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Aug 2, 2007 08:48 PM

August 2007 - Grocery outlet

jogged through Oakland Grocery Outlet at Broadway and 29th Street this afternoon:

-Godiva Ice Cream bars, 3 bars in a box, 9 oz., $1.49, white chocolate & rasberry swirl bar in a Godiva coating. didn't get it but sure looked good.

-Casual Gourmet Chicken Sausage w/Roasted Peppers & 5 Cheese Blend, 3 lbs (15 links), $5.99, fully cooked, no nitrates, no nitrites, no MSG, no antibiotics, fully cooked, in a pork casing, 9 grams total fat per 3 oz. link. From Monterey Gourmet Foods in Salinas. Expiration date Aug 25, 2007. good tasting sausage for about $2/lb. lots of packages.

- Brown Cow Lemon Nonfat Yogurt, 32 oz., $.99, expiration date is Aug 16, 2007. They also had a blueberry regular yogurt. The cartons were going fast while I was there and not many left. from Brown Cow Farm in Antioch. all natural w/ live cultures. tastes good. I got this instead of the Godiva bars.

- SOYUM Chocolate SoyMilk, 32 oz. carton, 3 cartons for $1. no kidding. Made with organic soybeans. lowfat, about 2.5 grams fat per 8 oz. serving. the expiration date says 'July 07' so it's possible that it's slightly past date but at 33 cents per box, you could buy a hundred and take a bath in it. They were located on a shelf above the freezers, not in the deli sections. bought 6 and will use it in my coffee and they should last until Halloween.

Didn't see any new beers except for a minikeg (Coors?).

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  1. You put chocolate soy milk in your coffee? Cool -- instant mocha!

    I've recently gotten in to chocolate soy milk (a nutritious way to manage the chocolate cravings), so thanks for the tip. Those chicken sausages sound mighty tasty, too!

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    1. re: Ruth Lafler

      I bought those sausages last week and was pleasantly surprised at how tasty they were. Highly recommended.

      1. re: Hunicsz

        Thanks for the feedback on the sausages. There are so many of them in the pack I didn't want to get stuck with something I didn't like. The Aidell's meatballs were enough of an adventure for me.

        They have individual sizes (6 oz maybe) of Brown Cow in various flavors 3 for $1. Similar sizes of Horizon organic yogurt are also 3 for $1.

        Cans of Earth Pure organic tomato sauce were 2 for $1.

        Large cans of Nature's promise organic whole, chopped and crushed tomatoes (some with basil) are 79 cents.

        Arrowhead Mills 10 oz boxes of Amarinth flour are 2 for $1.

        HUGE 100 serving boxes of Quaker Oatmeal are $5.99.

        And just to mention again because the price is so great, boxes of pectin that sell at Albertsons and Safeway for $2.79 are 2 for $1 at Grocery Outlet.

        1. re: rworange

          I didn't see those sausages in that GO this evening, but they did have individual packages of chicken with spinach and gouda for $2.29. I had them for dinner and they were delicious.

          1. re: Ruth Lafler

            Does GO take manufacturer's coupons, 'cause if so, Score! I bought some Fantastic World Foods dehydrated "cup of soup/noodles" made by Homegrown Naturals in Napa. They looked convenient to keep in the desk drawer and not overly filled with nasty chemicals. They were 2/$1, which I thought was a pretty good deal. But when I opened one up, I saw that inside the outer cardboard casing was a 50 cent off coupon, so if I go back for more, they're ... free! Can't beat that price!

            1. re: Ruth Lafler

              For the most part, they do not take coupons. I remember one guy in line ripped off a coupon that was on his beer and tried to use it but couldn't. They explained they do take a certain kind of coupon but most coupons don't qualify.

              1. re: Ruth Lafler

                No - we don't take manufacturer's coupons. Reason is, most of what we buy is either excess inventory, package is being changed or a size, flavor or brand that is no longer being produced - so they are sold to us at or very close to the manufacturer's cost to produce - they're not making enough off of us to fund coupons.
                We occasionally put out our own coupons that are good at any Grocery Outlet. Some individual stores will also put out coupons that are only good at their location.

            2. re: rworange


              I missed your Aidell's meatball info. Somehow they didn't appeal to me at all! The packaging made them look like plastic. Were they any good?

              Looks like everybody in the world has gotten into the sausage sweepstakes!

