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Great deals at Costco [Canada]

vandan Mar 17, 2011 02:15 PM

it was mentioned in another thread that this might warrant a thread on its own i agreed

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    vandan RE: vandan Mar 17, 2011 02:18 PM

    i'll start, has anyone tried the baguettes, i haven't had the chance( hopefully tommorow) yet but must say they are some of THE best looking i have ever seen

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      LotusRapper RE: vandan Mar 17, 2011 04:13 PM

      Hopefully they'll taste as good as they look ;-)

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        vandan RE: LotusRapper Mar 17, 2011 05:12 PM

        Ya that's what i'm hoping for

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        selena03 RE: vandan Mar 17, 2011 05:50 PM

        I have tried them at a dinner party and I thought they were pretty good. I have wanted to buy them myself but have never had enough time to go to Costco the day of a dinner party and pick them up.

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          Chowrin RE: vandan Apr 11, 2011 05:05 PM

          five star quality. love a good sourdough baguette.

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            Patrincia RE: Chowrin Jan 1, 2013 10:26 PM

            Agreed - they're fabulous. Our Costco frequently offers samples in the afternoon hours (3-5pm).

        2. waver RE: vandan Mar 17, 2011 07:31 PM

          I like the olive oil (not the organic one) and the triangular whole wheat buns. Also the little French green beans.

          1. toutefrite RE: vandan Mar 17, 2011 07:36 PM

            Just noticed some maple butter today. Smeared on honey wheat toast and butter, it was great.

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              kinnickinnik RE: vandan Mar 17, 2011 08:16 PM

              Thanks for kicking this one off vandan!

              Is it the fresh baguettes you mean (in baked good section). They're ok and a good value but a bit stodgier than I like my baguette to be (I usually get mine at Patisserie Lebeau).

              My recent finds:
              Greek Gods honey yogurt. Wickedly rich and creamy (10%!) and gently honey sweetened. Delish!
              Huge box of steel cut oats in the cereal section. Has fortified me over this dreary winter (especially when topped with sliced almonds and dried cherries, also from Costco)
              Farro wheat (big bag for about what I pay for a small one elsewhere).

              Good finds I can usually count on finding:
              Olive oil (the Tuscan one)
              Grapeseed oil (for frying - huge bottle at a very reasonable price)
              Chicken (not necessarily cheaper than elsewhere but convenient), beef
              Coffee (great price for a couple of Ethical Bean types and one Salt Spring)
              Dubliner cheddar and various other cheeses.

              Good finds that came and went (and I'm regularly looking for):
              Kirkland Spanish almonds (see them in WA state sometimes but not here for years)
              Kirkland Rwandan coffee (very dark roast, lovely floral notes)
              Duso's goat cheese ravioli (so good with the also gone Dave's Butternut Squash sauce)
              Victoria White Linen pasta sauces (especially the Marinara).

              sure many Costco finds are available elsewhere but often at twice the price.

              Patisserie Lebeau
              1728 W 2nd Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J, CA

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                Quattrociocchi RE: kinnickinnik Mar 18, 2011 05:22 PM

                Costco has french baguettes and some rustic Italian long bread - THAT is fantastic - really good chew, and if it's warm when I pick it up at least 1/3 is gone before I get home. I find freezes well and makes for great parmesan/garlic bread.

                I keep hearing about this White Linen pasta sauce but don't recall ever sseeing it...is it available in Metro Vancouver?

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                  vandan RE: Quattrociocchi Mar 18, 2011 06:07 PM

                  Could those rustic italian loaves be the ciabatta loaves that that sell in pairs , the ones that sit right beside the baguettes(also sold in 2s) that I was referring to, if so I totally have my eyes on those as well

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                    goodfoods RE: vandan Feb 18, 2012 08:32 AM

                    The ciabatta loaves are excellent, chewy and delicious, at around $4.50 for two loaves. Also the Bagettes next to them are also great, same price or a little more. I cut them into smaller bagettes and freeze them, fresh or defrosted they are delicious.

