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What's this, three days in a row? (I have the tab with questions open so I'm less likely to forget! "Out of sight, out of mind" is a thing that is very much a thing with me.)

Anyway, [personal profile] troisroyaumes asked about latest new candy I've tried. The thing is, I actually can't remember the last time I tried a new candy. I probably have had something, but I'm just totally blanking.

I do try new snacks fairly often, though, so I will share some of those, including one I just had today! Today I tried Bourbon's Jaga Choco, which are chocolate-covered potato chips. They were tasty, but to be honest, I've had better. Koikeya has a chocolate-coated one in their Rich Cut line that I remember being nice and salty. I felt like these Bourbon ones were missing the salt.

I also tried Sanko Yuki no Yado Chestnut & Milk Cream yesterday. These, too, were not super wow great. I love the Yuki no Yado line, because it's such a perfect mix of sweet and salty, but so far other than the original, my favorite has been the green tea one. I like chestnut-flavored stuff all right, but this was just okay. (I didn't buy this one myself; my co-worker bought a bag and shared.)

...This is actually really difficult. D: Between me and my co-worker, we try a lot of new snacks all the time, but when I don't make a note of them I kind of tend to forget about it. :-/ Sorry if this was a disappointing topic! D: D: D:
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1. Did everything on my to-do list LIKE A BOSS.

2. A few days ago Irene noted that I sounded super quiet on Facetime and she could barely hear me. We assumed it was a bad connection or something, but tonight I randomly decided to play with the voice posts thingy and that was super quiet, too, so I was like ughhhhhh fuck is something wrong with my ipod??? Even though I bought it less than a year ago (though it's probably almost a year now, because it was an early birthday present), it was refurbished and not through Apple, so it didn't have a full year warranty, so if I have to take it to get fixed, it's not free. Bluh. Plus I don't want to waste time going to the Apple Store.

So I googled and after a lot of results that were not at all what I was looking for, finally found a thread that sounded similar and people suggested cleaning out the microphone hole with a toothbrush bristle or the round end of a needle. I tried poking at it with a toothbrush, but that did nothing, so I tried a needle and that got out quite a bit of stuff. I realised that the microphone hole is actually supposed to be quite a bit deeper than it was. Apparently it was filled almost to level with pocket grit. >_< Oops. So now it's better. I tested it with the voice memo.

3. I've gotten a lot accomplished and am tiredish, so hopefully if I go to bed now I can get to sleep without too much trouble. (I have work in the morning.) If not, I can always come home and nap afterwards.

4. I had a super delicious snack today! edamame cheese flavor Jagariko. *_* (Jagariko is a type of stick-shaped potato snack. Sort of like shoestring potatoes, but thicker than that.) Even on sale it's $1.98 for a tiny pack, though, so I probably won't be buying too many, but omg so good. SO GOOD. *_*

5. I got caught up on Korra!
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I saw these O'Zack Honey Mustard Onion potato chips on sale at work today and had to have them. I've seen O'Zack brand chips before, but never had any because they're not cheap. But they look so good, not just the flavor(s), but the texture of the chips. And I was right. They're very thin and crispy and super delicious. And the honey mustard onion flavor (an "American taste", according to the package) is really good.

Sadly the sale wasn't that great, a 2.4oz/68g bag for $1.98, so I doubt I'll be buying any more at this price, but it was a good choice.

I also tried out Koikeya's Chocolate Shitate Rich Cut Potato Chips. I've heard of chocolate potato chips before, and I like the salty/chocolate combination, like chocolate-covered pretzels, so I decided to try these even though they weren't on sale at all. They're tasty, but not something I'll buy again, and not just for the price. I found that I wanted both more chocolate and more saltiness. As you can see from the picture, they just have a couple lines of chocolate drizzled on (and only on one side of the chips), so there's not that much chocolate flavor.

They're also a smaller bag than the O'Zacks (2oz/58g) and were something like $2.48.
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Oishisa Hyakkei Shouga Senbei are the ginger senbei I mentioned the other day. I ended up buying another package of them so I could review them (and also because they are SO delicious).

Oishisa Hyakkei is a company that makes a ton of traditional snacks, and as such, their packaging is nothing exciting, relying on the fact that everybody already knows what these are and they don't need to sell the idea of them. But the package is also clear on the bottom half, so you can see exactly what's inside.

Whenever I see this sort of senbei in the store, I always think they look kind of like large, thick Frosted Flakes. The crackers are pretty much the same texture and flavor as fortune cookies, but coated with a strong ginger flavor. They're nice and crunchy and basically if you like ginger, you will like them.

