Costco US & Canada CLOSED Monday, September 1, 2014 for Labor Day

August 29th, 2014 by Kimberly · No Comments

Have plans for a get together with friends and family this Labor Day?  If so, you’ll want to get in your Costco shopping this weekend because they are CLOSED on Monday. All Costco locations in both the US and Canada will be CLOSED for Labor/Labour Day on Monday.  So, you’d better get to Costco on Saturday or Sunday for your burgers, sausages, hot dogs, soda, chips, and any paper plates and plastic cups that you need.   Of course, this also means that Costco will most likely be totally crazy this weekend because everyone else will be there shopping for their festivities too.  You might want to think about getting there early to avoid the crowds and make sure you still have stuff to buy!

And just so you know this does mean absolutely ALL locations in Canada and the US are CLOSED, no exceptions like there usually are in Canada.

ALL Costco US Locations:

  • Labor Day: Monday, September 1, 2014 CLOSED

ALL Costco Canada Locations:

  • Labour Day: Monday, September 1, 2014 CLOSED
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Guest Post: Oh what fun – Let’s visit Costco in Australia!

August 21st, 2014 by Kimberly · 3 Comments

[I've got another great Guest Post today.  Today it's all about a recent Costco field trip in Australia.  Rick, today's guest blogger, normally writes and blogs about technology, but has taken the time to write a great post sharing his experience of visiting a Costco in Australia.   He visited the same Sydney-area Costco location that I used to go to when we were in Sydney last year.]

First of all, thanks to Kimberly for the great Guest Blog program! I think it’s a wonderful way to share the addiction to Costco, and her site is great! I had a chance during a recent work trip to visit a Costco in Australia. I’m in the middle of a multi week trip that takes me to New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore. I had an idle weekend day during the trip, where did I go? I went to the Auburn warehouse in the Sydney area.

I’ve been to Costco warehouses before in Mexico and Canada, and when I travelled there for work it was a great way to get wine at a great price to take home. This trip however, I went there wanting only to take a look. I didn’t intend to buy anything as I’m staying in a hotel and have packed light for this trip. A co-worker of mine local to Sydney said he’d go with me, so we made a trip of it. He’s never been, so I’ve started my convincing with this trip. What was interesting before we left is that a separate co-worker found out we were going. She sent him a few things to pick up while he was there! 

Mariani Bulgogi Korean style beef jerky

Mariani Bulgogi Korean style beef jerky

The Auburn warehouse is located just West of what I’d call central Sydney. It’s a big city and this is a good location for a warehouse, especially for residential members. There’s a second warehouse in the Sydney areas as well. This location initially had a few key layout differences than locations in the United States that I visit most frequently; but nothing critical worth noting.

I loved how this location had a superior liquor, beer and wine shop. Additionally it was separated from the rest of the warehouse and had its own checkout. Leads me to believe it’s due to licensing in the area. When I walked in the warehouse, the first thing I saw was a large bag of Mariani Korean style beef jerky. The best part is, it was on in-warehouse special (no coupon needed) for AUD $6.99 or USD $6.56. What a great deal! I picked up one of these bags of jerky as it’s the perfect thing to keep in my bag this week as I have a lot of travel starting here in Sydney then moving on to Brisbane and Melbourne before I jet off to Asia. My co-worker picked on up as well. I’ve already tasted the jerky and it’s a hit!

Coke Zero

Coke Zero

As we carried on through the warehouse, I spotted another great deal I had to get: Coke Zero. Not sure why, but soda products here are quite expensive. It’s not uncommon to pay AUD $4.00 for a half liter bottle. While I should drink more water, I do fancy the occasional soda. I saw for AUD $9.99 a 12-pack of 300 mL bottles and had to get it. These can fit in my bag for the day, and the rest can be in my suitcase for the duration of my trip. They are just the perfect size to take onward and as a bottle will transport well.

We easily found the item we were looking for, the Kirkland wipes. But between what I ended up getting and my co-worker, we had 8 items and both hands full on the way out! 

I can say that my visit to the Auburn warehouse was a success! One thing I’d mention is that Sydney needs an additional Costco! I’ve never seen such a busy warehouse!

As a practical matter, I was quite surprised how I was able to add stuff that I would use for my trip. This warehouse feels much the same as many that I’ve visited elsewhere; after all their system is inherently consistent. I enjoyed checking out the different meats, cheeses and other items that would make up my shopping if I were a local. 

Have you ever visited a Costco while abroad? If so, how did it go? Share your comments below. 

Rick V.

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Guest Post: Costco Cool for More than Just Shopping

August 20th, 2014 by Kimberly · No Comments

[I've got a quick guest post today from a fellow Costco fan who has a great idea on how to make great use of his local Costco in Phoenix.  Turns out, it is the perfect place to get a bit of exercise while staying cool.  The only downside is being constantly surrounded by great Costco deals that are so tempting.  But at least you can nibble a free sample.]

