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April 2009 -- Grocery Outlet

Slim pickings today -- it seems like it gets hit pretty hard the first weekend of the month (government checks?).

Best stuff was in the candy aisle:

Ritter Sport bars: Milk Chocolate, Marzipan, Cookie, and Hazelnut versions, $1.99

Lindt Excellence (70%) 35 gram bars (bit more than an ounce), 2/$1

Lindt Gold Chocolate Bunnies -- 100 grams -- in addition to the commonly found milk chocolate, they had white chocolate and dark chocolate. $1.99. (Bigger selection was in a different area with the Easter stuff.)

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  1. Also, Eden Organic Apple Cinnamon Sauce. Just apples and cinnamon. Really tasty. $1.99/28 oz. jar.

    1. Slim pickings indeed. It seems to always pick up the 2nd week of the month.

      San Pablo

      50 cents Thomas Kemper Ginger Ale
      99 cents Sabra red pepper hummus . Check exp date. Don't know how long hummus lasts
      $1.29 - Golden mini Orios
      $1.50 - Fresh asparagus
      $1.50 - Pilgrim's Choice red Leicester cheese 7 oz check exp date ... it's cheese though
      $1.69 - Light and Lively non fat cottage cheese 24 oz
      $1.99 - bag of 4 avocados
      $1.99 - Tesero's Asian veggie dumplings 22 oz

      1. Got a GO advertisment in my junk mail yesterday. All wine 20% off. I'll be going this afternoon.

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        1. re: dbinben

          Oh, right. They're having an all wine 20% off sale this month -- five days I think 4/8 to 4/12.

        2. Doing better in Santa Rosa –

          Rumiano organic cheese - cheddar & jack - long date
          The red Leicester cheese rw mentioned
          Lots of 2/$1 crackers - big variety of British types
          Several flavors of Aidell's sausage
          The True North almond clusters, pecan-almond-peanut clusters and almond crisps are good & good value at $1.99, about half usual price - May date.
          Lots of chips, but chocolate (dark) pretty cleared out.
          The kiwis are a good value at $1.49 per #, 7 fruits (not organic, but probably clean http://www.foodnews.org/methodology.php


          They almost always have Earthbound organic salad mix, but you gotta check the prices. $2.99 for 5 oz. really isn't a bargain.

          The ice cream freezer is cycling through lots of Ben & Jerrys, Hagandaz, Edies and other name brands.

          1. Oakland

            10 cents - HK Anderson peanut butter filled nuggets
            50 cents - Artisan Biscuits vanilla or strawberry biscuits from Enland and baked by hand
            50 cents - Can of Del Monte organic sweet peas
            $1,49 - McLeiland Seriously Mild (their words) cheddar from Scotland 7 oz
            $1.50 - Large plastic container of strawberries
            $1.50 - 3lbs of apples (fuji, I think)
            $1.99 - Large jar of Hellman's real mayo
            $6.99 - Organic carnitas burritos.

            Those little .07 oz bags of the peanut butter nuggets make a swell snack and for 10 cents, can't hurt to try. They have a crispy pretzel shell and a bit of peanut butter inside. Located in the cookie section.

            The cookies are the kids version of the great Artisan cookes San Pablo was selling. As usual the vanilla was the best, but I really liked the strawberry a lot. The strawberry are cookies from Aesops fable The Lion and the Mouse. The vanilla are Edward Lear's The Owl and the Pussycat. Cookies are in the shapes of a lion, mouse, owl and pussycat. Fun boxes for kids. Very colorful and the stories are printed on them ...

            "... The owl looked up to the stars above and sang to a small guitar "Oh lovely, Pussy! O Pussy my love, what a beautiful Pussy your are ... "

            Anyway ... fun and delicious.

            Stawberries are good in a supermarket way.

            Cheese is mild, as warned, but better than most pre-packaged supermarket cheeses. Add some of those inexpensive apples ... cheese plate.

            Didn't buy the organic carnitas burritos, but they seemed interesting.

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            1. re: rworange

              I finally tried those artisan biscuits, and they're as good as RWorange says. Especially the vanilla, which tastes really buttery. The strawberry is almost more of an aroma than a taste, but not at all artificial tasting (and not artificially colored pink, either).

              1. re: Ruth Lafler

                Glad you liked them. The only one that tastes off is the chocolate raspberry.

                Another really good item is the Batth Farms fancy mixed raisins. They are really plump,large and tasty. We went through a bag of them from last month and I bought another today. 1lb $2.99

                San Pablo

                50 cents - Milk carton of whole grain cheddar goldfish (2 oz)
                50 cents - Imperator American Champagne (yes, I know ... sparkling wine)
                79 cents - some sort of organic puffed cereal ... had something about penguins
                99 cents - Maxwell House dark roast coffee 11.5 oz can
                $1.49 - John Morrell Bistro Naturals ring of uncured smoked sausage 14 oz
                $2.49 - Organic sugar 2lbs

                The little individual sparkling wine bottles are no worse than something like Andre and make a nice mimosa for one.

