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The Costco Thread (Ontario - 2014 - part 1)

ylsf Jan 1, 2014 12:45 AM

A new thread to discuss Costco products, etc available in the Ontario market.

The previous thread is here:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8842... and has some great info but as some users pointed out it is getting quiet large.

We can see how this thread goes and if it gets too big again after a few months we can break it down by quarter otherwise maybe we can get a half a year out of this thread.

Please mention the location if you are discussing a particular find!

  1. kwass Jan 1, 2014 04:38 AM

    Glad that you've started a new thread. The other one was waaaaaay too long.

    1. elvisahmed Jan 1, 2014 10:02 AM

      Thanks Subscribed

      1. Nevy Jan 2, 2014 03:37 PM

        I’m going to be honest, I didn’t write the prices or size so most of these are just from memory. So take these with a grain of salt ;)

        Location - Mississauga Central location
        New items this week

        Oceans Pole and Line Yellowfin Tuna - $9.99, 6 cans

        Earth Balance Peanut Coconut Oil spread, $9.99, 454 lb

        189 Hardwood by Premiere Moisson 3 box of mini croissant, pain au chocolate, and pain aux raisin. I normally don't buy frozen pastries because they use shortening or oil. These are the real deal! No oil, shortening, or palm. Just flour, butter, water, yeast, sugar, and the filling of raisin or chocolate. They're made in Quebec and they were really tasty. Crispy, butter, and I can’t believe it was frozen. For 3 boxes, only $11.49.

        Sanders Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel - $9.99, 1 kg. Seriously addicting. If you love caramel, this is a must try

        Kirkland brand Guatamala whole bean coffee. 907 g for $9.99. It’s seriously bold… I had to add more water than I normally do and it turned out to be fairly tasty.

        Strained Tomato in glass (I think it's called Victoria brand). 12 1 litre bottles for $12. Great deal. I think this is from Italy. It's been a while since I have seen glass containers for the tomato.

        On Sale

        Stirling Salted Butter - $3.49, 1 lb block. I have never seen this brand be this low. Yes, it's salted butter... but it's so much better than anything else on the mass market (Sealtest...)

        All of the Christmas items are gone at this time… except for the Godiva Christmas basket which is only $19.97 for a GIANT basket. I think it was $49.99 regular

        Lots of Cereal are on sale (Kirkland Maple Nut, Jordan’s 4 Nut Medley Muesli…)

        They weren’t a lot of items on sale compared to most regular weeks as I think they’re transitioning to the new year. I’m expecting a lot of changes next week and the sales to come back

        Limited Stock (not DC but looks to be selling out)

        Black's Family Cinnamon Twists - $ 8.49, 725 g. These are non dairy, no butter, no eggs, and low fat cookie flakey pastries. For vegans or people on a diet, these are pretty awesome. 60 calories for only 2 pastry twists.

        Lacey’s Milk Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookie - $10.49. These are the last of the Christmas cookies I saw. Maybe half a shelf left.

        Restocked items

        Made in Nature Organic Calimyrna Figs - $11.49, 1.13 kg. I seriously love these and they’re so sweet and juicy for a dried fruit!

        36 Replies
        1. re: Nevy
          plug Jan 4, 2014 10:35 AM

          they have stirling unsalted 84 churn butter at the markham east location 454g for $5.79
          i used to buy half a stick for more $$ at st.lawrence mkt

          1. re: Nevy
            Flexitarian Jan 5, 2014 03:28 PM

            Too bad they went from selling 6 bottles of (La San Marzano) strained tomatoes for $5.99 to 12 bottles for $11.99. I used them for my pizza's and 6 took long enough to use as I could make a dozen personal pizzas from one bottle. 12 is going to take forever!

            1. re: Flexitarian
              GRobin Jan 9, 2014 06:47 AM

              I use those strained tomatoes in soups, to make gazpacho, for pasta sauce and even for Bloody Marys if I thin it out a bit.

            2. re: Nevy
              peppermint pate Jan 6, 2014 07:07 PM

              Have you ever tried the Earth Balance peanut coconut spread? They had 750g jars at Billy Bishop for $5.99 last week - was tempted but didn't try it this time. Jealous of the Premiere Moisson pastries - I almost never see those at Billy Bishop.

              1. re: peppermint pate
                kwass Jan 6, 2014 07:15 PM

                Those, I know for sure they have @ the Vaughan location. I saw them today. They really do look good. I wanted to buy them, but I'm not a fan of chocolate croissants...i know...it's sacrilege for me to say that.

                1. re: kwass
                  peppermint pate Jan 6, 2014 07:26 PM

                  Eeps, just when I thought we had so much in common kwass! I'd actually be just as happy with only the plain croissants - I like to bake them for my kids sometimes for a nice toasty breakfast treat.

                  1. re: peppermint pate
                    kwass Jan 6, 2014 07:33 PM

                    Sorry pp. Strange as it is, I've never really been a fan of chocolate pastries/desserts, with a few exceptions of course :)

                    1. re: kwass
                      peppermint pate Jan 6, 2014 07:44 PM

                      Ah well, we'll always have Black Camel...:)

                      1. re: peppermint pate
                        kwass Jan 6, 2014 07:49 PM

                        Yes we will!!!

                      2. re: kwass
                        Nevy Jan 6, 2014 08:02 PM

                        I'm quite amused by your icon and your statement. :). I'm assuming doughnuts and butter tarts are the only exception?

                        Before I forget, would you say most premade non bakery butter tarts are bad? I saw some 'grandma' butter tarts in the Costco bakery area. I'm not sure if they were new or not and if they were any good. I've never had a MC one so I don't know what a fantastic butter tart is supposed to be like.

                        1. re: Nevy
                          kwass Jan 6, 2014 08:06 PM

                          No, they're not the exception. I would never have a chocolate butter tart, and I tend not to eat chocolate doughnuts. I do, however, love the tuxedo mousse cheesecake from the Cheescake Factory that they sell @ Costco.

                          As for butter tarts, I would never buy non-bakery butter tarts...ever!!! And I don't want you to think that I'm being a snob when I say that, because I'm the furthest thing from a food snob. They simply don't compare.

                          And Nevy, you HAVE to try a MC butter tart. They are incomparable!!

                          1. re: kwass
                            Nevy Jan 6, 2014 08:20 PM

                            I wouldn't think it is food snobbery to consider weeks old baked manufacturer goods comparably to freshly made bakery items. Sometimes an item surprises you though... Like those frozen croissants. :)

                            It's like the 2 premix bar cookies they have at Costco. The ghiradelli brownie mix and the Starbucks copycat cranberry bliss bar (btw, it's on sale for 4.97). As much as I love the idea, I don't think they're going to as good from making them from scratch.

                            1. re: Nevy
                              kwass Jan 6, 2014 08:26 PM


                    2. re: kwass
                      Nevy Jan 6, 2014 07:36 PM

                      The plain and raisin makes up for it. Honestly, if you bake these up a bit longer than specified, the outer layers just shatters crisply and then gives way to a buttery soft interior. Easily the best frozen croissant I ever bought. I've never seen outer layers separate on a premade frozen before.

                      As for the coconut spread, I haven't tried it. I'm curious because I have no idea why you'd cut peanut butter with 2 other fats and a syrup. It has coconut oil, palm oil, and agave syrup. I rather have just 100% peanut.

                      1. re: Nevy
                        peppermint pate Jan 6, 2014 07:41 PM

                        Yeah, same, I didn't buy it because I worried it would be sickly sweet. I like the 100% peanut butter from the Big Carrot. But it did catch my eye.

                        1. re: peppermint pate
                          Nevy Jan 6, 2014 07:51 PM

                          Perhaps someone can enlighten me more about the brand but I suspect it's trying to ride the 'coconut oil' trend. If it was truly about using coconut oil for its great health benefits, it wouldn't use palm oil.

                          Big Carrot... Now that is an old name I haven't heard in a while. It's too bad it's too far from me now. I wonder if they still have those really tasty date bars.

                          Oh ... back to Costco, my friend just told me about her ridiculous after Christmas sale spree. They had the 1 kg Pannetone grappa custard filled (made in italy) for $3.97. It makes awesome french toast supposedly. She also grabbed the 3 box if after 8 for 6.97 and the large container of quality street for only $5.97. Turtles (2 box) was only $4.97. This was in Ottawa.

                          1. re: Nevy
                            peppermint pate Jan 6, 2014 07:55 PM

                            I've tried various kinds of jarred and fresh ground 100% peanut butters but Big Carrot is my favourite (Bulk Barn is good too).

                            I must say this thread has really shown me how much product variation AND pricing there is between Costco locations.

                          2. re: peppermint pate
                            kwass Jan 6, 2014 07:57 PM

                            That's strange that the 100% peanut butter from the Big Carrot was sweet. I buy in-house made peanut butter from health food stores all the time and it's always perfect, not sweet @ all. In fact, since I've started buying it, I never buy store brand peanut butter anymore.

                            1. re: kwass
                              peppermint pate Jan 6, 2014 07:59 PM

                              Oh no, I was worried the Earth Balance peanut and coconut spread would be sweet - Big Carrot peanut butter is perfectly not sweet.

                              1. re: peppermint pate
                                kwass Jan 6, 2014 08:08 PM

                                Oh ok. That makes sense.

                          3. re: Nevy
                            kwass Jan 6, 2014 07:44 PM

                            Ok, you've convinced me Nevy. And truth be told, I'm sure it won't be difficult to find someone who would take the pain au chocolate from me ;)

                            1. re: kwass
                              Nevy Jan 6, 2014 07:54 PM

                              Ha! I hope it delights others as well... I found the baking direction resulting in underwhelming pastry so that's why I recommend a touch longer.

                              1. re: Nevy
                                peppermint pate Jan 6, 2014 07:57 PM

                                I do the same thing - and usually flip them over once so they crisp up nicely on both sides. I wish I had some in the freezer to bake up tomorrow morning when it's minus a million...

                                1. re: Nevy
                                  kwass Jan 6, 2014 08:09 PM

                                  How much longer do you bake them?

                                  1. re: kwass
                                    Nevy Jan 6, 2014 08:16 PM

                                    I want to say that I baked them for another 5 minutes but I really just starred at them for the last few minutes and eye balled it more for colour. The directions resulted in a pale blonde lightly puffed croissant so I raised the temp another 25 F and left it in. When the outer shell was a light bronze, I took it out and ate over the sink. ;)

                                    1. re: Nevy
                                      kwass Jan 6, 2014 08:20 PM

                                      Lol...thanks Nevy.

                                      1. re: kwass
                                        Nevy Jan 9, 2014 06:24 AM

                                        I made a few of them this morning and I love how these rise up so much into crunchy layers

                                        1. re: Nevy
                                          kwass Jan 9, 2014 06:58 AM

                                          They look delicious Nevy. I can't wait to make them. I'm going to pick some up next week.

                          4. re: peppermint pate
                            mrsleny Jan 6, 2014 09:19 PM

                            I was very tempted by the Earth Balance peanut coconut spread but saw it contained palm oil. Trying desperately to avoid products with palm but it's difficult.

                            Of course I could just try mixing together nut butter, coconut oil and agave and see what happens!

                          5. re: Nevy
                            Herne Feb 17, 2014 04:31 PM

                            Where did you find the 189 Hardwood by Premiere Moisson 3 box of mini croissant, pain au chocolate, and pain aux raisin? Maybe in the frozen areas?

                            1. re: Herne
                              kwass Feb 17, 2014 04:33 PM

                              Yes, they are in the frozen section, with the frozen cakes and pastries.

                              1. re: kwass
                                Nevy Feb 17, 2014 05:00 PM

                                I've only seen them at Mississauga Central location. It's in the outer freezer aisle on the top.

                                1. re: Nevy
                                  cheesymama Feb 17, 2014 05:09 PM

                                  Still there? I had seen them before Christmas at the Scarborough location but then they disappeared, I assumed they were a holiday item.

                                  1. re: cheesymama
                                    Nevy Feb 17, 2014 05:19 PM

                                    It's still there but it's limited. I'd say half the shelf is remaining.

                                    1. re: Nevy
                                      cheesymama Feb 17, 2014 06:33 PM

                                      Thanks, I'll have to determine how much I want to try them and figure out if I can fit the trip in Tues or Wed.

                            2. re: Nevy
                              jayt90 1 day ago

                              From Nevy, "Stirling Salted Butter - $3.49, 1 lb block. I have never seen this brand be this low. Yes, it's salted butter... but it's so much better than anything else on the mass market (Sealtest...).."

                              Fans of Stirling butter can find it at Giant Tiger this week for $3.79/lb. It is salted, and regular , not high bf, but it has a higher Vitamin A content than other butters, and rich flavor.

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                              lilaki Jan 3, 2014 06:00 PM

                              yay! thank you!!!

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                                Apple Jan 4, 2014 09:25 PM

                                At the Scarborough location, I noted a delicious new product in the frozen section - Select Signatures Light English Muffin Sandwiches (basically a turkey "sausage mcmuffin" with egg whites) 12 per pack about $14.99 (expensive but cheaper than starbucks or mcdonalds) 200 calories.

                                Had one for breakfast today - the English muffin was slightly smaller than I expected but easily heated from frozen and very decent taste prompting me to want to eat more. :) Good for morning rush to work.

                                Also the chicken cilantro wontons also located in the freezer section are back after being absent for at least a year.

                                Noted the Barkthins (dark chocolate with pumpkin seeds and sea salt) are not available any more and the bellavitano cheese. Delisted or seasonal?

                                1. elvisahmed Jan 5, 2014 08:16 AM

                                  Kumato were a 2.99 for 2lbs (extra $ off) making it less than half of what you would pay elsewhere.
                                  White Linen Marinara (IMO one of the better pre made sauces) is also 3$ off.
                                  Not really food related but they had table cloth on Clearance made by Cuisinart for a low low price of 9.97 comes with 8 Napkins which alone are worth over 10$ IMO. Picked up the black version they also had some left in cream color (SKU is 544454 in case you want to check stock before hand)

                                  5 Replies
                                  1. re: elvisahmed
                                    youdonut Jan 5, 2014 09:37 AM

                                    Dont forget to post the Locations for any deals not all costco's carry the same products.

                                    1. re: youdonut
                                      elvisahmed Jan 5, 2014 03:00 PM

                                      Sure NP.
                                      I picked up the Tablecloth from North York Location though apparently it has been seen at the new Mississauga location (that's why I put on the SKU so one call and check stock if so inclined)
                                      @Prima I really like the Smoked Meat Pizza from Dunn's. They have cut down on the spice level from a few years ago but it is still one of the better frozen pizza out there.
                                      Frozen canned lobster meat not sure why one would want that. I mean the LIVE lobster is already reasonably priced here when on sale so why one would buy a frozen version is kinda absurd to me. I am OK with uncooked frozen lobster tails but they can't compare to the fresh one IMO.
                                      Also on CostCo online I saw the balsamic pearls for sale (White and Black combo) Bit pricey but sure beats messing with Molecular Gastronomy at home. Has anyone tried these. I am eyeing them for a upcoming meal and would like the input from others.

                                      1. re: elvisahmed
                                        filtered Jan 5, 2014 04:34 PM

                                        I bought the sand table cloth for $17 in early/mid November. it's a good table cloth.

                                        1. re: elvisahmed
                                          prima Jan 5, 2014 04:41 PM

                                          Thanks elvisahmed. I noticed that Mtl smoked meat pizza today.

                                          I've never used canned frozen lobster, but I would think it is ok for some uses, perhaps as a filling in lobster ravioli, etc. My London Costco doesn't ever carry live lobsters, afaik.

                                          1. re: prima
                                            elvisahmed Jan 5, 2014 06:39 PM

                                            Oh OK I have never seen any CostCo carry LIVE lobster for that matter US or Otherwise. They do have frozen lobster tails on the seafood roadshow. AFAIK the canned lobster meat has some chemical put in to prolong the shelf life (at least on the canned one I have tried)
                                            Anyone seen the Gel Matt for the kitchen I just missed them at the Vaughan CostCo and checked the SKU and none are left in GTA.

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                                      afong56 Jan 5, 2014 12:15 PM

                                      at the oshawa location, they are clearing out the 5kg bags of australian calrose brown rice for $5.00. . .ymmv

                                      1. prima Jan 5, 2014 12:57 PM

                                        I like the Ambrosi grated Parmigiano Reggiano DOP.

                                        Tonight, I'll be preparing freekeh I bought at Costco for the first time.

                                        Today, I picked up a frozen Pilaros Spanakopita, frozen Ocean's Choice wild coldwater shrimp (precooked, but Cdn) and the frozen Frasina Focaccia Napoletana with cheese and tomato to try.

                                        Very happy to see more frozen seafood from Canada lately (also frozen lobster tails and cans of lobster meat), in addition to the typical imported stuff. I was surprised that the frozen hake at Costco is sourced in Namibia.

                                        Which Costco frozen pizzas would you guys recommend the most?

                                        Noticed presliced Serrano ham from Spain. How is it? Looked good, but I don't want that much Serrano ham on hand as I attempt to keep to a lower sodium regimen at home.

                                        Wish Costco would stock Green Giant frozen peas and corn.

                                        36 Replies
                                        1. re: prima
                                          Nevy Jan 5, 2014 01:14 PM

                                          I'm hopeful to see more Canadian frozen seafood as well. I picked up a bag of Canadian scallops last year and they were great. I haven't seen them since Fall though.

                                          I didn't realize the Ocean's Choice was Canadian. I usually buy the Kirkland brand 21-25 or 31-40 frozen raw ones. They're better than the PC choice ones ... they're cleaner, have thicker shells (compared to the black spotty and very very thin shrimp shells of PC), and less ice in the bags. I'll have to check out Ocean Choice next time I'm there.

                                          To be honest, I would buy the in store freshly packaged pizza and freeze that over the pre-frozen ones IF you have the freezer space. I realize these are HUGE but for $10 or less, it's a better deal. My brother is a typical bachelor and buys all the Costco pre-made meals. I haven't found one of the frozen pizzas that fantastic but I do find the freshly made ones perk my childhood frozen pan pizza nostalgia in a good way.

                                          Is there a reason why you're against the organic frozen peas they currently stock? I've been using them and I find them no different than the GG frozen peas.

                                          1. re: Nevy
                                            prima Jan 5, 2014 01:49 PM

                                            I think it's just the small, pre-cooked, wild coldwater Ocean's Choice shrimp that are Canadian, and other types of Ocean's Choice shrimp would be coming from Asia. I like the organic farmed shrimp from Equador that can be found at Longo's and some Superstores over the PC Brand tiger shrimp and white shrimp coming from Asia. I haven't been buying farmed shrimp from Asia from Costco or anywhere else lately.

