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October 2007 - Grocery Outlet

Suppose there should be a new thread for what's currently available.

Land O Lakes butter is back - $2.49 lb
Breyers organic ice cream (vanilla or coffee) $2.99 quart

Earthbound farms Organic prunes (dried plums). MAJOR deal - $1.50 for a 15 oz canister. HOWEVER, the best used by date is 11/15/07. I think they are fine. One warning is that one prune had a sliver of pit in it, so be cautious eating these. Only one so far.

Breyer's omega3 yogurt 6 for $1 ... skip. It is past the expiration date. I bought blueberry a few weeks back when it was 3 for $1. I liked it but I had a cold so didn't feel reliable reporting on it. However, yesterday I was contemplating which flavor to buy when one shopper went into a major rant about not buying it. From her description ... watery with lumps ... it sounds like it turned. We looked at the expiration date and it was 9/28.

September thread. Some of that stuff is still out there. I snagged the last box of Hardy's Shraz Grenache ($3.99 four liters) .... unfortunately. It is ok in a pink wine way but I should have known better since I've never been a fan of any of Hardy's wine.

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  1. Was the taco truck there this time? I used to go quite frequently, mostly for the dried beans, but it was only there about one time in three. This was over a year ago, though.

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      1. re: Marc Wallace

        I work at Summit and so go to the ol' Groc Out regularly and for the last 6 months at least the taco truck has been there every day. It's a common lunch time destination for me, as there's not too much else really close there.

        My big find yesterday was the Cabot Greek-style yogurt, big container for 99 cents. Doesn't expire until 10-29. Flavlor is great, tangy and well balanced. Texture isn't quite as creamy and wonderful as Fage, but still a hell of a deal for a buck.

        1. re: Marc Wallace

          I was there on Friday and the taco truck was there. At the Oakland store, right?

        2. Best find today at RWC GO were chubs (for lack of a better word) of Sonoma Jack cheese in varying sizes for $3.39/lb. They had traditional, hot pepper, garlic jack and chipotle.

          They had the Cabot Greek yogurt as well, but only individual size and in flavored varieties -- chocolate, vanilla bean and tropical fruit. Non-starter for me.

          Also picked up some Alexia frozen sweet potato fries (family size) for $1.99.

          1. Oakland store, 10/7/07

            I am really remiss because I didn't save my receipt, thus don't really remember how much anything was. Yikes. Anyway, I got some Hahn's Yogurt & Cream Cheese Spread that I really like (expired 9/3/07, but still perfectly fine). It's honey walnut flavor.

            We picked up several boxes of the Chateau Les Gravettes box wine discussed in the Sept 2007 GO thread. My husband really likes it and thinks he needs to pick up a bunch more. I totally agree with RL's assessment of it as "thin."

            Danish Choice Blackcurrant Reserve. Delicious. Production date 5/24/07. Best before 5/24/09.

            Martinelli's apple cider, expires sometime in 2009. A somewhat odd taste to it.

            Bought several rose wines--have not tried yet: Red Beret 2004 Cotes du Rhone / Fish Eye Chillin' Red Shiraz 2005. Really horrible labels and names, so it's good that I didn't pick them out--I am the summer rose drinker in the house and maybe I will find a winner that I wouldn't have otherwise picked up.

            Amy's Pizzas -- couldn't find a price anywhere in the 2 freezer areas stocked with these pizzas, but I bought one. Amy's Mattar Paneer frozen dinner, I think $2.99. I love most of the Amy's products, so I'm willing to take a risk on almost everything except the cheeseless or soy cheese pizzas.

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            1. re: Atomica

              Just went to Oakland store yesterday and Amy's pizzas were marked at $4.99 -- I also bought the Amy's Palak Paneer. I agree that most of Amy's frozen dinners are pretty tasty.

              There was also Hero brand sugar-free orange marmalade $.99 for a small jar. Haven't tried it yet, but it looks promising.

              Although I went seeking Bliscotti (I haven't seen this there for a few while), since there was none, I bought Breyer's French Vanilla - if I recall correctly, it was $1.99/pint.

