Sultan Center (Shuwaikh) Collective Haul

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.

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Lay’s Forno Lemon & Black Pepper Baked Potato Chips

During this past Ramadan, I was at Sultan Center (Souq Sharq) sniffing around for some late-night snackage. Despite all the Skittles, Haribo Worms, and all the other candy and chocolates (haulage here, here, here, and here) I actually prefer savory snacks over sweet snacks. Sure, I’ll crave something sugary (to eat) from time to time, but I’m always always always craving something savory (preferably salty or sour or both) especially Potato Chips (my all-time fave is Lay’s Salt and Vinegar Wavy Chips, reviewed here). As such, I was in the Potato Chips aisle when I noticed all these Forno Baked Potato Chips by the brand Lay’s.

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Marks and Spencer Snackage

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.

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Sultan Center Snacks Haulage

So yeah, I wasn’t joking when I said I primarily live on junk food. I’m always craving savory snacks or tart and sour candy. Normally, I find chocolate to be vile except when it’s “that time of the month” (aka Strawberry Season aka Shark Week) and even then, I’ll only have certain kinds. All of the above was purchased from Sultan Center (Souk Sharg) as per usual.

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Marks and Spencer Haulage


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Lay’s Salt and Vinegar Wavy Chips

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Lay’s Salt and Vinegar Wavy Chips was the one thing I could eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. As a matter of fact, whenever my family and I traveled for our summer vacation to Cyprus, that was pretty much all I ate. I’ve always love salty-sour snacks but this was different…

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Not only was it the perfect ratio of vinegar to salt in a potato chip but it also had texture! These chips were crinkle-cut yet wafer-thin. I’d polish off a large bag of Lay’s Salt and Vinegar Wavy Chips in lieu of a meal and wash it all down with a can of Mr Brown Iced Coffee.

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Unfortunately in Kuwait, we only had Kitco Nice Salt and Vinegar Chips which was a poor substitute for my favorite snack. They didn’t taste nearly as good as Lay’s. Not to mention the bags were usually half empty and they were always a few potato chips that were in the process of rotting (regardless of all the preservatives).

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I switched over to Pringles Salt and Vinegar Chips and although it can satisfy my cravings for salt, it’s just not the same. Let’s put it this way, my lips were a full shade lighter after. You know, that thing that happens when you’ve had too much salt… no? Just me then? Ok. Well, in any case, Pringles is too salty and I’m not a fan.

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The closest to Lay’s Salt and Vinegar Wavy Chips is Lay’s Salt and Vinegar Chips (shocking, no?) however it’s still not exactly the same. Texture aside, I’ve noticed that the taste of Lay’s Salt and Vinegar Chips differs from country to country. The one in Lebanon tastes almost as good as the one in Cyprus. I’m not sure if it’s because those two are neighboring countries or if it’s the ingredients. Sadly, in Kuwait, the taste differs from bag to bag. One will taste somehow “fresher” than the next. I mean, these bags are sealed and everything so I don’t know how they go stale but it happens, a lot. Maybe, it’s the heat? Also, like I said, they’re usually half empty, and as always some of the chips seem to be rotting.

That’s why Lay’s Salt and Vinegar Wavy Chips is, was, and always will be my favorite… even though I can’t seem to find it anymore (even online, hence the watermarked pic, soz).