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dinthebay Dec 4, 2009 01:48 PM

Cool, I get the honor of starting the December GO thread. Unfortunately, my trip today was rushed because I had a friend with me who had to get to work.

Berkeley:

Two new DeCecco pastas are in:
~2.2/2.4lb of really long spaghetti...like 4 feet long (with one 90 degree bend) - $1.99
-1lb Penne Rigate Kamut Wheat No. 41 Organic. Anyone know what to expect texture and taste-wise? - $0.99

They have more of the le Corbinie Toscana Rosso 2007 that was mentioned in November. By Vecchia Cantina in Montepulciano - $4.99
http://m.chow.com/site?sid=chow&p...

Kashi Sicilian Veggie Pizza. Not quite a steal, but I think it's about 50% off regular prices for a really healthy pizza. The whole pizza is only 660 calories so I consider it to be a single serving :) - $2.99

Naked Pomegranate Blueberry Juice (32oz) - $1.99

Saw Stonybrook Yogurt for you people that are into that.

Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream!
-Pints of Steven Colbert's flavor: Americone Dream - $1.49
-Quarts of Cherry Garcia (my favorite) - $1.99

I also saw a 12-pack (bottles) of Kona Longboard Island Lager for $7.99. It was at the aisle endcap near the registers. I'm not a beer guy so I don't know if that's a good price, but here are some review links:
http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/...
http://www.drinkhacker.com/2008/01/15... (This link says $7 for a 6-pack
)http://thebrewclub.com/2009/07/24/kon...

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  1. rworange RE: dinthebay Dec 4, 2009 04:38 PM

    Thanks for starting the thread. That kamut spaghetti is one of my favorite pastas. Berkeley Bowl sells it for $3.99. San Pablo still has it. Here's my previous report about the texture and another thumbs up from another poster
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6573...
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6639...

    There's even a Chow recipe
    http://www.chow.com/recipes/27487

    Anyway ... San Pablo ... some are items lingering from last month but worth noting

    20 cents - Dannon vanilla yogurt 6 oz
    33 cents - Various flavors of Lucerne yogurt (3 for $1) Six oz I think
    50 cents - Hain organic oyster crackers 6 oz box
    50 cents - Imagine natural tomato soup 32 oz (soup and crackers for a $1 total)
    50 cents - Triscuit quattro fromage thin crisp crackers 8 oz
    99 cents - Santa Cruz organic creamy peanut butter 16 oz (only 50 mg salt per serving)
    99 cents - Dannon vanilla yogurt 32 oz
    99 cents - Oreo peanut butter cakesters
    99 cents - Alouette pepper parmesan cheese spread
    99 cents - Native Forest organic chutneys (pineapple, mango or papaya. Haven't tried)
    1.49 - Vienetta dessert cake
    1.69 - Hola Fruta pure fruit sorbet quart (pommegranate or pina colada)
    1.89 - Crystal eggnog quart (has HFCS)
    1.99 - Dickinson's purely fruit strawberry spreadable fruit
    1.99 - California gourmet organic raisins 15 oz (excellent)
    1.99 - Celestial Seasoning tea (at least a dozen types including organic)
    2.49 - Bonne Maman raspberry preserves 13 oz (very good)
    2.99 - Batth Farms fancy mixed raisins 16 oz (my favorite raisins)
    2.99 - Nutella 13 oz
    3.49- Arrowhead Mills Organic Crunchy Peanutbutter 26 oz jar
    4.99 - Nature's Miracle (if you have a pet, you will appreciate this price)

    I'm not a fan of regular Dickinson's which has HFCS, but the Purely Fruit just has fruit syrup, strawberries, pectin and lemon juice concentrate

    The Hola Fruta has decent ingredients. No HFCS

    Ditto on the Vienetta ice cream cake. Here's a photo of it
    http://www.mygroceryshop.com.au/image...

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      dump123456789 RE: dinthebay Dec 5, 2009 07:00 AM

      "4 feet long (with one 90 degree bend)"

      So it comes in a 2 foot long box ? Is it possible to cook it without breaking it in smaller pieces ? Is it thin enough to nudge into the boiling water as the submerged part gets softened, or would it take too long to reach that point ?