              And GenSoy Soy Crisps were selling for $.99 in various flavors - Salt and Vinegar, Ranch and Nacho.

              Danish Choice preserves in Blackcurrant, as well as Raspberry is still there, too.

              1. re: hibiscuits

                I wouldn't recommend the sugar-free marmalade. Way too artificially sweet tasting for me.

            2. Those bags of fuji apples (5lb? 10 lb?; 2.99? 3.99? sorry, didn't take notes) out front at the GO in Oakland on Broadway are VERY good--crisp, juicy, sweet; maybe they're not the voluptuous gargantuan ones you get at the farmers markets, but easier to eat out of hand.
              And the Breyer's 15/4.99 vanilla-almond ice cream bars are back. I just read the sign.

              1. Many varieties of Jacobsen's Danish butter cookies for 99ยข. Tried the macadamia and the chocolate chip shortbread fingers with a preference for the shortbread fingers even though most were broken.

                1. Mr. Carlson -

                  Is there any chance a Grocery Outlet will ever open in the SF-Daly City-South SF area?

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                  1. re: DavidT

                    We'd love to. Our old SF location was our #1 store, but we couldn't get the lease renewed. In fact, there's a site we're looking at, but until we have a signed lease, we're keeping it quiet - I'm not even sure where it is...

                    1. re: David Carlson

                      There is a big vacant supermarket on 32nd & Clement in SF where Albertson's (and previously Safeway) used to be. I'd like a new GO over there, please. It's been vacant for over a year now.

                      1. re: David Carlson

                        Since we're making requests, any chance of a GO in the Sunnyvale/Mountain View area ? There's the abandoned Golden Phoenix Market site at Middlefield and Rengstorff in Mountain View.

                          1. re: YSZ

                            Oh, please look at the old Golden Phoenix market in Mountain View. It would cut down much carbon emissions from our household spent driving up to RWC...

                    2. At the Berkeley store today:

                      Organic chardonnay and cabernet grape juices, 79 cents a bottle or $2.99/four pack. I bought one of each, and so far I've tried the chardonnay, which typically for wine grapes has a good flavor but is very sweet with honey notes. However, it's pure juice, just diluted with filtered water. I diluted it even more! From Fiorini Family Vineyards.

                      Other organics:

                      Breyers Organic ice cream, vanilla bean, chocolate and coffee flavors, $2.99/quart
                      Kikkoman soy milk in single-serving tetrapaks, 3/$1 chocolate and vanilla

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                      1. re: Ruth Lafler

                        Grape juices sound like a good value. Any comparison to the pricey Navarro gewurz and pinot noir juices (gealso quit sweet)--recently sampled at the Chowing with the Hounds picnic?

                      2. After an indulgent lunch at Shanghai on Webster near 9th Street of Green Onion Pancake, Rice Cake with Leeks and Shanghai Noodles (three dishes for $16.50 including tax w/o tip with plenty of leftovers), had the energy to walk to 29th Street and Broadway for some sleuthing at Oakland Grocery Outlet:

                        - Naked Blue Machine Smoothie, 32 oz. $1.49, enjoy by 10/21/07. apple juice, banana and blueberry puree with 100% of many vitamins from Naked Juice of Azusa, Ca. great price for this Odwalla-type drink.

                        - Harry's All Natural Sourdough Pretzels, 15 oz. bag, $1.49. Other varieties available. date 12/04/07. A few month ago someone was asking about sourdough pretzels on this board, here they are. By Harry's Premium Snacks, a division of Hain Celestial.

                        - Boca Meatless Ground Burger Lasagna, frozen 10.5 oz. box, $1.49. Usually this kind of stuff is about $2. haven't tried it yet.

                        - Amy's Indian Palak Paneer (Creamed Spinach with Rice & Dal w/ Organic Spinach, Rice & Beans), 10 oz. frozen carton, $2.99. 9 grams total fat. will try it next week.

                        - Breyer Love Fruit, 4 bars of mixed berry puree on a stick in a 12 oz.box. 2 grams of total fat per 3 oz. bar. I think that it tastes good but they melted because I had to walk the last mile home after taking the bus.

