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Costco Food Finds - 4th Quarter 2013

Rilke Oct 4, 2013 01:55 PM

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Today I spotted a plastic jug of Toasted Coconut Cashews on the endcap of the nuts/candy aisle in the Delaware store. I almost didn't get them as I was afraid they'd be addictively good. I was right. Description: "Roasted cashews are drenched in a luscious vanilla coasting, then tossed in shreds of toasted coconut." Brand name is "mmmine!"

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    JulesNoctambule Oct 4, 2013 03:17 PM

    I second those cashews! They remind me of the best aspects of the Girl Scout Samoa cookies; I plan to dip some in chocolate to further the association. Saw a very similar product at Trader Joe's today, too, only they were $6.99 for a small bag as opposed to $9.99 for 1.75 pounds that Costco in Raleigh offers.

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      ohmyyum Oct 4, 2013 03:38 PM

      I saw those at TJ's as well. I've been made to wonder whether they have the same suppliers for certain items/product categories. Thanks for the tip that Costco has a better price!

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        ohmyyum Oct 10, 2013 09:47 AM

        Scratch that last thought-- the Costco coconut cashews look nothing like TJ's. Costcos have a thick vanilla glaze and toasted coconut. The Trader Joe's version was very lightly crusted with untoasted coconut.

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        treb Oct 5, 2013 10:19 AM

        Stuff is addictive, an open jar leads to an empty jar very quickly. Oh....my teeth are beginning to hurt!

        BTW my Costco in NH was blowing out their sundried tomatoes in olive oil for about $5.00 per jar. They also have the Libby's Pumpkin in the 3 pack, those will fly off the shelves quickly.

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          Beach Chick Oct 5, 2013 11:01 AM

          sledge. .
          Just curious, why would the pedestrian Libby's 3 pk fly off the shelves at Costco...you need to up your game bro.

          ; )

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            treb Oct 6, 2013 06:47 AM

            It's the Calabaza variety of Libby''s great for my 2 fav's pumpkin pie and pumpkin whoopie pies! Ever have a whoopie pie?

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              Beach Chick Oct 6, 2013 07:42 AM

              Fan of the whoopie but not the pie version..

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                rasputina Oct 7, 2013 05:36 AM

                calabaza is the spanish word for pumpkin. Libby's website says they use Dickinson pumpkins

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          Beach Chick Oct 5, 2013 10:59 AM

          Toasted Coconut Cashews..sounds fantastic!

          My Poway, CA Costco has the dark chocolate covered coconut chunks that are fab and I was at the Lihue, Kauai Costco a couple of weeks ago and they had lots of local goodies with lilikoi and things with tons of Aloha..

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            letsindulge Oct 10, 2013 08:58 AM

            The chocolate-covered Japanese arare crackers are SO good. Wish I brought some home to CA.

          2. biondanonima Oct 6, 2013 07:11 PM

            My usual Costco in Westbury, NY is FINALLY carrying the 3-pack of Kerrygold butter! I also picked up Amylu brand cheddar and apple chicken meatballs and Sabattini basil and mozzarella chicken meatballs, both new-to-me products. Haven't tried the Amylu but the Sabattini are quite good.

            They were FINALLY stocking Charmin extra strong and the Guatemalan Kirkland brand coffee (blue bag) again, after a long absence. It was a good day to be at Costco!

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              mcf Oct 10, 2013 07:41 AM

              I found the 3 pack of Kerrygold in Commack, too, but it was salted only. I don't use it. :-(

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                biondanonima Oct 10, 2013 08:53 AM

                Oh, too bad - I like salted butter, although I will say that I have gotten a pack or two of Kerrygold that was TOO salty.

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                  emily Nov 2, 2013 05:36 AM

                  I like salted butter, but the Kerrygold did make my pound cake taste a little funky (perhaps a bit savory?).

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                    HealthNutForever Nov 2, 2013 11:27 AM

                    I always buy Kerrygold unsalted, it is so much much better. For baking anything sweet it is too salty... Salted butter lasts longer in a fridge but doesn;t taste as good...

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                      c oliver Nov 6, 2013 04:36 PM

                      If the butter was unsalted, how could it make your baked goods "too salty"? I'm confused.

            2. MidwesternerTT Oct 8, 2013 06:43 AM

              Sunsweet Mediterranean dried Apricots - 48 oz (3 lb) for 6.99. The bag I got last spring and keep in the refrigerator is almost empty (how'd that happen?).

              I just saw these featured again on an endcap there, so I'm going back to my Eden Prairie, MN Costco.

              Unlike most dried apricots these are soft with a bright golden yellow color and no taste of sulfer although sulfer dioxide is listed as one of the preservatives. A very nice, sweet addition to cereal, oatmeal, granola or as a snack.

              1. goodhealthgourmet Oct 9, 2013 12:47 PM

                Kirkland Signature Organic Peanut Butter is back - I saw it at the Culver City/Marina store in Los Angeles yesterday. The price was $11.99 for a twin pack of 28-oz jars.

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                  ohmyyum Oct 9, 2013 02:43 PM

                  Glass?

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                    Cathy Oct 9, 2013 05:13 PM

                    Plastic. I bought the two pack in July.

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                    jmerchlinsky Oct 10, 2013 07:38 AM

                    Just smooth (as I see here in Maryland), or do you have crunchy available as well?

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                      Cathy Oct 29, 2013 03:28 PM

                      I saw Kirkland organic crunchy (it's a red label; smooth is blue label) in the store yesterday.

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                      goodhealthgourmet Oct 10, 2013 09:37 AM

                      Plastic jars, and smooth only. I looked online out of curiosity and it appears that their "natural" PB (also in plastic) is now available in crunchy as well as smooth, but no crunchy for the organic.

                      I don't eat much PB anymore so it would be silly for me to buy such a large package, but I would find a way to justify it if it only it came in glass jars! I have no idea if the flavor of this reintroduced version measures up to its predecessor, but it used to be very tasty and a bit less salty than my favorite Santa Cruz Dark Roast (which I personally consider to be a good thing).

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                        crewsweeper Oct 29, 2013 11:52 AM

                        The "natural" is tasty but could use a tad more salt, IMO. Stirs up relatively easily on the open. And oil seems to stay mixed once refrigerated. Not sure what the diff between "organic" and "natural" as both are just peanuts and salt. There's no difference in nutritional value. Farming techniques on the peanuts, perhaps. Otherwise just a marketing gimmick.

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                          Rilke Oct 29, 2013 02:31 PM

                          "Natural" is mostly meaningless. "Organic" is not. There are plenty of sites that explain this better than I can, but the two terms are definitely different.

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                            goodhealthgourmet Oct 31, 2013 05:31 PM

                            Not sure what the diff between "organic" and "natural" as both are just peanuts and salt.
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                            As Rilke said, "natural" is a meaningless marketing term; organic is a legally defined qualification.

                            Conventionally-grown peanut crops are sprayed with multiple toxic chemical pesticides & fungicides. The soft, porous shell of the peanut allows for absorption of those industrial chemicals into the peanuts, and those residual chemicals end up in your "natural" peanut butter. Certified organic peanut crops aren't sprayed with those chemicals, so organic peanut butter isn't contaminated with those chemicals.

