Disappointing Noodles – Deceptive Packaging

Annie Chuns Noodle Bowl package
Annie Chun’s Noodle Bowl Package

A few weeks ago, while grocery shopping, I purchased a couple of quick meals – the kind that you don’t have to keep refrigerated, or frozen. The kind that you keep on the shelf. This particular brand was Annie Chun’s Noodle Bowl, Teriyaki Flavor. The photo on the front of the box made the meal look super yummy! I was disappointed with the actual meal. Yes, it was easy to fix, just add a bit of water, and heat it in the microwave. Two things, however, were disappointing.

Noodle bowl reality
Annie Chun’s Noodle bowl Reality

The box was labeled “mild,” yet the “sweet and tangy Japanese style sauce” was so spicy, that my mouth was on fire! I only used about 1/4 of the sauce that was provided, but the sauce was very hot. The abundant veggies that were shown on the cover photo were almost completely absent – they were a dry powder that did not reconstitute well. I ended up eating only a couple of bites of it, then threw the rest away. I am providing you with a photo of the packaging, showing what the food supposedly looks like, and a photo of what I actually got!

Quite a difference, wouldn’t you agree?

Frustration with photos

About a year ago I got a new iPhone. (No, this is not a sponsored post, or endorsement of their product.) I had an old Blackberry Torch, and although I loved it, there just was not the modern types of apps available, or support available on the Blackberry Torch to meet my changing needs. I hated giving it up, but the charging port wasn’t working right anymore, and there just was no getting around it – I had to get a new phone. My friends were all encouraging me to get the newest iPhone. The reputation for great security convinced me to go with the iPhone instead of an Android. So far, it has been a challenge to learn how to use it, but I seem to be adapting. There is a learning curve, that is for sure!

My biggest frustration is with handling the photos & videos. There have been times when I wanted to email, or text, photos and videos that I had taken, but the file sizes were too large. I found this frustrating! A few times I managed to plug my iPhone into my desktop computer and move the photos to the hard drive of my desktop, which worked pretty well, most of the time. I liked freeing up the space on my phone!

Having said that, last night I realized that there were some photos that I had moved from my phone to my desktop that I would really like to have back on my phone – just for a day or two. I wanted to show the photos to someone that I was going to see today. Darned if I could copy those photos back to my phone! I tried everything I could think of doing, but nothing seemed to work. No, I have not tried contacting any support forum – I didn’t have time for that. So, the person that I wanted to see the photos ended up not getting to see them. Sigh…..

This Glass Keeps Its Cool – and Its Hot

Before I ordered this glass online, I saw a photograph of it, and a description. The explanation that it was double-walled, and insulated, made of a special glass, piqued my interest. The shape of the glass, with the contour that allowed for a hand to wrap around it comfortably, was an additional feature that appealed to me. Ever since the accident I was in several years ago that injured both of my hands, I have found it painful to use my hands to hold things. Maybe this glass would be easier to hold.

Given the option of several different sizes to order, I decided on the 12 ounce size. Most of the glasses in my cupboard are either 6, 8, or 16 ounces, and none of them are usually the “perfect size” for how much I actually want to drink! I thought that a 12 ounce size just might do the trick.

Serafino Glass (photo credit Linda Bradshaw)
Serafino Glass (photo credit Linda Bradshaw)

When the box arrived on the porch, I was very excited to open it and check out the glasses. Upon inspection of the outside of the box, I saw that the box mentions that it is oven safe, microwave safe, and freezer safe. The box does not say that it is dishwasher safe! Disappointed, I did some research on Amazon and saw that their descriptions of the glass indicate it is, in fact, dishwasher safe. I wondered why the box does not say that.

The first couple of days I had the glasses, I only used one. The same one, for everything I drank. Cold soda or milk, hot tea, hot chocolate. Never any condensation, never too hot or too cold. And, the glass did seem to keep the cold beverages colder longer than traditional glasses, and my hot beverages hotter longer than traditional mugs. The glass was never too cold, or too hot, to hold comfortably.

I really like how the glass looks. Very exotic! The size is perfect for the portions of drink that I enjoy. I washed the glass by hand for the first three days, and then I decided that I would put it through the dishwasher. I was afraid that it might not survive, but it did. Now I have run it through the dishwasher every time I wash the dishes, and so far the glass has survived just fine.

I noticed some of the reviews on Amazon were great reviews, and some were terrible reviews. Some claimed their glasses chipped, broke, or did not survive washing. I have not had this glass for months, I have only had it a couple of weeks. But, so far, so good. I like it. If someone were to ask me if I would recommend it, my answer would be “yes.” I don’t know where one can buy these locally – shopping options where I live are very limited, as I live in a rural area, and the stores that I would expect to carry it are over an hour’s drive from my house. That is why I order a lot of things online, instead of buying locally.

Necessary Evil

Had to do some grocery shopping today, and went to Wal-Mart. I’m not a big fan of shopping at Wal-Mart, but there is no place in this particular town that has better prices on most of the things that I need, and I am on a tight budget. Since I don’t drive anymore, it is a challenge to get people to take me shopping, and going to Wal-Mart is a “one-stop” shopping experience for the most part. (Except I don’t use their pharmacy – I don’t like waiting hours and hours when I can get my prescription filled in ten minutes or less at the Rite-Aid down the street!)

I like using their Savings-Catcher app on my iPhone – it really saves a lot of money. (Since I signed up for the Savings Catcher, it has refunded me over $141.00!) If you shop at Wal-Mart, I encourage you to use the Savings Catcher program! You can use it on your smartphone, or your computer (if you have Internet access.)

But I digress. I was disappointed today to find expired ham steaks in their meat department. I wanted to buy some ham steaks, and was looking for a brand that was not Smithfield Farms brand. I’ve seen some disturbing videos about Smithfield brand pork, (if you want to understand why, you can watch the YouTube Video below) and I’m trying to avoid buying that brand. I don’t know for sure that the other brands are better, but this video disturbed me on many levels, so I am trying to avoid supporting that company. Anyway, they had a different brand, but the freshness date had expired three weeks ago! There was a meat department employee nearby, and I called out to him. He came over, and I pointed out the expired meat, and he removed it from the case. I wondered how many people buy stuff like this without checking the freshness date on the package? I almost didn’t check the date, myself!

So, note to self – always check the freshness date on meats, dairy, eggs, etc at the grocery store! Even if it is a store other than Wal-Mart!

Mobile Payments and Banking Are Really Convenient

I just got a new iPhone 6 a couple of weeks ago! I resisted getting an iPhone for a very long time, as I loved my Blackberry Torch 9800 that I got several years ago. I loved the tactile, sliding keyboard, and I am uncomfortable with the keyboards that are part of the screen. I don’t want to use a stylus, and my fingers are clumsy when I try to type the keys I often hit the wrong keys!

But I have to admit that I am enjoying the convenience of the Wells Fargo app that lets me deposit checks online. I’ve also started to use the Wal-Mart Savings Catcher app with my iPhone – that is really convenient! I’m starting to learn more about Mobile Payments and Banking, and have learned a great deal from this infographic that I found on the website by Ohio University Online. I thought that maybe if I put it here on my blog, I could reference it easily in the future, and maybe someone else might read it and learn something too!