Golden Island Jerky
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Company website: www.GoldenIslandJerky.com

Have you tried jerkies by Golden Island? I see them occasionally at Costco. I usually see one flavor at a time. They sell jerkies with exotic & unique flavors such as Kung Pao Beef & Korean Barbecue Pork. They are tender and rich in flavor.

Their jerkies are handcrafted in small batches – according to their website. 

I wondered about how they tasted. Then I received these samples. I can’t describe the taste with words – but they are all very nice. My favorite is Kung Pao beef. If I see them at Costco I will buy some.

Most jerkies in the market have a similar taste. They have a common theme going on. But, Golden Island sells jerkies with unique tastes that if I have a craving for Kung Pao beef, there will be no substitute for it.

If you are a jerky lover who likes Asian & ethnic taste, these may be a special treat for you. You can see them occasionally at Costco.

Look below for pictures and my quick reviews on each product.

Grilled Barbecue – Although I enjoyed it, this tasted more “Common” to me.


Korean Barbeque (Pork) – Very nice and exotic (different)


Sriracha (pork) – Very nice and exotic (different)


Kung Pao (Beef) – Perhaps my favorite of them all. It’s exotic, spicy (not very spicy), and has a rich ethnic taste. Look at all that peppers. It doesn’t taste like anything I’ve tasted before. I liked it a lot. I want some more.

Vizio Sound Bar at Costco (SB4051-C0 40) – Pre-Thanksgiving
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* This purchase pays for your Costco membership.

I bought a Christmas gift for myself at the Costco website.

Vizio SB4051-C0 40″ 5.1 Bluetooth Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer.

Vizio Soun Bar  Costco Saving

This Vizio Sound Bar is on Costco’s Pre-Thanksgiving flyer. It was $199.99 after an $80.00 discount.

This Vizio Sound Bar sits behind my TV that I can barely see it there. The subwoofer is hidden on the floor behind the TV. My TV remote controls the volume of the Sound Bar. Music channels sound amazing with this. And this is loud.

As a TV lover, this soundbar dramatically improves my lifestyle. I am really enjoying this.

FYI: I still haven’t installed the satellite speakers.

Vizio Sound Bar SB4051-C0 - Costco

Costco’s Vizio Sound Bar circled. Sitting behind the TV.

I came a long way. When I first started my blog, I had a 9 inch TV in my living room.

Costco Coupons May 7 – May 31, 2015
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*NUBZ dog chew review.

Costco coupon book is out. I see a lot of good stuff to buy this month.

If you are a dog owner, check out NUBZ (edible) dog chew. I have a few bags of these that the PR people sent me. I gave these to 8 dogs so far. All 8 dogs loved them. It’s supposed to be good for their teeth. So far all 8 dogs went crazy over NUBZ even before I took it out from the package. Since then, I gave NUBZ to the same dogs a few more times. They all enjoyed NUBZ every single time. Cute…

They are $4 off during this coupon period. 

Click below link to view coupons – thanks to adamcos.com

http://www.adamcos.com/Costco/20150507.php

Product Review – Water Ridge Kitchen Faucet
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February 1, 2015 – after 2 weeks of use.

  • This kitchen faucet by Water Ridge is good for what you pay ($78.99). The pull-out feature & spray features function OK. Installation was easy. It works for me, but this is not for rich people.
  • Money to value score: 91%
  • Satisfaction score: 89%
  • Regret score: 0%
  • Complaints: (The faucet is good overall. I’m just being picky).
    • The faucet feels lighter than it should. It doesn’t feel solid, heavy, and expensive. You may even say it feels (somewhat) flimsy.
    • It lacks precision in water flow control. Control is OK/good, but not great. I bet expensive faucets provide better control (precision).
    • I cannot use the spray at low flow.
    • It comes with 1 sinkhole cover. But, I can see many people would need the second sinkhole cover.
  • Rich men score: I would buy a better faucet if I made $250K / year
  • I don’t understand the bad reviews – maybe I have a low standard? Or maybe I need to give it more time? we’ll have to wait and see. So far, I am happy with it. My kitchen looks better. I enjoy my time in the kitchen more.

Water Ridge (WaterRidge) Costco kitchen faucet

Water Ridge (WaterRidge) kitchen faucet

Costco Reusable Shopping Bags. Finally
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I finally found reusable shopping bags. I’ve been looking and waiting for Costco shopping bags for over 2 years. I finally found them! Son of a dad, I found them.

The bags don’t say “Costco” anymore. They have a generic design.

They had 2 different bags.

  1. Insulated bag – $6.49 for each bag. It’s large.
  2. Old-fashioned bags – Pack of 4 (2 large & 2 medium) – $4.69/pack

The search is finally over. I bought plenty. Now I can start giving away the bags. When I bring gifts or something to my friends, I tell them to “keep the bag.” And they love it. Everyone loved the bag. They are so practical.

