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Costco food finds - 4th quarter 2012

Srarting over for the remainder of the year. Please remember to include your Costco location, since inventory varies a lot from one region to another.

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  1. We tried the Suki's Chicken Tikka Masala (refrigerated, with the ravioli and the pesto) - nay. The chicken was so very dry, even though we warmed it in a covered pan on the stove on low. Pass.

    1. Replied on the old topic, just found Kirkland chocolate chips, 51% cacao, great taste and price.

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      1. re: treb

        Interesting. What is the price and how big was the package?

        1. re: treb

          Thanks treb! I saw those too at my Montgomeryville Pa Costco. Now I will have to nab them.

          1. re: treb

            So much better than the Nestle they sell and "fair trade" if you care. Seem to remember them being the similar price per ounce as the Nestle but we were rushing through so not positive.

            1. re: treb

              We saw these yesterday and I remember the per pound price being something like $1.91 - a touch cheaper than the normal price on the Nestle. There was a coupon on the Nestle yesterday, though, so the price was $1.84 per pound - I think the regular price was $1.95 or something.

            2. Caviar $66 for 2 oz with mother of pearl spoon spotted at Foster City a few days ago. also had Salmon roe - don't remember the price

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              1. re: estnet

                that's down from last years price of 72, nice!

                1. re: estnet

                  Thanks, estnet! I've been wanting to try caviar beyond the $10 cheap stuff at my grocery store. My local Costco just got this is and I picked one up, we're going to eat it New Year's Eve.

                2. Tonight I bought a two-pound package of Frankly Fresh vegetarian stuffed grape leaves from the refrigerated case where they keep the meatballs, sausages, pulled pork in containers, etc. They were DELICIOUS! All natural ingredients (rice, onion, tomatoes, parsley, red bell pepper, tomato paste, grape leaves, canola oil, water, cilantro, EVOO, salt, lemon juice, garlic powder, citric acid, dill, mint, black pepper), and a serving is only 60 calories, 25 calories from fat. Of course, according to the package, a serving is one piece, and they're just too good to stop there. I ate three right away, but could easily have had more.

                  I love dolmades, but they're hard to make, the random canned varieties are packed in goopy oil and full of preservatives, and any decent Greek and Turkish restaurants around here are pricey enough to be a rare treat. This package cost $10.59, and I will definitely keep them around as a staple snack. This is the Orlando/Winter Park, Florida Costco, by the way.

                  They also had BRESAOLA in the cured meats section, in addition to the regular hard salami and prosciutto and speck in vacuum-packed plastic packages. The bresaola (air-dried, cured, thin-sliced beef) was combined with two other thin-sliced meats, soppressata and some nice-looking ham. The package was over $20 for 24 ounces, so I'm going to have to treat myself when the time is right.

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                  1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                    We buy the Frankly Fresh stuffed grape leaves almost every time we shop at Costco. They are indeed very good. We like them for a quick, low-calorie lunch.

                    1. re: cheesemaestro

                      If it is a 2 lb package, how long do they keep once opened?

                      1. re: ohmyyum

                        I devoured them over the course of a few days, but I have to imagine they would last two weeks in the fridge. There is no meat in them, just rice and vegetables, but they also don't have any preservatives. However, they're so good, I don't think they will last that long.

                        1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                          Yes, they should last two weeks, perhaps a little longer. We did have to throw an opened package out that developed mold, but it was in the fridge about a month.

                          1. re: cheesemaestro

                            I discovered quite by accident that these can be frozen! My husband accidentally put the package in the freezer, I found it a month later. Gently defrosting in the microwave made them as good as new! I love to by the Tzaziki with these.

                    2. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                      To me, the dolmas were OK, but I don't think I would buy them again. They are certainly better than other pre-made dolmas I have had, but the grape leaves were tough and stringy and I also found the filling to be a bit gloopy. Flavor was decent, but not good enough to enjoy eating 2 lbs of them!

                      1. re: chompy

                        We bought those once and your review is spot-on. Many of those tapas/snack-type items at Costco are just too big.

                        One exception: Those marinated mozzarella balls. They are really versatile (they melt very well) and last a long time in the fridge.

                        1. re: Bob W

                          The marinated mozzarella balls are a great item. Served them as an appetizer for a party, used the rest on pizza and pasta

                    3. Still on the lookout for Cointreau in Redwood City, CA...someone had mentioned previously their place had it. OTOH, if anyone is interested, they just started carrying Macallan 25yr for $629.99 and a few other $300+ spirits :) Guessing it's for the holidays.

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                      1. re: ceekskat

                        Yah saw that, does look like a holiday offering.

                        1. re: ceekskat

                          If there's really a choice, I would recommend that you pick up Grand Marnier. Cointreau is really just one step above Triple Sec and Grand Marnier is really the superior product by comparison. This answer was arrived at through a challenge held by a bartender friend of mine at a high-end NorCal East Bay restaurant. I happened to win the "bet" on Grand Marnier. That said, however, "De gustibus non disputandum est!" Merry, Happy, Joyous Whatnot and a Successful New World Calendar! See you on the other side of the Mayan Wheel of Time! LoL!

                          1. re: aznartfag

                            Completely disagree. They are two different products. I find Cointreau to be less sweet. "One step above Triple Sec" may be the most untrue statement I've seen in a while.

                            1. re: jmckee

                              Agree, Cointreau has a cleaner flavor. I don't object to either but I prefer Cointreau. During "taste tests" strange things can happen. The order the selections are served, the amount of time between selections, and what if any palate cleansers are provided.

                            2. re: aznartfag

                              Add me to the completely disagreeing crowd. They are two different products. And the brandy base of Grand Marnier is not always the flavor note one is seeking in a drink or dish.

                              1. re: rasputina

                                Yes! I really don't care for GM in a margarita (or at all). Cointreau has a nice, clean, true orange flavor.