                                            I didn't notice frozen organic peas at my London Costco. I just have liked Green Giant peas and corn over any house brands I've tried (and I haven't tried any brands carried at Costco).

                                            Thanks for your comments re: pizza. Those refrigerated pizzas are too big for my freezer! Won't fit in the door, unless I was to cut them into 3 pieces.

                                          2. re: prima
                                            kwass Jan 5, 2014 01:35 PM

                                            Prima, could you let us know how the freekeh turns out. I bought it, but haven't made it yet. To be honest, it scares me a little.

                                            1. re: kwass
                                              prima Jan 6, 2014 08:34 AM

                                              The Freekeh (cracked green wheat) turned out well using the Freekeh Pilaf recipe from Ottolenghi's Plenty (which is also posted on Ottolenghi's website). Cooks in 20 minutes, so it's a quicker grain to cook than most varieties of brown rice. And freekeh is a good source of fibre (4g/serving) and gluten. :)

                                              1. re: prima
                                                Nevy Jan 6, 2014 08:51 AM

                                                I bought the organic C&F quinoa from Costco and I really like it. I personally prefer it over the Freekeh I had in Dubai. I'm not sure if the freekeh was cooked poorly but my one experience was chewy and hard to digest. From my understanding, freekeh is young green wheat that is produced through rubbing. I liked the nutty taste of freekeh but the textural crunch and easier digestion of quinoa (seed vs young grain) was better for me.

                                                1. re: Nevy
                                                  prima Jan 6, 2014 09:06 AM

                                                  I stopped buying quinoa for home use after reading many Bolivians can no longer afford to buy their staple due to higher prices thanks to worldwide demand.

                                                  I agree that freekeh is chewy. I have only cooked it in the pilaf, but I'll try more recipes over the next few weeks/months. I can see it being an interesting filling for grapeleaves and other stuffed veg dishes.

                                                  Completely different texture than quinoa, which I often find mushy. I didn't like the taste of quinoa on its own, so I ended up using quinoa mostly in pilafs and other dishes calling for stronger flavoured ingredients ( onions, garlic, cilantro, spices, etc.).

                                                  1. re: prima
                                                    lilaki Feb 25, 2014 09:27 AM

                                                    i bought/made the freekeh recently as well. it's yummy!

                                                    prima - have you had any luck with other freekeh recipes? i just followed the directions on the bag.

                                                    1. re: lilaki
                                                      the_beezelet Mar 2, 2014 03:25 PM

                                                      we just tried the freekeh in tabooli. it has a very fresh and bright flavour, and smells great when you're cooking it. we really liked it.

                                                      also using it tonight in an epicurious recipe with chicken, freekeh, kale and lentils which we haven't started eating yet but is shaping up deliciously!

                                                      1. re: the_beezelet
                                                        kwass Mar 2, 2014 03:37 PM

                                                        The epicurious recipe sounds delicious! Can you provide a link to the recipe?

                                                        Speaking of freekeh, I have to say that since I've started making it, I won't make anything else. It's my go-to grain now.

                                            2. re: prima
                                              jayt90 Jan 5, 2014 01:49 PM

                                              Nevy is right on about the fresh Kirkland pizza. It is really good, but try a sample first. I get the 5 cheese version and add cold cuts or bacon at home. My next one will be with anchovies and cold water Canadian shrimp.
                                              I like their frozen organic corn, for texture and a bland corn flavor. I think I'll mix it with canned Niblets to add sweetness.
                                              I get frozen peas from Loblaw. It's a commodity and most are good, even the generic bags.

                                              1. re: jayt90
                                                prima Jan 5, 2014 02:01 PM

                                                Thanks jayt90. Haven't seen any samples of their pizza of any of my visits, but will keep my eyes open next time.

                                                Thanks for the comments re: the corn.

                                              2. re: prima
                                                mrsleny Jan 5, 2014 02:37 PM

                                                I quite like the organic frozen peaches and cream corn.

                                                Glad to to hear the frozen peas are good too, Nevy. Will definitely get some when I get some room in the freezer.

                                                I still can't find freekah at the Richmond Hill store. So frustrating. I really miss the Paul Newman concord grape juice. And I haven't seen the Sunrype mango juice for a couple of weeks.

                                                1. re: mrsleny
                                                  Nevy Jan 5, 2014 02:54 PM

                                                  Have you tried the Philippines brand Mango Nectar? It is more potent than Sunrype because I think it has less filler juice (apple, grape, pear etc) and I often dilute it as well to bring down the sweetness. I saw it in GTA West warehouses.

                                                  I like the organic peas ... They're not the sweetest but they're so well priced, not chewy or soggy when cooked. It's a big 2.5 kg bag and certified in Washington State. When I price checked, it was better than the non organic GG and PC brand.

                                                  1. re: mrsleny
                                                    kwass Jan 5, 2014 03:30 PM

                                                    The Vaughan store has freekeh if you're willing to make the trip. It's not too far if you jump on the 407.

                                                    1. re: kwass
                                                      mrsleny Jan 5, 2014 03:40 PM

                                                      @kwass, thank you! I will have to convince Mr Leny to take me. Which section is it in? I checked the Vaughan store just before Christmas but didn't see it.

                                                      @nevy, that's the problem with those huge bags. I have limited room in my freezer. Debating whether to get a small chest one or not as I'm in an older condo. Don't want to blow any fuses!

                                                      I will have to look for mango nectar next time. I don't think I saw any in the juice section. Does it have added sugar?

                                                      1. re: mrsleny
                                                        kwass Jan 5, 2014 04:00 PM

                                                        If I remember correctly, it was with the rice. I'm going tomorrow, so I'll check for you and let you know.

                                                        1. re: kwass
                                                          mrsleny Jan 5, 2014 04:07 PM

                                                          Thank you, kwass! Very much appreciated.

                                                          1. re: mrsleny
                                                            kwass Jan 5, 2014 04:10 PM

                                                            My pleasure!

                                                            1. re: mrsleny
                                                              kwass Jan 6, 2014 05:25 PM

                                                              I went to the Vaughan location and I couldn't find the freekeh. They must have sold out. I'll try and check Downsview next week to see if they have it.

                                                              1. re: kwass
                                                                jayt90 Jan 6, 2014 06:44 PM

                                                                That's dedication! Is it something special compared to wheatberries from Bulk Barn?

                                                                1. re: jayt90
                                                                  kwass Jan 6, 2014 06:54 PM

                                                                  I love wheat berries, and haven't tried freekeh yet myself, but it's supposed to be fantastic. It's actually said to be considerably more nutritious than both quinoa and brown rice. That said, I'm not sure how it compares nutritionally to wheat berries.

                                                                2. re: kwass
                                                                  peppermint pate Jan 6, 2014 07:04 PM

                                                                  I bought freekah at the Billy Bishop store last week (haven't made it yet). They also had the Stirling 84 unsalted butter for $4.79.

                                                                  1. re: peppermint pate
                                                                    kwass Jan 6, 2014 07:09 PM

                                                                    Oh good. So, they do have it. I thought I bought mine @ the Vaughan location, but maybe it was the BB location.

                                                                    Hopefully, that's not too far for you to travel mrsleny.

                                                                  2. re: kwass
                                                                    mrsleny Jan 6, 2014 09:22 PM

                                                                    Thanks for checking. Don't go to any extra trouble. I think it just wasn't meant to be. Of course I can check my local health food store. Who knows ... maybe I won't even like it!

                                                                    1. re: mrsleny
                                                                      kwass Jan 7, 2014 08:54 AM

                                                                      Well, I hope you find it mrsleny. Who knows, maybe if you ask @ your Costco, they'll get it in.

                                                                      1. re: kwass
                                                                        mrsleny Jan 7, 2014 08:29 PM

                                                                        I will try to do that. Thank you!

                                                                    2. re: kwass
                                                                      kwass Jan 14, 2014 03:41 PM

                                                                      Hi mrsleny. I was @ the Vaughan location yesterday, and they do have the freekeh. I think it's been there all along, but I missed it last time. It's in the same aisle as the cereal.

                                                                      I also picked up the Viennoiseries, so I'll let everyone know how they are as soon as I make them.

                                                                      1. re: kwass
                                                                        mrsleny Jan 14, 2014 08:01 PM

                                                                        Thank you! Will try to go on the weekend.

                                                                3. re: mrsleny
                                                                  Nevy Jan 5, 2014 04:50 PM

                                                                  I believe there is some sugar but it's after water and mango purée.

                                                            2. re: prima
                                                              Atochabsh Jan 13, 2014 01:16 AM

                                                              Frozen Hake Loins.....let me preface that I love fish. All kinds (well maybe Salmon not so much) fried, baked, grilled etc...... I bought these a couple weeks ago. I gently defrosted one in the frige. When I went to cook it, I immediately had my reservations based on the texture of the thawed fish. It was mushy,watery and falling apart. I patted it dry gently and pan fried it in a simple breading. It tasted as bad as it felt. It reminded me of a can of cat food when opened. I could not eat it. Bad buy.

                                                              1. re: Atochabsh
                                                                lilaki Jan 13, 2014 10:34 AM

                                                                i had hake at a restaurant downtown a few years back ... it was delicious. i called a bunch of fishmongers and no one carried it. i didn't know it was at costco until a friend of mine bought a bag ... and came to the exact same conclusion. a bad buy. i guess i'll have to keep looking.

                                                                1. re: lilaki
                                                                  jayt90 Jan 13, 2014 03:11 PM

                                                                  Frozen fish is terrible more often than not in my house. At the very least, it should be quick frozen at sea and plainly say that on the package. Otherwise it is a bad risk, especially when fresh fish is in the same store.

                                                                2. re: Atochabsh
                                                                  ylsf Jan 13, 2014 02:26 PM

                                                                  Thanks for the product review. In case you don't know, Costco is really good at taking things back, even eaten products. I know it might not be worth it depending on the cost and how big the line is, but, more just a note for this thread too. I bought some gluten free cookies one time that were SO nasty. I even gave some to other people thinking that it was just me that didn't like them. When I returned them the guy behind the counter said he saw a lot of returns of the same product. I wonder if they fired the buyer on that one :)

                                                                  1. re: ylsf
                                                                    lilaki Jan 17, 2014 09:15 AM

                                                                    i echo that, ylsf! i bought some organic honey once ... i swear, it got darker and funny tasting from the time i opened it. i brought it back and the lady behind the counter said that a bunch of people had brought that back in and had the same complaints! i was really surprised they took back an opened bottle of honey.

                                                                    1. re: lilaki
                                                                      Michael N Jan 17, 2014 10:43 AM

                                                                      I can top that. I was once standing behind a guy who returned a completely eaten rotisserie chicken. Like, just a pile of bones in the plastic container. He said his family didn't like it. And they took it back!

                                                                      1. re: Michael N
                                                                        jayt90 Jan 17, 2014 12:38 PM

                                                                        I took back a tray of unopened mussels, stinking badly, and the guy took it , and tossed it. When I got home I realized my fridge was running at 50 F.

                                                              2. sasgirl Jan 6, 2014 06:08 AM

                                                                My sister-in-law bought CJ Mini Wontons with Chicken and Cilantro at the Pickering Costco. They are so good and lower in sodium than other frozen dumplings or wontons. I attached a pic of the packaging.

                                                                We tried looking it for it in one of the Mississauga locations (Heartland) but they didn't have it. Also, I can't go often as we don't have membership so I get a gift card from my Dad every 6 months. :)

                                                                Has anyone seen it at any of the other Mississauga Costcos? I'm willing to go to any of them if they have it.

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                                                                1. re: sasgirl
                                                                  Nevy Jan 6, 2014 08:15 AM

                                                                  They're at Mississauga Central and Etobicoke location I believe. It's only in the smaller half shelf freezer location so it's not many in total.

                                                                  1. re: Nevy
                                                                    sasgirl Jan 6, 2014 08:55 AM

                                                                    Thank you so much Nevy! I'll be definitely going to one of those locations this weekend.

                                                                    1. re: sasgirl
                                                                      Nevy Jan 6, 2014 09:00 AM

                                                                      My mind mast be playing tricks but I thought I saw these at Heartland 2 weeks ago. I'm going there mid week and I'll check again

                                                                      1. re: Nevy
                                                                        lilaki Jan 28, 2014 08:32 AM

                                                                        hey nevy ... whereabouts are these located in the etobicoke store?

                                                                        1. re: lilaki
                                                                          Nevy Jan 28, 2014 08:52 AM

                                                                          They are found in the same freezer section where you can find the chicken burgers. It's in the half shelf freezer section.

                                                                          It's at Heartland now for sure as well.

                                                                          1. re: Nevy
                                                                            sasgirl Jan 28, 2014 01:24 PM

                                                                            Thanks Nevy!

                                                                            I haven't gone to Costco yet since my post about these wontons but I'm planning to go tomorrow to the Heartland store as I finally got the gift card from my parents. :)

                                                                            1. re: Nevy
                                                                              lilaki Feb 12, 2014 06:11 AM

                                                                              picked two bags up last night! thanks!!

                                                                              1. re: lilaki
                                                                                lilaki Feb 26, 2014 05:44 AM

                                                                                LOVE these dumplings! and so did my toddler!!! thanks!

                                                                    2. re: sasgirl
                                                                      duckdown Jan 6, 2014 10:40 AM

                                                                      Haven't seen them at Heartland nor Brampton, from what I can recall

                                                                      1. re: sasgirl
                                                                        berbere Jan 27, 2014 03:33 PM

                                                                        these come the closest to my mom's homemade korean mandu (sans cilantro). this week at the Warden location, there is a $2.30 discount so it's $6.58/pkg which is a great deal. at the korean supermarket they sell the bags for $9.99!

                                                                        1. re: sasgirl
                                                                          Shortcut Feb 3, 2014 06:25 PM

                                                                          I found them at the Oshawa Costco at the end of January and bought some based on reading this thread. They were excellent - I prepared them according to the pkg, pan fried and then in wonton soup.
                                                                          Thanks for posting this!

                                                                          1. re: Shortcut
                                                                            sasgirl Feb 4, 2014 07:18 AM

                                                                            Glad you liked them! I bought 2 bags from the Heartland Costco in Mississauga. :)

                                                                          2. re: sasgirl
                                                                            CanadaGirl Feb 8, 2014 01:50 PM

                                                                            I love these. There are always a few bags in my deep-freeze.

                                                                          3. duckdown Jan 6, 2014 09:55 PM

                                                                            I've never seen those pastries that need defrosting overnight (are they Premier Moisson?) yet, and I've been looking on every visit. Where exactly are they kept? Can't find them at Costco Laird, Heartland, nor Brampton

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                                                                            1. re: duckdown
                                                                              Nevy Jan 7, 2014 03:59 AM

                                                                              Are you referring to the 3 pack of the mini croissants? If so, I haven't seen them at Heartland or Etobicoke. I only seen them at Mississauga Central so far. I'm not sure where Kwass has seen them. These ones do not need defrosting overnight... Just 30 minutes in room temp before the baking time. I'm tempted to experiment and defrost for a longer time in the fridge to be truthful. My first croissant was as per instructions and it definitely wasn't ready for eating.

                                                                              1. re: Nevy
                                                                                kwass Jan 7, 2014 08:55 AM

                                                                                I saw them @ the Vaughan location.

                                                                                1. re: Nevy
                                                                                  duckdown Jan 7, 2014 10:41 AM

                                                                                  I wish I could find the original post, but someone at some point was raving about a a box of mixed pastries that were 100% unbaked, and therefore needed full time overnight for proofing before baking. Definitely wouldn't be the ones that only took 30 minutes..

                                                                                  Basically you'd let them do their thing overnight then wake up in the morning and bake them off for a delicious breakfast

                                                                                  And I don't think they were just croissants but rather mixed pastries

                                                                                  1. re: duckdown
                                                                                    elvisahmed Jan 7, 2014 12:40 PM

                                                                                    Well I have tried the frozen croissants from CostCo. These do need to be kept out in high humidity overnight. They are not as good thought (not buttery enough IMO) Will see if I can find the Premier Maisson mini one's in Etobicoke/North York. Please do share if you find the pastry box you mention here.

                                                                                2. re: duckdown
                                                                                  foodie_guru Jan 16, 2014 06:48 AM

                                                                                  I haven't been able to make it to the Brampton Costco to see if I can get these croissants, however, I did pick up a box of the pain au chocolate and the pain au raisin at the Metro at McLaughlin/Bovaird, $5.19 a box. They are located in the frozen dessert section near the bakery. Can't wait to give them a try and still will check out Costco, as per my calculations they should be about $3.83 per box.

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                                                                                  Pigurd Jan 13, 2014 10:44 AM

                                                                                  I bought what I think is a new item from costco. Salsa al tartufo speciale (truffle sauce) for 9.99. It is this brand, but jar looks different: http://www.filoteigroup.it/en/i-nostr...

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                                                                                  1. re: Pigurd
                                                                                    ylsf Jan 13, 2014 03:38 PM

                                                                                    Let us know how it is and how you use it. I noticed it mid-December and did post it in the huge mega thread for 2013 but I didn't buy one and I was curious to hear if anyone tries/tried it so glad you bought one and posted it back to this thread.

                                                                                    1. re: ylsf
                                                                                      Pigurd Jan 14, 2014 07:23 AM

                                                                                      So far i have eaten it out of the jar, dipped a skirt steak with it and rubbed it into a deboned whole chicken roast. I think tastewise it is decent and full of "fungi" flavour. It has 8% summer truffles, but also "flavourings" which i suppose is what is used in truffle oil so it has a strong taste that could over power things if too much is used. I could imagine using it as a dressing for a plain pasta, white pizza, or to smear a burger bun... i am happy with it so far.

                                                                                  2. f
                                                                                    filtered Jan 13, 2014 11:03 AM

                                                                                    I saw chicken burritos in the aluminum tray at the Warden / Ellesmere location on Saturday. Was four burittos with 1 pack of green salsa and one pack of red salsa for $9 or $10.

                                                                                    Bake in the oven at 375°F for 60 minutes.

                                                                                    It was okay. wouldn't get it again.

