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Apr 6, 2008 08:44 PM

Grocery Outlet -- April 2008

At Oakland:

Imported Italian honey -- chestnut and "high mountain" -- $1.79 for 500 gm. Hidden in the snack/condiment aisle at Oakland, didn't look like they had much. Also peach and strawberry jam from the same producer

Cascadian Farms organic strawberry fruit spread -- $3.99 for a twin pack of large (28 oz, I think) jars. They also had small jars for $1.49.

Aidell's Charburgers -- cheddar and blue cheese versions, $2.99. I actually paid full price for these (over $5) a couple of weeks ago after sampling them.

Imagine Organic Beef and Chicken broth, 99 cents for 1 quart tetra paks.

California Chips Creamy Chipotle potato chips. "All natural" chips, crisp, good, but really, really hot.

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  1. A Grocery Outlet will be opening soon in Novato -- wonder if they all carry the same products.

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    1. re: Sarah

      Stock varies from store to store, depending on how much they have.

      Oops, someone already started a thread:

      1. re: Ruth Lafler

        All the stores have the same product available to them, except occasionally when we don't have enough for all the stores - then the first ones to order get it. Stock varies quite a bit from store to store because not all stores order the same items and when they do, they order different quantities and sell at different rates.

    2. Ruth, please post back on the Imported Italian honey. I hope you both kinds. I love honey. Did you buy the peach & strawberry jams? Those prices are incredible!!

      Oh, please also post on what you thought of the Cascadian Farms organic strawberry fruit spread.

      Is there any good places to eat near the Oakland GO? I'd like to make it worth my time to drive over there.

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      1. re: hhc

        I didn't buy any jam -- I'm not big on peach and strawberry. They looked good, though -- I wouldn't have hesitated to buy the twin pack of Cascadian if I knew what to do with that much strawberr jam! I did buy one each of the honey and they are very good -- dark, rich, with the chestnut having the distinctive slightly bitter note of chestnut honey. The high mountain had started to crystallize slightly (still usable, of course), but the chestnut was still completely liquid. Great bargains!

        There's not much to eat right around the GO, although there's a taco truck parked on the street on the Broadway side of the parking lot on weekdays. However, it's not far from a few other chowish destinations (the Grand Lake farmers' market, the new Oakland Whole Foods, Piedmont Ave. (Dopo, Cesar, etc.)). I wouldn't guarantee there would be any honey left, though -- I don't know how much they had, but it didn't look like much.

        Grocery Outlet
        2900 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94611

        1. re: Ruth Lafler

          I got the acacia honey, as well as plum jam (did they not have plum at the Oakland one when you were there?). The jam is fine, and good for the price. I am very, very pleased with the honey. It's got a lovely, light floral taste. The texture is a little funky (kind of granular), but the taste (and the price) more than makes up for it.

          1. re: Hunicsz

            No, they didn't have plum jam or acacia honey when I was there. Sounds like the acacia is starting to crystallize slightly, too. It doesn't hurt the honey, and if you need it to liquify you can heat it slightly.

          2. re: Ruth Lafler

            FYI that taco truck has tasty, authentic food. Its the best taco around North Oakland until you hit International/Fruitvale. I had a yummy al pastor quesadilla. Big spicy deelish. Unfortunately, I don't think its there Sat. Sun.

            1. re: mmerino

              It is tasty, but I've often been past there and the truck was nowhere to be found. Weekends seem very unlikely, but weekdays 10a-1p are probable.

            2. re: Ruth Lafler

              It's also near Luka's Taproom at Grand and Broadway. A great place for lunch. Amazing soups, great hamburgers, catfish sandwiches and salads. Laid back chic.

            3. re: hhc

              Can eat at Oghane. Or head over to Telegraph and check out one of the other Korean places

            4. Went to Oakland GO on Friday and they still had a few flats.(None to be had in Berkeley) My friends love chestnut, so I got 3 from them and also picked up the Pear and Lemon Jam from the same producer. The texture is kinda in between jam and marmalade and the flavor is really good, very lemony which I like. Heck, for $1.49,
              why not! Also, Oakland had the Kettle Buffalo Blue chips (yum!) in the large bag for $1.99 (I think)
              The Mayan Chocolate Haagen Dazs we got at Berkeley was pretty good after the second bite, but I liked the Triple Chocolate (chocolate ice cream, chocolate swirl, truffle pieces) better. Happy Shopping!

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              1. re: BigWoodenSpoon

                I would have loved some pear and lemon if they'd had it. I was there late Sunday, maybe they will have restocked or it will show up somewhere else.

                1. re: Ruth Lafler

                  No more Pear & Lemon - we only got 36 cases total. The Hayward, Newark, Fairfield and San Jose (on Monterey) stores also got it and should still have some.
                  The Kettle Chips that BigWoodenSpoon (hi honey) mentioned are good, but I prefer the Creamy Chipotle chips mentioned in the OP.

                  1. re: David Carlson

                    Thanks, David! Hayward, here I come. I should mention that the Creamy Chipotle chips were only 99 cents for a 6 oz. bag -- great price.

