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Target/Super Target Yays and Nays 2014

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Target doesn't seem to get much play here, but I'll start a thread for 2014 and see how it goes.

Huge yay - Simply Balanced organic green tea with ginger. I bought this because I could not find what I wanted (Bigelow Chai green tea (the Dr. Pepper of tea)). I did not have high hopes, but I love it. It tastes of green tea (which some brands don't really) with a little ginger tang. Delicious.

Yay - Market Pantry low salt black beans. When they go on sale for 70 cents a can I stock up.

Yay, sorta - Market Pantry lemon creme sandwich cookies. Jam packed with all the stuff you should never ever eat. Damn tasty in an artificial "Why the hell am I eating these?" way. I wish they still carried the chocolate variety.

Market Pantry cocktail peanuts. When in sale (which is often) they cost less than, and are comparable to Trader Joe's peanuts.

Anyone else, or am I alone in my Target shopping?

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  1. I have a Target within walking distance of my house. Prior to my credit card info being hacked I was in there roughly every 48 hours for one household thing or another.

    I rarely bought any food there unless it was an emergency. Seemed pretty basic and generic to me and there was precious little choice about anything.

    Now it's not an issue. I just don't go in there.

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    1. re: rainey

      I find tend to find Target slightly better than Walmart for pricing. Selection, however, tends to be quite limited where both are more about commodity shopping. I much prefer Aldies and Trader Joes for the fresh food, but I will pick up some can goods, cleaning supplies and and paper goods at Target (and occasionally Walmart).

    2. I have only been to Target a handful of times, and the ones around here do not sell perishable food. I am almost 100% certain that I've only used cash there, yet I received their e-mail about credit protection. Something's fishy. Not to mention their ridiculous insistence on calling their customers "guests". I'm not booking a room or a table there, FCOL! They'd have to offer some exceptional food/kitchen equipment items for me to ever go back.

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      1. re: greygarious

        imho, their kitchen equiptment is pretty awful.
        basic stuff, all made in china, nothing special, relatively high prices.

        1. re: westsidegal

          made the mistake of buying a Giada garlic press. What a POS

          However, her spaghetti (or "spagheetee") sauce is actually very good

          1. re: coney with everything

            "spagheetee", indeed! She must be from a different Italy than we are familiar with!

            1. re: sandylc

              I wonder if she was in the Italian spelling bee when she was a kid?
              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcp8rN...

              1. re: Tripeler

                HA

      2. YAY to Noosa yogurt -- one of the only places I can find this terrific stuff.

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        1. re: Boston_Otter

          I like NOOSA as well. I buy mine at Gelson's or Von's. Love the lemon.

          1. re: Boston_Otter

            Noosa is great, I can find it at Wegmans. I live the mango and the rhubarb/strawberry

            1. re: roro1831

              It's also at Whole Foos

          2. Their 3L boxed wines...tastier & cheaper than Black Box.

            1. Although I've seen some interesting items in their food section, I just can't get past management's decision to have no staff on the sales floor. Whenever I've gone, I feel like I'm Charlton Heston in Omega Man. Not about to pick up a phone to get help. This isn't just one location either -- I've experienced this in several stores in various locations. I just don't bother anymore.

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              1. re: Steve Green

                I can usually find an associate on the sales floor and they always ask me if I need help and are super friendly.

                1. re: Steve Green

                  Heh. Great reference Steve. John and I love the Amy's kettle corn, especially the iced gingerbread and peppermint flavored.I keep checking to see if they have anything special for Valentines Day. Maybe Easter.

                2. 1. I LOVE LOVE the Archer Farms apple fritter bread, the blueberry and the cinnamon raisin bread. (Its in the produce-meat section.) Sooooo good.
                  2. In the same section is the Market Pantry long loaf of French bread..it's perfectly soft on the inside and makes a great vessel for a party sandwich.
                  3. Giada's tomato sauces are great! The Basil Marinara is a pantry staple. I haven't made my own sauce for meatballs since I've discovered it.
                  4. My main reason for going there, Rick Bayless's packets of Mexican sauces. Very authentic and my secret to people thinking I'm a gourmet Mexican cook. His salsa is great too.
                  I buy a bunch every time I'm there because I'm so afraid they will discontinue it. I have seen it in one of the gourmet 'foodie' stores for a lot $$

                  These are my 4 reasons I keep going back to Target.