                            Peanuts (and tree nuts, corn and other grains) are vulnerable to certain strains of aspergillus mold that produce a dangerous by-product called aflatoxin, so conventional farmers often spray/treat the crops with fungicide to prevent mold formation. But aflatoxin can still develop after harvesting and processing, so spraying the crops with chemicals doesn't mean your peanut butter is aflatoxin-free - most commercial peanut butter (conventional and organic) contains some level of aflatoxin.

                            Mold isn't much of a problem in an arid climate, so aflatoxin contamination is much less prevalent in crops grown in those environments. New Mexico is one such place, and it's where Valencia peanuts are grown. I don't eat much in the way of peanuts or PB anymore, but when I do it's strictly an organic Valencia product.

                            I know the Kirkland organic PB is made with Valencia peanuts; I have no idea about the conventional.

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                          KaimukiMan Oct 19, 2013 01:08 PM

                          I saw that at costco a couple of weeks ago. didn't know how good it was - im picky about peanut butter.

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                          ns1 Oct 13, 2013 11:02 AM

                          Has anyone tried this stuffed flatbread in the frozen section?

                           
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                            blackpointyboots Oct 14, 2013 02:49 PM

                            We finally got a Costco out in the hinterland! This may be a seasonal thing as I have had people tell me they got other brands of steel cut oats at Costco before. They had a huge can of McCann's steel cut oats for $7.99 it was more than double the size of the ones I had been buying in the regular grocery store for $8.99.

                            Probably going to grab a canister of the chocolate covered salted caramels when I go back this week. They looked really good.

                            It seems like Costco shifts some of their offerings based on the region. Ours didn't have the premade sushi I have seen others mention. Most of the deli offerings looked good but were very pedestrian midwest foods like meatloaf, chicken pot pie etc. Is there any sort of guide or idea how Costco decides what to stock in a city or region?

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                              treb Oct 14, 2013 06:18 PM

                              I can tell you to stock up on the McCann's Steal Cut Oats, they're not a standard item. As for the salted caramels, they're dangerously good! Don't open in the car, you'll have none left when you get home.

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                                blackpointyboots Oct 17, 2013 04:35 PM

                                Found the salted caramels when I was in picking up a few things. I think the jar will have to find a hiding place, the rest of the fam has discovered them.

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                                  Feed_me Nov 26, 2013 12:01 AM

                                  Here in southern California, they sell a brand called Coach's Oats. It comes in a 4.5 lb resealable bags. I actually prefer it to the McCann's because it's toasted steel cut oats. I think it tastes better than McCann's. It's $5.99 here. Don't know if it's been mentioned before, but my sister told me about the Kirkland extra fancy unsalted mixed nuts: almonds, pistachios, cashews and pecans. She thought there were even some marcona almonds mixed in. I just got a 2.5 lb container and the nuts are good sized too. Just under 16 bucks.

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                                Chowrin Oct 14, 2013 06:26 PM

                                Okay. Where in the hinterlands are you?
                                We pretty much compare notes around here (that's why we ask for the store location)...
                                I know I can't get cornmeal for love or money here in PA (have tried pleading. just awful cornbread mix, instead).
                                Someone, somewhere has popcorn in their costco... Is that you guys?

                                It sometimes seems like Costco gets in special orders from locals, as well...

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                                  MidwesternerTT Oct 14, 2013 06:59 PM

                                  Are you talking prepared/bagged popcorn or kernels?

                                  We used to get great Popcornopolis, prepared coated caramelcorn / flavors, but Costco stopped buying from them (allowing their roving demo & sales station) last spring, nationwide I was told.

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                                    RWCFoodie Nov 1, 2013 08:31 PM

                                    Saw popcornopolis in the Redwood City CA store the other day...

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                                      MidwesternerTT Nov 2, 2013 06:07 PM

                                      And I found it in a Staples store (of all places) last week in Edina, MN

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                                    cstr Oct 15, 2013 07:34 AM

                                    Popcorn special in So CA, can't remember the brand but, it was a mix if cheese coated and caramel coated, they were giving samples, yummy!

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                                      ohmyyum Oct 15, 2013 01:57 PM

                                      Chicago mix! So glad Costco is now stocking it, it was pricey at Harris teeter!

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                                        ferret Oct 15, 2013 06:03 PM

                                        Probably G.H. Cretor's brand. It's been sold in the Chicago area stores for a while.

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                                          ohmyyum Oct 15, 2013 06:06 PM

                                          Yup that's the one! So good.

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                                      blackpointyboots Oct 17, 2013 04:34 PM

                                      Sioux Falls, SD

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                                        PHREDDY Oct 26, 2013 07:15 AM

                                        Thanks!

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                                      givemecarbs Oct 14, 2013 08:18 PM

                                      My Costco in the suburbs of Philly is carrying chicken pot pies again. They stop for the summer. They had meatloaf last year and I'm eagerly waiting for it's arrival this year. One thing I have wanted is tortillas that you cook yourself. Still no sign of them here.

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                                        crewsweeper Oct 29, 2013 11:53 AM

                                        We hjad one of the pot pies a couple of weeks ago. Pretty bland on the filling to me, but the crust was good.

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                                        Dee S Oct 29, 2013 02:30 PM

                                        I've had the salted caramels in the past; they are good but my personal fav is the Chocolate Covered Macadamia nut clusters with salted caramel. Yum!

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                                        Expat1234 Oct 14, 2013 07:37 PM

                                        In Charleston, SC there is a new Blue Crab Spread by Inland Market. It was just awful. No where near the quality and taste of the old Gold Coast Spread that used to be offered. It went in the trash. Tasted more like old fish. Guess the word Inland should have been a clue.

                                        1. sandiasingh Oct 15, 2013 07:25 AM

                                          Just found the "Fleurs D'Alsace," (elderflower tomme) cheese at the Albuquerque Rennaisance store. I am in so much trouble.

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                                            cstr Oct 15, 2013 07:34 AM

                                            They were sampling that last week in So CA, but it!

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                                              biondanonima Oct 15, 2013 02:12 PM

                                              This sounds amazing - I'll keep an eye out here in NY.

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                                                treb Oct 15, 2013 03:54 PM

                                                Its surprisingly good.

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                                              Jeri L Nov 10, 2013 04:33 PM

                                              Has anyone seen this in the Seattle area?

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                                              chileheadmike Oct 16, 2013 12:33 PM

                                              I just bought a membership. The store here opens on Saturday. I'm looking forward to it, but I imagine it will be a zoo for opening weekend.

                                              TJ's opened their first store here last summer and needed police to direct traffic for several days.

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                                                treb Oct 16, 2013 04:47 PM

                                                Enjoy the parade, it'll be a mob scene.

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                                                  NonnieMuss Oct 23, 2013 10:47 AM

                                                  How did it go, chileheadmike? If memory serves, you and I live in the same vicinity. I'm probably going out to join this weekend.

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                                                    chileheadmike Oct 24, 2013 08:32 AM

                                                    Mrs CHM and I did a self guided tour on Sunday without buying anything. We parked about a half mile away. Crowd was crazy.

                                                    I didn't see any super low prices or anything that I got too excited about. I'll get in early one day this weekend to actually make some purchases and see how it goes from there.

                                                    We are a family of 3, so a lot of what they sell is overkill for our small family.

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                                                      NonnieMuss Oct 28, 2013 01:03 PM

                                                      Finally went this weekend - the food was exciting to browse through - better stuff in general than Sam's, but oddly limited selection - no Chex Mix? No regular potato chips? Liked that the meat, while mostly sold in large quantities, were sometimes packaged in smaller chunks. But $6.99/lb. for short ribs? Puh-leez. $.97 per gallon for milk - wow. Sampled their made in-house chicken pot pie, which was lovely. The credit card readers died while we were there, so check-out was kind of a goat rope. Will enjoy going back when I have a cooking project or a party to cook for.

