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Grocery Outlet, November 2009

So I guess I get to start the thread this month!

50 cents -- Individual (5 or 6 oz) Brown Cow 0% Greek yogurt, plain or strawberry
$1.49 -- Haagen Dazs caramelized pear toasted pecan (yummy!) and Sweet Cream Honey
$2.99 -- 28 oz. bottle Grandma's molasses
$5.99 lb (precut and priced, pieces were mostly about half a pound) -- 12-month aged Orgouda (organic gouda from Holland); there was also another organic cheese (Mozzerella?) from the same producer and another non-organic 12-month aged Dutch gouda for $4.99/lb. Obviously not as special as a super-aged gouda, but it's quite tasty and does have the crunchy crystals!
$2.49 -- large (28 oz, I think) jar of Muir Glen organic Bolognese pasta sauce

If you give food gifts for Christmas they have their Christmas stuff in, including tins of various sizes, paper cartons (like Chinese food cartons) in Christmas designs, and Gladware-type containers with winter-theme designs (snowflakes, penguins, IIRC).

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    1. re: sydthekyd

      Yes, sorry. Yeah, the caramelized pear is really good -- I bought a couple last time and I was glad to see it again and stock the freezer.

      1. re: Ruth Lafler

        You asked this in another post, but the 79 cent Ocean Spray cranberry sauce is the regular version at GO and not lite cranberry sauce. This week's special is Ocean Spray cran-raspberry sauce for 50 cents. I tried this a few years ago when it first came out and didn't like it. Think about it ... turkey and raspberries aren't a usual pairing ... for good reason.

        I tried the Barefoot Bubbly Brut Cuvee Chardonnay Champagne for $3.99 (with 20% discout $3.19). Note that I'm not a fan of Barefoot in general. It is such a ... supermarket wine.

        Like most GO sparklers, it loses the bubbles faster than I would like, but it is not exactly flat. Still, at $3.19 during the sale period ending 11/15, it isn't a bad thing to keep on hand for the holidays. Certainly a better choice than Andre which these days sells for more than that ... I mean $4.99 average for Andre ... are they kidding?

        After trying it I googled reviews. One winemakers opinion was

        " aromas of tangy green apples and sweet jasmine kick things off, followed by the delicious flavors of kiwi and peach. "

        After reading that ... apple, peach and kiwi (are they serious?) ... not really. However, the flowery jasmine hit me and seriously that is all I can taste at this point.

        At Berkeley ... Botticelli 3.5 oz milk chocolate bar 50 cents. Only ok and really on the edge of being stale. Skip.

    2. I like the pear ice cream a lot, purchased at Redwood acity store. Firm not too gritty yet ripe tasting pieces of full flavored pear.

      1. Oh that roasted pear ice cream is sooo awesome. Too awesome.

        I also am loving the Dagoba chai bar. However, it is very sweet. I personally love very sweet things, but most people would pass on this one.

        1. The Brown Cow yogurt is also available in 4x4.3oz for $1.49 at Monterey Hwy SJ. Same price for similar size Stonyfield Farm.

          I also got a couple 33oz jars of Gertie's artichoke tapenade for $3.99 each. I think it's much more expensive at Costco.

          They also have at least 4 different varieties of Mac's Chicharrones - BBQ, salt & vinegar, salsa y limon, jalapeno & cheddar - at 0.99 for 4oz.

          And Aidell's jalapeno and green pepper sausages at 2.99 for 12oz.

          Watch out if you get Bolthouse Farms juice 32oz. Some of them have their CRV seriously off (0.60 instead of 0.05).

          Both varieties of the Haagen Dazs were too sweet for my taste. Luckily, I had some (bland) scones that I was able to eat them with, a la ice cream sandwiches.

          1. Some other good things

            Seen at Berkeley store today . I usually go to Oakland.. but

            1996 Clos du Val Napa cab.. $14.99 Should be drinking perfectly .. a more restrained european style of Napa Cab. will report after drinking

            a western Aussie Pinot Noir for 4.99 could be good. didn't buy..

            De Cecco Artisinal style (the rough die style) spaghetti 500 gram size 99 cents .. I bought 6 not sure how much they have.

            20 oz wild smoked salmon in " fancy" cheese case 7.99.. did not buy but looks good..

