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Target/Super Target Yays and Nays 2014

MplsM ary Jan 18, 2014 04:16 PM

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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    rainey RE: MplsM ary Jan 18, 2014 04:49 PM

    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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      Clams047 RE: rainey Jan 24, 2014 12:02 PM

      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. greygarious RE: MplsM ary Jan 18, 2014 04:56 PM

      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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        westsidegal RE: greygarious Jan 18, 2014 08:38 PM

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

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          coney with everything RE: westsidegal Jan 20, 2014 05:24 AM

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

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

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            sandylc RE: coney with everything Jan 20, 2014 03:39 PM

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

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              Tripeler RE: sandylc Jan 26, 2014 12:50 AM

              I wonder if she was in the Italian spelling bee when she was a kid?

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                sandylc RE: Tripeler Jan 26, 2014 12:56 PM


      2. Boston_Otter RE: MplsM ary Jan 18, 2014 06:13 PM

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

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          SilverlakeGirl RE: Boston_Otter Jan 18, 2014 10:49 PM

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

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            roro1831 RE: Boston_Otter Jan 19, 2014 03:50 AM

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

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              fldhkybnva RE: roro1831 Jan 19, 2014 03:13 PM

              It's also at Whole Foos

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            cavandre RE: MplsM ary Jan 19, 2014 05:06 AM

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

            1. Steve Green RE: MplsM ary Jan 19, 2014 05:58 AM

              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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                libgirl2 RE: Steve Green Jan 19, 2014 11:21 AM

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

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                  givemecarbs RE: Steve Green Jan 26, 2014 12:19 PM

                  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.

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                  Annief123 RE: MplsM ary Jan 19, 2014 01:25 PM

                  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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                    HeyImBack RE: Annief123 Jan 19, 2014 02:57 PM

                    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.

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                      Annief123 RE: HeyImBack Jan 19, 2014 06:53 PM

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

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                      Boston_Otter RE: Annief123 Jan 19, 2014 06:33 PM

                      Definitely second the Rick Bayless sauces.

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                        rainey RE: Boston_Otter Jan 20, 2014 08:25 AM

                        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.

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                        coney with everything RE: Annief123 Jan 20, 2014 05:25 AM

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

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                          josephnl RE: Annief123 Jan 20, 2014 03:31 PM

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

                        2. fldhkybnva RE: MplsM ary Jan 19, 2014 03:12 PM

                          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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                            Clams047 RE: fldhkybnva Jan 24, 2014 11:55 AM

                            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.

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                              juliejulez RE: Clams047 Jan 24, 2014 12:01 PM

                              Many people don't have an Aldi nearby.

                          2. mcel215 RE: MplsM ary Jan 19, 2014 03:24 PM

                            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


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                              sandylc RE: MplsM ary Jan 20, 2014 03:46 PM

                              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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                                wonderwoman RE: sandylc Jan 20, 2014 04:27 PM

                                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. Chemicalkinetics RE: MplsM ary Jan 20, 2014 08:14 PM

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

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                                  josephnl RE: Chemicalkinetics Jan 20, 2014 08:17 PM

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

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                                    Chemicalkinetics RE: josephnl Jan 20, 2014 08:26 PM

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


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

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                                  KellyD123 RE: MplsM ary Jan 22, 2014 06:31 AM

                                  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. MplsM ary RE: MplsM ary Jan 24, 2014 10:12 AM

                                    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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                                      brilynn79 RE: MplsM ary Jan 24, 2014 11:24 AM

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

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                                      mikeinboston RE: MplsM ary Jan 25, 2014 01:26 PM

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

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                                        goodeatsgal RE: MplsM ary Jan 28, 2014 11:10 PM

                                        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. MplsM ary RE: MplsM ary Feb 2, 2014 09:05 PM

                                          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.

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