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  • treb Mar 31, 2014 08:59 AM
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It's finally spring time to see what's new at Costco. Just purchased a great boneless leg of lamb, still $4.99 per pound. Also saw they are making dark chocolate almond bark, last year I made the mistake of opening the container on the ride home. I was real bad.

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  1. LOL..sometimes being bad is a good thing.

    They don't have that delicious chocolate almond bark anymore..maybe seasonal.
    I ate the whole thing in a matter of a couple of days.

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    1. re: Beach Chick

      The bark is hit or miss... they make it at select locations when they feel like it. Stock up when you can.

      If you can keep it around.

    2. Stonefire mini naan. Around 16 to a pack for around 5 bucks- they heat up beautifully in a standard toaster (which is GENIUS). I've bought "regular sized" naan from other places but have always been too lazy to heat up the oven just to warm up some naan, and it never turned out all that great anyways. These are toaster sized and can get nice and close the the toaster heating elements so they get a little crisp on the outside but still fluffy on the inside. Sure it won't be the best naan you've ever had, but it's quite good.

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      1. re: chococat

        Those sound quite handy to have around!

        1. re: chococat

          Agree, these are great.

          1. re: pamelak52

            Where in the store? I make pizzas for my grandchildren, and would love these.

        2. Spotted at the Livermore, CA location: 16 pack (8 crepes in 2 separate packages per box) of Belgian Boys crepes replacing the La Creperie crepes they had around Nov/Dec 2013. These are a convenient snack or lunch item for my toddler and are easy frozen and defrosted as needed.
          Can be eaten with savory or sweet fillings. The Belgian boys version is a replica of the La Creperie crepes in terms of size and taste.

          We served the La Creperie ones with sliced peaches, Nutella and vanilla ice cream at our New Years party and they were a hit with adults as well as kids.

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          1. re: acerulz

            I found the Belgian Boys crepes nice, but they are so sweet that I wouldn't use them with savory fillings. The flavors would conflict. After they are frozen, they crumble when you roll them. Would do well if you do not freeze them and use them for sweet crepes.

            1. re: acerulz

              I concur with elise h- waaaay too sweet for me. We still have that second package in our freezer waiting for a dessert I guess to be needed.

            2. I guess this should have been in Q1, but we bought some of the focaccia in late February and by day 2 it was nearly hard as a rock. That may be exaggerating a bit but it was basically only good enough for croutons at that point. Since my Costco requires you to bring back items for refunds, I stuck it in my freezer and have promptly forgotten to bring it back every two weeks since I bought it.

              1. Sampled mrs mays veggie crisps today. Omg, these are delicious. I bought 3 bags because I wanted to have enough for us and houseguests this week. I would've bought more if they weren't priced @ $7+ per bag. These are literally veggies crisped up. Not the same as snappea where peas are mixed with rice powder. Really good snack.
                http://mrsmays.com/product_details_mr...

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                1. re: acerulz

                  $7+ for a four oz bag?! Or is the Costco size bigger?

                  1. re: Rilke

                    12oz bags at Costco.

                    1. re: ferret

                      Danke!!

                2. Saw some new chocolate bark at my montgomeryville pa costco today. Was wondering if anyone had tried it yet? It is white chocolate, cashews and cranberries and maybe something else too. I was afraid to get too close. Very appealing to look at.

                  1. First time I saw "Morning Buns" at the Costco bakery. $7.99 for 6 pieces.

                     
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                    1. re: djca

                      Those would be very dangerous for me to have around.

                      1. re: djca

                        Wow, now that looks great, I need to get a coffee to go with that baby.

                        1. re: djca

                          I bought these today and they are fantastic. First time I had seem them at my store (Summerlin in Las Vegas).

                        2. Not food but food related. The Costco in Leesburg, VA had molcajete's on sale for $14.99 (I think this was the price I didn't take a pic). That is a very reasonable price compared to 'gourmet' kitchen supply stores.

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                          1. re: rosepoint

                            I saw those at my Texas Costco too.

                            1. re: rasputina

                              I'd definitely go for it if we didn't have several Mexican grocery stores here in southern AZ and northern Mexico. They're great. I also got five of them for practically nothing on Craigslist from a woman who thought she would put salsa ingredients into a molcajete and give them as gifts, but she never did, and sold me the molcajetes for $5 each, if i recall. I feel pretty wealthy right now as regards molcajetes y molidos. :-)

                              1. re: EWSflash

                                ok.this is a mortar and pestle....right?..........any big advantage to a Mexican one vs any other one?.. Or just a "name"?

