Sunday, November 28, 2010

Sweet like Chocolate!

It was a wet, gloomy, rainy day as we made our way towards Flinders, along the Mornington Peninsula.

A pleasant drive even with the rain! Rolling hills and sweeping vistas, with surprisingly moderate traffic. Seemed people weren't deterred by the weather.

When we finally arrived, first stop was the Mornington Peninsula Chocolates!

A little quaint shop, with lots of handmade chocolates! They hand make them on the premises. It was a bit hard deciding what to get with the selection....

Also they had macaroons! I've always wanted to try them and these were cute mini delicious macaroons! Made by a former patisserie chef from infamous Laduree in Paris.

Mmmmmm... Macaroons!
Gonna have to try and make some, however from previous Master Chef episodes, they are tricky little things to make.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Japanese DAISO store now in Australia

DAISO is a popular and successful 100 yen shop, which first opened in 1977 in Japan. There are other types of 100 yen stores in Japan but they are not as popular. Daiso has expanded internationally to 25 countries, which now includes Australia. With 2600 stores in Japan alone and 600 globally, this multi-billion dollar company looks to be taking over the world!

Selling bargain priced products for the living room, kitchen, bathroom, personal care, stationary, food and other novelty items. All the items in there store are sold at a fixed price. So in Japan, their items are all 100yen, however recently they have started to sell some items which are more expensive.

Now finally in Australia! Our very first store was opened on Thursday 28th October in Abbotsford, Melbourne.

Now we do have our own generic 1 dollar / 2 dollar shops, which you would think only sold items priced at 1 dollar or 2 dollars right? However this is not the case, as usually this is just a gimmick to get you inside. But you can find bargains in these shops usually...

Daiso in Melbourne, is selling everything for $2.80! These days to buy something at $2.80 is not easy, unless your buying online.

Hoping that our first store was going to be as big as some of the other stores I've heard about in other countries, with multiple levels... but after our visit I was a bit disappointed with the size of the store.. it was very very small, which meant there was only a selection of products available.

When we arrived in the morning, there was already quite a queue forming just to get in!

They had to wait for people to leave before allowing anymore people inside, so there would still be enough room to walk among the aisles of products. We knew we would buy something, but didn't realise how much! Sure enough they had a selection of everything. I couldn't help but buy things that were "cute", and my friend ended up buying more than she had expected too. There wasn't as many food items either, mainly lollies and some snacks.

These were miniature food erasers

There were a few items which she found amusing, but i had come across some of these before.
When it comes to Japanese products.. there are always going to be some weird and wacky items..which can be useful too.

Container to keep your half eaten banana, electric eraser

Portable mini toilet, socks for your chair

After being crammed inside, and with some people pushing just to get past you... it was time to pay..
we had to line up again to even get to the register... this took us around 10-15mins. The store next door Chicken Feed (another bargain variety store) had opened recently too, but was lacking in customers. Kinda felt a bit sorry for them, as everyone was making their way to Daiso instead.

We did end up with some nice finds, such as these cute sponges which will make cleaning up a little bit more fun, some heart motifs plates and bowl, decorative mugs, and cosmetics just to name a few... below are just some of the items we ended up buying.

We'll definitely be taking a trip back there, but i hope they will expand to other areas of Melbourne, but with a much much larger store next time with room to walk!
Maybe one day I'll be able to head over to Japan and visit one of their larger stores too.

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