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July 2009 Grocery Outlet - Buck-o-rama

Until July 5th many items $1 ... including wine ... PLUS a $3 off with a minimumn $20 purchase

Thanks to Columba for posting the heads up about the coupon last month

SAN Pablo

Wine for 99 cents

Lamura Sicilian Nero d;Avola (reg $19.99)
Golden Orb 2005 Shiraz (reg $12.99)
Boolaro Chardonnay (reg $8.99)
Dionysus Gruner Ventliner (reg $9.99)

Um, I know nothing about wine, so .... The Lamura is better to my tastes than the Shiraz which was a bit sour to me. Both the whites were sold out, but I mention them in case any store near you is selling them.

99 - Frozen Cornish hens ... price for entire bird
99 - Sarah Lee hot dog buns
99 - Oscar Meyer bun-length hot dogs
99 - 3 lbs Fuji apples
99 - Wolfgang Puck organic split pea soup
99 - High School Musical cereal
99 - Lots of De Cecco pasta the most interesting - galletti, a elbow type pasta with a frill.
99 - Alouette artichoke and something else I forget cheese
$1 - 15 fresh limes - good condition

Edit: I went back to buy some more of the Lamura ... gone ... there's still lots of the Golden Orb. I did buy a few bottles on the first vist though. Nice to see I had a $62 savings on a $4.33 tab.

If using the coupon, there are lots of good deals on cleaning supplies

Some things outside of the $1 range

50 cents - SPAM singles (yeah, I know, but I've wanted to try one.)
$1.49 - Snowfisk Norwegien goat cheese spread
$1.50 - 18 eggs
$1.50 - Small container of fresh blueberries
$1.99 Beemster XO (aged 26 months) 5 oz shredded
$1.99 - Greek Gods sour cream 16 oz
$1.99 - Lindt 70 % cacoa sour cherry & chili bar 5.3 oz I like this a lot
$4,95 - Porto Redino Tawny Portuguese port - The port isn't bad ... not great ... but smooth.

I didn't look closely at that Greek Gods container. It seems like I caught the word kefir in addition to sour cream.

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  1. Thanks for posting about this....however the Wolfgang Puck split pea soup is awful. I wonder if the Berkeley store has the Cornish hens. Anyone know?

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    1. re: Glencora

      Surprised about the split pea soup - I've liked the other ones of his.

      1. re: sydthekyd

        San Pablo had some other flavor of the Wolfgang Puck soups. I think it was some sort of chicken.

        They just got in 12 oz cans of Pet fat free evaporated skimmed milk for 34 cents each (3 for $1).

        Alas the 99 cent wine train has left the station. Though they seem to have quite a few bottles of wine for $1.99.

        1. re: rworange

          For anyone who's interested, Oakland had a wide variety of the Wolfgang Puck soups today - too many to remember, but I recall beef barley, chicken noodle, minestrone - there were others too. Didn't get any since I'm not a huge fan of canned soup.

    2. At the Oakland store:

      .99¢ - 1 liter of Teddy's root beer -- pretty good stuff, close to IBC
      $1.97 - 1.5 liter Tropicana Pure Valencia OJ (pasteurized) -- pretty good 7/13 expiration

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      1. re: ML8000

        San Jose (Monterey Rd):

        I was in the area and just briefly looked at the wine section, which is smaller than Oakland & Berkeley.

        DA Red $2.99 like other stores. Decent Syrah/Pinot blend which once sold for $16.

        2006 Schild Shiraz (Australia) for $6.99. Normally sells for $16 also. Opened tonight and it is quite good if you like fruity Shiraz.

      2. At Rohnert Park yesterday, boxes of fresh produce (mostly organic) were set up in the parking lot. Brentwood organic white corn was 4/$1 and the clerk shucked them for me. He said they'd have free hot dogs and root beer floats today. Apparently this store does something in the parking lot every month but not on a set day . . . BBQ is coming up.

        The port you want to try is the Claustrus ruby port, the real thing from Portugal for $9.99. A friend needed some ruby port for a salad dressing recipe and asked me which domestic to buy. I told her I'd pick up a bottle of this for less money than fake port and try it for her. It's quite palatable. I was almost tempted to buy the tawny and white port, but I really don't drink them often, so I'll let someone else take the plunge.

