Grocery Outlet August 2010
I shop at the outlet all the time, but often forget to post anything to chowhound because I want to try stuff first, but that's not very useful to anyone who actually wants to buy anything as it is usually sold out by then. So here goes:
At the Berkeley store:
Aidell's chicken apple sausages for 2.99 (For everyday cooking these aren't really my style, but they are a favorite camping food since the sausages are precooked, and I like to stock up to avoid buying the same thing at a Safeway near the campsite for twice as much.)
A similar stock-up item--many varieties of Imagine Organic chicken and beef broths, stocks, and soups for 99 cents. In the past, I pass these up, telling myself I always make my own stock, but invariably find myself annoyed at the prospect of paying $3+ for the same product during a stock emergency.
The Oikos organic, plain 4 4-oz tubs of Greek style yogurt were still there, for 1.49. I make my own yogurt, but Oikos is my favorite starter these days, so I froze it for future batches. Impossible to pass up at that price. I also got frozen organic strawberries and raspberries for $1.79.
I hit the Oakland store during the produce sale this weekend and got bagged white onions for 99 c, a giant cauliflower for $1.50 and pineapple for $1.99 (I'm more interested in planting than eating the pineapple). I also got lemon Liberte yogurt at 3/1.00 which was much better than the peach "with 6 grains" Liberte I got last week. And Rummo mezzi rigatoni (one of my favorite shapes, for convenience of eating) for .79. And 2.99 Sabra hummus.
And these have been at the Berkeley store for quite some time--I've ignored them because I've never met any sweet wines I have loved, but they seems like good values and I'm surprised another hound hasn't mentioned them--all are 375 mL for $9.99. Renwood orange muscat amador, Renwood port Sierra foothills for $9.99, and Carinya Ridge botyris Semillion (this one gets a Robaire Recommendds This sticker, which I think is new. This sticker inspired me to buy a 2009 Hacienda Merlot for 4.99 and a 2007 Cocetti Chardonnay for 5.99.
Oh, and they're both heavily stocked on my weakness, namely chips. They have 2-3 flavors of 5 oz Kettle Chips, including the make it yourself contest winner fully loaded baked potato for 99 cents. And Terra 'Exotic Sweet Onion' chips which are vegetable chips including kabocha, sweet potato, zucchini, and blue potato. I have already eaten this one. I love vegetable chips, but Terra's prices are usually enough to keep me from buying--GO's price of 1.99 for 6 oz isn't cheap food, but it is a substantial discount. Other shameful purchases included Ritz pretzel crackers in some sort of sour cream onion flavor, which were slightly addictive, and 1.99. And Cambazola has taken cheese to a new level of pandering--I bought the 1.34 Cambazola 'cream cheese' which was delicious with the aforementioned Ritz 'food' product. I swear--I don't usually buy so much junk food, it's the prices that make it irresistible.
I bought that Cambazola cream cheese -- it went really well with the Red Bliss Terra chips. :-)
But although this might sound weird, what was really mind-blowingly delicious was the cambazola cream cheese with some mint chocolate cookies. I don't know what possessed me to dip the cookie in my right hand into the cambazola cream cheese container in my left, but once I did, I couldn't stop eating it!
Oakland Grocery Outlet on last Wednesday afternoon, August 18th:
There was a sign on the small shop on the store just north of the main entrance which said the "Shuga Hill" is coming soon. Shuga Hill is the food truck that sometimes is in the GO parking lot and is also seen in Emeryville near the Pak 'n Save on 40th Street. Could that mean that Shuga Hill is setting up a brick and mortar shop next to GO? I'll ask about it next time.
$1.50 - Marques de Paiva Rainforest Alliance certified Breakfast blend 100% Arabica coffee, ground, 12 oz. from Brazil. Lots of different coffees on the shelves at good prices;
$1.99 - Eden Organic Barley Malt, 20 oz. jar, made only from organic sprouted barley, product of USA. Tried using it instead of honey in a drink - let's just say that it's an aquired taste;
99 cents - LaLa Plain unsweetend low fat yogurt, 32 oz. tub, best by Aug. 24;
$1.99 - Eden Organic Sauerkraut, 32 oz. jar;
99 cents - Elysian Bifrost Winter Ale, 22 oz. bottle, past its best by date of 6/10 which might account for the great price but highly rated by BeerAdvocate and other reviewers who noted citrusy and honey flavors. Haven't tried it yet but loved Elysian's Pumpkin Ale;
99 cents - Veetee Kadhi Pakora, 10 1/2 oz. pouch, vegetable dumplings in spicy yogurt sauce. Several other varieties available, quality ingredients, from India;
$2.49 - Muir Glen Organic Cabernet Marinara, 25.5 oz. jar, pasta sauce with organic cabernet wine.
50 cents - Daniella Mangos from Mexico.
Wednesday is not the best day for Alvarado Street or Vital Vittles breads, delivery might be on Thursdays.
Barley malt? Have to try it!
I was at the Oakland GO last weekend and stocked up on ice cream (cheap way of keeping my handyman happy is to keep good ice cream in the laundry room freezer). I don't know if it's still there, but in addition to the Haagen Dasz Midnight cookies and cream, which they had last month, they had Ben and Jerry's Mission to Marzipan (with almond cookie bits and almond swirls) and some Dove ice creams.
Didn't buy it, but one of the interesting items on the shelf was a food service size tub by Alouette of chevre, 3 lbs. for $6.99. Ingredients: pasteurized cultured goats milk and salt. If you're having a party or feel like a roasted beet and goat cheese salad binge, this could be a great deal.
I tried the pineapple-bacon chicken sausages and they're tasty in the same way the smoke chicken apple sausage...mild but with a pleasant undertone of bacon-pineapple. I bought some more in the Berkeley store today. $4.00/lb...not a great deal but discounted from the regular supermarket prices.
Oakland this morning didn't have one-pound boxes of the Horizon organic butter, but they did have half-pound boxes for $1.69 and also half-pound boxes of the Challenge European-style (higher fat content) butter for the same price. The former was salted and the later was unsalted (I bought some of each to restock my freezer).
They also had Dannon Greek-style yogurt, both plain and vanilla, in small (5 or 6 ounce) cups. It looks like the real deal: the only ingredients are milk and cultures (no thickeners), and it has the right protein/sugars ratio to be real drained yogurt. I think they were 2/$1. Stoneyfield organic blueberry yogurt, too.
I know & trust Robaire. He's very knowledgeable when it comes to wine, but usually only works until 2:00 pm. I picked up 2 of the Carinya Ridge, a Ravenswood late harvest Gewurztraminer and the 2005 Charles Creek Pasatiempo Sangicomo Vineyard Sonoma Carneros Merlot for $3.99! They had a 1999 Eiswein for $5.99 a while back that was delicious as well as a 2006 late harvest Zinfandel. Every week and every store is different, so go often and keep looking.