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Bargain Hunting at Grocery Outlet in Santa Rosa

On the hunt for more Walkers shortbread for my mom, I stopped at the Grocery Outlet in Santa Rosa today. Struck out on the cookies, but found some other good buys.

$1.49 Haagen Dazs pints of Dulce de leche ice cream, condition is fine with expiration dating in 2007, the one I opened had a big air bubble so this might be an underfilled lot

2/$1 Hain "Imagine" organic creamy corn soup or butternut squash soup, 32 oz., expiration dating 11/2006

$3.99/lb. Ile Boussierois cheese in random weight cuts, can't find any info on the web, from appearance (mottled rind) looked liked it might be similar to Morbier, Comte or Tomme de Savoie, tastes like cows milk base with grassy, nutty flavor, not as dry as Comte and has the smooth and softer texture of Morbier, no holes, moderate age and not as complex as those yet a very nice table cheese whatever it is

$1.79/quart Best Foods Mayonesa con jugo de limon, made in Canada with Spanish/English labeling, made with egg yolks (no whole eggs) and richer flavor and texture than American Hellmans/Best Foods, brighter citrusy snap and sweeter too, expiration dating the end of this month

Walker Shortbread at Grocery Outlet in Marina
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  1. Petaluma Grocery Outlet currently has Wine Block 2002 merlot that is very nice and $1.99 for a 1.5 liter box. The Wine Block chardonnay, however, is pretty awful- tasted like rotten fruit.
    That Imagine soup sure is a deal! I stocked up too.

    There was an article in the East Bay Express which featured the G.O.- part two of this article:
    http://www.eastbayexpress.com/Issues/...

    ... of course I prefer to spell it "gross out"!

    1. Hey jackie! Thanks for that link. You know, I met Ken Stutz at the Chowhound book signing last year. Here's my old post recommending pulling corks in the parking lot. (G)

      Picking house label wines -
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

      My parents arrived today in the City, and my mom reports that the Salins branch marked down the creamy corn soup to THREE for $1. Of course, it was my least favorite of the three flavors, first being the potato and leek followed by the butternut squash.

      1. We usually just duck in to check out the wines, but one time I found a super ricotta salata at our local. I was even able to go back a couple times before they ran out. But I haven't seen it since (there, I mean). Ah, memories.

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        1. re: Karen_Schaffer

          Glad you mentioned that, I did notice ricotta salata for $3.99/lb. at the Santa Rosa GO. But I didn't try it and don't know how good it is.

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            Hey, I'll have to check my local for it! Who knows if it's the same brand (this was a few years ago), but it's worth checking out. Thanks!

        2. Love, love, love the Groc Out. I just moved a few blocks from the Oakland one & I spend an inordinate amount of time there (read: sometimes multiple times a day & all the employees know my name).

          1. If you see someone loaded up with Belgian ales at the Oakland Grocery Outlet, it may well be me. Also, sometimes they have a packaged fat-free feta cheese (Athena brand?)which is the best fat-free cheese I've ever had and which I've never seen any place else.

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            1. re: zippo

              Zippo-
              Just curious, which Belgian ales did you find? My GO in Redwood City doesn't have any. I'm always on the look out for Belgian beers!

              1. re: Wheetie

                Wheetie-
                I think that they were called Angelique Belgian Ale and Diabolique Belgian Ale in a 28 oz. bottle with a cork and wire cage cap. They were $2.99 each. I saw them at the Oakland store on Broadway near 28th Street and also the Berkeley store on 4th Street under the University Ave. bridge. I have often seen Belgian ales at these stores. I think that they also have carried Russian beers, Pyramid Brewery microbrews ($3.99/6-pack), Goose Island beers from Chicago and various hefewiezens from Oregon.

                here's a link to a review of the Belgian Ales from Andelot Brewery:
                http://www.anchoragepress.com/archive...

                1. re: zippo

                  Thanks Zippo!
                  My GO had them about 2 months ago. I just wanted to make sure I didn't miss out on anything!! I tried the Russian beers-NASTY!