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                                                        boogiebaby Oct 29, 2013 12:07 PM

                                                        Costco does sell Ruffles brand potato chips. Maybe your store was sold out? They also do carry Chex Mix, as well as Pub Mix, their own Kirkland Snack Mix and a couple other mixes. I just got a bag of Chex Mix from there a couple weeks ago, but we do prefer the Snack Mix.

                                                        Short Ribs around here (So CA) are usually $8-12/lb in the grocery stores (depending on the store), so $6.99 is a good price, especially since Costco meats are much better quality than what we get in the regular stores. And $.97 for a gallon of milk? WOW!!

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                                                          NonnieMuss Oct 30, 2013 01:31 PM

                                                          I'm thinking maybe some shipments didn't come in - I've been twice and looked for Chex Mix and chips both times. Unless they're in a secret room somewhere, I'll just assume it's grand opening glitches. Short ribs around me are generally $5-$6 per pound, but I do like the quality of Sam's Club meat (over grocery store stuff), and am sure Costco will be similar.

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                                                            CindyJ Nov 3, 2013 06:59 AM

                                                            I just braised a pot full of Costco's boneless short ribs yesterday. SOOOOOO delicious! I like some (but not all) of their meat. Love their lamb chops but not their rib roasts. Love their (choice) beef tenderloins but not the NY strip steaks.

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                                                          chileheadmike Oct 29, 2013 01:20 PM

                                                          We have some visitors from out of the country at work for the next week or so. I'm firing up the WSM for a get together. I'll likely break in my costco card for brisket or a pork shoulder, ribs and chicken.

                                                          Interesting that when we were there on their opening weekend they were giving away samples of Italian Salami, last day of sale. They'd been open 2 days. Why bother stocking it?

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                                                            ferret Oct 29, 2013 02:29 PM

                                                            They do a number of one-off "traveling" specials that start showing up near the holidays. They generally have limited supplies of these products.

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                                                    givemecarbs Oct 16, 2013 06:41 PM

                                                    The "Christmas Crack" has arrived. I was moping around the pumpkin pies at my Montgomeryville Pa store when a container of peppermint bark levitated into my cart. I have hid it from myself and I'm not cracking it until Thanksgiving night. At least that is what I'm telling myself now.

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                                                      treb Oct 17, 2013 06:26 AM

                                                      ' I'm not cracking it until Thanksgiving night ' I'm willing to bet it's opened and the container is empty!

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                                                        KaimukiMan Oct 19, 2013 01:11 PM

                                                        no way it would last a month in my house. no matter where i hid it, someone would find it. of course that's not hard to believe since im single. LOL

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                                                        Ruth Lafler Nov 13, 2013 11:15 AM

                                                        The pumpkin pies looked great; I was tempted by the peppermint bark but managed to refrain.

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                                                        Beach Chick Oct 17, 2013 06:43 AM

                                                        Love love love the 3 loaves of pound cake in different flavors for around $6+..
                                                        Great with morning coffee, after dinner, toasted up or with fresh fruit.
                                                        Always a hit at the holidays..especially, when the in-laws are staying over.

                                                        Gotta say the huge bag of dark chocolate coconut chunks is fantastic for around $9...the super food combo is a plus too.

                                                        After the first buy of the Peppermint Bark, I'm over it..till next year. .maybe cuz I've inhaled the thing in record time and Guinness Book of World Records wants to get a recorded time stamp for the books.

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                                                          treb Oct 17, 2013 07:26 AM

                                                          ' Peppermint Bark, I'm over it..till next year ' Oh sure.... you'll be all over that container like a newlywed on the first night of your honeymoon!

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                                                          chez cherie Oct 17, 2013 06:51 AM

                                                          burbank, ca. CHANTERELLES. i adore them, and have to go to costco 2x a week when they appear, in order to eat as many as possible during their short season. $9.99 lb.

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                                                            blackpointyboots Oct 17, 2013 04:38 PM

                                                            They had those at the Sioux Falls, SD store when I was in there today.

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                                                            ricepad Oct 18, 2013 05:03 PM

                                                            The Stockton, CA Costco had a Lemon Artichoke pesto for a very short while about a month ago (I think it was their KS house brand, but I'm not sure), and I haven't seen it since. It was wonderful. Used it on pasta, in sandwiches, and on grilled mahi mahi.

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                                                              FoodDee Oct 18, 2013 10:09 PM

                                                              I think it was actually Cibo. They carried it regularly years ago but this was the first time recently (in WA). It came and went here too.

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                                                              emu48 Oct 18, 2013 10:28 PM

                                                              When I lived in Hawaii, there was never any problem finding those huge $5 jars of capers at the local Costco stores. Now I live in Johnson County, Kansas, and the Costcos here and in nearby Kansas City, Mo., have no capers. What's the deal, I asked an employee. He had to check with somebody, but the answer was: Capers are a seasonal item. Don't expect to find them all year round. WTF? How can capers be seasonal? Is this just some Midwestern weirdness or what? (Yeah, I use a lot of capers. In tuna salad. In pasta dishes. In sauces. With lox on bagels. Etc. Those tiny and expensive bottles in the grocery stores don't cut it for me.)

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                                                                treb Oct 19, 2013 07:08 AM

                                                                I've seen this, at Costco, in some areas of the country.

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                                                                  gingershelley Oct 20, 2013 08:07 AM

                                                                  Capers are a flower bud, and they are packed post-harvest in either brine or salt.

                                                                  Possible if costco arranged to ship and sell after harvest and packing of capers, they show up then, and their provider arrangement only sells them then, and not as a repeat item where they have put up enough to store and re-stock year 'round.

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                                                                    treb Oct 20, 2013 11:28 AM

                                                                    If you're lucky enough to have a Costco Business Center in your area, they carry them.

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                                                                    PinchOfSalt Oct 21, 2013 10:29 AM

                                                                    No problem finding capers at the Waltham MA Costco yesterday. Capers in brine or in salt have a very long shelf life, so I doubt this is a matter of Costco being unable to get them at this time of year. More likely what you are seeing is due to differences in regional food preferences. I have spent only a modest amount of time in the Midwest, but I would not be surprised if overall caper consumption was lower there than some other parts of the country, for example, along the Pacific coast or in the Northeast.

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                                                                      FoodDee Oct 23, 2013 06:52 PM

                                                                      They had them at the Woodinville, WA store today. I'm also starting to see hors d'ouevres items that they only carry for the holidays along with traditional thanksgiving foods.

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                                                                        KaimukiMan Oct 24, 2013 02:08 PM

                                                                        happened to notice them at the Honolulu Costco as well, not that it does emu any good any more. Time to come back emu!

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                                                                          emu48 Nov 29, 2013 12:46 PM

                                                                          Guess I gotta wait until I'm in Honolulu in January. Will mail myself a couple jars while I'm there. Hey, at least I can get young coconuts and apple bananas in Kansas (from Thailand, but as good as the Hawaii ones, and cheaper ... 888 International Market, Overland Park). Most of Kansas is a culinary desert, but not over here in the KC burbs.

