Snakku October 2016 Box

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So, I’ve disappeared for a while due to pressing projects for my classes. However, I have four boxes to review, and I’ll be reviewing three of them before October is over. So, let’s get straight to my favorite box of all time!

Since I had loved my smaller Snakku box from September, I subscribed to their three-month deal for the full version box. However, I forgot to cancel my month-to-month subscription of the smaller box, so I got multiple of some the same snacks. This is a lucky thing because this was my favorite box of all time and I wish I had even more of some of the snacks. So…here we go!

The beautiful Furoshiki Wrapping Cloth is now decorating my jewelry stand and is the perfect little touch of pretty for my bedroom.

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This is called Niigata Senbei, which, according to the informational card, is a “clay-baked rice cracker made in Nigata prefecture, lightly topped with sea salt from the Sea of Japan, dried green laver, and shaved bonito flakes.” I got two packets of this in the full box, and another in the smaller one. Each packet has two crackers in it. It has a really interesting flavor. It doesn’t taste very fishy, but you can definitely taste the seaweed. I really enjoyed it, but could only eat one at a time because of its slightly intense taste. I’d give it a 4 out of 5.

This was a yummy snack called Tomaya Persimmons. I got three total of this, one from the smaller box and two from the large one. It was pretty tasty, but not really my type of treat. I ate one and gave the other two to my mom, who loves anything fruit-related! They are basically just sun-dried persimmons with no added sugar, so they’re definitely healthy! The information card says that they “recommend you chill it before you eat it.” I didn’t try that, but it may have enhanced the sweetness! I give this a 3 out of 5.

This delicious snack is called Pumpkin Arare. According to the information card, it is a “fun Halloween-themed assortment of mini rice crackers made with Kabocha.” I’m not sure if they were supposed to taste like pumpkins, but they didn’t to me. However, I love rice crackers, and these were yummy! I got three of these bags, and I still have one left that I am waiting to enjoy with a friend so that she can also taste it. I give this deliciousness a 5 out of 5.

These are Matcha Chocolate Crunch snacks. They were pretty good and you can definitely taste the matcha in them, which I quite enjoy. This was one of the extras in the larger box, so they did not include it in the smaller box. Still, they did have two in the large box, and I still have one of these left. The informational card says that it is “made using rice from a local coop in rural Gifu, chocolate from Hokkaido, and matcha green tea from a nearby tea farm in Nagoya.” I give this 3 out of 5.

I’ve been wanting to try various KitKat flavors only sold in Japan, but hadn’t gotten around to it until Snakku sent these incredible treats to me! This is specifically Pumpkin Pudding KitKat, and the card says that this seasonal treat is “only available in Japan during October.” I got two in this box, but none in the other, unfortunately. This was another extra in the larger box. They’re both gone, and I didn’t offer to share with anyone because they were absolutely delicious! I wish I had more or could order more, but I suppose I’ll have to wait until October 2017. *sigh* I give it a 5 out of 5.

This was my least favorite snack in the box, and it was a real surprise. I usually love coffee-flavored anything, especially hard candy, but these were a major letdown. They are roasted coffee candies. The card says that they taste “exactly like a cup of freshly made, deep bodied coffee” that is “perfect for all you coffee lovers!” I thought I would agree with them as a deep bodied coffee lover, but I couldn’t even finish one. However, my mom though they were fine so I gave all six, three from each box, to her. I give this a 1 out of 5.

This was another extra in the large box, and I really wish it wasn’t so I would have had another one. These are called Kuri Senbei and, according to the informational card, they are from a small snack shop near Mt. Fuji that “has been making this senbei rice cracker for hundreds of years.” I love food with such a rich history! The snacks are “made by using a clay oven to bake a mixture of egg, sweet white bean paste, local chestnuts, and water from the crystal clear Fuji river.” Yum already, right?! Well, just wait until you try it. And try it you must! They’re crunchy and the perfect amount of sweetness. They’re unique and delicious, and I am definitely looking to purchase some from somewhere soon. I give this deliciousness a 5 out of 5.