The package claims there are three servings in it, but I have ended up eating the whole thing at once both times. ^_^;; Unlike the other snacks I've been buying, this wasn't on sale and at $1.98 for this small bag, it's really not something I should be buying often, so I will probably not get it again unless it goes on sale (alas).
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The back of the package claims that Karamucho Hot Chili Potato Sticks are the "no. 1 popular selling brand in the Spicy snack category in Japan". (Yes, in English. These are actually packaged for the US, so you might be able to find them more widely than just at import shops.)

The name is a combination of karai and mucho, meaning very spicy, and I definitely found them to be so. A bit too spicy for me, as I'm not that huge a fan of spicy chips. But they were tasty. Not sure I'd go out of my way to buy them again (I actually didn't buy these; Carla did), but I would eat them happily if I found myself with some.

This is a small bag (1.8oz/50g) and supposedly just one serving, but Carla and I each had half and that seemed like plenty to me. Shoestring potatoes are denser than if it were potato chips or something puffed, so I still felt like I was getting a lot. They were also on sale for 98 cents.
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I've decided to try something new at work at least once a week. The problem is it's often tempting to buy something and eat it there at work when I'm hungry, and then I can't review it. -_-;; Anyway, rather than doing them in batches as I usually do, I think I'll just post each review separately.

(Also I really need to change the tags from candy to snacks, because I definitely want to review things that are not today's!)

These Ikameshi Corn Snacks are made by Frito Lay, but alas, not something that will ever see the light of day in the US outside of import shops! People here don't seem to go for seafood-flavored snacks for some reason.

If you can't tell from the name or the packaging, these are squid-flavored crisps. They're not just plain squid-flavored, but squid with some sort of sauce (as seen in the picture), and the flavor is based on an ekiben (train lunch) from the town of Mori.

The crisps are made of puffed corn and are very crunchy. The flavor is, in a word, delicious. It's a strong squid flavor but I can also taste whatever the sauce is supposed to be. The package claims that compared to last year, they have 1.5 times as much squid powder to better approximate the flavor of the ekiben. I believe it! It's definitely not just a generic squid flavor. The one thing I don't like about them is they're very, very salty. I like salty things, but these are a bit on the too-salty side for me.

For an imported snack, they were pretty cheap. On sale for 98 cents. There are two servings per bag, but I ate a whole bag for lunch. :p After work, I bought another two bags (one of which I opened tonight to review) because I liked them so much.
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Except for the M&Ms and Kit Kats, these were all generously donated by [personal profile] pulchritude. Thanks, again! :D

All chocolate stuff this time! )
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I have had these collecting for months and months (at least since late last year sometime) and just never felt like editing and uploading photos. So 3W4DW seeemed like a good time to get off my ass and do that.

It's almost all US stuff this time, except for some chips from the British import shop and one Japanese Kit Kat. Oh, and some cookies Julie sent me from New Zealand. I think the bulk of these are from the 99 Cent Store, which always seems to have some interesting snacks.

I also decided to upload the photos to flickr this time instead of my website, and created a set for them (and future reviews).

Cut for lots of pics )

Candy post

Sep. 14th, 2009 12:45 am
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I've been writing reviews and photographing stuff as I buy it lately, since I noticed I was really unlikely to review anything unless I bought a whole bunch of candy/snacks at one time, which doesn't happen that often. So tonight I got a few more things from the 99 Cent Store and it seemed like I had more than enough for a post. Doing it little by little made it all seem like a lot less work, too, which was nice. :D

A random collection of things, mainly from Japanese shops and the 99 Cent Store )
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So we went to Cost Plus today and ended up buying $20 worth of candy and snacks (not as much as it sounds like, since most of it was pretty pricey), only one of which (Tim Tams!) I'd had before, so I figured I'd do another candy post. :D

om nom nom )

Candy post

Jul. 25th, 2009 11:14 pm
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It's been ages since I've done a candy post. I've had a couple new things recently, so today when we went to the 99 Cent Store, I deliberately looked for anything else that might be fun to review (they always seem to have an oddball selection), and found several things.

Mostly US stuff, but one Japanese one! )

Candy post

Mar. 9th, 2009 05:14 pm
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I have a whole drawer full of candy here piling up! Today I got yet another package from [ profile] kakeochi_umai, so I'm taking that as a sign to finally write it all up. Most of this stuff is Japanese, those there are a few American candies in there, too.

KitKat, Hi-Chew, 3 Musketeers, Reese's, and more )

So. Now we have a ton of stuff here, and I'm giving some away! I'm just going to give a few pieces to anyone who asks (everything is individually wrapped), so I can take quite a few requests. Here's what's on offer:

Soysauce KitKats
Muscat KitKats
Ume Hi-Chew
Strawberry cheesecake Hi-Chew
Aloe yogurt Hi-Chew
Brown sugar/umeboshi hard candy
Dark chocolate/cherry 3 Musketeers

Comment or email me at and let me know which you'd like (feel free to ask for some of each).
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When I was editing the photos from our walk, I finally decided to edit all the candy photos I had sitting around, too. This is mainly stuff from Germany and Australia, with one lone Japanese one we got recently at Mitsuwa.

