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Kirkland Signature Lobster Bisque from Costco
Bowl of Kirkland Signature Lobster Bisque

My life got busy, and I haven't posted in a while, but I'm hoping to start up posting again. So this is a late review - I got this lobster bisque with my dad when it was on sale a couple months ago.

My dad ended up freezing the lobster bisque first because he didn't think we'd eat it fast enough, so this was warmed on the stove top from frozen when I had it. The preparation was pretty standard for a pre-made soup - just heat it up on the stove top until it's hot, stirring occasionally, or you can microwave it in a microwave-safe bowl, as well.

The consistency of the soup was good - not watery or super thick. I really liked the savory seafood taste. It wasn't overwhelming, but it did taste quite good. The lobster pieces were pretty small, and some pieces seemed a little dry. It also wasn't super filling, and I kept going back to get more. I haven't had much lobster bisque before, so I don't have much to compare it to, but it did taste really good overall.

Overall Rating:
Good
Food: Kirkland Signature Lobster Bisque
Source: Costco, Scottsdale, AZ
Rating: Good

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Box of Boudin Clam Chowder from Costco
Bowl of Boudin Clam Chowder from Costco

I received a request to review this clam chowder from Costco which worked out because I just got some the week before. By the way, if you thought it might come in a bread bowl since that's the picture on the box - it does not - the box just states that it's great with Boudin bread bowls. The clam chowder comes in two large plastic containers. I heated one of the containers of clam chowder in a pot on the stovetop per the directions on the box, however, you could also just microwave it following the directions, as well.

The consistency of the soup was fine - it wasn't too watery or goopy, and it had the typical potatoes and clams (with more potatoes than clams). The taste was OK - it had a creamy, savory clam chowder taste that was maybe slightly better than your typical clam chowder out of a can, but not by much. The main flavor of the soup was its saltiness, and it was too overwhelming for me... I couldn't taste much more than a salty cream taste. I noticed the ingredients also listed bacon, but I don't think I really tasted a bacon flavor (unless that was the saltiness I was tasting).

I've had clam chowder in San Francisco in a sourdough bread bowl, and it was much better. Even Sweet Tomatoes/Soup Plantation has clam chowder that is much better. I know there's a difference between being made fresh vs. preserved, but I still expected a better taste.

Overall, it was better than your average preserved clam chowder, but it was too salty for me. I wasn't able to eat more than one small bowl of it. Maybe it would have tasted better if I had eaten it from a bread bowl...

Overall Rating:
OK
Food: Boudin Sourdough Clam Chowder
Source: Costco, Tucson, AZ
Rating: OK

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Bag of Silk Road Foods Kimchi & Pork Dumplings from Costco
Inside of Silk Road Foods Kimchi & Pork Dumplings bag from Costco
Cooked kimchi & pork dumplings from Costco on a plate
Silk Road Kimchi & Pork Dumplings from Costco

My boyfriend and I noticed Costco started carrying these frozen kimchi & pork dumplings from Silk Road Foods. We've had other frozen Korean dumplings from Costco, so we decided to try these, too. The directions on the bag say they can be steamed, fried, or microwaved, so we prepared it the easiest way: three dumplings in the microwave for three minutes, covered with a damp paper towel. The bag also states these are "large" dumplings, but they aren't huge or anything: maybe about 2 inches x 2 inches (or maybe slightly larger).

The kimchi & pork dumplings were a little spicy, but I didn't really taste much of a kimchi flavor. It tasted more just like a spicy pork dumpling than a kimchi-pork dumpling. It sort of has a mix of savory Korean flavors, but it mostly just tasted salty to me. They were OK overall, but they weren't great and I wouldn't get these again.

Overall Rating:
OK
Food: Silk Road Foods: Kimchi & Pork Dumplings (Frozen)
Source: Costco, Tucson, AZ
Rating: OK

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