            Aged english cheddar .. inexpensive and that organic gouda mentioned by Ruth.

            Aloutte Spreadable 99 cents

            Vital Vittles Bread $ 2.19

            a full liter of good olive oill in a bottle with a ceramic stopper 7.99.. not as good as that California one they had for months, but good.

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            1. re: jason carey

              My friend who bought a case of the 1996 Clos du Val poured a bottle the other night and it was in excellent shape. The 1996 Burgess was also quite good. The 1995 Chapellet, not so much.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                I tasted it last night and it was a beautiful ceadery classic aged wine. not bombastic.. I am going to get more if they have it..

            2. Saturday, I picked up bottles of the 2007 Chianti "le Corbinie" and 2007 Toscana Rosso "le Corbinie" for $4.99. They come from a reputable producer (Vecchia Cantina) in Montepulciano. At that price, they are worth a try.

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              1. re: DavidT

                I am down here in So Cal with probably fewer of the Outlet wine scores than you No Cal folk, but I just bought and tried the Le Corbinie and it was quite nice. Exceeded my expectations by a large margin. I sort of expected that it was Italian plonk, but not so. Want to know what varietal(s) though as I am buying more. I liked the 5 Mile syrah too, but it is gone. Recently scored some of the Chalk Hill 2001 Merlot at $5.99. It''s great. Better than the cab which is too oaked.

              2. Santa Rosa today:

                Numi tea, at least 4 different flavors $4.99 for box of 5 bags (each brews a pot?). Is it worth the price?

                Didn't see the organic gouda and the deCecco selection seems smaller than described at other stores.

                Grocery Outlet
                1116 4th St, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

                1. San Pablo

                  25 cents - Yoplait yogurt 4 oz
                  50 cents - Del Monte organic tomato paste 6 oz
                  99 cents - Wheat Thins artisan white cheddar crackers
                  99 cents Jello pudding singles 6 packs with shaker cup
                  1.49 - President brie 8 oz round
                  1.50 Mama Melee peanut tray
                  1.79 - Hormel Natural Choice Rotisserie Style deli chicken breast 8 oz
                  1.99 Dagoba organic Chai bar with crystalized ginger
                  2.49 - Bonne Maman raspberry preserves 13 oz
                  2.99 - Batth Farms fancy mixed raisins 16 oz

                  The Bonne Maman is quite the deal.

                  The Hormel Naturals usually sells for almost $5. There's no junk in them and though I haven't tried the chicken yet, everything else I tried has been good.

                  I love those raisins and was happy to see them back. It is a mix of Red Flame, Golden and Thomson raisins. Good snacking.

                  The peanuts are those big trays at the end of the ice cream counter. There are four types. I didn't look at the sell by date but if interested I'd check that as they seem to have been there for quite the while.

                  I might evetually give the pudding a try. It comes with a shaker cup. There was real sugar in it and not too much junk and pudding always makes me feel better if I get sick with a cold. This seemed easy. Dump package in the shaker cup, add milk, shake, eat. Easy to deal with sick bed food

                  1. RWC:
                    Katie's Almond Roca Cookies 9 oz. tub $2.49 (similar to Costco almond lace cookies)
                    Alexia Frozen Mashed red potatoes 12 oz $1.99
                    Bolthouse Farms 33.8 oz. Vanilla Latte $2.49
                    Oscar Meyer Reduced Fat Hot Dogs 1 pound $1.29

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                    1. re: Wheetie

                      How are those cookies? I know the Costco ones are wicked good.

                    2. I was thinking the Ocean Spray cranberry sauce prices weren't that great at GO ... 79 cents. Not as notable as the 50 OS year. However, they are the old 16 oz can and not the `14 oz can being sold this year.

                      Ocean Spray - how trifling can you get?

                      GO seems to have a Spam thing going on this year. Berkeley has Spam with bacon and Oakland has garlic Spam ... would the garlic make it healthier. Oakland was selling 64 oz jars of Helmann's mayo for $2.50. The other stores are charging $4.99

                      San Pablo has Breyers yogurt 3 for $1. Though it has a few additives, there is real sugar in it and it has the consistancy of yoplait ... and no HFCS.

