I’ve had one of those weeks where you just can’t wait to get to the end of it. I hurt my knee a couple of weeks ago and thought it would be okay, but of course it wasn’t because I’m not a kid anymore. I’m lucky because I don’t have to have surgery on it right now, but have lots of fun physical therapy to look forward to and as a bonus I still might have to have surgery. In any case, I’m glad this week has come to an end and hopefully next week will be better.
Cooked Crab Claws – Costco always has great meat and fish, but I love it when they have the seafood roadshows so that we can get things like these giant crab claws, lobsters, or prawns. When we saw these giant crab claws, we had to stop and get some. We got a kilogram of these, which ended up being just four but they’re so big that it was a good amount for dinner with a salad. They were already cooked and thankfully, scored as well. They use something like a Dremel, I’m guessing, to score along the very thick, very hard shell at several locations so that you can easily break them open and retrieve the yummy crab meat inside. The claws were very big and nicely scored so that you could pretty much remove all of the meat in one large piece. It was so good too! We had it with a bit of butter to dip the meat in and that just accentuates the nice, ever so slightly sweet taste of the crab meat. These would be very impressive if you were having a dinner party. Though even with the scoring, they’re not a clean and tidy food to eat and definitely require some hand washing afterwards. But the crab meat is so good, you don’t mind the fuss and mess. I’m sure you could do more exciting things with these nice crab claws, but we love them just with butter. These were a great treat and I’m glad that we can pick things like this up on occasion from Costco. The fresh seafood kiosk is often at our Watford Costco locations, and I know they are almost always present around the holidays too. This is really a terrific way to get lobsters or lobster tails too because they are much more reasonably priced than you’re likely to find them at other supermarkets. I don’t think I have seen crab claws at Costco other than the roadshow, but they do often have tubs of crab meat in the fridge cases and recently at our Costco I’ve seen where they have lobster tails too. 0.99 kilograms for £10.88; £10.99 per kilogram. Item #: 0004678.
Pringle Gentle Grip Ladies Socks – I love getting my regular socks at Costco because they have these nice six packs with fun colours or designs at a really great price. I’ve bought a few packs of Pringle socks before and they hold up really well without losing their elasticity or their colours washing out. I was intrigued by these because of the “gentle grip” top. The socks are made from combed cotton with a bit of Lycra so they are soft and comfortable but also maintain their shape well. The gentle grip at the top is interesting and basically means that they don’t have a big band of elasticky-ness around the top but still have a little bit of stretch. They feel sort of loose when you put them on because they feel quite different from other socks since they don’t have as much elastic at the top. However, once you get over the initial feeling that they are going to fall down constantly, and realize that they really aren’t going to do that, they are really comfortable. They do stay up for the most part though sometimes I do find them slouching down a bit after I’ve had them on for awhile but just a bit not like they create a puddle of sock around my ankles. However, they are very comfortable and that is more important to me. Part of what makes them comfortable is that they have very smooth seams across the toes. So often socks have a big bunch of seam right across your toes and that can lead to rubbing and lots of irritation, but these have absolutely none of that. They do something they refer to as “hand linked toe seams” that keeps the seams smooth and pretty much unnoticeable. I also like the colours and the contrasting toes and heels. But I really love the two pairs that have a flamingo on them! They’re so cute. They had another colour set too, still with the flamingo on two pairs, but I can’t remember right now what the colours were (sorry) but they were darker as I recall. The socks are fairly thin, as socks like this almost always are, but they’re great for Fall through Spring or around the house. I’m pretty sure you would want a slightly thicker pair of socks on in the Winter though. For £2.00 per pair of socks though, I think these are an outstanding deal. 6 pair for £11.98 (with VAT). Item #: 0179256.
BG Electrical Twin Socket with USB Sockets – If you’re like us, you probably have lots and lots of gadgetry that needs a USB socket to charge. We’ve got Kindles, phones, tablets, and other assorted electrical things that all charge through USB, which means that there’s a great deal of competition for our outlets and lots of adaptors and cables hanging around on or near our bedside tables. Luckily, someone got smart and came up with a smart combination faceplate that combines electrical and USB sockets into one nice, clean package. The package at Costco is a two pack of 2-gang faceplates. Each faceplate has two electrical sockets and two USB sockets in white with a polished chrome finish. The plates are screwless so you have a nice clean finish when it is all installed. The wiring is quite easy and everything is very clearly labeled, and the instructions are quite clear too. We’ve got a fair bit of experience with stuff like this and wiring, so it took us longer to prepare than it did to actually install the new faceplates. They’ve also included a spacer in case you need extra depth for a proper fit. But really, these are brilliant and something I would definitely recommend to anyone that has lots of USB charging needs. We have installed one of these on each side of our bed and it was nice to be able to get rid of all of the multi-outlet strips and adaptors and simplify it all. The only issue might be for people that have two phones that use the rapid charging because the USB sockets share the 2.1 amps, which isn’t a problem for normal devices, or even for one rapid charging phone and another device. We’ve had no problems charging two devices at the same time and they’ve both charged the normal amount of time too, so no slow down in charging. The other bonus about installing these is that I’ve gained a lot more usable length on my charging cables because they no longer have to snake down to the multi-outlet strip on the floor. Costco only had the shiny chrome finish, but if you’re looking for a different finish I suggest Amazon because they seemed to have lots of options and depending on the finish you want they might be a little less expensive than the ones at Costco too (white ones are around £12.00). Also, if you’re in the US, Amazon US has several options for you too; I’ve already told my mom she should install some as well. 2 pack for £35.99 (with VAT). Item #: 0187567. Tax
Cosmos Creations Salted Caramel Premium Puffed Corn – [This is another guest post from Rick, who usually writes about technology but like all of us is Addicted to Costso. I wrote about this as a new product at the beginning of August, so I’m glad Rick could give us all a review of it now.] This past week, I was at my “other” Costco in Columbus, Ohio and the sample activity from CDS (Club Demonstration Services), the group who operates that sampling activity at Costco in the states, was exceptionally great in the snack area. One item may have changed my life, and I’ll warn you as the title suggests, it’s addictive! I believe this is new to the warehouses in my market, but I was totally mesmerized by the Cosmos Creations Salted Carmel baked corn. It’s really hard to describe this snack without using phrases like “OMG”, stomach orgasm, or such. In all seriousness, this snack is really good. It’s the perfect balance of sweet and salty with a great texture. In fact, this snack has been on the market for a while; but I have a hard time finding it. The popcorn aspect of this snack is great as it has the hull (or hard part) of the corn kernel excluded and it has the texture of say a cheese puff; but it’s sweet with caramel flavor and a dash of sea salt. I’ll warn you again, you will like this snack. There was a snack from a small company in Fort Wayne, Indiana who made a product similar to this. They had a caramel vs. salted caramel product. And believe it or not, I used to only find it at a highway rest stop in the days that I frequently drove from Grand Rapids, Michigan to Columbus and Cincinnati, Ohio. I don’t know if I’m happy to find it in Costco sizes, but it is really a great snack. The product is gluten-free as well as free of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) and the 25 ounce (708.7 gram) bag is sure to have plenty to go around. Note that I took the picture in my car, as once we get home; this won’t last long. 25 ounces for $6.89.