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        Robert Lauriston RE: dump123456789 Dec 5, 2009 08:51 AM

        I've done that. The taller the pot, the faster it softens.

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          Ruth Lafler RE: dump123456789 Dec 5, 2009 09:14 PM

          I was going to let this pass, but if it's four feet long with a 90 degree bend, then you'd need a box that was 2 feet long and 2 feet wide. I think RW meant a 180 degree bend.

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            calmonte RE: Ruth Lafler Dec 7, 2009 09:24 AM

            They have it in Redwood City. It's the imported De Cecco di Filippo product line, the pasts is 2 feet long with 180 degree turns. In a package 2 feet long, but about 4 inches with and 2 inches deep. Typically you take a deep pot, I use a crab pot, and just put the pasta in when the water boils. The spaghetti in the water will soften and in about a minute you can bend it all into the water. Or you can break it in the middle.

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              dump123456789 RE: calmonte Dec 13, 2009 02:52 PM

              Redwood City is out of the 4 foot spaghetti now. They have calamarata at 1.49 for 500g, and a couple bottled DeCecco sauces (arabiatta, and something with sweet peppers) for 1.49.

              Also, lots of Almond Breeze (unsweetened chocolate flavor) for 0.99.

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            dump123456789 RE: dump123456789 Dec 6, 2009 10:13 PM

            Anyone see the 4 foot long spaghetti anywhere else ? (I've become a fetishist for these unusual DeCecco varieties.) I tried Novato, and no luck.

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              rworange RE: dump123456789 Dec 6, 2009 10:18 PM

              Unless itis in a location other than the pasta section, it is no longer at Berkeley. I stopped by Sunday afternoon ... nada ... ok ... which of you Chowhounds bought it up?

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                AntarcticWidow RE: rworange Dec 9, 2009 01:27 PM

                Berkeley store: The 4-foot long spaghetti is back. There are sixteen cases!

                At the Richmond store are Cara Mia piquillo peppers for 0.99$ a jar, normally 1.99$.

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                  rworange RE: AntarcticWidow Dec 11, 2009 09:43 PM

                  Thanks. I bought some. The bend had me curious. It is basically the shape of a U

                  It is in a big cellophane bag. Haven't tried it yet but I'm a bit curious about it so I asked on the General Board

                  Spaghetti Lunghi Con Archetto - four foot long arched spaghettI ... and what do those numbers mean?
                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/673349#

                  There's a photo of it in that link

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                    AntarcticWidow RE: rworange Dec 14, 2009 07:12 PM

                    I cooked some of the spaghetti for dinner tonight. For the record, one four foot long noodle twirled around the fork is the perfect amount for a "bite".

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                      rworange RE: AntarcticWidow Dec 14, 2009 09:00 PM

                      I made some as well. I'm thinking the whole reason for the length is twirl-ability. It does wrap around the fork perfectly.

          3. AntarcticWidow RE: dinthebay Dec 5, 2009 03:32 PM

            Ummm ... a 90 degree bend in the pasta would make it "L" shaped, but I think we all know what you mean. :)

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              sydthekyd RE: AntarcticWidow Dec 5, 2009 04:16 PM

              What - 180 degree?

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                roster RE: sydthekyd Dec 7, 2009 02:35 PM

                So my find was the great selection of Vee-Tee indian dishes at the San Pablo store.
                Just like Tasty Bite, but 99cents instread of $3.89 at the reg store.

            2. Mission RE: dinthebay Dec 8, 2009 01:42 PM

              Has any one seen any more of Artisan Salt Co. red "Alea" Hawaiian salt at any of the GO's?

              I bought some at the Oakland Outlet a couple months ago and would love to stock up.

              Thanks

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                Cary RE: dinthebay Dec 8, 2009 03:48 PM

                any interesting wine finds left?

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                  Robert Lauriston RE: Cary Dec 8, 2009 04:05 PM

                  If you mean the older vintages, not that I've seen on my last few visits.