                                                                                    1. elvisahmed Jan 14, 2014 10:00 PM

                                                                                      Today's trip to the Billy Bishop Way location was uneventful in terms of food.
                                                                                      Somewhat interesting item I picked up were the Belgian Florentine (Item # 355687) for 6.97 (the 0.97 price always catches my eye) as they were perfect for snack for a friend I was visiting afterwards. The quality is good as expected.
                                                                                      They also had a roadshow for Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil. Ended up picking a gift set (white balsamic and Olive Oil) for a 20$ (I have seen the same brand retail for 35$ elsewhere easy)

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                                                                                      1. re: elvisahmed
                                                                                        duckdown Jan 15, 2014 08:20 PM

                                                                                        The Belgian Florentines in the red box, with various types like chocolate+hazelnut, white chocolate with almond, etc?

                                                                                        I think the box says like "best butters" on it or something?

                                                                                        1. re: duckdown
                                                                                          elvisahmed Jan 15, 2014 09:53 PM

                                                                                          Yes that one exactly. Multiple boxes left at the Billy Bishop location.
                                                                                          Redflagdeals has a thread every week about deals and clearance items at Costco. Bad part now for East the store is in Quebec and not a GTA one.
                                                                                          Here is the latest one

                                                                                      2. jayt90 Jan 15, 2014 05:19 PM

                                                                                        Here is some price sign information for markdowns at Costco

                                                                                        1. j
                                                                                          jl_1978 Jan 15, 2014 08:53 PM

                                                                                          Noticed the Moov frozen wild blueberries are no longer certified organic. They now say wild boreal blueberries and certified pesticide free. I still bought a bag but haven't opened it yet since I still have a quarter bag of my current one left.

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                                                                                          1. re: jl_1978
                                                                                            Flexitarian Jan 30, 2014 12:49 PM

                                                                                            I wondered why they changed the packaging.

                                                                                          2. Full tummy Jan 16, 2014 12:31 AM

                                                                                            I was at the Etobicoke location and found items I haven't been able to find at the Scarborough location - tofu, sundried tomatoes - and saw a bunch of items I don't remember having seen in Scarborough, including the freekeh. And, rather than having an enormous line, the gas station was a dream. One of the staff told me it's been much quieter since the Mississauga store opened. Too bad it's not a convenient location for me.

                                                                                            1. Kagemusha Jan 17, 2014 03:44 PM

                                                                                              L'Ancetre Lactose-free Organic un-pasteurized 4 yr-old Wht. Cheddar 2X200g blocks for $9.99. Miss the Welsh "Collier" cheddar but this is as good. Sold @ the Heartland warehouse.

                                                                                              1. Nevy Jan 27, 2014 08:07 AM

                                                                                                I'm back from my biz trips and I was able to make a quick run last Friday. I have a few items to report back and will probably be able to do my regular runs this week.

                                                                                                New items this week

                                                                                                Valentines day boxed chocolate (yup it's starting!)

                                                                                                Raw Cane Sugar in the baking aisle

                                                                                                Originale Creme de la Creme Ice Cream - 12x160 ml, $8.99

                                                                                                Simply Natural Assorted Organic Salsa - 3x470 ml, $6.99
                                                                                                Sprague Butternut squash & sweet potato sauce - 2x900ml, $6.89

                                                                                                Sahale/Kirkland brand Pecan Cashew Nut Crisp - 400g, $9.99. This is the well known US brand that specializes in fresh nuts and snacks. I’ve seen this brand in my US travels and they’re really expensive and they use large sizes. I was able to taste this and it’s really good. Usually it’s $4 for 150g!

                                                                                                Dried Fruit Medley (greek yogurt covered apricot, dried pineapple, dried papya, and almonds) - 680g, $8.79

                                                                                                On Sale
                                                                                                Fontaine Hummus - $2 off

                                                                                                Peanut M&M $3.5 off

                                                                                                I’m going on Wednesday this week and I’ll be able to see what is truly on sale...

                                                                                                5 Replies
                                                                                                1. re: Nevy
                                                                                                  ylsf Jan 27, 2014 12:58 PM

                                                                                                  Yeah, the Sahale/Kirkland brand Pecan Cashew caught my eye too. Interesting how they cross branded it like that.

                                                                                                  1. re: ylsf
                                                                                                    Nevy Jan 27, 2014 01:04 PM

                                                                                                    I think it's similar to the cross-branding they have of the Kirkland/Starbucks beans. It's almost have the price of the pure Starbucks beans and just as acidic ;)

                                                                                                    I can't think of other cross branding they have... I think they may have Quaker Oats chocolate chip for Kirkland as well. Similar to the other cross branding, it's close to half the price of the 'mother' brand.

                                                                                                  2. re: Nevy
                                                                                                    CanadaGirl Feb 8, 2014 01:52 PM

                                                                                                    In what section were the Sahale snacks? I love that stuff, but don't get it from the states often enough.

                                                                                                    1. re: CanadaGirl
                                                                                                      julesrules Feb 17, 2014 10:05 AM

                                                                                                      They have these in Toronto health food stores and I imagine some grocery stores.. the "premium blends" anyway.


                                                                                                    2. re: Nevy
                                                                                                      lilaki Feb 25, 2014 01:28 PM

                                                                                                      thanks for pointing out the sahale nuts. i picked up a bag last night and it's taken all of my willpower to NOT eat the whole thing in one go. :)

                                                                                                    3. y
                                                                                                      ylsf Jan 27, 2014 01:01 PM

                                                                                                      Stopped by the St. Catharines store yesterday and noticed they have sesame oil, not sure if new or I just never saw it before. It is not in the "oil" area but in the spices area (where they have the soy, etc)
                                                                                                      Kadoya Pure Sesame Oil
                                                                                                      1.8 L

                                                                                                      1. Flexitarian Jan 27, 2014 02:29 PM

                                                                                                        I noticed they now have an 8x500ml tetra pak of Kirkland Brand Organic Southwestern Black Bean Soup at Billy Bishop Way Costco. Haven't seen that before. Tastes quite good.

                                                                                                        1. kwass Jan 27, 2014 03:53 PM

                                                                                                          When I went to the Vaughan location today, I noticed in the refrigerator section (with the hummus), that they had Pad Thai by Summer Fresh. It looked interesting. I think it's supposed to be a cold noodle salad, rather than a hot dish, but I'm not sure. I'll check again when I go back next week.

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                                                                                                          1. re: kwass
                                                                                                            Flexitarian Jan 27, 2014 04:23 PM

                                                                                                            Saw that too and I love Thai food, but it sure didn't look like any Pad Thai I have ever seen or made.

                                                                                                            1. re: Flexitarian
                                                                                                              kwass Jan 27, 2014 04:32 PM

                                                                                                              It definitely didn't strike me as typical Pad Thai either. But if we characterize it instead as a spicy cold noodle dish, it might not be half bad. I might pick some up next week. I'll let you know how it is.

                                                                                                              1. re: kwass
                                                                                                                Nevy Jan 28, 2014 04:54 AM

                                                                                                                Maybe its meant to be pad thai 'inspired'? It's like saying a tofu burger is the same as a beef patty? ;)

                                                                                                                1. re: Nevy
                                                                                                                  kwass Jan 28, 2014 05:30 AM

                                                                                                                  You're probably right Nevy. Either way, I'm going to give it a try and report back.

                                                                                                                  1. re: Nevy
                                                                                                                    Flexitarian Jan 28, 2014 06:41 PM

                                                                                                                    Maybe it's iPad Thai? ;)

                                                                                                                    1. re: Nevy
                                                                                                                      kingsway Jan 30, 2014 10:43 AM

                                                                                                                      It was at the sample stand yesterday...it doesn't taste like pad thai at all...I wouldn't buy it

                                                                                                                      1. re: kingsway
                                                                                                                        kwass Jan 30, 2014 11:04 AM

                                                                                                                        Ooh...good to know. Can you describe what it did taste like?

                                                                                                                  2. re: Flexitarian
                                                                                                                    mrsleny Jan 27, 2014 08:16 PM

                                                                                                                    Also saw that but kinda wary about it. Would love to hear some feedback.

                                                                                                                2. p
                                                                                                                  peppermint pate Jan 28, 2014 06:54 AM

                                                                                                                  Has anyone made the freekah yet? I keep forgetting I have it - maybe I'll try it this week.

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                                                                                                                  1. re: peppermint pate
                                                                                                                    roostermom Jan 28, 2014 09:02 AM

                                                                                                                    I made it with chicken stock... it was pretty good, a little wet but I think I will try it in the rice cooker, rather than stovetop. My 1 and 3 year olds loved it, not so much my 5 year old, which is a little surprising since he loves most grains. It's got a nice, nutty flavour and is tender, yet chewy. I doubt I will go out of my way to buy it, but we will enjoy the bag I have now.

                                                                                                                    1. re: roostermom
                                                                                                                      peppermint pate Jan 28, 2014 05:44 PM

                                                                                                                      Cool - thanks!

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                                                                                                                    ehcort Jan 28, 2014 12:36 PM

                                                                                                                    Has anybody seen the Kirkland jar of Pesto lately in any of the locations? I went to the Queensway location yesterday and they no longer have it on the shelves.

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                                                                                                                    1. re: ehcort
                                                                                                                      roostermom Jan 29, 2014 09:12 AM

                                                                                                                      Got some last Tuesday (Jan 21) at the Queensway location.....

                                                                                                                    2. Nevy Feb 3, 2014 06:40 AM

                                                                                                                      There are not many great items on sale or discontinued this week.

                                                                                                                      New items this week

                                                                                                                      Easter chocolates are on display! There is a large box with a mixture of filled Cadbury eggs, Lindt mini eggs, a HUGE Cadbury mini egg bag (like 2 lb worth), and Kinder egg set.

                                                                                                                      Balderson double smoked cheddar - 500 g, $8.99

                                                                                                                      Nature Valley protein oatmeal bar pack

                                                                                                                      Cara Cara oranges

                                                                                                                      fresh Black Mission figs - 1 lb, $6.99

                                                                                                                      Return Items

                                                                                                                      Collier welsh cheddar is back!

                                                                                                                      Popcorners large bags of white cheddar, jalapeno, and salted in addition to the usual kettle flavour. $4.99/bag

                                                                                                                      Sale Items

                                                                                                                      Chicken wings of all sorts - fresh and frozen.

                                                                                                                      $10 off Kirkland brand smoke spiral ham. It works out to like $2/lb

                                                                                                                      $3 off Avocado oil. I believe the price should either be $6 or $7 / 1 L now

                                                                                                                      $3.50 off Skotidaktis greek yogurt 0% assorted

                                                                                                                      $3 off Balderson extra old cheddar

                                                                                                                      This isn't a true sale but Phillipine Brand Dried Mangos prices dropped back down to 10.89. It had been up to 13.99 at one store recently.

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                                                                                                                      1. re: Nevy
                                                                                                                        jayt90 Feb 3, 2014 07:26 AM

                                                                                                                        On the weekend I bought
                                                                                                                        Assorted olives, $5.97
                                                                                                                        MacLaren's gherkins $2.97
                                                                                                                        Stirling Euro 84 butter, $3.99
                                                                                                                        Fingerling yellow potatoes, 5 lb, $7.

                                                                                                                        Actually, I went to London North Costco to return a badly behaving HP laptop. The electronics clerk, Joe spent a half hour setting it up and now it is near perfect, even with Windows 8.1. I was fairly demanding, on a busy Saturday, but the service by Joe was completely professional.

                                                                                                                        1. re: Nevy
                                                                                                                          flonie Feb 3, 2014 07:52 PM

                                                                                                                          I'm lazy to go back to the threads and read but what is so good about the avocado oil? I wanted to get it but I wasn't sure how it compared tastewise and healthwise.

                                                                                                                          1. re: flonie
                                                                                                                            kwass Feb 3, 2014 07:59 PM

                                                                                                                            I LOVE the avocado oil!! Since trying it, it's the only oil I buy. It has a higher smoking temperature than olive oil, so it's great for frying. It's great in dressings, and I even use it when I bake. And as healthy as olive oil is, avocado oil is even healthier.

                                                                                                                            1. re: kwass
                                                                                                                              flonie Feb 3, 2014 08:30 PM

                                                                                                                              Do you think I could use it for deep frying? We made some chinese new year dumplings that we always have to cook using low heat. Used vegetable oil but would wonder what it would taste like using avocado oil.

                                                                                                                              Is avocado oil supposed to be better than say vegetable oil? Is it made from pressing avocados?

                                                                                                                              1. re: flonie
                                                                                                                                kwass Feb 3, 2014 08:54 PM

                                                                                                                                I would imagine that you can use it for deep frying. I'm not sure how it's made though. I'm going to do a little research and get back to you :)

                                                                                                                                Update: Here's what I found so far:


                                                                                                                                Update #2:


                                                                                                                                1. re: flonie
                                                                                                                                  justsayn Feb 3, 2014 09:22 PM

                                                                                                                                  Yes it is made by pressing avocados. You want cold pressed for salad dressings and refined for frying. You can use it for deep frying very successfully. Cold pressed has a lower smoking temp.

                                                                                                                                  Depending on who you listen to, you may believe tropical oils like non-hydrogenated coconut is best, or others believe peanut is best. Then there's sunflower, grape seed or canola.

                                                                                                                                  At the end of the day the best thing is to avoid deep frying as much as possible. When treating yourself pick an oil that has the best flavour profile for what you are cooking. If you are deep frying all the time, no oil will save you from the health risks ; )

                                                                                                                                  Interesting read - http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/23/din...

                                                                                                                          2. kwass Feb 3, 2014 06:24 PM

                                                                                                                            I went to Costco today and they've brought back Pinty's Buffalo Chicken Flings. For some reason they stopped carrying them after the summer, but they're back now, thank goodness. They're fresh, not frozen, and they're kept with the prepared meat dishes in the refrigerator section.

                                                                                                                            While I was there I also tried a sample of what I think is a new product. It's Focaccia Napolitana - a focaccia bread with bocconcini and tomatoes. Really delicious. I enjoyed it in the store, but it was a tad on the bland side, so I added some spices when I made it at home and it was perfect. It's a really nice version of focaccia, and it's in the frozen section.

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                                                                                                                            1. re: kwass
                                                                                                                              prima Feb 4, 2014 04:32 AM

                                                                                                                              Glad to hear that foccaccia is good. I've got one in my freezer, but haven't reheated it yet.

                                                                                                                              1. re: prima
                                                                                                                                kwass Feb 4, 2014 04:57 AM

                                                                                                                                I really liked it prima! And like I said, it's even better if you add some seasoning.

                                                                                                                            2. elvisahmed Feb 6, 2014 11:01 AM

                                                                                                                              Came back from the downsview location.
                                                                                                                              They have some EVOO on clearance for 4.97 from Africa. Another new item I found was bonnaccino cheese and tomato on foccacia bread (like a pizza) for 12$. Forgot the name. Freezer is already stocked with the smoked meat pizza otherwise would have tried it.
                                                                                                                              Time to stock up on the avocado oil as that's pretty much what I use now.

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                                                                                                                              1. re: elvisahmed
                                                                                                                                kwass Feb 6, 2014 11:19 AM

                                                                                                                                That focaccia is fantastic. It just requires a little seasoning.

                                                                                                                                1. re: kwass
                                                                                                                                  elvisahmed Feb 6, 2014 09:02 PM

                                                                                                                                  I think you are referring to the one in bread aisle. This one is more like a pizza (1.2 KG) and is in the frozen section next to pizzas. Though I could be wrong

                                                                                                                                  1. re: elvisahmed
                                                                                                                                    kwass Feb 7, 2014 05:07 AM

                                                                                                                                    No. The frozen one is definitely the one I'm referring to.

                                                                                                                              2. jayt90 Feb 8, 2014 11:04 AM

                                                                                                                                Here is the latest Costco love in article http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02...

                                                                                                                                1. duckdown Feb 8, 2014 01:30 PM

                                                                                                                                  Bought a jar of Earth Balance brand Coconut Peanut butter spread that has a fantastic ingredient list and is absolutely delicious.. the coconut is quite apparent and works great with it, I've had it almost every day on a piece of grain toast for breakfast

                                                                                                                                  it's one of "oprah's favorite things" apparently says google haha

                                                                                                                                  i would definitely buy this again. $5.99 / 750g jar

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: duckdown
                                                                                                                                    roostermom Mar 31, 2014 08:35 AM

                                                                                                                                    Anyone seen this lately? I love this stuff!!!

                                                                                                                                    1. re: roostermom
                                                                                                                                      jl_1978 Mar 31, 2014 08:44 AM

                                                                                                                                      Bought a jar for $2.97 at Warden Costco last week, so looks like it's being discontinued.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: jl_1978
                                                                                                                                        roostermom Mar 31, 2014 01:32 PM

                                                                                                                                        thanks. They didn't have it at Etobicoke last week ... looks like I have to head east!

                                                                                                                                      2. re: roostermom
                                                                                                                                        mrsleny Mar 31, 2014 08:23 PM

                                                                                                                                        Still had at Richmond Hill store on Sunday but didn't notice if it was discounted or not. For $2.97 I might pick up if there are any left by the weekend.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: mrsleny
                                                                                                                                          roostermom Apr 3, 2014 06:52 PM

                                                                                                                                          I just returned from the Warden location and it was all gone :(

                                                                                                                                    2. Nevy Feb 8, 2014 03:25 PM

                                                                                                                                      New items this week

                                                                                                                                      Black’s Family Maple Twist - $8.49, 725 g. Similar to the Cinnamon twists released at Christmas time. They’re vegan friendly with no butter, dairy, and eggs.

                                                                                                                                      Krema Greek Yogurt 11% MF - 3 pack of 500 g for $8.49 (i think). This is the full fat and these are REALLY tasty. They have latte, vanilla, and maple syrup flavour. I’ve seen these at Loblaws for $5 each so this is a great deal.

                                                                                                                                      Liberte Mediterranee assorted individual sized yogurt - $11.49 for the set. This is the full fat 9% thick yogurt. The flavours are cherry, strawberry, caramel, and vanilla.

                                                                                                                                      Balderson 4 year old cheddar. So now they have regular, extra old, and 4 year old blocks

                                                                                                                                      Zavida Organic single origin coffee beans, Rwanda - $15 for 800g

                                                                                                                                      Chocolate covered dried mangos - They’re on discount now and not much left. I think they were either $8.97 or $9.97
                                                                                                                                      Restocked items

                                                                                                                                      Bark thins dark chocolate pumpkin see bark

                                                                                                                                      Comte Cheese … GTA West sold out of these before Christmas and now they’re back

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: Nevy
                                                                                                                                        jayt90 Feb 8, 2014 04:09 PM

                                                                                                                                        Balderson had 6 year old cheddar there for years, then 5 year old, and now 4 year old.
                                                                                                                                        Extra old is just 2 years.
                                                                                                                                        Somewhat shabby.