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                  1. re: Annief123

                    My DS absolutely *loves* the blueberry bread -- the one I buy is Archer Farms but I think it's called "blueberry streusel breakfast bread" - is that the one you're referring to? Just bought some yesterday. The apple fritter bread sounds terrific, I will have to look for that one.

                    1. re: HeyImBack

                      Yes that's the one!
                      Give the apple fritter a try too. Yum

                    2. re: Annief123

                      Definitely second the Rick Bayless sauces.

                      1. re: Boston_Otter

                        Thumbs up on the Bayliss'/Frontera sauces! I didn't realize Target had them. I typically get them from WF. In any case, they're EXCELLENT! You can braise anything in them and serve a meal you can really enjoy.

                      2. re: Annief123

                        I don't know if they still have the Archer farms half madelieine/half brownie cookies, but those are AWESOME

                        1. re: Annief123

                          Giada's pasta sauces are indeed very good. I've not found anything comparable especially for the price.

                        2. I always browse the food aisles at Target when I happen to be in the store.

                          YAY - dill pickle cashews, cracked pepper and salt cashews

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                          1. re: fldhkybnva

                            Cashews are much cheaper at Aldie's (33 oz/$11.99). Target (and others) push off 24-28 oz containers for a little less per container.

                            1. re: Clams047

                              Many people don't have an Aldi nearby.

                          2. I don't get there often, but the food products on the whole are cheaper than my grocery store. And when I do go for toiletries on sale, I always check out the grocery isle.

                            Kashi Go Lean crunch
                            KA Flour
                            Assorted spices

                            www.saffron215.blogspot.com

                            1. Target has the best prices on Ghirardelli chocolate and Haagen Dazs ice cream.

                              Their store-brand bacon is quite good.

                              Their meat in general is not going into my shopping cart; it is almost all "enhanced".

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                              1. re: sandylc

                                i'd agree on the ghiradelli if i didn't have a nearby market basket, where bars are $2 all the time. never had their bacon; good to know if i can't get to trader joe's.

                                my rec is the frozen sweet cherries. it's been a while since i had to get dole's, but as i recall the price differential is significant.

                              2. After I read this thread, it prompt me to go to my local Target to buy a few items. :)

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                                1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                  Be sure to report back on your Yeas and Nays! Thx.

                                  1. re: josephnl

                                    Well, I always like Target Archer Farms nuts. Good selection and good prices.

                                    http://fullyarticulated.typepad.com/....

                                    I will report back on other new items I am trying.

                                2. The Archer Farms brand has tons of trail mix and nuts that are all delicious. Pretty much all their snack food gets yays in my book.

                                  1. Today I found Amy's frozen entrees 2 for $6.00.

                                    Also really good prices on condiments, especially before the Superbowl although low pricing for snacks and condiments seems to happen at most stores before the Superbowl and other 'holidays.'

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                                    1. re: MplsM ary

                                      Thanks for this tip. I love those, need to go stock up.

                                    2. The Archer Farms frozen pizzas are actually quite good in a pinch. Often on sale, worth buying a few when they are.

                                      1. The Simply Balanced organic blue corn tortilla chips were very tasty. They also have the EVOL line of frozen entrees, which are "healthier" than other brands.

                                        1. Went shopping during the Super Bowl. It was blissfully quiet. I got to just look around at everything instead of just bombing through a list.

                                          I bought 1 container of Simply Balanced Greek Yogurt, pineapple. The texture of this yogurt before stirring up the fruit on the bottom is the smoothest Greek yogurt I've come across. And it was delicious, too. After I stirred it, it was too sweet, but that seems to be the way of all fruity yogurt these days. 2 containers of this + 1 brick cream cheese would make a killer pineapple cheesecake,no baking required. Meanwhile I will make a point of going back to get a large container of the plain variety.