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                    kinnickinnik RE: Quattrociocchi Mar 18, 2011 06:12 PM

                    I've only seen the Marinara once, the basil a few times. I look every time I'm there (downtown) and will report if I see any!

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                    LotusRapper RE: kinnickinnik Mar 28, 2011 10:09 PM

                    That honey yogurt sounds good ! When we were in Greece years ago, that's a traditional brekkie item, along with bread, hardboiled eggs and tiropita. Mmmmm.

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                      tommyl RE: kinnickinnik Apr 26, 2011 04:18 PM

                      Hi, a little late here but wondering what section you find the farro in Costco, maybe I have been there too late as with Costco if you don"t buy it it won"t be there the next time. Thx in advance

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                        kinnickinnik RE: tommyl Apr 27, 2011 10:22 PM

                        the downtown Vancouver store had it in the cereal section IIRC. It's been several weeks since my last trip there but it was still in stock then.

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                        vandan RE: kinnickinnik Oct 3, 2011 07:59 PM

                        seen today downtown White Linen Vodka sauce, has anyone tried it ??

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                          bigeaterjustin RE: vandan Oct 5, 2011 07:48 AM

                          Found the sauce not quite ready for prime time, almost like the alcohol was too present. Perhaps it is was eaten with a cheese ravioli is would be better ( I tossed some fusilli in it)

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                            kinnickinnik RE: vandan Oct 5, 2011 06:31 PM

                            I did pick some up (huge fan of their marinara) but haven't tried it yet. I'll let you know how it goes (thinking of making a shrimp based sauce with it).

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                              waver RE: vandan Feb 6, 2013 05:03 PM

                              Saw this today in Richmond and bought it because I remembered "something" about it on CH. Unfortunately I didn't remember that it wasn't considered that good : (

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                            jenzed RE: vandan Mar 18, 2011 06:46 PM

                            Parmesan cheese (blocks, not shredded - I don't know how the price of the shredded stuff compares). You have to buy a big block, but it is at least $10 / kilo cheaper than I've seen anywhere else. We usually split a block with friends.

                            Frozen edamame is also a much better price than elsewhere.

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                              vandan RE: vandan Mar 19, 2011 11:33 AM

                              one thing off the top of my head is prime grade beef, even though its stupidly expensive bone-less rib-eye($25/kg ) which is about $8 more than the AAA version, so the only reason i am mentioning it is because Costco is the ONLY place i have ever seen prime being sold and in fact up until recently i didn't know it existed and thought AAA was the highest grade (anyone seen it being sold elsewhere??)

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                                SherBel RE: vandan Mar 19, 2011 02:49 PM

                                We just re-joined after a hiatus of a few years; so great thread! It was an impulse thing, so our first visit was to sort of reconnoiter, but we picked up some cheese, fresh chicken, and frozen egg rolls. (Ick. Didn't notice that they were stuffed with RICE??)

                                We also got an enormous New York style baked cheesecake. The topping, fake whipped cream garland, and crust were...meh. But the actual cheesecake filling was incredibly good. Best I've had in years, actually.

                                I didn't see baguettes? I'll have to look for those next time.

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                                  dimples_323 RE: vandan Mar 21, 2011 07:54 PM

                                  When I'm there I always get the Liberte 0% greek yoghurt and the sliced crimini mushrooms in the refrigerator section. They're presliced and ready to use! I also pick up the organic spinach. I love costco!

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                                    VanGrrl RE: dimples_323 Mar 22, 2011 05:10 PM

                                    I love their bags of small zucchini for grilling,baby bella mushrooms that are presliced, the Liberté 0% Greek yogurt, the Sabra Hummus (artichoke/spinach), chicken and brie agnolotti, the lowfat sliced havarti, their box of tomatoes on the vine, and the pack of frozen tuna that I use to make a sashimi salad. Ooh, and my latest find is their bocconcini in a two pack - not sure of the name but each package has one large mozzarella ball. It is so creamy, soft and amazing!

