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August 2009 Grocery Outlet

San Pablo

25 cents - Trix Yoplait yogurt 4 oz
33 cents - Organic low fat Stoneyfield yogurt (plain) 6 oz
33 cents - Organic crispy onions (the stuff for topping green bean casseroles)
50 cents - Oikos Greek yogurt (6 oz?)
50 cents - Seville dolfin-safe tuna in water 5 oz
99 cents - De Cecco mixed egg and spinach tagliatelle
$1.49 - Snofrisk Norwegian goat/cow's milk spread (like cream cheese but better)
$1.49 - Challenge European butter 6 oz
$1.49 - Hellman's Mayo, squeeze bottle
$1.99 - Land O Lakes butter 1 lb
$2.09 - Natural Brew organic lemon-lime soda 4 bottles
$1.99 - Marquee Seduction 2005 Shiraz / Cab Blend
$2.99 - Sabra hummus, various flavors
$2.99 - Alidoro mixed marinated mushrooms 28 oz

Some of these, like the butter and cheese, are items that come in sort of regularily Since it is fresh fig season, that Snofrisk is just lovely with figs. It is $3.99 at the Berkeley Bowl.

The Trix yoplait doesn't have Trix in it, but is just dyed Trix colors. The raspberry rainbow is a half bright raspberry red and half Trix purple. Despite the HFCS in it, it appeals to my inner child. It is fun. Just dangle something shiny in front of me, I'm amused for hours. Had this with my free McDonald's Mocha Monday sample ... the breakfast of champions

Has anyone tried the mushrooms? They are all good ingrediants, a nice mix of oyster, Shitake and other mushrooms with whole dill seeds at the bottom. I'd buy them but it is a large jar. It turns out I didn't like Gerties artichoke tapanade at all and have this huge jar I don't know how to use. So I hope someone tries these since I don't want another jar keeping the tapenade company in the fridge. It is a Los Gatos company.

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    1. re: sydthekyd

      Chain-wise much better than the disgusting BK Mocha, not as good as Starbucks. Here's my post on the chain board. I prefer the hot mocha. Those little free shots are just enough of that drink. Today is the last free Mocha Monday

    2. I don’t know if it was Alidoro, but I bought some marinated mushrooms from GO a while back that seemed to match your description (big jar with dill seeds at the bottom; mix of shiitakes, oysters and others). The taste was weird for me – that sweet relish flavor, but applied to mushrooms. I wound up rinsing them as much as possible, then using them in another sauce where the relish flavor would get overwhelmed.

      Although I’m a die hard treasure hunting GOer (GO-phile ? GO-head ? GO-bot ?), I must say the Sabra is cheaper at Costco than at GO. GO’s is $3 for 10oz, whereas Costco’s is $7 for 34 oz.

      Was the DeCecco tagliatelle 250g or 500g ? I know most DeCecco is 500g, but I’m not sure about that one. BTW, as of Aug 2, Novato still had festonati and galletti for $0.99, and paccheri for $1.29. As of Aug 1, Petaluma still had pasta mista from a couple months back for $0.50. The mista doesn’t expire until Dec 2010, and its small size and random shapes make it perfect for salad or soup.

      What happened to the south bay GO posters ? I haven’t read anything about the San Jose (Williams) or Redwood City stores in a while to get me to go to either one, even though I live closest to those two.

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      1. re: dump123456789

        I may have time to check the Redwood City store tomorrow and will report back!

        1. Damn. There wasn't any decent yogurt at Oakland when I was there late last week. However:

          99 cents 16 oz. DaVinci organic spaghetti (product of Italy).

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          1. re: Ruth Lafler

            Santa Rosa has the DaVinci organic linguine & sea shells at 99 cents a pound. Still have a bunch of DeCecco pastas too including some on the end aisle.

            Saw the Lol butter & splurged on Challenge European style at $1.59 for half pound.

            Didn't see the Snofrisk cheese, though wasn't specfically looking. No Greek yogurt. No large plain yogurts. Hoping for mascarpone or ricotta for said figs, not that either.

            They got another shipmen of El Mexicano Crema Mexicana. I really like this stuff - cream, milk, dry milk, locust bean gum & carragen. Dresses up anything that likes sour cream.

            4 kinds of Lindt bars including the cherry chile - no price posted.

            1. re: Columba

              All that cheese talk reminds me that San Pablo has wedges of Presidente brie for $1.49. Didn't catch the size but they are large wedges.

              Thanks for the tip on El Mexicano. The SP store has a number of these but with all the Mexican markets around here I didn't even look at them.

