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Jul 30, 2011 11:14 AM

Berkeley Bowl Best Buys

It seems lately BB has had some great lettuce buys. This week it is Eartbound Farms 6 heads of organic heirloom lettuce for 99 cents.

Also, there is just so much in the market, I thought I'd start a thread so if anyone finds anything really great, it would be a good place to point it out.

There were ramp bulps in the mushroom section yesterday. I never saw those before and started a thread on home cooking about how to use them.

Also, there have been Daisy tangerines. I boutght some last week and became a fan. They remind me of honey tangerines but also have a nice tang.

I have a flickr photostream about BB.

It started because some friends in Guatemala couldn't believe the variety of produce, groceries ... and beer ... in the Bay Area. I was photographing everything in other contries, but had nothing from home to show. It is starting to evolve for me into a notebook of what Ive tried and whether or not I liked it, though that is in the early stages. Once past the first page, produce is alphabetized. Beer is at the end.

I just shop at the store on Heinz,

Berkeley Bowl
2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703

Berkeley Bowl West
920 Heinz Ave, Berkeley, CA

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  1. I'm not sure if they're in yet this year, but keep an eye out for the Odoriko tomatoes.

    They've had Washington sour cherries, two pounds for $7.59.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Those looked beautiful with the leaves still attached. There were also some others without leaves for about a buck less.

      For regular cherries, they had Skeena cherries. I really liked the solid, crisp texture but they were almost devoid of flavor. Still bought some.

      IMO< skip the Concord-style grapes. I love Concord grapes, but these had zero in common with them.. They were much smaller and didn't have much flavor period, let alone Concord flavor.

      1. re: rworange

        Why would you buy flavorless cherries.?

        1. re: jason carey

          1. Desparate for any stone fruit after a year in Guatemala. It was all that was available.
          2. I liked the texture. They just don't have the flavor of a Bing

      1. Beautiful fresh porcini at BBWest today, $14.99/lb.

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        1. re: dordogne

          Recently, Monterey Mkt had really fresh porcini for about $12 lb.

        2. On Friday at BBW they had bags of beautiful crisp green beans for just 99 cents per pound. Amazing deal and good quality. (Not in the usual spot - in a raised box in the aisle closer to the cukes.)

          For cherries, I've been buying the "extra fancy" Rainiers -- they are huge and tasty. $3.59 or thereabouts per pound.

          I am a huge fan of the Bowl, love the selection and love the prices!