                                    Great idea for this thread - always great to get tips for local finds!

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                                    vandan RE: vandan Mar 26, 2011 10:18 AM

                                    while we're talking Costco, is there anything in the cafeteria that is good other than the sundaes ( quite good and good value as well), i 've tried the fries they are ok , the pizza is $3 which is crazy the hot dog is only $2 but it comes with pop( which i'm not a big fan of) and can't be substituted , i know its only a cafeteria but come on costco you can do better than that

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                                      wano RE: vandan Mar 26, 2011 02:31 PM

                                      White Linen Marinara regularly available in Toronto Costo (near Yorkdale). Best store bought Marinara ever!

                                      Frozen scallops, sometimes with $4 off.
                                      Fresh Mussels
                                      We have fresh Kosher meats at this location (Miami beef ribs, veal chops bone in, etc)

                                      Every country I go to I try to get to a Costco and it's a great experience.
                                      Being a Canadian, love love the Costco in San Fran - the alcohol selection is awesome (Dom, Port, single malt whiskey, California wines, etc).
                                      Yokohama, Japan - ramen baby! Great rice variety.

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                                        readhead RE: wano Nov 3, 2012 01:18 PM

                                        My friend in Berkley was just telling me about the SF Costco. She was so surprised to hear that ours doesn't carry half of what they get. They get organic lovely produce (from local farms, of course); and the range of goods rivals Trader Joe's and Gourmet Warehouse-type store. Sigh.

                                        I rarely find the goodies some of you seem to find at Costco, so I'm probably doing something wrong! I tend to go to the Bby one. I recall once getting frozen wild salmon fillets for cheap and I was thrilled. Haven't seen anything like it since.

                                        I do get their almond butter, goat cheese, nuts, and a few standard household items, but rarely am I wowed by the deals. My Berkley friend said Costco relies heavily on demographics for determining stock. So does anyone notice there is there a big difference between the BBY and the VAN stores?

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                                          LotusRapper RE: readhead Nov 3, 2012 01:25 PM

                                          I noticed the differences between stores too (Van, Bby, Richmond, PoCo) but more on the size of the packaging of items (ie: Vanc store caters more to apartment dwellers with less storage space) than on specific items, since I don't go frequently enough to notice the day-to-day variations.

                                          I like the Burnaby store more too simply because it's easier to park there (also it's free) and it's been there for > 25 years now (I first started going there when they opened in the '80s) and the store layout and tire center are just better.

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                                        vandan RE: vandan Mar 27, 2011 06:03 PM

                                        had the poutine today , absolutely shocking

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                                          Quattrociocchi RE: vandan Mar 28, 2011 08:55 AM

                                          In a good or bad way?

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                                            vandan RE: Quattrociocchi Mar 28, 2011 04:26 PM

                                            Um that would unfortunately be in a bad way

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                                              kinnickinnik RE: vandan Mar 28, 2011 07:11 PM

                                              ew - thanks for the warning! As good as the deals in the warehouse are, their fast food stand doesn't have much going for it. That said, I do like the hot dogs and a typical shopping trip begins with a hot dog dinner :-) I like that they have sourcraut and chopped onion. Keeps us from going overboard from shopping on an empty stomach too.

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                                          LotusRapper RE: vandan Mar 28, 2011 10:11 PM

                                          Didn't Costco use to serve up beef teriyaki on rice for around $5 a plate ?

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                                            eatrustic RE: LotusRapper Mar 28, 2011 10:30 PM

                                            I think that was only at the Richmond store but no more, they also did a very nice Lobster roll a couple of years ago. Now it seems that everything is a heart attack on a plate. Even the smoked meat is ruined by an overly heavy, dense bun.
                                            You'd think that with the demographic they have there would be some healthier alternatives.... along with a decent cup of coffee.

