Hot off the heels of Foodland’s new ‘Musubi’ Eco Reusable Bag, we have here its sibling, the ‘Hot Cold Bag’, adorned in the same whimsical ‘Musubi’ illustrated design. Now we can both literally and figuratively say this bag is “Very COOL!” Or, umm, “That bag is HOT!” I wouldn’t have even noticed there were two different types of Foodland ‘Musubi’ themed bags on display in the store, had it not been for the fantastic readers here, so big mahalo to all you folks who mentioned it.
Both the limited edition Eco Reusable Bag and this here also limited edition Hot Cold Bag have identical “Pidgin to da’ Max” style musubi illustrations on all four sides, while dimensionally, they’re also both identical.
Yet for just $1 more (Maikai price), the hot cold bag is much more functional, as this comes complete with an insulated interior and a (matching color) dual-zippered lid to help keep your grindz and/or beverages at their ideal temperature, while also helping to keep them nasty pests out.
As for the insulated liner, it’s a very thin mylar-like material (like them foil baloons) that feels like it tears easily, and it’s not in one piece, but stitched in from several sections to fit the interior, so don’t count on this bag being water-proof in case you decide to put ice cubes in it. If adding ice, keep them in Ziploc® bags, or better yet, use them “Blue Ice” bricks. Underneath that mylar-like liner material it feels like an also very thin layer of insulating foam, which should be more than adequate to maintain the interior temperature for the time it take you to transport da’ grindz back home from the store, farmers’ market, or to the potluck.
From manufacturer Planet Earth Bags, here’s the official specifications:
Our thermal hot cold bags are a necessity for any heat sensitive product. Hot foods, cold or hot drinks, stay warm in this reusable grocery bag that can carry it all. The bag’s thermal properties allow fresh and freezer products to make it home without losing temperature. Customize our reusable hot cold grocery bag and make it a part of your next grocery store visit.
•12″w x 8.5″g x 13.5″h
•Reinforced 20″ handles
Materials & Construction
•Premium non-woven polypropylene multi-layered thermal insulated polyester fiber and coated lining
•100% recyclable, wash in cold water and line dry
•Available in 4 vibrant colors
•Up to 4 spot color and 4 color process screen printing
According to Juliet Garcia, Community Relations Spokesperson for Foodland, their first food-themed reusable bag was their “Local ‘Kine Favorites” which came out in 2008. Then after that they released the slang bag, with pidgin phrases like “bumbye, hele on, kuleana, whatevahs, bambucha”, etc. To continue promoting reusable bags (and recycling), Foodland’s in-house creative department (like what I do for a living) will create 2 new bag designs every year.
The cashiers at both the Beretania street and Aina Haina location told me these bags are FLYING off the shelves. So much that they’re constantly having to restock the display racks. They said lots of folks are coming to get them as gifts; probably for folks like many readers here who are off-island.
I’ll be pairing this Hot Cold Bag with the Reusable Shopping Bag as the giveaway prize when I decide what to do. There’s already some great contest ideas submitted by you folks, so big mahalo for that!
On that note, once again, these Foodland ‘Musubi’ Eco Reusable Shopping Bags and Hot Cold Bags are available for a limited time only, while supplies last, so get ’em while they’re cold… err… HOT!
What? ‘Musubi’ Hot Cold Bag
Where did you buy it and how much did it cost? Foodland, $2.99 each Maikai member price
Big Shaka to: Very catchy, clean and whimsical illustrated design and color choices. Some clever, never heard of musubi ideas. Bag is well constructed with a non-porous, easy-to-clean exterior and insulated interior to keep food and beverages at their optimum temperature during transport. Matching color dual-zipper flip lid helps keep the pests (and hungry “musubi snatchers”) out, while also making access to contents easy. Get 5 cents off your Grocery bill when you use your reusable bag. Foodland also has a ‘It’s good to be green!’ stamp card, where every time you use your reusable bag, Foodland will stamp the card. Turn in a completed stamped card (10 stamps) and you will receive a FREE bag of Back To Nature nuts (Select Varieties, 7.5-11.5 oz.) on your next visit.
No shaka to: n/a
The Tasty Island rating: 5 SPAM Musubi Hot Cold Bags!
• Foodland’s New ‘Musubi’ Reusable Eco Shopping Bag – The Tasty Island
P.S. Just thought I’d let you all know that The Tasty Island is the featured blog today on CNN’s Eatocracy website!…
Sarah LeTrent — Eatocracy’s Associate Editor — contacted me several weeks ago, eager to add The Tasty Island to their blogroll to represent Hawaii, and voila, here it is up on their home page!
The picture montage I submitted to them features the following (from left to right, top row, then bottom row): Your Truly, a trio of SPAM Musubi, Tulip Musubi and Treet Musubi, Portuguese Bean Soup (made by yours truly), Manapua, Pork Hash and Chow Funn from Chun Wah Kam, Saimin (made by yours truly), Ahi Poke from Ono Seafood, a Hawaiian Plate from Poi Bowl in Kaneohe and Shave Ice being served at the Okinawan Festival.
I also provided a brief summary of this blog on that page. I see now there’s also a few “interesting” comments, which is to be expected, especially on a national news site. Braddah Alan, Sam and Roy need to get in a few words there!
What next? Oprah? Food Network? Travel Channel? Hey, one can dream!