Please sign in to post.

Today's Costco run

Found in stock -- may be of interest to packers:
1) Costco-branded roller bag listed as 19" (21.5" with wheels and handle) for $49.99.
2) Sketchers Go Walk women's slip-on shoes for $29.99 (only in black or gray fabric) On my feet as I type.
3) Champion brand men's SmartTemp briefs, 3-pack on sale for $9.99. These dry overnight, road-tested on a recent 2-month trip.
And, of course, the 6-packs of Toblerone ... just because.

Posted by
2115 posts

Laura,
I had to Google...had never heard of Toblerone, which shows I have not (yet) been to Switzerland!! I hope they have the Dark Chocolate variety. Will be at Costco this weekend, so I'll check it out (and the shoes).
Thank you!

Posted by
6338 posts

Margaret, a specialty grocery may have Toblerone as well. We first encountered it in Poland many years ago, and my DH loves it. I have been able to find it here in an upscale grocery, as well as in a store that specializes in European goods, including chocolate. Which is a good thing, since that upscale grocery, a landmark in Tulsa since 1949, just lost its lease. Not that I'm carrying a grudge...

Posted by
1570 posts

Is Toblerone not widely available in the States? Its everywhere here, and in many sizes and varieties.

Posted by
683 posts

Toblerone is available from Amazon; now I'm tempted :-)

Posted by
14054 posts

I don't eat it but I think I saw it in RiteAid...noticeable because of the triangular box. I was curious and yes, it is on the RiteAid website! Since they have been acquired by Walgreens I'll bet Walgreens has it too.

Laura, was the roller bag a spinner or inline skate wheels?

Posted by
5697 posts

Andrea, yes, Toblerone is readily available here -- but at Costco the price is under $8.00 for a 6-pack of 100 g bars. Like many items at Costco, buying in bulk yields savings ... If you can use it all up. (And we certainly can use up Toblerone!)

Posted by
5697 posts

Pam, the suitcase has spinner wheels. Not sure whether it would meet requirements for carry-on for intra-European carriers, but should be fine for transatlantic flights. (I didn't have a measuring tape, so trusted the label which said 21-1/2")

Posted by
8723 posts

Ah, Toblerone chocolate bars. Oh the memories. College days, first trip abroad. Whirlwind tour with the then beaux. Amsterdam, Geneva, Zurich, Brussels, Copenhagen, Munich. London, and Paris. Don't recall where exactly I found Toblerone but it became the must have in the back pack. Even took them on the plane back to the States. They never made it. We preferred them to the meals on the flight.

Posted by
9103 posts

You can buy Toblerone anywhere: Walmart, any supermarket chain, drug stoes, gas station convenience stores, and of course the duty free shops at the airport for the Jumbo size;)

Posted by
1307 posts

Lauri. I used to buy Toblerone at Trader Joe's. (I am trying not to look any more!)
But if you wanted to bring some to our travel mtg tomorrow I promise "to" look, and not complain!

Posted by
528 posts

I was just in Costco and purchased a pair of Sketchers Go Walk. I had tried and tried to find a pair for my last trip, but sadly, never could find a pair that fit ( I have narrow feet). Saw these, and thought what the heck and gave them a try. To my delight, they were not too wide. So, I snagged a pair, in gray. I am thinking I might go back and get another pair. My motto has become, if it fits, flatters, and price is right buy multiples.

I will check out the briefs, however my husband wears boxers. Wonder if Champion makes them in the SmartTemp?

As to the candy, I agree, I have seen them just about everywhere. Now, if only I could find Pocket Coffee. Amazon has them, but in this heat, no way. World Market is supposed to have them, but our local does not carry them. Oh well, I will just wait for cooler temps.

Posted by
178 posts

Toblerone is readily available in the US. In fact, it's owned by Mondelez (Formerly Kraft) and manufactured in the US.

Toblerone (/ˈtoʊbləroʊn/; German: [tobləˈroːnə]) is a Swiss chocolate bar brand[1] owned by US confectionery company Mondelēz International, Inc., formerly Kraft Foods, which acquired the product from former owner Jacobs Suchard in 1990. It is produced in Bern[2] and in early 2000 was being produced in the United States by Ferrara Pan candy company in Bellwood, Illinois.[citation needed] Toblerone is well known for its distinctive triangular prism shape.