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                                            addy_palmer RE: vandan Apr 18, 2011 09:59 PM

                                            Costco hot dog for 2$ is a steal of a deal don't knock till you try it. I mean its no japadog but if you are wanting a genuinely good traditional hot dog you can't beat it

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                                              islandgirl RE: addy_palmer Jan 13, 2013 11:46 AM

                                              Yes, and I love that they offer sauerkraut and fresh onions (not just ketchup, mustard and relish)
                                              I also love their french fries and gravy!

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                                              LaLa RE: vandan Jan 5, 2013 09:51 PM

                                              The pizza is two regular slices,,,or one big huge slice

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                                              wano RE: vandan Mar 26, 2011 03:03 PM

                                              forgot to mention the Dancing Deer cookies

                                              You can order them online via costco.com (US


                                              amazing cookies like sugar cane lime, molasses clove. freezes well too.

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                                                lunchslut RE: vandan Mar 30, 2011 11:10 PM

                                                The Kirkland fresh vanilla pods are fantastic and a great deal.

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                                                  dhold RE: lunchslut Mar 31, 2011 06:20 PM

                                                  boneless leg of lamb
                                                  lindt chocolate bars

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                                                    kinnickinnik RE: dhold Mar 31, 2011 08:42 PM

                                                    That reminds me - the big bags of little Swiss Delice dark chocolate (72%) (I think there's a milk version too) are a great deal. Smooth, rich chocolate.

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                                                  Tinfoilhat RE: vandan Apr 11, 2011 05:03 PM

                                                  I'll bump this one back up. The downtown store carries a washed rind cheese called St. Morgon that is really terrific. Under $6. Not available the last time I checked in Burnaby, don't know about the other stores.

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                                                    dimples_323 RE: vandan Apr 12, 2011 06:46 PM

                                                    Terra sweet potato chips - the BEST chips ever - just sweet potato, salt and oil.

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                                                      kinnickinnik RE: dimples_323 Apr 12, 2011 07:55 PM

                                                      I don't think I've ever seen these at a local Costco - which location did you find them at?

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                                                        dimples_323 RE: kinnickinnik Apr 20, 2011 06:21 PM

                                                        They were at the Costco on Willingdon.

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                                                          readhead RE: dimples_323 Nov 3, 2012 01:23 PM

                                                          Dear god, I don't need to know about that product. Hopefully the next time I visit with my friend who holds the card I will have forgotten this ;)

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                                                      barefootmommy RE: vandan Apr 18, 2011 06:39 AM

                                                      Anyone know if Costco in B.C. carries Irish butter or cheese, the grass-fed kind? I know they do in the U.S., but I haven't bothered checking here cause the closest Costco is a fair drive for me. I'd sign up for a membership if I found these products there though.

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                                                        vandan RE: barefootmommy Apr 18, 2011 07:29 AM

                                                        Have never seen Irish butter but yes to the cheese

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                                                          Burma VonFurston RE: barefootmommy Apr 18, 2011 04:04 PM

                                                          Are you looking for Kerry Gold butter? KerryGold says due to some Canadian import regulation they cannot bring their butter into Canada. So no, I imagine you won't find Irish butter in Canadian Costco. However, I check regularly at the Washington state Costcos. They now and again will have Kerry Gold. I don't know of other Irish brands.

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                                                            barefootmommy RE: Burma VonFurston Apr 18, 2011 04:40 PM

                                                            Yes it was Kerrygold, or any other grass-fed butter. Thanks for the info!

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                                                              kinnickinnik RE: barefootmommy Apr 18, 2011 09:35 PM

                                                              Les Amis de Fromage carries Farmhouse dairy's butter from Aggasiz. Not sure if it's grass fed (expect so) but its quite wonderful.