                The smoked sausage doesn't have as much flavor as kielbasa but has a better ingrediant list than the NY keilbasa being sold at the Eastern European Markets on Geary. That company is starting to put junky preservatives in it. I got to use up the rest of my beet horseradish from Easter ... hallelujah.


                There was some Elf herring in sour cream for $1.99, but when I looked on the label they are putting HFCS in it. Ditto on the 'hand-crafted' root beer. Forget the name, but put it back when I saw HFCS.

                1. re: rworange

                  that penguin cereal is really, really good. Not too sweet, light and crunchy. Great over yogurt too. I love it! 99 cents at my local GO, but still an unbelievable deal.

            2. RWC on Sunday:

              The Fine Cheese Co., Natural Crackers, 150 grams (5.3 oz) $0.50
              " " " " , Fennel Crackers, 150 g. (5.3 oz), $0.50
              Artichokes, 4 to a bag, medium sized, a little tired looking, $1.99
              Small cauliflower, also a bit tired, $0.99
              Asparagus bunch, very thin stalks, $1.49
              Orange bell peppers from Mexico, $0.50 apiece
              Oikos organic Greek Yogurt, plain, $1.29
              Broccoli bunches, $0.99
              Gabro Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil , $6.99
              DeCecco Pasta Misto, 1 lb., $0.99
              Anderson's Cheese-filled pretzels, 6 oz., but this was $0.79
              Aidell's pineapple-bacon chicken sausage, double-pack 32. oz. $7.99 (compares way better to the 9 oz $3.99 sausage of another variety, skimpier-looking)

              I didn't buy it but there was flaxseed oil in the refrigerated section for $1.49. Since I can barely remember to put flaxseed in my food as it is, I didn't want to have oil go bad on me, too.

              Also, the aforementioned McLelland's Seriously Mild cheddar from Scotland, the Leicester cheese, red and white, True North Almond Clusters and other delights.

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                1. re: sydthekyd

                  It's a mix of shapes and broken pasta.

                  1. re: Melanie Wong

                    It looks like they swept up at the pasta factory, tough to cook properly though.

              1. The Newark GO seems to get some of the items mentioned, but also stuff from April's thread:

                Caress bar soap 6 for $4.99
                Bear Naked trail mix $5.99
                3 lbs of Fuji apple $1.50 a bag
                Kleenex lotion tissue 130 ct for $1.49 a box
                Haagen Dazs Dark Chocolate/Pomegranate ice cream bars - a box of 3 for $1.79! I liked them.
                Oikos Greek Yogurt Plain $1.29
                Dececco pasta Mista .99c
                Dececco Pasta .99c
                Dececco Paccheri 1.1 lb box for $1.49
                Brooks Hot chili w/ beans 15oz can for .99c
                Del Monte Organic diced tomatoes: basil, garlic & oregano 14.5 oz for .69c
                Superior Nut cashew halves & pieces $3.99
                Emerald dry roasted almonds 11 oz - $2.99

                I saw the Ritter Sports bars - didn't get them.
                Pepperidge Farms Chocolate box of cookies - $2.99 I think, I wanted it, but stopped myself.

                They get a delivery on Tues & Thurs, though I went on Mon and saw them adding stuff.

                Grocery Outlet
                36601 Newark Blvd # 25, Newark, CA

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                1. re: hhc

                  The Haagen Dazs bars were considerably better than the Sheer Bliss ones. The chocolate was thicker and better quality, and I thought the pomegranate was more pronounced and not as sweet.

                2. Scharffenberger tasting squares, 3.17 oz., 99 cents, at the Berkeley store. Milk chocolate, and bittersweet available.

                  1. San Pablo

                    50 cents - Back to Nature cinnamon crunch cereal
                    50 cents - Artisan Biscuits strawberry biscuits
                    50 cents - Starkist tuna creation in a pouch - sweet and sour flavor
                    99 cents - Lindt Gold Dark Chocolate Bunnies
                    99 cents - Tradition de Belmont Brie from Wisconsin 7oz in a round wooden container
                    99 cents - Dannon All Natural plain lowfat yogurt 32 oz
                    99 cents - Dannon All Natural blueberry lowfat yogurt 4 4oz cups
                    $1.29 - Oikos organic Greek yogurt 16 oz
                    $2.99 - Batth Farms fancy California grown mixed raisins (flame, Thomson, golden) 1lb
                    $2.99 - Large canister of Hillview pitted prunes

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                    1. re: rworange

                      Those Lindt dark chocolate bunnies are pretty good, and 99 cent for 100 grams of good quality chocolate is a good price. I hope Oakland has the Oikos people are reporting.