                        - There were boxed wines (Gravette and Hardy?) as well as a American made Belgian White Ale (one of my favorite styles) for $4.99/6-pack. Chocolate Soy Milk for 99 cents for a 32 oz. carton (located on shelves above freezer cases) and lots of Kashi GoLean Oatmeal Raisin Bars, 2.75 oz., 25 cents per bar or $2.99 for a box of 12 bar. Better if used by June 21, '08. 5 grams total fat per bar and 6 grams of fiber. tasty. I bought 4 boxes and will go back for more to stash some at work and in the car, if I had a car. They still had bottles of the Red Beret 2004 Rose for $1.99 which I had previously and liked and hope someone with a more sophisticated palate than mine will report on. For the adventurous, there are 1/2 gallon cartons of low fat and chocolate milk for $1.49 each with Omega-3's added with a tasteless fish oil. Save your heart and save some money at the same time.


                        1. last Saturday at Oakland Grocery Outlet, picked up Olave Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Chile, 500 ml for $3.99 per bottle. Taste of freshly mown grass, distinctive, and has won some awards. I think that Melanie was asking about olive oils at GO some months ago. they had a selection of about 4 or so.
                          OH, and Spanish Peaks Summer (Belgian) White Beer, a 6-pack for $4.99. haven't tried it yet but love Belgian whites.

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                          1. re: zippo

                            Thanks, looked for Olave EVOO at the local GO, but no such luck.

                            1. re: Melanie Wong

                              if you do see it at a store and pick it up, please let me know what you think. amazon.com is selling the same bottle for $11.95

                              here's the link to the Amazon ad:

                            2. re: zippo

                              I didn't see it at Oakland, but the Petaluma GO had it. Actually Petaluma had tons of inexpensive Olive Oil ... although Crisco EVVO just seemed wrong... Crisco is just going to have to assume a different name if it wants to sell olive oil. Anyway a bottle was $3.99.

                              They had some 8oz Star Toscano and California olive oils for $2.99. The thing with GO is I'll throw $2-$3 dollars to the wind but in the past most of the olive oil was at least $7 and over ... too much to play around with.

                              1. re: rworange

                                I saw it at Oakland last time I was there -- it was with the sugar and other baking stuff.

                            3. There are currently whole frozen Tyson oven-roasted chickens for $1.99.

                              Raleys is selling the same chicken for $5.99 this week.

                              Not a ringing endorsement, but if you read the above link, they have their advantage. Also, they seem to be going fast.

                              This is not a product I would ever buy on my own. However I was chatting with one shopper and she said they were really good. Then while looking them over, another shopper tells the clerk, they were great and he only wished he had a larger freezer.

                              I'd say they equal the average Safeway/Albertsons, etc rotisserie chicken, so for the price and convenience they are a deal.

                              They also sell single breasts and legs for 99 cents. Packs with two legs or breasts or oven-roasted hot wings are $1.99.

                              I snagged the last lemon pepper chicken and I don't know if the dates are different for the other chickens. The freeze-by date was 7/31/07. I'm assuming that is the reason for the price. The chickens didn't sell by the freeze-by date so they were frozen. Like I said, the chicken I had was fine.

                              Also Thomas Kemper soda is $1.99 for a six pack there was ginger ale and two other flavors I'm not recalling.

                              They also have Mom's Oatmeal ... or something like that for $2.99 for the large 42 oz canister. It is as good as Quaker. Given that, I've discovered the same size Target House-brand oats for $1.99 which is also Quaker quality. .... so ... so long Mom's.

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                              1. re: rworange

                                Also had 1-lb packages of irregularly sliced proscuitto (sp?); I bought a package and for a sandwich garnish, salad, etc., for $2.99, I think the price is very good--the package I got was very good quality.

                                1. re: rworange

                                  I picked up the Thomas Kemper ginger ale. That's a good price, but it's only an average ginger ale. I like the orange and the rootbeer from TK better.

                                2. Oakland 10/25/2007:

                                  I think the "find" was Alaska Smokehouse Salmon -- both 8 oz ($4.99) and 16 oz. ($7.99) packages in pristine condition. I don't even like smoked salmon and I almost bought some to take to my sister's or her MIL's next time I visit.

