a week when we found out that the yanks did poison Phar Lap then Iraq would have been the lesser problem for George W. It would have been war.

My son basically lives on Vegemite (no, really) it's one of the few things he eats and has 6 and up sandwiches a day. We wouldn't be able to go to the US if they had banned it - the kid would starve!

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#327658 - Thu Oct 26 2006 03:09 AM Re: Americans Ban Vegemite
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My son basically lives on Vegemite ..... We wouldn't be able to go to the US if they had banned it - the kid would starve!




Think you got it in one Copago!

And as for the price, I bought a 'tube' (online) of Vegemite and sent it to friends in the States before I arrived . . . I still have the tube with NO Vegemite left in it (I was in the States for 3 months)

(And we can't have your adorable son starving now, can we . . . kids are funny little sods at times )
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#327659 - Thu Oct 26 2006 10:40 AM Re: Americans Ban Vegemite
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As an American I have to say that I like vegemite. Quite a lot, actually. But I also have to say that (when a kind soul sent me some from Australia - it's next to impossible to find where I live) every person I insisted try it over here just hated it. Truth is, most spit it out in a hurry.




Sheesh, I can't have them there Aussies trying to corrupt our poor Gatsby. The situation is being remedied and a jar of Marmite is at this moment in time winging its way to Ohio - one of the new squeezy plastic jobs so he can practice MarmArt! The package is clearly marked Does NOT contain Folate - just in case.

My local post office must think that I am slightly batty and am trying to feed the world. Sweets (candy) and chocolate to Australia, tea and now Marmite to America - whatever next?


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#327660 - Thu Oct 26 2006 10:50 AM Re: Americans Ban Vegemite
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Heehee, you can play MarmArt online and email the result to people. How funny. Gatsby dear, I have sent you a piece of MarmArt.
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#327661 - Thu Oct 26 2006 08:00 PM Re: Americans Ban Vegemite
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Don't do it Gats! Marmite tastes like Sump Oil . . . stick with the REAL stuff, VEGEMITE
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#327662 - Fri Oct 27 2006 03:54 AM Re: Americans Ban Vegemite
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Oh Sue MarmArt is such a giggle, but my picture looked like it was done by a 2 year old so could not e.mail it to anyone I know.
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#327663 - Fri Oct 27 2006 06:02 PM Re: Americans Ban Vegemite
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Don't do it Gats! Marmite tastes like Sump Oil . . . stick with the REAL stuff, VEGEMITE




He He He - I've an American friend who somewhat eloquently describes the taste of Vegemite as "Salty Axle Grease". Which probably isn't too far from the truth.

Good old Aussie Vegemite is an acquired taste - Think of the "Crocodile Dundee" quote when he says
"You can live on it, but it tastes like ....."
Having said that, I loooooove my Vegemite and Cheddar toasties, and will even have it on toast with a poached egg or canned spaghetti. An of course, my beloved son ensures that I buy in bulk by having at least a half inch thick layer on his toast in the morning.
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#327664 - Sat Oct 28 2006 02:24 AM Re: Americans Ban Vegemite
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Time that we had a Poll on the subject
Marmite or Vegemite?
Multiple choices allowed (144 total votes)
I love Marmite - 79 (55%)
I love Vegemite - 39 (27%)
Tastes like Sump oil / Axle grease - 3 (02%)
I HATE Marmite / Vegemite - 6 (04%)
Never heard of either until I came here - 7 (5%)
I would like to try them - 10 (7%)
Voting on this poll ends: 0 seconds ago
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#327665 - Sat Oct 28 2006 05:37 AM Re: Americans Ban Vegemite
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What about Bovril???
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#327666 - Sat Oct 28 2006 05:48 AM Re: Americans Ban Vegemite
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What about it dear, you might as well ask what about peanut butter too, or marmalade.
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#327667 - Sat Oct 28 2006 06:55 AM Re: Americans Ban Vegemite
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It might appear that most of Australia has been voting for Vegemite

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#327668 - Sat Oct 28 2006 07:08 AM Re: Americans Ban Vegemite
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I have two pieces of toast with Marmite on them to start the day ...every day. I can't say I've tried Vegemite but I think there's no need to look further than lovely Marmite!

Try the following in sandwiches:-

Marmite and peanut butter.
Marmite and cheese spread.
Marmite and strong cheddar cheese.
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#327669 - Sat Oct 28 2006 07:18 AM Re: Americans Ban Vegemite
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Try the following in sandwiches:-

Marmite and peanut butter.





Each to their own, but i'd rather not Sounds terrible

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#327670 - Sat Oct 28 2006 08:07 AM Re: Americans Ban Vegemite
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Sue, what about an option for I'd heard of them but don't want to try them? For those of us who've never tried it, we can only choose "I was ignorant until FT enlightened me" and "OOh, yes, pass the jar, please." lol
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#327671 - Sat Oct 28 2006 10:02 AM Re: Americans Ban Vegemite
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I'm just glad to see that I wasn't the only one who hadn't heard of it. Oh, and thanks au_natural for explaining a bit about it.

Still can't say that I want to try it, but even so, I really don't having ever seen any here.
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#327672 - Sat Oct 28 2006 11:22 AM Re: Americans Ban Vegemite
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I have a jar of both and like both of them but I have to say that I like the vegemite better. But I can't have any on my toast if my husband's around. He thinks they both smell awful.
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#327673 - Sat Oct 28 2006 11:31 AM Re: Americans Ban Vegemite
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Sue, what about an option for I'd heard of them but don't want to try them?




I was going to say the same thing.
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#327674 - Sat Oct 28 2006 11:46 AM Re: Americans Ban Vegemite
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Makes note to herself, cross ClaraSue off my Christmas card list.
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#327675 - Sat Oct 28 2006 02:56 PM Re: Americans Ban Vegemite
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Hmmm, Vegemite has taken a commanding lead! Speaks volumns I think.

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