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                                                                                                                                          Full tummy Feb 8, 2014 07:24 PM

                                                                                                                                          Bark Thins are back? Which location? And where in the store were the maple twists?

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                                                                                                                                            Nevy Feb 8, 2014 11:11 PM

                                                                                                                                            The bark thins sold out pretty quickly right before Christmas. I didn't get a chance to try them. So I was pretty happy to see a large stack of them yesterday at the Etobicoke location.

                                                                                                                                            In the Etobicoke store, the maple twists was in the long aisle that had the crackers and tuna.

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                                                                                                                                              Full tummy Feb 9, 2014 11:11 AM

                                                                                                                                              I will have to look when I'm next at Costco Scarborough. I love the bark thins. Did you try them?

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                                                                                                                                              mrsleny Feb 9, 2014 04:12 PM

                                                                                                                                              Saw lots of Bark Thins at Richmond Hill store in the candy/chocolate aisle.

                                                                                                                                              Forgot to look for the maple twists. They would be in cracker aisle as opposed to the bakery section?

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                                                                                                                                            ChefAudrey Feb 9, 2014 05:17 AM

                                                                                                                                            I don't go to Costco as often as I used to (frustrating when you can't find everything on your list!), but went yesterday and they were sampling green garbanzos in the freezer section. Nice protein option, taste a lot like edamame, but softer.

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                                                                                                                                              mrsleny Feb 9, 2014 04:15 PM

                                                                                                                                              Picked up a package of green garbanzos last visit. I really like them and yes, they are similar to edamame.

                                                                                                                                              Bought a bag of Cara Cara orange today. They are delish ... easy to peel, sweet, juicy and low acid.

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                                                                                                                                                kwass Feb 9, 2014 04:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                mrsleny, while you're here, I wanted to tell you that I made the freekeh today and it's fantastic!! It's like a nutty version of brown rice. You should really do your best to find it!! You won't regret it!

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                                                                                                                                                  mrsleny Feb 9, 2014 04:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Did you cook it like a pilaf?

                                                                                                                                                  I still haven't managed to get out to the Vaughan store to get it. I will soon.

                                                                                                                                                  Thanks for the info!

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                                                                                                                                                    kwass Feb 9, 2014 04:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Yes. The instructions say to coat it with oil before you add the water. So, I did that and then I boiled it in chicken broth. At the end, I added fried onions that I fried up yesterday, and it was unbelievably delicious!!

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                                                                                                                                                      mrsleny Feb 9, 2014 07:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Sounds delish. Hope to be hitting the Vaughan store this week and will look for it.

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                                                                                                                                                        kwass Feb 9, 2014 07:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Good luck! I really hope you find it!

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                                                                                                                                                  ls150 Mar 18, 2014 03:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                  I was going to pick those green garbanzos up but forgot -- do you remember how much they cost and how big the bag was?

                                                                                                                                              2. Nevy Feb 12, 2014 10:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                Valentine's Day is upcoming and surprisingly, there's only one chocolate set that is geared towards it. $14.99 for a box of chocolate from Gallerie au Chocolat. (Mind you, the box is surrounded in a billion dozen roses on sale).

                                                                                                                                                New items this week

                                                                                                                                                Lactancia Organic Pur Filter milk 4 L - $7.99. I've never seen organic milk in the 4 L bags in Costco. Compared to Superstore, this is a deal. I think I've seen the organic milk for $10.99+ for the 4L

                                                                                                                                                Blackbean hummus in the refrigerated area beside the other hummus


                                                                                                                                                Tropicana Orange Juice - $3 off
                                                                                                                                                Quaker Oats Yogurt bars - $2 off (I think)
                                                                                                                                                Petit Mackeral in white wine, 3 pack - $2 off
                                                                                                                                                Happy Planet Soup Thai Coconut, 2 pack - $2 off (i think)
                                                                                                                                                Natur-a Organic Soya milk - $2 off

                                                                                                                                                There are a few more items on sale but I had to run to an event so I couldn't stay long


                                                                                                                                                Next Organic Dark Chocolate Covered Cherries - $9.97. This is the dark chocolate cherries that was raved about last year. They're finally on sale (though sadly d/c now)

                                                                                                                                                Originale Creme de la Creme Ice Cream or the dark chocolate mousse cups. Either way, in the freezer area beside the ice cream, this is d/c.

                                                                                                                                                Sunflower milk (who knew this existed?) 6 x 1L - $3.97

                                                                                                                                                Gherkins - $3.97 for a huge jar

                                                                                                                                                Quaker Oats cookies, yogurt and cranberries - $5.97 for a 840 g box

                                                                                                                                                Restocked items

                                                                                                                                                Organic Ketchup ... it's back! The Costco near me sold out of these quickly but it looks like it's been replenished.

                                                                                                                                                It seems Kirkland brand nuts are plentiful. Though these may not be new, I haven't seen them in a while. Jumbo cashews, unsalted mix nuts, and salted mix nuts. I think I remember seeing them almost a year ago.

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                                                                                                                                                  ylsf Feb 12, 2014 11:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                  Just bought the Originale Creme de la Creme Ice Cream because I was curious and I liked the single size servings. I had a Dulce de Leche one right now. I don't think I would get it again. I have to try the dark chocolate one but this one tastes too "icey" and not creamy enough even though the first ingredient is cream

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                                                                                                                                                    elvisahmed Feb 12, 2014 11:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                    Do you mind sharing the location?
                                                                                                                                                    The Galerie Au Chocolat would make a nice gift as have tried their other items and am a fan.
                                                                                                                                                    I picked up a box of of truffets de france (can't think of a more french name to signify a product is from there)
                                                                                                                                                    6$ for 1 KG. Couldn't figure out whether they are dark chocolate as will have to share it with the guests :) (this was from Scarborough loc which I rarely visit)

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                                                                                                                                                      Nevy Feb 12, 2014 11:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                      This would be the Mississauga North location. I do not think there will be much left because it seemed every gentlemen in the line up had one in their cart along side with a dozen roses (ha!).

                                                                                                                                                      Thanks for the feedback Yslf. I was wondering how those fared... I've never seen anyone purchase them and I was thinking I would eventually try them if they went on sale. I'm trying to be good in the first half of this year!

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                                                                                                                                                        elvisahmed Feb 12, 2014 11:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                        Saw the Chocolate box at the Billy Bishop location as well so if someone is one the look out they had quite a few left there.

                                                                                                                                                    2. re: Nevy
                                                                                                                                                      kwass Feb 12, 2014 11:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                      I saw the black bean hummus the other day, and I'm curious to know how it is. If anyone tries it, can you please report back? Thanks!!

                                                                                                                                                    3. Nevy Feb 14, 2014 10:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                      For those who like a good deal, there are some decent ones at Mississauga Central.

                                                                                                                                                      Camembert 250g for $2.97 (due date is March 5)
                                                                                                                                                      Doctor Kracker Garlic Parmesan Crisps for $4.97 for 550 g. They're pretty tasty snacks and I'm impressed with the first ingredient... Parmesan!
                                                                                                                                                      3M microfibre wash clothes for the kitchen $3.97 for 8 of them. I'm always cleaning up spills in my kitchen and 8 for $4 is a pretty amazing deal for something that is as good as a sponge and it's washable.
                                                                                                                                                      Toblerone - $5.97 for 1lb. I think it's that price or $6.97. Either way, it's a steal considering Shoppers Drug Mart is selling the 100 g version for $5

                                                                                                                                                      Also, I did find the wild Canadian shrimp finally! I didn't see them at the Mississauga North or South site but it's here at Mississauga Central. The price is pretty good as well for wild caught. $12.49 for 2 lbs.

                                                                                                                                                      I also bought some frozen wild caught Mahi Mahi to try. I wanted something that was more sustainable while having a good amount of omega 3 fats. This seemed like a good choice especially for the price.

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                                                                                                                                                        Flexitarian Feb 17, 2014 10:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                        I am always on the lookout for wild fish at Costco, especially on sale, but I haven't seen any on sale in quite some time. I stocked up on the wild haddock a few months ago when it was on sale and am almost out now.

                                                                                                                                                        Those shirmp were the really small ones right?

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                                                                                                                                                          jayt90 Feb 17, 2014 12:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                          I haven't questioned wild fresh fish at Costco. I assumed Atlantic salmon was farmed, also tilapia and trout, but sole, haddock and cod are wild. Costco buys from Lagoon Seafood of Lachine.
                                                                                                                                                          When I'm in the London N. store this week, I'll ask about this.

                                                                                                                                                          Stirling creamery is tiny compared to Sealtest, so I would guess they only had a short term butter supply for Costco, and can't sustain a supply for 60 warehouses in Canada. Maybe the shortage is temporary.
                                                                                                                                                          I liked their regular salted butter as much as the Euro 84, but then, I'm not a baker. The regular unsalted, which I have never had, was the Saveur winner.

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                                                                                                                                                            Nevy Feb 17, 2014 03:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                            The shrimps are REALLY tiny... we're talking 120-150 size but after trying them in a stir fry, they were weren't soggy or overly chewy.

                                                                                                                                                            For wild fish, they currently have wild salmon (2 types), hake, and mahi mahi in my area. I'm always hopeful for wild scallops but I haven't seen that in probably a good 6 months.

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                                                                                                                                                              jayt90 Feb 17, 2014 03:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Thanks for the stir fry report.
                                                                                                                                                              The large scallops are wild if they have them. Farmed bay scallops often come from Argentina.

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                                                                                                                                                                Nevy Feb 17, 2014 04:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                I've seen the farmed ones that are bay scallop size. I find the Canadian scallops sweeter and more tender than other countries. They were really good when they had them.

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                                                                                                                                                          sbug206 Feb 16, 2014 04:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Anyone seen the Stirling butter lately? It's not at Etobicoke or Markham (Yorktech).

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                                                                                                                                                            Yongeman Feb 16, 2014 04:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                            It was on special for $1.97 last week at Billy Bishop. That means it's being discontinued, I think. I bought a couple for the freezer.

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                                                                                                                                                              bunnylicious Feb 16, 2014 06:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Has Etobicoke stopped carrying Lactantia butter too? Seems I haven't seen it in a while. Only saw Stirling once but not unsalted .

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                                                                                                                                                                Nevy Feb 17, 2014 03:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                I've only seen sealtest recently in all GTA West locations. It seems Stirling was a Christmas seasonal itme.

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                                                                                                                                                                  Apple Feb 17, 2014 05:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  I bought Stirling at the Warden location this past weekend - $3.49 - I hope it isn't discontinued. I love it.

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                                                                                                                                                                    sbug206 Feb 18, 2014 06:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Thank you! Stopped by Warden today and there's quite a bit left. 2 cases freshly cut open and 2 more sitting in reserve.

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                                                                                                                                                                Flexitarian Feb 17, 2014 10:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                I bought some of the Stirling churned butter for my Mother last time I was there. She's been cooking and baking from the time she was a little girl in Europe. I thought it might be close to what she had on the farm. She thought it was horrible and didn't use most of it. I wonder if others think the same, didn't buy it again which resulted in low sales and that is why it is being discontinued? I know that Costco only discontinues products either due to low sales or supplier unavailability.

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                                                                                                                                                                  Shortcut Feb 22, 2014 10:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  I bought some of that to make iced sugar cookies and wasn't that impressed. No one could tell the difference between them and the ones I made with the cheaper Gay Lea butter (or it could have even been generic Selection butter)

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                                                                                                                                                                  Nevy Feb 17, 2014 03:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  They're sold out in GTA West. Last I saw them, it was for $3.97 about 3 weeks ago.

                                                                                                                                                                3. kwass Feb 18, 2014 11:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  I went to Costco today looking for the frozen wild mushrooms, and couldn't find them. Has anyone seen them lately or know if Costco has stopped carrying them?

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                                                                                                                                                                    Nevy Feb 18, 2014 11:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    In GTA West, they went on d/c to $5.97 for 2 boxes back in late fall. I haven't seen them since.

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                                                                                                                                                                      kwass Feb 18, 2014 11:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      That's such a shame!! They made the best sauces/soups!!

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                                                                                                                                                                        Nevy Feb 18, 2014 11:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        I'm ashamed to say that I picked up 6 of them that day. I have half of a package left and it's being saved for a 'rainy day' or a pot roast in a burgundy sauce. My favourite use for them was a miso mushroom soup with fresh spotted prawns from T&T.

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                                                                                                                                                                          kwass Feb 18, 2014 12:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          I made the most incredible mushroom sauce with them!

                                                                                                                                                                          Nevy, you might know...how does Costco work? If customers request a discontinued product, will they bring it back?

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: kwass
                                                                                                                                                                            Nevy Feb 18, 2014 12:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            You can definitely help influence that decision but unless there is overwhelming feedback, a d/c item is not going to be brought back as it was. They might try different brands if the customer base buying pattern supports it.

                                                                                                                                                                            So the yogurt scenario last year for greek plain... one of the store managers told me their customer base really demanded flavoured greek yogurt that wasn't 0%. So they brought a brand in Greek God but it did dismal... they d/c it but the feedback was there still. Now they're trying Krema and they have the Liberte mediteranee.

                                                                                                                                                                            I think the US process is more swayed by it but it never hurts to put in your 2 cents. I've done if a few times!

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                                                                                                                                                                              kwass Feb 18, 2014 12:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks Nevy. I will. But in the meantime, I know you said that you have 1/2 a package left. If you've kept the box, would you mind checking what the name of the company is. That way I can google them and see if they're sold anywhere else.

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                                                                                                                                                                                Nevy Feb 19, 2014 03:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Unfortunately I threw away the box and only kept the vacuum packed bag. Sorry!

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                                                                                                                                                                                  kwass Feb 19, 2014 03:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  That's ok. Thanks anyway Nevy!

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                                                                                                                                                                              jayt90 Feb 18, 2014 12:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              How does it work? They have their staples like Tide, Kraft etc. but the buyers are always looking for one-offs that no one else has. Sometimes they can't get more, despite demand. Or the price went up.
                                                                                                                                                                              I treat it as a treasure hunt, and buy the unusual things when I see them. You can try waiting for a remaindered price, but that is risky. It may not happen, or perhaps they'll move things to a site with traffic, e.g. from Markham East to Ajax.

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                                                                                                                                                                                kwass Feb 18, 2014 12:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                I guess that's what you have to do. If you find something you like, stock up on it. Because as you said, if it's an unusual item, it's hard to know how long it will remain on the shelves.

                                                                                                                                                                    2. Nevy Feb 19, 2014 03:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      Finally new stock is coming in! Tons of bbq items are being placed in the central rows. They have a giant grill and a large smoker as well.

                                                                                                                                                                      New items this week

                                                                                                                                                                      Ito En Oi Ocha Green Tea - 12 x 500 ml, $16.88 - When I was in Japan, I often grabbed this as it was refreshing and not overly sweet. Compared to T&T, it's a good deal.

                                                                                                                                                                      Alo Aloe Beverage - 12x500 ml $16.99. It's a fruit based aloe drink that includes mango flavour and mangosteen flavour.

                                                                                                                                                                      I guess it's bbq season coming up because tons of meats are new....

                                                                                                                                                                      Borges Blood Sausage - $10.49 / kg

                                                                                                                                                                      Borges Chorizo Sweet Sausage - $10.69 / kg

                                                                                                                                                                      Fresh Creations Monterey Jack Jalapeno sausage, 1 kg - $15.99

                                                                                                                                                                      San Jose chorizo sausage, 2x500g = $9.99

                                                                                                                                                                      Olde Canadian Bacon Co, Canadian style bacon, 2x375 g - $9.99
                                                                                                                                                                      Plasir Gastronomiques Duck Confit (legs), 500g - $9.89

                                                                                                                                                                      A few new Easter items

                                                                                                                                                                      Laura Secord 'deluxe' set - One large 1 lb solid milk chocolate bunny, with 6 filled eggs (Easter egg, deluxe easter egg, ... and 4 more)

                                                                                                                                                                      A 33 piece easter egg set from Belgium. It's a really large hollow dark chocolate egg with 31 pieces of filled chocolates. It's $15 for the set and it's pretty impressive looking

                                                                                                                                                                      La Tourangelle Roasted Walnut Oil, 1 L - $9.49

                                                                                                                                                                      Kirkland brand steak jerky


                                                                                                                                                                      Next Organic Dark Chocolate Covered Cherries - $9.97.

                                                                                                                                                                      Camembert 1 kg is $6.97

                                                                                                                                                                      Hera Creta EVOO 750 ml, $4.97

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                                                                                                                                                                        ylsf Feb 19, 2014 03:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks as always. Anymore detail on that smoker? Wonder if it is a Vision grill like they have had in past years. Did you happen to notice if they are carrying charcoal again this year?

                                                                                                                                                                        And, very interesting to see that they are carrying blood sausage! I wonder how much demand there is for that to the general Costco public?

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                                                                                                                                                                          Nevy Feb 19, 2014 04:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          I didn't get a good look at it this time but I can grab the details soon for you. I saw lighters, grill sets, and grill themselves but no charcoal at this time!

                                                                                                                                                                          Mind you it's only February and I still have 4 ft of snow on my yard so they have lots of time before BBQ season. I was quite amused to see those, planters, and Muskoka chairs

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                                                                                                                                                                            Nevy Feb 22, 2014 09:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            I went to the Etobicoke site this morning and no smoker there BUT I did see 8 lb bags of wood charcoal for $12 (or 12.99).

                                                                                                                                                                            Also there are a few more new items and d/c ones in this store.

                                                                                                                                                                            New items this week
                                                                                                                                                                            Kirkland brand dried tart cherries. 567g - $8.99

                                                                                                                                                                            Plasir Gastronomiques Osso Bucco - $9.99

                                                                                                                                                                            Harvarti block from Europe (didn't catch the brand)

                                                                                                                                                                            Port Salut cheese from Brittany

                                                                                                                                                                            Fresh black figs 1lb - $6.99

                                                                                                                                                                            Reduced prices or Sale items
                                                                                                                                                                            Philippine brand dried mango, 900 g - $10.89

                                                                                                                                                                            Discontinued items
                                                                                                                                                                            Italian pickled vegetables - $4.97

                                                                                                                                                                            Green Olives from Greece - $4.97

                                                                                                                                                                            Gherkins - $3.97

                                                                                                                                                                            Macarons in the freezer section - $8.97

                                                                                                                                                                            Morello cherries in jar - $2.97

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                                                                                                                                                                          roostermom Feb 19, 2014 05:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          How does everyone know what's new and what's not? Is it the price that makes an item d/c'd? I am a monthly Costco shopper (on average) and frequent 3-4 different stores (Etobicoke, Warden, Billy Bishop, Peterborough...) I would love to know the 'secrets'! Mr. Roostermom also hits the Ajax store every once in awhile....