                      San Pablo is running up on some sell by dates

                      50 cents - Wheat Thins artisan white cheddar crackers. Marked down from 99 cents. Good, certainly worth 50 cents and have at least a few more months of shelf life to them.

                      50 cents - 2 types of baked bagged pretels ... about 16 oz

                      99 cents - 1 lb sliced deli ham

                      1. Rohnert Park Grocery Outlet had Laloo's frozen goat milk yogurt: Forestberry and Lemon Chiffon flavors for $2.99 per pint. I tried both and preferred the forestberry. The goatiness overwhelmed the delicate lemon flavor for me. I stopped by Santa Rosa yesterday and was able to get more of the forestberry flavor.

                        Also bought Muirglen organic fire roasted no salt tomatoes, 99¢. Cleaned out the last boxes of DeCecco kamut spaghetti, very good product.

                        Saag's sausages are back again. Bockwurst is my favorite.

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                        1. re: Melanie Wong

                          Oakland had the frostberry. San Pablo has LaLoo's ice cream sandwiches, but it is a huge box and over $6.

                          Love that Kamut spaghetti. Still have it at San Pablo. Saw it at Berkeley Bowl for $3.99

                          Usually GO is a good price for Saag's but for two more days Andronico's has a special of buy one package of Saag's Sausage get one free. It breaks down to $3 each. I didn't get a package, but I bought one bockwurst and one Swiss bockwurst from the meat counter. The only difference being the Swiss version is longer and doesn't have parsley. They tasted identical though.

                          Berkeley Bowl
                          2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703

                          1. re: rworange

                            Yes, I saw the box of ice cream sandwiches in Rohnert Park too, not in Santa Rosa. I determined that I didn't have enough room in the freezer to bring one home.

                        2. Forgot to mention 2007 Black Box Monterey county Chardonnay for $9.99. Normally about $24, no idea how it's tasting now.

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                          1. re: Melanie Wong

                            And just as a PSA...They are running a 20% off all wine promo Nov 11-15 (Wednesday to Sunday)

                            1. re: dinthebay

                              I stopped by the (West) Hayward shop on the way home and I picked up a bottle of 2001 Truchard Cab. Franc for $8 (before discount) that was recommended on a wine board. There were none of the early-to-mid 90s CA wines that were blown out last month.

                          2. At Oakland this morning:

                            A couple of big bargains in the new dairy case in the back:

                            Liberte Mediterranean yogurt, plum walnut flavor, 3/$1
                            A flat of 20 extra-large organic "cage free" eggs (Sunvalley) $2.99 (looks like this might be a regular item for them -- I hope so with holiday baking coming up!)

                            Ice cream case is well-stocked: they still have the honey and the caramelized pear Haagen Dazs; Hershey Almond Klondike bars ($1.99/six); Dryers Dibs individual packs in a box of 24 for $6.99 or they sell them individually (works out to about 30 cents a package).

                            In addition to the Beeman's and Saag's sausages they usually have, they had Fresco "natural" in a couple of flavors. Also bulk sausage. They still have the Orgouda, both the aged (Orgouda Gold) and the Orgouda mild.

                            Several different brands of stuffing mix or croutons, including Pepperidge Farm cornbread (99 cents), and Arrowhead Mills organic ($1.49)

                            99 cents Tasty brand sweet gherkins (no HFCS, so while they are sweet they aren't cloying)
                            $2.49 Laura Scudders organic peanutbutter (smooth, ingredients are peanuts and salt)

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                            1. re: Ruth Lafler

                              With colds and flu going around:

                              Kleenex 3-ply tissues with lotion, $1.99 for 180 ct. box. They also have the small pop-up boxes for $1.29.

                              1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                Their paper goods are rarely a bargain. Wal-mart, FoodsCo, FoodMax, even Target are often the same price with a better selection and since I'm a coupon person often cheaper. I scored 108 count Puffs tissues for 25 cents at FoodsCo with a coupon.

                                CVS/Longs is really good for paper goods sales. Last week they had those Scott Towels where 4 rolls = 12 rolls which were selling for $4.98. I had a $1 coupon and CVS was giving $2 off coupons, so I bought another pacakge with another MFG $1 coupon, CVS $2. So two 4 roll (=24 regular roll) packages averager out to $2.98 each

                              2. re: Ruth Lafler

                                That Liberte Mediterranean yogurt is really swell. I snagged the last peach passionfruit. There was lots of coconut.