                                                              I can report that there is no Kerrygold in the Burlington (Mt Vernon Wa) Costco - I had my spouse looking for Kerrygold among other things. He gets down there fairly regularly and keeps an eye out for it so I'll let you know if it turns up).

                                                              He did track down some Kirkland Rwandan coffee (that I've not seen up here for a couple of months) and some Comte cheese (outstanding deal on raw milk Comte down there).

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                                                                barefootmommy RE: kinnickinnik Apr 19, 2011 07:55 AM

                                                                haha... I live practically next door to Farmhouse Cheeses in Agassiz. Yes their cheese is great, it is grass-fed, but it's pretty pricey. It's also not raw, I've checked with them about that. Although I thought most aged cheese (6+ months) is raw, but I guess not their's...

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                                                                  jcolvin RE: barefootmommy Apr 29, 2011 12:18 AM

                                                                  I buy Farmhouse Cheeses' butter all the time, and it's lovely and rich, how butter should be. It's "cultured", so it does have a slightly "cheesy" taste to it, especially if you keep it in the fridge for a while, which can take a bit of getting used to. Their blue cheese is also quite fantastic.

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                                                              jcolvin RE: Burma VonFurston Apr 29, 2011 12:14 AM

                                                              Nope, nobody imports good European butter because there's about a 300% duty on it to protect Quebec dairy farmers. So we are stuck with watery the over-processed cr%p that the big Agro's who own quota sell to us. Don't get me started on this.....

                                                              Oh, back on topic, I always stock up on Coastal Cheddar when I'm in Costco. Great cheddar!

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                                                            stkitts RE: vandan Apr 29, 2011 09:08 PM

                                                            The AAA gold steaks are really quite good, decent marbling. I bought four of the best fillet mignon I have ever had for $34 a couple off weeks ago, lovely dark red, excellent marbling. The strip loin and ribeyes are very good too. They don’t always have the AAA gold, I find the downtown location and the Willington location have it most of the time.

                                                            Fior di latte is two for about $8, it’s no buffalo mozzarella but it’s a good substitute.

                                                            St Andres cheese – soft cow’s milk cheese, the container has a maroon red lid.

                                                            We bought an oblong cake there a while ago called “Opera Cake”, a chocolate cake/mouse, I picked it because it didn’t have the fake cream and it was really tasty.

                                                            Smoked salmon is a good deal for about $15 for the frozen kind. I’m not exactly sure of the weight but I think somewhere around 750gms.

                                                            Huge bunches of asparagus for $5-6.

                                                            Jar of sun dried tomatoes. I *think they were about $8 for a 900gm jar.

                                                            18 packs of organic eggs .

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                                                              cloudshoveller RE: stkitts May 25, 2011 11:58 AM

                                                              Vanilla Beans
                                                              Parchment Paper
                                                              Greek Seasoning (I think it is called Johnny's with Bright Green Lid)
                                                              Marinated Artichoke Hearts (Huge bottle at Costco is same price as small bottle at grocer's)
                                                              Boxes of San Pellegrino or Perrier

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                                                                vandan RE: stkitts May 25, 2011 01:50 PM

                                                                the "gold' actually means its "prime" which is the highest grade of beef available in Canada, i have not seen it at any other storwe in Vancouver

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                                                                  dapperdon RE: stkitts Oct 3, 2011 10:11 PM

                                                                  The salmon is in a 454gr pk. I cut in thirds and use a seal a meal to bag the two-thirds I don't need immediately. We only have one smoked fish eater in the house. I have paid for the machine on just the salmon.

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                                                                    bigeaterjustin RE: stkitts Oct 5, 2011 07:50 AM

                                                                    The denuded whole tenderloins are great

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                                                                    kinnickinnik RE: vandan May 25, 2011 06:50 PM

                                                                    My last trip netted a bag of some rather good chicken potstickers (Ling Ling's), a big can of Virginia peanuts for well, peanuts (compared to other sources locally), and some "Dave's" Heritage Tomato pasta sauce (if you like a thick, slightly sweeter sauce this is a good one - I'm less fond of the sweetness). Oh, and some Prime NY Strip steaks - 3 thick cut steaks for under $30. One steak feeds 2 of us amply.