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                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: roostermom
                                                                                                                                                                            ylsf Feb 19, 2014 05:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Jayt90 posted a link to a "pricing" guide for how Costco pricing works:

                                                                                                                                                                            jayt90 Jan 15, 2014 12:19 PM
                                                                                                                                                                            Here is some price sign information for markdowns at Costco

                                                                                                                                                                            Regarding what is new... there is no indicator on the product, just a matter of spotting new items that haven't been there in your last trip. Some people go weekly.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ylsf
                                                                                                                                                                              jayt90 Feb 20, 2014 04:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              The coupon specials are worth looking at because they are more generous than any other store (though not as much as a Wagjag) and you get them automatically at checkout. These specials are set by the vendor and Costco charges the difference back to them, just like a $2 off wine at LCBO gets charged back to the wine agent. Costco's coupon specials are always in a prominent display (end units).

                                                                                                                                                                              The $.97 signs can go in phases,depending on sales and need for shelf space: I bought a Breadman at $79.97 (originally $130) and noticed it went to $39.97 a week later.
                                                                                                                                                                              I brought in my sales receipt and they happily gave me the difference. (Price guaranteed for 30 days.) However, waiting for that second or third round of discounting is risky, as they may send the stuff to another warehouse.

                                                                                                                                                                              They may have special buys in the book department, and all new books and magazines go for 40% off, but they won't remainder the books because the publisher has to take them back.

                                                                                                                                                                              Some stores like Markham East may move clearance things to a heavy traffic store like Ajax. If your store is hopelessly crowded on weekends, and has long gas line ups, there may be more clearance items inside.

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                                                                                                                                                                            flonie Feb 19, 2014 08:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Costco used to carry a chicken salad in a square container in the refridgerated section. It's the same sort of container that they sell 'bruschetta' mix.

                                                                                                                                                                            I think it's still sold in Montreal because when it goes on sale someone posts picture at a dealsite. But does anyone know if any costco still carries it in the GTA?

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                                                                                                                                                                              BriaH Feb 22, 2014 11:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              Oh my gosh! This thread is awesome and I’m so glad I found it! Great info and conversation!
                                                                                                                                                                              I have not been able to find the Renior capers (4 X 100ml in a pack) for sometime. Does anyone know if these have been discontinued? And if they are does anyone have any clue where to get these in Toronto? I love them!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                flonie Feb 22, 2014 09:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                I wonder if anyone has had any issues with the sample people?

                                                                                                                                                                                I went to the etobicoke store today, asked the person if I could take two (usually I've seen people take two, one for the other person they are with) and she didn't respond. I was like, ok. I took it and then she began glaring at me later on as I was shopping.

                                                                                                                                                                                I pay a membership for costco, the samples are small. I gave the other one to a family member I was with but what is their problem? I'm not one of those people that make a meal of hte samples, I wonder if anyone has encountered this.

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                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: flonie
                                                                                                                                                                                  jayt90 Feb 23, 2014 07:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  That's a tough bunch of samplers at Etobicoke. I've noticed that there are different groups of servers in different locations, and group norms develop. If they go off the norm, it's probably a management problem.
                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm always mindful that the servers are getting minimum wage while the rest of the staff is getting two or three times that.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    flonie Feb 23, 2014 08:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Jay190 I'm glad I'm not the only one that has some issues with the way I've been treated by those servers.

                                                                                                                                                                                    I find Mississauga (Heartland) to be the same one. I don't mean to generalize but I find the groups at each place seem to be homogenous.

                                                                                                                                                                                    I don't think it's a management problem in terms of the sampling issue. I think it's a personal thing. Some people seem to be indignant if you go back a second time.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Having said that, I don't know about you but it's always not a good idea to go to costco on an empty stomach after a sample here and there I end up buying stuff that doesn't taste that great when I get home.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Anyone tried the walnut oil? Just saw it yesterday but wasn't sure how it fared.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      jayt90 Feb 23, 2014 11:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      flonie the walnut oil appears every year at this time at a very good price. Grapeseed also, for a month or two.
                                                                                                                                                                                      They won't last long. Should be refrigerated to avoid rancidity.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        lilaki Mar 1, 2014 08:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        thanks for flagging the grapeseed oil. i saw it today and stocked up (at the etobicoke location).

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: flonie
                                                                                                                                                                                    Nevy Feb 23, 2014 10:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    To be honest, I've never had an issue with them but then again, I do treat them nicely compared to most people I've seen. I do feel for them as they have to deal with rude people asking why are they too slow to cook something that requires 20 minutes and they just put it in. Or they'll have a child who is just grabbing at 4 of their newly placed sample while their parents look on with no responsibility. Or my personal favourite... a person who takes 5 items, touches the samples, and then tries to place it back onto the service plate. The samplers has to gently tell them to throw it out because it's been touched by them and it cannot be served to others. Then the person gets all insulted and tells the sampler to throw it out. Of course, the sampler can't touch them and the person starts to yell at them for not being their maid.

                                                                                                                                                                                    I agree with jayt90. They get much much less in pay than the rest of Costco employees but they get the worst behaviours to deal with. Free samples can bring the worst in people.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      flonie Feb 23, 2014 08:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      All the years I've been to costco, I've seriously never seen anyone rude to them. I've never seen anyone complain about it taking long to make. Never seen someone touch it and try to put it back either. I've gone to different locations and I've never seen people treat them badly.

                                                                                                                                                                                      I do remember years ago, some server (it was an older man) he was saying "If this was dogfood, would you all be like this" I was like, Uh, WTF. Whats your problem. It wasn't like people were storming at him or anything.

                                                                                                                                                                                      I've been told before "Oh, you have to wait" because I went back for seconds they made us wait while they served other people. What's worse though, alot of them dont even bother explaining the product most of the time.

                                                                                                                                                                                      I think I treat them nicely, I try to make eye contact, I say thank you. And most of the time they don't even acknowledge my courtesy.

                                                                                                                                                                                      They used to have these 'convection ovens' for the demos, does anyone know where I can get one? It's like the one American Harvest used to advertise on the info mercials, cooks your food really fast?

                                                                                                                                                                                      I can't understand why they don't work for costco though, I mean it doesn't make sense that costco would go through a third party to bring these people who are basically working in there store.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Jay90 - does the walnut oil have any benefits? I'm starting to get interested in different oils and their tastes (I got the avocado oil but can't tell the diff yet).

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: flonie
                                                                                                                                                                                        jayt90 Feb 25, 2014 05:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        I would buy the walnut oil for its flavor. I'm no expert on micro nutrients, but I'm sure others like flexitarian would know.

                                                                                                                                                                                        I also buy the grapeseed oil when it appears for its high smoke level. One bottle of each of these, plus Kirkland evoo, and I'm set for a year, with no Canola or Mazola.

                                                                                                                                                                                        The pro level convection oven is CadCo, I think from Italy. The best part of $1000, but it works on regular voltage. http://www.dvorsons.com/Cadco/CadcoConvection.htm

                                                                                                                                                                                        I hear good things about a new Breville convection oven, around $300. http://www.breville.ca/the-smart-oven.html
                                                                                                                                                                                        I use a Waring pro , same price range if it is still available. http://www.amazon.com/Waring-CO1500B-...

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                                                                                                                                                                                          lilaki Feb 25, 2014 09:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          hey jayt90,

                                                                                                                                                                                          okay - i have to ask - how do you get away with using only 3 bottles of oil a year?

                                                                                                                                                                                          i have never seen the grapeseed oil ... i will have to keep my eyes open. thanks for letting me know about it. i use grapeseed whenever i'm cooking with my cast iron pans.

                                                                                                                                                                                          and i have the breville convection oven ... it's awesome.

                                                                                                                                                                                  3. kwass Feb 24, 2014 05:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    I went to Costco today, and bought what I think is a new item. Ling Ling Asian Kitchen Chicken and Vegetable Potstickers with dipping sauce. All I have to say is WOW! I made them for dinner tonight and they were delicious!

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                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: kwass
                                                                                                                                                                                      flonie Feb 24, 2014 09:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Do they taste like you got them at Costco (westernized) or does it taste like something from an asian resto?

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                                                                                                                                                                                        kwass Feb 24, 2014 09:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Probably something that I got from Costco, but still very good!!! Definitely worth a try.

                                                                                                                                                                                        I'd love to hear from others who decide to buy them.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: flonie
                                                                                                                                                                                          kwass Feb 25, 2014 05:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Flonie, I've given your question some more thought, and I'd like to change my answer :) I think that these might actually taste like something that you'd get from an asian resto. But again, I'd love to hear from others.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            lilaki Feb 25, 2014 09:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            What aisle/area? I love dumplings/potstickers!

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                                                                                                                                                                                              Nevy Feb 25, 2014 09:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              If you go to the Mississauga North, it's in the same frozen section along the back wall (not the centre ones) with the ribs and frozen vegetables.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                kwass Feb 25, 2014 10:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                It was I'm the same freezer as the chicken cilantro mini wontons

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Herne Feb 26, 2014 11:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm going to look for them at the Warden store. I assume they will be on the back wall there as well.


                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Herne
                                                                                                                                                                                                    kwass Feb 26, 2014 11:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I hope you find them! They really are yummy!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      jayt90 Feb 26, 2014 12:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ling Ling pot stickers have been in Costco for years; they are a small Seattle company that developed their product through the warehouses.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      They are not on the back wall, but in a freezer with phyllo, cheesecake, wontons, spring rolls, and other convenience items.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        kwass Feb 26, 2014 12:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yes. They're with the wontons. I had never seen them before Monday, so I thought they might be a new item.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          Herne Feb 26, 2014 05:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Well I got the idea from Nevy's post which said they were in a frozen section on the back wall. I imagine I'll find them. Odd I remember the Panda called Ling Ling but never heard of the potstickers.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            lilaki Feb 25, 2014 09:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            i was at the etobicoke costco last night and it was the umpteenth visit in a row where they've been OUT of organic eggs. anyone else finding this? and anyone else finding they're better stocked elsewhere?

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                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: lilaki
                                                                                                                                                                                              Nevy Feb 25, 2014 09:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              I find going earlier in the day you have the best luck getting stock. This morning I went in and everything was pristine and fully available... including the omega eggs. I have good luck with Mississauga North and Central for all the basics. The only time I had problem was finding Lactancia Lactose Free milk but ALL of Toronto (east and west) was out for 4 days.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                lilaki Feb 25, 2014 01:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                sigh ... i'll never be able to make it earlier in the day. that person running around with a cart flying wildly in front of them after 8 pm? that's me. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: lilaki
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Nevy Feb 26, 2014 08:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'll be sure to step aside when I see you doing your version of the bobsled race in the costco aisles :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                  You may want to try Mississauga Central. It's less than 15 minutes away from the Etobicoke site on Dundas and it's bigger, brighter, and has less clientele volume. I find they go through their stock a tad slower as they just opened in the last 6 months.

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: lilaki
                                                                                                                                                                                                lilaki Mar 3, 2014 09:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                looks like costco has their own organic eggs now ... 24 organic eggs, kirkland brand, for $9.99. fully stocked when i went on saturday morning! :)

                                                                                                                                                                                              3. Nevy Feb 25, 2014 09:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                My visit to Mississauga North was pretty exciting as they were unloading tons of new Spring and Summer items. Most of it was in the centre aisles (garden stuff... Muskoka chairs!) but the food area was bustling too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                New items this week

                                                                                                                                                                                                Snapea Crisps 36x23g, $11.99 - Finally! This snack type has been in Trader Joes for a while and when I had it down there, it was pretty darn tasty. Think potato chips but made with peas. It's a bit sweeter and obviously less starchy but just as crispy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Lundberg Wild rice pilaf with beans, 1.8 kg - $9.99

                                                                                                                                                                                                Gogo Quinoa red and white pasta, 1 kg - $8.99. Pasta made with ground up quinoa... interesting!

                                                                                                                                                                                                Zinda Couscous, 3x907 g - $6.99

                                                                                                                                                                                                California Olive Ranch Garlic Oil, 1 L - $8.99 It says this is a great finisher on top of pasta, salads, and meats.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Strubs Homestyle Hot Pepper Jalapeno Mix, 2 L - $3.99. I like Strubs pickles but I never had their peppers before. Anyone tried this before?

                                                                                                                                                                                                Kirkland Brand Oven Dried Organic Roma tomato, 1L - $9.99. I didn't think this was a new item till I realized it's organic. I've seen them have the non-organic before but this is definitely new to me

                                                                                                                                                                                                Grok Cheese Snacks, 3x60g - $9.99. Maybe these are magical but they seem like overpriced Stacy Pita Chip knock offs with a bit of cheese in them

                                                                                                                                                                                                Kirkland Signature European Cookies, 1 kg - $6.99. These look like the nicely tin box cookies coated in chocolate you get at Christmas season.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Thinaddictives Mango Coconut Almond things 680 g - $9.99

                                                                                                                                                                                                Kirkland Organic Strawberry Spread 1L, $7.99 - I didnt think this was new until I noticed it was organic. I've seen the regular version before but never the organic.

                                                                                                                                                                                                E.D Smith Peach, Mango & Orange spread 1L, - $5.89. ED Smith spreads are common in Costco but this maybe a new flavour as I've always seen a strawberry or field berry version

                                                                                                                                                                                                Rocky Point Frozen Lobster Meat (claws and tails meat... no shell) 320g - $14.49. It says it's frozen and processed in New Brunswick. Yay Canadian seafood.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Fayrouz Sparkling Malt, 12x250 ml - $9.99. This is such an interesting concept... sparkling juice with a bit of malt for a frothy head. Made in Switzerland. The flavours are pear and pineapple.

                                                                                                                                                                                                The Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps 737 g - $5.99

                                                                                                                                                                                                Plasir Gastronomiques Chunky Chicken Salad, 2x375 g - $9.69

                                                                                                                                                                                                Belfine 3 Bunnies in a Cage, 225 g $9.99. This is for Easter and the ingredients are probably the best of the entire stock. No extra palm oil ... just good old sugar, cocoa mass, cocoa butter, and more sugar :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                MC Dairy European Cream Cheese, 2x500g - $9.99. I'm not sure if this new but I haven't seen it before... perhaps it moved to a new section. Either way, it looks to be a super rich indulgent cream cheese from looking at the nutrition label

                                                                                                                                                                                                Chocodelice Easter Eggs, 560 g - $14.99. It's the prettiest display of the stock. An opened easter egg with 30 individual chocolates that are nicely decorated. For me, it's a bit of a dud because it has palm oil as one of the top 5 ingredients.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Sales and Deals

                                                                                                                                                                                                Simply Natural Organic Pasta sauce, 4x 739 ml - $6.99, $2 off

                                                                                                                                                                                                Bertolli Olive Oil Extra Light, 3L - $15.99, $4 off

                                                                                                                                                                                                Glutino Gluten Free Pretzel 690 g - $7.99, $2 off

                                                                                                                                                                                                Kraft Handi Snacks - $6.69, $2 off

                                                                                                                                                                                                Christie Thinsations Snacks - $5.79, $2 off

                                                                                                                                                                                                Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing - $5.99, $3 off

                                                                                                                                                                                                Crab (or should I say Krab) delectables, crab flavoured seafood, 1.2 kg - $6.99, $2 off

                                                                                                                                                                                                Tropicana Tropic Blend, 3x1.75 L - $5.99, $2.50 off. There are 2 flavours - mango peach orange and strawberry mango orange. Pretty good deal as SS was selling these for $4 each.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Happy Planet Santa Fe 4 Bean chilli, 2x500 ml - $4.99, $3.50 off

                                                                                                                                                                                                Happy Planet Thai Coconut Soup, 2x650 ml - $5.99, $2 off

                                                                                                                                                                                                Pork loin centre cut - $5 off the price. This is a phenomenal deal if you can get a piece that is $15 or less to start. I found 2 pieces about $15 so I got close to 2kg of pork for only $10.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Happy Returns

                                                                                                                                                                                                Collier's Welsh Cheddar is back! $9.79 for 400 g


                                                                                                                                                                                                Capricorn Black Licorice (Australian style) 1kg - $4.97. If you love black licorice or anise flavour, this is supposedly one of the best available mass market ones. For the price, it's very very good. SDM is selling the 250 g bags for the same price almost!