On July 7 I had kidney surgery to remove a cancerous tumor. My doctor told me that walking is the most important part of my recovery, which brings me to AddictedtoCostco. Walking around my house was tedious and repetitive, as a complete downstairs loop is only 60 steps. A venture outside in Phoenix’s 100 degree summer isn’t a good idea either. To me, the natural location to follow doctor’s orders was to go to Costco!

I took it slow, naturally, but with the help of a sectional couch for a few breaks, I managed to make a circuit and even pick up a few samples and one of my favorite lunch meats, Columbus Herb Roasted Turkey.

Best to me, from a Costco standpoint, it means I didn’t even miss a full week of Costco, despite 4 days in a hospital and a new 9″ incision.

Cheers,
Mike P.

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New London Area Costco Opening Thursday in Hayes

August 19th, 2014 by Kimberly · No Comments

If you live near Hayes, you will probably be really thrilled that the new Costco location there is opening in just a couple of days.  This Thursday, 21 August at 9 am the new store is having its grand opening!

If you don’t have a Costco membership yet, you might want to go before hand and sign up because the day of the opening it might be kind of a pain to do it.  The membership office is open now for new member sign ups too.  Of course, you can always sign up online too.  There are a few special deals for the big opening day as well if you are a new member.  You can get a free carton of 18 eggs, free pack of 35 bottles of Kirkland Signature water, a free optical test, and a 20% discount on a set of new Michelin tyres.  Unfortunately, those special deals are only available to new members that activate their membership at the new Hayes location before they open (that’s today or tomorrow).

Address

Costco Hayes
Western International Park, Hayes Road
Hayes
London
UB2 5XJ

T: 0208 756 43405

Opening Hours (From 21.08.2014)

Trade Individual
Monday-Friday 10:00am-9:00pm 12:00pm-9:00pm
Saturday 9:30am-7:00pm 9:30am-7:00pm
Sunday 11:00am-5:00pm 11:00am-5:00pm
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This Week at Costco – August 10, 2014

August 16th, 2014 by Kimberly · 5 Comments

Dave and I are moving to a new flat next week and things have been a bit hectic and crazy here the last couple of weeks.  And we’re rapidly getting to the point where we have too much stuff stacked up ready to be moved.  The move means that I’ve been a bit bad about blogging and responding to emails here, but I promise I will be back to normal in about 10 days (hopefully).  We’re lucky that there’s a three day weekend so we can have all of that time to move and organize the new place before getting back to work.  Sadly, it looks like I’m going to spend my birthday unpacking this year instead of hiking in Switzerland as I had hoped.

Cilento Burrata

Cilento Burrata

Cilento Burrata – If you like mozzarella, you are sure to like this too.  Burrata is made from mozzarella and cream for a super creamy texture.  They make this by using an outer layer of mozzarella to contain a soft, creamy center made of a mixture of mozzarella and cream.  When they are making burrata, the still-hot cheese is formed into a pouch, which is then filled with scraps of leftover mozzarella and topped off with fresh cream before closing into a little container of creamy goodness.  Of course, with my love of cheese, I couldn’t help but like this one too.  I really like fresh mozzarella but the extra creaminess of the burrata is amazing.  Because of the creamy texture and the delicate taste we like to eat it at room temperature with crusty bread, olives and a selection of cured Italian meats (see the item below).   However, we did use a little bit in some calzones that we made and it worked quite well with a slightly softer consistency than when we use regular mozzarella.  Either way, I love it.  But it really is best served just fresh, I think.  It would be perfect if you were having a salad and wanted just a bit of cheese to give it an extra punch of flavour.  We have also tried it with pasta and that worked quite well.  The burrata made a bit of a cheesy sauce like situation on the pasta which was lovely.  In the container at Costco you get two 150 gram burrata cheeses in a watery mixture, just like with a decent fresh mozzarella.  I could totally eat one of these just by myself for lunch with crusty bread and such.  We tied them on a picnic and they worked pretty well but they are a bit messier because of the creamy center, so you just have to be prepared for that when you slice into it.  It’s so good though, it is worth the little bit of extra mess.  2, 150 gram cheeses for £3.29 (US: $5.49).  Item #: 0767558.