              1. re: rworange

                a few days ago, Oakland and Berkeley had lots and lots of brie, Presidente and Belmont, for about less than $3/lb. There was a round of brie, 2.2 lbs, for $5.99 and smaller sizes, 6 oz., 7 oz, etc. I also bought a 2 lb. package of sliced Jarlsberg Light (low-fat) for $5.99, my favorite sliced cheese.

                1. re: zippo

                  Second on the "Jarlsberg Lite!"

              2. re: Columba

                at hayward, the lindt bars are the half size of the regular bars and thus the perfect size for a tasty snack. 2 for $1. several varieties, including 70% and 85% dark bars in the white-edged packaging.

            2. Berkeley:

              Cirio sieved tomatoes, 500g aseptic carton, "produced in Italy": $0.50
              Stock is getting low, not bad for the price. It did need a bit of sugar for balance when I made a sauce


              Muir Glen Italian sausage with peppers pasta sauce, 25.5oz: $2.49

              1. Berkeley Store:

                $2.99 - 1lb President Brie
                $2.99 - 1lb Busseto Proscuitto. Not exactly di Parma, but I think it's perfectly adequate.
                $0.99 - Naked Chocolate Banana Whey + Soy (~30g) Protein Shake
                $1.99 - Good Earth Organic 7-Spice Chai (18 bags)
                $1.50 - Old Germany Herring Fillets (6oz) - They look really good and I saw 4 different types: Paprika sauce, tomato, mushroom, and spicy mustard.
                $2.99 - Bear Naked Native Mango Agave Almond Granola (24oz)
                A couple of types of the fancy De Cecco left, around $1, including Calamarata (1.1lb).
                Snofrisk Norwegian goat/cow's milk spread was there (it's in a triangular contained), didn't see a price
                Didn't see any good butter or yogurt there.
                There were a ton of Vital Vittles breads there on Monday.

                1. Oakland:

                  99 cents DeCecco carnaroli rice, 16 oz box
                  50 cents Horizon organic low fat lemon yogurt (5 oz?)
                  $1.59 Challenge European-style butter, 8 oz. (bought a couple of pounds to go in the freezer)
                  $1.99/lb Land o Lakes butter
                  $3.99 Lily O'Brien;s chocolates from Ireland, 5.3 ounce box with about a dozen pieces -- the sticky toffee is pretty good

                  1. newark store, 8-9-09:
                    3.49 heinz organic catsup
                    .99 de cecco egg-noodle cannelloni pasta
                    4 for 1.00 small bags of craisins
                    1.49 hero brand apricot nectar
                    livermore store, 8-10-09:
                    .50 emeril's chicken stock
                    .99 de cecco egg-noodle garganelli pasta
                    1.79 shea butter soap. white, in a translucent wrapper. i'm spoiled by l'occitane, but this is a nice product, at a fraction of the price.

                    1. Artisan Salt Co. Cyprus Black Lava salt flakes, 5 oz, flip top jar, $3.99

                      (Hawaiian black lava salt is a blacker in color to my eye and more flakes than these bigger crystals. The hawaiian is my favorite for finishing heirloom tomato salads, and I'm sure I'll enjoy the Cyprus the same way.)

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                      1. re: Melanie Wong

                        Melanie, which GO store did you get the Cyprus Black Lava salt flakes?

                          1. re: Ruth Lafler

                            I saw it at the Redwood City location too. They also had a curry flavored: http://www.mysecretpantry.com/prodinf...

                            1. re: Ruth Lafler

                              Just got back from Oakland, only Alaea Hawaiian coarse salt (9.5oz) to be found unless there was a bottle of the black stuff mixed in with the curry salt.

                          2. re: Melanie Wong

                            Rohnert Park update:
                            Artisan Salt Company - many flavors
                            9.5 oz for $3.99 black mineral coarse, sel gris, Salish- alder, Kala Namak black mineral fine.

                            5 oz for $5.99 Fusion salts - lime fresco, roasted garlic, spicy curry, chile verde

                            report, I opened the Kala Namak and gasped at the strong sulfur smell. A taste test revealed a more potent hit of sulfur. Hope to learn more about sulfur flavor in food.

                          3. 13 cents - Trix Yoplait yogurt 4 oz (8 for $1 were 4 for $1 still under exp date of 8/20)
                            50 cents - Ken's Steakhouse salad dressings (French and Videlia onion)
                            99 cents - Snowfrisk cheese (down from $1.49)
                            1.29 - Valentina hot sauce 1 liter
                            1.29 - Wild Wood organic refrigerated soy milk (Plain and pommegranate)
                            1.49 - Lactaid organic fat-free milk 1/2 gallon
                            1.49 - Cucina & Amore pasta sauce from Italy 17.6 oz box
                            1.50 - Whole fresh pineapples
                            1.59 - Hain apple cider vinegar 1 quart
                            1.99 - Naked Juices 32 oz (Green Machine and Blueberry Pomegranate)

                            Haven't tried the pasta sauce but the ingredients looked good. There was red pepper and garlic sauce with anchovies in it and Tomatoes with olives that had capers

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                            1. re: rworange

                              Rw, here is a blog with one man's opinion of the Valentina. I will check Berkeley tomorrow and if not there, where did you see it, San Pablo or Oakland?

