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Grocery Outlet - January 2010

rworange Jan 7, 2010 06:08 PM

It seems $1 week is happening with the big bargain being 9 oz of Oscar Meyer shaved deli smoked turkey breast or rotisserie chicken breast. Sell by date is Feb 02, 2010.

If you don't usually stroll the cleaning aisle, it is worth a look with quite a few dollar items.

San Pablo

50 cents - Organic Stoneyfield pumpkin pie yogurt ... yum, yum, yum, yum, yum
50 cents - Microwave bowls Health Valley organic chili or split pea soup
50 cents - Wheat Thins artisan Vermont white cheddar crackers (good)
50 cents - Country Crock refrigerated mashed potatoes (loaded or garlic)
50 cents - Kraft-Liv cottage cheese with strawberries ... two compartments
50 cents - Jello pudding singles
99 cents - LU Herbes de Provence flatbread crackers
99 cents - Natural Path chocolate pop tarts
$1.00 - Hot Pockets calzone (aren't they all that?)
$1.49 - Santa Cruz organic peanut butter
$1.50 - Stouffer's 4 cheese mac, cheese and mushrooms
$1.99 - Horizon organic 2% lactose-free milk (1/2 gallon)

Seriously, the pumpkin yogurt is one of the best pumpkin things I've had this whole holiday season. The pumpkin flavor is pronounced and it is not overly sweet.

The LU crackers are pretty good if you like herbed crackers

I like the vanilla jello pudding better than the chocolate. I made a swell pudding last year using eggnog instead of milk.

I bought the peanut butter last month and it is good.

  1. c
    Columba Jan 7, 2010 06:54 PM

    Santa Rosa
    Good day for frozen pizza
    Amy's organic
    Rice crust and corn crust
    for our wheat free friends

    1. m
      ML8000 Jan 7, 2010 07:38 PM

      The Oakland store had Mallomars for $2.29

      1. yimster Jan 8, 2010 07:15 AM

        Not a food item, but in this cold spell. I purchase 3 Fruit of the Loom sweatshirts for 10 bucks. Nice for a cold night.

        1. m
          mielemaiale Jan 8, 2010 08:17 AM

          Berkeley GO: I got the last bottle of Juslyn Cabernet 2003 for $30 - looks like prices online range from $60 to $80. Bernie (I think that's the name of the store manager), recommended it very highly, and I trust these guys' opinion about wine at this point. Haven't opened yet, reviews said cellar for a few more years.

          I got word that the Clos Du Val and other cabs that were around last year might be coming back "in a couple of months."

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          1. re: mielemaiale
            Ruth Lafler Jan 8, 2010 08:26 AM

            I saw that cab at Oakland the other day and wondered about it.

            1. re: mielemaiale
              escargot3 Jan 8, 2010 09:11 AM

              I don't know his name, but I've spoken with the manager in Berkeley and I agree, he seemed really quite knowledgeable ab. wines.

              1. re: mielemaiale
                calmonte Jan 8, 2010 11:50 AM

                The Clif Bar Family Winery red wine they have in stock called The Climber is an excellent value. I think it was $8 a bottle. Great Meritage blend of zin, cab and merlot, a very easy drinker. Pop it open an hour ahead of time, the air rounds out the wine nicely.

                1. re: mielemaiale
                  sydthekyd Jan 8, 2010 01:33 PM

                  His name is Benny and he is a sweetheart!

                2. g
                  gordon wing Jan 8, 2010 11:42 AM

                  San Pablo GO had a few pints of Ben & Jerry's Heath Bar Crunch for $1.49 - good deal but was the ingredient list always so long ?

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                  1. re: gordon wing
                    rworange Jan 8, 2010 12:57 PM

                    It is the add-ins that causes the long B&J ingredient list ... not that the basic flavors are that pristine. So whatever it is in Heath bars gets added to the list.

                    Seriously, if you at all like pumpkin and yogurt pick up some of that pumpkin pie yogurt at San Pablo. Since it is organic the ingredient list is good-ish.

