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Cost Plus Foods--Wowsers!

sandiasingh Dec 4, 2013 08:06 AM

I don't go into Cost Plus much because there is nothing there I need, but around the holidays I drop in for stocking stuffers, etc. I was there yesterday and was amazed at the variety of imported foods they have from so many countries. I have a German friend and asked the clerk where the German foods were. She showed me about 20 different items from noodles to mustards, sauerkrauts to marzipan. I was blown away.

Do your Cost Plus stores usually carry such a large inventory of international foods or is this just a holiday thing?

  1. westsidegal Dec 5, 2013 10:52 PM

    the one near me has a large, diverse, food department.

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      WishyFish Dec 5, 2013 10:47 PM

      I was in search of whole nutmeg too about 2 weeks ago and ended up at cost plus/world market. I also found juniper berries, dried lavender, whole star anise, and Jammie dodgers! The Jammie dodgers were for a Dr. Who party. :) The blood orange soda they have is the best. ... I could go on..... And on....

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        grangie angie Dec 4, 2013 02:51 PM

        Huge bag(14 oz.)of whole black peppercorns for $2.99 here in Seattle area.....also called Cost Plus~World Market.

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          autumm Dec 4, 2013 02:45 PM

          Its a great place to get a variety of ginger beers.

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            sabastiyah Dec 4, 2013 02:42 PM

            World Market is one of my top go-to places for international foods, snacks, and chocolate.

            I am especially happy that they carry Kinder Bueno and UK chocolates that I love but have trouble finding here in the States.

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              Alan408 Dec 4, 2013 08:29 AM

              Regarding international foods, in the olden days Cost Plus used to be called Cost Plus Imports.

              International foods (and other imported items) are what they sell.

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              1. re: Alan408
                sandiasingh Dec 4, 2013 08:45 AM

                Which is why I don't shop there often because it's mostly junk made overseas. FOOD, OTOH, is another story :-))

                They do have very reasonable and attractive table top stuff, open stock so easily replaced. And I like their selection of storage jars, etc.

                We have a Total Wine store here so I haven't bought wine at Cost Plus (World Market or whatever they are calling themselves) for years.

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                pine time Dec 4, 2013 08:19 AM

                I've bought some of their international food items for years--ours has a good selection, too.

                Some of the items, such as the marzipan, for example, are seasonal.

                Plus, their wine selection is always a serendipity.

                1. JerryMe Dec 4, 2013 08:09 AM

                  I don't think it's a holiday thing - we shop there for birthday and wedding gifts and always peruse the food area. That's were I got my whole nutmeg.

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                  1. re: JerryMe
                    sandiasingh Dec 4, 2013 08:18 AM

                    Good to know as whole nutmeg can be hard to find. I'm still using some I bought in a Singapore spice market in 1996, but my supply is running out with all the holiday baking.

                    Our store used to have a much smaller selection of international foods. Lots of Marzetti products which you can buy at many other places, lots and lots of candy and sweets, which I don't eat, coffees, teas, etc. but they are devoting more and more floor space to foods. And I was surprised to see knockoffs of Restoration Hardware furniture too.

                    I will definitely be stopping in more often.

                    1. re: sandiasingh
                      FriedClamFanatic Dec 4, 2013 08:23 AM

                      You can get whole nutmeg from Penzey's as well

                      1. re: FriedClamFanatic
                        sandiasingh Dec 4, 2013 08:28 AM

                        Oh shoot--I forgot and just placed a Penzey's order.

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