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Cost Plus World Market and great food buys?

tinkerszs Mar 17, 2010 07:54 PM

I have very rarely shopped at one of these, but found myself in one today. They had some different food packages. Is there anything there worth trying?

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    CulinaryWoman May 3, 2010 12:01 PM

    My experience is that they have a broad selection of international foods, but they aren't necessarily a bargain, particularly when so many supermarkets are ramping up their specialty foods. Some of the wines are good deals, though -- especially when they are on sale. I've found bottles at Cost Plus that are $10 cheaper than at Whole Foods. (They're side by side in Chicago so it's easy to compare.)

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      Val Aug 10, 2010 08:05 AM

      Our World Market has recently added Blue Dragon Nori Sheets...10 sheets for $2.99! THAT is a great deal...our small Asian store sells them for $6.99!

    2. pdxgastro Apr 19, 2010 11:04 PM

      Cost Plus stopped carrying Vincenzi lady fingers for my tiramisu, that was a let down. I used to buy a chunk of Ghirardelli chocolate there that I would grate for the tiramisu. They may still carry it, but since they didn't carry the cookies, I left without buying anything.

      1. 2m8ohed Apr 19, 2010 02:18 PM

        I don't go there often, but when I do I always stock up on anchovy paste in a tube and double concentrated tomato paste in a tube. The magnetic spice containers are handy, too.

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          babycull May 3, 2010 12:19 PM

          What does one use the tomato paste in a tube for? Sounds good.

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            2m8ohed May 3, 2010 01:53 PM

            Use it for anything that calls for just a tablespoon or two of tomato paste so you don't have to open up a can! It lasts indefinitely in the tube.

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          Cameraman Apr 17, 2010 11:05 AM

          I do a fair amount of BBQ'ing and there North Carolina BBQ sauce is a stand out.

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            Big Bad Voodoo Lou Apr 13, 2010 03:50 PM

            The tortilla chips there -- Xochitl, I think, in large brown paper bags -- are really light and crispy and delicious, far better than any Tostitos-style chips you would buy anywhere else.

            Sometimes they have Zapp's kettle-cooked potato chips, which are hard to find outside of Louisiana and come in great flavors like Creole Tomato-Tabasco and Cajun Crawtater. I always buy a bag or two if they have them.

            My wife loves the dark chocolate sea salt caramels from Jo's Candies (in the large chocolate section), and I always like some of the dry sausages and salamis, which are often cheaper than they are at Publix.

            They also have a good selection of "microbrewed" root beers and sodas, including mini-kegs of Virgil's root beer, perfect for partying with fellow non-drinkers.

            If you shop even semi-regularly at Cost Plus World Market, make sure you sign up for their "Explorer" e-mail list. They send out great coupons quite regularly, including $10 off anything on your birthday (with a month to spend it).

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            1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou
              babycull May 3, 2010 11:58 AM

              I agree about the Xochitl Tortilla Chips. Tried them Saturday at Giant Eagle. They are $3.99 lb bag this week. So good and NO salt, gluten or preservatives. I must have some today as I keep thinking about them. Their salsas were also good (green and dark red (spicy).

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              beachmouse Apr 9, 2010 07:28 AM

              We end up using their Tiger Tinger Indian simmer sauces about once a week when we're not motivated to cook from scratch, and really like the no salt added Japanese noodles.

              The international junk foods section is also fun if you don't have a local Asian/Mexican/British specialty market you're a regular at. Their McVittie's selection is larger than what you find in general grocers, and I always seem to come away from there with some Australian Arnitt's cookies.

              1. lulubelle Apr 9, 2010 06:31 AM

                Cost Plus carries Blue Elephant curries, etc., from the Blue Elephant Restaurant in Bangkok. They are really good.

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                  Heyteacher Mar 27, 2010 12:22 PM

                  I'm obsessed with the English Heinz english beans in tomato sauce - ate them in Edinburgh when I studied abroad in 97....they are super cheap there. Also, they have good coffee, simmer sauces, spices and snack foods. Yum - I love Cost Plus!

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                    jamiski Mar 23, 2010 04:47 PM

                    The lacey cookies with chocolate in the middle are awesome.

                    1. Bob Brooks Mar 20, 2010 11:58 AM

                      I shop there frequently and find a lot of good values. Spice packets, like herbs de provence are only 99 cents. Hard to beat.

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                        grnidkjun Apr 1, 2010 12:44 PM

                        ditto on spices
                        also fun to build your own 6 pack of beer sometimes and be able to try some off the wall brews.

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                          Jen76 Apr 17, 2010 11:41 AM

                          I like the pink Hawaiian sea salt. It makes a great table salt for the salt shaker, especially if the shaker is clear!.

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                          Val Mar 19, 2010 10:37 AM

                          The only food I've bought recently was a packet of chipotle chili powder for .99 and it's pretty good....better than the darn McCormick's for $4.19. Does sherry vinegar count? Bought a bottle of that a few months ago...seems very good--it's my first bottle of the stuff so I don't have a reference for comparison but I cannot afford $14 at Whole Foods for sherry vinegar.

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