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Grocery Outlet June 2008

Slim pickings

20 cents - Single serve of Miss Vickie's All Natural Kettle Cooked Creamy Buttermilk Ranch chips (1 3/8 oz)

69 cents - 14 oz Danish Garden Strawberry Fruit Dessert

99 cents - Quart ... or the large size whatever that is ... Mountain High strawberry yogurt.

Haven't tried the strawberry stuff yet. The site says "Try it served with ice cream, pancakes, waffles or pound cake. It makes a delicious and convenient filling for your homemade pies, but can also be enjoyed simply with milk or yogurt."

I thought it might be nice for those times I forget to buy something to put in my oatmeal.

I don't often buy chips ... but ... 20 cents ... Nice thickish chip that is salty with some buttermilk flavor. Not a lot of junk in it. Made in Canada. Frito-Lay is the parent company.

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  1. It's junk, but... dark chocolate peanut M&Ms. New to me and better than dark chocolate Snickers. If only they didn't taste so much of food coloring.

    1. At RWC:

      Pom tea - large size, went up to $2.59
      Pacific Foods Beef and Vegetable Broths (exp. Nov.08) -- 99c
      Pacific Foods Chicken Broth (exp. July 08) -- 99c
      Niman Ranch Chipotle Cheddar sausages - $2.99. (Didn't get - cheese always seems to be too oozy in sausages)
      Popchips (sea salt) -- 99c (Like Quaker popped corn cakes, but in a thin sliver of styrofoam form factor)
      Stahlbush Island farms frozen raspberries -- $1.99 (WF carries a variety of their frozen fruit & veg)

      1. ElkRock IPA for $3.99/six in Berkeley, evaporating quickly.

        1. Oakland Saturday: Challenge *organic* butter (as well as conventional) $2.49/lb. Pepperidge Farms double chocolate cookies, $1.69. They've had the Pepperidge Farms Piroutte cookies, twin pack in a tin, in the mint flavor for a while -- they now have hazelnut as well. Canned salmon is even cheaper than usual: $1.49 for the 14 oz. Lily brand (my very spoiled dog gets a spoonful with her fancy-dancy kibble).

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          1. re: Ruth Lafler

            Oh, I forgot: Pacific organic roasted red pepper/tomato and creamy butternut squash soups, 16 oz. size for 79 cents. Great price, and the smaller size is better for me.

          2. Santa Rosa update -

            The store is getting an update! New carts, new health & beauty aids shelving, wider aisles, an outdoor section or two or three. The dairy case is now built into the wall and has exchanged places with the spices. Alcohol section changed alignment - is there more?

            The stocking policy has shifted too - more shelves for chips, candy & breads make those sections seem much fuller. Hard to tell if there's more variety or more facings of a few items.

            A few great bargains - HD almond & vanilla bars for $.89 and alter eco dark chocolate bars - 3.5 oz for $.99. Boxed broth quarts (chicken, beef) for $.99. and those little bags of chips that RW mentioned. And Ruth's Peppperidge Farm double chocolate cookies.

            It seems like more to come...not easy to sleepwalk through the store anymore. We'll see how they fill the blank spaces.

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            1. re: Columba

              That's nice but I hope upgrading doesn't come with higher prices. If I want ambiance I'll go to the zillion other places in the bay area ... especially if I'm payling $3.99 instead of $2.99 for my Aidell's sausages.

              More prices are starting to creep toward supermarket prices. I worry that they are trying to be a one-stop market that meets all needs instead of what the store near me has on the billboad ... your first grocery stop.

              Quaker Oats recently was the same price,even more expensive than supermarket sales and when you add a coupon at your supermarket that brings the price under GO. Powdered Milk was actually a dollar highter than FoodCo. However, that might just be one of those oddballl items that for some reason GO extravigantly overprices. There's champion prunes that for years has sold for $4.99 which is more expensive than I've seen them anywhere and this one particular wine, I forget the name, that sells for almost double elsewhere.

              Like I said, there's always been one or two baffling items like that. It really is just about the amazing bargains. Last month for one trip my receipt said I saved $100 ... and it wasn't just blowing steam ...I really did save that much.

              Anyway I tried the boxed quart of Imagine tomato basil soup which sells for 99 cents. I was really happy with this ... 90 calories only 1.5 grams of fat ... they use soymilk. Next time I see it I'll put away a few boxes for cold and flu season. So much better than Campbell's.

              1. re: rworange

                The prunes are supposed to be $3.99 now. For some reason San Pablo never brought their price down - the Berkeley store (and most of the rest) are at $3.99...
                I don't know about the Powdered Milk - guess the buyer just isn't shopping the right competition. Would love to know which wine we're overpriced on, because that one is hard to believe. If anything, we're usually guilty of under-pricing wine.