                                                                                                                                                                                                PHEW.... that was a lot. Hope that helps!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Nevy
                                                                                                                                                                                                  mrsleny Feb 25, 2014 08:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks Nevy! Stellar work :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                  So many things ... so little space! I need a bigger kitchen.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Has anyone tried the organic dried figs? I have seen them in the carts of shoppers in front of me at checkout the last 2 times.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    Full tummy Feb 26, 2014 01:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yes, they are delicious. Very flavorful and large - much superior to other dried figs, in my opinion. The bag says to refrigerate after opening.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      lilaki Feb 26, 2014 05:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      the dried figs are EXCELLENT. hard not to eat a whole bunch in one go!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nevy Feb 26, 2014 08:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        +2 on these. The Made in Nature brand is possibly the best mass produced (mass dried?) figs I've had in Canada. It's great that's organic to boot.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        My only hesitance to buying it recently is the price jump. When they were first introduced last year, they were only $9.99... now the prices have been steady climbing up to $13.99 in some places (I think most of the time it's $12.99 now). Sure it's a few bucks and cheaper than any other place but I wish it went back down to the original price.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        The only thing better than this is their Black Mission fig! It's not in Canada but I've seen it in USA.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Also, if you like the figs, you should try the dried apricots. The brand they currently have in Costco Canada is really good. It's moist and flavourful and it's cheaper than the figs by a decent amount. It's better than anything I've had in Canada too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          mrsleny Feb 26, 2014 06:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Will definitely put the figs on my shopping list. I'm not a huge apricot fan so I will pass on those I still have 2 boxes of Medjool dates to finish off.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Nevy Feb 27, 2014 03:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I was never a fan of dried apricots till I tried these ones either! They're completely different from what is sold at bulkbarn and regular grocery stores. It's softer and juicier like a medjool date but the flavour is brighter and less tart than regular ones.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Figs though are my favourite! Followed by the Medjool and bahri dates from Iran and Saudi Arabia (not the ones from Costco). These figs are 20x better than anything I've bought in regular stores.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              mrsleny Feb 27, 2014 05:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hmmm ... now I am intrigued. I will add apricots to my list too. If they aren't to my taste, I can still use in my homemade granola.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I love Medjool dates. Where do you buy your barhi dates?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Nevy Feb 27, 2014 05:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                The easiest ones to grab are from Adonis. They also have dates under the Cedar brand and they're very soft, sweet, and I can inhale a box. I think my most recent favourite though is found at Freshco and it's the Vonya brand Mozafati dates. It's flavour is a deep caramel and it can be very fresh (aka super soft). A box is less than $5.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I just bought a fresh bag of the apricots today. They are definitely miles better than other apricots. Conventional store ones are dry, tough, and tart. These are soft and chewy and taste like a sweet version of the fruit. I hope I'm not overselling these but I feel they're pretty good. Same goes for the Kirkland brand sun sweet dried plums. Miles better than regular stuff

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mrsleny Feb 27, 2014 08:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks for all the info. Other than the medjool, I have only ever had honey dates (Parnoosh brand bought at No Frills). They were super sweet and soft.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I wasn't crazy about the pitted dates (Golden Boy brand) from Costco. Only bought them because I needed them and they were a great price. And they didn't have their medjools in yet.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Nevy Feb 28, 2014 03:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I agree that the generic pitted or honey dates are not great. Often these are more dry, chewier, or have a generic sweet taste or not sweet at all.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    After trying Mozafati or Barhi dates from Saudi Arabia or Iran, I realized I can never eat those 2 types again. :). My suggestion is to grab the dates that have the skin that is slightly off the date meat and the parts that are still sticking is showing a bit of juice or moisture. I find those are the sweetest because they had more drying time or aged time without being overly dry.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mrsleny Feb 28, 2014 06:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yes the Costco pitted dates are just as you describe. It was a 4lb bag as well. Guess I will use for making date syrup or in homemade granola.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I have had good luck with the Parnoosh honey dates ... very soft and gooey.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    lilaki Mar 3, 2014 09:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    i'm eating the dried plums right now. SO delish. really gotta watch myself though ... they're quite addictive!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Nevy
                                                                                                                                                                                                        the_beezelet Mar 1, 2014 01:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        re: Kirkland Brand Oven Dried Organic Roma tomato, 1L - $9.99
                                                                                                                                                                                                        we bought a jar a week or so ago and added it to homemade pasta sauce and they are great. not too salty and very nicely flavoured.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          kwass Mar 1, 2014 02:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I've never seen those. Are they in the aisle with the pasta sauce?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            the_beezelet Mar 2, 2014 03:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            they were near the canned tomatoes - at the etobicoke store.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              kwass Mar 2, 2014 03:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks beezelet! I'll look for them tomorrow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. elvisahmed Feb 26, 2014 12:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Saw and picked up some of these items on Clearance at Downsview
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Biscotti by Nonni 6.97
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Terra Cotta EVOO 2.97!!!!
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Organic Salsa trio Pack (mango, regular and pineapple) 5.97
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Also interesting for a gift was Black and White truffle oil set for 9.97! 2 bottles (100 ml each). I have tried the black one before and its decent still using the salt that was left on popcorn.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: elvisahmed
                                                                                                                                                                                                          jayt90 Feb 26, 2014 12:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yes, the discounted packages of truffle oil or truffle salt are good; I use them on eggs and salads.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          If still available, the $3.97 jar of mixed Greek olives (2 liters!) is a fine product, as good as I've found.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            elvisahmed Feb 26, 2014 01:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Well this is not a salt and oil set like I got last year rather a duo of Truffle oil. I didn't get much use out of the truffle oil last time so am gonna skip it. The truffle salt is still popular :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          Herne Mar 1, 2014 10:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I buy a bag of Skim Milk every 10 days or so from Costco. The last 3-4 bags have been Ok until the last bag. They seem to be ready to turn except there is no smell and the milk gets lumpy and forms a "pad" at the bottom of a coffee cup. No taste problem. At first I thought the homogenization process wasn't working correctly. This am I have no idea what is going on.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Anyone have a similar experience?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Herne
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yongeman Mar 1, 2014 10:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I've never had a problem with the 1% that I buy. Was the date ok? Maybe, somewhere along the delivery line, it was unrefrigerated for a period of time? Or possibly frozen?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Herne Mar 1, 2014 10:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I threw the tag out earlier. I doubt I could have bought late date milk 3-4 times in a row particularly with Costco's high turnover

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              kwass Mar 1, 2014 02:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              You should take the milk back if that happens again. Costco is very good about taking things back.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Breadcrumbs Mar 1, 2014 03:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm wondering whether they might be having problems with the weather and trucks being delayed etc. I've had to take back dairy products on 3 occasions this winter and I've never had an issue in the past.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  flonie Mar 1, 2014 09:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yeah that's happened to us before too. We get the 1%

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Herne Mar 1, 2014 10:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Glad to hear I'm not the only one. Taking the open milk back is the thing to do but its filled with peril without taking precautions and don't forget the time standing in line. But more importantly I'm not concerned about 1 bag. Something is going wrong with bag after bag.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      flonie Mar 3, 2014 10:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      See I would do it only because it's the principal. Your right though I mean on the way there, the bag could break and the mess isn't worth it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'd take whatever is leftover (if it happened on the second bag) except that I was told that costco will only take something back if half the product is in tact, so one bag wouldn't technically be accepted.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      On another note, if it's sealtest brand of milk, I've noticed that happening on some small cartons 237 ml. I called and spoke with natura but they claim they don't know why it happens. It's happened more than a few times on those small cartons too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: flonie
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        roostermom Mar 4, 2014 06:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I've taken pictures of stuff and then showed the pictures and got a refund - a slimy veggie tray and some dead-after-one day flowers. I did get a warning about 'next time' though....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          flonie Mar 4, 2014 09:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It depends on who you get and at which location.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I find the ppl at Heartland are very picky, I go in with my backpack and at one point they wouldn't let me in. I told them they could check it on my way out but nope. I didn't want to leave it in the car either because all my stuff was inside.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Same thing with Hwy 7 in Markham, most the people are pretty good but there's one lady there that really scrutinizes stuff you bring back.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          bottom line, I think that if you are paying to shop there they should back up their products.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            roostermom Mar 5, 2014 11:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I've returned 2 dyson vacuums, over a year after I bought them. I didn't even have all the parts/attachments. I got my $500 back both times!!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Kagemusha Mar 5, 2014 02:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              "I find the ppl at Heartland are very picky, I go in with my backpack and at one point they wouldn't let me in."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              There's adequate signage displayed about no bags/backpacks, etc. Guess you missed that?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Does your car have a trunk?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              They've always been reasonable/generous with the few returns I've made. If it's a sketchy/bogus return, then you can't really expect carte blanche.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Herne Mar 5, 2014 06:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                My wife usually carries a backpack into the Warden store. Are there signs against them there too??

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  flonie Mar 15, 2014 09:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  "There's adequate signage displayed about no bags/backpacks"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Actually this was a few years back and I don't think they had signage. If they did, it said "we reserve the right to inspect bags" which I am totally fine with.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  "Does your car have a trunk"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  No, it's a van. I've recently heard a story from someone who had a backpack in the car, put it on the floor and someone broke the car just to get the bag.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I have my big wallets yes, wallets (I have two) in my backpack and water bottle (big stainless steel). I can't speak for you, but I admit that I am clumsy and carrying even one large wallet (women's ones) and a water bottle in tow throughout the store I would lose one for sure (put something either one down to get something) and more than likely it'd be forgotten.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  "they've always been reasonable...if it's a sketchy/bogus return"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  If you open something and try it and don't like it, you can bring it back to costco. I'm talking about what Herne said, you get to the third bag of milk and it's gone bad before the expiry date. I'm sure some people may think it's "sketchy" that all of a sudden the last bag is bad, but it happens.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I used to work in retail and some people were more picky. heck, there are some people that will scrutinize a receipt for a few minutes and inspect an unopened box just because they think there's somethign wrong with it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Full tummy Mar 16, 2014 12:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I have a backpack purse. When I carry it in my hand, it looks like a purse and is no bigger than most. I have never had a problem. Perhaps you could just transfer your valuables to something more purse-like, and leave your large backpack concealed somewhere in your van.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    flonie Mar 15, 2014 09:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I think maybe it's dependent on the area.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    As I said before, if there's signage and even if they ask to take a look in my bag I don't have an issue with that. I open it up for them to see and offer to unzip everything else.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Herne Mar 28, 2014 12:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Happened again. The milk this am was lumpy or like it had stopped being homogenized. It was not sour nor had a sour smell--seemed fine. But it would not mix with a cup of coffee and formed a "pad" at the bottom of the cup. Milk had a date of April 3 so that should be at least the Best before Date I assume. Won't be going to Costco before Monday and there is one bag left which should be a great example by then. If I have my way I'll forget it and start buying the Sealtest Skim at Target for the same price and see what happens with it. Hate standing in line.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Herne Mar 31, 2014 07:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This am the last bag of Skim has separated out. White thick stuff on the bottom and thin translucent pale yellow/orange fluid on top. I think this supports my view that the homogenization process isn't working correctly.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                CanadaGirl Apr 6, 2014 12:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm not disputing what your milk looks like, but it can't be homogenization problems if it's skim milk. If there's no fat IN the milk, there's no fat to separate out. Still weird though...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Herne Apr 6, 2014 08:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Not sure fat is the issue. The Milk solids separated. I wonder if it has anything to do with curds and whey. Bought a bag for #3.97 at No Frills this afternoon. Don't know if this is a sale or regular price.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                jayt90 Apr 7, 2014 11:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Have you monitored your refrigerator temperature, and adjusted? Mine is registering 35 F with a Thermapen inserted in the milk, and I've had no problem with perishables.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Herne Apr 7, 2014 03:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  All seems to be well with the fridge temp. We are now on the 5th day of a 2 liter container and nothing is going wrong yet. Glad we were told that others have experienced the same thing.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            choccat Mar 3, 2014 10:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I've been checking my usual locations, Warden/7 and Leslie and Elgin Mills for Stirling 84 butter for the last couple of weeks without luck. Not interested in the other Stirling butter. Can also get toYorkdale, Warden/Ellesmere or Vaughan locations if anyone has seen the butter there. Thanks!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Apple Mar 3, 2014 07:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              i bought two gorgeous blocks of the stirling yesterday (sunday) at the warden location - does not look like it is being delisted - price is 3.49

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                jl_1978 Mar 5, 2014 09:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Warden location had less than a dozen blocks left tonight... no idea if they are getting more, but I would guess no if other locations are stopping.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Apple Mar 15, 2014 07:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Showed up to Costco todate (Warden location) and sadly the Stirling is gone. Wonder if it will come back.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    duckdown Mar 18, 2014 10:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Stirling has been gone for some time now -- it's gone for good according to the cooler stocking guy at Heartland

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Nevy Mar 4, 2014 11:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It's the first week of March and a few more new items are still cropping up. A lot of alternative grains and 'healthy' snacks in addition to some returning products... last week a ton of new items were introduced and this week is noticeably less.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                New items this week

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Jesse Tree Lupini, 1.5 kg - $3.89. We bought this as we saw it as a great alternative to the chickpeas as a snack. It has much more protein (equal amounts of protein to carbs) and offers a good amount of nutrients. It's made in Spain and so far, it's been a great addition to salads and soups.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Paisley Farms 4 Bean Salad, 2x1L - $7.99.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Something Special Gourmet Antipasto, 940g - $9.49

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Verona Fennel Tarrali, 3x300g - $6.99. These look like fancy breadsticks

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Katsuo Udon noodle soup no MSG, 6x220g - $9.99. This is in the styrofoam cups where you just pour water in and voila.. instant udon soup.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Campbell Country Kettle Chicken with wild rice and Herbed Chicken with Quinoa, 8x398 ml - $9.89. It's made in Canada!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bastoncini Almond Biscotti, 2x250g - $6.59

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Prestique de Bourgogne triple cream cow cheese, 450 g - $13.99. This one is made in France

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                MacLaren's Sharp Cheddar spread, 2x250g - $8.99

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Casa Italia Diced Pancetta, 2x200g - $ no price since they just opened the box

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Kirkland brand Artichoke hearts, 2x1L - $9.99. This might be a return item but I haven't seen it before.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Spudler's Breakfast Bacon hash, 1.2kg - $10.99. It has smoked bacon, potato, onion, and bell peppers

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Kirkland Organic Blackbean soup, 8x500 ml - $11.49

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sales and Deals

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Pork loin centre cut - $5 off the price. This is a phenomenal deal if you can get a piece that is $15 or less to start. I found 2 pieces about $15 so I got close to 2kg of pork for only $10.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Nature Valley Salty n Sweet or Crunch granola bars - $2.50 off

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Perrier Sparkling Water - $4 off

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bergeron Cheese - $3.70 off

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Whey Protein - $8 off

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Kellogs Rice Krispies - $2.80 off

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Quaker Harvest Crunch Cereal - $2.50 off

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Quaker Instant Oatmeal - $2 off

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Happy Returns

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Kirkland brand semi-sweet chocolate chips, 2 kg - $9.99. I haven't seen these since November. Great prices compared to normal store prices.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Kirkland Smoked(?) Turkey Breast - $15.99/kg


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Campbell's Country Kettle Hearty Minestrone with Penne and Creamy Tomato Bisque, 4x398 ml - $4.97

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Nevy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  lilaki Mar 4, 2014 11:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  hey nevy,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  thanks for the heads up!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  do you recall what the size was for the perrier? big bottles?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  also - have you used the chocolate chips before? i usually bake with callebaut callets ... but it's getting to be a pricey habit. :)


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Nevy Mar 4, 2014 12:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hi Lilaki - The perrier bottles are 500 ml ... definitely bigger than the single serve at restaurants but not the big ones you can use for an entire table.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    As for the chips, my friend likes using them in the Ghiradhelli brownie mix and I've enjoyed them. I personally like taking slabs of dark chocolate bars and cutting them up. It's cheaper and I often find better quality than the waxy quality of chips. My personal favourites are the PC dark chocolate 70% from France. I think you get almost a lb of chocolate for $3.50.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Have you tried buying the callebaut from online costco? It's insanely big (10 kg) but it'll last you a lifetime :)


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      lilaki Mar 4, 2014 12:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      hey nevy ... i'm lazy and hate chopping chocolate. :) but thanks for the suggestion to look online ... i might check out the galeries du chocolat option.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nevy Mar 4, 2014 02:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I used to hate chopping chocolate till I got an oyster knife :) Best thing ever!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Truffles Mar 4, 2014 12:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I tried the chips in my baking last Christmas - I found they were a little on the (too) sweet side - for comparison I usually use the PC Decadent chips.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nevy Mar 4, 2014 02:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I find all chips to be on the sweet side so I will agree that these are not 'semi sweet' compared to dark chocolate. They're definitely sweet!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      kwass Mar 4, 2014 12:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Nevy, thanks for the information on the Lupini. I saw them yesterday, but wasn't sure what they were. I'm going to pick up a bottle next week now that I know what they are :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nevy Mar 4, 2014 02:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I strongly suggest a good soaking in water ahead of time. Taken directly out of the jar, VERY salty... but after a good soak and a rough chop, it was good in a salad. Also, we added it into a kale chicken soup and it was pretty darn tasty!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          kwass Mar 4, 2014 03:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks for the tips Nevy! Just wondering, can they also be rinsed and just snacked on? I'm asking because that's what I do with chickpeas.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          BTW, kale chicken soup sounds delicious! I would never have thought to add them to a soup.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Nevy Mar 4, 2014 04:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I think you could soak n snack. Rinse n snack might not get rid of the salt.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Texture wise it's crunchier than the soft canned chick peas. But to me, that's part of its appeal!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              kwass Mar 4, 2014 05:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks Nevy! Can't wait to try them!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mrsleny Mar 4, 2014 08:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks Nevy! The artichoke hearts are amazing. I have finished one jar already and no tough bits at all (maybe I got lucky?).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Do the lupinis have to be peeled? I will have to look out for them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I am also curious about the black bean soup. I am a fan of the PC Blue Menu one (http://www.presidentschoice.ca/en_CA/...). Very convenient to have a couple of cans in my locker at work. I am hoping the Kirkland is better.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Nevy Mar 5, 2014 05:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hi MrsLeny... thanks for the heads up on the artichoke hearts. I love adding new things to my salads so now this is on my list.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I do not peel the lupinis ... maybe I'm eating them wrong but I don't see how I could peel them! They don't have a soft shell like chickpeas. It's more like a traditional legume/bean if I can try to explain it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I think the KB blackbean isn't low on sodium like the Blue Menu one. So if you're watching your sodium intake, the KB Organic Black Bean might not work but I kinda suspect it'd taste better :) Aside from the Blue Menu broth, I find most blue menu lighter on taste (which makes sense considering you're limiting fat and sodium).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mrsleny Mar 5, 2014 06:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The Costco lupinis must de-shelled. I have only had the canned ones and they need to be popped out of their shell.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I don't need to limit my fat and sodium though I don't like things overly salty. I just find the Blue Menu black bean soup very tasty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hope you enjoy the artichoke hearts as much as I do. I am now on my second jar

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. Nevy Mar 10, 2014 01:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        March break time and the store was eerily quiet... like vacant and the people doing their best impressions of being pylons were not really an issue as you could maneuver around them. Not too much new stuff but a few neat items on sale.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        New items this week

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Poppies Mini coconut macaroons, 1 kg - $7.69 in the freezer section. These cookies are drizzled with dark chocolate

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Gallerie au Chocolat Spring (aka Easter) Ballotin, 1 lb - $14.99

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Kirkland Panko breaded shrimp, 1.13 kg - $21.99

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hampton House Chicken Parmesean, 900 g - $9.89

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Wildroots Wholesome Hemp cereal, 1 kg - $9.69. This also has a big dose of flax seed to up the amount of Omega 3 and 6

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Kirkland Brands World of Chocolate in the plastic bin 907 g, $11.49 - This is the same assortment as the Christmas one but not in a fancy glass container. I've never seen it in a plastic bin before.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Kirkland Cashew Clusters, 907 g - $10.59

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tempt Hemp Milk, 4x946 ml - $11.99

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sales and Deals

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Olivia Atlantic Salmon - $5 off ($16.99 for 1.08 kg). Yes it's farmed raised with origins Norway.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Janes Roasted Carved Chicken, 1 kg - $3 off ($11.99)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tanzania whole coffee beans - $3.50 off (organic, fair trade... )

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Quaker instant oatmeal giant 60 package - $3 off

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        CJ Mini Wontons - $2.90 off

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Happy Returns

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Healthy Choice Fudge Bars, 12x88 ml - $9.99

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Fresh plums and peaches have returned. They're from Latin America and they're pretty big and firm though

