Eat with Melody & Irene: Giant Pocky!

Hello hello! If you follow my instagram, you would know that I went to Japan earlier this year with Ash. Being the food-crazy person I am, I came home with a suitcase and 8kg shipped package filled with snacks hehe. While I have heard not so great reviews about the Giant Pocky …it was too much of a novelty not to pass up.

So here’s another Eat with Me post, featuring one of my coolest friends, Irene ♥ Her thoughts and opinions will be coloured in purple. 

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For those travelling to Japan, you can buy Giant Pocky at the Glico Store, located at Tokyo Station. I definitely recommend checking out Tokyo Station to see all the wonderful and delicious souvenirs you can buy. I actually visited Tokyo Station alone, as Ash was too busy exploring Nakano Broadway, so I had no one to control my crazy shopping spree hehe. It was definitely awkward carrying so many bags on the train ride back woops.

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From left to right, we have Chocolate, Melon, Grape, Strawberry and Matcha. All pretty normal flavours hey?

As you can see, the giant pocky are individually wrapped in colours that represent the tasty flavours inside. You get 3 of each flavour, so there’s a total of 15 Giant Pocky in a box! Keep that in mind if you were planning on sharing it or not!

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First up, Grape and Matcha! Of course, the Matcha was delicious and reminded me of the good ol’ normal sized versions. Except with considerably more biscuit in a bite.

Grape tasted just like someone had taken a grape candy, melted it, and then dipped a pocky biscuit stick into it. Which wasn’t altogether a bad thing, once you got over the slight strangeness of a ‘grape biscuit stick’. While I agree with Irene, I actually really liked the unique flavour of Grape instantly – although this may be because I love grape candies too heh. The grape pocky was tangy, and also had tsubu tsubu on it, which are like little clumps of (?flavour) over it which gave the pocky an interesting texture.

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Next we have Chocolate and Strawberry, both which are flavours that are already quite well known. Like matcha, both of these taste like their regular sized versions, just in jumbo size and more biscuit. The strawberry pocky also had tsubu tsubu, which always gives it an extra layer of texture and taste! I definitely always prefer pocky that have tsubu tsubu over any smooth coated one.

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Finally, we have the strangest flavour in the box …melon!

Melon was the same as Grape – it tasted exactly how it was meant to, and was quite nice, though after trying it it became clearer why matcha, chocolate and strawberry were the standard flavours. This definitely wasn’t one of my favourite flavours, but as Irene said, it tasted how it was meant to – fruity and melon~y.

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So there you have it – 5 different flavoured pocky in jumbo size! Would I buy them again? Probably not for self consumption, but maybe as a novelty gift or souvenir to bring back from Japan! As the matcha, strawberry and chocolate (not sure about grape) are all readily available in Australia in regular sized form (which is definitely more of a convenient size for snacking), I think I’ll just with that for now!

Overall, a very exciting foray into the exciting world of pocky variations.

PAX AUS 2015

Belated but it doesn’t matter because all PAX events deserves a post.
As always, Ash and I attended 3 days and learning from 2014’s mistakes, stayed until closing each day. We endeavoured to do everything we wanted so that we would have no regrets when PAX inevitably ended. This of course meant that I got terribly sick by the end of it, but thank goodness I planned ahead and took the Monday off work to recover haha.

outfits

 Outfits inc: Poprageous Comic Holster Leggins, Black Milk Cthulu Leggings & Black Milk Rainbow Space Invaders dress.

One of the highlights about PAX is the amount of things you can do. There’s heaps of different games to try out – from new releases, indies, work in progresses, and table top games.  And you can even get to speak to some of the game designers themselves.  There’s a whole room filled with free play video and table top games. There’s many different panels with awesome topics to check out. There’s amazing cosplays everywhere you go! There’s competitions and giveaways. There’s miniature painting workshops and so much more!

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While PAX is amazing and I’d say there isn’t much they could do to make it better, I will say they can improve on WHO is in the Exhibition Hall. Compared to 2014, there were a heap more computer developers AND the shops that sold them (eg. Asus and Harvey Norman?!) taking over this area, and while I can understand why they would be there, it seemed like all we could see no matter where we looked were promotions and giveaways. I definitely would prefer to see more video and tabletop developers at PAX. Hopefully that will change this year!

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The signs at PAX always say ‘Welcome Home’, and it truly feels like that when you step in.
While I am not the biggest gamer myself, I feel that I am part of this ‘geeky’ culture and being amongst people who have the same interests as you always feels great. It’s only 5+ more months until PAX 2016, and it’s something I’m definitely looking forward to!

Happy Belated Lunar New Year

As per tradition, I took a Chinese New Year themed photo to celebrate the lunar new year!
However, considering I left for Japan about 3 days later and didn’t return to Aus until ~2 weeks later. I completely forgot about it and then days turned into weeks…and now we’re at the end of March! Haha. Either way, after some positive responses on twitter I decided not to let it go to waste, so here it is~

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Decided to hold some oranges (or are they mandarins? I don’t remember) to change things up a bit ♥
Only going to bother posting this one photo as it seems all the rest are in the same pose or blurry anyway haha.

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Apart from my first year of life, I grew up in Australia and to be honest, my family isn’t very ‘asian’ compared to others. We don’t follow many traditions or customs that other families do; and I am often shrugging my shoulders when someone says “you’ve never done yee sang?!” or even “you can’t speak Chinese!?” It just so happens that both my parents don’t really follow their Chinese ancestry as much as others do, and therefore neither do I! And so, as Chinese New Year is one of the only things we do celebrate (minimally as it is), it is always such a joyous time for me!

♥ →Happy Year of the Monkey← ♥