                              1. re: wolfe

                                San Pablo. As that blog says, it is fairly common, but it seems a good price for such a large bottle. Didn't notice if it was original or extra hot.

                            2. Can't read the prices right now, but 3 interesting items:

                              Kaweka entrees from New Zealand, including Lamb Massaman, and Venison with Mushrooms, in microwavable, boilable pouch, no preservatives, non-refrigerated - probably $1.49

                              Laloo's ?-berry frozen yogurt and cappucino ice cream pints, from goat's milk - probably $2.99 (WF has them for $5.99 ?)

                              Peleponnese eggplant meze, and red pepper spread, in jars- probably $1.99

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                              1. re: dump123456789

                                Which store had these? I've always been curious about Laloo's, but the price tag kept me away. Ah, the magic that is GO.

                                1. re: chompy

                                  Raspberry is at San Jose (Wiliiams) and Navato. Cappucino is at San Jose.

                              2. Berkeley

                                Blue cheese galore: Societe Roquefort (~$10/lb), Danish Sheep blue, Pacific Blue (both $6/lb) and Friendship (Denmark, $5/lb) in the fancy cheese case - those I've tried so far are all good (if you like the stinky stuff ;-).

                                Good German beer: Schwelmer Pils, Apostle Brau (both $4/6) and Grieskirchner Weisse ($1.50/pint).

                                1. Rohnert Park
                                  In addition to many Artisan salt detailed elsewhere -

                                  0% fat Greek yogurt - Brown Cow and organic Stonyfield. pints for $1.49

                                  Horizon butter 1/2# for $1.49

                                  Fiorucci Italian dry salami & hard salami - no junk for $1.49.

                                  Only DeCecco pasta at $.99 was galletti and they had oodles of those noodles.

                                  1. livermore, today:

                                    4.99 Kettle brand potato chips, a large-ish box proclaiming "create a chip challenge". the box contains 3 bags, 5 oz each, of flavored chips (spicy thai, buffalo bleu, tuscan three cheese), and 4 bags, 1 oz ea, plain chips; and then a brown bag containing 7 flavorings, 0.75 oz ea. the flavorings are: carmelized onion; cheddar, roasted tomato; lemon butter; vinegar; sour cream chive; and sweet chilli. the enclosed literature says make your favorite combination, and then enter it online to win free chips for a year. the flavor packets are quite generous, and i'm sure could be used for popcorn and other things. i have no plans to enter the contest, but this is an interesting purchase.

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                                    1. re: jart

                                      That sounds really cool. I haven't seen it at the San Pablo store unfortunately. However today there was

                                      5 cents - Trix Yoplait yogurt 4 oz ...yep ...now only 20 for $1
                                      50 cents - Brown Cow non-fat Greek Yogurt (strawberry or blueberry) 5.3 ounce
                                      69 cents - Whole canteloupe

                                      I splurged on the extravagant 50 cent Brown Cow Greek yogurt since I've never had it before. It is pretty good with a sour-cream taste to it. There's pectin in it but it isn't noticable.Good ingredients - nonfat milk, evaporated cane juice, blueberries, carrot juice concentrate for color. There's a coupon on the inside of the top for buy 2 get one free. Tho GO doesn't take coupons, not a bad deal if you buy this stuff normally.

                                      1. re: rworange

                                        I was at the Oakland store yesterday--didn't see any of the Brown Cow, but there was plenty of the Trix stuff. I bought Kozlowski Farms Rasberry Vinegar for $1.99, and a large 33.8 oz. bottle of Cucina Balsamic Vinegar of Modena for $4.99. I haven't seen this brand before, but it's in a lovely, reusable bottle and if it tastes good (haven't checked yet) would might make a decent house gift.

                                    2. 33 cents - Ooba sparkling hibiscus or sparkling hibiscus-orange drink 16 oz (3 for $1)
                                      33 cents - Tea's tea (3 for $1) bottled tea
                                      50 cents - Pepperidge Farm wheat crisps
                                      33 cents - Ito Em apple tea or mango tea (3 for $1)
                                      99 cents - Barbara's organic puffs (honey, corn/cocoa, peanut butter)
                                      99 cents - Valley Creek organic raisin almond cereal
                                      99 cents - JL Kraft spreadable cheese (feta and spinach or garlic herbs) 6.5 oz
                                      99 cents - Alouette creme de brie spreadable cheese with fine herbs
                                      $1.29 - Philly cheese spread (pepperjack with jalapeno)
                                      $1,29 - Chilli Man Chicken white bean chili 15 oz
                                      $1.99 - basket of black mission figs (about 8 oz)

                                      There were a lot of bottled teas with cane sugar with no junk in them ... ah, for the old days when sugar was considered junk and not preservatives and stuff that could stock a mad scientists lab. These all just had water, tea, sugar and natural flavor.