                  2. r
                    rubyred Jan 8, 2010 12:01 PM

                    Pleasant Hill had:
                    $2.99 Johnsonville Butcher Shop Bratwurst (24 oz). These are the fully cooked, finer ground, whit sausages and not the ones in the yellow styrofoam meat packages....pretty tasty, i stocked up. If only they had the jarred German red cabbage too....

                    Also picked up some:
                    organic Stonybrook yogurt, $.50 in raspberry
                    Kozy Shack dark chocolate pudding with probiotics within $1.29
                    Annie's whole wheat shells and cheese $1.99

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                    1. re: rubyred
                      Columba Jan 8, 2010 06:02 PM

                      Santa Rosa GO has had jarred German red cabbage for weeks. Check another store for your supply.

                    2. Ruth Lafler Jan 9, 2010 10:52 AM

                      At Oakland this morning:

                      Stonyfield Farms organic yogurt, both pumpkin and french vanilla: 2/$1
                      Scharffen Berger Milk Chocolate with Sea Salted Almonds: $1.49 (3 oz. bar)
                      Ritter Sport Bars, Cappucchino, Dark Chocolate with Chocolate Mousse and Marzipan: $1.49 (they had a lot of all three flavors, time to stock up for all the Rittersport junkies)
                      I've been buying the bagged apples, this week I bought Jonagolds, $1.99/3 lbs.
                      Bunny Love organic carrots, $1.49/2 lbs. They also had the "baby" carrots
                      Haagen Dazs pear toasted pecan is back, $1.49. They've also had a lot of Dove ice creams
                      Seeds of Change organic frozen chicken alfredo $1.50
                      Thai Kitchen packaged rice noodle soups, 50 cents (Lemongrass and Chili and Roasted Garlic and Veggie flavors) -- I like these a lot, they're tasty, healthier than ramen, and don't have as many chemically ingredients as the ones in Asian markets.
                      St Christopher Riesling "qualitatswein" in a Magnum, $8.99. Anyone know if this is any good?

                      Deal of the week or bust:
                      Frozen Spencer ribeye steak, Winder Farms Certified Piedmontese Beef by Montana Ranch Brand (seems to be similar to Niman: natural, humanely raised but not grass-fed), package says .66 pounds. Price tag on the case read $3.49, but it rang up 66 cents, so I guess it's ringing up at $1.00/lb. At that price I can feed it to my dog! I'll cook it up for lunch and let you know!

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                      1. re: Ruth Lafler
                        Ruth Lafler Jan 9, 2010 04:16 PM

                        So, I thawed the steak, rubbed it with salt and broiled it. Verdict: definitely a deal. The meat was tender and tasty. Obviously not as good as meat that's never been frozen (I was worried that the middle of the steak seemed a little spongy, but it cooked up fine), but more than acceptable.

                      2. Atomica Jan 10, 2010 06:32 AM

                        Have there been threads for Spencer & Daniels (used to be Bargain Bank), or is it okay to shoehorn something in here? They have the Scharffen Berger Unsweetened baking chocolate (99% cacao) for $3.99. This is something I always keep on hand and have never seen anywhere for less than $8.

                        ETA: On Polk St in SF.

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                        1. re: Atomica
                          dump123456789 Jan 14, 2010 01:38 PM

                          I haven't been there in years, primarily because of GO, but also because the percentage of non-expired food had dropped drastically. Is that still true ?

                        2. c
                          Columba Jan 10, 2010 07:35 AM

                          Santa Rosa has a large & changing & inexpensive supply of cookware & serving supplies. From $2 silicone sppon spatulas to wooden cutting boards to bakeware - looks like clearance of gift items that didn't sell over the holidays.

                          Similar deals at other stores?

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                          1. re: Columba
                            Ruth Lafler Jan 10, 2010 05:11 PM

                            Yeah, Oakland always one full side of an aisle with stuff like that. I've bought a few things there -- the Farberware knives with the green plastic sheaths are good for picnics, I bought my minimuffin tin there, I bought a few of those rectangular snap-lock lid storage containers, etc.

