Review: Fanta Grape Baby Star Noodles

Fanta Grape Babystar Noodle Snack

Yep, you read that right-  Fanta have collaborated with Baby-Star to create grape soda flavoured dried noodle snacks. Japan certainly know how to create unique flavour combinations, don’t they? (≧◡≦)

These limited edition noodle snacks are available in both grape and orange Fanta flavours, which sound like equally bizarre noodle flavours to me. I went for grape variety as I figured if nothing else at least purple noodles would look prettier than orange ones!

I picked these up from Napa Japan, who I would highly recommend if you’re looking for unique, unusual or limited edition snacks at a great price. They have a fantastic selection that updates regularly and their shipping is both reasonably priced and reliably quick, they’ve become my go to store for the harder to find snack releases. If you sign up to their newsletter you get promo codes for free snacks, last time I placed an order I got watermelon cookies, neri-ame candy, soda Hi Chew and ume chewing gum added in for free with a $15 spend (plus 5% off my order total) so it’s worth signing up if you plan to shop there in the future 。^‿^。

Fanta Grape Noodles

You have to admit, the wavy purple noodles really are pretty! Question being, do they taste as good as they look?

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Unboxing & Review: Zenpop Ramen Pack (Tastes of Japan)

Zenpop Ramen Pack Tastes Of Japan

An exciting one today, this is my very first instant ramen pack from Japan! \(^▽^)/

I’m sure you all remember how impressed I was with the last two Zenpop packs I reviewed, after discovering how delicious the noodles from the ramen + sweets mix pack were I just had to try more noodles. I didn’t have long to wait as this box arrived in just 7 days, that’s amazingly fast for Japan-UK post! o(>ω<)o

What is the Zenpop Ramen Pack?

  • 9 or more Japanese instant noodle bowls
  • $29.50 per box including free worldwide shipping
  • One off box purchase, no subscription necessary

Japanese instant noodles are much higher quality than the ones you can get here in the UK and feature much more interesting and authentic flavours. Zenpop’s ramen packs include a range of unique flavours from different brands and include hard to find, limited and regional noodle pots. The packs change often so click here to see what the current theme is. I’ll be showing you the Tastes of Japan pack in this review, which debuted in May 2017 and included 9 bowls of ramen plus a bonus pair of chopsticks.

Zenpop Chop Sticks

Ramen not your thing? Don’t forget Zenpop do beauty, stationary and sweets packs too, you can see their full range here. I actually bought one of their beauty boxes recently and will be uploading a review soon, do check back if you’re interested 。^‿^。

Okay, let’s get to the ramen~

(by the way, please excuse the really awkward chopstick shots… I had to hold the chopsticks in my left hand to take the photos and I really can’t use them with my left hand! x_x)

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Unboxing & Review: OyatsuBox May 2017

OyatsuBox Unboxing & Review May 2017

When I started typing this post up (last week, last month? A while ago!) I was going to tell you all that I was slowly catching up on my unboxings, that I was about done with my May boxes and, shock, even looked set to be publishing my June posts IN JUNE.

(Who was I kidding, expect them in July. Maybe.)

Then my partner threw a spanner (or should I say spaniel) in the works by bringing home this absolute cutie:

Fudge

Now on the plus side, we’ve got a dog! On the minus (in terms of blogging, because this isn’t really a minus), my time has very much been taken up with said dog so all the catch up progress I had made is pretty much redundant. Plus my photography space is currently out of action from the last minute dog proofing around the house (as in, take everything and pile it in the spare room) so my as of yet un-photographed July boxes are going to have to wait until that is sorted. Shouldn’t take long though ^_^

There’s also the more amusing issue of my dog’s cardboard box fascination, every time I open a box she jumps right in (crushing anything left inside) and makes herself a little bed:

Doggo Unboxing- wm.jpg

Doggo unboxings anyone? ^_~

Once the dog settles in and I get my work space sorted out I’ll push to get on top of posting again, until then I hope you guys don’t mind slightly behind unboxings!

Now, on to the actual unboxing. Today I’ll be talking about the May OyatsuBox, which has a Japanese Festival theme 。^‿^。

OyatsuBox May 2017

OyatsuBox have changed up their leaflets again, we’re back to the larger tri-fold format. I’m sad that people didn’t seem to enjoy the postcard format as much, I guess maybe for some it was too much of a hassle to go to the dedicated link to get the detailed snack information? I don’t know, I really enjoyed them anyway. They make wonderful wall decorations! The new leaflets have more information and still feature awesome photos, they are like a cross between the original leaflet and the photographic postcards so hopefully this version can please everyone 。^‿^。

Now, lets see what’s inside~

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Unboxing & Review: TokyoTreat April 2017 (2nd Anniversary Edition)

TokyoTreat Unboxing & Review April 2017

I know it’s late now, but happy second anniversary TokyoTreat! ☆*:.。.o(≧▽≦)o.。.:*☆

There have been some big changes to the TokyoTreat service, first up is a brand new box design! The shape is totally different and the box is much sturdier, you can pick it up with one hand now rather than two which makes it MUCH easier to handle. I’m sure my Post Man appreciates this change!

Here are a couple of comparison photos to let you see how the old box and new box look side by side:

Box comparison 1
Box comparison 2

The graphics have had a total make over too; the inside, back and sides of the box feature cute stylized snacks and drinks:
TT new box

Visually and practically speaking I am very pleased with the new design. It may not look it but the new box is bigger on the inside, which leads to the next change; each box size will now feature more snacks for the same price! How awesome is that? The premium box will now contain 18 snacks, including one traditional wagashi snack and a 5 piece dagashi bag.