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                                                                          gands Dec 11, 2013 07:50 PM

                                                                          They carry them in Omaha, NE. It's become quite a foodie town, as is Kansas City. Lots of great restaurants and sophisticated palates in both those cities.

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                                                                            PinchOfSalt Dec 11, 2013 10:59 PM

                                                                            Please don't get me wrong. I was not criticizing, just observing that regional tastes do vary, and along with that comes different choices made by Costco about what to stock regularly or seasonally. How many people cook certain recipes at home and the quality, range, and sophistication of local restaurants are two different things. To take the Midwest out of the equation, I will compare Boston (home) and Miami. I have no doubt that I could walk into a Costco in Miami and find all sorts of things that would take some effort to track down around here, and vice versa.

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                                                                          PHREDDY Oct 26, 2013 07:19 AM

                                                                          MMMMMMM????..Sounds like the " capers caper!"

                                                                        4. MidwesternerTT Oct 23, 2013 08:31 PM

                                                                          A non-food find, that I missed but will note for next year. Best price in the area (30% less than the lowest I'd found) for flu shots was featured in the ad book that just arrived in the mail.

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                                                                            treb Oct 24, 2013 06:39 AM

                                                                            Nice reminder, they beat every place. I believe it's $16.

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                                                                              treb Oct 24, 2013 03:09 PM

                                                                              Was at Costco today, flu shot $14.99.

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                                                                              Stephanie Wong Nov 4, 2013 09:31 AM

                                                                              Salinas California – $14.99 yesterday

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                                                                              elise h Oct 24, 2013 12:41 PM

                                                                              Not new at Costco, but new to me, are Del Real Carnitas.
                                                                              http://www.4chow.com/2013/03/carnitas...

                                                                              These are juicy, flavorful and convenient. A 2.5 pound package, with 2 separate bags of carnitas, costs $13 ($5.20/pound; no bone, no waste). I freeze 1 bag. The other bag, I just take out the amount I need, and microwave until hot. Eat as is, or put in tacos/burritos/salads; possibilities are endless. You cannot ask for more.

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                                                                                MidwesternerTT Oct 29, 2013 02:03 PM

                                                                                Not found in the MN Eden Prairie store, doggone it. I may have to request this.

                                                                              2. EWSflash Oct 26, 2013 10:30 AM

                                                                                Oh lordy, those sound good!

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                                                                                  crewsweeper Oct 29, 2013 11:55 AM

                                                                                  I agree. Have to look for that in North Florida.

                                                                                2. AmyInNC Oct 27, 2013 03:17 PM

                                                                                  Not a food find... But I was so excited to see "create a size" Kirkland paper towels today! (Winston Salem, NC). In the old version, the sheets were just too darned big. Kerry Gold butter is sadly still absent. Beautiful Honey Crisp apples. Yum!

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                                                                                    treb Oct 27, 2013 03:51 PM

                                                                                    Kerry Gold absent? Fill out a customer feed back card.

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                                                                                      JerryMe Oct 28, 2013 01:09 PM

                                                                                      Did you ask? I found Kerry Gold over by the cheese cases and not by the regular butter area with the milk.

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                                                                                        ohmyyum Oct 28, 2013 02:04 PM

                                                                                        I am also in W-S and when they had the 3pks of butter, it was near the kerrygold dubliner cheese. I haven't looked for it since because I primarily use sweet (not salted) butter and Trader Joe's carries the unsalted kerrygold for $3.29.

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                                                                                          AmyInNC Oct 28, 2013 02:37 PM

                                                                                          Interestingly, they have had it recently at the GSO store, 20-25 minutes away. Strange!
                                                                                          Ohmyyum is right, when they have had it, it was near (if not right beside) the KerryGold Dubliner Cheese. I looked where the Kirkland butter is (along with eggs, milk, etc.). ... just not there. I do plan to ask the next time I go.

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                                                                                          greygarious Nov 1, 2013 03:34 PM

                                                                                          Glad they've brought them back. I never got a response to the e-mail complaint I sent when they switched to the oversize perforations. A couple of months ago I got the select-a-size version of Brawny towels at the Nashua NH Costco. Those are good.

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                                                                                            goodhealthgourmet Dec 24, 2013 08:36 AM

                                                                                            Stick with the Brawny. My Costco didn't have that option so I bought the new Kirkland and they're probably the worst paper towels I've ever used. No absorption whatsoever, they just smear/spread whatever you're trying to wipe up.

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                                                                                              walker Dec 24, 2013 11:26 AM

                                                                                              Costco does not carry Viva (I have to buy from Target) but it really is a superior paper towel.

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                                                                                                goodhealthgourmet Dec 24, 2013 05:20 PM

                                                                                                I agree - I *love* Viva. I've been using the Kirkland for years just because they [used to be] pretty good and they're less expensive than name brands. Unfortunately after this change I'll be going with Brawny & Viva (depending on what's on sale at various stores).

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                                                                                                  CindyJ Mar 2, 2014 07:14 AM

                                                                                                  I think Target's store brand of paper towels is every bit as good as Viva; in fact, I'd be hard pressed to tell them apart in a blind test.

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                                                                                              goodhealthgourmet Nov 1, 2013 07:06 PM

                                                                                              Oh no! Does this mean the Kirkland *only* comes in select-a-size now? I hate that kind :(

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                                                                                                CindyJ Mar 2, 2014 07:15 AM

                                                                                                Funny, I LOVE the select-a-size. I use far fewer paper towels with that option.

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                                                                                              Big Bad Voodoo Lou Oct 30, 2013 02:16 PM

                                                                                              Is anyone still finding the Blaze balsamic glaze at their Costco? I read about it in the last thread, and it sounded like something I would love and want to put on EVERYTHING. Unfortunately, neither of the two Costcos in town (Orlando, FL) ever got it or had even heard of it.

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                                                                                                LuckyCharm Oct 30, 2013 07:50 PM

                                                                                                I definitely have seen this within the last month at a Maryland store. I want to say the Columbia store, for a mere $6-7.

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                                                                                                  elise h Oct 30, 2013 10:47 PM

                                                                                                  It is in stock in the San Francisco store.

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                                                                                                    Big Bad Voodoo Lou Oct 31, 2013 10:46 AM

                                                                                                    What section are you both finding it in? I've looked by the big, tall bottles of EVOO and balsamic vinegar, and even in the refrigerated cases near the cheeses and fancy dips and sauces.

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                                                                                                      elise h Oct 31, 2013 11:30 AM

                                                                                                      Sorry, I cannot accurately remember. It was on a bottom shelf, probably near the oils. What about calling the store directly? Good luck!

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                                                                                                        ferret Oct 31, 2013 12:09 PM

                                                                                                        Whenever I've seen it it's near the oils/balsamic and down a ways from the spices.

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                                                                                                          LuckyCharm Oct 31, 2013 03:29 PM

                                                                                                          In the baking aisle, on the side with the spices. I've seen it next to rib rub as well as the powdered Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning.

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                                                                                                            Big Bad Voodoo Lou Nov 8, 2013 08:17 PM

                                                                                                            Thanks to all of you, but I returned to my Costco today and they still don't have Blaze anywhere.

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                                                                                                              Cathy Dec 5, 2013 12:29 PM

                                                                                                              Order it from Costco online; shipping and handling included.

                                                                                                              http://www.costco.com/.product.11602983.html?cm_sp=RichRelevance-_-categorypageHorizontalTop-_-PopularProductsInCategory&cm_vc=categorypageHorizontalTop%7CPopularProductsInCategory

                                                                                                              Or try the sampler pack: http://www.costco.com/.product.116029...