              1. re: oakjoan

                No. No flavor of the meatballs is any good. They are not horrible, just not at all tasty. The best of the lot was the chipotle ... but I ate those during my $3 a day dining thing ... so that could have slightly upped their appeal. The worst are the sundried tomato which are pure salt. The teriyaki pineapple tastes like niether teriyaki nor pineapple. The buffalo wing or something like that are inoffensive at bestt.

        2. Anymore wine specials or close-outs? Are the Covey Run chardonnays still there for 99 cents a bottle (by the case)?

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          1. re: baron45

            not positive, but think that I did see some more Covey Run Chardonnay in the Oakland store. Noticed some Rabbit Ridge wine, but don't remember the variety. the boxed wines they had before were mostly gone.

            Grocery Outlet
            2900 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94611

            1. re: zippo

              They had some boxed wines -- I bought some Turning Leaf chard to use for cooking -- $2.99 for three liters, which is 75 cents a bottle. They also had a Turning Leaf red (Merlot, I think) for the same price. They had some other boxed wines as well. I just realized (duh!) that boxed wines are perfect for cooking, since you can use what you need and then keep the rest for quite a while

              They had Chateau la Paws (the label Rosenblum uses for their Rhone varietal blends) for $3.99 -- both the red and the white, 2002 vintage. I bought a couple of reds that looked interesting: a 2004 Cottesbrook (NZ) Pinot Noir ($4.99) and a 2003 Spires Barossa Valley Shiraz ($3.99).

              1. re: Ruth Lafler

                I opened up the Turning Leaf chardonnay and found it to be perfectly acceptable cooking wine -- fruity, without any oak or vanilla (which I hate). Not terribly sophisticated, but not thin and sour like bad white wine, either. I love that it will keep in the cupboard as I use what I want, instead of taking up room in the fridge.

                1. re: Ruth Lafler

                  It doesn't say to refrigerate the box after tapping?

                  1. re: Melanie Wong

                    I looked, and the package doesn't say anything about refrigerating. Maybe it assumes you will refrigerate it, because you'll be drinking it chilled. I don't know why it would need to be refrigerated if the packaging is keeping it airtight and aseptic.

                    I'll look again, though.

                    1. re: Ruth Lafler

                      I double-checked the box last night -- read every panel, and there was no mention of refrigeration.

                      1. re: Ruth Lafler

                        Thanks for checking. I'll be interested in hearing how the first ounce compares to the last ounce.

                        1. re: Melanie Wong

                          Well, since I'm not drinking it straight, it will be hard to tell. I'll notice if it goes off, of course, but not necessarily if it diminishes in quality slightly.

                          1. re: Ruth Lafler

                            The typical claim is that boxed wine will stay fresh for 6 weeks without refrigeration. If your consumption is slower than that, it would be interesting to hear how it fares especially unrefrigerated. You might think about tasting a little of it before adding it to anything you're cooking, wouldn't want to spoil dinner.

                            WSJ - Boxed Wines Face the Six-Week Challenge

            2. re: baron45

              Covey Run is gone - there may be a little left in a few stores, but that's it.
              Now we've got Veramonte Chardonnay - $2.99 a bottle or $1.99 when you buy a case. I haven't tried it (and I'm not a Chardonnay fan myself) so I can't vouch for it...

              1. re: David Carlson

                If it's the same vintage of Veramonte chard, I had it about 18 months ago when it first hit the shelf. I assumed it was off-loaded due to the realignment in ownership and distribution and a sure bet. At the time was a lovely wine, a very good example of what Casablanca Valley can produce in Chardonnay and the price was a little higher then. I tried it again about 8 months ago and the finish and body have shrunk, but I's think it's still worth $2.99 to sample. Hope someone will try it and let us know.

                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  Heh ... with my last dinner, I considered my $3 a day eating plan over, so I opened the bottle of 2004 Veramonte Chardonnay. Don't know if that is the same bottle you tried.

                  The bad news is that this is coming from someone who knows nada about wine and just spent a month slurping FIsh Eye wines. Not that that isn't a decent wine, but right now anything else tastes great to me.

                  It doesn't have the buttery taste of most chardonnay's with more of a sharp edge. There's a little apple taste to it. If I did a blind tasting I would never identify this as a chard. It would seem worth trying for the $2.99 price and see if it matches personal wine tastes.

                  1. re: rworange

                    Good tasting note, rw! That's good news if the chardonnay is holding onto its acidity levels. The sharper edge of higher acid levels and green apple taste/aromas are hallmarks of the chardonnay grape variety grown in a cooler climate. The Casablanca area in Chile has the cool climate for growing Burgundian varieties, that is, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and has a lot of promise.