                          2. d
                            dump123456789 Jan 10, 2010 06:52 PM



                            1.00 Vienetta (haven't had one of these in ages)
                            0.79/1.29 Humboldt white asparagus (bottles) (seems to be related to Gertie's)
                            1.99 Comforts pasta sauce (a restaurant in San Anselmo)
                            1.50 Seeds of Change frozen entrees
                            2.99 Amy's roasted vegetable pizza
                            plus the deli turkey & chicken, pumpkin yogurt, milk and peanut butter already mentioned by rworange.


                            1.99 Mozzarella Fresca mascarpone
                            1.99 Comforts pasta sauce
                            0.99 Bertolli pasta sauce (in vacuum bags)
                            1.99 Earth Balance almond butter
                            3.29 Arrowhead Mills peanut butter (big jar)
                            1.69 Carr's ginger lemon creme cookies
                            plus the Seeds of Change, Amy's and pumpkin yogurt again.

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                            1. re: dump123456789
                              rworange Jan 14, 2010 01:04 PM

                              So ... did you buy and try the Vienetta. It is down to $1 at the San Pablo store now and despite my best intentions it sends up a siren song every time I pass by. Some web reviews were mixed. It seems it changed over the years and currently changes from year to year. I know ... only $1 ... but it is the calorie hit that gives me pause.

                              Other stuff at San Pablo

                              50 cents - Land O Lakes fat-free Half and Half (I always wonder how that's done)
                              50 cents - Lots of dips - Heritage, Litehouse (monster something fruit dips), etc
                              99 cents - Two 6 oz boxes of Certo pectin
                              $1.50 - Lots of Seeds of Change organic frozen entrees
                              $1.50 - Dagoba Chai and Sharffen Berger chocolate bars
                              $1.99 - Earth Balance natural almond butter

                              I had the almond butter in my cart and put it back because it had agave syrup and palm fruit oil in it. I may consider it because it also has flaxseed. I just wasn't sure if it was good or not.

                              The prices on the chocolate bars are down to near they should be to make them a bargain. At $1.99 I could get them at Wal Mart. At the old price of 99 cents they were a real deal

                              1. re: rworange
                                dump123456789 Jan 14, 2010 01:35 PM

                                I finally tried the Triple Chocolate Vienetta last night. And it tastes ... brown. That is, it doesn't taste chocolaty to me. (My taste buds may have been irreparably altered by over-consumption of dark chocolate.) I have a vaniila Vienetta I haven't opened yet, but if it's anything like the Triple Chocolate, I expect it to taste white.

                                I bought the almond butter too. Even though it says No Stir on the label, the oil does separate. So, unless you want to eat extremely dense and dry almond butter, you will have to stir it back together. It has a strong almod flavor, although too much essence of roasted skins for my taste. (Is your objection to the agave and palm because it's no longer just almond butter, but rather almond butter product ? Or, is there a specific objection to those 2 ingredients ?)

                                The Carr's Ginger Lemon Creme cookies are have a nice lemony tang to them. I can barely make out the ginger flavor in the cookies themselves.

                                > Land O Lakes fat-free Half and Half (I always wonder how that's done)

                                By redefining what the one half and the other half are, then adding thickening agents.

                                1. re: dump123456789
                                  rworange Jan 14, 2010 01:43 PM

                                  Thank you . My doctor thanks you. My cholesterol level thanks you .. .though it is ok, I don't want to push it. I'll be able to resist the Vienetta

                                  I would have went with the almond butter but somewhere in the back of my mind palm oil anything is bad. I have no objection to the agave, but still I would have bought it if there was just almonds and salt. I think I'll skip this one. Double thanks.

                            2. PorkButt Jan 10, 2010 09:52 PM


                              6oz Edy's coffee ice cream - 3/$1

                              Baker's Select 70% cacao bittersweet chocolate, 6oz; from Kraft, product of Canada; also contains sugar, soy lecithin and vanilla extract; will try it for a cake - $1.49

                              Spencer grassfed ribeye steak, a price tag now blocks the bar code that rings up $0.67 and the cashiers are on to it - $3.69

                              1. d
                                dump123456789 Jan 10, 2010 10:08 PM

                                Forgot to add, both RC and SJ seemed much, much busier than before. And a lot of the customers seemed to be treasure hunting, rather than shopping for family groceries.

