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Costco Food Finds - 3rd Quarter 2013 [OLD}

The first day of July marks the beginning of another calendar quarter. I'll start this thread off with a sighting of Mexican Coca Cola at the Waltham, MA Costco.

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  1. You'll never go back to the regular stuff!

    1. At our Costco in Toronto, we have a great amount of fresh fruits coming in that are really good prices and so tasty. We have Black Velvet apricots (incredibly juicy with soft plum texture), South African clementines (very sweet, juicy, and easy to peel), jumbo sized black mission figs (very sweet!), and a huge amount of fresh asparagus.

      One thing I saw that was new was the organic Sriracha sauce. For only $4, you get a HUGE bottle.

      There's a new Brookside dark chocolate covered dried berries with green tea. It's soooo good. I had to hide the huge bag because I would have inhaled in one sitting.

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      1. re: Nevy

        Green tea! I haven't seen those and can't find them on the Brookside wbesite . . . I hope it's not only available in Canada :-(

        1. re: Nevy

          Those Black Velvet apricots are OUT of this world good. They are crimson red inside and black outside and remind me of the taste of an apricot and plum combined. These are a definite must buy and I doubt if they will last long in the stores.

          I have to look for the South African clementines the next time we're in Costco - those also sound like a great find.

          1. re: littleflower

            If your store carries the Israel clementines, they're even better. They're smaller than the South African ones but they're much juicier and sweeter. We inhaled 2 bags in a week and when we went back, they were sold out!

            Another great fruit our Costco started to carry is 'champagne' grapes. It's really dante grapes and they're the size of blueberries but the flavour is really good. It's possibly the most flavourable grape I've had in a long time. It's not tart or sour but a pleasant true grape taste without being overly sweet. The best thing is the price... for 2 lbs, I think it was only $4.

        2. Maybe the cola's fantastic, but they've stopped carrying the Morningstar Farms Chipotle Black Bean Burgers (I'm a vegetarian, so that really matters to me). Sam's is apparently still carrying them, so I'll be going to Sam's. Or maybe to both if Sam's fruit and vegetables are not as good as Costco's.

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          1. re: diane42997

            GREEK TABLE hand-layered eggplant @120 calories per serving with 4 servings in a box. Heated in oven or microwave.
            Eat with tzatiki and more vegetables.

            I should add that I almost NEVER eat prepared food but this really tastes like home made. Low sodium, too. Has feta and red peppers.

            Find in in refrigerated section of some Costcos in NYC area (including east Harlem), but frustratingly few stores carry this great product.

            1. re: erica

              Can you elaborate on the location? What other items are these near?

              1. re: Rilke

                I used to get them in Stafford, NJ, but they seemed to move them around, so I always had to hunt for them. The box was mostly green, so I just looked for green in the freezer cases. Morningstar Farms also makes these for supermarkets, but they're thinner and smaller, yet cost about the same. Good luck finding them at your Costco; I was told at mine that they were discontinued because Costco didn't want to pay the increased price that MF was asking.

                1. re: diane42997

                  Hi Diane, thank you -- I was actually referring to the eggplant Erica mentioned :-)

                2. re: Rilke

                  If you are asking about the Greek Table eggplant, I have found these at Harlem and in Yonkers as well as in Commack, off I-495.

                  They are not in the freezer case, but in the case with refrigerated prepared meals, like zucchini pancakes. If you supplement with a side dish of rice or vegetable, you can get 4 meals out of the box, but we usually get only three.

                  1. re: erica

                    Thanks Erica! If the locations are spotty I doubt Delaware has it, but I'll give it a shot.

              2. re: diane42997

                They now carry Morningstar Farms Malibu Burgers. Very good, but not as good as the chipotle black bean.

                1. re: ferret

                  Thanks for the info. Do you have any idea what's in these?

                  1. re: diane42997

                    Sorry, I made a slight error, it's a Gardenburger product, ingredients are here:

                    http://www2.kelloggs.com/ServeFile.as...

                2. re: diane42997

                  Saw the MF chipotle black bean burgers 30 minutes ago at 'my' Costco (San Diego). Next to the Malibu and breakfast versions.

                  1. re: Cathy

                    Thanks!! Maybe they've resolved the price issue. Or maybe customers like me filled out the little slips they keep sorta hidden, telling the Costco buyers that they wouldn't be renewing their memberships.

                    1. re: Cathy

                      They still have them at Seattle Costco #1, in one of the end-cap freezers (not where they used to be).

                      1. re: Cathy

                        I called "my" Costco on July 3 and was told again that they were discontinued. Bought some at Sam's (at much higher $$), and went July 5 to Costco because I didn't like the produce at Sam's. Lo and behold, they ha

                      2. re: diane42997

                        I saw a new variety of vegetarian burger-style patties at Costco yesterday; I've already managed to forget the brand (I'll have to make a note of it next time I go), but they were in one of the refrigerated endcaps near the cheeses. I missed out on the demo samples of them, but I got to try the zucchini patties that were in the case next to them and they were delicious!

                        1. re: JulesNoctambule

                          I bought a box of those new ones, tried one, and gave the rest to my son, who'll eat anything that's easy to fix. They didn't taste bad, they simply had no taste at all. Bad trade for the chipotle black bean burgers :(

                        2. re: diane42997

                          Is this what you're looking for?

                          Burbank, CA

                           
                          1. re: ns1

                            That's them, thanks. I had replied that I found them in my Costco back on July 6, but only after I had bought some at Sam's - who sold a 9-pk for the same ## as Costco's 12 pk. Oh well, at least I have an alternate source if Costco plays games again. I'm so addicted to these ..............

                        3. Just saw fresh figs, they looked excellent..

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                          1. re: treb

                            Ahh where are you? I've been to my Costco (NC) at least once a week and haven't seen them recently! I love fresh figs and buy the clamshell every time they're in stock.

                            1. re: ohmyyum

                              I'm in southern NJ. I called my Costco,, and they told me (rather snippily) that they had discontinued them. I went to the closest Sams and they had a 9-pk for the same price as the 12-pk was at Costco - I bit the bullet and bought 4 boxes because I'm so addicted to them. I'm gonna check out BJ's next week.

                              1. re: diane42997

                                Hmm maybe they just meant they were seasonal?

                                I actually just got some fresh figs from TJs for $3.99/lb. I think that's a bit pricier than they were at Costco, but not exorbitant. As I don't have access to a Sam's or BJs, I'm willing to pay it!

                            2. Plano, Texas - Brisket & cheese stuffed jalapenos wrapped in bacon. No breading makes these delish!