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Grocery Outlet, September 2011

Pinole

Boxed wine-o-rama

$2.99 - French Rabbit 1 liter 2005 Cabernet Sauvingon or Merlot
$3.99 - Fish Eye 3 liters 2009 Merlot or Pinot Noir
$3.99 - Herding Cats 3 liters chenin blanc/chardonay blend

$1.99 - Brown Cow lemon yogrut
$2.49 - Strauss cinnamon yogrut

10 cents - single serve size of Cheerios
25 cents - singl 100 calorie bag of Orville Redenbacker's smart popcorn
69 cents - Armour franks
78 cents - Planters mixed nuts (bag marked $1.89, nice mix and not too salty)
09 cents - Philly individual serving cream cheese (4) plain or chive

Pinole always seems to carry the largest selection of boxed wine. There were more. They still have the Foxhorn and dreadful Block Party. There's Vella and another big boxed while like it. There other white Fish Eye, but I have had more undrinkable boxed whites so It is rare I;ll by it.

I bought the herding cats for the dumbest reason ... that was always used has an expression about what it was like to deal with Chowhounds ... so I thought it was funny. It is from South Africa, the Western Cape. The box says the winery wins lots of medals but who knows who awarded them and for what.

That Straus cinnamon yogurt is wonderful. I think I want to pair it with some sort of baked apple dessert.

That is really a great price for he single-serve Philly. Even on sale it is more than twice the price.

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  1. Berkeley

    3 for $1 More of the Lucerne Greek strawberry yogurt - with today as the pull date

    .99 Small boxes of Lorna Doones

    Strauss Blueberry Pomegranate yogurt. Warning on the Cinammon: it overpowered the blackberries from my backyard.

    1.49 Amy's Black Bean and Mushroom soups

    1.99 Cabot habanero cheddar - very hot and an odd, dry texture. Cabot is OK at the Cheeseboard

    2.49 12 packs of Shasta sodas. Hope the draft root beer is comparable to Faygo

    1. What size is the Straus cinnamon yogurt?

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      1. re: srr

        32 ounces

        Sorry if it was too strong for you chocolatetartguy. For me it seemed mild. Maybe the reason it's ag GO? Inconsistancy? My concern when I bought it was that it might be too strong, like some cinnamon flavored foods. I'm using it on oatmeal with fresh raspberries ... but than again, I allso add more cinnamon to the oatmeal, so I might have a higher tolerance,

        1. re: rworange

          I love cinnamon, but usually eat only plain yogurt with fresh fruit so that might be why it seemed too flavorful. Yes, I can see how it might be good on oatmeal. After 3 tries with blackberries, it is just sitting in my frig. Also, I'm not really a yogurt person. For me it is just protein and a vehicle for the fruit.

      2. Pinole and San Pablo

        $19.99 - Scharffen Berger natural cocoa for baking 4.4 pounds

        San Pablo

        25 cents - Stoneyfield soy blueberry yogurt
        50 cents - Liberte peach passonfruit yogert
        99 cents - Kraft horseradish (nothing unatural in it ... just salt and vinegar)
        99 cents - So Delicious coconut milk 1/2 gallon (sell by 9/4)
        $1.29 - Fleishman's olive oil and sea salt margerine
        $2.99 - various sea salts 7.7 ounces (Hawaiian pink, French grey, etc)
        $2.99 - Vita wild caught nova salmon (selling for $5.99 at Safeway)
        $2.99 - Vita herring is sour cream 12 oxz (selling for $4.99 on sale ast Safeway)
        $3.29 - Creta Farms hot dogs with olive oil
        $4.99 - Tasters Choice decaf coffee (large jar)

        I haven't tried the margarine, but I'm tempted. Ditto on the hot dogs, but there were lots of packages and I'm guessing in San Pablo this isn't going to be a big seller. I might wait till they get near the sell by date and buy them if the price reduces.

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        1. re: rworange

          The SO Delicious is down to 50 cents for a half gallon at San Pablo ... sell by date 9/4 ... which means is should be good for a few more days at home.

          I've been wanting to try this ... I'[m considering going vegan ... so I figured even if it was lousy, I wasn't losing much.

          It still tastes very fresh. It is a lot thinner than regular non fat milk. I got the unsweetened version. I don't know if I'd buy it at full price, but at 50 cents a half gallon, sure.

          A note to anyone shopping at Pinole. Their registers are wonky. They double billed me on an item on my last trip. Today I bought three 5.5 ounce cans of V-8 juice and 2.1 ounces of pre-cooked bacon and the receipt said I saved $14.32. The manager who was reluctant to return the money on my double-billed item, didn't seem to care when I pointed out the improbability of that savings.

          1. re: rworange

            The So Delicious is great for baking - you can replace 1 for 1 in recipes calling for cow's milk. Canned coconut milk is a good substitute for cream. You can use together to make ice cream, etc.

        2. Has anybody seen the 2 kilo pack of Scharffen Berger natural cocoa in the Bay Area? It was $19.99 in Marina a few days ago.

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          Scharffen Berger
          1 Ferry, Building San Francisco, CA

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          1. re: TerriL

            Bought it at the Oakland GO yesterday. BB date of mid November, so I'll be making LOTS of brownies.

            1. re: TerriL

              Yep, reported that above but used the American weight 4.4 lbs. San Pablo and Pinole have it.

            2. Here are some boxed wine reviews in case these pop at GO:

              http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/03/din...

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