                                Anyone seeing a similar trend at other stores ?

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                                1. re: dump123456789
                                  rworange Jan 14, 2010 01:09 PM

                                  I'm not that much a regular at the Berkeley store, but it seems like since the commercials started, it is way busier. Actually all that traffic at Berkeley sort of puts me off ... that and other than wine and some bread, I never find anything really unusual at Berkeley. Berkeley for me is where I go when I want something San Pablo doesn't carry and I'm too lazy to go to Oakland.

                                  I've made peace with the commericials ... actually like them ... as long as it seems advertising is not upping the prices.

                                2. n
                                  Nina Jan 11, 2010 03:11 PM

                                  I was inspired by rw's paean to the pumpkin yogurt to make my first-ever visit to a Grocery Outlet today. I went to Redwood City.
                                  I had a favorite pumpkin yogurt when I lived in Minnesota that was made by a local dairy. I've never had any good pumpkin yogurt since then. Until now. This is really good; as stated, not sweet, and without the horrible fake "pumpkin pie spice" flavor of every other brand. Examine the cups carefully -- some were expiring today, some on January 19. I'm pretty sure I can eat all of what I bought before then. Maybe I'll have to go back. Thanks again, rw!

                                  Also: Orville Redenbacher's Naturals microwave popcorn, 10 mini bags in Lime and Salt flavor. Quite tasty, if a little salty, with the added bonus of making the kitchen smell like lime. $3.99.
                                  Standard size bag of Cuties clementines, $3.99.
                                  Annie's Organic Bunny Classic Saltines, $1.49.
                                  Johnny Appleseed Heritage organic applesauce with blackberry, raspberry, or peach, 4 cups for $1.49.
                                  Sabra roasted pine nut hummus, $2.99.
                                  I forgot to make a point of looking for the LU crackers, which I've had before -- they are very tasty although the packaging is shamefully wasteful. big plastic clamshell.
                                  RC also has the Thai Kitchen soups and quite a variety of Scharffen Berger and Ritter Sport.

                                  1. a
                                    adrienne156 Jan 12, 2010 01:54 PM

                                    Saw a sign on Sunday that there will be a new GO coming to the Pinole Vista Shopping Center at 1460 Fitzgerald (next to the Chuck E. Cheese).

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                                    1. re: adrienne156
                                      roster Jan 12, 2010 02:08 PM

                                      Has anyone eyed the stainless propane gas bbqs they have at the San Pablo location for $149? I generally bbq with charcoal and woods, but this has a few high btu burners also.

                                      Thought it might be good for outdoor cooking when I don't want to fumigate the entire house with smell of food.

                                      has anyone bought the BBQ?

                                      1. re: roster
                                        Ruth Lafler Jan 12, 2010 02:13 PM

                                        If you get the brand and model number you can google for reviews/ratings.

                                        1. re: Ruth Lafler
                                          roster Jan 13, 2010 01:37 PM

                                          Yep, one can google anythings these days. But it would still be nice to know if anyone local lugged one home and felt it to be worthwhile, or even a steal at $149.

                                    2. b
                                      Bruce in SLO Jan 15, 2010 05:30 PM

                                      We located a grassy, dry NZ Sauvignon Blanc, 2008 Sam's Creek at our local GO.
                                      Only $ 2.99 and went well with our Ham steak and Yams with Persimmons tonight.
                                      Pick one up and try it. As good as the Mystery Creek the featured last month.

                                      1. Glencora Jan 15, 2010 06:44 PM

                                        The Fit and Active turkey chili (Berkeley store) is pretty tasty. My son's been looking for high-protein foods, and this chili has more than most canned versions.

                                        1. k
                                          kidcatsdogsmom Jan 15, 2010 09:24 PM

                                          VEGAN Kashi pizza! yummy!
                                          Is there a GO in S.F? It's a big carbon footprint to go back and forth...