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                    calmonte RE: Cary Dec 9, 2009 09:09 AM

                    They did have several cases of Christian Moueix Pommerol and Medoc both from the 2006 vintage for $13 a bottle. Very nice second line bordeaux at that price. I bought and opened a bottle of each, they're very young now but drinkable. They'll be better wines in 5 years and for the price it's a deal.

                    Avoid the Agentine Malbec they've got in stock, it smelled good in the glass but was really cooked.

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                      PorkButt RE: calmonte Dec 22, 2009 03:54 PM

                      There are bottles from the hyped 2005 vintage at the same price. Bought a Medoc and St. Emilion but haven't had a chance to try them yet.

                  2. rworange RE: dinthebay Dec 11, 2009 10:51 PM

                    Berkeley

                    Lots of cheeses ... just a few

                    99 cents Allouette crumbled gorgonzola 4 oz
                    $1.49 - Saga crumbled blue 4 oz
                    $1.99 - President camembert 8 oz
                    $2.99 - Rodelle pub cheese 1.5 lbs - 2 tubs

                    A few other items

                    $1.29 - Gerties canned green asparagus 15 oz ... for you Gertie fans
                    $1.29 - Erica's meringue shells (10) ... looks like they could make a nice base for dessert
                    $1.99 - Sharffen Berger 41 % milk chocolate - extra rich or milk nib 3 oz
                    $2.99 - Simply Good sweet Italian-style chicken sausage
                    $11.99 - Domaine Mumm Napa Brut Prestige

                    I forgot the price but there was a lot of Malt-o-Meal products. I haven't seen those in a long, long time.

                    The sausages are ok. They are 35% reduced sodium (390) and 60% less fat (7g). only 110 calories each and all real ingredients. The casing was nice and snappy. They didn't wow me, but I'd try another flavor if I saw one that interested me.

                    The Mumm is about $4 - $8 less than most places. Haven't tried it but K & L writes
                    http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku...

                    "The naturally ripened fruit selected from more than 50 separate vineyards yields a beautiful rose petal aroma. Further layers reveal crisp yet creamy qualities, rich and lingering. Individual lots are kept separate during initial fermentation in order to highlight their vineyard differences and make the most of their specific strengths. The end result is a hugely popular, award winning wine with touches of vanilla and melon, with firm acid and crisp structure. Medium bodied, with excellent mousse and a rich lingering finish"

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                      cmvan RE: rworange Dec 14, 2009 04:38 PM

                      Anyone seen the Mumm at Santa Rosa or Rohnert Park?

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                        rworange RE: cmvan Dec 14, 2009 06:37 PM

                        I was at Rohnert Park on Friday ... no, not at that time. RP is usually pretty good on wine, but Berkeley seems to snag the few cases, if any, of wines like Mumm.

                    2. Scrapironchef RE: dinthebay Dec 14, 2009 07:40 PM

                      Did anyone else get any of the Tonino ventresca tuna at $3 a can?

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                        Ruth Lafler RE: Scrapironchef Dec 14, 2009 10:21 PM

                        I did -- I haven't opened it yet, though.

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                          rworange RE: Scrapironchef Dec 31, 2009 07:45 PM

                          I bought the Tonino yellowfin tuna filles in olive oil with smoke flavoring for $1.99 (5 oz). This was pretty good and looked like the photo on the box. It would be good for a salad where the tuna needed to star. I like all things smoked so the light smoke made me happy.

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                            escargot3 RE: rworange Jan 1, 2010 06:06 PM

                            I also got some of these -- my first time trying it out, and I really liked it. Nice flavor.