                    The first time I tasted it, I did sit down to write a formal tasting note because I thought this showed its regional character so well, plus being well-made compared to its price point peers. But it's not at hand. I can't remember whether it had any malo-lactic fermentation or not --- does it say on the back label? I do recall that the texture and creaminess on the palate seemed like it had been subject to battonage (lees stirring).

                    When it first appeared on the shelves, there was also a Veramonte Merlot, maybe 2002 vintage, that was very good too. But I didn't think it would hold up very long.

                    1. re: Melanie Wong

                      Nope, no info about fermentation on the back label, just where it is grown, the vintner, the importer, alcohol (13.5%), the govt warning about drinking alcohol, and their own evaluation "stunning ... with sumptous fruit flavors, a touch of spice and a crisp, refreshing finish".

                      I agree with the last. When I have another glass for dinner, I'll have to evaluiate the rest. BTW, it is a screwtop cap.

                      Thanks for the info.

                      1. re: Melanie Wong

                        Hey ... thanks for mentioning the Merlot. I just remembered today there was a red you tried, so I picked up a bottle of the 2000 and 2003 Veramonte Cabarnet Sauvignon.

                        The 2000 was past its prime. It is drinkable but pretty flat. The cork was crumbly.

                        However, the 2003 when it was first opened was amazing. Saying it was the best bottle of $2.99 wine is damning it with faint praise. It outclassed most of the wines I've had up to the $20 range.

                        It had the taste of blueberries and the tannin had just mellowed perfectly. A few hours earlier for breakfast I had fresh blueberries I bought from Rainbow Orchard and there was not mistaking this wine had a strong note exactly like that.

                        The only wierd thing is I think it fades quickly. I had another glass a few hours later and it didn't have all the pronoucned flavors just after opening. I'm going to buy another bottle tommorrow to see if the taste is different from what I have left.

                        Disclaimer: I know nothing about wine. Like people say about art ... I only know what I like.

                        The San Pablo Grocery Outlet now has a fresh meat counter. There's a lot of cryo-vacked beef, some of the big tubes of hamburger and fresh Tyson chicken. The chicken prices were pretty good ... about 99 cents lb. The beef seemed pricy, but I don't buy a lot of beef. Given the nearby Raley's markdowns, I doubt I'd be buying meat here.

                        1. re: Melanie Wong

                          A friend who worked in the wine industry for quite a while really loved the chardonnay saying it was as good as any 20 - 30 bottle he's tried. The first words out of his mouth were about the malo-lactic fermentation ... which he is fond of.

                          He said it reminded him of Mataza Creek Winery's chardonnays ... in the glory years prior to being sold to Kendall-Jackson ... not in the same class but he thought it compared favorably.

                          He was working in the wine biz about the time Matanzas was first producing Journey.

                          He tasted apple and melon and thought it was buttery which I still don't detect. He's planning on picking up quite a bit more. He really thought it was an outstanding price.

                          He wasn't as fond of the 2003 Cabernet as I was straight of a newly opened bottle, but liked the comparison bottle I had opened a few days before. He thought it benefitted from airation but thought it was oaky and still had too much tanin and would benefit by aging a few more years in the bottle.

                          He did like the 2000 cab more but thought neither was in the same class as the chard.

                2. Spotted at RWC today:

                  -Horizon Lowfat Organic Yogurt Tubes - $1.29 -- (8) 2 oz. tubes to pkg. 4 blueberry, 4 strawberry. 2 oz. isn't much, but the tube is a good form factor for eating in the car on the way to work.

                  -Dannon Frusion smoothies -- $2 for 1. Banana berry flavor only. It does have HFCS. Exp. date was 8/16. I passed and bought Horizon Organic Yogurt Tubes instead. Left me wondering why didn't I buy more of those Stonyhill Farms ones...esp. after I noticed they were $1.69 at Whole Foods.

                  - Terra chips - $1.99 -- Salt and vinegar. I'm not a big fan, but they're ok.

                  -Aidell's sausages - $2.99. Mostly mango. A couple of packages of pork andouille. And of course, the dreaded buffalo (wing flavored) meatballs from last month's thread.

                  -Del Monte organic tomato paste - 39 cents.

                  -Seeds of Change pasta sauce - $1.99 -- Summer tomato basil and Balsamic & Onion. I got the summer tomato basil. It's a pretty chunky sauce. Nice for quick homemade pizza.

