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Grocery Outlet - July 2011

For you Gertie's artichoke fans, it seems to be on sale at $1.50 at most stores. IIRC, it was once $3.99.

San Pablo

50 cents - Back to Nature chocolate chip cookies, graham crackers, etc

50 cents - Breakstone zesty blends sour cream (roasted onion, etc)

69 cents - Armour hot dogs

$1.50 - Hellman's mayo (30 oz) ... in back near the meat.

$1.99 - Horizon organic NOT from concentrate OJ 1/2 gal

1.99- Oscar Meyer all beef hot dogs

3.99 - Spectrum organic all vegetable non-hydroginated shortening 24 oz

3.99 - Chef's basket ($12.99 at Walmart)

7.99 up - lots of cast iron pans, griddles, etc

Pinole

17 cents - Planters salted peanuts

25 cents - Oceanspray apple juice 5.5 oz can

25 cents - One dozen Brach's chocolate covered marshmallow eggs

33 cents Juicy Juice berry juice

33 cents - Cadbury orange chocolate egg

33 cents - Ocean Spray Craisins 1.75 oz

59 cents - Planters flavor grove nuts 1.5 oz *jalepeno pistachos, sea salt and pepper almonds, etc)

69 cents - Breakstone zesty blends sour cream (chipotle, etc)

$1.79 - Arowhead Mills organic soy flour 22 oz

$1.99 - Blue Horizon wild caught tuna patties

$1.99 - Walnut Acres Organic blueberry juice 32 oz

$1.99 - Carafe of Paul Mason white wine

$2.99 - Clausen dill spears 80 oz (huge jar)

$2.99 - Nature's Pak frozen blueberries, raspberries and other fruit 1 lb

$2.99 - Smucker's organic chuncky peanut butter

$2.99 - J Roget sparkling wine

$3.99 - Heinz organic catsup 44 oz

$2.99 - Cabot Greek Yogurt

And LOTS of ice cream

69 cents - Roba Dolce individual serving blood orange sorbet or coconut gelato

$2.48 - Humbolt marion berry cobler

$2.99 - Roba Dolce dark chocolate gelato 33 oz

$2.99 - Simply Enjoy gelato

$2.99 - Dreyer's pumpkin ice cream

The Back to Nature cookies are quite the deal. For 50 cents there are 6 1.25 oz packages, the ingredients are, well, natural. I liked the chocolate chip cookies as much as any supermarket cookie with the bonus of no junk and Rainforest Alliance cocoa. Didn't get the Graham crakers, but it is a regular size box. Bin is located in the freezer department.

The Planter's Flavor Grove nuts are great. I'd pay the 99 cents listed on the package. At 59 cents, these are a great bargain. So far I've had the sea salt and olive oil almonds and the jalapeno pistachos (very hot). There's also Sea Salt and black pepper pistachos and creacked pepper almonds. At 120 calories a pack for the pistachos and 250 for the almonds, they are a tasty, long-lasting snack.

Check out the ingredient lists on the ice creams. Simply Enjoy and Central Market had HFCS. The others do not. I tried the Roba Dolce blood orange sorbet. While it didn't knock my socks off, I liked it well enough to try another flavor.

Lots of Easter candy on sale. Since I missed out on Easter food this year, I needed a chocolate fix. The Cadbury egg is fine. The chocolate marshmallow eggs were stale. Last month I had the chocolate marshmallow bunnies (now 25 cents for 8) and they were fine. Avoid the 33 cent milk chocolate bunny.

The mayo is past the expiration date by a few days. Honestly, imo, aging helped the Hellman's. It somehow tastes eggier.

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  1. What are "Gertie's artichokes"?

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          1. re: paulj

            Didn't know there was a Peruvian version. The jar ws not as big as a 30 oz mayo jar, but a little bigger than the next size of mayo. What's the difference with the Peru stuff?

            1. re: rworange

              If it's 19..4 oz straight side jar, I think we are talking about the same thing.

              Outlet is selling a larger version of this:
              http://www.gertiesfinest.com/artichok...

      1. Redwood City:

        2006 Chateau La Louviere rouge Pessac-Leognan (Graves), $18.99
        http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&amp...
        2007 Bürklin-Wolf Pfalz Estate Riesling, $6.99
        http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku...

        Nurnberg sausage imported from Germany (refrigerator case), $1.99

        Lots of sausage and hot dogs for the holiday, including Alpine hot dogs (served at Giants games?)

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        1. re: Melanie Wong

          Here's my tasting note on the La Louviere rouge, a buying opportunity.
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/794414

          The 2004 blanc was also available but a bit higher in price.

          Also served the Nuremberg bratwurst and we enjoyed them very much. July 27 sell-by date, will be going back for more.

          Keep forgetting to mention the Spectrum organic canola spray is available, didn't buy it so don't remember the price.

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            I'll see if they have it at the Berkeley store tomorrow. Last weekend when I stopped by they seemed to have more than usual higher priced wines, but knowing nothing about the wine world I didn't make any particular notes.

            1. re: ...tm...

              Did you find La Louviere in Berkeley? A friend checked the Sonoma County stores (Rohnert Park, Petaluma and Santa Rosa, and none of them stocked it.