                                Other items at San Pablo

                                The store seems to be ramping up with lots of holiday items.

                                99 cents - There were lots of boxes and bags of crackers and cookies. The cookies were more along the no name type but for crackers there were
                                - Triscuit quattro fromage thin crisp crackers
                                - Reduced fat Wheat Thins
                                - Milton's everything multigrain
                                - Sesame Rye Crisps
                                - Busy Baker chicken or vegetable crackers

                                And don't forget about those 50 cent boxes of Wellington cracked pepper water crackers

                                The one thing to avoid tho is that horrid Di Gigli pannetone (red package $4.99) A few years back they had two or three types of pannetone. The only one that has returned year after year is this swill. The others were decent

                                25 cents - cucumbers in good condition
                                33 cents - TommyClam tomato and clam juice 32 oz
                                50 cents - Whole eggplant in excellent condition
                                99 cents - Oscar Meyer mini hot dogs (20) ... holiday hors d'œuvre for some?
                                99 cents - Imagine boxed sweet potato soup
                                99 cents - Betty's pasta sauce (with Betty Boop on the label. Marked down from $1.49)
                                99 cents - Saga Danish style blue or gorgonzola cheese 6 oz
                                1.89 - Crystal eggnog (quart ... has HFCS)
                                1.99 - Hebrew national lean beef salami chub 12 oz
                                2.99 - Tarantino's pork sausage - two 16 oz chubs
                                4.99 - 6 lb can of S&W black cherries

                                I didn't look closely at those cherries, but anyone doing any significant baking using canned cherries during the holidays might check these out as it seemed quite the deal.

                                TommyClam seems to be a Clamato type thing. Check the label as IIRC there was HFCS. Still ... 33 cents for that large bottle ... if you are into clamato it's not a lot of money to give it a try.

                                The sausage seemed to have a decent ingredient list. Anyone using sausage for stuffing might take a look.

                                Lots of cans of smoked clams, oysters, anchovies, etc at about 99 cents. I've never had a disappointing can no matter what the brand. Has anyone tried the refrigerated canned crab which is pricy? GO has this specially made for them. A vendor suggested trying it out a few years ago and GO seems to keep stocking it so I suspect it might be good. I'm not really all that into crab, so given the price ($6 or $7) I'd be unlikely to buy it.

                                Also lots of pickes, peppers, olives and other such things for 99 cents. There were some organic pickles with jalepeno and dill but while that sounds good in theory, they just didn't look appealing. ... but who know?

                                Tarantino's Restaurant
                                206 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA 94133

                              3. San Pablo

                                $2.99 - Lascoo herring in sour cream !!!

                                50 cents - Bulliard's habanero sauce
                                69 cents - Shop-Rite Strawberry shortcake ice cream bars (6 bars)
                                $1.49 - Chocolate Chex mix
                                $1.49 - Nestle refrigerated cookie dough
                                $1.79 - Pepperidge Farm five cheese Texas Toast (6 slices)

                                Those big tubs of herring are quite the deal Sell by date is 11/27/2009

                                Lucky has the cookie dough for $3 ... on sale ... so this is half that price. Varieties include - sugar, chocolate chip, chocolate filled chocolate chip, brownie bites, caramel filled

                                Haven't bought or tried the ice cream or Texas toast but they caught my junk-food loving eye.I'm thinking I may break down and get that Texas toast.

                                SP is down to the last two bags of 50 cent pretzels and both were very good. They have a new supply of the same brands selling for $1.49 now. If you see any 50 cent bags, my rec is to snag them if you like pretzels.

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                                1. re: rworange

                                  Do you happen to know if the herring has a heksher (a kosher symbol)?

                                  1. re: milklady

                                    There's a U in a circle, and a D next to that symbol.

                                  2. re: rworange

                                    Sab Pablo

                                    The Lascco herring in sour cream hit its use by date and is $1.49 for 32 oz.

                                    Too much of a deal to pass by because I love herring. Still tastes fine and I estimate it has at a minimum another week it would be good for.

                                    That being said, having just has some really excellent house made herring from Nordic House, it illustrates the difference between top notch and average. I actually haven't bought Lascco since I got hooked on Acme herring ... now to be snubbed for Nordic House herring. I'd buy Lascco if nothing else was around and the price is good, but there's so much better out there. Lascco does beat Elf which has lots of junk in it.