                                1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                                  They are carved out of volcanic rock, so they have a a very rough texture that facilitates the grinding.

                                  1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                                    I like using my molcajete and tejolete for making guacamole and for pulverizing dried, toasted chiles. I bought them several years ago at a nearby Mexican grocery store (El Sombrero in Avondale, PA) for under $10.

                                    1. re: CindyJ

                                      Those are excellent mortar and pestle sets, and when Costco has them, they sell out fast. The mortar is pretty large, 7-inch inside diameter, 8.5-inch outside. It's hard to find a Mexican-made molcajete that's actually usable because most are made out of vesicular basalt, which has lots of holes and bubbles in it. I was about to buy a large (8-inch) Thai mortar and pestle -- they are excellent but cost at least twice as much as these. I use bowls for guacamole, but I do a lot of Mexican, indian and Thai cooking so need a decent-sized mortar for pounding and grinding. These are China-made and of granite, so they are likely to outlast you. They darken nicely with use. Amazon.com sells the same product for $33.95 as "Casa Maria Natural Stone Mortar and Pestle - 8.5 inch" and has pictures.

                              2. re: rosepoint

                                Can anyone tell me where (in the store) these molcajetes were located?

                                1. re: sarahvw1

                                  I saw them among the goodies stacked just inside the entrance, where they display stuff they consider special deals, usually items not stocked regularly, think.

                                  1. re: emu48

                                    Thanks. I'll look this week.

                                  2. re: sarahvw1

                                    They move them around. When they first showed up over a month ago they were on an end cap now they have moved to one of the housewares aisles.

                                2. Right now, the gorgeous corned beef brisket flats are $5 off per package. Priced $3.89/lb, most are in the 4-6lb range, which makes them a great deal.

                                  Also, there's some sort of granola/nut bar in the refrigerated section yesterday I've never seen before.

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                                  1. re: LuckyCharm

                                    Picked up a corned beef today. Quality was pretty nice. Not too much fat on top.

                                    1. re: liza219

                                      Are they that much better in overall quality than supermarket corned beef? 2 weeks ago my Hannaford had Freirich brand flat cut at $1.59/lb, point cut at $0.99. I bought two of the latter. I'd never cooked point cut before. Subtract the extra fat and the price difference pretty much evens out.

                                      1. re: greygarious

                                        I believe the one from Costco was better quality, but I don't remember the brand name. There is usually way too much intermuscular fat in the other ones I bought from the supermarket-i would barely eat it. This one was flat cut, and did not have too much fat on top, nor within.

                                  2. Found ground lamb at the Westbury, NY location today - a 3-pack of one-pound packages. $5.33 a pound, or only slightly more than the leg of lamb I was going to grind myself, so I decided to give it a go. Also, Amylu products are back!

                                    1. A new type of Crunchmaster crackers at the Westbury NY location - rice and black bean crackers with "Fiesta Lime" seasoning. Delicious. The crackers have a distinct bean flavor (which I enjoy) and the flavoring is tart and spicy.

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                                      1. re: biondanonima

                                        That sounds interesting.

                                        1. re: biondanonima

                                          Yay! Love Crunchmasters!

                                        2. Concordville, PA this past weekend - they were sampling two kinds of popcorn, one already popped in a yellow bag which tasted like styrofoam, and Kirkland brand microwave popcorn. The latter was great - a light butter flavor that wasn't chemical-y.

                                          We also sampled and liked but did not buy:
                                          - a yakitori noodle/vegetable stir-fry from the freezer case
                                          - Easter-colored cheese ravioli
                                          - the "Morning Buns" mentioned below... danger, danger!! Croissant dough with cinnamon roll filling...

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                                          1. re: truman

                                            Agree on the Kirkland microwave popcorn. No artificial junk and it has a good flavor. It is a tad salty, but not as bad as other brands. It pops up really big and fluffy and not too "hully". It's also only 9.79 for 44 good sized bags.

                                          2. In Glen Mills, PA (Concordville) -- I bought a clamshell box of beautiful blackberries for (I think) $4.99.

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                                            1. re: CindyJ

                                              I used the Costco blackberries to make my husbands birthday pie this year. They were really good.

                                              1. re: rasputina

                                                I love them in yogurt.

                                            2. Just picked up a pack of Julian's Recipe Belgian Waffles. These are a Liege-style sweet Belgian waffle that contain crunchy bits of sugar. Safeway used to carry them in their freezer section, but these are unrefrigerated, individually wrapped in a 12-pack. More of a snack item than a breakfast waffle, but really good.

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                                              1. re: gmm

                                                At what location were the Belgian Waffles being sold?