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                                                                      FAM04 RE: kinnickinnik Oct 5, 2011 10:36 PM

                                                                      Ling Ling's potstickers are pretty good. Anyone ever gotten that huge bag of triangle seedy/whole wheat buns. Make a mean sandwich, not sure the price and you definitely have to freeze lots.

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                                                                      123 RE: vandan Oct 6, 2011 09:30 PM

                                                                      Costco has the best prices for quinoa (True Roots brand).
                                                                      Also the steel cut oats! It's a really big box though.

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                                                                        Chowrin RE: 123 Nov 3, 2012 07:04 PM

                                                                        ... you found steel cut oats *totally jealous* Man, east coast gets nothing compared to you guys...

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                                                                        sarahendipity RE: vandan Jan 31, 2012 07:23 PM

                                                                        Couple new items spotted at downtown Costco today: marcona almonds and Anna's ginger thins cookies in a huge box. I've gotten the almonds from the US before, but this is the first time I've seen them here.

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                                                                          kinnickinnik RE: sarahendipity Jan 31, 2012 08:12 PM

                                                                          Good to hear they're back! They turn up here only once in a rare while, despite always being in stock in WA. That's a great deal, especially when you compare to what Whole Paycheque charges for marconas.

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                                                                            fmed RE: sarahendipity Jan 31, 2012 09:02 PM

                                                                            Yes indeed. The marcona almonds are worth the price of membership.

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                                                                              eatrustic RE: sarahendipity Feb 1, 2012 12:46 AM

                                                                              Another great buy are the Meyer Lemons they sell for about $7 for at least a dozen.

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                                                                              Georgia Strait RE: vandan Feb 16, 2012 06:34 AM

                                                                              a poster above has listed the St Andre soft cheese, in the little round cardboard box. It's at the downtown Vcvr costco. way cheaper than other stores. (I do like and almost prefer the Comox or the Poplar Grove BC soft cheeses but at the Costco St Andre price - it's good) milton's crackers from san diego ca -- in the cracker department at Costco vancouver bc. I like the "corn bread flavor" (which is NOT in Canada, not that i've seen so far) -- but costco and London drugs do stock some of the other flavours.

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                                                                                Georgia Strait RE: vandan Feb 21, 2012 09:36 AM

                                                                                more cheese info - i don't know if this qualifies as a "deal" but several cheese fans i know are raving about the Coastal "mature" (says the label) white cheddar from UK - i've bought it downtown vanc location. It is certainly aged - tasting. A bit crumbly which i would expect in an aged cheddar. Not really diff than Baldersons, maybe a bit drier in texture - if nothing else, i like that the label says that it is "rugged" i paid 11 dollars Cdn for just over 1 pound (490g) of this cheese at costco downtown the other day (i haven't compared to baldersons at the local supermarket)

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                                                                                  goodfoods RE: Georgia Strait Feb 21, 2012 09:45 AM

                                                                                  Yes, it is good cheese, but as you state crumbly, maybe good in salads or for just snacking on or maybe a grilled cheese sandwich if you can get all the crumbles to melt, but very difficult to spread it on anything. Have tried Baldersons and that is good also, but the same problem.

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                                                                                  sarahendipity RE: vandan Dec 31, 2012 07:20 AM

                                                                                  Perhaps not a great deal but has anyone else noticed that beef now has a sticker on the package that says 'this product has been blade tenderized'? I was at the Langley Costco yesterday and noticed that almost all beef had that label. Is this new? Did they just start 'tenderizing' or is the labeling of it new?