                                      The only thing I bought was the Ooba which is really good. It is up there with a lot of the cranberry sparklers. Actually it tasted more like a cranberry sparkler than hibiscus. It is really an intense flavor so I cut it with some sparkling Crystal Geyser. The web site, in addition to questionable health claims ... hibiscus isn't really that much of a medical wonder ... has some interesting flavors. I hope GO gets the hibisucus vanilla flavor. Well worth the 33 cents.

                                      San Pablo is now carrying the plain flavor of Brown Cow Greek yogurt which really ticks me off. I liked the flavored well enough to use the coupon on the lid to buy some at regular price at Berkeley Bowl ($1.59 each ... buy 2 get 1 free). I didn't think GO would carry plain. What is particularily annoying is the the expiration date on the BB yogurt is Sept 2 while the GO expiration date is Sept 9.

                                      I've been curious about those J.L. Kraft cheese spreads. All I can say is I'm glad I didn't pay full price. As to the spreadable brie ("Made with real brie without the rinds"). What was I thinking? Skip both. Didn't try the Philly.

                                      The chili was ok. It had a good ingredient list but the chicken had that canned chicken soup quality. The vegetarian might be a better choice. It seems this is a closeout item. Looking at the website, it is for sale.

                                      The fresh figs were in excellent condition. Had some Greek yogurt mixed with a tablespoon of Kowslowski fig merlot preserves and GO pecans with fresh fig halves on the side. Really good .

                                      Ok, this is cheating on GO, but this week (until Saturday) Wal-mart has frozen wild-caught salmon $4 for one lb. I didn't look at the details though as to what type of wild salmon it was. I didn't buy it as I wasn't going home immediately.

                                      1. Oakland today:

                                        99 cents pints of Ben & Jerry's "limited batch" Gingersnap
                                        $2.99 Organic frozen macaroni with meat sauce. I bought one last week and it was tasty enough that I bought some more

                                        They still had Oikos and Brown Cow greek style yogurts. The Oikos just appeared to be the 16 oz size in vanilla. The Brown Cow was in small cups in plain, blueberry and I think strawberry.

                                        I was actually looking to get some more of the Belo Muscat Gris dessert wine in the 375 ml bottle but it was gone. If anyone sees it at another GO, please post!

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                                        1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                          The GO in Oakland had several Belo products over the last month or two. They had at least two ports, one a single vineyard Napa, Santa Isabela, with a 1999 vintage, and then a Cotta Vineyard "California" Port with a 1998 vintage. I bought both at a whopping $3.99/bottle and ended up buying more than a case of the former. Spectacular for the price, and equivalent to or better than some ports that are seling for $15/bottle. Obviously a personal opinion. As far as I could tell the only thing "wrong" with the Port was that it did not have a barcode on it. It also tended to "explode" when you opened the bottle. After sacrificing a shirt, I now just drape a paper towel over the cork and let the paper towel take the abuse when the bottle is opened. The port is really wonderful. I bought cases of it, and would be delighted to find more of it at $3.99(or more)/bottle. When I see more, I buy it. It is that good.

                                          I am also very fond of the Muscat Gris. I tried a bottle, went back,
                                          and bought a case of it. I cleaned out the Oakland store when I bought it (sorry Ruth). It is also a very lovely wine. I think it was $2.99/bottle when I bought it, and I also tried an Australian muscat that was around $6/split, and I thought the Belo held its own, not quite as intenseas the Australian version, but still wonderful. I often drink Quady Essentia as a muscat dessert wine and the Belo was very good and obviously at a great price. I would also be interested if anyone sees more of this wine elsewhere because I would be more than happy to buy more. After you get what you want, please post!

                                        2. Last day of August.

                                          Santa Rosa store:

                                          They're resetting a couple of the non-food aisles and inventory was low there and on food aisles too.

                                          Best selection was frozen entrees - about 20 choices of natural, mostly organic, vegetarian and non-vegetarian entrees. Great deals for professionals who want a nutritious, microwavable lunch.

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                                          1. re: Columba

                                            Also in Santa Rosa today:

                                            Laloo's goat milk ice cream $2.99 pint. Must have been a coffee type flavor. Didn't try it.