                                                1. re: MrPhil

                                                  These were at the Spokane, WA store.

                                                  1. re: gmm

                                                    Thanks, sadly I'm on the east coast, but I'll look out for it this weekend.

                                                    1. re: MrPhil

                                                      There's no info on their website about their products at Costco, but it is mentioned on their FB page.

                                                      https://www.facebook.com/pages/Julian...

                                                      1. re: MrPhil

                                                        The have them in coastal South Carolina!

                                                2. NAY to roast chicken.

                                                  CA Costco - picked up my usual roast chicken yesterday. Have never been disappointed until then.

                                                  There was a lot of water/liquid on the bottom but I started to take it apart anyway - it tasted rancid - first time ever this has happened but it has really put me off.

                                                  Threw the whole thing away - really surprised me.

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                                                  1. re: toopie28

                                                    let them know and they will give you your money back (assuming you have the receipt still)

                                                    1. re: Psiweaver

                                                      You don't need a receipt, they have a record of your purchases.

                                                      1. re: mcf

                                                        I should have returned - I just threw it out in disgust.

                                                        They do have a record but they also ask for a receipt every time. Do they ask you guys? Maybe it's just me since I look dodgy ;)

                                                        1. re: toopie28

                                                          I find they frequently ask for a receipt because its much faster than having to look it up, but willingly look it up if you say you don't have it.

                                                          1. re: toopie28

                                                            On the one or possibly two occasions I returned without a receipt, they just looked it up, no problem.

                                                      2. re: toopie28

                                                        I'm surprised, too. You should tell the management of that Costco, not necessarily for being comped, but your experience really flies in the face of what Costco's all about. It may trigger a policy (or personnel) change that benefits all. If managers don't know, they can't do anything to make it better.
                                                        I don't work for Costco, but I work for a hospital, and if patients keep horrible care stories to themselves, the leadership will never have any idea that the poor treatment is going on. Same with any business, although it depends on how committed to problem solving the leadership is. Costco didn't get to be the giant they are by ignoring valid customer complaints.

                                                      3. In Seattle and Shoreline Costco had vacuum packed top sirloin cap and top sirloin in prime grade for $5.89 per lb. I tried the sirloin cap and it was very good though not as tender as sirloin it had great flavor as steak and also in a stewed dish. At that price I would definitely buy again.

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                                                        1. re: knowspicker

                                                          At that price, if my Costco carries them, I'm going to fill the freezer. What a steal! Were they with in the meat case.

                                                          1. re: treb

                                                            They were in the meat case between the prime and choice.

                                                          2. re: knowspicker

                                                            since sirloin has little marbling anyway is the prime sirloin much different than choice?

                                                            1. re: divadmas

                                                              It's a little hard to say since I'm not comparing side by side. These steaks are very good and seem to be a little more tender and flavorful though I'll admit it could be partly expectation. At this price though they are close enough to the choice in price that I'm happy with them. I also like how when you by the vacuum packed meat at Costco and cut it yourself you don't get the blade tenderizing they seem to do on everything on a foam tray.

                                                              1. re: knowspicker

                                                                What exactly is blade tenderizing?

                                                                1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                                                                  aka needling. Like a Jacquard but bigger. They stick a bazillion needles through the meat to tenderize it. They do this with everything in a foam tray except for the tenderloin/filet mignon. Even cut roasts get this treatment.

                                                                  Only things in the original cryo are spared.

                                                                  So now a single contaminated steak can ruin the whole store full. I stick with the whole roasts in cryovac.

                                                                  1. re: acgold7

                                                                    ah......thanks

                                                                    1. re: acgold7

                                                                      I've never seen this at Costco. Not in the pork chops, beef roasts, skirt steak, flank steak ect. I've had a personal membership for 20 years and shopped there with my parents before that at Costco's in 5 different states.

                                                                      1. re: rasputina

                                                                        Possible it varies by region, but read the extremely tiny print on the label. If it tells you to cook to 165, it's been needled. Also it'll say Blade Tenderized and you can even see the little holes if you look closely.

                                                                        I thought I had just noticed it but they tell me they've been doing this for years. Beef only, as far as I know. Actually, now that I think about it, Flank was one other they don't do this to, which I thought was strange as it's the cut that would most benefit from the process.

                                                                        1. re: acgold7

                                                                          They absolutely do it at the Brick NJ Costco. It's on the labels.

                                                                        2. re: rasputina

                                                                          Same here, never seen this process on meat at Costco.

                                                                          1. re: treb

                                                                            I don't remember noticing the labels until maybe last year. This is at the Seattle and Shoreline stores.

