Grocery Outlet - June 2011
At the San Jose store:
The Dagoba drinking chocolate (in refrigerator near yogurt) with spices is incredibly delicious! 3.99 for 12 oz (usually 12 bucks)
Air bake 15.75 in Pizza pan and 14x16 cookie sheet for 7.99/2 pk (usually the pizza pan alone is $14)
Organic Valley Premium OJ with calcium half gallon 1.99
On the strangely exorbitant side there was a Newman's Own salsa 16 oz for 5.99.
re: jason carey
Selection varies a lot by store. South San Jose, Rohnert Park, Novato, and further south, Marina, of the stores I visit, have better cheeses. I've seen Kerrygold cheddar, Snofrisk, and organic Rumiano cheeses in recent weeks. You should talk to the buyer at your individual store.
Salinas store has a couple cases of 2006 Morey Blanc Corton Charlemagne at $99.95/bottle on the shelf.
re: Melanie Wong
I tried one of the Rumiano cheeses once and it was so mediocre I'm not going to bother with the rest of them. Oakland store usually has a fairly decent selection of what's available. They have a very diverse clientele: last week I was there early on a Sunday morning and parked across the aisle from me was a BMW Z3, and in the next aisle there was a Corvette next to a Mercedes SUV.
Everything at GO varies depending on availability. The sausages I usually buy have been out of stock for a few weeks now, for example.
With purchases over $20, the cash register receipt prints out a $1 off coupon good on July 1-3.
These purchases were outside the SF Bay Area, but I'll post here as they may be available at other stores.
Coconut gelato (1 liter), $2.99
Chocolate hazelnut gelato, $2.99 - bits of hazelnut rather than paste so the overall effect is sort of grainy
De Cecco kamut penne, $1.49
Saga baby blue brie, $2.99
Scharffenberger bittersweet or semisweet baking bits, $2.49
Italian cookies by Lazzeroni, Momenti, $1.29
Dagoba milk chocolate hazelnut bars, $1.49
Dagoba drinking chocolate (3 flavors), $3.99
Carrs whole wheat crackers, $1.29
Mrs. Renfrow's salsas, several flavors, $2.99
Shrimp chip, 99¢
Hain organic cider vinegar, $1.69
Dixie Crystals extra fine sugar, 1 lb, $1.49
Straus cinnamon whole milk organic yogurt, 1 qt $2.49
re: Melanie Wong
San Pablo sold out of the Dagoba drinking chocolate quickly. However they still had the Scharffenberger baking chocolate the last I looked.
Most locations have lots of boxed wine for $3.99 - $5.99 ... worth considering for picnics. At the least they are useful for sangria
$5.99 Trident seasoned smoked salmon 8 oz
It is right next to the Smokehouse smoked salmon that GO always carries. Has anyone tried this? How does it compare to Smokehouse
99 cents - Oceanspray Cran rasperry energy drnk 4-pack
99 cents - Oceanspray Cran mango drink (medium bottle)
99 cents - Strawberry Hostess cupcakes (2)
99 cents Tropicana 50 Raspberry Lemonade ... big bottle .. maybel 1.2 gallon
$1.99 - Pacific Naturals organic boxed milk (quart?)
$1.99 - Szeged Hungarian Paprika
$2.99 - Ice Diamonds Vodka from France ... made from grain
$2.99 - Efferve green apple lemonade with no fruit juice
$3.99 - Alpine meats chicken cheese hot dogs wrapped in bacon (1 lb)
$4.99 - Smokehouse smoked salmon in a PAPER box 8 oz
$5.99 - Bluebird 2009 pinot noir in a 1.5 L eco-bag
There are a few warnings in the list. Read the ingredients on that Efferve which looks very pretty but the ingredients clarify there is NO juice in it ... apple essence and citric acid only
The Ice Diamonds Vodka is similarily in a pretty bottle decorated with rhinestones. This is to vodka as rhinestones are to diamonds. It is so harsh and bad I'm surprised it is not illegal. The good part, I didn't go blind.