                                                                                                              If you don't like it, you can return it to the store.

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                                                                                                                Big Bad Voodoo Lou Dec 9, 2013 10:47 AM

                                                                                                                Thank you very much!

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                                                                                                      laliz Oct 30, 2013 02:48 PM

                                                                                                      O.M.G.

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                                                                                                        laliz Oct 30, 2013 03:02 PM

                                                                                                        New to me ~~ Angus Cheeseburgers (frozen); they were giving samples and I liked it so I bought a box (8) and they are very good.
                                                                                                        Montclair CA

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                                                                                                          LuckyCharm Oct 30, 2013 07:48 PM

                                                                                                          Dragon Boat Dumpling Company has a roadshow. I caught them at Beltsville, tasting all 4 types they had, and buying a bag of the pork potstickers. Of course, more than half the bag is gone when I bought them last week but since its a roadshow I can't go back and get another. My dad had to run into the Arundel Mills store today--low and behold, he found the roadshow and stocked me up :-)

                                                                                                          For a frozen potsticker, they're delicious!

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                                                                                                            elise h Oct 30, 2013 11:48 PM

                                                                                                            Per a meat department employee, bone in prime rib roasts should arrive for the holidays. Apparently, they are a holiday only item. However, Costco routinely stocks a boneless roast ($9.99/pound).

                                                                                                            1. JerryMe Nov 1, 2013 10:09 AM

                                                                                                              We finally got to try the Fresca Tortillas. They're the ones that are not cooked and you heat them up on the griddle! Very, very good - really light and almost buttery tasting. They'll be on my future shopping lists.

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                                                                                                                Big Bad Voodoo Lou Nov 1, 2013 08:23 PM

                                                                                                                I am a huge fan of these tortillas, from Tortillaland. They're better than almost any restaurant tortillas I've ever had, and they blow all other storebought brands away.

                                                                                                              2. EWSflash Nov 1, 2013 07:07 PM

                                                                                                                Oh Gods, I would have been reminding myself that it would be easier to not buy it than to not get strung out on it. Toasted Coconut Cashews sounds so heavenly

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                                                                                                                  HealthNutForever Nov 1, 2013 10:37 PM

                                                                                                                  I finally found something I wanted for a long time, frozen organic pitted dark tart cherries at the great price of 9.99 for 3 pounds... I use them in shakes, coated them with chocolate, will be great for baking or just eating... they are so healthy, great for pain and insomnia.
                                                                                                                  On the same day I bought also frozen organic blueberries for the same price as cherries, so fantastic for yogurt or shakes.
                                                                                                                  And for my chocolate cravings got a box of chocolate bottles filled with varied liquors, 2.2 pounds for 15 dollars.

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                                                                                                                    treb Nov 2, 2013 05:27 AM

                                                                                                                    Cherries are good for arthritis pain, Costco always has great deals on frozen berries.

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                                                                                                                      HealthNutForever Nov 2, 2013 11:24 AM

                                                                                                                      Yes, they are one of the best antioxydants available, very anti inflamatory and therofre great for arthritis pain, they also contain melatonin and are great before sleep.

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                                                                                                                      sarahvw1 Nov 6, 2013 05:40 PM

                                                                                                                      Today I found frozen organic pitted dark cherries, but they were not tart (they were sweet) and they were $12.99 for three pounds (you got a real deal). The brand was Sunrise Growers. Is that the same package you found? I shop at the Jacksonville, FL Costco.

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                                                                                                                        roxlet Dec 5, 2013 04:44 PM

                                                                                                                        Where did you find these? Are these sour cherries? That's the holy grail!

                                                                                                                      2. EWSflash Nov 2, 2013 09:27 PM

                                                                                                                        Oh God help me- there were three or four whole prosciuttos at Costco today. they were $8.99/lb- one screaming deal, but jeez- can we utilize it? I kinda don't think so, but it looked so beautiful!

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                                                                                                                          treb Nov 3, 2013 05:21 AM

                                                                                                                          That's like half price for a Parma proschiutto, it lasts a long time in the frig, just cover the cut end well.

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                                                                                                                            roxlet Nov 3, 2013 06:43 AM

                                                                                                                            My husband gets whole prosciuttos, cuts them in quarters, and seals them. We have a slicer, so he'll take a quarter at a time to use whenever we want prosciutto. We use them fairly sparingly, so an entire prosciutto will last more than a year. Definitely worth it.

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                                                                                                                              sarahvw1 Nov 3, 2013 07:53 AM

                                                                                                                              Can you freeze the unused portion? Do you need to?

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                                                                                                                                roxlet Nov 4, 2013 06:47 AM

                                                                                                                                No, you absolutely don't need to freeze it. We just leave it in the refrigerator after sealing it up, and it's fine.

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                                                                                                                            rainey Nov 2, 2013 10:01 PM

                                                                                                                            Madagascar Bourbon vanilla beans at Los Angeles Costcos.

                                                                                                                            Ten beans for $12.

                                                                                                                            Do yourself a favor and when you open a glass tube of 5 beans, nip off one end of each bean. Put them back in the tube cut side down. Add about 1" of vodka and let them sit for a day or two. Now you'll be able to squeeze out vanilla bean paste like toothpaste from a tube. No splitting a skinny pod. No worry about how to store a partially used bean (it just goes back in the vodka).

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                                                                                                                              bear Nov 3, 2013 06:18 AM

                                                                                                                              Hey, thanks for the tip, rainey. I just bought some at the Waltham, MA store a few weeks ago prepping for holiday creme brûlée, etc. Great idea.

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                                                                                                                              djca Nov 3, 2013 07:22 PM

                                                                                                                              Happy to find Daelman's Stroopwafels at the Port Chester, NY Costco. $9.49 for a box of 48.

                                                                                                                              1. coney with everything Nov 4, 2013 05:23 AM

                                                                                                                                not exactly "food" but Costco by me (Detroit area) had a 24 pack of Mexican Coke products--12 Cokes, 6 orange Fanta, 6 Sprite--for about $16 plus deposit

                                                                                                                                1. tcamp Nov 4, 2013 11:20 AM

                                                                                                                                  Dang it, after reading through this thread I found myself driving over to Costco at lunch (I work nearby). I was unable to find the chocolate chunks, frozen dark cherries, quinces, persimmons, or the Pok Pok cookbook, all mentioned in this thread or elsewhere on Chowhound. Never fear, I found plenty of other things to buy.

                                                                                                                                  I understand, but sometimes hate, the regional variations. Newington, VA.

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                                                                                                                                    six dower Nov 4, 2013 04:10 PM

                                                                                                                                    Last trip I purchased the Edamame and Lentil Baked Chips. Yesterday I could not find them. The store reported that they may not receive them again. Anyone have any idea where I can buy them? BTW....they do NOT taste baked.

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                                                                                                                                      ferret Nov 4, 2013 04:34 PM

                                                                                                                                      As has been discussed here, you're dealing with a limited volume of store space and a steady flow of new and/or seasonal product so sometimes things disappear for a while to make room for new choices. Odds are that a favorite item will reappear. One of our favorite products, Everybody's Nuts! Salt & Pepper Pistachios disappeared for quite a while and then popped back into the regular rotation. So keep the home fires burning.