        Bought Terra Yukon Gold chips 2/$1 for 1 ounce bags. Yes, the big bags are a better buy per ounce, but once a bag of potato chips is open, I tend to eat the whole thing in short order. One ounce bags invokes some discipline.

        I picked up 1995 Vivamus winery Tokaji szamorodni for 99¢.
        It's the dry style rather than sweet. I have fond memories of sipping this type of wine during intermission at the opera house in Budapest. However, this dry style doesn't do it for me. It's mostly acid with some toasted almond nuttiness and not much fruit, after trying it room temperature and chilled. BUT I think it will make an excellent cooking "sherry".

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        1. re: Melanie Wong

          Like someone else mentioned either this month or last, I wish I could remember the wines mentioned in these posts.

          San Pablo is also carrying Belo Napa Valley 1999 Tinta Isabella port $3.99. At the time I wasn't sure if that was the port you mentioned ... nope. I'm uncertain if it is good or not. It is super peppery and has a heavy alcohol taste. Also the cork was really crumbly and popped, almost like champagne ... not as forceful, but there was a small pop. Belo ages the ports using chestnut pipes.

          That link mentions "All their wines are typically bottled unfined and unfiltered for maximum flavor." No kidding. This really needs decanting. It is also in a very heavy bottle that is dark black glass which must block all light.

          It seems it depends on the day and store what wines are 99 cents. All the wines I bought at Berkeley yesterday were full price at San Pablo. Today's San Pablo 99 cent wine is Corbett Canyon 1999 Reserve Syrah

          The Cornish Game hens seem to be sold out.

          99 cents - Healthy Choice Mandarin chicken frozen dinners
          50 cents - Tostita creamy salsa ... so far I've resisted
          50 cents - Grey Poupon mustard ... GP is putting HFCS in the mustard, or at least some, so check the label if that bothers you.

          Gee, there was a GO tv commercial the other day. Hope that doesn't start to impact prices

        2. Berkeley

          99 cent wines

          Craftsman kiralyleanyanka

          A VERY pleasant and drinkable white from Hungary. Recommended despite my lack of wine expertise. I really like this.

          Haven't tried the rest of these yet

          Vixen Blonde white wine Lot 4
          Terramia Lambrusco Dell Emillia
          Syrahtica 2007 syrah
          L'Avenir South African Chenin Blank 2007

          The Berkeley store also has the 99 cent Cornish Hens. There were also 5 lb bags of russet potatoes for $1 and 3 lbs of Fuji apples for $1.

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          1. re: rworange

            The Craftsman was $3.99 today. I guess that was part of the weekend sale.

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              The high rec was only for the 99 cent price which was quite the deal. Still not bad at $3.99, but there are so many wines at GO probably of equal qualtiy. I don't drink whites much though.

              1. re: rworange

                In that price range, I like the Gazela Vinho Verde for $4.52 at Bevmo during the 5-cent sale.

          2. Lots of good finds today at Newark GO.

            Cedarlane(I think) frozen entreies..like Spinach jack tamale, Enchilada pie $2.49
            Cookie bars with fiber, they seem to have the right numbers, low sugar, high fiber, 3 flavors. Chocolate, Vanilla almond and apple harvest $1.99
            Fresh mozzarella $2.99
            Sabra hummus
            Tempeh temptations, 2 flavors..zesty lemon and teriyaki 99 cents
            Hot chili beans in can 79 cents
            Black beans in can 59 cents
            Buffalo chicken frozen pizza $3.99
            Fresco 'natural' sausages...sweet Italian and Sun dried $2.99
            Frozen wild salmon $4.99

            Lot of things, I get so excited when I spot organic and healthy products in GO.

            1. at east hayward store today:
              2.49 cedarlane chile relleno (frozen)
              2.29 nabisco social tea cookies
              2.79 tillamook mudslide ice cream
              .99 de cecco festonati pasta (large-ish tubes with indented swirls on them)

              1. Plenty of game hens left in Berkeley as of a few minutes ago.

                1. Last Thursday, July 2, at Oakland Grocery Outlet, went on kind of a health kick, heavy on the Omega-3 essential fatty acids which are supposed to fix a whole bucket of problems:

                  - $1.29, Hemp Dream Hemp Drink from Hain Celestial, 32 oz. tetrapak. Made with hemp seed and tastes like a chalky, unsweetened soy milk with a hint of something like rose hips. I like it and it hasn't given me the munchies yet. The box says that it is a natural source of omega 3's but doesn't say how much;