                        2. rworange RE: dinthebay Dec 17, 2009 04:26 PM

                          San Pablo

                          33 cents - Lipton dry onion mushroom soup (I wonder if this works as a dip mix)
                          50 cents - Andy Capp's hot fries 3.5 oz (skip)
                          99 cents - Jello singles with shaker cup 6 singles (vanilla or chocolate)
                          $1.49 - Haagen Daz Five Brown Sugar
                          $1.49 - Oikos 0% fat organic Greek blueberry yogurt (4 4oz cups)
                          $1.49 - Al fresco all natural Wild Blueberry with maple syrup chicken sausage
                          $1.79 - Earthgrains All Natural oat bread (and other types)
                          $4.99 - Comb's maple syrup 8.8 oz

                          They also have the 4 foot De Cecco spaghetti

                          Be careful with the Earthgrains. The ones marked all natural have a good ingrediant list. The other Earthgrains breads have HFCS.

                          I wasn't impressed when I bought the brown sugar HD Five. However, if you ever see the ginger, I thought that was good

                          The Jello pudding is what it is. These have a decent enough ingredient list. I'm dying from a raging cold right now and this is something that settles my stomach. It's easy to make and sets quickly.

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                          1. re: rworange
                            Melanie Wong RE: rworange Dec 17, 2009 04:28 PM

                            I just bought the HD Five Brown Sugar, 14 oz. I like it quite a bit. Maybe a touch to sweet for me, but good brown sugar, molassesy taste, and I especially like the dense texture. I'll mention that the ice cream in the carton had pulled away from the edges and seemed underfilled.

                            And I saw Mozzarella Fresca's ricotta and marscapone for $1.99.

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                              rworange RE: Melanie Wong Dec 17, 2009 05:44 PM

                              The brown sugar would probably go well with lots of holiday desserts. I liked the Five line but didn't see a long future for them. I'm betting HD is closing it out. I liked the mint a lot too ... if it ever shows up.

                              The blueberry chicken sausage was good. Nice snappy lamb casing.
                              It needs to be paired with something like French toast, waffles or pancakes ... preferably blueberry. Though there are visible blueberries, they don't give it any flavor. The flavor is mainly from the sweet Vermont maple syrup. The vanilla is distinct as well. This sounds like a horror vanilla maple syrup sausages ... but if people like maple flavored bacon, they might like these. They even have a few recipes. I might go for the crepes with sausage, but the bread pudding might be a bit much http://www.alfrescoallnatural.com/Rec...

                              They have all three types
                              http://www.alfrescoallnatural.com/Fla...

                              At $1.49 for 10 oz and eight sausages and no junk in them, not a bad buy. I might give the country sausage a try also with "a hint of sage and thyme".

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                              adrienne156 RE: rworange Dec 29, 2009 08:37 AM

                              I have a brisket recipe that is incredibly easy and delicious that calls for a packet of onion soup mix (as well as wine, cranberry sauce) and I bought the onion-mushroom mix by mistake and it turned out really well. Definitely not bad stuff.

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                              ML8000 RE: dinthebay Dec 17, 2009 05:19 PM

                              Nothing special to add but don't get the Famous Amos cookies. They're just bad...looks like Purina goat chow pellets. I know, it's mass produced junk but they use to be good at one point. They must be on a 3rd or 4th different corporate owner/baker.

                              1. Melanie Wong RE: dinthebay Dec 18, 2009 07:31 PM

                                $3.99 - 7 oz. Jerbeau Gourmet Chocolates
                                Too stale, some of the fillings getting grainy and a couple pieces show some bloom.

                                1. rworange RE: dinthebay Dec 19, 2009 12:42 PM

                                  Intrigued by a post about thickening soup with oatmeal, I decided to make this creamy clam chowder ... with oatmeal .. and cauliflower
                                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6749...
                                  http://articles.smashits.com/articles...

                                  So I stopped by Grocery Outlet so even if the soup blows, the most I will blow is a few bucks. Snow's chopped clams $1.29 ... beautiful cauliflower on sale for 99 cents each ... a sign from the food gods to proceed. Anyway, I'll post in the other thread how this worked out. I just finished making the boullion and in the process of bringing califlower and oats to a boil. And I dare to call myself a New Englander.