                    1. re: Ruth Lafler

                      Only Strawberry, Peach and Wildberry at Hayward, but I found some other gems:

                      Native Kajalii Roasted Green Mole (review: "the green is a standout, with an exotic savouriness from ground pumpkin seeds and quite the chipotle aftertaste") -- $1.49

                      Christopher Ranch organic roasted garlic and organic "stir fry" (ginger and garlic) -- 99 cents

                      Terra Red Bliss Roasted Garlic and Parmesan potato chips -- one of my all time favorite chips. $1.99. Note that the sell by date on these is 4/20, and they seem to be verging on stale.

                      If you missed the limited edition razzleberry M&Ms, they have tons of them -- 3/99 cents.

                      Also: four different brands of organic bread and butter pickles, all $1.99. I bought the refrigerated Stroud's, which I've had before and are excellent.

                      And if your dog eats as well as you do: Nature's Recipe Rabbit and Rice canned food, 5.5 ounce cans 2/89 cents. This is a very high quality, hypoallergenic food with no fillers, etc.

                    2. re: David Carlson

                      Does anyone know if the Italian honey and jams are at the Sonoma county GOs (Rohnert Park and Petaluma)? If there is a good chance, I might have to take a trip out to the RP location this week to see what I can find.

                      1. re: chocolateninja

                        Nope, neither got any of it. Closest to that area that got any was Santa Rosa, and they only got the Chestnut honey.

                        1. re: David Carlson

                          Ah, thanks. DOH, I totally forgot about the Santa Rosa GO (closer to me than RP or Pet.)! I'll have to go check this week on the off chance they have any of the Chestnut left.

                        2. re: chocolateninja

                          From Santa Rosa store today- the honey at $1.79 is Eucalyptus. Slightly granular, very good - layers of flavor.

                          If I'd read this thread, I would have looked for jam...too late now.

                          Also, check the pasta aisle for same distributor - Organic farro Penne half kilo (1.1 lb) for $1.99. And Organic La Casarecce same size & price. Looks beautiful, I haven't cooked it up yet.


                          1. re: Columba

                            I also went to the Santa Rosa store yesterday and saw only the Eucalyptus Honey.. I asked Tiny, the manager, about it and he didn't know what I was talking about. He didn't even know they had the eucalyptus.

                            I tried to explain about this board, but I don't think he quite got that either.

                            1. re: Columba

                              Found today in Santa Rosa (on end aisle facing exit door) from same distributor - Aceto Rosato - a pinkish red (rose) wine vinegar half liter bottle for $1.69. It's milder than balsamic & would go well with tender greens or fruit.

                              Never saw any jam. Still lots of pasta - it's great!

                          2. re: David Carlson

                            David -- you wouldn't happen to know if other stores have different flavors of the Clif Nectar bars. I think I'm addicted.

                      2. At San Pablo store ...

                        QUART ... not pint ... of Double Rainbow blueberry ice cream ... $1.49.
                        Good blueberry flavor but DR uses regular corn syrup in addition to sugar so it is a bit sweet.

                        Lots of flavors of Hagaan Daz pints $1.49 including pistachio. The coconut sorbet is still 50 cents a pint.

                        Aidell's mango ginger breakfast sausage $2.99.
                        I like this quite a lot. There is a nice ginger zing along with pieces of sweet mango. These would go great with pancakes and maple syrup.

                        There are still the Niman Ranch cheese jalepeno sausages ... or something like that. I bought these a while back. I don't like them as much as the Aidell's. The flavor is ok, but the cheese oozes out a little watery.

                        Mariani walnut halves 8 oz $2.99
                        SNC(?) pecan halves 6 oz $2.59
                        Both fresh and worth the price.

                        I just have the ad but forgot to look but Santa Cruz organic apple/blueberry or apple/raspberry sauce ... 99 cents for 6-pack or 21 oz jar.

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                        1. re: rworange

                          I was glad to see the stock of Hagaan Daz coconut sorbet .... really enjoyed it and for 50 cents it's a great value. The HD Pistachio is also delicious and a good value at $1.49. There was another tropical fruit sorbet for $1.49 also and as you mentioned several other rich sounding flavors: Macadamia Nut brittle? and a very chocolatey combination with an interesting label that declared: extra rich and light at the same time! Love those marketing guys!
                          Got a few of those Lindt milk chocolate bars with pistachios/almond filling for 99 cents each. Also tried one of the Dark Chocolate Snickers Bars ( 3 for $1) - don't actually like it as much as the regular bar - the chocolate doesn't complement the filling as well but for 35 cents........

                          1. re: gordon wing

                            I think it was the Dulce de Leche that was described as extra rich and light - found that amusing...

                          2. re: rworange

                            I generally find that the nut prices at GO, while better than supermarkets, are not nearly as good as Trader Joe's. Actually, I bought some gorgeous walnut halves at the farmer's market for $5/pound.

                            1. re: Ruth Lafler

                              RW - are you sure those walnut halves are 8oz?
                              Only one I can find in our system are 10oz for $2.99 - which works out to $4.78/lb.
                              Of course, they're probably not as gorgeous as the ones from the farmer's market...

                              1. re: David Carlson

                                Ah ... probably right. I put them in a jar and threw out the bag.

                            2. re: rworange

                              THe Santa Cruz applesauce is very good, not overly sweet.

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