So if all chips are like these in Japan, then that’s just darn cool! These are called Butter Soy Jagabee, which are “crunchy, baked potato sticks, glazed with soy sauce and butter.” I was already sold by the description since potatoes and soy sauce are delicious. However, they didn’t taste much like soy sauce, which I didn’t find to be a problem at all. As someone who doesn’t like too much salt, I was afraid the soy sauce flavor would make these crisps too salty for me. However, they were not. They were the perfect texture and flavor. My dad and I thoroughly enjoyed the two bags we had on the first day. Sadly, since it was another extra snack, those were the only ones we had. I definitely give this one a 5 out of 5.

Okay, let’s start off with me saying that I have a major sweet tooth and love chocolate, especially dark chocolate that isn’t too sweet. Now, I had three of these Choco Pies, and it still wasn’t nearly enough. I could have had three more and still be left craving more. The card describes it as “soft chocolate covered cake sandwich, filled with a mildly sweet cream filling.” It was incredibly soft and airy, and neither the chocolate nor the filling were too sweet. It was a perfect combination of creaminess, chocolate and cake. The card also says that it is “a perfect pick-me-up for when you are feeling down.” I agree with this wholeheartedly as I know that if someone handed one of these to me when I was in a bad mood, I would immediately light up with happiness. However, I would eat at least one a day, if I could get my hands on more. Honestly, it was the perfect sweet snack. Obviously, I give this 5 out of 5. (If I can cheat, I’ll give it a 10!)

Okay, I saved my favorite snack for last. This beautiful snack is called Kuriko Momiji. I was really confused when I felt the texture from inside of the wrapper. When I opened it, I was just blow away by its design. Still, I had no idea what to expect aside from the obvious maple syrup flavor, which I could taste before I even read the card that told me that the “pastry bun [is] infused with locally-harvested maple syrup.” I took a bite and didn’t immediately get to the filling, which is “a roasted chestnut, sweet bean filling.” The bun was delicious, with the right amount of maple syrup that wasn’t overwhelmingly sweet. It was soft and interesting. Then, with one more bite, I got to the filling which absolutely blew me away. I honestly don’t have words to describe how scrumptious this treat is. Do yourselves a favor and try these if you can. I did get three of these, which were gone in the first three days. Unfortunately, I haven’t found any to purchase that are affordable yet, but I’m still looking. If you find any, please do let me know! I obviously give this a 5 out of 5. (See cheating note above!)

So, all-in-all, I give this box a 5 out of 5 due to the amount of snacks I received and the flavors of them all. I am now even more excited to receive my November box! Also, I’m slowly learning that I very much enjoy sweet bean fillings in my snacks. Interesting.

Again, here’s the pricing information for Snakku.

Tasting Box: $15.75 (3 snacks less than regular sized box)

1-Month Regular Sized Box: $38.95

3-Month Regular Sized Box (SALE): $115.50 ($38.50 per box)

6-Month Regular Sized Box (SALE): $227.70 ($37.95 per box)

As always, please like, comment, subscribe and share! Thanks for reading, guys. I look forward to hearing from you.

Until next time…

With Tea and Sunshine,

Mariam B.

Twitter: @MariamBudagyan

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The Thrifty Sisters

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I’ve been pretty slammed with work for my classes this week. Still, though, I wanted to post a quick review of a couple of sisters who sell some incredible clothing items, including custom-made shirts. They are called The Thrifty Sisters and I encourage you to check them out and follow them on Instagram. You can also contact them via email at weheartthrifting@gmail.com if you have any questions about any of the items they sell, including price checks and custom order requests. I had the pleasure of communicating with Stephanie, who was an absolute sweetheart through the entire process. I look forward to more contact with the sisters in the near future!

While I love quite a few of their items, I ordered two from them. My total, including shipping, was only $20! They even offered for me to pick the shirts up from them, since we aren’t too far from each other, in order to save on shipping. Unfortunately, time did not permit, but I was okay with paying the price for shipping to get the clothes sooner.

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I am in love with this high-and-low shirt! You can dress it up with some slacks or a pencil skirt for work, or dress it down with a pair of jeans and a cute necklace for a lunch date. I’ve not yet worn it, but I am so glad this has been added to my collection!

img_6458Okay, so I adore anything Boho, for starters. This cute little vest is the perfect addition to an outfit. Just throw it on over a tank and pair it with a denim skirt or shorts and you’re ready for some fun! P.S. I need me a choker like the one in this picture!

