It seems like it has been forever since I have done my standard Saturday review post. I guess it has been about two months really. But I’ve got a fresh round of reviews this week from our first trip back to our Costco in Watford (in the UK). We’re still in temporary accommodation, so much as it pains me, there really is a limit to how much we can shop. But luckily, we have a decent sized fridge and freezer at least. As you can probably imagine though, we are all a little sick of not having all of our stuff and feeling like we have been living out of suitcases for the past seven months. I’m getting really sick of my abbreviated wardrobe.
Duo No Slip Space Saving Hangers – So, we’re staying in another serviced apartment that has a really horrible little closet and only had about 6 hangers in it. Clearly, they aren’t expecting people to stay for two months like we are, or at least not to have much clothing. As a result of this, we needed to buy some hangers for all of the clothes we need to hang, like all of Dave’s suits and dress shirts for work. Sadly, the closet is so short and weird that I can’t even hang a dress in it. How crazy is that? Anyway, we were thrilled to see these space saving hangers at Costco. My mom had bought these same hangers at her Costco in the US a couple of years ago and had told me how great they were. They are very sturdy and can easily handle Dave’s suit jackets or trousers, but they are amazingly thin too. They have like a flocked, velvety covering on them that really grips your clothing too. While that is great in that it means that your clothing will absolutely not slip a bit, it also means that it takes a little bit more effort to put things on the hangers or remove them because of all that grip. Of course, the other good point of the super grippiness is that it seems to help in keeping delicate items on the hangers. All of that grip also aids in preventing the horrible little ears that you sometimes get on t-shirts and things when you have them on hangers. Of course, I think they also have a slightly different shape that helps with the ear prevention as well. So, you might be skeptical, like we were, about how much space these could actually save. Well, for us it is easy to do a side by side comparison with the wooden hangers that were already in the closet and I would say that for normal, non-suit jacket pieces you can fit two of these hangers in the space of one item on a wooden hanger. I’m thinking that we will probably buy more of these once we get into our own flat again and get all of our stuff out of storage. It really is great how much space they save and how well they hold your clothes. And if you have a small closet/wardrobe, you really want to be able to get as much in there as you can. 35 hangers for £6.49 (US: $10.14). Item #: 0738876.
Krispy Kreme Glazed Doughnuts – Okay, so I have talked about how jealous I was that the Costco locations in Sydney and Seoul fresh glazed doughnuts from the Costco bakery. I love a good doughnut but they are few and far between in London. And the good doughnuts are pretty much always Krispy Kreme and they cost a small fortune for a dozen. So, imagine our surprise and happiness when we saw that the Costco in Watford had a whole rack of lovely Krispy Kreme doughnuts. They had boxes and boxes of KK glazed doughnuts. Which, of course, made it better than in Sydney where I swear the first three people in the store got all of the doughnuts. The price of £6.99 might seem high, but is actually lower than the price at Krispy Kreme here in London, or Tesco’s Krispy Kreme kiosk. While I think the KK glazed doughnut is quite nice, I am hoping that Costco is just using them as a test to see how well doughnuts would sell in their stores here. The Costco bakery doughnuts that we had in Seoul were delicious. And hot and fresh! It’s hard to beat all of that really. Plus, I’ll bet they would be cheaper. And their boxes are thicker so you have less chance of squishing your precious doughnuts on the drive home. And did I mention, they were hot and super fresh in Seoul? Not that we didn’t enjoy our Krispy Kreme’s. They are certainly better than the greasy doughnuts that you will find in the grocery stores. 1 dozen for £6.99 (US: $10.93). Item #: 0155508.