I like the insulated bags. I think $6.49 is a very good price.

Costco Shopping.  July 3, 2011

Costco Shopping Bag, New

These are regular shopping bags. Large size in the front, medium size in the back.

Costco shopping bag insulated

Insulated Shopping Bag – Big and practical.  I like it.

 This is the insulated bag.

Updated 2021 – I still use the insulated bag.

Ruta Maya® Organic Cubita® Coffee Dark Roast – Better than Starbucks
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This is official. Cubita coffee is far better than Starbucks French Roast. This is my personal opinion, so do not trust me 100% or get angry at me. But I cannot drink Starbucks anymore. It’s that good. Honestly.

As far as I’m concern, I will no longer purchase Starbucks French Roast. I have finally found a replacement for Starbucks French Roast. Unfortunately, I’ll have to spend more money. For that, I learned to make less coffee. I used to make 2.5 cups of coffee every day. Now I make 2 cups of coffee every day. 

(Below is my older post from a week ago )

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I’ve been searching for the coffee that will replace Starbucks for a few years.

One of my visitors informed me about Ruta Maya® Organic Cubita® Coffee. You can only buy them from the Costco website, not at the warehouse. Amazon also sells them, but they are very expensive there.

This coffee is excellent.  It’s strong and smooth (not bitter). Starbucks French Roast is bitter.

 

Fruit and Nut Medley
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I try to eat healthy. So, instead of candy, I try to eat Fruit & Nut Medley by Kirkland Signature. 

Fruit and nut Kirkland

Fruit and Nut Medley comes in a 56oz bag for $12.28

It contains the following food items.

  • Peanuts
  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Apples
  • Kiwi
  • Mangoes
  • Papaya
  • Pineapples
  • Strawberries
  • Bananas
  • Cherries
  • Golden Raisins

It’s Kirkland Signature (good quality food) I enjoy them too much.

2 Pancake Mixes – Regular & Fancy
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Costco carries 2 pancake mixes.

  • Coach’s Oats – MultiGrain Pancake Mix
    4 pound – $7.79     $1.95 per pound
    Fancy grains, need to mix egg & water.
  • Krusteaz – Buttermilk
    10 pound – $5.49    $0.55 per pound
    Regular mix (still very good) – just add water.
  • Syrup used – Kirkland Signature Maple Syrup – $19.79

costco pancake mix
2 pancake mixes from Costco

I didn’t know which pancake mix to purchase, so I got them both. But I had a higher expectation on the expensive yet smaller pancake mix by Coach’s Oats. Per pound, the MultiGrain Pancake Mix was 4 times more expensive than Buttermilk.

Krusteaz Buttermilk (cheaper, bigger one) has a classic pancake house taste. This is a solid, good pancake mix.

Coach’s Multigrain Pancake mix is different. You may find this too fancy for your taste. I can tell this pancake mix is a high class with a lot of grain. It’s grainy and breaks down easily. This doesn’t have that classic taste. It’s a very good pancake mix.  It’s richer and fancier compared to Buttermilk. But if you crave that classic pancake-house taste, this is not for you. 

Personally, I am happy I got them both. My next purchase will be the Krusteaz. I like the price, taste, and that it doesn’t require an egg to prepare.

Costco Tote Bag, shopping bag
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Costco tote bags are must-have items. If you don’t own them, you are missing out.

They sell three bags for less than $5.00. It’s roughly $1.50/bag. (April 2008)

At first, I thought Costco’s tote bags were supposed to be free for the members. But if you think about it, $1.50 for a bag is a good price.

Costco Tote Back, shopping
Costco Tote-Bag. Simple design with hand straps and shoulder straps

Look at the above picture. Those three bags contain the following items (carrots (10lb), potato (10lb), large watermelon, lemon (5lb), beef jerky (x2), cereal, bread (x2), shampoo, vitamins (x2), yogurt (18pk), tuna (16pk)

With Costco tote bags, a fit person can carry all those items in one trip (I did). Try doing this with any other shopping bags or boxes from Costco. It’s impossible to carry all that with conventional methods. It’s worth investing a few dollars in these bags. If you live in an apartment, this is a must.

I bring these bags to Costco when I shop, so the cashiers would put items in the bag.

Show this bag to your family and friends, I guarantee they would like to have some too. I’ve already given some out. I had to buy some more.

Why I like Costco tote bags.

  • Convenient 
  • Save time
  • Save the environment
  • You don’t have to take boxes from Costco (more trash).
  • They can carry items from different stores. Most stores have small bags. You often need big bags like these.

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