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Jan 17, 2011 08:54 PM

Metro Detroit - decent offerings on EVOO and Sy Ginsberg's Corned Beef

I’ll probably get my topic bumped to the Chains board, BUT I saw some Detroit-specific Costco items today of note---

1. The Kirkland Toscano EVOO **2010 harvest** finally is available in Metro Detroit (seven weeks after the West coast got it…)

2. Sy Ginsberg’s corned beef is now on offer in advance of St Patty’s Day, so as to support a local Detroit source.

And, just to be off topic, I’ll add that the Madison Hts. Costco (among probably most others) now has a really cool looking kitchen scale from Polder for <$19 ! ( ) .

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  1. Good to know VTB. Thanks! A friend clued us in to a fantastic corned beef option in Detroit. Broadway Corned Beef near Eastern Market. They sell AMAZING corned beef. It is a complete dive and generally they sell their corned beef to businesses but they will sell to individuals if you call ahead. Make sure to ask for the First or Prime Cut (can't remember exactly how they word it). It's available all year. It's a big piece you have to you have to plan on a few meals or a bunch of sandwiches! They do nothing but corned beef. At any time you go in you can find huge vats of brisket soaking up the spices. Not sure if you are interested but a good place to check out!

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    1. re: Jack Freeman

      Thanks for the tip on Broadway, Jack! Sounds delicious!

    2. Hey, saw Sy Ginsberg at COSTCO?? I'm so there!

      My only objection to the Madison Heights Costco is that they never seem to have cases of San Pellegrino limonada/arranciata pop...I've found it at the Auburn Hills store which seems a little more, well, upscale.

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      1. re: coney with everything

        1 - They sometimes have San Pellegrino there , I have a case and a half to prove it .
        2 - Just made a Sy Ginsberg CB from there tonight . Meh . Flavors were on , VERY lean . Added a few dry spices ( Allspice , bay leaf , mustard , etc. ) , not bad , not really impressed . Wigleys is way better . My father gets his CB from a meat shop out on Cooley Lake Rd. out in Waterford , definatly CB cured , good , but has a way more pronounced beef flavor , similar to a sirloin roast . I liked it , just not what I think corned beef should taste like . I'll stick with the massive 14 lb'ers from Wigleys @ Eastern Mkt. from now on .

        1. re: GoalieJeff

          Just so I'm understanding you correctly: were any spices included with the Sy Ginsburg corned beef, or not? I see that you added some of your own, but did they include a "starter kit" like you normally receive?

          1. re: boagman

            Yes , a small plastic packet of mostly ( I think ) mustard seed and an undefinable dried herb , plus some indeterminate ground stuff . The seasoning was pretty ok , it tasted alright . I added allspice , a bit of fennel seed , a few juniper berries , a smashed clove of garlic , and one quartered onion . As I said , it tasted ok , but the lack of fat , whether marbled in , or just sitting on the top , led me to give this just a meh rating . Not bad at all , just , you know , so so . I like some marbling in my beef . I guess I just love cheap fatty corned beef . Is that so wrong ?

            1. re: GoalieJeff

              Oh no...not at *all*, or at least, not by my standards. On this point, you and I are absolutely sympatico. Fat makes corned beef *good*.

              1. re: boagman

                Now you have me thinking about Corned Beef Confit :)

                1. re: JanPrimus

                  Hmmm....Onion Roll here I come. Why do I read Chow Hound posts BEFORE I eat dinner? My wife is at a meeting tonight..perfect excuse to order a giant corned beef sandwich and some fries. Oh..and maybe I'll pick up a Hot Fudge Cream Puff at Sanders. Oh..huge pet peeve...when people call it Saunders! THERE IS NO U..ugh. Gotta run...I'm starving!

                  1. re: Jack Freeman

                    I'm right there with you on the Sanders mispronunciation thing...and my g/f is one of the chief offenders. I just bite my tongue, as it's a small thing to jump is the fact that she says "Baskin and Robbins". ;)

                    Still love her to death, though.

                    1. re: boagman

                      Does she say "Lasher" instead of "Lahser"??

                      1. re: coney with everything

                        I don't think she does.

                        See, if I start having any fun with this, she'll pull out the shotgun on me:

                        "Sherbert". There's a smallish, sociopathic side to me that makes me want to ask God to smite all the people in the world who say that. I've never actually made the request, mind you, but every time I hear that "utterance" (PLEASE NOTE THAT I DID NOT ACTUALLY CALL IT A WORD!) and wince...well, let's just say that I'd be lying if I said that I wasn't sorely tempted to. ;)

      2. I saw and bought Sy Ginsberg’s corned beef at Costco in Cincinnati (Waterstone store) in early January. Never heard of it before. By far it is superior to the supermarket dreck that is sold down here and was on a par with Vienna Beef, which Costco normally carries. Hopefully I can stock up on it if they still have it.

        1. Thanks for the heads-up on this VTB...we got a lovely Sy GInsberg corned beef this past weekend at the Madison Hts Costco, and they even had my San Pellegrino in stock!

          Super Bowl dinner, woo hoo!

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          1. re: coney with everything

            I hope it came out for you CwE. Thanks to GoalieJeff and Boagman, I made sure to remember to go thru all the corned beef packages and choose the one with the most marbeling (there was a lot of variability). Mine came out quite nicely.