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Fresh CA strawberries at $3.49 for 1 lb clam shells. I bought one because they were red all the way to the top and actually smelled half decent. I'm going to eat them to tonight to see if they taste of anything.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cheesecake Factory Tuxedo Cheesecake, 1.47 kg - $11.97. If anyone LOVES cheesecake or sweets, this is a great deal. Normally in the USA, this cake is $30++ ($5+ per slice in restaurants) and it's actually not a bad tasting cheesecake. Completely indulgent and over the top... but it's the cheesecake factory.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cadbury Milk Chocolate Fingers, 350 g - $3.97

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Gallerie au Chocolat Valentines Ballotin, 1 lb - $3.97. It's pretty much the exact same as the spring one but from Valentines

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Nevy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mrsleny Mar 10, 2014 08:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks Nevy! Stellar reporting as always. We also picked up the Wildroots hemp cereal. Mr Leny likes their organic triple berry cereal. Unfortunately the hemp one doesn't seem to be organic. I prefer homemade granola.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Did you see garlic infused olive oil from California at your store? Saw it at our local store and I don't think I've seen it before. Unfortunately did not have time to get a good look at it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Olivia salmon is a must buy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Also some Passover items at our local store.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hoping for the return of Paul Newman's Concord grape juice. Not sure if it was discontinued for good or if it's a seasonal item.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            kwass Mar 10, 2014 08:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Nevy, thanks for letting us know that they're discontinuing the Cheesecake Factory tuxedo cheesecake . I'm going to have to stock up.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              duckdown Mar 18, 2014 10:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That stuff was awful -- you really liked it that much? That is one product I'm happy to see gone, good riddance. I guess it has it's fans but it was over the top rich for me. However I hope they replace it with a different flavor or something!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                kwass Mar 18, 2014 10:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yes. I actually really love that product! I'm very sorry to see it go!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Nevy Mar 11, 2014 03:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm glad to help :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Garlic infused olive oil appeared in Feb at the Etobicoke store. I think it's either in my previous post or two posts ago. It's a pretty looking label and the marketing grabbed me. I'm intrigued by it but I'm afraid it'd be overwhelming and then I'd be stuck with a lousy 1 l bottle to ward vampires. I can imagine it's be great for grilling season when you use it on fresh bread before placing it on the BBQ or as part of mezze

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Cheesecake Factory pricing took every bit of will to not buy more than one. Lol I don't need 2 kg+ of it in my freezer! Even though I think it's probably one of their best freezer versions. In the US, they sell about 5 flavours and the other good one is the mix pack with Godiva and dulce de leche in it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                lilaki Mar 11, 2014 05:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I buy the regular olive oil of the same california brand and use it in salads. i stocked up on two bottles of the garlic olive oil ... so far, i've used it on kale (to make kale chips) ... and i'm sure i'll figure out something else. it's really good!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mrsleny Mar 11, 2014 08:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ooops ... must have missed it. Also the old memory ain't what it used to be :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'll have another look at it next visit. We brought home some really nice California blood orange infused olive oil last time we were in San Francisco.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Nevy Mar 12, 2014 03:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Now that sounds very nice! I'd use that on salads or just as a finishing drizzle on my broiled fish

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      lilaki Mar 12, 2014 07:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ooh ... broiled fish. that's a good idea!!! what kind of fish?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nevy Mar 14, 2014 11:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Right now I'm a big fan of the wild mahi mahi in the freezer section. It has more omega 3 than any of the other white fish (sole, haddock...) and because it's a bit more meaty, it doesn't dry out easily. It also takes to flavours really well. I've done a miso sake glaze, french herb and lemon drizzle, and a creole as well. I can imagine it'd be great with a lemon pepper then top off with the garlic olive oil

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mrsleny Mar 14, 2014 04:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks for the review. I will pass on to Mr Leny. He has been eating the Kirkland frozen salmon. Do you remember the price of the mahi mahi?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            kwass Mar 14, 2014 04:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mrsleny, I've also been buying the frozen Basa from Costco. It's a nice firm fish, and better than the Basa that I've bought from anywhere else. Like the mahi, mahi, it's great for broiling, and in the summer it'll be fantastic on the grill!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Nevy Mar 14, 2014 05:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              They're considerably more affordable than the salmon. I'm thinking its in the same price range as the sole and haddock ... $14 or so.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                kwass Mar 14, 2014 05:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And the basa is $12.59 for about 9 individually wrapped pieces, which is a great buy IMO.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Nevy Mar 14, 2014 11:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I popped in to grab a few things before the weekend started and wow, lots more of new things.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  New items this week

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Colavita Limited Edition Extra Virgin Olive Oil in the 2014 World Cup Soccer ball glass, 1 L - $8.79. I kid you not... I nearly burst out laughing seeing this. It is literally a glass soccer ball with a neon green cap.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Natural Mer Whole Shrimp with shell, 1 kg - $11.89. I haven't seen one of these outside of an Asian grocery store! Full head on and everything. It's a 40/50 size and origins are Ecuador. It is 'supposedly' farmed according to some guidelines that govern proper seafood farming. But I don't recognize the org and I didn't write it down to do research.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Kirkland Newman's Own Grape Juice, 2x2.84L - $7.69. This was already mentioned by someone but I saw it for the first time. It's great that Costco is bringing up more of the good quality items from the US

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mandira Thai Sauces Green & Red Curry, 2x475 ml - $6.69. These are premade sauces and made with everything from coconut milk to ginger puree to fish sauce even! Compared to outside prices, it's very good. I have no idea if it's hot or not.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Puddin Squeez Chocolate, 12x85g - $6.89. Good for snacks but unfortunately not for school. It says that it 'may' contain nuts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It's clear they're ramping up for the summer season because they brought back freezies (2 types) and a whole smogasbord of ice cream treats.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Original Augustin Vanilla Mega Ice Cream Sandwiches, 30x190ml - $13.99

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Healthy Choice Blueberry Greek Yogurt popsicles, 12 bars - No price when I was there. They just unpacked it

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Nestle Drumstick variety pack, 18x140 ml - $17.49

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Iceberg Variety Popicle, 48 - $12.49

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Fontaine Sante Tofu Spread, 2x430g - $6.69. This is so foreign to me. I eat tofu as a protein source at times... making it a puree and adding spices to mimic 'mayo'... very different.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Terra Thai Basil Curry Vegetable Chips, 453 g - $6.49. I'm so curious about this one! I usually love Terra chips but the last flavour I had left me... blah. Thai basil curry sounds great on a chip though. It l;ooks like they're using sweet potato

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Del Monte Morning Sunshine Orange Juice blend, 6x960 ml - $6.49. The usual no sugar added orange, apple, and grape blend

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Paul Brassac Sparkling Organic Juice, 3x750 ml - $6.99. Made in France and the flavours are Apple Peach and Apple Pomegrante.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  There are 3 new sparkling waters from Europe... never seen them before. I'm going to report back on what they are another time... there were 2 pylons hogging the entire area so I couldnt get a closer look

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Suzies Quinoa Milk, 4x946 ml - $8.89. Yup... quinoa milk now. I guess freekah milk is next.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Happy Planet Organic Juice 6x946 ml - $13.79. The flavours are Mango and Pomegrante Blueberry. I really like the mango one. It's not too sweet but definitely reminds me of the tropical beaches. The pom-blueberry is a bit more tart but still very true to the fruit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mexican Mangos (Red mangos)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2 bite Give & Go Coconut Macaroons in the baked goods section, 980 g - $8.99. It's the same brand that does the 2 bite brownies.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Nutri-health Cran-orange GMO & gluten free muffins, 6x85g - $7.59. Nut free, No GMO, no gluten... all natural supposedly

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Kimberley's Triple Chocolate Cupcakes, 8 - $5.99. These are in a precious looking container that allows the chocolate frosting to be piled high and all swirly. It looks far more 'pro' than any other baked goods. Nut free as well. This is in the fresh baked area

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Nutri Health Maple Oat Scones, 12x75 g - $9.59 in the fresh baked area

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Innkeeper's Maple Strudel Loaf, 794g - $5.39 in the fresh baked area

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Nevy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    farmgirl1836 Mar 14, 2014 12:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I actually wanted to buy the Kimberley's Triple Chocolate cupcakes when I saw them at Costco, but resisted. Later in the day while shopping at either Longo's or elsewhere, I saw a four pack of the same cupcakes for the same price as the eight pack at Costco. So, I haven't tasted them, but as for pricing, if I was going to buy them, Costco is the place!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      kwass Mar 14, 2014 12:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I've never heard of them before, but I'm going to pick up a package on Monday. I'll be sure to report back :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Full tummy Mar 14, 2014 02:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Looking forward!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: Nevy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Breadcrumbs Mar 14, 2014 04:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Nevy I wanted to take a moment to let you know how much I enjoy your posts. I really look forward to your updates and often head to Costco as a result! Today is no exception...we have an Italian friend who is a major soccer fan and of course an Italian food lover. Needless to say, he'll go nuts for that glass olive oil soccer ball - who knew? Big thanks!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Do you ever look at cookbooks? If so I was wondering if you recall anything new you saw in store?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        kwass Mar 14, 2014 04:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nevy, I have to say that I agree with Breadcrumbs!! I love reading about your adventures/discoveries @ Costco! I look forward to reading them every week! They're so incredibly helpful!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Nevy Mar 14, 2014 05:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm glad someone who can use my treks out to Costco to their benefit :).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I always look at the cookbooks as I'm hoping to find Ottolenghi or another gem. So far, nothing has caught my eye but seeing that someone is looking for notes, I can keep my eye out.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Breadcrumbs Mar 14, 2014 05:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Your treks are fun for my whole family Nevy...everyone benefits!! ; ) I'd love to hear about cookbooks if something catches your eye. I'll report on what I see tomorrow but in my experience, Costco is still in it's new year/health kick phase with lots of health conscious cookbooks during the first quarter of the year. Books like Wheat Belly and Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know about Freekeh but were afraid to ask seem to dominate at the moment! We'll see what tomorrow brings!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Nevy Mar 14, 2014 05:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              All I've seen is 'how to lose that gut in 30 days' or another diet of the month cook book as well. They have the Nom Nom Paleo cook book and a few other things that cater to people with forehead that stick out further than their nose (aka caveman diet). I missed out some good ones last year and now I'm regretting it! They had Burma and Jerusalem at pretty good prices.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Personally I like gelato, cheese, croissants, chocolate, dumplings, and sushi. The idea of removing them from my diet takes the fun out of eating and my tastebud would lose it's purpose! My tongue is not an appendix!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Speaking of gelato, Haagen Daz finally released their gelato line in Canada. My US coworkers have been saying these are pretty amazing. They're not as good as the artisanal products from Florence Italy (heck nothing is) but for areas like Minnesota, pretty amazing. Now, to only decide which one to try first!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                kwass Mar 14, 2014 06:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Do they carry the Haagen Daz gelato @ Costco?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Nevy Mar 14, 2014 06:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I wish they did in Canada. Supposedly they had it in US at one point in time but I don't think they do at the moment. According to the Loblaw's flyer, it's being sold by them starting this week.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    kwass Mar 14, 2014 06:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Good to know! I'll be @ Loblaws on Sunday :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    duckdown Mar 18, 2014 10:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yeah, please tell us if spotted! I would try this for sure

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      kwass Mar 18, 2014 10:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I didn't see it @ Loblaws, but I did see it @ Pusateri's.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Truffles Mar 18, 2014 11:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sobey's has it for $4.99 this week. Loblaws Queens Quay didn't get their shipment in (this was Saturday)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          kwass Mar 18, 2014 12:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I think it was $6.99, possibly more @ Pusateri's. So you're definitely better off buying it from Sobey's if you can find it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: Nevy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      magpiebakes Mar 15, 2014 09:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yes thanks Nevy, love reading about your finds!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I was at the Downsview location this morning and they had copies of Jerusalem and Ottolenghi cookbooks.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ylsf Mar 16, 2014 08:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks! I have been interested in picking one or both up.. Now to decide which or if both!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mrsleny Mar 14, 2014 04:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                THANK YOU Nevy!!! I'm so excited the Grape Juice is back.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The maple oat scones sound good too. Will have to check out the nutritional info when I'm there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                How do you remember all this stuff? Do you write down or photograph (don't know if it's allowed)?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Nevy Mar 14, 2014 06:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  If it's a slow week, I just remember it but if it's a seasonal change or a new quarter when new items comes out, my iphone is super handy :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  cheesymama Mar 14, 2014 06:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I picked up a loaf of the maple strudel loaf there earlier this week. So far I have only had it toasted with butter - very tasty. I'm looking forward to making french toast with it this weekend.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  They had a whole table in the bakery section devoted to maple treats. I remember there was a maple coffee cake and also some type of maple twist, looked like it was made with puff pastry and was more palmier texture than danish texture

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    kwass Mar 14, 2014 06:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Please let us know how the French toast turns out! That sounds yummy!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Nevy Mar 14, 2014 06:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The idea of french toast or a bread pudding with the maple strudel sounds really good!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I bought the maple twists and I liked them better than the Christmas cinnamon version they had then. They're quite light and 'fluffy' and nothing like flakey buttery pastries because they have no oil or butter in them. That being said, they had a nice crunch and were great for a coffee break.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        kwass Mar 14, 2014 06:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ooooh...bread pudding...that's a fantastic idea!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'll take a look @ the maple twists as well :) Thanks Nevy!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        cheesymama Mar 16, 2014 12:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I wasn't impressed with how this bread worked as french toast. The structure of the bread is different than a sandwich loaf, the crumb is more tender. I really enjoyed it toasted and that is how I will continue to have it. FWIW the kids liked the french toast.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        For comparison my favourite loaf for french toast is Harbord's sweet challah.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          kwass Mar 16, 2014 01:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks so much for letting me know how the french toast turned out. Maybe, as Nevy suggested, it might work better in a bread pudding.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            youdonut Mar 16, 2014 02:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            how long did you let the bread slices stale for??

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              cheesymama Mar 16, 2014 04:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Only a couple of hours laying out on the counter (flipped occasionally). But I didn't do it any differently than I normally do.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          flonie Mar 16, 2014 08:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I really like that bread. It smells divine too and you can smell it inside the bag from a distance!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Only bad thing is nobody likes to eat the bread except me and it's a bit pricey at $5 but a nice treat every now and then.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ylsf Mar 14, 2014 06:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Great post as always. If anyone tries the Basil Thai Curry chips please post. I haven't had time to go to Costco in ages but hope to get there eventually.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Nevy Mar 14, 2014 07:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Looking at the website, it has taro, sweep potato, purple sweet potato, batata, kabocha as the chips. I have to laugh when they have a 'full serving of vegetables in every oz'.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I may grab this next week... I love kabocha squash and taro chips :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              CanadaGirl Mar 23, 2014 02:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              They were being sampled at my local Costco earlier this week. I bought the bag after sampling...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Herne Mar 15, 2014 06:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Nevy: I want to thank you for your descriptions of Costco's new items and current sales. Must reading before my every visit and exceptional additions to the website.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mrsleny Mar 16, 2014 11:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Did not find the Kirkland Paul Newman grape juice at my local Richmond Hill store :( Probably just a matter of time before they get it in. I am hoping to hit the Vaughan or Markham store later in the week.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                They were also out of the Olivia frozen salmon but we got 2 rainchecks for it :) I've only been a member for a year and a bit but they have never run out sale items that I can recall.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Picked up a bag of clementines from Israel. Very sweet and juicy so far.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  farmgirl1836 Mar 17, 2014 08:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  So, I caved in and bought the Kimberley's Triple Chocolate Cupcakes. They are moist and decadent. My husband agreed and he's not so much a chocolate person as I am. Anyway, I put one package of 4 in the freezer immediately and the two remaining in the other package of 4 are in my fridge. I did look at the nutritional information (which is usually a mistake when it comes to desserts) and the calorie count for such a small cupcake is very high! But, the delicious factor is there.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    kwass Mar 17, 2014 08:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Glad to hear they can be frozen, because I'm going to buy them today and there's no way I can get through 8.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      kwass Mar 17, 2014 06:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      So, I bought the cupcakes today, and they're delicious!! I highly recommend them!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Full tummy Mar 17, 2014 06:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Is it a ganache frosting?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          kwass Mar 17, 2014 06:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          No. It isn't. But for a store-bought cupcake, they're very good!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Full tummy Mar 17, 2014 06:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks! I'll take a look!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  caitlink Mar 16, 2014 05:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks. Went and got the cheesecake today. i think i got the last one at the Markham Rd location.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Anyone tried the Poppies frozen coconut macaroons or the 2 bite fresh ones in the bakery area? Which one is better? I prefer ones with heavy coconut flavour but not too sweet. Thanks.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    kwass Mar 17, 2014 06:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    For those of you who can't find it elsewhere, I was @ the Vaughan location today and they still had a significant supply of the cheesecake.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. Breadcrumbs Mar 16, 2014 01:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  bb pix of cookbooks @ the Oshawa store Saturday March 16th:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Nevy Mar 18, 2014 09:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The store is delivering more and more summer items. As an aside to all the food focused items, they have lots of nice muskoka chairs (plastic and wood) and patio sets to compliment your BBQing nights. They even have mosquito repellent (DEET) in bulk. There are still tons of new items coming out so this week is more about the new items and not many d/c.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    New items this week

