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Jan 8, 2008 12:59 PM

January 2008 - Grocery Outlet

Adell's sausages $2.99 (in order of personal preference) Use or freeze by Feb 2008
- habenero & green chili
- spinach and feta
- artichoke and garlic
- mango (tie)
- apple (tie)

Mariani sliced almonds, whole almonds, walnut halves $2.99 - 10 oz best by 10/09/08

S & W stewed tomatoes 69 cents
Del Monte diced tomatoes (no salt added) 69 cents

Elf herring in sour cream ($1.99) small jar (San Pablo store)

small bagged tangerines 3 lbs $2. 29 (IIRC)

Smoked canned scallops 79 cents

Tindini Australian boxed Shiraz 4 liters $4.99

Koala Australian boxed Shiraz and Chardonnay 3 liters $6.99

Cordier boxed wines are back at Oakland 4 liters $3.99

Gibson port, sherry, and marsala $2.99

Angel Juice boxed Reisling $3.99 ... didn't buy this because of a negative post on another of their wines but who knows ... this is a different variety.

Good Value paper towles 2 for $1.

Hunt's organic diced tomatoes 69 cents
Montreaux sparkling wine $14.99

On going
Land O Lakes unsalted butter $2.59 1 lb
Quaker oats 18 oz 2 for $1

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  1. About some of the OP items

    I hated the Aidell's meatballs so much I forgot I liked the sausages. I hadn't tried the habenero and green chile before and they were good and had a nice zing. Aidell's has recipes which are pretty good on the package. I tried the black bean and sausage on this pack (with a few added spices and real black beans not canned). With 2 cans of those 69 cent Hunts tomatoes ... including costs for what I had at home this was 4 generous servings for a total of about $5.

    The artichoke has really nice pieces of chopped artichoke in it and the recipes suggests mixing with breadcrumbs and stuffing an artichoke. This sounds like a swell idea to me so they sit in my freezer until I find an artichoke I like.

    Those little tangerines are really good. This is the end of the season so check the bag to make sure there isn't a tangerine gone bad in there. This is true everywhere for clementines at this time of year.

    I didn't think the $6.99 boxed Koala shiraz was worth it. It was competing price-wise with Franzia and wasn't any better.

    The Tindini boxed wine ... I don't know. I've always read about wines that have notes of 'tobacco'. This has a loud chorus of tobacco in it ,... strong, strong tobacco taste ... might make me take up smoking.

    I am sure that Montreaux sparkling wine was wonderful at one time (originally $39.99) However, it lost most of its bubbles like a bottle sitting uncorked a few hours. Even not as its best, the wine itself had such a good flavor I'm sorry it lost the bubbles.

    Those Gibson wines are really decent for recipes.

    I like the smoked scallops.

    The paper towels .are actually not bad for a cheap paper towel. Not as flimsy as some and compared favorably with Bounty. I bought one roll to give it a try and then went back and bought a dozen. Good for wiping up food spills in the kitchen.

    BTW, at the bottom of the cash register receipt is a number to take a survey and have a chance to win a $500 food card from Grocery Outlet ... that could keep you in Grocery Outlet food for what ... ten years at those prices. Painless survey ... alas, I was not a winner but can take another shot in 90 days.

    2 Replies
    1. re: rworange

      Saying that something is no better than Franzia, is like saying its no better than CRAP. Sorry, but there is a limit to how disgusting and industrial wine can be. If you were to buy Frozen BEEF lips, that is the food equivalent of Franzia wine.
      At the Oakland store there is a 2001 White Burgundy from Faiveley that is decent for 3.99 a bottle. and the Cordier box may be decent, but Franzia and Koala?

      1. re: jason carey

        That's exactly what I was saying trying to avoid the word crap. It is just if someone were unfamiliar with these boxed wines they are best avoided. I took the bullet. Thanks for the suggestion on the Faiveley.

    2. The Berkeley store also has the herring in sour cream. Thanks for the heads up about that. I haven't had any since the Richmond Costco stopped carrying it. I also bought a 24 oz. Seeds of Change Puttanesca sauce for 1.99. I've had good stuff from them in the past. Also Newman's Own peanut butter cups for fifty cents. Dark chocolate!

      3 Replies
      1. re: Glencora

        Never mind about the peanut butter cups. They have a funny aftertaste.

        1. re: Glencora

          so do the caramel cups, even worse. i tried both. i guess it's the chocolate? i think there might be some coconut oil in there but i don't have the package on me.

          1. re: choctastic

            Not sure of the reason. The wrapper says that it has palm kernel oil.

      2. The GO in West San Jose had AlterEco (fair trade) 100 gram chocolate bars for $1.99 in two varieties: dark chocolate with roasted almonds (which is also organic) and milk chocolate with cashews and raisins.

        Interestingly, on looking at the labels, I noted that neither bar contains an emulisifier (lecithin) that almost all chocolate bars -- even high end ones -- have. The dark chocolate bar also has no vanilla, which I prefer. In fact, it's one of the better chocolate bars I've tasted recently, and certainly a great value at that price. They also had the dark chocolate Snickers snowmen (which Oakland was out of) -- I stocked up! (vbg)

        1. Some interesting things at RWC GO today...

          I didn't get these but noted them:

          The Greek Gods greek yogurt (vanilla cinnamon orange flavor- $2 for 1
          (Seriously, no commas. That's one flavor)
          Land O'Lakes "Country Morning Blend" -- 60% margarine, 40% butter, 1 lb. block.
          Silk soy milk (individual size box) vanilla flavor - 3 for $1
          Seeds of Change pasta sauce -- Porcini mushroom and Puttanesca - $1.99
          Newman's Own Organic Tomato Basil sauce - $1.99 (I think)

          Even more Xmas candy & cookies have come in -- Crunch bar Jingles, gingerbread slice and bake cookies. They also had a party pack of Kaukauna cheese balls -- 3 flavors in case you didn't get enough over the holidays. :-)

          The stuff I did get was pretty boring --
          Quaker instant oatmeal - apples & cinnamon - $2.49
          Shop Rite Organic Rosemary and Thyme potato chips - $1.69
          Chunky "Healthy Request" Chicken Noodle Soup - $1.59 (seen them at Target for the same price)
          Rykrisps - Seasoned - 99 cents

          From last month, I tried the Kahiki Foods frozen General Tso's chicken. I've seen it at Whole Foods. It was fine, but nothing to write home about. The chicken had a nice actually grilled flavor, the frozen veg was ok, but you could tell they were frozen. Brown rice in it was pretty flavorless. They also have Szechuan Beef and Mandarin Orange Chicken.

          1 Reply
          1. re: kivarita

            The Greek Gods yogurt is terrible -- avoid at any cost! It's not real strained Greek yogurt, it's just got added thickeners.

            On the other hand, those ShopRite organic potato chips are yummy.

          2. Stopped by the Hayward GO and bought:

            1) Hardy's Shiraz/Grenache box wine 3L for $2.99
            2) Jack Daniels BBQ sauce 99 cents (expiration 7/08)
            3) Portofino ground coffee (28 oz) $2.99

            No Aidell's sausages here, only another brand (Chef Select?). Also no tangerines. This store appears smaller than Berkeley or Oakland locations.

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            1. re: baron45

              Just a note on the items purchased above:

              1. The Portofino coffee is awful-----very bitter.
              2. The Hardy's wine is very light, almost rose-like but it is not labeled as such. Too fruity and without any backbone.
              3. Haven't tried the BBQ sauce yet.