Grocery Outlet September 2008
$1.99 - 500 ml ArteOliva extra virgin olive oil (best used by 06/08
$11.99 - Sirius Vodka 1 liter
99 cents - Hormel Natural Choice uncured hard salami (7 oz)
2 for $1 - Cabot chocolate raspberry Greek-style yogurt
3 for $1- Dannon natural non fat plain yogurt
$1.50 - 1 lb (I think) golden cherry type of tomatoes
The olive oil is in a tetra pak.The price is good. It tastes fresh and is nice for cooking. The olive taste isn't too strong.
That Sirius French vodka (made from glacier water) is really nice and smooth
There have been other Hormel cold cuts showing up recently for $1.49. I like the salami.
Cabot is really stretching it calling this Greek style yogurt. It is similar in texture to original yoplait. It's ok. There's a strong raspberry jam taste and nice enough chocolate. Just don't expect Greek yogurt.
Not a lot of taste to those tomatoes but they are priced decently and will do in a pinch.
I bought that olive oil last month and I think it's more than adequate for cooking. It has a nice buttery olive flavor without being too grassy or peppery. It should keep well in the tetrapak, since it's both vacuum sealed and completely opaque, so there's no potential for air or light damage.
Yeah, I bought that olive oil and used for many things..it was pretty darn good for cooking. got to go get more.. remember tetra-packs are oxygen permeable.. so don't buy lots unless you transfer to bottles and fill right up to tippy top.. to keep oxygen out.
also the Oakland store has Canadian goat cheese logs for $3.49 for a whole pound and its much better than the Trader joe one that is made in Sonoma..(my taste).
I bought a lot of it last year around the holidays -- the packaging is very attractive so it makes a nice hostess gift.
Oakland was kind of picked over this evening, but I picked up some nice buys:
The Columbus salame "Renaissance flavors of France" line, they still had the hot fennel (very hot) and the peppered (very peppery), 10 ounce whole salames for $1.50. I find the seasoning on the outside of these to be overpowering, but I just scrape it off before I slice it.
Dickenson's lemon curd, $1.49 jar.
Harry and David's Moose Munch (original dark chocolate) $1.49 for 4.5 ounces (use by 9/28/08).
Harvest organic whole flax seeds, $2.99 for 12 ounces.
Westwood 2000 Syrah El Dorado County!!
I don't know if this is available in the Bay Area G.O., but last week I bought one bottle at the G.O. on Zinfidel in Rancho Cordova. It was so good that I returned and luckily they still had a small supply on the shelf. It is selling for $3.99 and to me it is an amazing bargain. I belong to a couple of local El Dorado County wine clubs and think this is as good or better than I have had at those wineries at a much higher price.
I did some research and evidently the grapes are from El Dorado County but the wine is produced in the Napa Valley.
If it is available at the Bay Area G.O.'s I would highly recommend giving it a try.
San Pablo has
$2.99 - Maple Niman Ranch bacon (12 oz)
99 cents - LU cookies
I like the Petit Ecolier (sp) a lot. I never tried their Pims (raspberry). Don't know what these noramlly taste like, but even though the package has a 'best by' 12 2008, they tasted stale to me and the chocolate was awful. Not up to other LU cookies I've tried.
I tried the maple Niman Ranch bacon yesterday. (From the Berkeley store, same price.) It smelled very maple-y while it was cooking, kind of nasty, actually. I didn't taste much maple, though. I'm not wild about it, but It's a good price, so I'd get it again (Wow, I can barely see what I'm typing.)