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.
On Sunday at the Santa Rosa GO, I found quite a few goodies.
$2.99 Sabra hummus - various flavors (roasted garlic, pine nut, red pepper, classic), this was my first trial of Sabra brand and now i understand why it is so popular
99¢ - Back to Nature flaxseed crackers - tried both the plain and white cheddar flavor. White cheddar didn't have much cheese flavor, much preferred the nuttier tasting plain. Very crackly and made a nice lunch with the hummus.
$2.99 Alaska wild salmon lox, sliced - haven't tried this yet
$3.99 Emerald (domestic) marcona almonds - not so crazy about these, but some might like the drier style. here's the press release, http://www.smartbrief.com/news/aaaa/i...
$2.99 2004 Plume Bleue Grenache/Syrah (50/50) Selectionee par Laurence Feraud Vin de pays d'oc, imported by Hand Picked Selections - An excellent vintage, great producer (owner of Domaine Pegau), and an importer known for terrific value from this part of France all added up to a good bet. I popped the cork with a friend that night, and went back for more the next day. It's delicious, well-balanced, just starting to peak, and should show well for the next year plus, so buy a case if you can find it. SR was sold out when I went back, none in Rohnert Park, but I found some in Petaluma. These bottles have a slate blue capsule marked "Pelican".
San Pablo has Land O'Lakes Ultra Creamy European-Style butter for $1.59.
Cooks Illustrated liked the extra creamy Land O'Lakes butter better than the European butters.
I've been trying to find it locally and never could. It does have a nice mouth-feel, but it is saltier than I liked. How it works in baking is something I personally will never know.
Here's the Cook's test
LAND O’ LAKES Ultra Creamy Salted Butter
($2.89 for 8 ounces
This high-fat butter was lighter tasting than some of the other samples but very pleasantly creamy and smooth. A few tasters picked up a “hint of fruitiness,” and it had a good salt punch.
Sorry for the extra post. There is yet another wierd editing glitch if editing something more than once and I'm just tired of reporting and dealing with this stuff. All I want to do today is drop any interesting new stuff and get off this site.
I was almost certain someone said that the new Grocery Outlet opened in Vallejo. Nuh-uh. Still surrounded by a chain link fence. The old store is still going strong. Today's bargains ... Boursin cheese - 50 cents. Little 1.72 ounce packs of Maxwell House coffee - 3 for $1.
Lately the Berkeley store has been the one to shop at. They have a larger cheese selection than any other store and some nice cheeses ... better than the fancy cheese case in a place like Safeway with most of the cheese running $3.99 - $4.99 lb. Most pieces of wrapped cheese are $1 - $2.50.
Also, the expiration dates are Feb-Mar 2009. Might be good to stock of for holiday cheese trays. A few of the cheeses.
$1.99 - Sonoma Jack cheese cubes 8 oz (garlic, habanero, pesto, blue) Sell by Feb 02 09
Ricotta salata from Italy (sheep’s whey) 3.99 lb most pieces are about $2.40 Exp Dec 05 08
Ukranian fontina $4.99lb most pieces $2.25 lob sell by feb 11 09
California Mission pesto jack 3.99 most pieces under $2
Dofino chili-lime gouda 4.99 best used before mar 03 2009
Also at Berkeley
59 cents - StarKist white albacore tuna 3 oz in water – foil packet (sells for $1.69 at Wal-Mart)
$4.99 Round Hill Cabernet Sauvignon. 2005 1.5 liter
2 for 88 cents top 100% juice Fruit Dimensions (blueberry/blackberry or black current/raspberry) 10 oz bottles of Tree
50 cents - Lipton Chicken Noodle cup-a-soup 4 pack (note: I had to throw away the tomato soup at this price. Something was just weird about it. Haven’t tried the chicken)
And my big score … but it was the last one … 50 cents for a 18 oz of Hellmann’s mayo in squeeze bottle.
OK, that’s it. Caught up on all my outstanding posts. Now to rest my poor eyes.
The Oakland store seemed a little better stocked than on my last couple of visits. My favorite is the Chef's Gourmet sausages are back in -- I saw at least three flavors (chicken/apple, chicken/sundried tomato, and my favorite chicken/spinach/gouda) -- $2.49/package. The cheeses you listed are all at Oakland, plus a couple of others (fresh chevre and an aged goat's milk cheese as well). The Boursin is a killer deal. It freezes well, so definitely time to stock up for the holidays. Speaking of the holidays, in addition to the shelf-stable smoked salmon in the canned fish aisle, there were at least two different kinds of smoked salmon in the deli-meat case.
3 for $1 - Dried mangos (3.5 oz)
4 for $1 - Barry's Busy Bee honey (2oz)
3 for $1 - IBC root beer (bottled)
4 for $1 - Danon yogurt (4 oz)
99 cents - Mori-nu silken tofu (12.5oz)
$1.49 - Reese's peanut butter chips (10oz) and lots of other chocolate chips
$3.99 - Smuckers natural peanut butter (just peanuts, salt) twin pack (two 26 oz jars)
$2.99 - Bolthouse Farms purple carrot juice
$1.99 - Orville Redenbackers (sp) organic popcorn
$4.99 - Frozen wild Pacific salmon (1.25 lb)
$2.99 - Frozen tuna steaks (8 oz)
$3.99 - Frozen tlapia (14 oz)
$5.99 - Wolfgang Puck's scallop and shrimp brochettes (24 brochettes)
$8.99 - 4 pack of Amy's frozen organic pasta bowls (2 ravioli, 2 pesto tortolini) 9.5 oz ea
$2.99 - Squirrel Valley nuts
The mango is very good if a bit on the sweet side. Only dried mango, sugar, citric acid and sulfer dioxide.
The honey containers are so cute and really very cool to stash in the office or as a take along sweetener. They were part of the Bee Movie promotion and are in bee-shaped squeeze bottles. It is a good supermarket honey. I probably will nab a few more of these.
Anyone tried the purple carrot juice? It sounded interesting.
Also, has anyone tried those Squirrel Valley products? There was a 16 oz package of pepitas (pine nuts?) for $2.99 which finally caught my eye in the extensive display. Lots of trail mixes, bagged pistachios, cashews, almonds, dried fruit.
Might be worth it to stock up on chocolate chips for the upcoming holidays. There were mainly Reeses, but I noticed mixed varieties of regular chocolate chips. I think I spotted a bag of mint chocolate chips
Don't know if the Wolfgang Puck brochettes are any good ... just caught my eye ... as did another frozen item ... restaurant quality clams in garlic sauce ... didn't check the price on these as frozen clams in garlic sauce seem wrong to me on so many levels ... and yet being restaurant quality, I've probably chowed down on them in the past at some restaurant or another
Odds and ends today at RWC:
Wallaby Organic yogurt - 2 for $1 - strawberry guava and mango lime
Kettle Chips (organic) - 99 c-- lightly salted & chipotle BBQ
Naked Juice --99c -- chocolate banana protein shake
Good Earth tea (in a plastic jug -- 64oz?) -- $2.49
Back to Nature Cheddar Crackers (like Cheez-Its - no hydrogenated oils) -- $1.29
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.)
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.
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.
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 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.