                                                                            1. re: knowspicker

                                                                              I looked at the labels at the Woodinville, WA store today. While I didn't check everything, the only cut that I noticed in the repackaged beef that didn't say blade tenderized was the tenderloin. That held true for the prime cuts also.

                                                                        3. re: acgold7

                                                                          I've seen no evidence of this at the Waltham MA Costco.

                                                                          1. re: acgold7

                                                                            Consumer Reports had an article on this last year, including a picture of a label from Costco.
                                                                            http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/ma...

                                                                            The beef I see at Costco in Hazlet, NJ, is blade-tenderized -- even that graded Prime.

                                                                            1. re: drongo

                                                                              Good article, thanks for sharing. I always buy the whole ribeye or tri-tip in the cryovac before dry aging. This process tenderizes in a natural fashion, the way is was done years ago..

                                                                              1. re: freddh

                                                                                I bought flank steak and chuck roast in Westbury NY today - the chuck roast label does indeed say blade tenderized. The flank steak does not.

                                                                  2. Seattle and Shoreline have Wild Planet albacore tuna packed in extra virgin olive oil for $9.99 [$5 off]. First time I have seen it but had to try it since we love the other Wild Planet. Haven't tried a can yet.

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                                                                    1. re: knowspicker

                                                                      That tuna is excellent, good to hear it's on a discount again.

                                                                      1. re: knowspicker

                                                                        That's the only tuna I buy now, really excellent!

                                                                        1. re: knowspicker

                                                                          Saw it in Fort Worth on Wednesday for $14.99. Maybe it'll go on sale soon. Thanks for the heads-up.

                                                                        2. Possibly great new find that I have yet to try but will cook tomorrow... Tortillaland uncooked corn tortillas. I had been hoping to find something like this and now it is finally there. If they are as good as the flour I will be happy.

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                                                                          1. re: knowspicker

                                                                            These are great. Much better anything else you can get in most stores and pretty close to homemade taste but so easy for lazy people like me. This will definitely be a staple.

                                                                            1. re: knowspicker

                                                                              They also make amazing quesadilla's as you cook them on one side flip them over, put the cheese in and then you get them nice and crispy (put on a bit of salt too!)

                                                                          2. Any recommendations for the Costco. in North Miami or Pembroke Pines

                                                                            1. https://www.windsetfarms.com/our-prod...

                                                                              Crescendo sweet pointed peppers

                                                                              I found these the other day at my Reno, NV, store. They are the sweetest peppers I've ever had. They're like red, supersized Anaheims. Not a whisper of heat. Stuffed some last night.

                                                                               
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                                                                              1. re: c oliver

                                                                                That looks delicious! Recipe?

                                                                                1. re: Jeri L

                                                                                  Thanks. Not really but I did write it up and send it to a couple of my nieces. They're Southern women so I didn't include the fact that the tomatoes I used were previously smoked and that I also added a smoked tomatillo. It really was quite tasty.

                                                                                  "I slit them from end to end, pulled out the seeds (NO heat at all for these) and stuffed them. The stuffing was 8oz of pork (we grind our own meat but you could use bulk sausage), salt and pepper, fennel seeds, dried sage, hot Hungarian paprika (from the recent trip), onion, garlic, mushrooms, a couple of canned tomatoes, a couple of splashes of white wine. Covered and simmered 20-30 minutes. Added some cooked orzo but rice would be good also. Stuffed the peppers, covered with foil, and baked at 400 for 25 minutes, uncovered and cooked another 25. You could top with cheese at that point if you want. Soooo good. This could easily be a vegetarian or vegan dish. I HIGHLY recommend. Eight ounces of meat made six big peppers; we had one each. I cooked two additional and froze two uncooked.".

                                                                                  1. re: c oliver

                                                                                    I can work with that! Thanks for sharing.

                                                                                    1. re: Jeri L

                                                                                      My pleasure. I hope these peppers are successful at Costco cause you know how it is there :)

                                                                              2. Brazilian cheese bread! made by P DE Q in the frozen section. 36 pieces (total of 36 oz) for $15. I don't know if this is a permanent product. The manufacturer is currently doing a road show. These are balls of tapioca flour, eggs, oil, and parmesan and cheddar cheese. If you like chewy and cheesy foods, this is for you! Also for your gluten free friends. From frozen, bake for 20-30 minutes. Be sure not to over bake as the elasticity of the tapioca flour will go away and the chewiness turns into hard. Are they as good as home made? No, mine are more cheesy and fresh made baked goods have a unique quality. But the convenience, especially of not having to go out and get special tapioca flour is great.

