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March 2009 -- Grocery Outlet

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At Oakland:

Stonyfield organic Oikos greek-style plain nonfat yogurt 6.6 ounces, -- 2/$1 exp 3/9, but yogurt keeps well after the exp. date. No additives, just milk and cultures.

Taste brand Italian roasted red peppers, $2.99/28 oz can

Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia and Peanutbutter Cup, $1.49/pint

Clif nectar bars, 59 cents, apple cinnamon, cherry pomegranate, and I saw a tag for chocolate walnut, but none on the shelf. There were some other good-looking fruit and nut bars from the U.K, too.

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  1. Correction: the yogurt is 5.8 ounces.

    1. $2.49 for Horizon organic butter, 1 lb.
      99¢ for English cucumbers, wrapped in plastic, grown in Mexico

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      1. re: Melanie Wong

        Yeah, the produce looked pretty good at the Oakland GO, especially a big box of greens that were going over well with the mostly African-American clientele.
        Be aware, though, that since produce is sold by the unit it's hard to compare prices with produce sold by the pound -- sometimes when I think it through the GO price isn't particularly cheap and the quality isn't always great. Oakland GO also had four-inch pots of cherry tomato and bean (both bush and pole) plants for 99 cents, plus some bareroot berries and grapes ($3.99).

        1. re: Ruth Lafler

          Absolutely. I noticed that GO had one pound bags of jalapeno peppers for a buck and notated as $1.99/lb elsewhere. At the rather toney grocery store, Big John's in healdsburg, they're $1.09/lb, and you don't have to buy a whole bag. On the cukes, several were kind of rubbery, but checking through the bin, I found two that were quite fresh.

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            Yeah, that per pound thing is something to watch. I bought an acorn squash (haven't tried it yet) that are 2 for $1. Great price for a regular supermarket squash, but these are small, maybe a lb at most, and I probably could do better at Berkeley Bowl ... slightly better ... but better.

            Other produce

            79 cents - 5 lbs of yellow potatoes from Idaho (Berkeley)
            99 cents - 2 lbs of fresh ginger from China (Berkeley and San Pablo)
            99 cents - Tricar grape tomatoes from Mexico (Berkeley)
            99 cents - Good Dog Farm romanita tomatoes from Mexico (San Pablo)

            Those yellow potatoes were interesting. If I was doing my $3 day thingy, I would have snapped them up, but I don't eat regular potatoes often and I'm trying to cut carbs. They look like regular russets but yellow. They didn't look like the normal yellow potatoes like yellow Finn or Yukon gold. If it wasn't five pounds worth, I would have picked some up out of curiosity. Berkeley also had a variety of other types of potatoes, but the price on this was a winner.

            I've been contemplating the ginger. First, it is from China and with so many food problems from China, I'm reluctant to buy anything so labeled. Then it takes me a month to use a small piece of ginger, so I'm not sure I can use two pounds worth. The San Pablo ginger looked good. At Berkeley they kept it in a dark box and it seems to be starting to sprout.

            The Good Dog tomatoes are quite tasty, but they are at the end of their shelf-life. Open to make sure they are good. The grape tomatoes look like they are waxed. They are acidic in a not bad way, but not much more flavor than a supermrket grape tomato.

      2. San Pablo

        34 cents - 3 oz Tropical Source raspberry dark chocolate, dairy free, gluten free
        69 cents - Yankee Clipper sardines
        99 cents - Yankee Clipper smoked oysters
        99 cents - Aloutte creme fraiche
        99 cents - Favorit Swiss preserves
        1.29 - Del Monte pineapple juice 46 oz can
        1.49 - Organic Horizon shredded mozarella 6 oz
        2.99 - Sheer Bliss bites - pomegranite ice cream covered with chocolate

        San Pablo and Berkeley

        99 cents - Pepperidge farm chocolate graham goldfish
        2.99 - Sabra hummus - various types
        3.99 - Sinai hot dogs 3 1/2 lbs

        Berkeley

        69 cents - Mrs Smith's cheesecake singles - four 100 calorie squares
        99 cents - JL Kraft Vermont cheddar and roasted red pepper spread
        99 cents - Seeds of Change organic chocolate bar with hazelnuts
        2.99 - Niman Ranch chorizo or andouille

        I love Sheer Bliss pomegranite ice cream and while I didn't buy this, it is good stuff and a good price

        The Swiss preserves I'm not sure of buying. They use sugar and glucose and dextrose.

        The Sinai franks IIRC, are the brand Bette's-to-go uses. These are BIG franks

        Them goldfish are really good and only 2.8 calories per fish. Pepperidge farm has named the fish ... Finn. Don't want my fish named even it is just a graham cracker.

        The first bite I had of the raspberry chocolate I didn't like. It seemed too sweet and didn't like the raspberry flavor. Now I'm sort of into it. The freeze dried raspberries are crunchy, almost like Nestle crunch. Ingredients: evaporated cane juice, unsweetened chocolate, cocoa butter, freeze dried raspberries, roasted soy flour, soy lecithin, pure vanilla extract.

        Yankee Clipper sardines came out in the top group when I had my sardine tasting a few years ago. Usually only Safeway sells them ... for a lot more.

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        1. re: rworange

          Those Tropical Source bars have been in GO before. I like them because they're vegan, and so I don't have to worry about the milk making me sick, but most real chocoholics of my acquaintance would snub em. I like the mint ones best.

        2. $2.49 Ben & Jerry's organic vanilla pints
          99¢ Ocean Spray, 6-pack, 10 oz cranberry cocktail
          99¢ POM iced coffee
          $1.99 Tropicana OJ half-gallons (new lot, exp March 30)

          I noticed Alouette "reserve" baby brie that is a combo of cows and goat milk. Anyone tried it?

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          1. re: Melanie Wong

            I wonder if Tropicana is closing out the oj in the new packaging they dumped because everyone hated it.

            1. re: Ruth Lafler

              Yes, I assume that's what's going on. Each week a new lot shows up, whereas it had been pretty scarce in the past.

              And, for GO shoppers, I wanted to link to this thread about product dates.
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/589648

          2. The onions this week are 99 cents for a 3 lb bag.

            In my email this morning was this Chow recipe for Honey-Ginger Pear Trifle which has graham crackers in it.
            http://www.chow.com/recipes/14107

            Let me tell you those Pepperidge Farm chocolate graham crackers for 99 cents a bag work just swell in this.

            The San Pablo store had the Oikos greek-style yogurt with honey so I modified the recipe to mix the brown sugar with the pears in this. It gave me the incentive to buy the fresh ginger at GO. I didn't use the cream. The layer of chocolate goldfish on the bottom gets soft and cakey while the smiling fish on top are nice and crunchy.

            HOWEVER, even better Raley's has the new Haagen-Daz Five ginger ice cream on sale this week for $3.
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/602989

            The ginger ice cream topped with the chocolate graham cracker fish and fresh sliced strawberries ... fabulous ... just fabulous. Also, that ice cream is lighter than regular Haagen-Daz at 220 per serving. so topped with a few fish at 3 calories each and straweberries, you have a bulked up substantial dessert for under 250 calories. If you are really ginger crazy, you can first grate a little of that fresh GO ginger on top of the ice cream for an extra zing.

            Berkeley Bowl has baskets of beautiful strawberries this week for $1.39.