If you’re in the UK, don’t forget that this is the last weekend for the current coupon book. If you’re in the US, you still have all of next week to get the deals in the current coupon book. And if you’re in Canada, be sure to check my previous post about Canada Day to see when your preferred Costco location is open this weekend.
Kirkland Signature Men’s Flat Front Wool Trousers – Dave’s job requires him to wear business attire and that means trousers that aren’t made of denim or khaki. If you haven’t had to shop for real trousers, they can be surprisingly expensive for shockingly unimpressive quality. Luckily, Costco has some awesome wool trousers for a very reasonable price. The KS trousers are made in Italy with Italian wool gabardine fabric. As usual with KS clothing, they have numerous features that make them comparable to higher end trousers. The trousers have a dress shirt lining that extends to the knees. This is great because it gives the trousers a smoother appearance on the outside and they also feel better on the inside. The buttons are cross stitched so that they are super durable and won’t be popping off, no matter how much you eat for dinner. I’m not sure how useful it is, but there’s an interior coin pocket too. Dave says that he likes to use it to stow his keys because it keeps them from jangling around and sounding like he should be in an old west film with spurs on his boots. The other feature that I think is really great is the rubberised waistband that ensures your shirt stays tucked in all throughout the day. We bought some trousers at a place in the US that have had all kinds of finish issues, like the hems coming out, threads pulling from the belt loops, and the seams coming apart in various spots. And they were actually more expensive than the ones from Costco and didn’t have the nice features and certainly weren’t made of such a nice wool fabric. In any case, the KS trousers fit nicely and are comfortable according to Dave. And I’d say that they look very nice too. Clearly we just got these recently, so it is hard to tell how well these will stand up to several trips to the dry cleaners and wear. Of course, I have total faith in Costco to not produce lousy clothing. We almost always find that their clothing is very durable and looks just as good after lots of wearing as it did when we first purchased it. And really, for the price, it is hard to beat the KS quality. £34.99 (US: $54.55). Item #: 0588799.
BC Clothing Women’s Linen Tunic – A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the linen shorts that are of the same design as these tunics. The tunics are rather long so I’m not really sure about wearing them with the shorts; I haven’t worn them together. Much like the shorts, the tunics have a lot of design detail. The have pockets on the front, with a v-neck and sleeves that roll back with the button tabs. The tabs are nice because it lets you have long sleeves or 3/4 length sleeves. The tunic comes with a cute belt in a braided style with a tassel-y end that is made from the same linen fabric. As I mentioned the tunics are quite long; ending just below mid-thigh for me and since I’m not really short that would be very long on a short person, I think. Because of the length, these are perfect to wear over leggings, skinny jeans, or with capri pants. As with most linen clothing, the fabric is really soft and comfortable, plus it drapes very nice and gives a little casual elegance to your summer wardrobe, I think. I ended up buying two of these because I liked the look of them so much. I got the go-with-anything colours of black and white. However, they had a couple of other colours as well like a bright red, brown, and a navy blue, and I think there was one additional colour that I can’t recall right now. Funny enough, when I found these at Costco, I had been considering buying a linen tunic that looks very similar to this one (though without the cute belt) at another retailer. Of course, that one was just under £40.00; that’s a difference of £24. The difference in the price allowed me to buy the second tunic and it still cost less than I would have paid at the other place. That’s a pretty sweet deal! Plus, these are a great addition to my summer clothing lineup. £15.99 (US: $24.93). Item #: 0125086.
Lucky Country Soft, Low Fat Blackcurrant Liquorice – Dave likes this kind of thing for a snacky treat. Luckily this tastes a whole lot better than the yucky Red Vines he made us buy not too long ago (those taste like wax lips to me). This is little ropes of liquorice, like they cut a big rope of it into little mouth-friendly sized chunks. It’s also nice that it is soft and not all hard and rubbery so you don’t feel like you’ll rip out your teeth chewing it. The blackcurrant flavour is nice and not too overly flavoured in that fake cheap jam or Kool-Aid type of way. They call this Aussie liquorice, which I thought was just because it’s from an Australian company, but I guess the soft-ness is really what makes it Aussie. Who knew? But it’s Australia’s best selling liquorice and I can see why. The softness makes it much more enjoyable. It’s very chewy but since it is so soft it’s more like gum than hard, waxy liquorice. As you can probably tell, I’m not usually all about the liquorice. I’m not really a fan of that waxiness you usually get in liquorice but I found this really good. Plus, it’s low fat, so you can get a little sweetness and not feel guilty like you would with other fatty candies. I read on their website that Costco has asked them to make a marionberry flavoured liquorice too. Since those berries are only available for a few weeks a year, I’m guessing this flavour isn’t available year round. On their website they have a list of the top flavours and I am amazed that the blackcurrant isn’t in the top eight (but remarkably pineapple is). I thought this was really good and much better than black, but apparently that is just me since black is the top choice. 682 grams for £2.99 (US: $4.66). Item #: 0083590.
Francesco Mazzei Antipasto Calabrese – I love the Italian meat selection almost as much as I love cheese. And this is a great variety pack. The selection is made up of three different meats: capocollo, prosciutto, and spianata. To give the meats that Calabrese flavour, the meats are infused with peperoncino. This selection is perfect if you are having a dinner party and want to make a nice cheese and meat platter. Or, as in our case, this is great for a picnic or two when accompanied by cheese, olives and a nice loaf of bread. All of the meats are so delicious it would be hard to pick a favourite. However, I have always had a soft spot for capocollo and this version is really nice. I like the little hint of a peppery taste. Because of the very soft texture and the super thin slices the meat could easily be pushed around by the peppers. However, in this case the peperoncino flavour doesn’t overwhelm the meat at all but just compliments the taste beautifully. This is something that I could easily pick up every time I go to Costco. I like it for lunch during the week with olives; I can have my own little Italian-ish lunch selection. The only thing I don’t like about this is that the package is so small. Although, as much as I love this, it is probably best that it is so small. Actually, there is one thing I’m not thrilled with and that is the dimensions of the package. It’s a fairly good sized rectangular plastic package and takes up quite a bit of space on the fridge shelf. It’s very thin but long and that is sort of awkward when your fridge space is very limited. I would like it if they would make it not so long and just stack the meat selection with butchers paper to keep it from sticking together. 210 grams for £4.99 (US: $7.78). Item #: 0129628.