                                  Other stuff I spotted while at the San Pablo GO

                                  $1.99 - RW Garcia organic, gluten-free Holiday chips (red / beet juice & green / spinach
                                  )99 cents - Bear(something) natural white cheddar popcorn 4 oz
                                  $2.49 - Chub of Pillsbury gingerbread cookie dough
                                  $1.79 - Pillsbury refrigerated Christmas tree cookie dough
                                  $3.99 - Refrigerated hot-smoked salmon 4 oz
                                  99 cents - Back to Nature crackers (sesame tarragon or poppy thyme)

                                  I picked up those Al Fresco chicken country breakfast sausages with thyme and sage.($1.49 for 8 sausages / 10 oz). I wanted to try them and I figured if the soup was a disaster, maybe adding some sausage might salvage it.

                                  These sausages are wonderful. They are actually the best chciken sausages I've ever had. The lamb casing is snappy, the sausage is not dry like most and there is great flavor from the herbs. Add low-fat, low-sodium, all natural ingredients ... a big winner.

                                  As to the the smoked salmon. I didn't buy it. I just wanted to comment for anyone tempted and living near Berkeley that for $4 Le Bedaine has the same size package of smoked salmon and I have to guess like everything else there it is amazing. I won't try it till Christmas so can't say for sure.

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                                    wolfe RE: rworange Dec 19, 2009 12:52 PM

                                    >As the the smoked salmon. I didn't buy it. I just wanted to comment for anyone tempted and living near berkeley that for $4 Le Bedaine has the same size package of smoked salmon and I have to guess like everything else there it is amazing. I won't try it till Christmas so can't say for sure.<
                                    If you mean the "lox", I did and it is.
                                    Clarification needed. The cold smoked salmon I bought was from Le Bedaine and as RW guessed it was very, very good.

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                                      Melanie Wong RE: wolfe Dec 19, 2009 12:58 PM

                                      Lox is cold smoked, not hot smoked. I saw refrigerated cold-smoked salmon at GO but didn't buy it.

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                                        rworange RE: Melanie Wong Dec 19, 2009 01:14 PM

                                        Ya know, I swear it said hot-smoked on the package, but it looked like cold-smoked. I'll have to look again. I may need more canned clams. Incredibly the soup is coming out qutie good. Who would have thought. I'm an hour away from a clam-down.

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                                        psb RE: wolfe Dec 21, 2009 09:25 PM

                                        >the smoked salmon ... $4 Le Bedaine has the same size package of smoked salmon and >I have to guess like everything else there it is amazing. I won't try it till Christmas so can't >say for sure
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                                        of the LA BEDAINE stuff i have analyzed, the smoked salmon may have been my favorite thing. as the smoked sausage people were saying, the smoker there is turned up pretty high it seems, although i dont eat a wide enough sampling of SS to suggest
                                        how many +SDs it might be. i didnt enjoy the buche de noel that much, but again i dont
                                        eat it enough to compare and it probably not my cup of tea. the sandwich and BEEF CHEEK "stew" were pretty good. i have some of the cassoulet in the fridge but have not tried it yet. i am looking forward to trying the terrines/pate and some more of the "entrees".

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                                        Ruth Lafler RE: rworange Dec 20, 2009 11:28 AM

                                        Stopped into Oakland GO yesterday to get some eggs:

                                        20 extra large organic "cage free" eggs for $2.99. These appear to be a regular item, not a special. Anyway, terrific deal -- I had just priced organic eggs at Costco, and they were $4.69 for 18 (not 20) large (not extra large) eggs. I used a couple yesterday afternoon and they appeared to be quite fresh (sell by date is Jan. 6). I also bought a bag of

                                        Jazz apples (they also had Ambrosia, I think), 3 lbs for $2.99 -- the apples are small ("snack size") but good quality, and I actually prefer a more reasonable sized portion.

                                        They had the DeCecco kamut penne -- 99 cents. Sharffen-Berger rich (41% cocoa solids) milk chocolate bars with cocoa nibs for $1.99 (nice stocking stuffer!).

                                      4. Robert Lauriston RE: dinthebay Dec 20, 2009 12:32 PM

                                        Followup report on the 1996 Clos du Val: I've gone through one of the two cases I bought and so far only the first bottle was corked. Whew.