Francesco Mazzei Dolce & Piccante Selection

Francesco Mazzei Dolce & Piccante Selection

Francesco Mazzei Dolce & Piccante Selection – I love the Italian cured meats, sausages, and salamis, so I was definitely going to have to pick this up sooner or later to try it out.  This is a great sampler of three different varieties of Italian salami: coppa (aka capocollo), salsiccia, and ventricina.  And all of those are in spicy and milk options and each comes in it’s own little sealed portion of the tray so that the flavours don’t get muddled being packaged together.  This individual packaging also means that it is easy to open one of them or a mild and spicy pair, without exposing all of them so they stay fresher longer.  We found this to be a perfect picnic companion when served with the burrata, olives and crunchy bread.  The only thing I would suggest is that you bring a way to open the package because it looks like you should just be able to peel off the clear plastic film, but not really.  I was able to manhandle it into opening but a small knife would have made the process much easier and no risk of breaking a nail that way.  I really liked the coppa or capocollo best, I think.  The spicy version was delicious but the mild was also really nice.  The spicy versions aren’t super hot and especially not when you mix them with other things, like cheese or bread.  The mild versions are nice because you can get all of the nuance of the flavours of the meats.  Honestly, I liked them all so much I don’t think I could pick a favourite.  It was nice to have the variety though and the price for the Italian meats like this is always the best at Costco, I’ve found.     240 grams for £4.99 (US: $8.33).  Item #; 0153804.

Pot Noodle Brazilian BBQ

Pot Noodle Brazilian BBQ

Pot Noodle Brazilian BBQ – I’m not sure that “repulsive” is a strong enough term for the Brazilian BBQ Pot Noodle.  And really, it wasn’t because it was Pot Noodle either.  The nasty flavour, and smell, was due to the gross concoction of spices and flavourings that they use.  I’m not even sure what they think made it even remotely Brazilian or BBQ because it didn’t have any type of pleasing flavour like you might expect from those two.  To be honest. the first time Dave whipped up one of these for lunch it smelled like someone had been violently ill in the kitchen.  We actually had to take the trash out to get rid of the stenchy odour.  And it didn’t taste any better than it smelled.  But sadly, we were left with 11 of these to try to choke down.  Dave determined that if he dumped out as much of the spices and flavourings as possible then it wasn’t that bad, especially if he doctored it up with some of our own spices like cayenne and garlic.  We have gotten the Chicken and Mushroom Pot Noodle (from Costco, of course) and rather liked it for a quick lunch.  I mean, it isn’t gourmet or anything but when you need lunch in a bit of a speedy fashion it works out quite well and is filling.  They have really gotten the salt content down so that I think it is one of the lowest of any of these types of quick noodle pots.  Plus, despite what we might all think, there are no artificial colours or preservatives in Pot Noodle with all flavours being 100% suitable for vegetarians (according to their website).  Well, whatever the all natural stuff was they chose for the Brazilian BBQ flavour didn’t not combine well.  It tasted nasty and was not even worth the £5.79 we had to pay for it with the coupon…thankfully there was a coupon so we didn’t have to pay full price for nasty noodles.  If you stay away from this flavour, buying the 12 pack of Pot Noodle at Costco is a great deal where you’ll end up paying much less than at a regular supermarket.  Just trust me, you don’t want to have to force down a dozen Brazilian BBQ Pot Noodles!  12 containers for £5.79 (£8.99 – £3.20 offer) (US: $9.67).  Item #: 0167563.

Kirkland Signature Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Kirkland Signature Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Kirkland Signature Chocolate Chunk Cookies – It should be illegal to sell anything this chocolaty and delicious!  They call these chocolate chunk cookies which makes it sound like they are just chocolate chip cookies made with big chunky chips instead of normal ones.  But, no, that isn’t the full story at all.  These are actually chocolate cookies with chocolate chunks, that also have a chocolate coating on the bottom.   Yeah, total chocolate overload.  But so, so, so good!  Since these are made by Walkers to Costco’s specifications, you have to know there’s no way they could be bad.  The chunks of chocolate are a combination of dark and milk chocolate and the bottom coating is dark chocolate.  However, if you are not all about the dark chocolate don’t worry because it isn’t at all bitter or overwhelming.  I’m really anti-dark chocolate but I loved these cookies and thought they tasted outstanding.  The box looks bigger than what you might expect for just 24 cookies inside, but they are packaged very nicely to avoid breaking or sticking together because of the chocolate coating.  Inside the box you will find three individually wrapped containers of eight cookies each.  And while the cookies aren’t big in size, they are big in flavour and richness, so you truly wouldn’t want them to be bigger, I think.  They are an excellent companion to a glass of milk for a delicious treat.  These cookie also use ethically sourced cocoa from a program co-created by Costco.  The new program is aiming to develop a more ethical and sustainable cocoa supply using beans that traceable, of high quality and grown in a responsible manner, both socially and environmentally.  So, not only does the chocolate taste good but it’s doing good too.  The cocoa farmers get fair prices for the high quality beans and receive training in farm and crop management.  So, it’s pretty cool for Costco to be involved in that way.   I just hope that this is a product that they keep stocking at Costco because they are so delicious and I like that they are doing good with their cocoa program too.   3, 8 cookie packets for £4.49 (US: $7.50).  Item #: 0834707.

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