                  - $1.29, Polar Kipper Snacks, naturally smoked boneless filet of herring in water, from Germany, 3.53 oz. easy-opening tin, 2.8 gr. of omega 3's. Have been trying to eat more small fish like sardines (had a delicious $4 grilled sardine at Sea Salt's happy hour recently) and anchovies and these smoked herring will fit right in;

                  - $1.49, Smart Balance Light, 15 oz. tub, and Smart Balance Whipped, 13 oz. tub, buttery spreads. My go-to margarines with lots of omega-3's. The whipped version vaguely reminds of an unsalted butter;

                  - $2.99, Healthful Harvest Organic Flax Seeds, 12 oz. bag, milled and whole seed versions. Lots of omega 3's. They also have a roasted version in a 10 oz. bag;

                  - $.99, Veetee Curry Collection, in 10 1/2 oz. pouches, from India. Several flavors with decent ingredients, no preservatives including -
                  Bombay Aloo (potato in onions and tomatoess with turmeric, coriander, cumin, fennel, Bengal gram flour, Nigella seeds),
                  Rajma Masala (red kidney beans, tomatoes, onions, fenugreek leaves, cumin, coriander, green cardamom, cinnamon),
                  Dal Makhani (black lentils, kidney beans, butter, cream, tomatoes, spices),
                  Punjabi Sarson Ka Saag (mustard leaves, spinach, spices, mango powder, carom seeds, asafoetida) and
                  Jeera Rice ( parboiled rice and cumin seeds).
                  A few of the packages are a couple months past the 'best before' date. The instructions say to boil or microwave in the plastic pouch they come in but I just throw it away and heat in a glass dish in the microwave. They're good, not quite as good as the curries at Kabana on University Ave near San Pablo Ave, but it saves a trip to Berkeley.

                  - $2.49. Cedarlane spinach & Monterey Cheese Tamales with Pesto Sauce, with organic corn and spinach, 9 oz. frozen box. Several other people posted about this item. I don't think that I undercooked it but the spinach was kind of chewy, nonetheless, I liked the tamales and would get them again.

                  - $6.99, Pabst Blue Ribbon beer, 12 -12 oz. cans.

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                  1. re: zippo

                    Los Mochis Green Chilis. Fantastic large cans about 1 1/2 pounds for one dollar. These put Ortega to shame. Had them tonight stuffed with cheese and all were beautiful and firm. These evidently are from the Central Valley around Modesto. Got them at the Placerville location so do not know if you can get them in the Bay Area.

                  2. A few good things today at Oakland:

                    -I ADORE that Snowfisk cheese spread ($1.49 for 4.4 oz container). I've been waiting for this stuff to reappear for over a year. It's like a very creamy, slightly goaty cream cheese.
                    -$1.99 dole pineapples. The one I got looks and smells great.
                    -$0.99 cantaloupes from Mexico. Looks fine.
                    -$2.99 Whole Foods brand Banana Cream pie (located by ice cream). Very good, super banana-ey with a nice buttery crust.
                    -$1.29 bacon crackers. I'm not a huge fan, but DH is, so I stocked up. They also have chicken flavor.

                    1. today at san leandro store:
                      .50 nestle's crunch crisp bars
                      1.99 lindt bars, 5 or 6 difff kinds (milk,dark,double milk,orange,lemon)
                      .58 luna bars 3 or 4 diff kinds, near frozen foods.
                      this store is in the old salvation army location on 14th st, and has been open since april i'm told. some shelves were looking empty-ish. didnt see the usual large selection of ice cream pints like east hayward and livermore usually have. aisles seemed more narrow also, or maybe it was just that the store was pretty busy.

                      1. Berkeley:

                        M P diced green chiles, 4oz, 3/$1, from the Hatch Chile Co, unfortunately only mild


                        Christopher Ranch minced garlic in water, 32oz, $2.99; website states that this is CA garlic but is made from dehydrated garlic (!?) and is milder than a fresh product; lasts three months opened in the fridge; has anyone tried this product?

                        Herdez salsa casera, 16oz, $0.99; mild and hot varieties

                        Shultz pretzels, 12oz, $1.00; from PA

                        Does anyone know on which day Alvarado St Bakery delivers to the Oakland store?