                                                                                 
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                                                                                1. re: elise h

                                                                                  Elise please share your recipe for Brazilian cheese bread! Tapioca flour is pretty easy to come by at any Asian market for under $1/lb!

                                                                                2. I was at North Miami Costco this morning to buy eyeglasses and sunglasses-and also
                                                                                  bought pkg of artichokes(6.99), medjool dates(8.79) and snap peas(5.79)

                                                                                  1. Sabatini chicken, artichoke and smoked mozzarella sausages in Westbury NY. Delicious! The Westbury location also had several new cuts of veal, which they've never carried before.

                                                                                    1. Chocolate covered strawberries for mother's day are in at Montgomeryville Pa store! They also had a very nice taco salad for under ten dollars in the prepared food section. I used the salad as a build your own burrito kit as the salad included seasoned beef, grated cheese, ripe olives, cherry tomatoes, lettuce, chopped tortilla bits and some salsa ranch dressing. I just used tortillas, sour creme, a can of refried beans and salsa.
                                                                                      I'm guessing this was for cincho de mayo but maybe it will be a summertime staple. If not there is always the chicken caesar salad from the food court.

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                                                                                      1. re: givemecarbs

                                                                                        the strawberries are also in North Miami
                                                                                        also beautiful cocktail size cucumbers-I pickle them using
                                                                                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/805067

                                                                                      2. The Nuevo Grill Carnitas Street Tacos are quite good.

                                                                                        1. Simmering sauces in the refrigerated section, from Maya Kaimal. Three-pack of 15-oz tubs: Vindaloo, Coconut Curry, Tikka Masala. The Tikka is vegetarian, the other two are vegan; all gluten-free.

                                                                                          Very acceptable ingredient lists without millions of preservatives. Flavorful but not too spicy (husband does not enjoy spicy, sigh). I used half of a tub of the Coconut Curry in a small crockpot with some precooked chicken I had in freezer, plus some chicken stock, carrots and onions. Tonight I've got half the Vindaloo with precooked ground beef and spinach in same little crock.

                                                                                          I'd buy again, they're tasty and easy to modify for busy nights. They keep for a few months in fridge unopened and I can freeze any remnants. (I forget the price, sorry -- maybe 12.99?)

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                                                                                          1. re: DuchessNukem

                                                                                            The Maya Kaimal sauces are very good, but I've never seen them in our Costco (Yonkers, NY).

                                                                                            1. re: roxlet

                                                                                              Lol, that's funny, they're made in Rhinebeck, NY, but travel down here to N. TX. Prob already have NYS-local distributors.

                                                                                              1. re: DuchessNukem

                                                                                                Yes, weird, right? I get them at Fairway or Whole Foods.

                                                                                            2. re: DuchessNukem

                                                                                              I have bought them in California (Danville). We have only tried the "Vindaloo" - which is not vindaloo at all! Vindaloo should have a solid hit of fire from vinegar and cinnamon. The vindaloo didn't seem to have either. It just tasted more like a generic curry to me, reminiscent of "chicken curry" served in the dining hall in college. I am pessimistic about the other two jars.

                                                                                              1. re: pamelak52

                                                                                                Ah, I agree, not spicy at all. It's great for my non-cooking husband to be able to assemble a meal from components I've pre-prepped, or for a quick late dinner for the two of us, so they're just fun quick sauces to change things up a little. Probably wouldn't buy them every week or month but were fun to try. I also added a pile of fresh ginger to the Coconut Curry, really helped it.

                                                                                                1. re: DuchessNukem

                                                                                                  I've been eyeing those for the past couple of trips. Guess I should just pick them up for *those* nights when I would rather dinner just be vino, but that doesn't work for the kiddo so much. . .

                                                                                              2. re: DuchessNukem

                                                                                                Came by to say the Maya Kaimal Madras Curry. It had chickpeas and lentils, so I didn't add anything and called it a meatless meal. I made rice to go with. I will definitely re-purchase, esp. during the summer, when I try to microwave my way to dinner as much as possible.

                                                                                              3. And these HUGE bags of pre-popped popcorn.....Gawd they are good

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                                                                                                1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                                                                                                  Our Costco (Columbus, OH) just started carrying the White Cheddar Cheese Skinny Pop in addition to the original. So good!

                                                                                                2. Disappointed:
                                                                                                  1) Dried Figs (calimyrna). just, not terribly yummy. and need refridgeration after opening.
                                                                                                  2) Castelvastrano olives. WTH? These seem like green olives for people who hate green olives. Lack of lye, not terribly salty, taste like a just barely lighter black olive.