            2. Well, I learned the hard lesson. If you see it and want it, buy it right THEN for it may not be there tomorrow.

              At the Berkeley store Tuesday afternoon I saw maybe three dozen or more large sized bottles of POM Pomegranate Peach White Tea. I was on the fence about it so I didn't buy any, but I did purchase several individual sized POM Pomegranate Lychee Green Tea, Pomegranate Blackberry Black Tea, and Pomegranate Tea ($1.49). I am used to seeing them priced at $2.59 at United Market San Rafael, up to $3.99 at Mollie Stones or Andronico's, so this was a deal to me.

              Yesterday evening on the way home from work, I dropped by the San Pablo store but they did not carry POM. So I went back to the Berkeley store specifically for the Peach Tea and found there was only one bottle left! I sighed, snagged it and stocked up on the other remaining flavors.

              I noticed the transition to plastic bottles which I'm not terribly happy about. Plastic may be recyclable, but I fancy the glass jars because they are REUSABLE ~ at least for me. I've found them useful for storing the larger quantities of spices that I'll buy from Vik's and I can see what is in them rather than have to rely on a label.

              While I missed out on stocking up on the Peach Tea, I want to thank the person who left me the last bottle!

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              1. re: AntarcticWidow

                You have learned the cardinal rule of GO shopping. Buy it now.

                1. re: AntarcticWidow

                  We've got another 697 cases of 46oz POM Peach landing in our warehouse any day. Ask the manager at the Berkeley store to keep an eye out for it...

                    1. re: AntarcticWidow

                      Does anyone know if the RWC GO has the POM ice tea? I would love to get it - also definitely learned the rule of get it when you see it. I saw some months back the Santa Cruz organic apple sauce for $.99, which is WAY cheaper than Whole Foods ($2.99), and I only bought 1 pack (the individual 4 oz containers for my son, who loves applesauce) since it was apple/blueberry. I went back some weeks later and they didn't have ANY left, and on top of that, stopped carrying it! I learned my lesson!

                      1. re: sandrachang

                        RWC had a few bottles yesterday in the AM. The way things move through that place, I'd bet you have to wait until next week. If they've got 600+ cases of it, I'm sure RWC will get some.

                2. Most interesting gets today at RWC:

                  -Amy's Indian Samosa Wraps (frozen) - $1.99 (good, a little dry. would be great if you had cilantro-mint chutney on hand)

                  -Stahlbush Island farms frozen marionberries - $1.99 (still had raspberries as well). The combo of the two plus some vanilla yogurt, apple juice and a banana made a killer fruit shake).

                  -Uncle Ben's Chicken and Herb pilaf -- 79c. Not usually a fan of Uncle Ben's rice, but we'll see how it goes. It's a relatively small pkg, but looks like it would feed two.

                  1. At Oakland today:

                    Tropicana Raspberry Lemonade and Peach Lemonade in refrigerated half gallon cartons -- 99 cents. Pleasantly surprised that there's no HFCS and in fact, no icky ingredients at all.

                    As promised, lots of POM.

                    They're getting to the tail end of the Clif Nectar bars, and they're down to 2/$1.00 (from 79 cents).

                    Alter Eco (fair trade, organic) Bolivian Dark Chocolate Almond 100 gram bars, 99 cents.

                    "Fancy Foods" Chutneys (product of India) in several flavors including Lime chile, mango pomegranate, mango raisin, Major Grey's and pineapple 99 cents.

                    Country Choice organic (no HFCS, no transfats) soft bake chocolate chunk cookies -- $1.29 for 7.25 oz/9 good sized cookies. A little heathy (whole grains) but still tasty.

                    Cabot horseradish cheddar (makes great mac n cheese) $1.79 for 8 ounces.

                    Almond Munchies: a bag of 100 calorie packs of honey roasted almonds (net weight 5 ounces) $1.59. That works out to about $5 a pound which is a decent price for honey roasted almonds even without the portioning.

                    Frozen organic haricot vert (product of South Africa), $1.79 for 16 ounce bag.

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                    1. re: Ruth Lafler

                      I saw that chocolate. Have you tried it?

                      San Pablo

                      As mentioned in a separate post, the last of the Knoxville version of White Lily Flour is available for $1.99 (5 lbs)

                      There are two plain yogurts that are available for 3 for $1 with future expiration dates.

                      - Omega Farms with EPA and DHA (from fish oil)
                      - Yonson

                      Both are the consistancy of a Dannon yogurt and both were fine. No fishy taste to the Omega Farms ... didn't see the fish oil part in smaller letters when I bought it. However the Jonson had a nice yogurt tang to it and I liked it much better. The Yonson uses corn starch as a thicker rather than gelatin.

                      I bought them to give the 69 cents - 14 oz Danish Garden Strawberry Fruit Dessert a try.