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                        1. re: PorkButt

                          I've bought the CR minced garlic and use it frequently. It sure is convenient not having to chop any garlic. I don't taste any difference when cooking with it, but it does smell different in the bottle, likely due to the added citric acid.

                          1. re: PorkButt

                            I think that Alvarado St Bakery delivers to Oakland GO on Thursday, maybe Friday. My favorites are the Sprouted Rye and the Sprouted Barley which both make great toast and the aromas almost make the kitchen smell like a brewery. Vital Vittles might also be the same days but their bread is a little too dense for me and they use a lot of oil, about 4 grams/fat per slice.

                            1. re: zippo

                              Thanks, I do recall that I've seen a big selection on Thursdays.

                              Their barley is an excellent neutral sandwich bread. I think the rye has a bit of dill in it which is a bit unusual.

                              1. re: zippo

                                Bingo, Oakland had Alvarado St bread today.

                                I also spotted a big stack of Concord's Black Diamond Brewing amber ale but I forgot to double back to check the price.

                                There was also some white beer from Austria but it was pricey at $1.49 for a bottle that was something like 330mL

                                1. re: PorkButt

                                  That was Grieskirchner Weisse which is also at San Pablo Looking at prices on the web, that isn't such a deal. It is usually $2.29 a bottle and according to this blog it needs to be fresh

                                  This site seemed to like it

                                  There was also bottles of Germania lager, but no price. Fat Boy Amber Lager was $3.99 for a six pack. Price on the web indicates it is usually $9.99. Here's some opinions.

                                  San Pablo also had a number of bottles of wine normally selling for +$30 at about ten bucks, two of which are

                                  Chateau Reynella Basket Press Shiraz 2006

                                  Le Baron Ranch Petite Syrah 2006

                                  As someone else mentioned, that Snowfisk Norwegien goat cheese spread is pretty nice. With fresh figs in season, this would be nice with them. Only 70 calories per 1 oz serving.

                                  1. re: PorkButt

                                    Yeah, lots of Alvarado Street, but the Vital Vittles shelves were sadly empty, at least around noon. Did anyone see Vital Vittles later in the day perhaps?

                                    1. re: chompy

                                      I rarely see Vital Vittles at Oakland but it's regularly stocked at the Berkeley store.

                                2. re: PorkButt

                                  I have used the CR ginger-garlic paste. That is also helpful when in a hurry.

                                  But nothing comes close to fresh minced/ground ginger.

                                3. Oakland today -

                                  2.99 - Lots of the Whole Foods banana cream pies that someone else mentioned (in the freezer next to the ice cream)
                                  3.99 - 6 lb. 9 oz. box of Riso Angelita vacuum-sealed Arborio rice, imported from Italy, exp. 10/31/2009 - if this stuff is decent it's a great deal.
                                  1.99 - 5 lbs Eagle Mills White Whole Wheat flour
                                  .99 - DeCecco Galletti pasta (the ruffled elbows)
                                  1.99 - Lindt Cherry Chili dark chocolate bar

                                  Slim pickings on ice cream, I went mainly to get some cheap Ben & Jerry's or Haagen Dazs, but there were just a few pints of HD Rum Raisin and that was it. Lots of Nestle "Delicias" Mango, Strawberry, and Vanilla, but didn't get any. The banana cream pie should be enough for the next few days, anyhow.

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                                  1. re: chompy

                                    Sorry it took me a while to post back about this, but anyone who's thinking of making a special trip for the banana cream pie should skip it. The ingredient list is good, but it's not very exciting, not much flavor. I had to make chocolate sauce to spruce it up, and even so I doubt the whole pie will get eaten.

                                    1. re: chompy

                                      About those pies. . . I bought one a couple weeks ago that was pretty darn good, if not exciting. Very banana-y flavor and quite pleasant. I bought another last week, and it didn't taste like anything. The filling was mushy and bland. So quality appears to be variable. I agree, even the better of the two was definitely not worth a special trip.

                                  2. Santa Rosa GO

                                    Go slow in the frozen food aisle. Many organic items including 3 types of frozen pasta, potatoes, lots of Amy's everything. There don't seem to be any pints of any type of ice cream though.

                                    No decent chocolate bars.

                                    Plenty of Terra chips.