                      1. re: Ruth Lafler

                        I'm almost certain I saw the Oikos at Oakland when I was there last week.

                        I broke this out in a separate post because I thought it was so good and people who don't read the GO threads might consider it if they see it elsewhere. The Whole Grains Bakery dark Russian rye worked so well with my Easter ham and keilbasa

                        I've had other Whole Grains breads from the Oakland GO which were fine. But the rye rose above most supermarket breads.

                        About that brie at San Pablo. The sell by date is today, but it is still under ripe. The rind is stil a spotless white. I left a little piece out to see what it tastes like at room temperature. Cold it seems a little better than something like Presidents. However, if bringing it to room temp brings out the flavor and creaminess, I'll go back and buy some more.

                        It seems like the Lindt bars are going up in price from 99 cents to $1.49. At that point it isn't a deal. I can get them at Wal Mart for about that price and less if I have a coupon or there is a sale.

                        1. re: Ruth Lafler

                          I had stocked up on dark chocolates bars at GO last year. lasted me many months. now running out of them.

                          I hope they make a comeback. Anyone found them?

                            1. re: chowmeaow

                              What do you mean by "dark chocoate bars"? Grocery Outlet almost always has *some* kind of "dark chocolate bars" -- but not necessarily very good ones, and they come and go quickly.

                              1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                Seriously dark, 70% cacao or above. Like some of those dagoba bars.
                                I guess I have keep looking out for them.

                                1. re: chowmeaow

                                  As noted in my original post, they had Lindt Excellence (70%) earlier this month. The Oakland store has it pretty frequently (maybe 50 percent of the time), so yes, you just have to keep checking, and check the monthly threads on this board.

                                  1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                    Oh, I missed the Lindt bars, I only noticed the bunnies.

                                    Yup checking the monthly thread, that's what I am doing.

                                    Thanks :)

                          1. re: rworange


                            organic brown eggs 1.67... such a great deal
                            Aidells apricot-ginger breakfast links
                            frozen spinach lasagna, don't remember the brand

                          2. picked up a few organics yesterday afternoon at Oakland Grocery Outlet:

                            -$1.50 for a 22 oz. bottle of Reunion '08 Organic Red Rye Ale, brewed by Bison Brewery of Chico, alcohol 6.5% by volume, with barley, flaked rye, hops, and caraway seeds. A little on the sweet and syrupy side, some aging might help but certainly worth $1.50 for its uniqueness and full flavor;

                            - $1.49 for a 10 oz. tin of Organica Dolmas, from Turkey,labelled 'USDA Organic,' with rice, onion, vine leaves, olive oil and mint. Hard to figure the date stamps but looks like it's good until 11/2009 and produced 11/2007. Good tasting. The cans were located on a shelf above the a freezer section closer to the south wall;

                            -99 cents for 32 oz. organic Vitasoy Chocolate Soymilk and $1.29 for 32 oz. Pacific Organic Unsweetend Orignal Soymilk and

                            - $1.29 for 26.5 oz. can of Hunt's Organic Traditional Pasta Sauce, low fat.

                            There was a good selection of beers including wheat beer, Sam Adams and others, frozen rasberries for 99 cents for a12 oz. bag and some interesting cheeses. The bread selection was thin and its seems that the deliveries for my favorites, Alvarado Bakery and Vital Vittles, are either Thursday or Friday. Many of the organics are located above the south freezer section.

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                            1. re: zippo

                              found some reviews for the Red Rye ale at Beer Advocate:


                              also sales of the beer benefit a good cause, the Institute for Myeloma and Bone Cancer Research.

                              1. re: zippo

                                I tried theh dolmas too. I like the tartness of the dressing, but I found the leaf part itself a little tough. That sort of scraping on the teeth when I bite them sends a shiver down the spine and not in a good way. i'm going to try steaming them to see if I can soften 'em up.

                                1. re: Melanie Wong

                                  one of the things I appreciated about the dolmas was that they came in olive oil and the lower-quality canned ones that I have gotten before were in sunflower oil. maybe the molasses-like Red Rye Ale I was drinking made it easy to wash down any grittiness in the leaves.

                              2. Slim Pickin's Indeed. Front Right Entry, End Cap, Oakland. I love "Gross Out" or even sometimes, "Outie." Yes that is a Chicken Bone.

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                                1. re: mmerino

                                  Too funny!!! I'll never call it Grocery Outlet again. Ya gotta love Oakland.. ;) adam