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Jan 1, 2011 01:58 PM

Grocery Outlet January 2011

Jan 1, 2011 and off to Grocery Outlet Newark:

Mom's Best Quick Oats $2.49 for 38oz
Lotus Biscoff from Belgium 8pk for 79c
Strawberried Peanut Butter M&Ms special edition - 2 for $1
Twix Java candy bars 2 for $1
100 Grand candy bars 2 for $1
LaLoo's Cherries Tuilerie goat milk frozen yogurt $2.99 a pint - didn't buy but wan't to.
Agru blood orange Italian soda $1.99 + .10 CRV

Trader Joe's is closed on New Year's Day 1/1!

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  1. I was in the Oakland GO on New Year's Eve -- it was kind of a madhouse!

    It wasn't supercheap ($3.99), but my favorite thing we bought was dried pineapple chunks with chile (product of Thailand -- look to be something they carry as a regular item). The pineapple pieces are dusted with paprika, cayenne and "chile powder" so they had a nice red pepper flavor from the paprika but more of a kick from the cayenne.

    Also, bags of bows for gift wrapping were 25 cents!

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    1. re: Ruth Lafler

      I also have to mention, because I went back and bought more, the Annabelle's SUPREME DARK CHOCOLATE MOCHA: Handmade Mocha Marshmallow with Crunchy Cashews, Double Dipped in Rich Dark Chocolate bars. If you like marshmallows and chocolate, these are worth trying. Really delicious, with the slight bitterness from the coffee bringing depth of flavor and counteracting the sometimes cloying sweetness of the marshmallow. Skip the peanutbutter version, though.

    2. I am about to take my first trip to the Berkeley Grocery Outlet. I am looking for canned tomatoes and canned beans. What is your experience with their canned food selection?

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      1. re: kellylee

        They almost always have a good selection of canned goods, although of course the brands and selection changes. If you're looking for tomatoes, this week you might find the aseptically packaged (in a box) Pomi tomatoes from Italy for 50 cents, which is a great price. You didn't specify what kind of beans, but in the "organics" section they usually have the Aunt Penny organic kidney beans and garbanzo beans for 99 cents.

        1. re: Ruth Lafler

          Thanks, Ruth! Any and all beans are welcome in my pantry. Love those Pomi tomatoes.

          1. re: Ruth Lafler

            I was in the Redwood City store tonight, and unfortunately, they didn't have the Pomi tomatoes. I did find the following:

            Cascadian Farm Organic Sweet Relish - $1.99
            Cabot 50% Low-Fat Jalapeno Cheese - $3.99 a pound
            V-8 Low-Sodium or Spicy, 6-pack - $1.99
            Clif Mojo bar, Honey Roasted Peanut - $.59

            1. re: goodeatsgal

              I have found that the RWC store consistently has a poorer selection than either the East Bay stores or the San Jose stores. Do other people agree?

              For clarity, Ruth, the Pomi tomatoes are in Berkeley?

              1. re: Eris48

                I saw them in Oakland, Melanie saw them in Concord.

                1. re: Ruth Lafler

                  Was just at the RWC store on Sunday and they had some Pomi Tomatoes for 50cents but they were over by the coffee section on the end aisle. Also bought Kettle brand black bean tortilla chips for 1.49
                  Guacamole that had just expired for 50 cents.
                  Some of the goat cheese were also on sale for 1.29.
                  and Pretzel crisps for 99cents a bag.

                  1. re: Sophie

                    At Oakland the Pomi tomatoes were in the front corner (to the right as you enter).

        2. Santa Rosa

          Didn't see the Pomi tomatoes

          Did see lots of interesting kitchen items - knives, pans, green kitchen steel ware.

          The cheese/deli case was well stocked for this time of year. In the past they've let stock run down near inventory time.

          1. $4.99 - 2007 Beaulieu Vineyards Charbono Napa Valley Maestro Collection (reg. $25)
            Purchased at Rohnert Park store which also had the 2007 Tempranillo for the same price.
            Love the Charbono grape variety and buy it whenever I run across a bottle by any producer. Popped it open last weekend and the wine is fine and will probably improve for another 2 to 4 years or more. Very dense plummy and blueberry fruit with full, ripe and round tannins, nice kick of acidity and BV's signature smoky, vanilla American oak. More oak showing through now than I'd like, but that's just my personal preference.

            Grocery Outlet
            6335 Commerce Blvd, Rohnert Park, CA

            Beaulieu Vineyards
            1960 Saint Helena Hwy, Rutherford, CA

            12 Replies
            1. re: Melanie Wong

              Thanks for the heads up on the BV Charbono. I was not aware that grape was even in the BV lineup. Didn't Joesph Heitz make a Charbono years ago?

              1. re: DavidT

                Looks like I was wrong about Heitz making a Charbono. It was Grignolino that Heitz made and it looks like they still do.

              2. re: Melanie Wong

                There's an assortment of BV and Sterling wine club varietals at the oakland GO. Not sure about the Charbono but an array of below-the-radar BV varietals. All at $5-6.

