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Grocery Outlet May 2008

Had to dash in today to get some ice cream and take a quick glance around ...... noticed a container of arborio rice ( 27 oz?) for $1.99 ..... container was clear and the rice looked in good shape - not a bad price. Several varieties of Back to Nature crackers - including their take on triscuits - 99 cents for a smallish box. Several varieties of Anna's thin cookies - 99cents @. In the freezer case, Haagen Daas Macadamia Nut Brittle pints are $1.49 and they also have the Tropical Fruit Sorbet for the same price....both are good. Edy's Grand Vanilla Ice Cream is $2.99 for a half gallon. Sunland Natural Peanut Butter ( crunchy & smooth ) is $1.69 for an 18oz jar. Classico Basil Tomato Sauce is $1.79. Happy Hunting.

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  1. Thanks for starting this month's topic, Gordon! The Oakland store has had tons of those Anna's cookies my last couple of trips -- I keep forgetting to mention them.

    1. San Pablo store

      Hershey’s organic dark chocolate 3.53oz $1.49
      Pacific chicken broth 32 oz box 99 cents
      Imagine organic chicken broth 32 oz box 99 cents

      Tried both broths and in addtion to the Imagine being organic, it is a lot tastier. There was also some Imagine beef broth, I think.

      Hershey's is fine. Tastes like their regular dark chocolate.

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      1. re: rworange

        Yes, Imagine is much better than Pacific. Sadly the best chicken stock is Swanson, which is not organic, although they might make one now.

      2. Some random gets at RWC GO today:

        Frozen turnip greens (10 oz box) - 59c
        Uncured Oscar Mayer bacon - $1.79
        Welch's dried fruit Berry Medley (cranberries, cherries, blueberries, golden raisins) -- $2.99
        Distilled white vinegar --32 oz. -- 99c (good for decalcifying the coffee maker)

        IL Prosecco and Moscato - 375ml -- $1.99 (Haven't tried it yet. I was sucked in by cute packaging. The web site describes the prosecco as a "gentle sparkling white wine from the Italian Veneto region." And then says, "You ran into your boyfriend's ex and you happened to look especially fabulous that day? Cheers!" http://www.ilsparkling.com/

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        1. re: kivarita

          In SJ:

          Lindsay Gardens orange pekoe black tea bags -- 100 bags for 99 cents
          Covey Run Syrah and Cab/Merlot blend (750 ml btls): still $2.50
          Canterbury Naturals all natural lemon-poppy seed muffin mix $1.49
          Pacific chicken broth 32 oz box 99 cents (didn't see Imagine brand)
          Post cinnamon Shredded Wheat 17 oz cereal (expires 6/26/08) $1.99

          1. re: kivarita

            Pleasant Hill, slim pickings this week.

            Also picked up a couple bottles of Il Prosecco and Moscato, though haven't tried. Also $1.99. They had plenty of Covey Run for $2.50.

            Santa Cruz organic apple raspberry sauce- $1.49

            Skinny Cow vanilla and strawberry sorbet bars- pack of 6 for $2.99

            Back to Nature crackers, similar to Cheez Its, $0.99

            Silk organic soymilk and Silk Lite soymilk, small cartons $0.99, large for $1.99

            Nature's Path Peanut Butter Granola and Optimum Rebound Cereal- $1.79

            Ghiradelli Brownie Mix. Forgot to note the price, but there was plenty left.

            1. re: alag

              FYI -- the Santa Cruz organic apple raspberry sauce is super sour (or maybe it's just the batch that I bought). Anyway, I have a bunch here in my drawer that are too sour for me to eat.

                1. re: hummy

                  Nope, this is the second time I've bought it and it's tasted fine both times. Maybe a little more tart than regular applesauce, but definitely more than edible.

              1. re: kivarita

                Made the OM uncured bacon. I usually find the uncured variety of any brand kind of tasteless - it's the extra sodium w/ the nitrates and nitrites that I miss, I guess. The OM is actually pretty good. I'd definitely get it again.

                Other gets at RWC today:
                Bonne Maman Cherry preserves -- $1.99
                POM Pomegranate Peach White Tea (lg. size ) -- $1.99 (score!!) -- it looks like POM is going to plastic bottles to replace glass (less energy to produce and haul apparently) so we may be seeing lots more of it. Also had the individual size in various varieties for $1.49

                Haagen Dazs Extra Rich Light Mint Chip - $1.49
                Corazonas Salsa Picante chips -- $1.99
                http://www.corazonas.com/products/mmm...