                                        I think I might frame the hilarious receipt that says that purchase "saved" me $2,448.48.

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                                          rworange RE: Robert Lauriston Dec 20, 2009 03:20 PM

                                          I hope you returned the corked bottle to maximize your savings

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                                            Robert Lauriston RE: rworange Dec 20, 2009 03:23 PM

                                            Do they accept returns? I figured it was as-is.

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                                              sydthekyd RE: Robert Lauriston Dec 20, 2009 03:41 PM

                                              Oh, yes they have excellent customer service.

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                                                rworange RE: sydthekyd Dec 20, 2009 03:47 PM

                                                If you ever listen to the in-store announcements you can return anything "if you don't like it, if your family doesn't like it, if your DOG doesn't like it.

                                                Doesn't even have to be a bad product. The only criteria is not liking it.

                                                That being said, for the one or two bad 50 cent items I bought out of what seems like hundreds at this point, I've taken the hit. If I did buy a high-price item that was bad, I'd take them up on the policy.

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                                            lexdevil RE: Robert Lauriston Dec 21, 2009 09:35 PM

                                            You should drop the bottom of that receipt in the drawing box. It would a nice prize (they give you what you saved if your receipt is drawn).

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                                              Cary RE: Robert Lauriston Dec 23, 2009 09:44 AM

                                              The 96 Chappellet signature cab was pretty good. Nice nose with aged secondary characteristics. Still quite tight and young in the mouth.

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                                              danidabbah RE: dinthebay Dec 21, 2009 08:03 PM

                                              The Glass Mountain Merlot at 2.99 is a nice buy. And I've been seeing the Mystery Creek Sauvingon Blanc for a while and finally bought it, also around $3. It's really good. But I'm of the school of thought that their are two types of wines, wines I like and wines I don't. These are both wines I like. And I had friends try them, too and they agreed.

                                              Also, they will take anything back. I did take a crappy wine back, no problem. I always just keep my grocery outlet receipts on the kitchen counter.

                                              Also, the Choco's bon bons in the freezer section are fabulous!!!

                                              1. PorkButt RE: dinthebay Dec 22, 2009 03:56 PM

                                                Oakland has several cases of Garvey sherry (fino and manzanilla) for $3.99, which is a very good price. Haven't had a chance to open up a bottle yet.

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                                                  PorkButt RE: PorkButt Dec 22, 2009 08:04 PM

                                                  Unfortunately I didn't read the lot code before buying and it's from 2005 which is old for a fino. Quite faded but it may be usable for a Christmas trifle.

                                                2. rworange RE: dinthebay Dec 23, 2009 09:28 PM

                                                  Oakland

                                                  99 cents - quart of Land O Lakes eggnog ... really, good. really, really good ... really

                                                  This doesn't have junk in it. It uses sugar. It is not overly sweet or thick but a light clean-tasting nog with good flavor. Not much spice in it or I didn't shake it enough

                                                  99 cents - 3 lbs bananas in top-notch condition ... that's 33 cents lb

                                                  50 cents - Jello pudding singles marked down from 50 cents. I like the vanilla better than chocolate. I may try mixing the vanilla with eggnog to get eggnog pudding.

                                                  $2.99 - 7 lbs canned Sysco German potato salad. This kind of cracks me up. I've never seen an actual Sysco product in a grocery storre. There were also 7 lb cans of Sysco shoestring beets. Just the things to round out a meal of all that Spam GO is selling.

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                                                    Ruth Lafler RE: rworange Dec 24, 2009 08:34 AM

                                                    Thanks, RW! I didn't even look at the LoL eggnog because I just assumed it had HFCS. I'll pick some up pronto!

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                                                      Scrapironchef RE: rworange Dec 24, 2009 01:45 PM

                                                      But the Spam singles make great stocking stuffers!

