Grocery Outlet - June 2012
Didn't see a thread for May and since it now June I thought I'd start a new one although I don't have much to add.
In Oakland today there's a nice Casalnovo Prosecco at $4/bottle. Nice buy for your summer bubbly needs. I bought a case.
An Italian organic linguine (can't recall the brand name, sorry) at $1.49. This is an excellent quality pasta and a super value at the price. They had other shapes a while back, penne, a tricolor, rigatoni, but these are long gone. Lots of linguine though.
Way cheap Absolut "New Orleans" vodka. Don't know what NOLA style vodka is but it's only $8 a bottle. Didn't bother myself.
Most GO's should have 14 mo old aged Jamonodor Serrano (80% as good as 24mo aged Parma prosciutto, IMHO) for $2.99 for 5oz packages. This is 25% off a serrano price, but most good parma is $24/lb so I'll say it's a great deal. Nice quality and pieces are thinly sliced and separated by parchment in the package. I have been making sandwiches with that, their $1.99 Sargento Mozzarella, Semifreddis Ciabbata rolls I get for 50 cents locally and basil or basil peso...killer. And all for $1.80 instead of $7 (at least!). Also: Columbus Calabrese salame, 5oz, $1.49 Berkeley. Nice pepper flare but it doesn't take away from the substantial flavor. $1.50 Athenos Black Olive hummus in Berkeley.
Oakland has had the Alouette creme fraiche for $1.49 (although it was 99 cents a couple of weeks ago) -- great with strawberries.
Today they had a good selection of Godiva, both bars and bags of wrapped caramels (three different kinds). The latter were $2.99; didn't see a price on the bars.
I've quickly become addicted to the Country Choice organic ginger lemon sandwich cookies -- $1.49.
Found the Serrano ham at the Santa Rosa store, lots on the display shelf. Also a packaged trio of Spanish cheeses, also $2.99, but the price seemed a little high so didn't buy it.
Columbus head cheese, was $2.99, but the best buy date was 6/18/12. I pointed this out to the cashier and asked if there was any additional discount. He gave it to me for 99¢,
La Valle tomatoes
Imagine organic kosher free range chicken broth, $1.69/qt - it tastes better than most, I went back for more to keep in the pantry
Grocery Outlet has settled a class action suit. You can file a claim here,
Or when I was in the Oakland store, my receipt had two $3 coupons printed on the back.
The "NOLA" Absolut is Mango and pepper flavor. I didn't buy it, but a woman told me it is really delicious when I was checking it out. I was surprised how much I liked the Bella Italia linguini, as I'd never heard of out outside of GO, but it has a great texture, perfect for trapping sauce.
I also tried and really enjoyed the Santa Ana Torrontes (at the end of one of the freezer sections).
I haven't tried, but have high hopes for the California Olive Ranch Extra Virgin 1 L for 7.99. I enjoyed the version I got a year or so ago from GO, though I think it might have been fresher than this version (or the same batch, but consumed a year ago)--listed as harvested Nov 2010, best by 09/2013.
I also picked up "Premium Egg Noodles" from Alb-Gold (Germany). Ingredients are solely semolina and eggs, with the front copy boasting cage-free chickens. Given the rarity of egg noodles with actual eggs in US brands I considered this a find.
Now in Berkeley, two high end wines:
1) 2006 Ridgeline Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley at $12.99
2) 2007 DeLoach Sonoma County Zin 'Forgotten Vines' at $10.99
Even better with $3 coupons off. I bought both but haven't tried either. Lots of cab, not as much Zin. Both are suitable for taking over to wine snobs' houses. DeLoach was Wine and Spirit Mag's Top Winery for 6 years or something.