                      It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either. If it is chilled (as suggested) it has a thick sauce consistancy with a few strawberries ... mainly sauce though. Unchilled it is like the filling in say a Hostess turnover. Not bad tasting though. If you wanted to control the amount of fruit in yogurt it might be better than a fruit at the bottom version. Not sure if I'd buy it again though.

                      Didin't buy but worth noting ... 2 for $1 Smuckers ice cream toppings ... Dulce de Leche and Chocolate Mocha.

                      1. re: rworange

                        Hi - long time lurker, first post. I tried the Alter Eco chocolate. It could be more almond-y, but it is enjoyable enough.

                        An exciting find in Oakland GO for a transplanted east coaster like myself: Hellmann's Mayonnaise, which is only sold east of the Mississippi, Best Foods has the market here. Hellmann's has a more pronounced vinegar taste which I love. I believe it was 99 cents and expiration date is August 2008.

                        1. re: annec

                          Welcome from lurkdom, annec

                          THANK YOU ... not only for the tip about Hellmans ... but for recognizing that there is a difference in flavor from Best Foods. There are many bitter battles on the General Board about that. You are right about that vinegar taste ... I always just thought it had more tang.

                          I finally tried the organic Imagine chicken stock. Didn't like it as much as the chicken broth. It is cloudy and doesn't have as pronouced of a chicken flavor. There's lots of brands and varietes of meat and vegetable stocks currently for 99 cents a box.

                        2. re: rworange

                          I hoarded on the ECo chocolates and Dagoba organic choc bars.

                          Some other finds in freezer
                          Amy's Indians meals
                          Organic thin crust pizza

                      2. At Pleasant Hill last night - a 3-pack of Carr's ginger lemon creme cookies for $4.99. These cookies are very good.

                        1. Was at the San Pablo (SP), Oakland (O) and Berkeley (B) stores this week.
                          They have Hormel Natural Choice which I like alot and cost way, way more in the regular markets.

                          99 cents - 3.15 oz original uncured pepperoni (B), (O)

                          No nitrates or nitrites added. (Pork, beef, contains 2% or less water, paprika, turbinado sugar, seasoning (natural flavors, sea salt), spice natural flavors (contains dried cane juice), lactic acid starter culture, flavoring, garlic powder. Gluten-free

                          $1.49 - 7 oz uncured hard salami (SP), (O), (B)

                          No nitrates or nitrites added. (Pork, beef, salt contains 2% or less water, turbinado sugar, seasoning (natural flavors, sea salt), spice natural flavors (contains dried cane juice), lactic acid starter culture, garlic powder. Gluten-free

                          I haven't tried these two products yet, but I have liked their other cold cuts. It will probably be a while before I get to them.

                          The Berkeley store actually had a sample lady giving out cajun shrimp and deli turkey samples. Both were good, but not something I usually buy.

                          The SP store had frozen bison burgers.

                          This is such trash, I want it but resisted, the Oakland store has the new aerosol Cool Whip for 99 cents. There is also Land O Lakes whipped cream for $1.49

                          Though I've seen the three-pack in various stores, the Oakland store was the first place where I saw single bottles of Wishbone Salad Spritzers for 99 cents. It was the balsamic flavor. The three-packs are $2.99. They are ok, but Ken's Steakhouse and Newman's make better salad spritzers. Most of the Wishbone Spritzers have HFCS which Newman's does not.

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                          1. re: rworange

                            I bought some of those bison burgers at Oakland a couple of weeks ago, and they were quite good. I didn't see any more when I went back last week, but if I did, I'd get a couple more boxes (2 lb boxes with six patties).

                            1. re: Ruth Lafler

                              How much were the bison burgers, please? Wonder if they'll have them in the Berkeley store, Mr. Carlson?

                              1. re: sydthekyd

                                I don't remember now. It was either 5.99 or 6.99. But for two pounds of ground bison that's pretty good.

                                1. re: sydthekyd

                                  The Bison burgers are $6.99. Got some for the house on Friday.
                                  Also, not sure if there's any left, but Tropicana Raspberry Lemonade and Peach Lemonade for $ .99 per 1/2 gal. Tried the raspberry and it's pretty tasty. And I hadn't seen Chocolate Graham Goldfish before, but they had a box of 5 100 calorie packs for $1.49. The girls loved them and I thought were a nice little snack.

                                  1. re: sydthekyd

                                    They're available in our warehouse but Berkeley still hasn't ordered them - not sure why...

                                  2. re: Ruth Lafler

                                    I went to the Oakland store this afternoon and they had a lot of these. I do not recall the price.

                                    1. re: hummy

                                      Thanks! I'll try to make it over there tomorrow.

                                  3. re: rworange

                                    Tried the Hormel pepperoni tonight. It is very good. What is also nice is that there are two separate cryovacked bags inside. I'd buy this at a supermarket at Safeway at regular price ... it was that good.