These were both absolute steals! I mean, only $8 a piece for such cuteness? Plus, the quality of their clothes is really good! I’ll definitely be following The Thrifty Sisters closely for some more cute items. Plus, check out all the band shirts they make! I’ll be getting my hands on one of my own as soon as I can decide on which band I want…first, anyway.

As always, please be sure to like, subscribe, share and comment! I would love to hear from each of you, especially if you have any ideas for future reviews.

Until next time, guys…

With Tea & Sunshine,

Mariam B.

Twitter: @MariamBudagyan

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YouTube: Mariam Budagyan

Disclaimer: The photos used are from The Thrifty Sisters’ Instagram.

Try the World Subscription Box – September 2016

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So I’ve been subscribed to Try the World for a while now, and I’ve loved every box I’ve received thus far. Recently, my friend and I decided to gift each other the annual subscription, which is only $29 a month! This is the first box from that gift subscription, which was quite wonderful. Also, they usually offer a free box and, oftentimes, a certain price off of a box. Use my referral if you decide to subscribe! If you don’t want to sign up for an entire year, the monthly price for the Signature box is $39, or $33 for 6 months. The full sized boxes include Shipping is completely free and you can pause or cancel at anytime! Plus, they have a snackbox, which is only $15 a month and includes 5 snacks from 5 countries each month, if you subscribe for the year. Or you can choose the snackbox that includes 10 snacks for $29 a month. I’m considering subscribing for that as well, at least for a few months.

Okay, now let’s get straight to it…

First off, I love the color of the box. I think it, along with the adorable logo, are very tasteful choices.

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This month’s box is Spain-based and packed tight to assure that the jars don’t break during travel. It’s a little messy, but easy enough to clean up and get to the goodies!img_6499

This month’s box is as good as it looks! We’ll take a look at each individual item soon, but the card inside is probably the most important part of the box.

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How adorable is this?!

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The card not only tells you exactly what is in the box, but it gives you recipes and also a 20% off coupon on items in the Try the World shop that have to do with that month’s specific country.

Now, onto the goodies!

I haven’t yet tried these items, but I’m excited about them! First off, who doesn’t love Extra Virgin Olive Oil? Secondly, who doesn’t love paprika? I can’t wait to try them both! Lastly, the only reason I haven’t yet tried the mussels in pickled sauce because it’s not exactly a snack, and I’ve had some very specific meals at home that don’t work well with mussels. I am positive I will love them, though, and I’m excited to try them!

Okay, so this item was just a big tease for me! I love marinara-type sauces, but have a slight garlic allergy, so I cannot eat it. Sadly! However, my dad will sure enjoy it with some yummy bread tomorrow, and that’s just as good!

Okay, so I’ve recently been talking to a friend of mine about how much I want orange jam, but I haven’t gotten around to purchasing any. Now, I don’t have to go looking as it came to me instead! This Orange Blossom Jam has pieces of orange peel in the jam, and it looks fabulous! This is what I’ll be having for breakfast in the morning with my tea, and I’ve never looked forward to mornings before in my life!

I had never heard of turron before and I wasn’t sure what to expect. What I didn’t expect to find one of my new favorite sweet snacks. I’ll definitely be using that 20% code to purchase some more of this deliciousness since it’s already almost completely gone. It’s crunchy, sweet and has the perfect amount of orange flavor. I’ve loved every bite!

Since there were so many items in this box I have not yet tried, I’ll be sure to give you guys a quick update in the next couple of days once I’ve tried, at the very least, the jam and the mussels. I’m incredibly excited for it and am already looking forward to my October box!

As always, please be sure to like, subscribe, share and comment! I would love to hear from each of you.

Until next time, guys…

With Tea & Sunshine,

Mariam B.

Twitter: @MariamBudagyan

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YouTube: Mariam Budagyan

Poetry Blog

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One more thing…if you aren’t already, please go follow my other blog, Mariam Budagyan’s Poetry. It isn’t strictly poetry, but mostly. Check out my latest poem, Filth of the World.

With Tea and Sunshine,

Mariam B.

Twitter: @MariamBudagyan

Tumblr: Through My Eyes

YouTube: Mariam Budagyan

Snakku September 2016 Tasting Box Review!

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Have you seen my latest subscription box review? If not, don’t worry! I’ve got you covered. Check it out here!

As always, like, subscribe, comment and spread the word! Thank you!