Philadelphia Spreadable Cream Cheese – It’s been a long time since I’ve seen Philly cream cheese in Costco. Pretty much, since we left the US I’m sure. This was nice because it wasn’t in the giant foil wrapped block but rather in a resealable tub that a normal person could actually use. And the price of a single pound is amazing! It’s like half of the price that they have it for at the supermarkets around here. They actually want more than this for the smaller 200 gram package even. So, it really is a great deal at Costco. Cream cheese is useful for various cooking things, such as using it as a shortcut to make creamy sauces. However, I have to say that the way we use it most often is spread on bagels. Sometimes toast, if we are bagel-free, but mostly bagels. It is the perfect way to keep your bagel toppings in place, whether they be smoked salmon by itself or with friends like red onion and capers, or jam even. There are lots of other cream cheese brands now, but Philly really is the best. I don’t know what it is about it but it always just seems creamier and has a better flavour than the other brands. And of course that creamy aspect is useful if you want to use it for something like a quick and easy cheesy sauce for pasta or chicken. 300 grams for £0.99 (US: $1.55). Item #: 0141350.
Kirkland Signature Pick and Mix Bagels – We had to get some of the lovely KS fresh baked bagels to go with the smoked salmon and cream cheese. Costco definitely has the best looking bagels that we’ve seen in London. I also like that they are big enough to work for a sandwich. You get to mix and match your own dozen from any two packages of six bagels, though of course you can also just get two packages of the same variety. The flavours to choose from are: plain, sesame seed, cinnamon raisin, some type of seeded thing, and jalapeño cheese (I think they still have these). I feel like I’m forgetting one, but I can’t think of what it is right now. Anyway, we have gotten all of these options at various times and they are all pretty tasty. Since we had the smoked salmon we decided to get a stack of the plain bagels and our other six were sesame seed. As expected the plain ones were great after a light toasting and a coating of cream cheese paired with the salmon. But are equally good with just butter, or any kind of jam too. As for the sesame seed bagels they are great for sandwiches, as well as with cream cheese. They make a really terrific base for a tuna sandwich. The extra flavour that you get from the sesame seeds really adds a little something to the tuna. Of course, they are also pretty delicious with some cheese melted on top, as all bread is really. The only problem with fresh bagels is that they don’t keep for long on the counter. So, you either need to put them in the freezer, in the fridge, eat them within a couple of days. Depending on the weather and conditions in your kitchen, they could turn furry in just a couple of days. And no one likes a science experiment bagel, I assure you. 2, 6 packs for £2.99 (US: $4.67). Item #: 0059620K.
St. James Smokehouse Summer Smoked Salmon Trio – I love smoked salmon, especially when it is this good. We got this to use with bagels and cream cheese primarily because it sounded so appealing when we were at Costco. Of course, smoked salmon is also great as a salad topping or with pasta. What’s nice about this trio is that there are three subtly flavoured varieties in the package. In the big package, which is freakishly long and will never fit in a normal fridge, are three 150 gram packages that are individually vacuum packed and each package is a different flavour. The high quality Scottish salmon is smoked over oak chips with unique artisanal flavours: mojito, limoncello rosemary, and mimosa. All of the flavours lovely and pretty subtle but there’s enough there to definitely add a little something special to your smoked salmon. They were all excellent when paired with the bagels and cream cheese. We also tried the limoncello one with some pasta and that was yummy and fresh tasting; perfect for a warm summer evening. We liked them all really because of the fresh citrus flavours that work so well with the salmon. Sometimes when you get smoked salmon, you feel like maybe they smoked it because it was already a little bit beyond the fresh point, but I didn’t feel like that at all with this. All three packages had a very fresh salmon taste and there wasn’t any of the yucky brown stuff either. On the package they say that they hand trim all of the salmon filets, and you can really tell that because the slices are nice sized and thick enough to add a lot of smoked salmon flavour to whatever you eat it with. And the texture was so lovely and not at all stringy or anything weird like that. I don’t know if they’ll have this when I make my next trip to Costco, but if so I will definitely get another package of it (along with bagels and cream cheese of course). Also, on the good side, there’s no artificial flavours or preservatives. It’s all just naturally delicious and healthy. 450 grams total; 3, 150 gram packs for £8.69 (US: $13.58). Item #: 0154249.