Eat with Melody & Lynn: Random Snacks!

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It’s been awhile since I’ve done a Snack Review post… which is evident, as the above photo doesn’t accurately depiction what food was actually eaten and reviewed! In this special and unorganised edition, I have Lynn guest starring to help me review some delicious snacks we found at her local Asian Grocer.

Lavabites

Unico Lava Bites: Choco Lava and Strawberry ($1 each)

Nothing attracts an Asian like a good sale. As soon as we entered the store, we were both immediately drawn to a basket of these cute boxes, advertised for $1 each.  We took one of each flavour.

Due to the price cut, neither of us really had high hopes of this cookie, but… it actually turned out okay! As expected, the filling was hardly gooey like that of a lava cake. But it did taste like a Hello Panda biscuit, so I consider it redeemed in my books. I really enjoyed the strawberry flavoured cookie, and thought it had a really nice crunch to it.  The chocolate was a little bit more average, but I believe, we still managed to finish both boxes easily.

Chips

Oishi: Ribbed Cracklings in Salt & Vinegar ($?)

This next purchase was Lynn’s choice of snack (mine was the Salted Egg ridges that we didn’t end up reviewing together). I was very excited when I saw these because I haven’t seen them around for quite a while, and so it was like a blast from the past! I love chips, and I’m a fan of salt & vinegar, so these were enjoyable enough. Funnily enough, I’m actually the opposite and not usually a fan of salt & vinegar, so this is probably the only salt & vinegar flavoured snack I have ever actively craved. 

However, they weren’t memorable? How dare you! I don’t remember too much about the flavour, but I do remember that they became a bit addictive once you kept eating them… but aren’t all chips the same??? The individual pieces tasted mostly the same as I remembered. One thing to note, though, was that the packs I used to buy were a mini version so they were way more palatable (as a whole pack) than this bigger pack we got. So even though we shared this pack, the vinegar flavour did get pretty strong and overwhelming for me by the time we finished it. 

Boba

Xiao Mei Brown Sugar Milk Tea Ice Cream ($9.90)

Okay, so I have been seeing these ice cream everywhere online, but I was always too stingy to spend $10 for myself… but with Lynn enabling me, how could I say no? See, the thing is, a few years ago (back when the brown sugar milk tea trend hadn’t even been born), I bought a cheap box of “milk tea ice cream bars” and to say they were a disappointment would be an understatement – the pearls were soggy and the milk tea flavour was weak. So even though everyone has been raving about these brown sugar ones online, I was cautiously optimistic due to having been burnt that one time.

In short, these were delicious. I. LOVED. THEM.  The tapioca balls were still chewy and the milk tea flavoured ice cream tasted really good! It tasted exactly like the brown sugar milk tea drink, plus, it being extra cold made it taste even better. 11/10 FROM ME. The ice cream was quite melted by the time we took these photos, but it didn’t compromise the flavour (maybe it enhanced it??), so no complaints from me!

All in all, we had great fun eating these snacks whilst watching To All The Boys: PS. I Still Love You!

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Happy 2nd Birthday Ragnar!

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Time really flies quick when you’re having fun, and we have definitely had a lot of fun with this little guy!

To celebrate Ragnar’s birthday this year, we organised another day of some of his favourites! We took a trip to Mt Danenong and enjoyed a hidden walking trail that we found. He was obviously spoiled with lots of presents (treats!), and had another birthday pupcake (in which he only ate the cream cheese frosting lol). To top it off, because his birthday fell on a Monday, he also had a great time chilling at Ash’s office.

Happy Birthday Ragnar ♥

Halloween:Mansions of Madness

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We don’t celebrate Halloween in Australia, and I’m not a big fan of it either myself…

BUT I do love themed parties/events, and I love dressing up, so it wasn’t a surprise that I was a full supporter of running our tabletop group session at the same time as Halloween, just so we could play Mansions of Madness, dressed as our characters – Monterey Jack, Joe Diamond, Dexter Drake, Carolyn Fern & Preston Fairmont.

We had some great fun investigating the occult and paranormal mysteries of Dearly Departed

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 Of course, if we’re going to the lengths of calling this a themed event, I had to do some decoration/food!

Using some of our old props from Ash’s Undead Pirate birthday party, I did a quick table setup to help set the mood (inc. candles for lights). Most of the food were bought (as I was lazy), but I did decide to make pigs in blanket, mummified-style, for a quick and easy savoury snack!  The rest are just an assortment of Halloween cookies, Halloween-themed Mr.Kipling cakes and Cadbuy curly wurlys (to look like worms).

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For that very fresh body, at last writhing into full and terrifying consciousness with eyes dilated at the memory of its last scene on earth, threw out its frantic hands in a life and death struggle with the air; and suddenly collapsing into a second and final dissolution from which there could be no return, screamed out the cry that will ring eternally in my aching brain.
–H.P. Lovecraft, Herbert West—Reanimator