What’s a dagashi bag you say? Glad you asked! Each month we will receive a mystery bag containing 5 dagashi snacks. This is the dagashi bag from the April box:

Dagashi Bag

And here are the snacks unwrapped:

Dagashi Bag Open

I’m not going to go into lots of detail on the dagashi bag this month because I’m already worried this post is going to be huge after talking about the changes ^^;

This month the dagashi bag included a bag of yakisoba sauce flavoured corn puffs (delicious), a large chocolate coated corn puff (good), a pizza flavoured umaibo (gross in a delicious way as most umaibo are), a pack of pudding flavoured mochi (utterly amazing, tasted just like custard pudding but with a jelly filled soft mochi texture) and a pack of rice crackers with a sachet of strange sauce that is much better for drawing faces with than it is for eating, but that tastes fine in small quantities (if anyone can tell me what that sauce is I’d love to know!). All in all a great variety, I was impressed that there was nothing as noticeably cheap or poor quality as I expected. I think I’ve been too critical of dagashi in the past! Or maybe I just had some bad examples? Anyway, the dagashi bags are a really fun addition (especially since the price didn’t go up to include them!).

Other changes involve faster shipping when you sign up as TokyoTreat now ship everyday, great news for new subscribers, and general improvements to the website and customer portal.

Phew! What a lot of change! All very exciting, it’s great to see services getting bigger and better over time. I’m particularly excited for the wagashi snacks, can’t wait to see what traditional snacks TokyoTreat can find for us 。^‿^。

Now, please do read on for the actual unboxing ^_~

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Unboxing & Review: OyatsuBox April 2017

OyatsuBox April 2017 Unboxing + Review

Oh my, it’s been a long time since I posted an OyatsuBox unboxing! I’ve still been subscribed and have really enjoyed all the boxes so far this year. Oyatsu seem to have been super busy behind the scenes as they now have both a UK store and a special Okinawa store (both very exciting!) as well as a new, bigger warehouse which I believe they are moving to this week. I’m so happy to see Oyatsu Cafe expanding! o(≧▽≦)o

My May box arrived last week but I figured it’s not too late to do a quick unboxing for the April box first. I’ve skipped too many great boxes this year, I don’t want to skip any more 。゚・ (>﹏<) ・゚。

OyatsuBox April 2017

Let’s see what is inside the April edition~

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Unboxing & Review: Zenpop Ramen + Sweets Mix Pack

Zenpop Ramen + Sweets Mix Pack

Those who read my last post about Zenpop (here if you missed it) may remember I mentioned buying a second pack before I even finished reviewing my first one, I was so impressed. Well, here it is! This is the debut Ramen + Sweets Mix Pack, released February 2017. You can view details of the current mix pack here and all other Zenpop packs here.

Honestly I like the look of all the packs Zenpop offer, but for me this one stood out for its incredible value; for $24.50 you receive 2-3 noodle bowls, 6-8 snacks and free international shipping. Considering how much it costs to import these ramen noodle pots or subscribe to dedicated noodle subscription boxes I think this pack is a great way to go if (like me) you’re on a budget and want to try both interesting noodles and interesting snacks. After all, why choose one when you can get both? 。^‿^。

The theme for this debut pack is Salty + Sweet, which is one of my absolute favourite flavour combinations when snacking. Don’t forget that the beauty of Zenpop’s boxes lies in the fact that you don’t have to commit to a monthly subscription, you are able to dip in and out and buy only the boxes that interest you. The item description tells you some of the items included and gives teasers for the rest so you can figure out most of the items before you buy, which is both useful and exciting to me. No mystery means no let downs after all, plus you get the hype from knowing what goodies are on the way rather than wondering if you’ll like the items you’ve just paid for. I couldn’t wait for this box to arrive knowing it had matcha potato chips in it o(>ω<)o

Zenpop Ramen + Sweets Mix Pack Unboxing + Review

Let’s have a look at what was included in the debut pack~

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Unboxing & Review: TokyoTreat March 2017 (Sakura & Matcha)

TokyoTreat Unboxking & Review

I can’t believe it’s almost May and I haven’t done a TokyoTreat unboxing since December, I’m so behind! つ´Д`)つ

It’s been a bad few months in our household, so much so I just haven’t had the time or energy necessary to sit down and write a blog post.  I’ve still been subscribed to TokyoTreat and OyatsuBox (great boxes so far this year) and actually had a couple of other boxes I wanted to write about, sadly time has flown by and I just don’t see the point writing about boxes from months ago. The bad times have to pass sometime though, hopefully things will be looking up and I can get back into unboxing/reviewing regularly from now on.

So, on to the March TokyoTreat box!

The theme for March is Sakura & Matcha. I loved the last matcha themed box TokyoTreat did so naturally I was very excited when I saw the theme reveal. This is actually the last box we’ll be receiving in this style as TokyoTreat have made some pretty exciting changes to both the box itself and the contents. Bye bye big square boxes! I’ll be talking about those changes in my next TokyoTreat post, since my April box has already arrived and it’s the first of the new boxes.

TokyoTreat Sakura & Matcha

Read on to see what matcha/sakura treats TokyoTreat picked for us this month:

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