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                                                                                                  1. re: Chowrin

                                                                                                    Castelvetrano olives are usually pretty awesome - very concentrated olive flavor. The pitted Castelvetranos in the jar that Costco sells are flavorless.

                                                                                                    1. re: ferret

                                                                                                      Oh, so not normal? Thank you. I may try some somewhere else if I find them, then.

                                                                                                      1. re: Chowrin

                                                                                                        Good Castelvetranos are a thing of beauty. The ones Costco sells in the jar SUCK. See if you can find them on a good olive bar somewhere instead.

                                                                                                  2. Redwood City, CA

                                                                                                    2010 Allegrini Palazzo Della Torre, $13.99. A great deal- dark fruit, nice tannins, med/full body.

                                                                                                    Acme baguette has been replaced by some Artisan Baker something. Just awful...dense, doughy & flavorless. I did write a note in the suggestion box to find a new vendor if they can't bring Acme back.

                                                                                                    1. Mountain View CA Costco has had Simply Maize gluten free cereal by Kashi and we really like it. It is like popcorn and cornflakes had a baby and then dressed it in a glaze. unfortunately it has the dreaded "star" on the sign so is a limited time offer.

                                                                                                      They also had gluten free Krusteax brownie mix - works out to about 2.50 a batch. I often just make brownies, but it is often nice to tell people where to get a mix for my son or just have them on hand. Haven't tried yet, but looking forward to it.

                                                                                                      Nice to see the Kirkland Signature greek yogurt back. Better than most. Husband still prefers Fage, but this is much cheaper and the man eats a lot of yogurt.

                                                                                                      Lots of clearance items in food this time too.

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                                                                                                      1. re: jsaimd

                                                                                                        I tried the Kirkland Signature Greek yogurt after reading your comment. Love it with all kinds of toppings like frozen blueberries, banana, sliced almonds etc. The cool thing is that instead of buying the pre-packaged greek yogurt cups with fruit on the bottom, I get to make my own with minimal sugar and all natural ingredients of my choosing.

                                                                                                        A new favorite breakfast at work. Thanks!

                                                                                                      2. Slightly OT but I was in the local Costco today (Marlboro, NJ) and I looked at all the dog treats. I had pretty much stopped buying any dog treats there because our dog got very ill from some treats we got him there. ANYWAY... I see ALL of the dog treats @ Costco are made in the US or Canada. No more 'Made In China' dog treats.

                                                                                                        Very happy dog at our house tonight.

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                                                                                                        1. re: JoeBabbitt

                                                                                                          The "American" rawhide treats are from Mexico when you read the fine print. I don't buy dog treats from Mexico. I do love the new wild salmon treats from the USA, however and so do my doggies.

                                                                                                          1. re: susanl143

                                                                                                            Those salmon treats are some powerful smelling treats but my dogs go nuts for them and they are the perfect size.

                                                                                                            1. re: Dax

                                                                                                              At my Costco in Nashua, NH the price of the salmon treats has just dropped to closeout levels. They are being discontinued. I stocked up and enjoyed the low price but am sad to see these go.

                                                                                                        2. I found uncooked roti (Rotiland brand) next to the uncooked tortillas (which I have seen before). Made with whole wheat durum flour. Takes ~ 1 min to cook one in a preheated skillet. Excellent.

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                                                                                                          1. re: APK_101

                                                                                                            Love these ! They have freed up a lot of time in the kitchen for me - I now just need to cook my Indian entree and cook a few of these for a complete dinner for the family. Couldn't be easier or fresher !

                                                                                                          2. Being sampled at the Northridge, CA location was "Bacon cheeseburger Chips". Can't get any healthier than that!

                                                                                                            1. USDA Prime brisket packers at my Texas Costco, 40 cents more a pound than choice. Also got a great price on an Argo Petagon travel bag for my chihuahua ( basically 1/2 price what I've seen it elsewhere).

                                                                                                              1. Costco, CA

                                                                                                                Mango's - nice, ripe and sweet
                                                                                                                Cantaloupe - bland, no taste

                                                                                                                Last week bought the choc covered strawberries - very disappointing. Strawberries were not sweet and chocolate had a weird taste.

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                                                                                                                1. re: toopie28

                                                                                                                  Yes, the Costco canteloupes are not great. I'm going to look elsewhere,

                                                                                                                2. From Concordville, PA - in the refrigerated section near produce - quinoa/spinach patties. Sort of knock-off felafel, I guess. Reasonably healthy, real ingredients (vegetarian too), and quick-cooking in the microwave. Oh, and they taste great on pita with hummus. I can't remember the brand name, but they come in a package of 16 and cost about $10-12 or so (IIRC).