                                                                                                                                    2. LaureltQ Nov 8, 2013 11:16 AM

                                                                                                                                      My costco began carrying frozen ducks @ $2.99/lb

                                                                                                                                      As someone who LOVES to eat, but has never cooked a duck, I am thrilled at the prospect of inexpensive duck to experiment with!

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                                                                                                                                        c oliver Nov 8, 2013 11:20 AM

                                                                                                                                        Our Reno Costco has been carrying them for quite a while.

                                                                                                                                        Try this recipe:

                                                                                                                                        http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes...

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                                                                                                                                          LaureltQ Nov 8, 2013 11:56 AM

                                                                                                                                          I've been toying with the idea of buying the sousvide temp controller, and sousvide confitting the legs, searing the breasts, and making stock with the rest, but the 5 hour duck also looks good!!!!

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                                                                                                                                            c oliver Nov 8, 2013 12:16 PM

                                                                                                                                            Thats a photo of a woman firing a rifle.

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                                                                                                                                              LaureltQ Nov 8, 2013 12:38 PM

                                                                                                                                              So it is! Wrong link, here's the correct one!

                                                                                                                                              http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0088OTON4/r...

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                                                                                                                                                greygarious Nov 8, 2013 03:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                Maybe the duck-hunting trip is included in the 5 hours? '>P

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                                                                                                                                            PinchOfSalt Nov 9, 2013 11:54 AM

                                                                                                                                            The frozen $2.99/pound ducks have been available at the Waltham MA store for many months. It's so nice to find duck that does not come with a packet of icky orange sauce. For what it's worth, the ducks are halal - the only halal meat product that I have noticed in this Costco. For extra melting-pot credit, the frozen halal ducks are right next to the frozen kosher chickens. Love it!

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                                                                                                                                              RWCFoodie Nov 13, 2013 09:59 AM

                                                                                                                                              We've had them in the Redwood City CA store too...

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                                                                                                                                              EWSflash Dec 10, 2013 06:33 PM

                                                                                                                                              I send you all the good luck duck I can. I have never been successful at cooking it, but I know it can be done.

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                                                                                                                                              Big Bad Voodoo Lou Nov 8, 2013 08:19 PM

                                                                                                                                              Today I found ground bison at my Orlando store, which my wife and I love. I used to buy 12-ounce packages at Publix for $9.99, but Costco is now selling TWO-PACKS of 20-ounce packages for $16.99! Yes, that's 40 ounces for not even double the price of the 12-ounce package. I am blown away, and if it's even half as good as the kind from Publix, we'll be eating buffalo once or twice a week, instead of as a rare, special treat.

                                                                                                                                              1. boogiebaby Nov 10, 2013 06:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                Picked up some Artichoke Jalapeño dip from the refrigerated section. You serve it hot. Wow,this stuff is good! We has some people over Friday night and had it with the Veggie Dipping Chips (also from Costco). Will be getting more of both to serve as one of our Thanksgiving munchies!

                                                                                                                                                1. c oliver Nov 10, 2013 06:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Reno store. Plaza Royal Caviar, 2 oz, Italian farmed sturgeon roe, $68, with a little mother of pearl spoon. I've eaten this brand before and liked it a lot. Looking forward to this.

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                                                                                                                                                    estnet Nov 11, 2013 05:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                    when I got this last year I (and others) were VERY disappointed, It's been in N. Ca stores for the last few months and I'm not the least bit tempted :(

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                                                                                                                                                      c oliver Nov 11, 2013 05:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                      That's too bad :( I'd return it based on this but I found out that ANY food item that is returned is thrown out. Can't take the risk that it's been tampered with. We'll have extra martinis to start :) Thanks for the note.

                                                                                                                                                  2. Barbara76137 Nov 12, 2013 03:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                    I recently tried the wild rice/sea salt crackers and a vacuum-packed honey smoked wild salmon at the Plano, TX Costco. I polished off the crackers in one evening! The salmon needs to be eaten in 3-4 days once opened but is good until February unopened in the fridge, so I'm saving that until I have some company.

                                                                                                                                                    1. Ruth Lafler Nov 13, 2013 11:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                      I saw white truffle oil in the San Francisco Costco this week -- $14.99 for a generous-sized bottle. Anyone tried it?

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                                                                                                                                                        mutti Nov 18, 2013 04:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                        If it's the white truffle oil from the Urbani company it's fantastic, Urbani is the top of the line,not all truffle oil's are good,as a user of the oil for manny many years it's the only one to get,plus the price from them is also the tops.When I first started using there oil it cost me almost $45.00 so I consider this a gift.

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                                                                                                                                                          Ruth Lafler Nov 19, 2013 09:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                          Thanks, I'll check the producer next time.

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                                                                                                                                                            mutti Nov 19, 2013 12:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                            hi Ruth.... Am almost positive that it is the Urbani brand that they carry cause that is what I bought at the Costco in Kansas,I even had to buy and ship to friends.ha-haaa.

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                                                                                                                                                              walker Nov 19, 2013 09:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Yes, it's Urbani .. now what do I do with it? Drizzle it over plain pasta?

                                                                                                                                                              Is this the same stuff Mario Batali bans from his restaurants?

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                                                                                                                                                                MidwesternerTT Nov 20, 2013 07:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                Great on leafy salads, too, or as a bread dip.

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                                                                                                                                                                  Ruth Lafler Nov 20, 2013 10:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  Many restaurants have abused truffle oil. But that doesn't mean it can't be used appropriately. Experiment with it!

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                                                                                                                                                              goodeatsgal Dec 11, 2013 09:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                              The white truffle oil I saw tonight at the Redwood City store was also Urbani.

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                                                                                                                                                            rasputina Nov 18, 2013 05:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                            The MaraNatha roasted almond butter is fabulous. My daughter made a bunch of almond butter cups with milk chocolate with it. It even stays soft in the fridge.

                                                                                                                                                            Has anyone tried the Rodelle cocoa powder? I usually use Valrhona or KAF black cocoa or double dutch. Anyway, I was getting low so I bought the Rodelle at Costco but haven't cooked with it yet.

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                                                                                                                                                              roxlet Nov 18, 2013 05:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                              I'd be very interested to hear more about the cocoa powder once you bake with it. I like the Costco chocolate chips as well as their vanilla, and since I do a lot of baking, the size works out for me. How big a package is the cocoa?

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                                                                                                                                                                rasputina Nov 18, 2013 05:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                It's 25 oz for 8 dollars. Here is the listing on their website

                                                                                                                                                                http://www2.costco.com/Browse/Product...

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                                                                                                                                                                treb Nov 18, 2013 07:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                I'm on my 2nd jar, I like the intense flavor, plus it's a deal.

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                                                                                                                                                                  zhawna Nov 19, 2013 09:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  I'm not a fan of the Rodelle. I used it to make a sable cookie, and the flavor was really lacking compared to batches made with other richer cocoa powders.

                                                                                                                                                                  I also tried it in hot chocolate, and again, the flavor was disappointing.

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                                                                                                                                                                    rasputina Nov 19, 2013 12:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Ok, thanks for the review. I haven't used mine yet.

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                                                                                                                                                                    jsaimd Nov 19, 2013 11:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    We were fairly neutral on it when we used it last year. It wasn't the worst, wasn't the best. For the price it was nice, because the kids use cocoa in breakfast foods (cocoa hot cereal - they like the bitter). But... it must have been aromatic enough because we stored it in the garage and one night the rats chewed through the plastic and into the cocoa - that was the end of that container.

