The rainy weather we have been having here for the last few days has me feeling like I need another holiday, even though we just had a three day weekend. And I wanted to go to Costco this weekend but someone around me is hogging the Zipcar all weekend long, and all next weekend too. Exasperating! Don’t they know I need my Costco fix? It’s just been that kind of week though, too much annoying stuff going on right now. If you’re in the US, don’t forget that a new coupon book just started on Thursday. If you’re in the North Fort Worth, Texas area, the new Costco location opened on Friday, so you could go enjoy the mass of shoppers at the new store. And if you’re in the UK, don’t forget that the Eurovision Contest finale is tonight.
Cuisinart Kitchen Towels – I don’t care how great the quality of your kitchen towels, or how nice you treat them, it seems like there’s only so long that they last and work well. So, we decided on our last trip to Costco to pick up a new pack of kitchen towels. Unfortunately, we picked up the package that someone else has grabbed a towel from. So our five pack of towels actually turned out to only be a four pack once we got home. It’s not really practical for us to take them back for lots of reasons. And to be honest, I had already pitched all of our old towels before I realized anything was amiss, so I didn’t have much alternative but to use them. What’s even worse is that I’m not sure I’m a fan of the new towels. They seem really linty, even after a number of washings, they still shed like mad. I think after this last wash cycle though, they might be slightly better, so I’m hoping that a couple more spins in the washer and there will be no lint flying around or clinging to everything I dry with them. Honestly, this isn’t something I put much thought into, we just grabbed a pack and went on about our shopping. Clearly, that’s how we grabbed the package that had been returned short a towel; we noticed when we got home and found out that a towel was missing that the band around the towels had also been taped up. *Sigh* The good thing is that the vibrant red colour on the towels hasn’t faded, even after repeated washings (so far I think I might be at five or six). They are certainly more absorbent than the towels that I got rid of, which seemed to have completely lost their ability to absorb water by the time I got rid of them. If the lint situation doesn’t clear up though, I’ll be looking for some other towels, or maybe I’ll just buy that big pack of bright yellow microfibre towels that are back by the tools and car washing items in Costco. 5 pack of towels for £5.79 (US: $9.80). Item #: 0353561.
Free Range Eggs – We eat a decent amount of eggs, mostly because we have breakfast for dinner fairly regularly. If we don’t have breakfast at night we usually don’t feel like taking the time to make it, and we are both big fans of bacon and eggs with toast, crumpets, or bagels. When we first moved to London I always bought my eggs from Ocado because they were in a single dozen or just a small half dozen carton and at Costco they used to only have the very large packs that were two dozen I think (might have been more but I just remember they were too big for me). In our little tiny fridge that kind of space given up to just eggs is not feasible, so we would buy them at the regular grocery. But they’re pretty expensive, at least compared to the US, so I was always hoping that somehow we’d be able to start getting our eggs at Costco again and they would be a bit less expensive. Recently, when we had time for a leisurely stroll through all of the aisles, I noticed that Costco had started having a smaller container of eggs, just 18 and in a regular egg carton. And, even better, they were just slightly higher than I pay for a dozen through Ocado. I pay £2.50 for a dozen of free range eggs from Ocado, which seems to be pretty much the norm at Tesco, ASDA and the usual stores. That is £0.21 per egg. However, at Costco, I can get 18 eggs for £2.89, which comes out to £0.16 per egg. That is a great savings per egg, especially if you eat a lot of eggs. That difference in cost is enough to cover the price of a loaf of bread for toast or a package of six crumpets. I always check my eggs in the store to make sure they aren’t broken, which can happen so easily in the transport stage (even your own car), and no one wants to get home and discover they just bought a bunch of broken eggs. And you definitely don’t want to have them getting everything else you bought all sticky with runny egg. For everyone in the US, I feel I must share with you the thing that I found really surprising about eggs here in Europe: most of the time you won’t find the eggs in the cooler area, but on a regular shelf, like they were flour, bread, or canned goods. They’re not in the cooler at Costco either. It really amazed me the first time we saw this because you don’t see that at grocery stores in the US, ever. The first time we went to Waitrose here, right after we moved, I thought they didn’t have eggs because they were on a regular shelf and just blended right in with other things. I didn’t realize there was a whole debate raging about where to keep your eggs – fridge or not – but there’s lots of articles and such on Google to indicate otherwise. I keep my eggs in the fridge at home but if I am baking certain things I will take them out and let them come to room temperature before using them to attain the best results. 18 eggs for £2.89 (US: $4.89). Item #: 0131747.