                                    1. livermore store, 7-14:
                                      3.99 for 6+ lb box of arborio rice, as described above
                                      plesant hill store 7-15:
                                      6.99 earth first bath tissue

                                      1. livermore store, today:
                                        .99, little six pack of raisins, decorated with Wall-e designs. very cute. located in with the cookies, not by the other dried fruit.
                                        2.49 ovaltine
                                        ice cream area was mostly empty!

                                        1. Yesterday afternoon, Friday, at Oakland Grocery Outlet:

                                          - $3.99, Valipolicella Superiore Classico, 2003, Monte del Fra, 750 ml from Italy. Don't know much about wines but got this because it was 5 years old and there was some space on the shelf behind the remaining bottles that might mean that people who know something about wine had picked up on this. Had a few glasses with lunch and, for what it's worth, it seemed grassy with a hint of plum or raisin, no bold or overpowering fruity notes but tart, which I liked and maybe due to its aging. Would buy it again. Here's link to its description by the winery:

                                          - $.99, Native Forest Organic Hearts of Palm, 14 oz. can, USDA Organic, from Guyana, From Euterpe palms, which are a renewable resource, according to the label on the can. Made a nice salad with balsamic vinegar, olive oil and herbs;

                                          - $.99, Veetee curries from India in 8 3/4 -10 1/2 oz. pouches. Several new kinds in new packaging like Chana Masala (chick peas, cumin powder, pomegranate powder, mango powder, fenugreek powder etc.) , Vegetable Biryani (rice, coriander, fennel, cardamom, mint, cumin), Dal Tadka ( yellow and red lentils in a spicy sauce). They're good and I don't see any preservatives or fillers in the list of ingredients;

                                          - $1.99, Blackberries, 16 oz. frozen, from Oregon.

                                          There were lots of loaves from Alvarado Street Bakery and a few from Vital Vittles. Also 5 lb. boxes of matsos from Israel for $4.99. Unusual in that there were no cartons of soymilk. Lots of watermelons, strawberries and cherries.

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                                          1. re: zippo

                                            The watermelon I bought there last week was delicious -- one of the best I've had in a long time.

                                          2. livermore store, today:
                                            1.59 to 1.99, vairous types of famous amos cookies
                                            1.99 cantuccini biscotti
                                            .99 "french butter cookies authentic breton biscuit" very good quality cookie, back of box says imported by makers of Biscoff.
                                            1.49 ben and jerry's light, only 1 flavor, strawberry and cream

                                            1. San Pablo

                                              50 cents - whole cantelope
                                              99 cents - whole honeydew
                                              99 cents - Beemster shredded aged Gouda
                                              1.59 - Challenge European butter 8 oz
                                              1.99 - Land O Lakes butter 1lb
                                              2.99 - Whole watermelon

                                              The aged Gouda is good to make a grilled cheese and fresh fig sandwich. Use a nice fruit bread like an orange bread. I was making it with a dried fig anise bread which was wonderful.

                                              Haven't tried the melons as I'm on melon overload from the farmers markets.

                                              Oh yeah ... this is absolute junk, but it is cute. The cute factor is overriding the taste factor - 6 for $1 - Snoopy popsicles. The pops made of vanilla and chocolate ice cream is in the shape of Snoopy's head with the chocolate ice cream making the nose, eyes and ears.

                                              1. today, livermore:
                                                1.49 trop50, tropicana refrigerated (not from concentrate) orange juice with half the sugar as regular. it looks like a 2-qt container, but is actually just a few ounces shy of that. not only did i not miss the sugar, i think it tastes better. label says they used stevia instead. this same juice was 1.99 in east hayward a couple of days ago. exp date is 8-11
                                                1.49 various types of large lindt chocolate bars (bittersweet, white choc, and others)
                                                $ ?? le petit ecolier cookies, extra dark choc (70%), sorry i didnt notice the price.

                                                1. To finish up the month, Berkeley.
                                                  New GO marketing ploy at candy lane. First the DVDs, then the popcorn and Poppycock and then the nuts and chocolate. The only price I really noticed was the sign on the Macadamia Nuts that proclaimed $2.49 here $1.29 elsewhere.

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                                                  1. re: wolfe

                                                    Has anyone seen Mrs. May's Fruit Snacks? I found some last month and should've bought a case. My kid loves them and they were 2 for a buck!