              1. re: Melanie Wong

                I finally made it over to the Berkeley store and they did have some of the Chateau La Louviere left. I didn't notice any extra cass, but as of last night there were ~20 bottles shelved. I tried some, and it is definitely a good buy. Thanks for the tip, sorry I didn't make it sooner.

        2. Oakland Grocery Outlet yesterday afternoon, July 5:

          They are conducting a food drive this month, “Independence from Hunger,” with cash or food donations going to the local community.

          Drinks -

          $3.99 - Graeser 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, Pointer Run Vineyards, Graeser Winery, Calistoga, 13.4% ABV. Tasted of dark chocolate and cherry, in good shape after 15 years. There's a new wine guy at Oakalnd who seems very outgoing and has posted more tastng notes on the shelves.

          $ .99 – Cotleigh Brewery, 500 ml bottles, Barn Owl Premium Ale, 4.5% ABV and Golden Seahawk, 4.2%ABV. Also a Tawny. Cotleigh is in Somersiet, England and the Barn Owl is a bitter with B and B+ ratings in Beer Advocate. The Golden tastes of honey and apple. The best before date is 1/1/11. Some extra chill in the fridge seemed to perk up the carbonation.

          $1.89 - Singha Lager, 21.3 fl. oz., 5.0%ABV, product of Thailand. Would go good with spicy food. The tall bottle apparently has a high center of gravity because 2 times I was at GO, some had fallen off the shelf onto the floor and broken. A prompt “cleanup on aisle 7” took care of the matter but I did appreciate the free whiff of a German-style lager.

          $1.29 – Hemp Dream Hemp Drink, Vanilla, 32 oz. , tetrapak. Manufactured in Canada for Hain Celestial with real hemp seeds and contains 500 mg. Omega 3's per serving. But be careful, there's a warning on the label: “This product may contain whole hemp seed specks.”

          $1.29 – Westsoy Unsweetened Organic Soymilk Naturally flavored with Almond, 32 oz. tetrapak from Hain. Clearly, for the less adventurous amongst us. Low carb, 5 g per serving.

          Sweets -

          3/ $1.00 - Orcanel Organic Dried Fruit Mix, mostly 4 oz. cello packages, product of Turkey. My favorites are the 100% organic dried whole sour cherries and the Mediterranean mix of organaic sour cherries, plums, sultanas and apricots. A good deal for about $1.33/lb.

          $.59 – Clif Bar, Black Cherry Almond, 2.4 oz.

          $7.99 – Skinny Cow low-fat round ice cream sandwiches, 20 – 4 oz. Bars. Chocolate and vanilla.

          Canned -

          $1.99 – Zergüt Grape Leaves dolmas stuffed with rice, from Bulgaria, net wt. 9.9 oz. can. These are much better than the Olga canned dolmas from Turkey that they still carry. Melanie noticed that the leaves from the Olga can were tough and I ran across what felt like sediment in them. While the Zergüt aren't the tenderest ever, they are a big improvement over the Olga's and the Zergüt have a zestier taste due, in part, to the softened slivers of lemon at the bottom of the can. Amazon has these cans for about $3 each if you get a case of 12.

          Out of Stock

          $1.39 – Middle East Bakery Carb Watch Pita Bread, 10 oz. , 5 count. I usually grab a bunch of these when they're available for a chewier, veggie flavor with pea fiber added to the whole wheat and soy flours.

          $2.99 – Grace Baking Rustic Multigrain or Pugliese Bread, 16 oz. Usually see these at Berkeley Grocery Outlet but Oakland had some last week.

          $99 – The $99 designer
          wedding dresses are gone but a nice story from Angela Hill of Bay Area New Group,
          http://www.mercurynews.com/angela-hill

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          1. re: zippo

            Zippo: I saw the carb watch pita bread there last week and was curious. It had a weird limpness about it that put me off. Is that the usual consistency? Do you toast it before using? I'd love to hear more about it!

            1. re: Constant Velocity

              CV: I haven't tried to toast it because didn't think that the denseness/moisture of it wouldn't make very good toast. I use them more like a tortilla, usually as a wrap with beans and cheese or other stuff inside. I bought about 5 packages since they holdup ok in the freezer and don't know when they'll be available again. Sometimes pop them in the microwave but I do love the chewiness/nutiness they have for a change of pace.

              1. re: Constant Velocity

                CV: just found this about a somewhat similar product with some serving suggestions:
                http://www4.netrition.com/cgi/custome...

                1. re: zippo

                  Good to know--thanks! Now we'll be fighting over them at GO!

              2. re: zippo

                Can't believe you noted my comments on the Olga dolmas . . . until you mentioned it, I didn't even remember tasting them!

              3. Was in there too late to score some Dagoba, but I did notice some bags of Shearer's Kettle Cooked Potato Chips.

                I sampled this Ohio brand a couple of weeks ago while traveling. I found the regular chips and bbq to be be quite good: light on the salt, not too hard and with good potato flavor. The Kettle Cooked were the same, although bordering on too hard for my vulnerable molars. I think they were $1.49 a bag and well worth it.

                1. Did you happen to notice the cast iron maker? Lodge?

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                  1. re: tranewreck

                    Sorry can't help there. Don't even know what a cast iron maker is. I assume Lodge is a brand. These were something generic.