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                                          1. re: kidcatsdogsmom
                                            Columba Jan 16, 2010 09:24 AM

                                            Doesn't look like it

                                            1. re: kidcatsdogsmom
                                              calmonte Jan 18, 2010 01:26 PM

                                              There was years ago, it was near where Best Buy is now. It would be great to get a GO in SF, it's sad we don't have one.

                                              1. re: calmonte
                                                baron45 Jan 18, 2010 04:22 PM

                                                They should open a GO on Post St (btwn Gough & Franklin) where it used to be a CALA/Ralph. It's been vacant for about 2-3 years now.

                                            2. chillie_queen Jan 17, 2010 01:01 PM

                                              My first visit to a GO at RC.
                                              My finds were Wild Alaskan Smoked Salmon 8oz $4.99 - sell by date of 2014
                                              English Mature 9mth Farmhouse Cheddar 7oz $2.49
                                              Combo pack of Basmati Rice and Dal $1.99 - boil in bag so great for Burning Man
                                              Cameron Hughes wines Lots 39 (05 Shiraz) and 70 (06 Lodi Petite Syrah) for $4.99. I've bought many cases of CH wines from Costco over the past few years and I remembered Lot 39 as being very nice - will have to go back for more!
                                              Husband also picked up a can of Abbot Ale brewed by Greene King of England for all of 75 cents!
                                              This will definitely be a monthly stop combined with a visit to Martins West pub 2 blocks away (great Chicken & Leek 'deconstructed' pie).

                                              Thank you Chowhound for alerting me!

                                              1. rworange Jan 18, 2010 01:59 PM

                                                Needed ... uh ... inexpensive ... white wine for a recipe. This amounted to the calll of the junk food visit. Only bought the wine, tho

                                                50 cents - Jello margharita flavor ... for those tequila shooters
                                                $1.49 - Spam hot dogs
                                                $1.49 - Reynolds 35 foot recycled aluminum foil ... package totally in French
                                                $2.99 - Vendage 2006 California Symphony 1.5 liter

                                                OK. The foil isn't junk ... but foodwise ...

                                                The only thing saving me from buying those Spam dogs was a doctor's appointment this week. I'm not messing up a stretch of healthy eating. It's one of those items so bad sounding I feel compelled to buy it. Pacakge had a recipe for some sort of pineapple topping.

                                                Anyway, didn't notice it was Vendage till I got home and said "sugar" ... or something like that. Surprisingly it wasn't bad. We are not talking wonderful, but it worked well in the recipe and was fine for a glass with the dish. It didn't have that awful straw, green grass flavor that cheap white wine has. Not quite the jasmine and juniper with hints of pear ... but ok. On the sweet side.

                                                1. Mission Jan 18, 2010 07:32 PM

                                                  Did not fancy the Stoneyfield pumpkin pie yogurt.

                                                  In fact , I ended up tossing the other 3 containers after they all tasted like the first.

                                                  I was expecting something that tasted like pumpkin pie or at least like Baskin Robbins Pumpkin ice cream.

                                                  They kinda tasted like a chemical laced Safeway Pumpkin pie dragged through a middle Eastern market in Marrakesh on a hot day.

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                                                  1. re: Mission
                                                    rworange Jan 18, 2010 08:02 PM

                                                    Past the expiration date? It is organic so what was in it wasn't chemical. They did use carrots and pumpkin juice ... and pumpkin juice still makes me wonder ... even if Jamba Juice has it ... I guess it is the same process as carrot juice.

                                                    1. re: rworange
                                                      Ruth Lafler Jan 19, 2010 08:35 AM

                                                      I wasn't crazy about the pumpkin pie yogurt, either, although it wasn't so bad I threw it out. Different tastes, I guess. If they'd called it "pumpkin" I probably would have thought it was better, but it didn't have any of the molasses and spice notes of pumpkin pie.