Posted by
6338 posts

Claudia: "beaux" plural?? Must have been some trip!

Posted by
1570 posts

Years ago we were on the London Walks Jack the Ripper walk and a little hatchback pulled up beside the crowd. The guy jumped out and yelled "Toblerones £1!". These were the giant ones. Poor Donald Rumbelow lost his audience for awhile.

Posted by
2115 posts

Laura,
I struck out at Costco today....bummer!!

The Nashville Costco only carries Toblerone during the holidays, I was told when I asked two employees, after I searched high and low. The shoes looked great, but no size 11.

I'll definitely check other places, because I've now gotta try Toblerone, not that I don't have enough chocolate here already. Chocolate is my weakness. Thanks for putting it on my radar screen, though. I consider it my "duty" to try it. And, my husband always enjoys a trip to Costco...we jokingly call it our Country Club!! It's the only place I can actually witness him line up for a little paper cup of the same yogurt he won't eat at home...LOL!!

Posted by
2528 posts

Until Toblerone arrives in Costco about the holidays, suggest Kirkland brand bits of dried mangoes coated in dark chocolate. A BIG hit with our German friends.

Posted by
11613 posts

Oh, the Pocket Coffee! My favorite before discovering Neuhaus chocolates.

Posted by
5697 posts

@MrsEB -- shoes are shown on Costco.com, but no number (3 or 4). Maybe they are made just for Costco??

Good to know that we're not the only ones doing "lunch" at the free sample tables.

Speaking of holiday chocolates -- those Kirkland truffles you can only get in December!! I try to stock up -- but they call out to me from the pantry so they are gone by Valentine's Day.

Posted by
2141 posts

Re Sketchers - just checked the website. You may be right about them being made just for Costco, but they look like the Go Walk 3 to me. I just bought a pair of 4's and they have a pointier toe. Love these shoes, version 2 was my favorite!

Posted by
6338 posts

Margaret, what shoes do you usually wear for walking? I ask because I also wear size 11, 11W in fact, and finding good shoes can be difficult. Heck, finding any shoes that big is difficult. I've become devoted to SAS. Comfortable, well made, made in the USA, and come in lots of sizes, including mine!

Posted by
2115 posts

Jane,
I have found come Merrells work for me, the kind with the Velco strap so I can tighten them. I have narrow feet. I just looked on their web site to tell you the model of the shoe, but appears they no longer make it....bummer. I used to LOVE their water-proof pandi model, owned three pairs of them. They discontinued it, and then I purchased one that looked similar (and then purchased a back-up pair of them, thank goodness). Now I'll have to hope they come up with something similar the next time I need shoes.

I love the Velco strap, because I can adjust it based on thickness of sock and what activity I am doing. My current pair is rather light in weight (nice for packing).

For a slightly (key word) dressier look, I've found the Acopedico shoes are good for lots of walking. When worn with black tights in the cooler season, one can even get away with wearing them to dinner out, etc. if it's not a dressy affair. But, they are also sturdy with decent arch support.

Both the Merrell and Acopedico brands have decent toe boxes (I think that's what it's called when one has some room to wiggle toes a bit) but the rest of the shoe is not way too loose (at least for my narrow foot).

Best I can suggest for a wide fit is to do the on-line searches. Is there a Foster's catalog or something in which I have seen wide sizes?

Posted by
1265 posts

I recently bought 2 pair of Travel pants at Costco for <$20 a piece. I used them on all my travels.

Posted by
6338 posts

Thanks, Margaret. I have tried several "better" brands, and most of them assume a narrow foot. (My dad used to tell me and my sister, when we were teens, that we should just throw away the shoes and wear the boxes! She topped out at size 10; I'm at 11 or occasionally 11.5.)

I'll check Merrells; there's a great family-owned shoe store here that carries them. But on the whole, I'm satisfied with SAS.

Posted by
67 posts

While I'm a big Skechers fan, I don't find the slip-ons comfortable for long-term walking. They feel good for every day wear around town but after a day of walking in London I couldn't wait to change them for something more supportive. I find their lace-up sneakers much more suitable for me if a lot of sightseeing is on the agenda for the day. The ones with the new "bounce" sole are incredibly lightweight and cushy. I just wish they came in subtler colors.