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    California Select Calrose Rice, 9.07 kg - $9.99. Compared to T&T and Loblaws, it's a pretty good price. I think I see most US Calrose at $13+ for 20 lbs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Heinz Summer Pack of ketchup, mayo, mustard, and relish, 4x750 ml - $9.69. The products are not new but selling them in reasonable sized bottles (not the 5L can giants) and in a variety pack is new. I did check the label to see whether this was the Canadian one and.. YUP! 2 are made in Canada (with the funny labeling of union made) and 2 are made in US. Ketchup with no added syrups or corn syrup or fructose in it... so it's the Canadian ingredient list. And the mustard is also Canadian. The sweet relish and mayo are US listings.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kirkland Artichokes in water, 2x1L - $9.99. I think last week or the week before I mentioned they had artichoke hearts. Well, now they have two types of preserved artichokes. For those who want to use them in cooking or more health conscious, you have the whole artichokes in water compared to the artichoke hearts in herbed oil.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kirkland Balsamic Vinaigrette, 2x709 ml - $7.99. This is not really new but they supposedly changed it recently from the Newman's Own Kirkland brand balsamic vinaigrette to only being Kirkland. The formulation is less 'goopy' (so less cornstarch I'm assuming) and less sweetness (so more like a vinaigrette supposed to be!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    CJ brand Frozen FULLY COOKED mini chicken & cilantro wontons, 1.36 kg - $11.99. I was sad to see this! I actually liked the non-cooked ones they had before. They were tasty! These are ones where you can heat for 5 minutes from frozen in a microwave and you're good to go. I guess it's ok for those who want to do this at work.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kirkland Frozen Blueberries, Canadian Grade A 2kg - $8.49. I'm not sure if Kirkland ever did this in Canada so I'm sticking it here. Packaged in Canada and definitely cheaper than before (other ones were $9.99). This is a fantastic deal as in stores, it's normally $4.99 for 1 lb. The only problem is that it doesn't look like it's in a resealable bag.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Pastiamo Perline 2x450 g - $9.99. Fresh egg pasta from Italy and made with Parmigiano Reggiano. The shapes are quite cute. They look like tiny rustic version of chinese soup dumplings.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Pastiamo Gran Panzerotti, 2x400 g - $9.99. Fresh egg pasta from Italy and made with Mozzarella di Bufala Campana DOP. I thought that was pretty nifty with including some high end ingredients.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Belvita Breakfast soft baked bars, 18 - $10.49. I'm not going to lie, these actually look like cookies instead of a 'bar'. I can see kids taking a bit and going 'wha...'. Flavours are oat & honey and banana oat with chocolate chips.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cortina Passata Strained Tomato, 6x720 ml - $7.99. This is from Italy and it's more expensive than the previous bottled passata. Last time they had 12 bottles for 1 L for $13 or so.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Club House Piri Piri spice blend (no signage because they just opened it).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Fresh Creations Monterey Jack Jalapeno Turkey & Chicken sausage, 1 kg - $15.99

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Moishes Coleslaw, 1.4 kg - $5.89. I think this is new. I've only seen their pickles and peppers before.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Coastal cuisine Cedar Grilling Planks, 7 pc - $8.99. For those who like to grill their food on cedar planks, this is a great deal. they're quite large so they'll easily fit a side of trout or medium salmon on them. I paid 2 for $4 on sale last year at SS.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Not sure where to stick the book stuff so I'll add it here...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    No new changes but I did want to let people know they have 2 Laura Calder books for $9.99 each. Dinner Chez Moi and French Taste. I have one of her books. It's simple, easy, and not fussy... personally I find it too simple but it would be a great starter cook book.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Fromagerie Bergeron Seigneur De Tilly, 2x250g - $8.49

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Fromagerie Bergeron Light Classic, 2x250g - $8.39

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Fromagerie Bergeron Le Fine Renard, 2x250g - $8.49

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Aside from the fat content, I have no idea what the differences between all 3 considering they're all labeled ripened firm cheese. If it helps you choose, one has a fox talking to a raven on it (huh?).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Starr Culinary Maple Bundt Cake, 1.1 kg - $9.99.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Del's Pastry Maple Walnut Danish, 8x100g - $9.99

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Homestyle 2 bite glazed cinnamon rolls, 896 g - $7.99

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Not going to lie... the baked good sections smelled REALLY good with all these and the other previous maple items! I think the danish smelled the most fragrant.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Stonefire tandoori naan, 6x135g - $5.69

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oakrun farms Wholegrain english muffins, 3x340g - $3.49

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Pita Break Morning Rounds date & chia seeds, 900g - $5.49

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sales and Deals

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Barber chicken breast (raw) with broccoli & cheese, 8x142 g - $3 off (freezer section)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Deci Ova Campofilone Pasta, 4x250g - $2.4 off. This is an artisanal dried egg pasta from Italy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Activia 24 variety pack - $8.95

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Black Diamond Old Cheddar, Mozzarella, or Marble, 907 g - $8.09.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mini Babybel Light and Regular, 22x20g - $10.79

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Pasta Romana Manicotti, 780 g- $5.89

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Rachel's Corned Beef Brisket, all sizes - $1 off per package. It seems this has gotten favourable reviews in another thread

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Happy Returns

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Post Gluten Free Fruity Pebbles, 964 g - $8.59. If anyone wants a giant bowl of nostalgia, here it is!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Organic strawberries, 908g - $7.99. They're from Mexico and they're not as large as the California giants beside them and they're not as red but they do have a good 'berry' smell.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Stonemill Kitchens Red Potato Salad, 2.27 kg - $6.99.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Brookside Dark Chocolate Fruit Crunch, 600g - $9.99. This disappeared from the shelves a bit. For all those who like the blueberrie acai, I think this one is better. It has the added crunch from rice crisps and oats. I find the sweetness balanced better with these 2 items (it's less sweet) and the texture makes me pretty happy. It's not a chewy centre but rather nice textural contrast.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Catelli Smart Pasta (Rotini), 2x1.2 kg - $3.97. If this is what I think it is, this is a phenomenal price. Usually it's $3.99 for 500 g or something ridiculous. BUT it tastes 'healthy' ... aka, your kids may not eat it because the texture and tastes reminds you of the time you were tricked to eat vegan whole wheat carob cake.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Grande Cheese Parmesan Petals, 600g - $6.97. It's in a large clear plastic containers and they don't look dried out. It's not as good as their blocks and freshly shaved but this is a considerable step up from those who prefer their cheese in a green room temperature container.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hampton House Dry garlic ribs, 1.36 kg - $9.97. I had to giggle a bit on this one as the idea of 'dry garlic' flavour seemed wrong. My kid said they marketing is wrong.. why would flavour ribs burnt out garlic. I had to explain there is a 'dry' rib and 'wet' rib.... not a flavour of dry garlic.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Harry's Fresh Kale, Potato & Chicken Soup, 2x683 g - $6.97

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Happy shopping!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      duckdown Mar 18, 2014 10:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the fresh imported pasta (Perline) filled with parm is fantastic -- we bought them last year and have been waiting for them to return ever since, they were a hit in this household at least

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nevy Mar 20, 2014 12:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Great to know it's very tasty. Have you tried the Bufala mozzarella DOP one? It has a fair bit of the cheese inside with tomato.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        roostermom Mar 18, 2014 10:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        frozen berries are actually $4.99 for 600g .... so the Costco deal is crazy amazing!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ylsf Mar 18, 2014 07:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          i like the reminds you "of Thr time you got tricked into eating whole wheat carob cake" line :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Great summary, thanks!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Nevy Mar 20, 2014 12:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            You're welcome! I like good pasta when I had them in Florence. These 'healthy' versions are so terrible. I understand the North American market demands 'healthy' versions but really... it should be good things in healthy portions.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Whole wheat carob cake should never be in any portion sizes though. I still shudder from that experience :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mrsleny Mar 18, 2014 09:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks so much Nevy. Greatly appreciated.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Nevy Mar 20, 2014 12:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You are welcome :) Glad to share my fun of finding new things.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mrsleny Mar 23, 2014 06:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Picked up the Angie's tricolour popping corn. It doesn't pop up as big and fluffy as Orville but it's still good. I like that it's non-GMO corn. Don't think Orville makes the same claim.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Undecided about the wok. It's huge. There were quite a few sets at Richmond Hill store so I'll think it over.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Still no Kirkland Paul Newman grape juice. Nor Olivia frozen salmon :(

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Nevy Mar 24, 2014 07:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh yes, the wok is big! for my family, it's a great size as now I can do multiple dim sum being steamed at the same time or finally a whole fish without cutting off the tail!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I can see it be a bit daunting though for storage... it is a bit of a giant.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              lilaki Mar 19, 2014 01:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              oh no! does this mean the 'original' wontons (uncooked, frozen) have been replaced with the fully cooked ones??

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                jayt90 Mar 19, 2014 02:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Relax. There is a replacement product, Mini Wontons with chicken. It is a coupon feature this week, so I only paid $9 for 2 lb. They were excellent slowly pan fried, about 15 minutes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Nevy Mar 20, 2014 12:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  When I took a closer look at my current back in the freezer, I think it's just really poor marketing on the newer bag. The difference between the two products is really size in addition to the new words of '5 minutes' on it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The old bag was 900g, this new one is 1.3 kg and because the bag is bigger, I guess they filled in more words. I think they're the exact same product.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  jl_1978 Mar 20, 2014 09:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Are the Kirkland blueberries wild or cultivated?? I hope they don't get rid of the current wild ones by Moov. The Moov ones recently changed from organic to just say certified pesticide free, but are still wild.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Nevy Mar 21, 2014 03:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    With most frozen blueberries (especially large bulk ones), the wild blueberries are not 'wild' as in found in a forest. Wild blueberry is a commercial name for low bush blueberry and they are farmed. I was informed by someone in the Loblaw marketing dept when I asked how on earth they got so many unfarmed wild blueberries for their 'wild' blueberry festival (they had pies, tarts, cookies, muffins, doughnuts, scones... Etc at each store). That burst my bubble. I do like wild blueberry (commercial name one) over the giant ones they sell... Much tastier and sweeter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I didn't check if it was wild (low bush) blueberries. I'll take a look next time.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      jl_1978 Mar 21, 2014 10:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks! I guess it doesn't matter that much to me if they are actually wild... Like you, I just prefer the taste of those ones over the giant ones that are labeled cultivated.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      cheesymama Mar 21, 2014 11:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Saw someone checking out today to with the Moov wild blueberries, so they are still there, for now anyway.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I also noticed Angies tri-coloured popping corn (kernels, not popped). It was a 3kg bag for $10.99.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mrsleny Mar 21, 2014 05:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Love to find out how the Angies popping corn is. I was really disappointed when Costco stopped carrying the large container of Orville Redenbacher kernels. They consistently pop up nice and fluffy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      berbere Mar 21, 2014 03:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      At the Markham/14 location yesterday they had the White Linen marinara sauce on sale -2jars normally 8.99, discounted $4. Had to stock up.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        kwass Mar 21, 2014 04:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oooh. Thanks for letting us know about that. I'm going to stock up as well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        CanadaGirl Mar 23, 2014 02:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        They've had the CJ brand wontons for a very long time, and I've only seen them fully cooked. I think they are excellent.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        gaudreaur Mar 18, 2014 05:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        One product I wish they would bring back is the store made roasted garlic bread on baguette. It was outstanding and I haven't seen it in about 2 years.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          kwass Mar 18, 2014 05:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I wish they'd bring back the wild frozen mushrooms! I can't tell you now much I miss that product!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            duckdown Mar 18, 2014 05:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I wish they would bring the Korean BBQ Pork Jerky and Johnny's Garlic Spread to any of the Peel Region stores

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Nevy Mar 20, 2014 12:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I wish they brought back the European chocolates like the Ritter variety pack. Those chocolates were the same price as the US confectionary ones (e.g Mars bars...) but TONS better.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I also wished the brought back more frozen Canadian seafood! I bought the scallops previously and they were great. I have stocked up on the tiny shrimps.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            normanwolf Mar 18, 2014 07:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Norwegian Fjord smoked salmon 550g for $10.89....I think it's an unadvertised "sale". I've had it before and it's delish. Found at Markham Road and 14th Ave. Costco.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Nyleve Mar 21, 2014 02:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              After noticing these a few weeks ago, I finally picked up a couple of packages of frozen Lac Brome duck breasts for $16.49 each. These are packages of three individual 225 gram duck breasts - boneless, but skin on. This is an excellent price for the product if it turns out as good as it looks. Will save for a fancypants dinner occasion.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                kwass Mar 21, 2014 02:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Can you please let us know how they are once you've tried them? If they're good, I'd like to buy them.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Nyleve Mar 22, 2014 07:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I will. It may be a while, though. I assume they will be as good as any frozen duck breasts would be. I like that they're Canadian and they are vacuum packaged individually, sold by threes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ylsf Mar 22, 2014 08:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I have had their product before and enjoy it. Costco carried some of their frozen stuff in the past (they had a "showcase" one time). Longo's carries Lac Brome fresh as well (whole duck and breasts) so I have had it from there too. I would hesitate to recommend Lac Brome's product.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Nevy Mar 22, 2014 10:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Spring started this week and Costco did some mass discontinuing in their stores! I went today to the Costco Mississauga Central and wow.... phenomenal prices and still some decent stock of them. I wanted to let my fellow Chowhound on the deals :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  New items this week
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Donut Time Assorted Cake snacks, 1050 g - $5.99. This is essentially timbits in the flavour of cinnamon sugar, powdered sugar, and just more sugar. It's found in the freshly baked area.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Kirkland Brand Cinnamon Cream Cheese Coffee Cake, 1.215 kg - $7.99. Fresh made in the baking area... they smelled pretty good :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Love Beets Fully cooked beets, 1 kg - $6.99. These are individually wrapped and perfect for people who want the convenience but none of the mess of dealing with beet steaming/roasting and peeling the skin. This is beside the coleslaw

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Il Pastaio Maffei Strozzapretti, 2x500 g - $4.99. Another made in Italy artisan egg pasta.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Books - Butter Baked Goods by Rosie Daykin
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Books - Simple Dinners by Donna Hay
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Books - Fast, Fresh, Simple by Donna Hay

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I love Donna Hay books. They're beautifully photographed. The recipes are easy, ingredients are common and the results are wonderfully tasting. I have about 6 of her books. Great ones to add to a starting library or learning chef.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Kirkland brand Organic Salsa, 2x1L - $8.59. I've seen the non-organic but never the organic one before. I think this is new.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Matilde Vicenzi Millefoglie D'italia, 330 g - $5.99. Super fancy tin with 2 types of puff pastry cookies inside. One is filled with milk cream custard. Made in Italy (looks so good!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Angie's Tricoloured Pop Kernels, 3 kg - $10.99

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Restocked Items
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Seapoint Farm Energy Blend with Edamame, Cranberries, Almonds and Pumpkin kernels, 964 g - $9.99. I think I may have seen this or similar before. It's a nut dried fruit snack in the candy aisle.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Poppycock Original, 680 g - $7.89

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Made for Costco (not Kirkland brand) 32 cm stainless steel wok with stainless steel lid and steamer insert. $34.97. This is a pretty amazing steal for anyone who wants a solid 3 ply stainless steel steamer and/or wok. Compared to Paderno and Cuisinart (mid range), it's selling for $110+. Yes, it is made in China but there are no screws, no glass pieces, and it's quite a decent solid piece. I bought one because I was going through bamboo steamers too fast (darn steamed buns sticking all the time) and wanted something sturdier. Most metal flat steamers are at least $40 for the insert at the Bay and they're much lighter and flimsier.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Gordon Ramsey by Royal Doulton 11-pc. Maze Cookware Set with Bonus Egg Poacher, $149.97. If I was starting out or needed to upgrade to a mid grade, this would have been bought on the spot. It's single ply stainless with a tri ply aluminum base. The Bay has something similar listed at $799.99. I think you might be lucky and find this at costco.ca as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Kamenstein Digital Scale 5 kg capacity - $12.97

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Takeya Hot Tea Maker & Juice pitcher (2 pieces) - $9.97. This is probably great for those who like to make loose leaf teas in the office. It does have a plastic handle FYI... it's not flimsy but don't expect it to last in my opinion.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Languiele Wine and Cheese 4 piece Pakka Wood knife set - $12.97. I can't find the set outside on the net but I found a 2 piece for $30 :) So definitely a steal!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Glass Beehive Beverage Jar, 11.3 L capacity - $19.97. I guess for anyone doing a huge bbq or party, this is ideal for juices or sangria

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Simply Natural Assorted Organic Salsa, 3x470 ml - $5.97

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Rocky Point Lobster meat (knuckles, claws, and tail), 320 g - $9.97. This is normally $14.99 in Costco (outside id $22+). This says it's from New Brunswick Canada. Yay Canadian seafood!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cheesecake Factory Tuxedo Cheesecake, 1.47 kg - $11.97. There's at least 10 more at Mississauga Central!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Premier Moisson Mini Pastries Trio, 1070 g - $7.97. Honestly, these are amazing. They're better than 80% the bakery ones I've tried and it's from my oven! The picture in this thread has the before and after of this.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Four O Clock Herbal Tea Ginger & Mint, 200 g- $9.97

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Terre Dell Abbazia Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 750 ml - $5.97. This looks like a great potential oil to have. It's in a dark glass, made in Italy, it has a expiry date, it lists out also the city that produced it, and it lists out even the names of the owners on it. There's no French on the label. It's mostly Italian with a bit of English. I bought one to try.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lacey's Milk Chocolate Macadamia cookie - $6.97. This is a great deal for this brand. For half the size, you will pay $10 in the US grocery stores. These cookies have lots of toffee flavour and macadamia chunks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  There are really good d/c deals! Hopefully someone takes advantage of them.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Herne Mar 22, 2014 11:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I have never been a buyer of Sunlight Laundry soap until last week when I ran short of Tide. I am amazed how white the Liquid with OXY Clean made the towels etc. Does anyone recall if Costco usually stocks Sunlight Laundry soap?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      caitlink Mar 22, 2014 11:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I love Premier Moisson products. Which area will I find these in? Frozen? Thanks.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nevy Mar 22, 2014 02:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        They're in the frozen section beside the desserts. I think these are really well done for premade

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mrsleny Mar 22, 2014 08:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks Nevy! Another amazing post.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I have the Takeya hot tea pitcher (bought from David's Tea before I become Costco member). Yes, the handle is plastic but it has held up pretty well so far. It's a great price. I think it's sold out at Richmond Hill store.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I am intrigued by the stainless steel wok. I haven't had much success with nonstick ones or carbon steel ones which need to be seasoned properly (my grandmother would have been so disappointed). Hope to see it at my local store.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The lobster meat is in the frozen seafood section? Speaking of, I hope they have restocked the Olivia frozen salmon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Seapoint Farm energy blend edamame/cranberry mix is quite tasty, nice balance of flavours and textures-salty, sweet, crunchy and soft.. I highly recommend if you are an edamame fan.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks again Nevy. Looking forward hearing about your next excursion!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Truffles Mar 24, 2014 07:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The lobster was still $14.99 at Etobicoke on Saturday

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Nevy Mar 24, 2014 07:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Was it in a bag or a can? The can is $9.97 and the bag is newer so it's $14.99.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            At the Mississauga Central, I think they only had 5 cans left on the Saturday morning.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Truffles Mar 24, 2014 04:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It was the bag - I didn't see any cans

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Nevy Mar 24, 2014 07:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hi MrsLeny! The lobster meat is right beside the frozen fish filets and scallops. YMMV if it's still there.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mrsleny Mar 24, 2014 08:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ack ... forgot to put this on my list. Will have to check this weekend. As for the Donut Time cake snacks, Mr Leny called them "glorified timbits".