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                                                                                    vandan RE: sarahendipity Dec 31, 2012 07:24 AM

                                                                                    Hmm have never noticed that , think the labelling at least must be new

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                                                                                      LotusRapper RE: sarahendipity Dec 31, 2012 09:12 AM

                                                                                      What does that label even mean ?

                                                                                      Did you see that label on all beef cuts ?

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                                                                                        miss.foodie RE: sarahendipity Dec 31, 2012 09:51 AM

                                                                                        This is a result of the XL Foods E. coli incident a couple of months ago. Some steaks sold at Costco in Edmonton were contaminated with E. coli and people got sick. And that was what led to the expanded recall of beef products to include not just ground meat. They suspected it was because the steaks were blade tenderized and hence, the metal blades can drive the E. coli from the surface into the centre. Since many people don't cook their steaks all the way through (unlike ground meat), there is a risk that bacteria still inside the meat. Perhaps, Costco is probably either complying or initiating the labelling they talked about in this article.


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                                                                                          sarahendipity RE: miss.foodie Dec 31, 2012 10:34 AM

                                                                                          There was a note recommending to cook the beef to a certain temperature (can't recall what), but I'm really surprised that they blade tenderize all of the beef. I was looking at the rib roasts specifically when I noticed the sticker, and then saw it on almost all packages.

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                                                                                            miss.foodie RE: sarahendipity Dec 31, 2012 03:55 PM

                                                                                            I think the blade tenderizing has been common practice in the industry for a long time. It's just that most consumers weren't aware of it. Perhaps, there are now new labelling rules which require the store to inform the consumer so that they will cook the meat to the appropriate temperature.

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                                                                                              fmed RE: miss.foodie Dec 31, 2012 06:47 PM

                                                                                              Man that is an important bit of information alright. You need to treat this type of steak as if it was ground hamburger. Medium rare is out of the question.

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                                                                                                sarahendipity RE: fmed Dec 31, 2012 06:52 PM

                                                                                                Now why did this thread get moved out of Vancouver?

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                                                                                                  fmed RE: sarahendipity Jan 1, 2013 09:47 PM

                                                                                                  It doesn't make sense to me either.

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                                                                                                    miss.foodie RE: fmed Jan 2, 2013 12:36 AM

                                                                                                    I totally agree. Costco in the Vancouver area carries different products than Costcos elsewhere. In general, most of the products are similar in the Western provinces but quite different than the Costcos in the Eastern provinces, nevermind how different it can be regionally in the US.

                                                                                                    For example, I've managed to find Maui Ribs at Costcos in GVA but the Costco locations in Alberta don't carry it.

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                                                                                                      fmed RE: miss.foodie Jan 2, 2013 09:55 AM

                                                                                                      Perhaps the title of the thread should be changed to "Great deals at Costco, Vancouver BC" or similar.

                                                                                                      The thread will start to get polluted by posts from other regions.

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                                                                                                  jcolvin RE: fmed Jan 22, 2013 06:17 PM

                                                                                                  I was noticing the sticker as well on Costco steaks. Cooking any steak beyond medium rare is a crime, so Costco should just stop doing it. But then these cheaper grade steaks will be tough and people will complain. I'd rather go to Thrifty where somehow they manage to sell lovely tender beef that hasn't been needled.

                                                                                                  The large Sirloin roast I bought at Costco didn't have the sticker and didn't appear to be blade tenderized. Good thing too, since I cooked it at 225 F for 4 hours till just 45 C in the middle :)

                                                                                                3. re: miss.foodie
                                                                                                  treb RE: miss.foodie Jan 4, 2013 04:40 PM

                                                                                                  I just checked all the beef cuts at my Costco, no mention on the label of 'blade tenderizing'. Must be a Canadian thing, agree this thread topic should be changed to reflect Canada.

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                                                                                                    kati3 RE: miss.foodie Jan 20, 2013 11:21 PM

                                                                                                    I would like to point out that this is not an industry standard -- there are no other grocery stores in Canada that use this method according to a Sun Province article I read during the XL foods scare.

