New product finds

by Khushboo on May 9, 2012

After spending 5 days in China with my sister & brother-in-law, I feel like I’ve come back to Mumbai with plenty of fresh insight.  Between my sister sharing her domestic woes and explaining how she is slowly overcoming the language/cultural barriers in China versus my BIL enlightening me on how to efficiently make moolah in the long-run, conversation was always somewhat entertaining.

Something else which was rather entertaining was checking out the grocery stores over there.  Laugh all you want but I love browsing supermarket aisles in different countries and potentially finding new-to-me products.  On that note, my BIL continued to dole out some more of his insight:

My sister and I are a marketer’s dream

I’m not even going to try & deny it because he is absolutely right: I am easily swayed by new products and pretty packaging.  Finding products which are otherwise unavailable in Mumbai provide me with great joy- cheap thrills, people, cheap thrills!  To avoid getting too carried away, in terms of both my wallet and luggage allowance, I tread the food stores in Singapore* & China with caution.  In other words, I tried to only buy products I have never tried in the past:

  • A few of the bars I picked up: ideal for on-the-go snacking:

  • Apparently regular quinoa is passé now:

  • Chocolate-coated sunflower & pumpkin seeds…consider them glorified M&M’s, delicious nonetheless:

  • Hearing that this brand of chocolate peanut butter resembles Nutella was enough for me to buy a packet. As for the almond butter, I’m finally a convert:

  • Potentially one of the best breads I’ve eaten till date: the texture is perfectly moist and the stats are pretty stellar too:

  • Unsurprisingly these are ridiculously addictive…and are a perfect addition to trail mixes, or even just eaten straight up plain:

  • These are basically roasted & seasoned sheets of seaweed.  The sushi lover in me is a big fan:

  • The package says “Irresistible Snacking”…no kidding:

As for why my suitcase weighed 4 kilograms more than the pathetic luggage allowance allocated by Singapore Airlines, I think we all have a better understanding why :).

*If you’re ever in Singapore, Brown Rice Paradise in Tanglin Mall (on Tanglin Road, near Orchard Road) is a gold mine! *

Have you come across any new products recently?

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{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

Alexandra May 9, 2012 at 7:10 pm

Chocolate covered pumpkin seeds?!?! Man you hit the jackpot! I may have to come over to steal some of these goodies haha 😉

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Khushboo Thadani May 10, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Haha I’ll share 🙂

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Brittany May 9, 2012 at 7:22 pm

I knew once I read the title of this post it was going to be GOOD! I am now dying to try those pumpkin seeds!

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Khushboo Thadani May 10, 2012 at 1:59 pm

If you ever do come across them, please try!

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Parita May 9, 2012 at 7:35 pm

Justin’s PB is amazing! And I’m so glad you got to spend QT with your sister and BIL. So fun 🙂

My favorite new product has to be the So Delicious ice cream sandiches I tried a couple of weeks ago. They’re the perfect amount of sweetness!

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Khushboo Thadani May 10, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Oh those sound so good- I LOVE ice cream sandwiches :)!

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Ameena May 9, 2012 at 7:44 pm

I’m so envious of your trip! I want to travel again…to Asia especially. I LOVE Singapore.

Lately I’ve been eating plantain chips like they are going out of style. So delicious.

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Khushboo Thadani May 10, 2012 at 2:00 pm

I wanna go back…I’m already counting down to my next trip 🙂

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Alex @ therunwithin May 9, 2012 at 7:51 pm

COCONUT CHIPS, man I wish I was there! I love interesting food finds.

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Khushboo Thadani May 10, 2012 at 2:00 pm

They are awesome!

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Tessa at Amazing Assett May 9, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Yess yay for all of the new products! I love that you highlighted all of these, I am always on the lookout for new stuff and I like that you reviewed it too 🙂 I want to try those nut thins, yum!

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Khushboo Thadani May 10, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Glad you enjoyed it :)! The nut thins are excellent, especially the bbq flavor!

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Honey What's Cooking May 10, 2012 at 12:55 am

oooh.. all this looks so good. i’ve heard great things about Justin’s.. i haven’t tried it yet, next time. i’m a sucker for marketing, i get caught up into it every single time.

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Khushboo Thadani May 10, 2012 at 2:01 pm

I’m glad I’m not the only sucker around 🙂

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forgottenbeast May 10, 2012 at 1:17 am

I love that Justin’s PB, it really is like a good for you nutella–yummm. I love trying new products! Haven’t branched out recently, though–I’ve been on a budget which sorta limits experimentation. Hopefully I can try something new soon, or at least a new restaurant!

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Khushboo Thadani May 10, 2012 at 2:01 pm

I feel you on the budget…stores like Whole Foods rob me blindly 🙂

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sarah May 10, 2012 at 3:11 am

Cool stuff!
I’d love it all, ESPECIALLY the choccy covered sunflower seeds:). And browzing supermarkets is perhaps the best thing ever.

You NEED to to try the Justins chocolate HAZELNUT butter( beats the peanut version hands down!), seriously its the bomb.
Xxx

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Khushboo Thadani May 10, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Ohh I didn’t realise they make hazelnut butter too…I can definitely imagine it tasting better than the peanut variety! I love anything hazelnut flavored!

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Sig May 10, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Mmm…they all look really good! I love trying out things that I can’t here in Aus! Will have to make a stop there in Singapore!

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Khushboo Thadani May 10, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Yes you must…it’s just off Orchard Road (which I am sure you will venture to at some point) :)!

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300poundsdown May 10, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Wow this looks awesome. You hit the jackpot with all that loot. I eat Quest bars but I see a few in there I might like to try!

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Khushboo Thadani May 10, 2012 at 9:09 pm

I’ve never heard of Quest bars but will look out for them next time I’m abroad 🙂

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sprint2thetable May 10, 2012 at 8:41 pm

I am addicted to roasted seaweed! And Nut Thins! Yum. I need those seeds in my life though…

I’m pretty sure I’m a marketer’s dream too. 🙂

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Khushboo Thadani May 10, 2012 at 9:10 pm

I’m kicking myself for not buying more packets of roasted seaweed- they’re so moreish!

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Sarah May 11, 2012 at 6:29 am

Woah, is that red quinoa! Too cool! I haven’t tried any new products in a while actually, but that’s cos I’m trying to save money. Budgeting sucks!

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Khushboo Thadani May 11, 2012 at 10:57 am

Red quinoa indeed…I haven’t opened the packet yet but I am curious to see whether it tastes any different than the regular kind!

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onehealthymunchkin May 11, 2012 at 6:35 am

Ha! I’m the same way in new countries – I could spend hours checking out all the different foods in their grocery stores! 😀 It looks like you got some great stuff on your trip. I’m really intrigued by those coconut chips!

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Khushboo Thadani May 11, 2012 at 10:57 am

If you ever come across them, please do buy them..they’re so delicious, especially in yogurt bowls!

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Nada May 11, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Anything with the word “thins” in the title always makes me chuckle. That said they do look good! I’ve never seen red quinoa in shops either but have contemplated ordering some online – let me know how you like it!

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Khushboo Thadani May 13, 2012 at 11:41 am

I’ll definitely let you know- I want to try it out this week!

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