Well, it’s been another week of pretty dreary weather here this week. *Sigh* I’m going to have to start planning a trip to someplace sunny so that I can remember what bright sun is like. If you’re in the US though, you have a little something to cheer you up this week: the new Costco US Coupon Book started on Thursday.
Opti-Free Replenish Multipurpose Lens Solution – I’ve been using Opti-free’s Replenish for all of my contact lens cleaning needs for years. My contacts seem to stay moist longer when I use this instead of the old ReNu stuff that I used previously. Every once in a while I will try a little bottle of ReNu or something else because the eye doctors like to give those away for some reason. The other types don’t irritate my eyes but I can tell that my contacts dry out much sooner. And that moisture thing is a big deal for someone that stares at a computer screen quite a lot. Not to mention, it keeps my lenses sparkling clean. Sure they’re the kind that you only wear for a couple of weeks, however, you still want, and need, to take good care of them for that period. You’ve only got the two eyes, so it’s a good idea to take good care of them. I’m sure that if you wear contact lenses you probably already know that Costco is the best place to buy your multipurpose lens cleaner. But really, it amazes even me. At Amazon you’ll have to pay £17.15 for 2 bottles or £34.95 for 4 bottles of 300 ml size. And at Boots, you’ll pay £24.09 for a two pack. In any case, at Costco you’ll pay £10.00 per 300 ml bottle since the four pack sells for £19.99. Needless to say, that is a fabulous savings, no matter where you do you comparison shopping. I also really like that I can buy a 4 pack and be set on contact solution for months and months without any worry of running out. The only bad thing is that they include a case in each box of solution, so you end up either just needing to chuck them constantly or you end up with a ton of them. And they’re the really cheap cases that aren’t that great too. 4, 300 ml bottles for £19.99 (US: $31.07). Item #: 0094026.
Fylo by Nylon Purple Chain Top – Recently at our Costco here in the UK there was a special clothing event for Fylo. They had several different clothing pieces, all out of lovely fabrics in cute styles. I bought a couple of items, this top and a cute little sweater (next week’s post) and now wish I had bought a couple more. This top is perfect for summer nights when it actually gets warm enough here to go out without sleeves on your shirt. I think it would also be quite cute under a tailored jacket. I love the deep purple colour and the chain detail is perfect for someone like me that doesn’t wear jewellery. This is the perfect way for me to jazz up my outfit without needing to bother with jewellery. I’m just really not good at that sort of thing, so I like the shortcut. The other thing I really like about this top is the super soft, light fabric. It’s made of viscose and spandex, so nothing natural there, but it drapes perfectly and feels wonderful to wear. I wish they carried the Fylo clothing all the time because I liked their styles and colour choices quite a bit. Plus, I like the reasonable price for something that is so cute. I tried to find them online but didn’t have any luck. So, I guess I’ll just have to wait until the next time they show up at my local Costco. £16.99 (US: $26.41). Item #: 0125288.
Kirkland Signature Maple Syrup – I’m not a maple syrup expert but this seems pretty good to me. It is 100% pure maple syrup, nothing added in or just maple flavoured. It’s also from Canada, which seems like the home of all things maple. Even though it is from Canada, they use the US system of grading:Grade A medium amber. The smell is really nice, with a subtle scent and the taste matches with a not too sweet taste, it’s just the perfect amount of sweetness for me. And of course, it has the expected maple taste that you want from good, quality maple syrup. We had some on pancakes and it was awesome! So much better than imitation stuff or other syrups. I think I like that it isn’t too sweet. It enhances flavours instead of just overpowers them and I’m pretty sure this is because it has a lighter flavor and less sweetness than other syrups. Plus, there are a ton of ways that you can use maple syrup, other than just on pancakes, waffles and French toast. Really, any place you want a little touch of sweetness, it could definitely help with that. I also like that the KS syrup isn’t so watery that you think it’s just a little bit of maple and a whole lot of water (I know you’ve had this type of lousy maple syrup). I don’t know if this is something that is different about the way they refine the syrup or what. In any case, it isn’t as thick as other syrups (of the imitation variety) but not so watery that it won’t actually cling to your food either. And sure, it’s high in calories but you console yourself with the fact that it is a great source of manganese and zinc. The one negative to someone with a tiny fridge, like me, is that you have to refrigerate the syrup after you open it. But it’s worth the fridge space. The good news is that they have re-designed the bottle since the last time I purchased it and now it is shorter, so at least it fits in my little baby fridge better now. 946 ml for £8.99 (US: $13.97). Item #: 0386374.
Scottish Shellfish Mussel and Smoked Salmon Chowder – This was pretty tasty for a soup that I didn’t have to put much effort in to preparing. I was impressed that there was such a decent amount of salmon and mussels, which is sadly not always the case in seafood soups like this when you buy them. The mussels were really nice too, not rubbery or gross. I was a bit worried that they would be really, um, not so good because I’ve had bad luck with mussels in items like this before. Aside from the nice, whole mussels there are also nice chunks of salmon and big pieces of potato too. The creamy part of the soup has a nice flavour, however, I would like it if it were just a shade thicker. However, it did have a really nice flavour, so I’ll forgive the slightly thinner nature of the soup base. This was a really nice alternative from canned soup, and healthier too I think since it has nowhere near as much salt as you normally find in the canned stuff. There’s only 1.5 grams of sodium in the whole bowl of soup, which is pretty reasonable. Of course, the cost is a bit more than canned soup though. But I really think the quality is far better and for sure the mussels and salmon taste way, way better than anything you’d find in a can. What I like was that this was a great way to have a nice meal for dinner with not much preparation time; we microwaved it so it only took 4 minutes. It was really delicious with a grilled cheese sandwich and a nice green salad too. On another topic, I know there are legal reasons they have to say it but I really find it funny that on this soup that had to put an allergy notice on the packaging to let everyone know that it contains milk, fish and mollusks. All of which you would think would be obvious from the description in big print on the front. 2, 350 gram bowls for £3.79 (US: $5.89). Item #: 0122554.