                                                      1. re: Ruth Lafler
                                                        rworange Jan 19, 2010 08:51 AM

                                                        That may have been why I liked it so much. It tasted like pumpkin. This holiday season has been a major disappointment pumpkin-wise because it was all spice and no pumpkin. Sadly I found out through Yelp La Bedaine made a pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving. Who would have thought. I think I had maybe one other thing that tasted like pumpkin ... and don't even talk to me about L'Amyx pumpkin pie tea. It seems whoever created this ... thing ... billed as being like spices grandma used in their pie. Grandma, it seems, only used cloves. Ugh.

                                                  2. PorkButt Jan 18, 2010 07:59 PM


                                                    Evergood hot links, package of 8, 2lbs; in the freezer case on expiration date - $3

                                                    2004 Chateau Barthe Graves blanc (Bordeaux), no off notes, austere - $2.99

                                                    2005 Entre-deux-Mers blanc Bordeaux - didn't buy it, several cases available - $3.99

                                                    Lee Kum Kee spare rib sauce (marinade), 8.5oz; sugar, fermented bean paste, spices - $0.99

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                                                    1. re: PorkButt
                                                      lexdevil Jan 18, 2010 08:08 PM

                                                      Also Oakland:

                                                      Toblerone 3.52 oz. bar - $0.99

                                                      Aidell's Minis Party Pack of Chicken & Apple and Spicy Smoked Sausages, 24 oz. - $6.99

                                                    2. s
                                                      suruchigk Jan 19, 2010 03:24 PM

                                                      Does anyone know when the Pinole Grocery Outlet opens? I used to schelp all the way to Berkeley if I really needed stuff, I can't WAIT for them to open. Between Grocery Outlet and the 99 Cents Only store, I'll never need to step into a "regular" grocery store!

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                                                      1. re: suruchigk
                                                        rworange Jan 19, 2010 04:44 PM

                                                        Don't know, but the San Pablo store at the junction of 23rd and San Pablo Avenue is half way in-between Berkeley and Pinole. Wine-excepted, IMO, it is better value-wise than Berkeley.

                                                        1. re: rworange
                                                          suruchigk Jan 19, 2010 06:41 PM

                                                          Hi all, got an email back from GO corporate:
                                                          "The Pinole Grocery Outlet is expecting to have a "soft Opening" on June 17th if all goes on schedule."

                                                          1. re: suruchigk
                                                            Scrapironchef Jan 19, 2010 08:37 PM

                                                            I wonder if they've taken a hard look at the parking at the new location, it's going to be impossible on weekends and evenings now that Chuck E Cheese is open.

                                                      2. Ruth Lafler Jan 21, 2010 06:41 PM

                                                        Oakland GO today:

                                                        Jonagold ORGANIC apples 3lb/$1.99. Same price as last week for conventional Jonagolds

                                                        Also organic celery hearts, carrots, romaine, lettuce mixes.

                                                        Brown Cow yogurt "parfait" (two flavors layered together) 2/$1 several flavor combinations including chocolate/raspberry, raspberry/lemon, chocolate/coffee, maple/brown sugar. Sweetened with cane sugar.

                                                        They still had the Ritter Sport bars, but no more Scharffen Berger. Haagen Dasz Five Brown Sugar flavor, Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey and Vanilla Heath Bar Crunch, all $1.49.

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                                                        1. re: Ruth Lafler
                                                          rworange Jan 21, 2010 08:35 PM

                                                          Berkeley had a lot of those Brown Cow yogurts as well. One I remember was peach/cherry. They also had Brown Cow's Greek Yogurt, plain flavor.

                                                          They had a lot of Dagoba chcolate at $1.99 a bars, Blueberry-Lavendar, Chai and milk. They had smaller bars for $1.49. One flavor was mint.

                                                          $1.29 - 4 individual servings of Breakstone cottage cheese.

                                                          $1.99 - Polar yellowfin tuna - 12 oz

                                                        2. rworange Jan 24, 2010 01:33 PM

                                                          San Pablo

                                                          Deal of the decade ... so far

                                                          3 for $! - REAL Mexican Coca Cola - HALF LITER .. or as the bottle says medio litro 500 ml

                                                          I bought one to see if it is good. I'm a Pepsi person, so this seemed good to me ... has everything I hate about Coke ... just don't like the taste of Coke.