Australian candy! )

German candy! )

Japanese candy! )
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So here's pics and reviews of the stuff [ profile] kakeochi_umai sent us, as well as some other stuff I had around the house. I think I sized my pictures smaller than usual this time, oops.

A bunch of wacky Japanese KitKats and some other stuff. )

I am also doing some giveaways along with the usual reviews, as 1. I am trying not to eat as much candy these days, and 2. some of it was not to my tastes. If you are interested in the Tropical Fruit Aero and/or the Kinako KitKat, just email me at with your address and I will send you a couple pieces (specify which you want, or if you want both, that's fine, too). I also have a limited number of Salt & Caramel KitKats I will be giving away (I liked those quite a bit, but I don't think I want the whole bag of them around), so if you want one of the other two and are also interested these, lemme know and I'll add one in. Last but not least, although I love them to death, there's the whole trying not to eat as much candy thing, so I am giving away one Cherry Mash. I am willing to ship outside of the US, since they're small and shipping won't be that much, except for the Cherry Mash, which is heavier, so US only for that. First come, first served.
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Wow, there was so much awesome candy in my package from [ profile] tardis80. I am almost thinking of braving Koreatown to see if I can find any of it here. Or maybe I'll google and see if I can find some Korean markets that are not actually in Koreatown. (It is in Mid-Wilshire, which is pretty much the worst location ever, traffic-wise, and I'm not sure even delicious candy can lure me there.)

Details on the deliciousness behind the cut!! )


In other news, I had to go over to my mom's yet again today. *sigh* I think this is the last of it... They got the new version of WordPerfect today that I ordered for them last Friday, and Tom installed it and forgot that I'd told them it needed an update patch from the website. So my mom called me saying it wouldn't work. I emailed her the link to the update patch on the website and told her to have Tom download it and run it. She calls me back a bit later and says it's still not letting them copy and paste anything and can I please come over and fix it. So I did.

Turns out the problem? Is that Tom was still clicking on the shortcut for the ancient version of WordPerfect, not the new one. *headdesk* So I deleted all the shortcuts to the old version (I could not for the life of me find where in Vista to uninstall programs, and they have a 500 GB hard drive, of which they are not going to use even a tiny fraction of, so no hurry to get it off, so long as they can't access it) and put a shortcut in the toolbar for the new one and now they are good to go. Of course the new WordPerfect automatically opens the window to a new directory instead of the old My Files it used before, so I also had to move all their files from My Files to this new directory... (You can supposedly change the default directory, but it was not working for me, so whatever. I moved them.)

But man, I would really like to go over there at some time and clean things up. Vista makes things even messier and weirder than XP out of the box and while it doesn't bother them because they use just a few specific things that they know exactly where they are, it is a pain trying to find stuff when they want me to fix things.

Anyway, so yeah. Computer tip: if you install a new program because the old version wasn't working, it helps to actually USE THAT NEW PROGRAM or you will find you have the same problems as before... :p

Other than that, I have actually been productive, whoo! Got another Reborn! doujinshi translated. Might try to do a few pages of the Samurai Troopers manga or the BL novel I have on my to-do list, too.

Also look for a music post later tonight or tomorrow! I kind of want to do a Utada Hikaru favorites as I've been listening to her all afternoon. But if nothing else I'll do another of the alphabet posts. Any suggestions on what letter I should do next? Check the tag for which letters have already been done.
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A couple weeks ago we got a package of Japanese KitKats from [ profile] kakeochi_umai. I am always amazed at how many new flavors of KitKat Japan can keep pumping out. Seriously, there seem to be several new ones every month.

6 new KitKats! )

And sorry, but my server seems to be having problems at the moment (it stopped responding a few minutes after I uploaded the photos), so if you can't see the pics, that's why. Hopefully it will be back up, too. Of course this happens right when I make photo and music posts...


Dec. 17th, 2007 05:38 pm
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Oh man, these were all so good! The last few KitKats I've had have been unimpressive. I wasn't thrilled with the caramel-flavored (not even actual caramel, just flavor!), the chestnut (though Bruce loves those), or the vanilla bean, but these, mmm! Even the flavors I was suspicious of were good!

With pictures! )
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1. I have cheap candy corn.
2. I have the new episode of Stargate: Atlantis to watch.
3. I have nine volumes of Prince of Tennis to read.
4. Thursday we went to the Mitsuwa downtown and I got tuna onigiri and curry doughnuts. Also some yummy snacks reviewed below.
5. I don't have a huge deadline hanging over my head!!!!!!!!
6. I have been incredibly productive over the past couple days.

Pocky, Pretz, Hi-Chew )


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