                                  Del Monte Organic tomato paste, 39 cents for 6 oz. cans

                                  DeLoach 2000 Pinot Noir $5.99 -- according to the web, this originally retailed at $50!

                                  Lots of Terra Blues chips -- not marked, but the clerk thought they were $1.99.

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                                  1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                    So I tried the Tyson frozen 1.99 per package chicken wings. Texture wise, actually pretty good. The sauce? had a real odd, tinny, sharp taste to it. I didn't have any blue cheese to kill the flavor of the sauce; next time, I will splash some Frank's hot sauce on them when done. Yeah, there will be a next time--pretty good snack for the money.
                                    Oh and those oven roasted Tyson chickens? I'm heating one up right now, and happily, it fits in my 1950's vintage Ovenette!

                                    1. re: MKatrinaToo

                                      Thanks for the feedback on the wings. I bought some but haven't got to them yet. Nice to know what to expect.

                                      I bought the DeLoach 2000 Pinot Noir which GO says sells usually for $9. Tried it with a friend who knows wine and he said it was a good price for the wine. He considers DeLoach good wines. He thinks though that for a Pinot Noir it didn't age as long as it might have and is a little beyond its prime. He suspects the bottles were stored upright and the cork dried out a bit, though it wasn't crumbly. It does have a lovely bouquet still though it is a little one-dimensional taste-wise.

                                      Bought the salmon but haven't tried it yet. They have lots of cheese lately. There is some sliced organic cheddar, jack and colby for $2.49. Haven't tried it yet.

                                      What I did try was the plastic tub of Celebrity cream chease for $1.29. Tastes a lot better than Philly ... a nice tang and texture.

                                      1. re: rworange

                                        Yes, there have been a lot of cheeses. A few days ago they had some tasty imported port salut. $1.99 for 6 oz.

                                        1. re: rworange

                                          At the time, DeLoach made wines in several different product ranges at various price levels, including under $15, and quality varied accordingly. 2000 was a weak vintage for most north coast producers, and a $9 wine of that year wouldn't be expected to hold up more than a year.

                                      2. re: Ruth Lafler

                                        Finally tried the smoked salmon and it was pretty good. Definately a deal. While it isn't up there with something like Captn Mike's and that artisan group, it was miles better than anything I've bought at Trader Joe's or any supermarket. The only problem was that a freind recently treated me to some mind-blowing wonderful smoked salmon (sorry, didn't catch the name) and this had to contend with the recent memory of that. Still, very good. Only place I've seen it recently was in Oakland and that was over a week ago. It is on the fishy side ... in a good way ... and almost reminded me a little of Italian tuna.

                                      3. Soup season? Santa Rosa store has lots of soup choices including Pacific boxed stocks - chicken, veggie - $.99 each. Several choices of Wolfgang Puck's canned soup at same price. Crackers, chips and cheeses in great supply too.

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                                        1. re: Stephanie Sugars

                                          Has anyone tried Pacific's french onion soup? It's at the Berkeley store. Also Newman's Own Organic Caesar.

                                        2. Challenge European style butter is back, unsalted, 1/2 lb for $1.49. Just in time for holiday baking.

                                          More Terra chips, salt and vinegar, blues, and a new one, red, stripes and blues or something like that. $1.99

                                          Liked the watermelon juice, a bit sweet but for 69cents, a good way to get in the sandia daily quotient.

                                          Almond/cashew Roca, $4.99.

                                          One product that didn't work out was the fresh lasagne sheets imported from Italy for $1.99. No expiration date and the lot number stamped on the plastic was illegible. They were all stuck together and tore when we tried to pull them apart. Cynsa got the brilliant idea of slipping them in some warm water to see if they'd loosen up, which helped somewhat. Between two packages, we salvaged enough to make a mushroom and zucchini lasagna, but it was a lot of work. However, we did like the taste and texture of the product.

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                                          1. re: Melanie Wong

                                            The Terra red, white and blue chips are pretty good. Red and white chioga (sp?) beets, sweet potatoes (a bit too chewy and sweet for me), and slightly spicy blue potatoes. All natural. There are worse afterschool snacks.