I had something happen at Costco this week, that I’ve not experienced before: someone took my roasted chicken hostage by hiding it under their ice cream bars. I’m assuming/hoping that they didn’t do it on purpose, but you never know, those chickens are that good. We didn’t realize that we were sans chicken until we were almost home when we were both like ‘did you put the chicken in the car?’ Oh well, at least we didn’t pay for it.
Costco Feta Salad – This was a great lunch after our recent trip to Costco. Unfortunately, we had intended to have this one of the fabulous roasted chickens, but the people in the checkout line behind us put their stuff on it and we didn’t realize we didn’t have it with us until we were almost home. I could have cried! Anyway, the salad was great at least. It had a nice, healthy mix of lettuces as well as cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices, red onion slices, black olives and hard boiled eggs. And of course, there was lots of feta cheese cubes too. I was glad to see that it was a really nice feta, as well, not too salty or tough. Delicious! The only downfall of these salads, I think, is the raspberry vinaigrette that comes with them. Neither Dave nor I are a fan of this, I just don’t think the taste works at all with the feta salad. I wish they would just have a nice Italian or similar herb based vinaigrette instead. So, instead of using the included dressing we don’t like, we either spritz the salad with a little lemon juice and salt and pepper, or use an Italian dressing. Either way, it’s perfect for lunch or as a part of dinner. £3.99. Item #: 0097589.
Dorset Cereals Variety Pack – I have cereal just about every morning for breakfast, unless I’m out of milk. And I’m so stuck in my routine that I usually just buy the same cereal over and over, but eventually that gets to be really boring and I need a change. So, I really love the idea of this variety pack of Dorset muesli. There are 12 boxes all together with six different varieties: berries & cherries, tasty, toasted spelt muesli, simply delicious muesli, simply fruity muesli, super high fibre muesli, and really nutty muesli. I’ll be honest, I was really afraid that the spelt and super high fibre varieties were going to be not so tasty because those are just things that I’ve come to associate with low flavor products. So, I was really pleasantly surprised when I tried them and truly think that they are my two favorites out of the pack. What I like about the Dorset Cereals muesli is that when they say fruit and nuts, they really mean it. It’s not just the occasional nut or raisin thrown in to meet a requirement, but really nice big nuts such as hazelnuts, almonds and brazil nuts. Plus, they have great dried fruit like dates, apricots, papaya, pineapple, and sultanas. Since I’m really bad about pouring a big bowl of cereal that is for usually bigger than just a single serving, it is nice to have enforced portion control. And really, the 85 gram serving is perfect for something as substantial as muesli. But the best part is that I get to try six different types of cereal, one for every day of the week. 12, 85 gram boxes for £4.99. Item #: 0108966.
Tear and Share Brioche – I don’t think we’ll ever buy this again. It wasn’t great brioche, and the vanilla cream filling just made it all gummy in the center, even when I heated it. Plus, the icing on top pretty much all stuck to the bag when I tried to pull it out. I guess after that happened, we weren’t off on a good start with this, no matter how good it sounded. I was really disappointed in the taste of the actual brioche part though. I could have forgiven them the topping sticking to the bag and the gummy areas around the little bit of cream filling if the brioche had had that rich buttery taste that we all love brioche for. But it didn’t. It was sort of dry and flavorless really. Which was a complete bummer because I was wanting something delicious and this is what I ended up having instead. I did try heating it to see if that would make it more tasty. And while that did help the icing to spread around a bit more (and yes, I had to scrape it off the inside of the bag), it didn’t really do much to enhance the taste. I don’t eat brioche all the time, though I am a big fan, so when I do have some I expect it to be buttery and this just wasn’t. I was very disappointed. 700 gram loaf for £2.35. Item #: 0084546.
Women’s Reebok TrainTone Athletic Shoes – Since I’ve only had these for a couple of weeks, I can’t tell if these have actually done anything for my legs or tush. But I needed a new pair of athletic shoes for exercising, so I figured I would give these a try. These are part of that new style of sneaker that has the soles that are designed to make your muscles work harder to stabilize you while working out. These Reebok’s have what they call a ‘balance ball’ on the portion of the sole that corresponds to your heel and the ball of your foot. These areas have little air cushions that create micro-instability, which in turn (at least theoretically) leads your leg and gluteal muscles to work harder to stabilize your body. And that’s how they lead to the toning and strengthening. I’ve read accounts from people that claim this type of shoe really works, which I’m hoping is true. I guess I will see for myself in a few more weeks. I don’t know if you could use these for jogging, but I don’t think I would try it. I walk in them and don’t really notice any big differences when I’m walking; my feet and legs don’t hurt more when I’m walking, most importantly. Well, I do notice that the heel is much more cushiony than my regular walking shoes and that makes my feet very happy. £45.99. Item #: 0111580K.
Women’s Nike Dri-Fit Capri Pant - To go with my new Reebok sneakers, I thought I would get a new pair of workout pants. I like the capri pants for summer because they’re cooler than my full length pants but cover more than shorts. Plus, with capri pants you don’t have to worry about them riding up when you jog. These are cut with a flared leg too so you have plenty of room for doing really active things like lunges, squats or various yoga poses. The Dri-Fit material is Nike’s material they have come up with to wick moisture away from your skin so that working out and sweating doesn’t make your skin all chaffy. I already have a pair of the full length Dri-Fit workout pants and they do a pretty commendable job of keeping you dry throughout your workout. However, the cut could be better. The best pair of workout pants I have comes from Lands’ End, believe it or not. They are cut so that they come up higher in the back so that they cover your backside no matter how much moving around and weird positions you do. And then they are a little lower in the front for a more comfort when bending over. So, Nike could definitely take a note or two from the Lands’ End pants. Plus, why don’t workout pants from Nike have at least a small pocket for things like keys? Other than these little niggles, the pants are really nice. £12.99. Item #: 0104171.