With Tea and Sunshine,

Mariam B.

Twitter: @MariamBudagyan

Tumblr: Through My Eyes

YouTube: Mariam Budagyan

NYC and NJ Bombings

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This weekend was filled with sadness and fear. As I’m sure you all have heard, bombs exploded in both NYC and NJ. A suspect, Ahmad Khan Rahami, has been arrested. Two officers were wounded and Rahami was shot in the arm during the arrest. It is believed that Rahami was responsible for the incidents in both locations. The FBI also considered the possibility of Rahami having a partner.

The explosion in NYC resulted in 29 injures, while there were no injuries in NJ. Luckily, there were no deaths and those injured were not in critical condition.

Check out this article for more on this devastating incident.

Snakku Tasting Box Review – September 2016

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So, I received my first ever Snakku Tasting Box yesterday, and I cannot express my excitement! It came with 6 snacks total, which is only 3 snacks less than the full-sized box. I won’t waste time with jibber-jabber. Check out the photos and information below!

First off, this is what the box looks like from a few different angles. How cute is it?!

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I love every little detail on the outside and the inside of the box. I think the patterns are just absolutely beautiful, and the colors are relaxing and soothing, but also cheerful. Now, let’s take a look further inside, shall we?

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The box came with two cards; one was a little personalized thank you note that had the logo and beautiful designs on the flip side, and the other talked about what individual item inside the box was. I really love that they included both of these! The personalized thank you note was just incredibly sweet, and the informational card helped me understand what I was eating as I tried them all.

Let’s move along to the actual food now, shall we?

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The first snack I tried is called Black Goma Senbei, which, according to the informational card, are “black rice crackers made with black roasted sesame seeds, soy sauce, and miso.” I should have expected the bit of sweetness that came with them due to the soy sauce, but for some reason, I was expecting them to be saltier. Once I got past my own expectations and had my second bite, I actually began to enjoy them. As did my mom, which is a huge success! I’d give this a 4 out of 5 because I wouldn’t necessarily buy them separately, but will definitely will enjoy the rest of them in the sample bag I received. It would be thoroughly enjoyed by someone who likes snacks that are a mixture of sweet and salty, which isn’t usually my thing.

These are what I decided to try next, mostly because I was a little iffy about them. I mean, I’ve enjoyed sardines in the past, but my experience has been with the smoked version and not the sun-dried ones. They are called Iwashiko and they aren’t salty like you’d expect. Once again, they have a bit of sweetness to them, which was highly not expected. I’ll be honest, these aren’t my favorite and I definitely won’t be purchasing them again. They have a nice crunch to them, but the sweetness is a little off-putting. They aren’t dessert-sweet, but I really wish they were salty. I’ll be giving the remainder to my mom, who actually did enjoy them more than I did. I’ll give this snack a 2 out of 5, but that’s more because of personal taste than anything else.

I felt this next snack by just squishing the package a little, and I was terrified by the texture. It’s soft and gummy, so I was not sure what to expect. When I opened it up and saw it was covered in something that looked like powdered sugar, I relaxed a bit. I figured it couldn’t be so bad! This snack is called Chaya No Mochi, which is a Kinako covered rice cake. Kinako is “a type of roasted soybean flour that has been used for hundreds of years in Japan” according to the informational card. It also notes that Kinako is “made by finely grinding roasted yellow soybeans and has a nutty yet slightly sweet taste.” Chaya No Mochi was apparently enjoyed by travelers across Japan who would stop at teahouses. These descriptions helped me look more forward to trying the snack. Now, let me try to express this well. First bite, and I was utterly in love! The texture was absolutely lovely; softer and chewier than a Gummy Bear. The flavor was exactly as described in the card; slightly sweet and a bit nutty. Honestly, I cannot express my enjoyment more in words, but I definitely give it a 5 out of 5 and am going to try to purchase some immediately! I’ve been craving it since yesterday’s first bite! I highly recommend giving this sweet treat a try if you never have.

Kaki No Tane is something I had tried in the past. Apparently, the snack’s name “literally means persimmon seeds,” according to the informational card. However, “it’s actually small crescent-shaped senbei rice crackers combined with peanuts.” They have a little tiny bit of spice to them, which I quite enjoy. I’ve usually enjoyed this snack mixed in with other rice crackers. It was nice to let its flavor stand out, and the peanuts were a great addition. I give this snack a 5 out of 5 as it’s an old favorite of mine!