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                                                                                                                                                                    Beach Chick Nov 20, 2013 07:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    OMG..the 'Main Street Bistro' Scalloped Pot's for $6.49 is out of this world good.

                                                                                                                                                                    Tortas that look like ciabatta rolls are delicious for sandwiches..

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                                                                                                                                                                      ricepad Nov 20, 2013 11:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      Yeah, those torta rolls are great for just about anything, including this all-Costco sandwich: My son splits the roll, then slathers some basil pesto onto both sides. He pulls apart a couple string cheese sticks and lays them on one half, then toasts both top and bottom in the toaster oven. Then he adds several slices of Kirkland sliced ham, puts it all together, and has a sandwich that fills the house with wonderful aromas.

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                                                                                                                                                                      mrsjoujou Nov 20, 2013 09:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      we loved the creme brûlée that I purchased a while ago and they had it back yesterday in Tustin II, CA store. I also got a new item called, Hail Merry (Miracle Tart chocolate Minis) made with organic maple syrup, cocoa, raw almond flour, organic coconut oil and sea salt. I haven't tried yet but I am hoping for the best.

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                                                                                                                                                                        Erika RollerGirl Nov 26, 2013 05:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        If those Hail Merry treats are the same as they sell at Whole Foods (which it seems like they are based on the ingredients you listed), you are in for a real (healthy-ish) treat! I will definitely keep an eye out for that in my local Costco.

                                                                                                                                                                        What section were they in? Whole Foods keeps them in the refrigerator near the dairy.

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                                                                                                                                                                          emily Dec 4, 2013 11:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          I like those Hail Merry Tarts (particularly the chocolate almond), but they pack in quite a few calories!

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                                                                                                                                                                            mrsjoujou Dec 5, 2013 04:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Loved them and we only have one little one left ;( It was in the same section as the creme brûlée in the end refrigerator case. Unfortunately there is no sign of them any more.

                                                                                                                                                                        2. mcf Nov 21, 2013 01:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Costco Commack, NY had organic turkeys from Washington state, got one for my deep fryer, I'm spatchcocking and roasting another one from Bell and Evans.

                                                                                                                                                                          Also found a tall glass bottle of non GMO avocado oil for high temp cooking. May end up using it cosmetically, too. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                          They had the seasonal cranberry coated goat cheese log that family loves, and Wensleydale with cranberries.

                                                                                                                                                                          I'm so bummed about the dips. My faves are gone replaced by others with tons of gums, carageenan, etc. I really liked their spinach dip and artichoke parmesan.

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                                                                                                                                                                            sarahvw1 Nov 21, 2013 02:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Couldn't find the coconut cashews in Jacksonville, FL Asked the guy in the red vest, and was told that it was probably a one-time thing. Rats!! On a happy note, the Kirkland Rack of Pork is back for the hollidays. Sooooo good!

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                                                                                                                                                                              cstr Nov 21, 2013 03:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              Just saw organic baby kale, looked great. So CA.

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                                                                                                                                                                                Rilke Nov 21, 2013 03:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                This has become a frequent purchase for us. Equally good raw in salads and sauteed in olive oil.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Beach Chick Nov 21, 2013 06:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  I've been addicted to the brussel sprouts/kale/cabbage salad that is in the produce refrigerated area and its julienned with poppy seed dressing and pumpkin seeds/cranberries/sunflowers..this is so dang good and about $4 for a huge bag.

                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm not really a bag chick of salad but this is fantastic and I serve it with fresh mango (from Costco), fresh shrimp and a little red chile flake peppers with more poppy seed dressing or Asian dressing..everyone loves when I serve this.
                                                                                                                                                                                  You could use grilled chicken breast too.

                                                                                                                                                                                  This is the healthy bomb!

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                                                                                                                                                                                    RWCFoodie Nov 29, 2013 04:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    I started buying that salad last Winter. We love it and it's good for you, what a concept!

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                                                                                                                                                                                  rasputina Nov 21, 2013 04:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Organic turkey has arrived at my Texas Costco. I bought 2.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Island Nov 21, 2013 06:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Costcos in San Diego used to carry big chewy ginger (molasses?) cookies this time of year. Packages the same as their chocolate chip or oatmeal cookies. Oh man I loved those, but haven't seen them the last 2 years. Anyone have them in your area?

                                                                                                                                                                                    DH picked up a container of chocolate covered salt caramels when in Madison WI in Sept. They were great, but alas don't have them here. Manufactured by a company in Michigan. I think the name began with an R, but didn't write it down. Anyone know the name; I'd like to contact them for a boat load more!

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                                                                                                                                                                                      rasputina Nov 29, 2013 09:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Costco was dead today. They had regular turkeys for .49 cents a pound ( picked a couple up for the dogs) and organic turkey's for .99 cents a pound ( picked up 2 more for us).

                                                                                                                                                                                      Picked up the Costco cookbook too, which looks pretty good this year.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        gordeaux Nov 30, 2013 08:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        My new Costco opened a few days ago a few blocks away. On an impulse, I bought a refrigerated, pre-made / pre-packaged chicken dish called "Chicken Taj Mahal." I'm an Indian/Pakistani food junkie, so I figured, wth, and bought it as a trial to add to the night I make an Indian feast at home. I'll try it soon enough, but I'm curious, anyone try this? Is it garbage?

                                                                                                                                                                                        I'll also break down and try the red curry chicken, anyone tried it?
                                                                                                                                                                                        Also, we tried the new bbq brisket sammich, and while it wasn't my ideal at ALL, I would easily get another one. I would much rather have plain sliced smoked brisket on bread with no sauce, and maybe a few pickles to munch on, but for 4.99, it was easily worth the price.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          givemecarbs Dec 1, 2013 02:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          I got that sandwich today gordeaux at my montgomeryville pa Costco and it hit the spot. I thought I would have to take half of it home but I polished it off. They did ask if I wanted the slaw on the side or on the sandwich and I got it on the side. The sandwich wasn't overly sauced which is good because I was wearing a white sweater. :) I wasn't expecting too much so I was pleasantly surprised. It's a busy time of year so I would get it again as a quick pick me up.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          Jeri L Nov 30, 2013 01:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          2 pack of Beecher's "Worlds Best" macaroni and cheese for $13.69 in Seattle.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            I found the Olio Nuovo olive oil from the Fall 2013 harvest at the Seattle store. This is a really good olive oil with a nice grassy flavor and only $7.99.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              pine time Dec 4, 2013 08:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              We're going back to CostCo today for more boxes of frozen "Sukhi's Indian Bites" listed as "savories from the street stalls of India"--36 appetizers of aloo tikkis, spinach pakoras, lentil vadas, and 2 dipping sauces, tomato chutney and cilantro chutney. IIRC, about $13.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Very good stuff, and soooo much easier than homemade (and I've made 'em all from scratch before--will now buy these). The tikkis have a nice kick, too, and everything is well spiced.

