I’m starting to feel like there’s some weather conspiracy here in the UK. Every time I go to Costco, it rains. Even if it isn’t supposed to, it will if I head out in the Zipcar for Costco. Luckily, this week it decided to stop raining before we had to unload all of the stuff we had bought. There’s nothing worse than unloading groceries and stuff in the rain.
So, as you’ve probably already read on my blog, the new Costco UK coupon book went into effect on Monday, so you should check out all of the latest offers. The new Costco US coupon book will start up this week on Thursday, July 14, with lots of good deals.
Medusa Insalata di Mare (Seafood Salad) – I really thought that I would like this. I really wanted to. I like seafood and I like seafood salads. But this was not good, not at all. The seafood was all rubbery and didn’t have much taste. Well, it did have taste, the bad taste of over-powering vinegar. And I’m pretty sure that we can all agree that no one likes that taste. I had thought that it would be nice as a cold accompaniment to a picnic or light lunch, but the vinegar and rubberiness was just too much to even sort of consider that. I also thought it might be good mixed with pasta, which I’ve had before and liked. But that was a no go too. It’s just really a texture thing because you can kind of overcome the vinegar problem if you mix in some olive oil but there’s just no way to get rid of the rubbery seafood. Well, plus it just has no taste. There are supposed to be shrimp, mussels, and octopus included in the mix but they are few and far between. Far more prevalent are little rubbery strips of some thick, and kind of crunchy white indecipherable seafood product that I’m guessing is squid (by process of elimination). I was really disappointed in this. It’s one time that I’ve really thought of returning it to Costco. But I decided that I really didn’t want to keep it hanging around in the fridge until my next visit to Costco. So, I binned it and you can guess, I’m sure, that I will not be repeating this purchase. 450 grams for £4.99. Item #: 0065845.
Thai Fragrant Jasmine Rice – We eat a fair amount of rice, primarily Thai jasmine rice. We love to make Thai food and usually once a week will make some type of Thai-based stir fry dish. Our favorite is spicy chicken stir fry, which is a lot of spicy, hot serrano chiles and one of the staples of our week night menus. Aside from Asian grocery stores, you’re just not going to find a big bag of rice. And if you eat very much rice, you’re not going to want pay regular grocery store prices for their little bags of rice. Not to mention, you’d end up buying rice all the time. So, we always buy our rice at Costco and then we dump it into our automated rice keeper (with little buttons where you can decide on 1, 2, or 3 servings of rice and it automatically dispenses it). Granted, the bags at Costco are big, there’s no doubt about it. At 10 kilograms or right around 25 pounds, that is definitely a goodly amount of rice to eat. However, if you eat it often or have a good, air tight place to store it, then you’ll definitely find it a better deal at Costco. Here in the UK I’d have to pay between £1.50 – £4.50 for a single kilogram of Thai rice, depending on where I buy it and what brand I choose. So, for the 10 kilograms that I buy at Costco that would extrapolate to paying between £15.00 – £45.00 at the local supermarkets. Yikes! That’s not an insignificant difference from £3.40 to £33.40. Not so much on the cheaper end, but HUGE on the pricier end of that scale. 10 kilograms for £11.59. Item #: 0089435.
Kirkland Signature AA Batteries – I sometimes swear that everything we own needs batteries. Of course, everything seems to have a remote now too. We have simplified and cut down in some places by using rechargeable batteries in some things and we switched to a multi-function remote that has a charger too. However, we still have a few remotes and other small things that need batteries, certainly enough that it makes sense to buy our batteries at Costco. Plus, if I buy the big pack at Costco I don’t have that inevitable moment when the batteries in something die and I don’t have replacements on hand. For instance, the other day I was working out with my Wii and the batteries in the balance board died right in the middle of my workout; totally rude of it but there you go. Luckily, I had my bag of Costco batteries so I could just grab some replacements and continue on with my workout so quickly I barely had time to catch my breath. Of course, it sucked up my last three batteries (it actually needs four but luckily it worked with the three replacements and one old one), so I immediately bought another batch of KS batteries for the next untimely battery failure. And you know, they are supposed to be good for seven (7) years, so you will be able to get through the 48 batteries in that time, I’m sure of it. 48 pack for £6.99. Item #: 0227380.
Red Vine Twists – Dave wanted these. I had nothing to do with the purchase. I just want to get that out there right up front. To me, these things are totally repulsive, kind of like eating little ropes of plastic. But for some reason, Dave likes them. I’m guessing / hoping, it’s some kind of strange childhood nostalgia thing. I don’t think I can actually comment in an impartial way about the taste quality for these. They are kind of a fruity, cherry type of candy and have a stretchy, chewy texture. And if you like that kind of thing, you’ll like these. Of course, the down side to these is that they come in an enormous bucket. And now Dave is stuck eating all of them by himself. I don’t think that makes him sad, but probably will make the dentist none too pleased on his next visit. 1.8 kilograms for £6.19. Item #: 0020745.
Sofia & Sam Ergonomic Lap Desk – I’m writing this post on our fab new lap desk! We both love it so much, I don’t know why we didn’t buy one before. The top, where you set your laptop or book or whatever, is made from a thick piece of bamboo and has a little ledge at the one side to keep your stuff from sliding right back into your stomach. Underneath the bamboo there is a beanbag type of cushion that is thicker at one end, to give it that nice ergonomic angle, and the filling makes it soft and comfortable while sitting on your lap. To easily carry it around, there’s also a nice handle on one side of the cushion. You can also use the lap desk to help elevate your notebook on your desk or table top, for a more comfortable typing position. The best thing though is that my lap no longer feels like it’s going to catch on fire when I sit around with my computer on my lap typing a long post. And hey, it’s relieved a lot of neck strain too. So, if you are a person that uses your notebook on your lap quite often, and you don’t have one of these already, I would highly recommend it. The skin on your thighs will thank you! £13.99. Item #: 0114803.