I still haven’t quite made up my mind about Kinako Bo. “This old fashioned snack became popular over 50 years ago and was the go-to snack for many Japanese children back then.” The card also states that it is made “by hand-kneading finely grained kinako, honey, and flour.” I didn’t really taste much of that same Kinako flavor as in the Chaya No Mochi, but the nuttiness of it definitely stood out. It was almost like a peanut butter flavor, but only slightly. I think I might have enjoyed it a little more if I could taste more honey. The texture was also chewy, but not gummy. Considering I still have half of the snack leftover, and I most likely will not be purchasing it in the future, I give it a 3 out of 5. It wasn’t bad, but I’m not excited about it.

Gift of Yuzu was another gummy, chewy snack in this month’s box. I was a little scared to try it, but it smelled so incredibe! The informational card says that it is a “refreshing snack [that] is made by a famous 100-year-old snack store on the island of Shikoku.” Already, I was even more intrigued because I love anything that has history to it. The card describes the snack as having an outer layer of mochi that is “made with locally-produced premium Shikoku rice” and that the inside is “filled with a mixture of yuzu puree from the Ehime prefecture and mildly sweet azuki bean paste.” So I looked up what yuzu was, and it is apparently a citrus fruit from East Asia. I shared this with my mom, and she described it as feeling pureed more than gummy, which I definitely can agree with. It was just slightly grainy and chewy. It wasn’t overwhelmingly sweet because of the help of the citrus flavors. I really enjoyed this and would definitely purchase more. I think it would be really good with a side of herbal tea. I give this snack a 5 out of 5.

Okay, honesty time: the box gave me four of these candies but I ate one before I took any pictures. Let’s just say I was just a bit excited about them! I’ve had other Japanese milk candies, but never a matcha one. These are called Hokkaido Matcha Milk Candies, and they are “made with cream from Kokkaido and premium matcha from the Aichi prefecture of Japan” which has apparently been “cultivating award-winning matcha since the 1200s.” Again, I love the history behind these snacks and their ingredients! These candies had a very strong matcha flavor, which I love quite a lot. They are creamy, slightly sweet and the perfect little snack to take anywhere with you. I’m only down to two of these candies, though I’m about to eat one after I finish this post, so just the one at that point. I will definitely be purchasing some soon! I give this a 5 out of 5.

Overall, I’d give this box a 5 out of 5 since I will be looking to purchase 4 out of the 6 items soon, and the box has convinced me to extend my subscription. Now, let’s take a look at their options:

Tasting Box: $15.75 (3 snacks less than regular sized box)

1-Month Regular Sized Box: $38.95

3-Month Regular Sized Box (SALE): $115.50 ($38.50 per box)

6-Month Regular Sized Box (SALE): $227.70 ($37.95 per box)

I definitely will be trying at least one more Tasting Box before deciding on a regular sized box. I’m highly tempted because the regular sized boxes all come wrapped in beautiful Furoshiki, which I looked up and found out is a wrap. They are gorgeous! Check out CoolRiceBunnies on YouTube for her unboxing of the November 2015 box for an example. Plus, check out her other videos! (Hi Lily, if you read this!)

**Just in case you’re interested, the 3 extra items in this month’s regular box were Coconut Sable Cookies, Ankororin and Kinako Rusk. I have no descriptions on these items, so if you try them, please let me know what you think!

As always, please like, comment, subscribe and share! Thanks for reading, guys. I look forward to hearing from you.

Until next time…

With Tea and Sunshine,

Mariam B.

Twitter: @MariamBudagyan

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Great News for LAUSD Graduates!

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LAUSD graduates have something to look forward to! A new program was just launched that will provide all 2017 graduates one-year of free community college education! Mayor Eric Garcetti was also quoted saying that this is “is just the beginning,” and that eventually, and hopefully, community college education will be free to all! No matter how small this step is, it is still incredibly helpful and important!

Check out this article for further information.

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So Many Bands, So Little Time (Parts 1 and 2)

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Have you checked out my latest two blog posts? If not, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Check them both out at the links below:

Part 1

Part 2

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Until next time…

With Tea and Sunshine,

Mariam B.

Twitter: @MariamBudagyan

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