                They also have a couple of interesting cabs--not sure about either of them but they look like wannabe cult cabs that didn't make the cult cut: Silver Stag 2006 @ $10/bottle looked too interesting to pass up. Picked up a few bottles but I won't open them until I have something that wants a big cab to go with it. Jocelyn Lonen Cab (forgot the year, maybe 2006?) @ $15. Both retail for upward of $35. You pay your money; you take your chances, but these look like a good bet.

                More to my taste is the South Sound Pinot from Marlborough. I'm fond of NZ pinots so I picked up a couple of these as well. The 2002 Nevis Bluff Pinot, that I wanted a few more bottles of , was gone, alas; that was a deal.

                1. re: Gustavo Glenmorangie

                  The Hayward location was selling the Jocelyn Lonen red for $24.99 last year.

                  1. re: baron45

                    Interesting. The one in Oakland today is the Napa Valley cab @ $15. Tough year in the wine business, I guess.

                    Maybe I'll try to get back there and pick up a bottle or two. Looks to be an interesting wine, especially at the price.

                    1. re: Gustavo Glenmorangie

                      Concord GO has the 2008 "Lonen" Cab for $9.99. Please note, that this wine does not have the word 'Jocelyn' on the label. I believe this is Jocelyn Lonen's second label wine under just "Lonen"). Have not tried the 2008 Lonen Cab yet. According to GO, this wine retails for $45.99/btl.

                      1. re: Huntingdog

                        Bought 2 bottles of the Jocelyn Lonen ($14.99) last week. First bottle didn't decant enough and wasn't impressed, but liked it a lot on the 3rd day. Second bottle, with 2 hours of decanting was amazing. I bought a case. Thanks to everyone on this board for finding this wine for me!

                  2. re: Gustavo Glenmorangie

                    I asked the guy at Oakland about the Charbono, and he said it sold out fast. He did have the BV "Maestro" Tempranillo, Syrah, Pinot Noir Vin Gris, Marsanne, Gewurztraminer and Reisling. I was also intrigued by a Sterling Cellar Club wines (signed, numbered bottles) and picked up some of the 2007 Pinot ($5.99)

                    1. re: Ruth Lafler

                      What did you think of the Sterling pinot? We bought a few bottles of the 2007 cab and were pretty disappointed.

                      If anyone's interested, the Pleasant Hill store has plenty of Sterling syrah and zinfindel left, $5.99-$7.99.

                      1. re: alag

                        The Sterling Pinot was terrible. I returned both bottles.

                        1. re: Huntingdog

                          Sterling is not known for good Pinots, so this is no surprise.

                          Novato GO has BV Gewurz and Grenache.

                          Most of the stock in Novato are imports with few decent CA wines.

                    2. re: Gustavo Glenmorangie

                      If this is the 2006 Jocelyn Lonen Cab, it is being offered at $20/bottle by

                      Keeping in mind that pretty much every wine they are offering a special on is pretty heavily hyped, this may provide a bit more info on the wine:

                      "When winemaker Alison Doran first locked into a few rows of high elevation Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet from the hillsides of Atlas Peak, she knew exactly what she was getting: high-end mountain fruit from a vineyard with rich, muscled Cabernet that attracts the likes of Paul Hobbs, Miner and Levendi. When the world is right-side-up, wine made from grapes of this quality would surely be expected to fetch $45/bottle. That, of course, was before the Dow and Napa Valley went into free fall.

                      Alison did her part with this deep purple, chiseled 2006 Jocelyn Lonen Cabernet Sauvignon, a bottle that was released with some fanfare in 2009, yet cautiously priced at $35/bottle. But all the critical praise in the world couldn't trump the fiscal storm clouds that had settled over the Silverado Trail.

                      In 2007, you couldn't touch top-flight Napa Cabernet for under $40/bottle. By 2009, some high quality new brands, unable to get wholesalers to answer sales calls, went under $30. But what about the next market inflection point? Could a Napa Cabernet from the excellent 2006 vintage, highly rated by WineAccess members (4.0 stars out of 5!), possibly fall under 20 bucks?

                      For the next 48 hours on WineAccess – YES. Regular price of $35. Today, just 100 6-packs have been earmarked for members at a price that makes Napa Valley bankers cringe. $119 for the pack, less than $20 bottle – at least until those storm clouds blow off."

                  3. I saw a ton of Ben & Jerrys, chocolate brownie, vanilla, mission to marzipan, and another flavor that I don't like so didn't register.

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                      1. re: dordogne

                        They had Ben and Jerry's at San Jose. The 4th flavor is Phish Food. 1.49 or 1.99/pint.
                        Barbara's Puffins cereal, Niman Ranch salami, Aidell's sausages 7.99 for 2 lbs. Annie's salad dressing, Brown Cow yogurt 2/$1. No boxed chicken or beef broth-- bummer. But cheap brie is back!

                          1. re: sydthekyd

                            Chocolate Ice Cream with Gooey Marshmallow, Caramel Swirls & Fudge Fish