                  -Capri bococcini - $2.49.

                  -Haagen Dazs -- $1.49 - Dulce de Leche and Caramel Cone. Dulce de Leche was new today. Full fat.

                  I saw a couple of people w/ bottles of Chateau Souvrain Chardonnay in their carts, but none in the store. I've had bad luck w/ the wines, so I didn't take the risk.

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                  1. re: kivarita

                    Haven't tried it yet, but for $1.99 I took a chance with the Chateau Souvrain 2002 Sauvignon Blanc. Also picked up the $1.99 Viognier from Domaine De Vedilhan which probably was throwing $2 bucks away since it is a 2000 bottle ... welcome to the new millenium.

                    The colorful little red chile on the bottle of PKNT carmenere from Chile got to me so I threw $2.99 to the wind since I never tried carmenere before ... good or bad. Though since Bronco Wine is the US distributor, I'm not expecting too much. Won't try any of these till later in the week.

                    For the person who asked, the San Pablo store still has a lot of of Covey Run for $1.49 with a case discount.

                    The other boxed wine for $2.99 is the Black Swan ... which is ... well, Black Swan ... go with the Turning Leaf if buying what is available boxed currently.

                    1. re: rworange

                      Thanks for the Covey Run observation. I'll have to make a stop and load up. I bought 6 cases a month ago and other customers were inquiring about it. Decent wine for 99 cents a btl.

                      1. re: baron45

                        There were still about 8 cases of Covey Run at the San Pablo store as of today.

                        1. re: rworange

                          The Berkeley GO had lots of the Covey Run chard today.

                  2. At the Redwood City GO the other day, they were selling the large bars of Ghirardelli intense dark chocolate (70%) and dark chocolate with citrus for $1 per bar. Excellent price and the quality was fine.

                    1. I was looking through my coupon/grocery store ads that I get in the mail, and noticed one for Grocery Outlet (which I hadn't noticed before) and it mentioned that a new location has opened in Sonoma county, in Rohnert Park. 6335 Commerce Blvd, across the street from the Safeway shopping center. Just thought I would mention it. So now Sonoma county has three locations, Santa Rosa, Petaluma and Rohnert Park.

                      They also seem to be having some sort of contest, where, if you put your grocery receipt into a box they provide, along with your name and phone number, you can win (3 lucky winners! says the flier) a Grocery Outlet GIft Card. Drawing held on Aug. 31st at noon. I'm not sure if this is all the locations, or just the new one in Rohnert Park.

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                      1. re: chocolateninja

                        Hey, if you go to Santa Rosa GO, be sure to look for the fancy pasta for $1 box - Artigiano Pastaio from Cav. Giuseppe Cocco - 1# boxes of angelhair & spaghetti, other boxes of shapes. 6 choices in all. Lots of organic tomato products if you go for that, but basil is flourishing now too.

                        1. re: Stephanie Sugars

                          You should ask for the Department Manager or the store Owner, either will know when they get their loads. If you ask for the Buyer, they may send you to corporate headquarters. We love hearing from customers, but we don't know when each store gets their delivery.

                          1. re: Stephanie Sugars

                            End of August report -

                            At Santa Rosa store today-

                            The Fine Cheese Company crackers 6.2 oz box for $1.49 (walnut-oat and oat with mustard & black peppe). From chow review - "Seek out The Fine Cheese Co. crackers. They make an amazing variety of crackers to "pair" with cheese ...But they have a "walnut & oat" biscuit that rocks the socks off of the Carr's! " (http://www.chow.com/digest/3074). Best by Oct. 2007. Taste great to me, not stale. I think they're hard to find & usually sell for much higher price.

                            Seeds of Change Bayano organic chocolate bars with 70% dark chocolate with cacao nibes & cinnamon oil - 3.53 oz for $1.49.

                            The pasta mentioned in post above is just about gone. Only angelhair left. Across the aisle are organic roasted garlic and chopped ginger in 4.25 oz bottles for $1 and Eden organic apple concentrate for $1.50. Also, many organic tomato sauce products.

                            Thomas Ballantyne Scottish Smoked Salmon Pieces, 8 ounces. deli package, $3.99 still available.

                            As are green mussels mentioned by Zippo on 8/19.

                            Organic brown eggs $2 for 18.

                            Price of milk is rising - now $1.29.

                            May we please start a new GO thread on Saturday?

                            Grocery Outlet
                            1116 4th St, Santa Rosa, CA 95404