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                                                        Ruth Lafler RE: Scrapironchef Dec 24, 2009 03:08 PM

                                                        At Berkeley GO today:

                                                        Not so much a stocking stuffer, but in the vein of a light-hearted gift, I could resist picking up a gift-boxed four pack of Jones Hanukkah soda (four flavors: applesauce, latke, chocolate coin and jelly doughnut, guaranteed kosher!); box includes a dreidel and instructions on how to play. The $1.99 was worth if for the chuckles alone! Here's a review and a picture: http://www.drinkhacker.com/2007/11/21...

                                                        On a more serious note, I picked up some more Scharffen Berger bars, the 41% milk chocolate both plain and with nib and some dark chocolate Ferro Rocher, $2.99 for a 12-pack for stocking stuffers.

                                                        Other stuff:

                                                        $1.49 Haagen Dasz Sweet cream honey flavor -- I like this a lot, and it's a good accompaniment to other desserts, not as cliched as vanilla, but it won't clash with the other flavors
                                                        $1.49 Ben and Jerry's Vermonty Python (Coffee liqueur ice cream with a chocolate cookie crumb swirl & fudge cows

                                                        )

                                                        $1.49 Land O Lakes egg nog (see RWorgange's rec. above) -- more expensive than she paid, but still a good price.
                                                        $.99 Springhill Hickory bacon -- I don't know if I've mentioned this before, but for non-artisan bacon, I really like this. Oakland GO usually has it, and it's usually cheap ($1.69/lb.) but at 99 cents I bought several packages to go in the freezer.
                                                        3/$1 Liberte yogurt -- I haven't bought this brand before, although I know some people love it. Berkeley had it in plain (nothing but milk and cultures), so I'm giving it a try.

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                                                          gordon wing RE: Ruth Lafler Dec 24, 2009 06:04 PM

                                                          Ruth, thanks for mentioning the Jones Hanukkah 4 pack of sodas. The perfect hostess gift ! And I saw a 6 pack of Tahitian Treat - had it in my cart but common sense won out - I used to love that stuff ! Probably best to leave it as a pleasant memory.

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                                                            lexdevil RE: gordon wing Dec 24, 2009 06:15 PM

                                                            Tahitian Treat and a bag of Cheetos. Memories...

                                                          2. re: Ruth Lafler
                                                            rworange RE: Ruth Lafler Dec 24, 2009 09:35 PM

                                                            That Liberte yogurt is great. I didn't mention it because they had it under a different name on my receipt ... right price .. wrong name. So my heart kind of fell. Then I looked in the fridge and it is indeed Liberte. At Oakland there were five flavors including some with some sort of whole grain.

                                                            I haven't tried it yet, but did buy it, but the Yoplait Delights ... 4 for $1.49 could have some real potential.

                                                            I was expecting some sort of artificial sweetner ... but no ... real sugar and a lot less crap than their regular stuff. I got the lemon which looked tasty. There was strawberry too ... the yogurt is for after Christmas penance for overindulging.

                                                            BTW, the Mumm Sparkling wine from Berkeley Bowl was swell.

                                                            1. re: rworange
                                                              Ruth Lafler RE: rworange Dec 28, 2009 08:56 AM

                                                              I opened my first carton of Liberte this morning and it's great! The taste reminds me of Fage (the Liberte is lowfat/2 percent, for comparison purposes), although it's not as thick (it's not strained). The texture is really pleasant -- not a runny as some European-style yogurts but not stiff and gelatinous like American yogurts thickened with pectin or carageenen or grainy like American yogurts thickened with tapioca starch.

                                                              1. re: Ruth Lafler
                                                                rworange RE: Ruth Lafler Dec 28, 2009 10:14 AM

                                                                I was running around yesterday and didn't eat anything so I gobbled down a Liberte AND a Yoplait Delight back-to-back when I got home. Skip the Yoplait

                                                                The yoplait has sugar, but it also has an artificial sweetener further down on the list that I didn't notice when I bought it ... I was dazzled by seeing sugar.

                                                                Anyway, after eating the Liberte, the Yoplait was just awful ... the taste of that artificial sweetener overwhelming.

