Grocery Outlet, October 2011
33 cents - Planters vanilla caramal almonds
75 cents - Kraft horseradish
99 cents - Concord grapes
1.50 - Whonu chocolate chip cookies
1.99 - Petit Ecolier vanilla cookies
3.99 - Archer Farm creamy cashew butter
The Kraft horeradish has good ingredients and I like it. It is in the refrigerated section.
Whonu ... skip the chocolate chip, but if you see the vanilla sandwich cookies I liked those
50 cents - Phllly cream cheese single serving (4)
$1.99 - Best Choice quick oats 48 oz
$2.49 - Gallon of Kraft blue cheese salad dressing
$2.49 - Large Best Foods low fat mayo
$? ?? - Sierra Nevada aged goat cheddar
Someone mentioned the goat cheddar at Oakland, I think, a few months back and I haven't seen it until today. It isn't as good as another goat cheddar I tried, but nice enough. I think the price on the shelf was different than the price I was charged. So this seems to be a conitnuing thieme at the Pinole store. Every time I go in there I am mischared for something.
They also had the 99 cent Concord grapes that were actually quite good, though they seemed psuedo Concord. They are much smaller, the skin doesn't slip off like the larger Concords, the seeds are tiny and the flavor not as intense. All of the above is acually a good thing to me. I like Concord grapes, but can only eat a few at a sitting because they pack a flavor wallop.
If your really, really love Kraft blue cheese dressing ... there's a lot for less than the price of a regular bottle.
I was amused by the background nusic at the Pinole GO. It was Broadway songs. I walked into the store fot Stephan Sondheim;s :Waiting around for the girls upstairs" from Follies. The first time I heart that score in pre-Broadway tryouts in Boston, I never would have guessed someday I'd hear it in a bargain grocery store.
The Sierra Nevada aged goat cheddar is occasionally available at the Berkeley branch and I get it whenever it is. That and the Uniekaas aged goudas are my favorite cheese occasionally, but regularly available at Berkeley Grocery Outlet. The goat cheddar is generally $7.99 per pound, factory wrapped in black plastic in blocks of ~0.6 lbs.
I didn't mention the Great Northern blueberry maple syrup for $4.99. I had it this morning and it is really, really good. Excellent blueberry flavor from the wild blueberry concentrate.
There's also creme fraiche for $1.49. A dollop on top of pancakes with blueberry syrup ... nice.
While I'm here - the Edward and Sons exotic rice toast at 59 cents were ok. I had the Thai red rice and flaxseed, as well as the Jasmine rice and spring onion. I preferred the latter. There is a third flavor I haven't spotted ... purple rice and black sesame.
While they are not as exotic or interesting as they sound ... rice crackers are rice crackers ... they are only 60 calories for 7 crackers and the sodium is really low.
Berkeley had a few bottles of Blue Raspberry and sugarless Almond Torani syrup, a few cannisters of Dagoba Cacao and Thai Drinking Chocolate and some sort of Starbucks ice cream bars on Saturday.
It was Customer Appreciation day and they gave away tacos and had raffles for a big screen TV, his and her bikes and $100 gift certificates. I won a cloth shopping bag with a Robin Williams DVD and 3 boxes of M & M's for having shopping cart #6.
It kind of had the feel of the old Berkeley COOP store. People seemed to be having a good time.