The Tropi 50 raspberry lemonade is a day past the expirations date, but it was very good. They use fructose. It helped use up some of the vodka.
Ya know, I have been lusting after those Hostess strawberry cupcakes, HFCS and chemicals be damned. But GO was the only place that sold them in a two-pack ... and I liked them ... and they are a pretty pink with the regular mystery white stuff in the center. Be warned I do have my food demons ... like the McRib ... so take that in consideration. If you like Hostess cupcakes, I'm betting you'll like these.
The organic boxed milk seemed like a real deal. Haven't tried it yet, but since I always forget to buy milk, this is a nice back up.
I hate that Smokehouse seems to all be in those wooden boxes. It seems so overpackaged. Novato has the only Smokehouse in paper packaging and it is a buck less than the salmon in the wooden box.
Haven't tried the Bluebird wine yet ... I was discouraged after drinking that vodka. It was the first time I saw wine in an eco-bag. Here's a little write-up
Liked this NYC wine shop write up about Bluebird
"Perfect for the park? Why? Because having glass in the park is illegal as is having an open container of alcohol. As you see cops heading towards you, chug what you have have in your dixie cup and, most likely, you will avoid getting a ticket thanks to the astropouch packaging on this excellent Pinot Noir"
And ... hot dogs already bacon-wrapped ... chicken yet ... should you want a healtier bacon-wrapped hot dog. Haven't tried them, but they looked interesting. Big dogs too. Maybe only 4 or 5 in the pound.
The cranberry energy drinks I haven't tried yet, but the ingredient list is good and I think the green tea in it is the energy. It seemed like something that would make a good drink with the vodka ... after all, Herb Cain called vodka, vitamin V. I have to find a better vitamin for it though.
Got these from the Fremont store.
bellafoglia supreme pizza 3.99
Kashi mushroom/spinach 3 pizza pack 7.99
Humboldt creamery organic mint chip ice cream 1.99
Party peanuts 2.99
bamboo gadget set 3.99
lodge pitcher 3.99
The pitcher will be good for iced tea etc.
There were many gelato flavors like mango,coconut, wild-berry. Have tried the mango and its good.
There were new soup flavors from Pacific, carrot-almond, mushroom and tomato-herb.
The San Pablo store has near pints of Cyclops frozen yogurt for $1.99. It's from New Zealand ... which should have been a warning bell ... yogurt shipped that far.
It looks like it was soft serve that was piped into the container with lots of air space so it had that fuzzy skin quality that ice cream gets if it is left in the freezer uncovered. That was annoying too ... it looked like a pint, but it was 1/3 empty.
It just did not taste fresh. Which is too bad because it probably was good when fresh, it is a very tangy yogurt. That beig said, the strawberry didn't have much strawberry flavor. Skip it.
Have had that problem before with ice cream at GO -- it varies from container to container: some will be fine and others will have melted and re-frozen. I always press the side of the carton near the top to see if it feels firm.
Sunday morning at Oakland GO:
$2.99 Maranantha Cashew (and Almond) butter
$2.49 Smuckers Organic peanutbutter
$.99 De Boles Jerusalem artichoke linguini (I've had this before and liked it)
$.99 McVittie's digestive biscuit (exp date in May but probably will be good for a while longer)
$1.99 Newman's Own Pasta sauce, two flavors
$1.49 -- Italian brand of tomato basil sauce in tetrapak cartons
$1.99 -- half gallon unsweetened vanilla almond milk
They also had half gallons of Horizon organic fat free milk -- don't remember the price
I noted several varieties of soy ice creams. I am trying to cut down on sugar, but it's good to know nevertheless.
I bought Yves meatless meatballs for a dollar. Score!
Also, the cheapie fan-style watering hose ends that I love for $1.99. For some reason, Home Depot doesn't carry them anymore. That said, the ones I bought at GO weren't as good as the old Home Depot ones (Gilmour was the manufacturer of the ones I used to love).
I was in the Southern California stores but I'm sure you guys have better selection.