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                                                                                                                  1. re: truman

                                                                                                                    I found them to be surprisingly flavorless. Not bad, but devoid of any spice or enhancement.

                                                                                                                    1. re: truman

                                                                                                                      $9.29 at my store in AZ. I like them as a pretty healthy low-cal snack (50 calories each though they aren't huge), although I agree with ferret that they are on the bland side if eaten plain. I also suspect they taste better cooked in a pan to crisp up compared to the microwave.

                                                                                                                    2. Tried the Tres Leches Carmel Cake, it was on coupon for 10.99, good carmel layer and flavor on top. The inside had a nice vanilla cream layer and the cake layers were a yellow cake vanilla flavor. Overall, not too sweet, not a true tres leches but, for the price point, I'd serve it to guests.

                                                                                                                      1. The chocolate covered mango is incredible. Picked up another bag of the chocolate covered coconut also.

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                                                                                                                        1. re: rasputina

                                                                                                                          Yes, that stuff is addictively good.

                                                                                                                          1. re: treb

                                                                                                                            No kidding, I finished the bag in a week, by myself.

                                                                                                                          2. re: rasputina

                                                                                                                            Truly addictive.

                                                                                                                          3. King salmon, $16.99/lb, in Pitsburgh. They had several beautiful center cut filets, we bough two of them and froze them after cutting into individual servings.

                                                                                                                            1. Costco Almaden(San Jose) has 10 bar boxes of Core Warrior Meal (Raw Banana Walnut) for i believe $28.99, which is a big savings from the $3.99/bar that Whole Foods sells them for.

                                                                                                                              1. Haven't had a chance to try it yet, but my local Costco in Spokane, WA had whole Copper River salmon for $9.99/lb. I'll have to debone it myself, but it's worth it. Other markets in my area have it priced around $17/lb.

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                                                                                                                                1. re: gmm

                                                                                                                                  On a related note. I bought an 8 inch filet knife from Montana Knife Works at the Lynnwood Costco business center to filet the $9.99 Costco halibut roasts. This knife was about $7 and it is an excellent filet knife.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: knowspicker

                                                                                                                                    Wish I had seen your post before I cut up my salmon! Any idea if they carry those at the regular Costco? We don't have a Costco business center. I used my chef's knife which is apparently due for a sharpening. My fillets were not pretty, but they were delicious.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: gmm

                                                                                                                                      At the Seattle and Shoreline they have some commercial-ish cookware and knives in one section. I think made by Tramontina. I haven't tried these though.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: knowspicker

                                                                                                                                        I went back the next day to pick up some things I forgot and cruised through the kitchen section. I did see the Tramontina knife sets, but they didn't have any single knives and no filet knives. Glad I bought the salmon the day before because there were none left. The season's just starting, so hopefully they'll get some more in.

                                                                                                                                  2. re: gmm

                                                                                                                                    I picked up a beautiful side of Copper River salmon at my Costco in Columbus, OH for 14.99 a pound today. Other retailers in the area are selling it for 19.99 a pound and their offerings weren't nearly as nice.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: FlyerFan

                                                                                                                                      Just picked up a side of Copper River this afternoon in Clifton, NJ, for $7.89/lb. That's a significant, and very surprising, difference in price.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                        Possible yours was Sockeye while the other was King.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: acgold7

                                                                                                                                          Ooops. You're right. Saw the Copper River label and grabbed without thinking or looking further. Hope they still have the King when I go back.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                            I'd very surprised if you got wild Copper River for $7.89/lb. I just bought wild Copper River at the Pittsurgh Costco for $14.99/lb. Wild King (not Copper River), was $16.99/lb a week ago. The farmed stuff is $6.99/lb here. If you really did get Copper River, that's a great buy!

                                                                                                                                            1. re: Rick

                                                                                                                                              i would not get the farmed stuff, wild salmon is much superior, i think even in omega 3 nutrition not to mention taste and texture.
                                                                                                                                              while king is excellent and you can get a bigger fish, sockeye is also wonderful and actually preferred by many fishermen for eating.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: divadmas

                                                                                                                                                If it was tagged Copper River, whether it's King or sockeye, it would not be a farmed product. I don't think the CR salmon I got at my local Costco was labeled King or sockeye, just "Copper River salmon, whole", but it was a very dark orange and delicious at $9.99/lb. I'm sure it would have been more expensive had it been deboned.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: gmm

                                                                                                                                                  The package states wild caught.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: gmm

                                                                                                                                                    Sorry if my post was confusing, was not implying that Costco sells farmed Copper River salmon. They have farm raised salmon next to the wild stuff. My Costco also just said Copper River, didn't say sockeye or otherwise. The King salmon just said wild Alaskan King.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Rick

                                                                                                                                                      Here's an article that did a comparison of some wild vs. farmed salmon from different places. Interestingly, the taste testers chose farmed salmon for the top five.