                                                          Even if this was HFCS Coke it would be quite the buy. But no ... SUGAR ... real sugar.

                                                          Even the glass bottle is lovely ... tinted light green like the old days ... the half liter is a long skinny type of Coke bottle.

                                                          This is up front near the registers and there was only four cases. I never would have noticed it if this little Latino lady who just bought her groceries saw it and asked the cashier if she could ring it up though she had already paid for her groceries.

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                                                          1. re: rworange
                                                            roster Jan 25, 2010 10:24 AM

                                                            Also at the San Pablo location they have Norwegian Snofrisk cheese, half cow, half goat milk. Really rich and delicious, for a buck and a half....

                                                            1. re: roster
                                                              Melanie Wong Jan 25, 2010 05:30 PM

                                                              On Friday, Rohnert Park had the Snofrisk too. Also Scharffen Berger, Ritter Sport, and Laloo's frozen yogurt.

                                                          2. k
                                                            kmah Jan 25, 2010 11:40 AM

                                                            Oakland GO today- $1.79 packs of Niman Ranch uncured canadian bacon. Looks good but haven't tried it yet. sell by date of Feb 10th or so.

                                                            Didn't see any Ben and Jerry's, boo.

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                                                            1. re: kmah
                                                              evacarleton Jan 25, 2010 01:36 PM

                                                              I live near the Grocery Outlet in Berkeley. I once went in there, a while ago, thinking it was connected to Rainbow Grocery, and was very disappointed. After reading all the threads, I decided to check again, and realized that they have good items, like Soydream Soymilk, - well, I went back wanting to buy some more - all gone. Now I figured out how this works. It looks like the wine section is definitely worth it, I bought great CA oranges, Dagoba chocolate, well, yes, and lots of wine. Now I know to buy lots when I see something I like. Between going more often to Costco, and now GO, I see how much I often overpay at Berkeley Bowl etc.

                                                              1. re: evacarleton
                                                                Ruth Lafler Jan 25, 2010 02:03 PM

                                                                Exactly. It's like a treasure hunt, with threads like this giving clues.

                                                                1. re: Ruth Lafler
                                                                  ML8000 Jan 25, 2010 02:36 PM

                                                                  Or urban foraging...best tip I've figured out besides reading the monthly thread is looking in other people's shopping baskets.

                                                                2. re: evacarleton
                                                                  rworange Jan 25, 2010 02:54 PM

                                                                  The caveat is Berkeley Bowl is usually less expensive for produce ... and with a larger variety and better quality. Occasionally there is a deal on produce at GO, but not often.

                                                                  Navel oranges at BB are currently 49 cents a pound, so a three pound GO bag for $1.99 or even 10 lbs at $5.99 ... doesn't give any value. One week at BB the organic apples were $1.99 for a 3 lb bag .. with with GO conventional the same price. Most often the conventional apples are 59 - 79 cents so pretty close and you can pick out your own. Mushrooms are way cheaper at BB and eggplant this week is $1.49 while at BB it was 79 cents.

                                                                  Keep in mind they have a good return policy. They will take it back not only if it is bad, but also if you don't like it. I've never used either because with those prices, I'll take the hit. However, if I bought an expensive (for GO) wine, I would bring it back if it was bad.

                                                                  1. re: rworange
                                                                    evacarleton Jan 26, 2010 11:03 AM

                                                                    I totally agree on the produce - I am very picky with that. We grow some our own and now we make an effort to go the Farmer's Market every Saturday- for one, I want to buy local but also the quality is much higher. But if you crave tomatoes in January and want California Feijoa - well, Berkeley Bowl is the place to go! Also in walking distance - I feel lucky.

                                                              2. k
                                                                kcchan Jan 26, 2010 02:20 PM

                                                                At the Newark location, they had Scharffen Berger baking chunks for $2.49 and a 1-lb package of thinly sliced pancetta for $3.99.

                                                                1. Ruth Lafler Jan 29, 2010 08:31 PM

                                                                  I was taking surface streets home tonight and happened across the San Leandro Grocery Outlet (2179 E 14th St,), so of course I had to stop in and check it out. It's a nice store, but on the small side.

