On April 15 Sultan Center (Souk Sharq) beckoned me yet again with its siren call and I ended up getting even more snackage! Honestly, I just wanted more of those Chips Ahoy! Brownie Filled Cookies, but couldn’t find any. So, I kinda’ went ham and overdid it with the other stuff. In my defense, they just had so many (relatively) new snacks!
My first (hence #1) Sultan Center Haulage of the year 2018 (I think I’m just going to title them by number from now on, much easier that way). Honestly, I just needed some Makeup Remover because mine was about to run out. I ended up getting a few personal care items, drinks, savory snacks and sweet snacks too. Unfortunately, not everything was a win.
It was towards the end of summer…
I was starving and I was in a spend-y mood (deadly combination). Now, despite the huge haulage (as evident by the photo above), I was actually very, very, very disappointed with the Shuwaikh branch of The Sultan Center! There were bugs having a party on all the exposed fruits and veggies, fridge doors were left open (meaning the frozen food items like burger patties, seafood, and whatever else were just left to melt), every single tub of ice-cream I picked up was sticky (gross!), the seal was broken on a lot of food items, other food items (an entire row of Lay’s Forno Lemon & Black Pepper Baked Potato Chips in the smallest size) had expired months ago (yet still remained on the shelves), the whole place was a mess! Some areas (with the most traffic) were relatively alright but for the most part, the entire place looked like a scene from Mad Max… lol imagine how much larger this haul would’ve been if I hadn’t been grossed out.
Okay, so I’d actually gone in to Marks and Spencer looking for a pair of fishnet tights (because apparently they were having a “moment” in fashion) but once I noticed all the Easter-themed snacks, the tights were long forgotten. As always, I took photos of everything the very next day (in proper daylight and everything) but I guess I never got around to blogging about them and 5 months later, here we are. The reason I’m doing this (still) is because I was mostly disappointed with almost everything I’d purchased in my previous Marks and Spencer Snack Haualage (here) except for the Green Chilli, Lime & Coriander Pea Snaps. Everything else had tasted off including the Polar Bear Pals Gummi Sweet and Jelly Stars (how do you mess up Gummi Candy?). I faced the same issue again with this haul. It’s either the flavor is off, or the texture is strange, or the scent is vile. There’s always something weird about M&S snacks. I mean once is a fluke but twice? I wish there was somewhere I could find reviews or something about Marks & Spencer snackage so I’d know what to keep an eye out for, or at least what to avoid. That’s why I feel honor-bound (lawl dramatic much?) to go ahead with this post regardless of how much time has passed.
I was at Ikea paying for my stuff at the cash register when I decided to check out their little grocery store (it was in my direct line of vision and I was parched). For whatever reason, I’ve never ever stopped there before until that day. I was delighted by the fact that they had several different variations of Apple Juice that were packaged in what appeared to be beer-bottles. They had Apple & Raspberry, Apple & Strawberry, and regular Apple Juice. Being apple-obsessed as I am, I bought one of each for myself to try out, and another one of each to take back home for whoever else was willing to give them a try. Apple & Raspberry was vile! Come to find out (I’d missed it on the tiny graphic) that it included a shot of mint (ugh!). Tricksy little hobbitses. Everything seemed legit at first but the aftertaste (mint) was horrible, for me at least. The regular Apple tasted nice but wasn’t anything special. The Apple & Strawberry however was everything! I’ve been purchasing Apple & Strawberry in bulk ever since, well, only when I happen to be at Ikea.
In theory, Mango Milk sounds delicious!
I was browsing the frozen drinks section at Sultan Center (Soug Sharq) looking for my favorite flavored dairy drink (so hard to find at the local co-ops) when I found these. *cue angelic music* Initially there were 6 but I drank 2, and then half of 2 more before eventually getting around to taking photos for my blog. There was also a lot of the behind-the-scenes drama (camera-related). I took so many photos only to find out that the SD card had been corrupted. Then the camera straight up died on me. I got a new camera which was so tiny and cute but it didn’t occur to me that I’d need to be able to actually see through the view-finder, as opposed to crossing my fingers and hoping for the best (as shown in my ChapStick Green Apple review – here). I finally got a new camera that’s pretty decent. Hopefully you will like the quality of the photos way better than the previous ones. That said, I’ve still got several upcoming posts that will include photos taken by my old camera (before it died obvi).