Persis Baklava Assortment – I love baklava! Usually, I make my own, and I’m a little ashamed to have actually bought this, to be honest. However, it is a really nice selection and styles that I would definitely not make myself, so that’s a nice change from the straight up baklava that we would get if I made it at home. It could be that I am just making an excuse. This is also probably less costly than it would be if I made my own since all of the nuts, honey, and butter needed to make decent baklava can really add up in cost. I think this is probably not as buttery as when I make it myself, and I’m quite positive that their cinnamon isn’t as nice as the one that I use. All that said though, it is really good and better than you will likely find at most places where you can buy it (and cheaper too). The selection consists of seven different varieties: Baklava with Almonds, Kulwushkur, Coconut Razcherry, Baklava with Pistachio, Coconut Pistachio,Baklava with Walnut, and Assabee Finger. The coconut razcherry was my least favourite in the box, to the point where I just couldn’t actually get up the interest to even eat it. There was just some taste about it that didn’t appeal to me at all. The coconut with pistachio is good though with a nice mix of coconut and nuts. All of the straight up baklava was really good and I really like having the variety of nuts too because they all give a different flavour to the baklava. I usually make my baklava with walnuts, so it is nice to have a different style. The assabee fingers are stuffed with ground cashews and then drizzled with the honey and rose water syrup. I’ve never made this style but should give it a try because I love the extra layers of filo. I also really like the cashews. The kulwushkur have almonds inside and are really delicious too. I’m not sure which is my favourite because they are all delicious (except for the pink one with coconut). To be honest, I wouldn’t mind if they would skip the coconut versions completely in the assortment and just stick with the ones with filo. Or at least, they need to not have the pink one in there; it is the weak link in the assortment. I like my baklava with tea but it would probably work equally as well with coffee, and also goes nicely with a big glass of milk. One or two pieces after a meal makes a nice end to a dinner but these are equally good for parties because everyone seems to love baklava. And good news, these are good for vegetarians too. I bought this box when Costco was having a coupon (last coupon book I think) so they were £1.00 less, however, even at the regular price of £6.99 it is a good deal. I didn’t realize how much of a good deal until I saw that they sell this same box at Amazon and it is £12.25 plus shipping of £2.20! So, that’s like twice the price as at Costco, which is a bit crazy. 1 kilogram box for £5.99 (£6.99 – £1.00 coupon) (US: $10.14). Item #: 0133778.
Olay Total Effects 7 in One CC Cream – The Total Effects CC Cream has the skin perfecting powders of a BB cream but with of the anti-aging VitaNiacin complex than the Total Effects BB Cream. So, you should get the benefits of skin perfecting with good anti-aging all rolled into one product. I really thought that I would love this, but I’m not a huge fan it turns out. The colour ranges are not quite fine enough with just a couple of options. I got the lightest version, Fair to Medium, and it’s just too dark for me. To be fair, I am a girl with a Casper-esque skin tone though and wear the lightest foundation colour in every brand I’ve ever tried. However, Olay should know that there needs to be a finer gradation of colours than just Fair to Medium and Medium to Dark. I might be able to get away with this at the height of summer after I’ve been on holiday somewhere and have somewhat of a tan, but for a person with fair skin this just doesn’t work. The good thing is that this does have an SPF 15 to protect your skin a bit from the sun, though that is lower than my normal day-time moisturizer, so it could be better too. The texture is not at all what I was expecting, and is the least appealing part of this, feeling heavy and greasy. I don’t have oily skin at all but I would guess that if you did, even slightly, this would be a really bad combination for your skin. For myself, I found it too heavy for me, far heavier feeling than my usual moisturizer and foundation for sure. Also, the greasy feeling of the texture doesn’t do anything for the look of your skin, especially in combination with the over-dark colour. I feel like I’m wearing a mask with it seeming to sit on my skin rather than blend in with it and create a flawless complexion. Which it also doesn’t really do. The complexion correction nature of the product just seems to be some name that they have put on this as it really doesn’t do much of anything in that respect. You would think that with the thick texture and the dark colour that it would be good at least at covering any imperfections, but somehow it doesn’t. It’s quite the conundrum. I had purchased this because I thought it might be a great way to cut down on the amount of stuff I need to take with me when we travel, and also because I had thought it would be great for summer when I like to wear less stuff on my face. But it doesn’t feel like I have less stuff on my face, so that doesn’t really help me. The one time I wore it when it was somewhat hot out (yes, we’ve had a day or two like that), I felt really hot on my face and the CC cream felt definitely not good, almost melty or something. When we got home I just looked sweaty with dull patches. So, I don’t know what I’m going to do with the rest of this but it probably won’t be use it. If you like this though, the price at Costco does seem to be really good, even without the coupon since you get two containers of the cream for less than they would be at Amazon UK or Superdrug where a single container is £10.00. So, if there is any doubt, I’m not a fan, won’t be buying it again, and do not feel like I could recommend this to anyone either. 2, 50 ml containers for £13.94 with VAT (£15.49 – £3.87 coupon) (US: $23.60). Item #: 0005038.