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Anyone shop @ Cost Plus? What are some good buys there? I like their shoestring potato stix but the hispanic market by my house sells them now and that's where I buy my produce, so I don't go very often. I'm sure there is some great stuff though

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  1. I think they have a good wine selection, interesting beers. I also love the greek honey they sell there. Mostly, I go for things I already know and keep an eye out for 'dust' which might indicate a turn around problem... Which I think is the biggest issue with shopping there...

    --Dommy!

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    1. re: Dommy

      Marinara in a glass jar with green label, forget the name. Excellent for doctoring. German potato dumpling mix, condiments, wine. And German Christmas cookies in season.

    2. Red Australian licorice, although they (as well as Trader Joe's) seem to have a distribution issue with this product. When they do have it, it seems to sell out quickly.

      Other than that, it is all sort of impulse shopping. We're there already so we may as well poke around the food section. They used to have pretty good prices on Murphy Goode wines, as well as the South African chenin blanc by Kanu.

      1. I buy a lot of wine there, and a lot of international chocolate and candy. It's definitely worth going.

        1. wine (rex goliath pinot!), "pain is goood" hot sauce (among other pain is good things like bloody marry mix and popcorn), melindas hot sauce, and various other snacks.

          1. Good wine selection and very good prices, esp. when they put things on sale. Also pick up "Oregon Chai" concentrate there. As far as other food items, just love to browse and try different things every time.

            1. Panettone near the holidays and beer (not limited to holidays). Sometimes unmemorable snacky stuff. Will have to try the Chai concentrate. Would like to find one that is not tooth sharpening sweet.

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              1. re: LisaAZ

                I buy olive oil from there. It's an organic oil from Italy and is very fruity and delicious. Wines and beers are a bargain there. During Christmas they sell 10 international beers in a box for like $10 which is great gift. I love dark chocolate and they sell stuff that's over 70% cacao. Don't get me started on their clearance items which is usually stocked with cool glasses, serveware, table linens, etc. I'm a loyal customer.

              2. Great deals on wine and beer. Wide variety of spices from around the world. I love the candy, particularly European milk chocolate. I also find their Thai sauces and marinades a bargain compared to the local Ralphs or Pavilions in Southern California.

                1. The only place I know of to get British specialty items like Lyle's Golden Syrup and Bird's custard powder. Also a nice selection of teas and Bodum pots for tea.

                  Apart from that, always fun to poke around and see what else can be had. I got some caffein-laced coffee bean-shaped chocolates in a tiny battery-shaped tin. What fun!

                  1. They *used* to carry a wide variety of dry beans that were difficult to find any place else. Alas! they don't anymore.

                    They carry Elizabethan Product's lemon curd that is a lovely blend of sweet and tart but, take note, you can also get that packaged in Trader Joe's label a *lot* cheaper at TJ's.

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                    1. re: rainey

                      The other thing I miss that they used to carry were the bulk, loose teas. What a selection it was too! Now I have no idea where to buy bulk rose hips.