                                                                1. re: rworange
                                                                  Ruth Lafler RE: rworange Dec 28, 2009 10:19 AM

                                                                  To add insult to injury, Liberte at 3/$1 is cheaper than Yoplait at 4/$1.49!

                                                            2. re: Ruth Lafler
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                                                              mielemaiale RE: Ruth Lafler Jan 10, 2010 10:06 AM

                                                              I gave a friend the Jones Hanukkah pack as a "belated Hanukkah gift" yesterday, and she happened to be with her much more religious cousin from Brooklyn. Consensus: Huge hit! Thanks for the heads up, Ruth!

                                                          3. re: rworange
                                                            AntarcticWidow RE: rworange Dec 24, 2009 04:51 PM

                                                            hey ... I bought one of those multi Spam packs as a Christmas gift for my cousin who grew up on Oahu. He's gonna love it. What I'd consider a lifetime supply will get him through to Spring. Plus he can make his own musubi.

                                                            1. re: AntarcticWidow
                                                              Scrapironchef RE: AntarcticWidow Dec 24, 2009 09:24 PM

                                                              I saw those at the San Pablo store, seemed like a lifetime supply to me, but the musubi maker almost had me.....

                                                              1. re: Scrapironchef
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                                                                goodeatsgal RE: Scrapironchef Jan 7, 2010 11:19 AM

                                                                I succumbed. Since you mentioned the musubi maker and I've been looking for one for years, I went to the Redwood City store last night specifically to look for it. I actually bought it - a box of 9 cans of Spam + the musubi maker. It may take me years to eat it, but at least now I can make musubi! :)

                                                                1. re: goodeatsgal
                                                                  Scrapironchef RE: goodeatsgal Jan 7, 2010 05:40 PM

                                                                  I just couldn't see myself ever making that much musubi and I could probably find the maker separately at on of the 100 yen shops.

                                                                  1. re: Scrapironchef
                                                                    rworange RE: Scrapironchef Jan 7, 2010 06:16 PM

                                                                    Spam is like Twinkies ... it lasts generations and could probably be left in the will. San Pablo still had two left. No mark down.

                                                          4. Melanie Wong RE: dinthebay Dec 24, 2009 05:01 PM

                                                            As Ruth pointed out, the HD Lehua honey and cream ice cream is back.

                                                            Also the Carmelina tomatoes from italy in two forms for 79ยข a can:
                                                            Carmelina 'e . . . San Marzano Pomodorini di Collina in succo di pomodoro (Italian cherry tomatoes in tomato juice), 400 gms
                                                            Carmelina 100% Organic Pomodori pelati italiani in purea di pomodoro (italian peeled tomatoes in tomato puree), 400 gms
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                                                            1. re: Melanie Wong
                                                              Scrapironchef RE: Melanie Wong Dec 24, 2009 09:25 PM

                                                              I've tried the peeled ones already, quite good at htat price.

                                                            2. Melanie Wong RE: dinthebay Dec 31, 2009 07:19 PM

                                                              Claustru's white Porto $9.99 - a little bit past prime but the real deal and if you chill it to have with lime like the Portuguese do, it's fine. I picked up a bottle because I forgot to bring my sercial to make Christmas chestnut soup. This was sweeter but an excellent sub and the soup is sweet from chestnuts anyway. Have since used it instead of cognac in a mushroom soup as well.

                                                              In Petaluma GO this morning, tried half bottle of 07 ch de la Roche touraine Sauvignon blanc $4.99. Prematurely aged with dark straw color, muted nose. I'll be returning this. Too bad, could have been super.

                                                              Lots of dececco penne rigate organic on the shelf and calamarata.

                                                              HD roasted pear and pecan ice cream is back.

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                                                                roster RE: dinthebay Jan 7, 2010 11:29 AM

                                                                Only my opinion, but the Kashi Pizzas in GO right now are not so tasty. (Maybe just too healthy for me) Has anyone else fired up one of these yet?

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                                                                1. re: roster
                                                                  Scrapironchef RE: roster Jan 7, 2010 05:38 PM

                                                                  Healthy pizza? really? Who's zoomin who here....

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