                                  3. Santa Rosa:

                                    Tons of Thai - instant meals, soup, noodles, etc.
                                    Indian too - Veetee packaged rice & new entree/rice combos. The latter are $1.99
                                    Glutino cookies - chocolate & vanilla
                                    Alter Eco Dark Chocolate Velvet bars 3.5 oz for .99

                                    Not much in way of cheese & crackers for the holidays.

                                    Grocery Outlet
                                    1116 4th St, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

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                                    1. re: Columba

                                      Those Glutino cookies are absolutely horrible. Thank God I paid 50 cents at Grocery Outlet and not $4 for them at Mother's.

                                    2. Berkeley Store on Saturday:

                                      Oregon Chai Peppermint Chai Tea Latte Concentrate: 32oz, mix 50/50 with milk - $1.99

                                      Vitasoy Organic Holly Nog (sweetened with sugar cane juice) - one side is in French, I believe it was on a shelf above frozen food - $0.99

                                      MOAB Juices: They had a pomegranate flavor and a gobi flavor of superfruit blends. Partial ingredient list: Pomegranate, red grape, cherry, purple plum, pineapple, organic apple, aronia, ...and on. Tastes primarily like pomegranate and "red". 32 oz, 100% juice, -2.49

                                      I also saw more jars of Gertie's Artichoke Tapenade and several more cases of the Barefoot Bubbly Chardonnay Champagne. Sadly, I didn't see any Haagen Daz.

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                                      1. re: dinthebay

                                        No Haagen Dazs at Oakland today, either -- it must have run its course.

                                        Oakland did have some good stuff, though:

                                        Arrowhead Mills Organic Crunchy Peanutbutter(100 percent organic dry roasted peanuts) -- $3.49 for 26 oz. jar -- I bought this last time they had it, it it's really, really tasty peanutbutter.

                                        Tonnino Ventresca yellowfin fillets in olive oil -- $2.99/5 oz. I've seen the Ventresca (belly cut) at other stores for $5.99 and upwards.

                                        Horizon Organic Fat Free milk, $1.99/half gallon

                                      2. The herring is gone at San Pablo, but you can buy 2lb Gallo salami's for $5.99

                                        Other San Pablo items

                                        50 cents - boxes of Imagine organic tomato soup
                                        $1.49 - canned Del Monte pineapple juice 46 oz
                                        99 cents - original Laughing Cow cheese
                                        99 cents - Peanut butter Oreo Cakesters
                                        99 cents - 100 calorie Oreo cookie packs
                                        $1.99 - Horizon Organic Fat Free milk half gallon
                                        $2.99 - Nutella 13 oz
                                        $10.99 - 10 lbs aged super kernel basmati rice

                                        Don't know if the prices are good for the Nutella or rice. The big cloth sack of rice looked interesting because I've never seen 'aged' as a selling point for rice, but there was a big red 'aged' printed on it.

                                        I'm not a wine person so take this as you will, however, Decadenza 2007 Organic Mucat at $2.99 is very nice, light and pleasant. I don't usually buy that type of sweet wine but it just looked good. No cloying sweetness at all

                                        For the 2 buck Chuck crowd, Cachet Son Visage 2007 Merlot (Lodi) does well in this category at $1.99. By the E2 Family Winery of Lodi

                                        Certainly better than Chuck and Foxbrook. Aerating improves this wine.

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                                        1. re: rworange

                                          Berkeley has the Decadenza 2007 Muscat Alexandria (Temecula, CA). I agree that it's easy to drink and quite pleasant, but I think the sweetness is bordering on cloying after the first glass (what? you don't drink a bottle per night?).

                                          Also, I saw a 20oz can of peeled lychees in light syrup for $0.99 (canned fruits section) that might be tasty muddled with this wine if anyone is up for experimenting.

                                          Did not see the other wine you mentioned.

                                          1. re: rworange

                                            The menu for the state dinner at the White House this week had aged basmati as a side with one of the entree choices.

                                            1. re: Melanie Wong

                                              Ok, you got to me. I had thought about asking more about this

                                              Advantages of aged basmati rice?