                                                                                                                                                                                              (This was in San Diego County.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                Beach Chick Dec 4, 2013 08:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Those sound fantastic and my Costco is in Poway!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  pine time Dec 4, 2013 08:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I got 'em either at Poway or Carmel Mountain--always get those 2 confused. We once showed up to pick up prescription glasses, only to be (once again) at the wrong store.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  P.S. the appetizers really are good. Write back to tell me what you think.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    Beach Chick Dec 4, 2013 08:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    LOL. .
                                                                                                                                                                                                    I do the same but the one I frequent and love is in Poway..but go to Carmel Mtn if the other is out.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  bear Dec 4, 2013 08:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks, pine time. Those sound terrific!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Rick Dec 6, 2013 12:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Has anyone tried the Costco Fruit Cake? It's $15 and I'm hesitant.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    JerryMe Dec 11, 2013 11:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hey Rick - I have not tried the Fruit Cake (fruit cake really isn't my thing) BUT I would not hesitate to try it and if it sucks, just make sure to save your receipt. I've never had a problem returning things to Costco. They'll put the amount on a gift card for you to use and your discretion.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      roxlet Dec 12, 2013 11:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      You don't even need a receipt. They have your purchases attached to your membership card, so when they scan it, it's right there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. meatn3 Dec 6, 2013 01:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    My Costco (Raleigh, NC) had a nice deal on a cheese assortment the other day - Reg. 16.99 less 7:00 at the register.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    2 year old Grafton Village reserve raw milk cheddar (8 oz.), Montchevre mini cabrie goat milk brie (4.4 oz) and Roth buttermilk blue (4 oz.) shrink wrapped on a approx. 6 X 9 inch wood cutting board. Nice little hostess gift!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      JerryMe Dec 11, 2013 11:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Or as a keeper, Meatn3! I'll look for that - I'm heading to Costco this week. I do need a hostess gift.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. knowspicker Dec 7, 2013 05:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Seattle store had American Wagyu beef today. $29.99 a lb for rib steaks or New York. $18.99 [I think, not 100 percent sure] for tri tip. They looked really good. It was all I could do not to pick some up but we had other plans for dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      They also had cases of Beringer Cabernet or Chardonnay for $67 and change with a $48 dollar mail in rebate form attached bringing the per bottle price down to about $1.68. Not the best but for price I think it beats Charles Shaw.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      They also had wild caught prawns at the Seafood Roadshow for $13.99 a lb. U15s I think they were big. First time I have seen wild caught there.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        treb Dec 7, 2013 09:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Beringer for 1.68, great for cooking. I think CS is now over 4 per bottle.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          knowspicker Dec 8, 2013 08:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I didn't mention that it's the 2011 Beringer Founders' Estate.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            treb Dec 8, 2013 11:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Even better, a tad of an older vintage!! Just think, the cost of the bottle, faux cork, label, box etc, Beringer is potentially selling it to Costco at about .75 per bottle. It's a no brainer,cost wise, to get a case, very little down side risk.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              knowspicker Dec 9, 2013 08:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              The real price Costco is selling is $5.66 per bottle but after getting the $48 mail in rebate the per bottle price comes to $1.67. Totally worth the stamp :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                jaydub22 Feb 25, 2014 07:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Have you received your rebate yet? I haven't gotten mine.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  knowspicker Feb 25, 2014 09:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I haven't... Inmar replied that due to high volume the rebates are taking longer than expected to process.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    jaydub22 Feb 26, 2014 08:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Can you send me a link or website for me to check? I didn't make a copy of the completed form, just the costco receipt. Thanks...jaydub22@yahoo.com

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      knowspicker Feb 27, 2014 06:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You can track your rebate here https://inmarrebates.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It's easy as you just enter info from the form.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        jaydub22 Feb 27, 2014 05:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thank You, Thank You, Thank You,!!!!!!!!! Perfect!!!!!!!!! Mine is "In Process"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dax Feb 25, 2014 09:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We got ours this week and it was less than we spent on the difference in the executive membership. Oh well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      brilynn79 Mar 11, 2014 09:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mine was as well and they made up the difference when I went to the store if that helps.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I actually had purchased another membership not knowing we had the rebate, found it, went back to customer service and they gave me the cash difference.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          truman Dec 9, 2013 09:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Concordville, PA: fresh pierogies. They were demo'ing them on Saturday morning, and it was all I could do to move away from the sample table. Potato-cheese filling, not too unhealthy, and priced well (3 trays of 12 for about $8, IIRC?). I'm eating the leftovers for lunch as I type this... nom nom nom.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            JerryMe Dec 11, 2013 11:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Fresh pierogies? Not in the freezer section? Where would I look for these - pierogies are a PITA to make.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              truman Dec 17, 2013 10:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yes, fresh, not frozen. They were in the fridge case on the way into the veggie cooler, near the stuffed cabbage, felafel, fresh pasta, etc.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                ferret Dec 17, 2013 11:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Possibly Kasia's brand?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  JerryMe Dec 17, 2013 12:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks Truman - They're on my list and I'll look for them!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                roxlet Dec 12, 2013 11:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yonkers, NY. They had fresh pierogies demoing too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                goodeatsgal Dec 11, 2013 09:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tonight in Redwood City, CA, they had Fini Modena Organic Barrel Aged Red Wine Vinegar. A package of 2 bottles, 16.9 oz. each, for $8.59. I haven't tasted it yet, but it seemed like such a good deal compared to the organic red wine vinegar I usually get (which isn't from Italy).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  treb Dec 12, 2013 10:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Just saw Cento San Marzano Certified DOP whole tomatoes, 6 cans for 8.99, this is a fabulous deal.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    bear Dec 12, 2013 10:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I snagged some of those last month, treb. Sorry, should have posted. I'm guessing you were in Waltham, MA?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I sure hope they sell well because it would be great to have a consistent source at such a great price.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    By the way, the Nina brand of DOP San Marzanos is exclusive to Costco, I believe, and they are a steal at something like $3.69 for a #10 can. I usually just freeze whatever I don't use since that's a lot of tomatoes!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      treb Dec 13, 2013 03:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Saw Cento's in Nashua, less than half the price of the same in super markets. I've used Nina many times, especially when I'm making enough to freeze. They're excellent.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Rick Jan 3, 2014 01:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I really like the smoked white fish from ACME. They happen to have this year round at my local (Pittsburgh) Costco.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Big Bad Voodoo Lou Mar 2, 2014 07:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh, that's the best! I live near two Costcos, but the less-convenient one is the only one that carries the ACME smoked whitefish. When I find it, it's always a rare and wonderful treat.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        sarahvw1 Mar 2, 2014 08:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Is the whitefish in the refrigerated section, or is it shelf stable like smoked salmon?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Big Bad Voodoo Lou Mar 2, 2014 05:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Refrigerated case near the nova salmon, pickled herring jars, caviar, etc.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            GuttWorm Mar 5, 2014 05:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It's in the kosher fridge in my costco.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        GuttWorm Mar 4, 2014 02:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sounds great, but I would eat them in one sitting and hate you for it, so I'll abstain. You're welcome ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          smoledman Mar 5, 2014 12:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Not a food find, but I was shopping at Costco yesterday and just walking past the pizza/hot dog concession in front it was THAT smell of pizza from my childhood. I can't even explain it, but that's how Round Table smelled back in the 1980s. No other pizzas smell like that. Maybe it's the olives?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh and the pepper/salt/garlic pistachios are $20 a bag now(yikes). I know that because the cashier told that to the guy putting my stuff in the cart. I guess I never paid that much attention to the price of that item before, but damn. $20 is steep. Gonna rethink that.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ferret Mar 5, 2014 05:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It's a 3-pound bag. $20 is still a good price.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              treb Mar 5, 2014 10:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Actually that's a deal for pistachio's, you're getting a large 3lb bag.

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