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  1. I don't have a new find to report exactly, but I tried to go to Costco in Alhambra, CA yesterday and the entire parking lot was full. I got caught in the line of cars just circling the store, in the maze of the parking lot. Then a storm hit and it started pouring rain. I aborted the mission (returning some kids' science books we were going to give as Christmas presents that turned out to be comically bad - including one astronomy book that had an incorrect photo of Carl Sagan) and decided to come back another day. What gives? Is Costco running a special I don't know about?

    Oh, wait, I take it back. I do have a find - Philippine brand dried young coconut. - that's something I was going to buy yesterday. It's in a bag like their dried mango, and equally delicious and addictive. I haven't had good dried coconut like this for years - about 7 years ago, Trader Joe's sold a little tray of it and promptly discontinued it as soon as I fell in love. This bag of Philippine Young Coconut is a real find for me - the coconut is soft and chewy, not dry and dusty. Nice big pieces for snacking, not really for baking. I think it was about $9 and lasted me 5 solid days of coconut gorging.

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    1. re: khh1138

      I went this weekend to the one in Broomfield, CO, and it was very very busy too. When we go, it's always on Saturday afternoons (horrible time to go) but it's generally not that bad, nothing like it was on this past Saturday. I think it's a combo of people getting paid (first of the month) and people restocking after the holidays.

      I have a find too, although we didn't buy it. They had a box of 80 k-cups for $24. I forget the brand but it was one I haven't heard of, and it was light roast (which is why we didn't buy it) That's probably the best price I've seen for K-cups. We ended up with the 80 pack of Newman's Own medium roast for $35ish.

      1. re: juliejulez

        I recently read that the patent on K-cups has expired and they've gone generic. I've seen K-cups in a number of supermarkets recently. I'm sure the prices will be coming down everywhere.

        1. re: CindyJ

          Well that explains why Keurig came out with their new Vue that uses Vue packs instead of K-cups.

          1. re: CindyJ

            Yup, I've read that too. That makes me glad because I spend a lot of my grocery money on BFs K-cups!

        2. re: khh1138

          I have to go to the Alhambra Costco tomorrow morning so thanks for the heads up!

          1. re: khh1138

            Yup....this happened to my hubs, too. We were watching tv one night, and next thing you know.....bag was empty! No fret to him.....he works there. Happened the next day. Sometimes it's soooo bad having someone in the house that works at Costco. Used to be worse....when he worked at a bakery!

          2. Greater Detroit area, The best new product I've seen this year is canned line caught Tuna. It's more $$$ but the quality is fantastic.

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            1. re: TraderJoe

              Please say more? It is chunk lite or white tuna? Packed in oil or water?

              1. re: sasha1

                Hi Sasha, The brand is "wild Planet" . 100% Pole & Troll caught wild albacore tuna, The bottom of the cans say;
                " We hand-cut and pack delicious, premium tuna steaks in a micro-cannery process. All the omega 3 oils are retained and no liquid is added; please dont drain .
                100% pure tuna. No water, oil or fillers added."

                There is still liquid in the can and I do still drain it but this is as close to fresh steamed Tuna I've ever found in a can.

                1. re: TraderJoe

                  Hey TJ, Costco has the six pack of Wild Planet for $4.00 off.

                  1. re: treb

                    Where did you see that? I hate it when I don't get the coupon book! :(

                    1. re: TraderJoe

                      It was marked that way on the shelf in 'my' Costco (San Diego); all of the specials were marked on the price tags (lots of the vitamins/supplements are on sale now.)

                      All the coupon bar codes/numbers are the same anyhow. I think as soon as one set of coupons ends, another set begins. Maybe ask at the front desk if you don't have a booklet when you go to shop.

                      1. re: Cathy

                        Thanks for the tip. I'll stock up at that price! :)

                        1. re: TraderJoe

                          The auto rebate, for the tuna, is on till 2/10/13.

                          1. re: treb

                            At saw this at my Costco in NC but the signage didn't reflect a rebate...?

                            1. re: treb

                              The tuna is not on sale here (MI) ;(

                        2. re: TraderJoe

                          No coupon, just an in store special.

                2. Dried Organic Calimyrna Figs. I think they're "Made in Nature" brand and sold in other stores. A big pack was less than $10 ($9.xx). This was purchased in Fairfax VA. It was in one of the side displays rather than inside the aisles.

                  No added sugar. VERY sweet. It paired perfectly with some excellent grass fed milk from Whole Foods.

                  It also said that I needed to refrigerate after opening. (It was with the other dried fruits.)

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                  1. re: Unraveled

                    I gave the Dried Organic Calimyrna Figs a try recently and food the moisture level and dryness of individual figs within the same bag inconsistent. Some where very dry and I prefer a moist center. Because of that, I was hesitant to buy them again. I thought the price was fair for the # of figs.

                    1. re: Unraveled

                      Definitely my favorite item these days.

                    2. We've got a fairly new Costco here in southeastern PA in Glen Mills. Funny thing is, the half-dozen or so times I've been there, it's never been really crowded. I've never had to wait for more than one person in front of me at the checkout. Maybe that's because it's not visible from the main road, and the signage at the drive leading to the store is hardly noticeable.

                      All that said, there's an item I recently noticed that both my mom (who turns 90 in a couple of weeks) and I have been enjoying -- it's Fresh Hungarian Style Beef Stuffed Cabbage in Tomato Sauce. They come 4 to a package and they're almost as good as my own homemade. They're Kosher, too. I didn't realize Costco carried Kosher foods. Not that I seek them out, but it's nice to know.

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                      1. re: CindyJ

                        You might be surprised how much food is certified kosher. I bought a four-pack of Indian vegetable dishes at Costco once, and saw that they were certified kosher by the "Indian Kosher Certification Authority," or something along those lines. There are not many Jews in India, but at least one of them spends his time certifying food as kosher.

                        1. re: CindyJ

                          I don't usually look for kosher foods, but I was a little surprised today to pick up some ducks in Costco that were certified Halal!

                          1. re: CindyJ

                            I love stuffed cabbage and my husband does not, so I don't make it. This would be perfect.

                          2. Can anyone weigh in on that giant chocolate cake covered with chocolate shavings? I was tempted in my pre-New Year's madness of trying to shop, cook and prep for our NYD brunch AND figure out a festive cake for MIL's 80th birthday, if only because I was planning on doing chocolate+chocolate anyway. I ended up making a big tiered, decorated cake from scratch, but it would be good to know if I can keep the costco one in my back pocket for cake emergencies...

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                            1. re: splatgirl

                              It tastes as good as it looks, plus it's a real value.

                              1. re: treb

                                Agree - it is an amazing cake.

                              2. re: splatgirl

                                It's really good, but I haven't had it in a few years.

                                1. re: splatgirl

                                  Agree - cake is yummy. Have a big group though, because if you don't, the leftovers go on and on.

                                  1. re: sasha1

                                    and that's a bad thing because . . . ? LOL