                                                                                                    Sadly, it was downright irresponsible of Costco to not list this on the packaging.

                                                                                                    There is potential for bacteria on the outside of the meat to penetrate into the meat. Any meat that uses this method should be fully cooked to ensure that all bacteria has been killed.

                                                                                                    No medium rare here.

                                                                                            2. waver RE: vandan Jan 2, 2013 06:28 PM

                                                                                              Costco (in Vancouver) had whole beef tenderloins last week (and usually), but they also Angus beef ones which I hadn't seen there before. Quite a bit more $$ so I got the regular (AAA). Anyone tried the Angus?

                                                                                              BTW I too wish this thread was just Vancouver as I think Costcos are quite different from place to place as well as the value relative to prices available generally in the local area.

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                                                                                                sarahendipity RE: vandan Jan 20, 2013 08:35 PM

                                                                                                Few new things on this weeks trip:
                                                                                                Milk chocolate macadamia clusters (had only seen them in the US before)
                                                                                                New bottling of extra virgin olive oil (glass bottles)
                                                                                                Blood orange pellegrino is back!

                                                                                                Did not see the cookie butter that was reported in Alberta in another thread, keep eyes peeled!

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                                                                                                  jamesalexandra RE: vandan Jan 30, 2013 03:23 PM

                                                                                                  Here is the article from CBC news:


                                                                                                  It's not limited to Costco or Canada. Costco Canada was singled out in the media so they appear to be mitigating the bad publicity by proactively labelling tenderized-meat accordingly.

                                                                                                  And I saw the cookie butter at the Richmond Costco last week.

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                                                                                                  1. re: jamesalexandra
                                                                                                    kati3 RE: jamesalexandra Jan 30, 2013 03:59 PM

                                                                                                    I cant find the original article, it seems to have disappeared off the Edmonton Journal site and not even the cached version seems available any longer.

                                                                                                    There is a Sun article that denies any use of needle tenderizing in other grocery stores in Alberta.

                                                                                                    Either way, not really keen on the practice.

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                                                                                                    islandgirl RE: vandan Jun 28, 2013 08:51 AM

                                                                                                    I'm currently loving the Sweet Kale Salad mix. Delicious and reasonably priced.

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                                                                                                      kati3 RE: islandgirl Jul 14, 2013 10:58 AM

                                                                                                      Yeah that Kale salad mix it delish -- I think it has kale, broccoli, brussels and jicama in it. Wish there was a little more kaie than the other bits but super tasty with a nice crunch.

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                                                                                                      sarahendipity RE: vandan Jul 20, 2013 01:37 PM

                                                                                                      Noticed the downtown costco had the Blendtec blender, $359 I think, also doing a vitamix roadshow until 21st.
                                                                                                      We have been enjoying the Korean pork jerky, not too salty, moist, sweet and slightly spicy.

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                                                                                                        Georgia Strait RE: vandan Jul 22, 2013 10:47 AM

                                                                                                        we are big fans of the frozen individual-size (approx two bites) spanakopita at Costco - i don't have the SKU number handy - but it's in the freezer appetizer department - i think you get 48 pieces, divided in to 12 / pkg - all in one flat box.

                                                                                                        obviously, you have to bake them at home

                                                                                                        handy, priced well, and easy and they turn out well.
                                                                                                        great to keep on hand in freezer at any time of year.

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                                                                                                          eatrustic RE: vandan Nov 23, 2013 05:09 PM

                                                                                                          This is a bit of a qualified great deal. Stirling 84% butter from Ontario for $5.49.
                                                                                                          But what the hell? It's salted. Most folks using this high fat butter would be making pastry and most often require unsalted.
                                                                                                          Too bad.

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                                                                                                            sarahendipity RE: vandan May 18, 2014 05:33 PM

                                                                                                            Anyone noticed if bags of limes have re-appeared?

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