                                                                  3.49 -- Arrowhead Mills organic creamy peanut butter. This stuff is great, and it's over $5 a jar at Nob Hill
                                                                  $2.99 -- Combo pack with 2 packages of Orobello cookies and a box with 20 white tea bags. I like these cookies a lot, and I believe last time I bought them they were over $3 for one package, so this is a great price for two packages plus tea.

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                                                                  1. re: Ruth Lafler
                                                                    jart Jan 30, 2010 07:02 PM

                                                                    San Leandro also has the Coke from Mexico mentioned above.

                                                                  2. rworange Jan 31, 2010 03:30 PM

                                                                    San Pablo

                                                                    50 cents - singles serving bags of Terra exotic vegetable chips
                                                                    79 cents - Dona Maria Albondigas with chilpotle shelf-stable meal
                                                                    1.49 - regular size package of Oreo's.

                                                                    I always wanted to try Terra chips but never wanted to commit to a whole bag. They are good. Thicker than potato chips but prettier and sweeter since they are sweet potatoes, taro, yuca, parsnip and batata.

                                                                    That Dona Maria dinner is the first shelf-stable dinner I ever liked. First of all there is not a lot of junk ... less than most. It is also mainly all meatballs in a thick super-spicy sauce (pay attention .. super spicy) with only a few beans and corn niblets here and there. High sodium, but no worse than any other dinner. Not bad in a pinch. With a cup of Uncle Ben's microwave rice you could have a decent enough meal sitting in your desk drawer at work for when you can't get away.

                                                                    7 Replies
                                                                    1. re: rworange
                                                                      tomatoaday Feb 1, 2010 08:48 AM

                                                                      The Berkeley store has the sweet potato chips from Terra at .50 a bag. I bought, and liked enough to go back and get more, the frozen chile rellenos from Cedarlake (or something like that.) Have you had those? I also bought their stacked enchilada and chile verde burrito meals to try.

                                                                      1. re: tomatoaday
                                                                        sydthekyd Feb 1, 2010 09:23 AM

                                                                        How are those frozen chile rellenos?

                                                                        1. re: sydthekyd
                                                                          tomatoaday Feb 1, 2010 02:08 PM

                                                                          I really liked them. The sauce on its own tasted a little sweetish and thick but works well with the chile and cheese. There is no heavy limp batter and seemed nice and cheesy. It is a nice sized portion too. I'm not usually a fan of frozen meals but I thought this was a good ready in minutes hot lunch. As I said, I bought a couple of the other meals by the same manufacturer and hope they will be as good.

                                                                          1. re: tomatoaday
                                                                            roster Feb 22, 2010 08:21 AM

                                                                            Did anyone get the Thai satay and red/green curry mixes that were at the Berk GO last week. (The brand was Kane or Kano, something like that)

                                                                            The curries were just so-so, but the Satay sauce was fabulous and at 99 cents a jar, a deal. Is there another story that has this right now?

                                                                            It is worth a trip. I went back to the Berk store for more but it was already gone!

                                                                            1. re: roster
                                                                              rworange Feb 22, 2010 09:07 AM

                                                                              The San Pablo store has the curries but I'm not sure of the Satay. Hope someone in the area checks as it is unlikely I'll get back to GO over the next few days since I need to go

                                                                              1. re: roster
                                                                                Ruth Lafler Feb 22, 2010 09:09 AM

                                                                                The Oakland store had a big supply of these yesterday (Sunday). I'm not sure I saw anything labeled "satay" sauce, but there was peanut sauce, and a couple of different curries.

                                                                                1. re: Ruth Lafler
                                                                                  roster Feb 22, 2010 09:25 AM

                                                                                  Thanks, I'll check on the way home. Yes, it could have been labeled peanut sauce, but the back label referred to the sauce as a Malay satay sauce and had some sort of noodle recipe.

                                                                                  I have bought much smaller cans of a nearly identical sauce at the Thai grocery for double this price, so a deal I thought. Very easy to make with chicken...

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