Ah, the north/south divide of England. An ageless debate; a never ending list of cultural differences - and don't even get me started on Scotland.
When you meet someone from the opposite end of the country to you, it throws up a whole world of questions. Is it dinner or tea? How do you pronounce bath? Do you say barm, bap or something even weirder?
But a northern girl was stopped in her tracks when she came across a strange creation known as the 'saveloy sausage'.
The saveloy is usually served with chips. Credit: Essex Live
Sophie Finnegan, originally from Middlesborough, moved to Chelmsford two years ago, before recently being told about the unusual 'sausage'.
Being the gutsy, cultured northerner she is, she decided to try one, all within an hour of finding out it exists.
It's a chippy staple in the south, so Sophie did a bit of digging before taking the plunge and trying it out.
The battered sasuage - a northern delicacy. Credit: PA
After a quick Google, she was horrified to see the words 'pig brains' pop up - a traditional ingredient in the sausage.
According to locals, a saveloy is a type of highly seasoned sausage, usually bright red, normally boiled and often available in British fish and chip shops - a type of hot dog that is usually eaten with chips.
Being from Middlesborough, Sophie admits the concept of buying an item from the chippy that hadn't been battered was a bit alien to her, but she went ahead anyway.
Sophie bravely tried out the saveloy. Credit: Essex Live
Describing her experience on Essex Live, she said: "After unwrapping the paper to get stuck into my meal, I was confronted with a huge, bright red tube of meat that was almost as long as my forearm.
"After a few bites, I wasn't that keen and after a few more I still wasn't a fan.
"For me the bright red skin was far too thick to the point where I could hear it split when I put my knife through it.
"The texture felt strange in my mouth, it felt like I was eating something that still had the wrapper on."
Sophie then went on to give us more detail about the sausage itself.
She said: "I like a sausage as much as the next person and I probably could have got over the thick skin if there was a decent sausage inside, but that was probably even more disappointing.
"Looking at it from an outsider's perspective, I initially thought it would be quite spicy or have some heat to it but it was just a bog-standard sausage.
"Personally, I thought the sausage meat itself was quite bland and just not very flavoursome at all. It was like a less tasty hot dog in a leather jacket."
She scored the sausage 3/10, and after that description it's easy to see why - give me chips, cheese and gravy any day.
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