Welcome: Ragnar Odinson!

The past week has been quite hectic due to a wonderful new addition to our family ♥
Ashley and I welcomed our Pomeranian, Ragnar Odinson on the 14th March 2018 in to our lives, and boy has the past 11 days been filled with lots of love for this little guy and lack of sleep haha!

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He has been such a handful for the last couple of days with the constant whining, nipping and peeing …but we can’t help but love him! I have so much more I could say about him but I think I’ll save them for all the unavoidable future posts about him!

Do you have a pet? Tell me about him/her!

KFL: Let’s eat some snacks!

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I am quite embarrassed to say that this post is year overdue but as this post took effort and money(!), I have decided that it needs to go up no matter how late! Better late than never, right?

My dear friend Irene and I are hardly ever in the same city/country at the same time, so when she visits Melbourne, we love to try out different snacks together. On this occasion, we visited the asian grocer, KFL in Doncaster East to look for some new and interesting snacks to try out! As you can see in the above photo, we got a little excited!

Custard-Cake

Custard Cream Cake (Made in Japan)

    M: I was very excited when I saw these in the freezer because I absolutely love mochi ice cream and thought it might have a similar creamy filling. Although my expectations weren’t met, I still ended up enjoying these and would eat these again without hesitation.

I: Since this came from the fridge I kind of expected it to be like mochi ice cream but with a more crumby/ cakey exterior. Instead it tasted more like someone had accidentally put one of those Lotte Custard Cream Pies into the freezer. The flavours were nice (as you would expect from something called ‘custard cake’), but nothing too exciting.

Drinks

JA Foods Mikan & Suntory Gokuri (Both Made in Japan)

I: I was a bit confused by my ‘pulpy mandarin drink’. It was definitely VERY pulpy and it didn’t taste like your usual citrus-juice-from-concentrate, but it didn’t taste much like fresh juice either.
I wasn’t too crazy about this, and would not buy again.

M: I had the pleasure of picking the grape soda which I knew I would like, because you can’t really go wrong with grape soda. It was nice, but it pretty much tasted exactly like all the other grape sodas I’ve had!

Numbing

Lays Numbing Spicy Hot Pot Chips (Made in China?)

I: YUM!! I’ve recently discovered (very belatedly as usual) the amazing flavours of Sichuan and these chips channeled these flavours quite nicely (though more garlic would always be appreciated on my end). Different, flavourful, addictive. Definitely my favourite of the lot, though I wish I had been more successful in posing with the fake mouth on the packaging.

M: I wholeheartedly agree with the above sentiments! While I wouldn’t go so far to say these were numbing, these were incredibly addictive and the only negative I’d have to say is that the packet sizing is way too small!

Mochi

Pie Cookies with Mochi (honey butter flavour) (Made in Taiwan)

M: When I saw these on the shelf, I immediately grabbed them because I hadn’t seen such a concoction before!? The cookie was quite dough-y and while it didn’t really remind me of a cookie per se, I found myself enjoying the texture of the overall cookie and ate another one shortly after.

I: So this was a bit new because it involved mochi in a chocolate chip cookie, and it tasted exactly like mochi in a chocolate chip cookie. I guess the fact that the chocolate chip cookie had to accommodate a piece of mochi in the middle meant that textually it had to be more cakey – I prefer cookies that are thin and chewy so I think in future I would probably just have a chocolate chip cookie and some mochi separately. Good novelty value though – and brownie points for thinking outside the box (or, in this case, inside the cookie)!

Orion Baked Potato Snacks (Made in Korea)

I: Potato chips, but blander. More like potato crackers? I believe these were not fried, so what you lose in taste value, maybe you gain in health points? Or so I’d like to believe, because I would probably only eat these when feeling too guilty about eating actual potato chips. I hear they are good with ketchup, though, so maybe some room for further exploration …

M: Interestingly I did not enjoy these on first bite, and as you just learnt, neither did Irene. However, since Irene kindly donated the rest of the packet to my household, I felt obligated to eat another packet the following day and although bland, its true potato taste became quite addictive the more I ate! My mum also really enjoyed these and it wasn’t too much later that I returned to KFL to purchase another box.

Milk Pudding

Milk Pudding Cake / Gyunyu Purin Cake (Made in Japan)

I: With the glossy exterior and ‘pudding’ in the name I thought these cakes would be a lot more creamy? Or soft and cottony – like a Japanese souffle cheesecake in texture. They were actually more of a sponge cake, which was tasty but not as exciting and different as I’d hoped.

M: I’m not too sure why but when I saw these, they reminded me of Tokyo Banana. Unfortunately they did not taste nearly as nice as Tokyo Banana, but more reminded me of an Asian Twinkie. I also thought they would be creamy, but alas, a cute sponge cake it was!

Gummy

Konnyaku Jelly Grapes (Made in Japan)

I: THESE WERE WEIRD. They were oddly shaped and when I squeezed the package I had the impression that they had melted into liquid jelly blobs. When I opened one of the individually-wrapped packs I discovered that they were in fact solid with the shape of liquid jelly blobs, which was a bit weird. They also tasted a bit weird, which was disappointing because I usually love grape jellies! Maybe their extra collagen content caused this flavour dysfunction, but in future I will forgo the potential beauty effects and buy proper tasting grape jellies.

M: These were definitely different from the grape jellies that I am used to, and I am unsure whether if it was the hot day but I had to squeeze these out of the packet directly in to my mouth because they were so sticky to handle! I wouldn’t go as far as to say they were horrible, because I ended up eating the remaining jellies in the packet (common occurrence in this post??) but I wouldn’t bother purchasing these again.

As I come to the end of this post, it seems that Irene is a lot more picky about her snacks than I am, and that I became the one to eat the unwanted leftovers!

What’s the weirdest snack you’ve ever had?

Bruges by Boat

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Ash and I travelled to Europe recently and one of the cities we visited was Bruges in Belgium.
The city was incredibly charming and it was no surprise that Ashley and I fell in love with it very quickly, deeming it one of our favourite cities, despite being there for only a day.

One of the highlights of our trip was definitely taking the boat ride at night down the beautiful canals of Bruges. At €8 per person, it is something that we both strongly recommend doing if you are ever in this wonderful city!

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The boat tour was very enjoyable, and the idyllic ride really gave us a different view of Bruges.
Our guide was also very informative, pointing out different landmarks and explaining the history behind them. He also included some interesting personal information about some of the houses that we passed by too!

The water looked very calm, so much so that Ash had to go and mess it up by soaking his gloves and subsequently me as well…

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Belfort Van Brugge – The medieval bell tower in the centre of Bruges

While Venice is famous for their canals, I’d dare say Bruges was just as beautiful!
This holds true especially when you compare the bustling, touristy streets of Venice with the comparatively untouched beauty of Bruges.

I am very thankful that my European blogger friends, Mei and Elisa recommended Bruges to us!
Although I am quite sad that due to our decision of visiting Belgium over Netherlands, we unfortunately missed our opportunity to meet in person (after 7-8 years of knowing one another online!)

Netherlands is definitely a destination that we will visit the next time we head to Europe though.

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Ash and I pretty much knew nothing about this wonderful city, and so the trip definitely exceeded our expectations. We have even both agreed that it is a city we must revisit and to definitely allocate more time to explore it too.

If only Australia wasn’t so far away from the rest of the world!

What European country would you like to visit?