This is the last weekend to take advantage of the latest Costco US coupon book, so don’t forget that if you’ve been putting off a trip to Costco. I assume the next coupon book will start up next Thursday and I’ll try to get that posted as soon as I can.
Hendricks & Hall Salt and Chilli Pork Belly Slices – We really wanted these to be good, but we were just not at all pleased with them. These were nice, thick (and obviously fatty) slices of pork from the belly of the pig and with a chilli and salt rub. And all of that sounded good. But after we cooked them we found that they weren’t tasty like we are used to with our pork belly but had a rather off-putting taste. We couldn’t really figure out what the problem was but they tasted like bad pork, like it had gone off. And really, no one likes dodgy pork. We had it right after we bought it and it was still well within the date range on the package, but just tasted funky. We did think that it could have been something about the chilli stuff but whatever it was it made it not tasty. The sad thing is that they looked great. We were serving them with rice and had some vegetable that I can’t recall now, as well as grilled pineapple, and they would have been the perfect accompaniment but we ended up just eating everything else but the pork. There were 11 slices in the package, which for us would have been a few meals, but we did end up pitching the rest of it. It killed me to feel like I was wasting food but if you’ve ever had food poisoning (because of my RA I’m pretty susceptible to stuff like that and have had food poisoning several times) you get really over protective of your stomach, so with the dodgy taste I figured it was better to get rid of it than to get sick. I don’t know if this was just us getting the one bad package or if this was a more widespread problem with these pork belly slices. I’m pretty sure I won’t be trying them again though. We’ve purchased other pork belly from Costco and not had problems though. 1.49kg for £8.93; £5.99/kg. Item #: 0005217.
Frijj Chocolate Milkshake – I know we shouldn’t like these, because we’re adults and should drink other things, but yum! And I feel like I’m not alone in liking these since they have been the most popular flavoured milk drink in the UK for the last twelve years. So, these drinks are made with actual milk, but are low in fat with just 1.5% fat, and have no artificial flavours or colours. So at least they are not a bunch of weird chemicals and things you can’t pronounce. Also, this is gluten free, if that is a concern for you. Here’s the whole list of ingredients: Skimmed Milk (70%), Whole Milk (22%), Sugar, Buttermilk Powder, Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder, Stabilisers (Carrageenan, Cellulose Gum). Clearly there’s sugar in it, so this isn’t like a healthy drink, but it does make a nice chocolaty treat on occasion. Dave and I both like these because they have a thick consistency and a nice chocolaty taste without being too sweet. Because they are made mostly with skimmed milk they aren’t that bad in fat or calories actually. The bottles are, I think, pretty big at 471ml and I usually just drink part half or less at a time. One day in a pinch for milk, I must admit that I used one of these over my morning granola cereal and it was awesome but definitely not something I’d make a regular meal. I try to be nutritionally reasonable most of the time at least. So, buying these at Costco makes each bottle £0.57, which is quite a bit less from the places we normally get them like Tesco, Sainsbury’s, or Ocado where they are £1.00 each, though of course sometimes they are on offer but even then they aren’t as inexpensive as they are at Costco. Unfortunately if you like one of the other flavours of Frijj I think they only have the chocolate at Costco. 4, 471 ml bottles for £2.29. Item #: 0172860.
32 Degrees Cool Tee, Ladies – I’m always looking for a nice white tee because they are so versatile for layering or just wearing by themselves. When I saw the 32 Degrees tee at Costco I couldn’t believe how low the price was, so I had to try it. I mean, a tee under £5, how could I not try that? The tee has a scoop neck and short sleeves, but the really cool thing is the fabric. The fabric is polyester and elastane but it is basically like a workout shirt that doesn’t look like one. It dries quickly and wicks moisture away from you to keep you cool. The fabric also has some added agents that keep it from having static and also cuts down on any odour issues too. The fabric is really soft and comfy too, which is what I like. I didn’t get this to work out in, but you definitely could do that because it is comfortable enough and stretchy enough to do so. I’ve found this a great tee for wearing under things because of its fit and smooth fabric. The one thing I will point out is that this has a very slim fit, so you might want to go up a size. Also, if you don’t like short short sleeves, this is probably not the tee for you. I know in the wintertime I’ve seen a long sleeve version of this same tee at Costco too and haven’t gotten one before but will definitely get one next winter (if they still have them at Costco). But really, for £5, how can you go wrong? I still can’t get over that very low price. I wish they’d make a cami out of this same fabric because that would be excellent for layering too. £4.99. Item #: 0826472.
Philips Sonicare 2-Series Plaque Control-Plus – Recently my mom’s long running Sonicare died so she needed to get a new one, and of course turned to Costco. She had gotten her last one there too, I think that was at least ten years ago and maybe more like 14 years. The good thing is that Costco still has great deals on the Sonicare and they carry a variety of models now too. However, the deal that they have now for the regular Sonicare is outstanding. You get two complete Sonicare toothbrushes, with travel cases and chargers, plus two brush heads. They’ve come a long way with new features on these Sonicare toothbrushes since my mom bought her last one. Now they’ve got a start up feature so that the power increases slowly and doesn’t just start buzzing away at full force right off the bat. They’ve also got a timer to let you know when you should move on to the next quadrant of your teeth as well as one to let you know when you are done with your two minutes of brushing (to be fair they always had this I think). What I think is a great step forward is that the toothbrush can last for two weeks on a charge. I know my old one could maybe make it through a week, but that was always a little iffy on the last day. The snap on heads is a terrific move and my mom says that they are much nicer to deal with and seem cleaner too. My mom loves the Sonicare and thinks it is the best toothbrush ever, and her dentist agrees. I mean, no one’s hand can compete with 31,000 brush strokes per minute, while still being gentle on your teeth and dental work. It is amazing thought that you can get two whole Sonicare toothbrushes for such a great price though. In my mom’s case, she gave the other one to a friend so that they can enjoy the clean teeth feeling you get with a Sonicare as well. My mom picked her Sonicare up in her local Costco but you can also get this same deal at Costco.com, though it is a bit more at $99.99 with $7.99 for shipping. And if you are looking for a fancier Sonicare version, they have those at Costco.com too, including one that has all kinds of fanciness for a whopping $299.99. $89.99. Item #: 958210.