                1. re: kivarita

                  San Pablo had Alouette creme fraiche for 99 cents. The ingrediant list wasn't too bad. If it was fresh fig season I would have bought some since that's about all I'll splurge the calories for creme fraiche.

                  Prices are starting to creep up. Aidelles sausges are now $3.99 not $2.99. There were a few other items I noticed were 50 cents or a dollar more.

              2. At the Berkeley store:

                Back to Nature "creme" cookies. "Better than Oreos" (says my 14yr old) with no trans fats or HFCS. .99

                California Healthy Harvest whole tomatoes (Organic) 28 oz. .79 Haven't tried this yet, but it could be a great deal.

                Muir Glen organic tomato sauce 15 oz .99 Good.

                Vital Vittles 9 grain bread 1.99. Makes the BEST toast.

                Haagen-Dazs tropical sorbet 1.49

                Has anyone tried the SARKS "rainforest French roast" coffee beans? 5.99 for 12 oz isn't cheap, but it is organic.

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                1. re: Glencora

                  Will you post when you try the organic whole tomatoes? The Muir Glen deal is seriously tempting.

                  Also would like to know if kivarita tried that prosecco yet. We are in DIRE need of making a wine run, and I'm wondering if there are any nice red wine deals.

                  1. re: Atomica

                    I tried the whole tomatoes yesterday. Good flavor, not too acidic. They didn't have whitish or yellowish hard spots near the stem end, the way bad canned tomatoes sometimes do. I'll get them again if I see them.

                    1. re: Glencora

                      Thank you. I went on Sunday to the Berkeley store and I think they've run out of Muir Glen. I didn't pick up the California Healthy Harvest whole tomatoes because I wasn't sure about them. Happily, Muir Glen was on sale at Whole Foods. If I get back to GO, I'll grab those whole tomatoes, though.

                    2. re: Atomica

                      We busted out the Moscato yesterday -- inoffensive, but nothing special. The prosecco we just opened -- not sure if I got a flat bottle, but though it claims to be a "gently sparkling" wine, it's practically flat w/ little to no effervescence at all. Taste-wise it just tastes like watered down white wine. I'm not a white wine spritzer drinker, but it's what I imagine it tastes like.

                      I'd pass on the prosecco.

                      1. re: Atomica

                        Oops - also meant to add the RWC store had Folie a Deux Menage a Troix (red) for $4.99 -- good price. Usually goes for about $10-12.

                    3. After terrific lunch yesterday at Ajanta of tandoori mushroom appetizer and entree of lotus root & veggies headed to Berkeley Grocery Outlet:

                      - Honey and Ginseng White Tea, 18 bags, 1.1 oz., from Stash Tea of Portland, $1.49, other varieties also;

                      - Celentano Light Lasagna, all natural, 10 oz. frozen package, $1.99, 5 grams total fat for 10 oz. serving, didn't see any additives in the ingredients. From Celentano Food of Buffalo, NY and

                      - Luna Nutition Bars, berry pomegranate tea cakes (1.4 oz pkg.), berry almond bars (1.69 oz. pkg.)and others, 2 bars for $1, distributed by Clif Bar of Berkeley.

                      From Oakland Grocery Outlet last Tuesday:

                      - Beyerskloof Cape Blend 2004 wine, cab sauv & pinotage & merlot blend from S. Africa, $4.99 for 750 ml bottle, 87 points from Wine Spectator
                      http://www.southernwines.com/beyerskl... and

                      - Organic Choco w/ organic cacao, malt extract, sugar, from Brazil, $1.99 for 14 oz. can, for cocoa drinks, from Trile of Brazil.

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                      1. re: zippo

                        I'm going to keep an eye out for that lasagne -- let me know if you try it soon. Those berry almond Luna bars are terrific, and a great price (cheapest retail price I know of is 99 cents at TJ's, most places are at least $1.49).

                        1. re: Ruth Lafler

                          had the lasagne for lunch and it was good even though I messed up the directions for making it in the microwave. With the lower-fat ingredients, it didn't have the oiliness that some lasagne has and it was not overly garlicky. I'd buy it again.

                          Berkeley GO also had 'Krinos Olive Medley in vinegar brine & olive oil,' $1.99 for an 8 oz. plastic jar in the fridge section, drained weight 5 oz.