Secret Santa Reveal + Snacks Fail

December 30, 2010

Before I show off all the goodies I got from my Secret Santa, I want to first thank Jessy of The Little Dust Princess for organizing the first annual Petite Secret Santa Gift Exchange. She was so helpful in sending out various reminders (so very helpful to me, who can't remember anything). Thank you Jessy!

I drew Sydney from Petite Little Girl and my Secret Santa was Elaine from Curls and Pearls. We were supposed to keep our gifts between $15-$25 but I feel like Elaine really outdid herself. I loved everything. Thank you!

The gifts in all their glory - the gloves arrived first, followed by the box of goodies.

Pictured below is the sweet holiday card Elaine picked out - I am ashamed to say that I lost the card that I got Sydney and still can't find it. I am sure it'll turn up someday...but knowing me it'll probably materialize next year.
I put the gloves on my wishlist and didn't expect her to get it on top of everything else. I love the color (if it were up to me I probably would've ended up with a safe color like white but in retrospect the red is probably the better choice since I can't keep anything white clean for more than 30 minutes). And she also got me KETCHUP CHIPS (OMG, I literally slept with this for a night and then ate it the next morning. Thank goodness I took pictures before consuming it in 30 seconds). The Smarties are an old fav of mine, I can't believe I forgot about them.
Elaine also sent me a bunch of makeup goodies - I am experimenting right now so this came at the perfect time. Thank you again!

Now that I got the happy content out of the way, I would like to vent publicly. I had the worst luck picking out snacks here in LA....and I don't know why. I was so excited when I saw the Hey Song Shake Jello Drink Thing in 99 Ranch and was even more excited by the Pineapple Danish Bun I found in the bakery section. When I returned to the hotel I couldn't wait to tear into them...except I was sorely disappointed.

The jello drink thing is in essence just gelatinous goo and carbonated artificial fruit flavor water in a can. Completely flavorless...I don't know why I think it would taste more like jello than unflavored gelatin and faintly flavored seltzer water. The pineapple danish bun was more salty than sweet...which is not what I was looking for.
 Another shot of the flavorless gelatinous goo seltzer drink.
I then proceeded to dig out my goodies from EE Convenient Store hoping to salvage the botched snacking effort. I first tackled the miniature packet of Meiji Grape Gummi (outrageously priced at $1.99 per 1.7oz...or about a dozen small grape shaped gummis) and as I was chewing numbly at the gummi's I realize the expiration date on the back of the bag: OCT 27, 2010! This thing has been sitting on the shelf for two months past its fresh date. EE Convenient Store, I am so disappointed in you.

The sad thing is...I am actually considering finishing it. What do I do?

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  1. HAHA I still find it hilarious that so many Americans haven't tried ketchup chips yet! THEY ARE AMAZINGGGGGGGGGGG<333333 *drools* Elaine was so kind! She msged me a few times regarding your gifts! She was so worried about them not arriving on time and everything. Glad it all worked out. : )

    xx The Little Dust Princess

  2. Ooh snack fails are terrible!

    @Jessy LOL thanks for putting up with my panic attacks :P

    Elle I hope you enjoy everything! I was actually debating getting you black gloves but you have so many fabulous dresses I thought you could totally pull off the red! :)

  3. Great gifts!!! The snacks look delicious!!

  4. Nice gifts you received. The cans are too cute.

  5. Is the pineapple bun supposed to be like balobao (one of my FAV foods!)? Odd that it's salty! Mmmm those ketchup chips look so good!

  6. I have never heard of ketchup chips. I don't eat ketchup but I want to try them. They sound really delicious. You have to model the gloves. I am curious to see how you wear them. I hope you feel better with your cold.

  7. OK - I am FASCINATED by the concept of ketchup chips :) I will find a way to get some LOL. Sorry to hear about your snacks fail - that is so disappointing! BTW - I would probably still eat the gummies, but I'm weird like that.

  8. I would eat the gummies LOL> I am sure they are fine. Now if it said 2007.....



  9. Ooh! Ketchup chips..such a novel item but so tasty! Keep experimenting with more snacks because once you find the good ones, you'll never stop! =)

  10. Jess - you can find them in little quickmarts attached to gas stations...not lay's brand but generic regional ones. :)

    Bianca and SPG - lol, great minds think alike. I think I'll chance the possible stomachache.

    Sydney - will definitely get some pictures in wearing the gloves...hmm...

    Sophia - yes, except this was in danish form...which i thought was an interesting concept. but it failed. :(

    Nelah and Annie - I know, I feel so fortunate to have Elaine as my SS.

    Jessy - lol, ketchup chips are amazing. I am surprised they haven't taken the US by storm...but I guess many Americans aren't aventurous like us. :)

  11. wow .. those snacks look so delicious! :D and cool gifts you got there! :)

    Happy New Year! :D

  12. Haha! The purple-hat-wearing snowman is too cute. I almost didn't catch that. Love all the gifts from Elaine. I'm not normally a fan of ketchup, but the chips look interesting. Do let us know how it tastes. As for the expired snacks, it only expired 2 months ago, so I probably will finish it -- especially if you haven't noticed any sickness symptoms from eating them earlier ;) Happy 2011, Elle!

  13. wow, ketchup chips!! i haven't tried these before but am so curious now! and elaine sent you some amazing makeup goodies too. let us know how they work out for you!

  14. sometimes with asian snacks, they print the date that it was produced. maybe its okay? but just to be on the safe side, just toss it. but then again, if you think about it, its just candy. BUT AGAIN, to be on the safe side.. lol.. you know what i mean. :P

  15. Omg I LOVED ketchup chips!! They're one of the things I miss the most from Canada! Lol... I can't believe they still don't make them here in the US. I don't get it... ppl eat fries with ketchup all the time, why not make ketchup chips??


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