                                                                                                                                                      http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifesty...

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: gmm

                                                                                                                                                        page not found.

                                                                                                                                                        people that dont like fish might prefer farmed salmon. it is blander and less fish like. i can get free farmed salmon but i dont.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: divadmas

                                                                                                                                                          Hmm, the link works for me. But this references the same article:
                                                                                                                                                          http://mynorthwest.com/11/2362963/Wil...

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: gmm

                                                                                                                                                            that was very kind of you to dig up that information. thanks

                                                                                                                                                            the farmed salmon mentioned all comes from overseas. i wonder if that makes a difference though as i mentioned all farmed salmon is atlantic and i thought from the same genetic source. i have only had local farm raised salmon not treated with salt like the ones mentioned. the difference in color and texture is obvious but i have never had a side by side blind taste test. still i always thought i preferred wild king or sockeye or silvers.

                                                                                                                                                            anyone having trouble posting with chrome? I have to go to ie to post.

                                                                                                                                                    2. re: gmm

                                                                                                                                                      all farmed salmon, even grown in pacific, are atlantic salmon genetically.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: divadmas

                                                                                                                                                        I bought today at Pembrook Pines, Florida store
                                                                                                                                                        farmed steel head 7.99.
                                                                                                                                                        fortunately I got a small filet-
                                                                                                                                                        I cut it in 3 pieces and made one with harissa tomato sauce
                                                                                                                                                        (Fish Without a Doubt)
                                                                                                                                                        It was delicicous

                                                                                                                                                2. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                                  You must have gotten an amazing deal (or the item was mismarked?). The farm-raised salmon in the Columbus Costco was $7.89/lb and was in the same case as the Copper River (Sockeye). Side by side the difference was striking - the farm-raised was so pale next to the wild.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: FlyerFan

                                                                                                                                                    Maybe it was mismarked and I got lucky. Just checked the label again: "Fresh Wild Copper River Sockeye Salmon Fillet." $7.89/lb And this definitely didn't look like the farm-raised which, as you say, was right next to it.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: FlyerFan

                                                                                                                                                      You can't go by color at all. Salmon farmers get feed that has dye in it -- they can raise the salmon to have flesh colored anyway they choose.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Steve Green

                                                                                                                                                        The pink color in natural or farmed salmon is derived from the same source. They're technically all dyed.

                                                                                                                                              2. re: FlyerFan

                                                                                                                                                Does anyone know if the NYC Costcos have wild king salmon? (I'm thinking of joining because wild king salmon is so expensive when it's available at other places.) Thanks.

                                                                                                                                            2. Just saw Costco blowing out Quinoa Pesto for 1.97 a jar. From the looks of the ingredients it will need some help, like a lack of olive oil, but for 1.97 worth a try.

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: treb

                                                                                                                                                Just tried the pesto. I added some quality EVOO and some parm and put it over some baked fish. I'm going back to stock up, hope I'm not too late.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: treb

                                                                                                                                                  I've never heard of grains in pesto. I'm guessing they were substituting the quinoa for the pine nuts? Os is it quinoa in pesto sauce? But with no oil? I don't know, none of it makes any sense to me.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: rasputina

                                                                                                                                                    The quinoa which has a nutty flavor and is a sub for pine nuts. Not a traditional pesto as the grain absorbs the oil, which is not olive oil, and swells a bit. The pesto has a good basil flavor but, I do feel it needs enhancing. Hey, for $1.97 for a large jar it's worth enhancing. Also, IMO it can also be used as a dip.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: treb

                                                                                                                                                      Is this refrigerated, or shelf-stable? Where is it in the store?

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Rilke

                                                                                                                                                        Shelf stable found them by the pickles, olives etc. It's a 35 oz jar.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: treb

                                                                                                                                                          Thank you much!

                                                                                                                                                2. CA.
                                                                                                                                                  YAY - Sweet and plump - delish:
                                                                                                                                                  Blueberries
                                                                                                                                                  Blackberries
                                                                                                                                                  Raspberries

                                                                                                                                                  Not sure yet - white nectarines - once I taste, will report back.

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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: toopie28

                                                                                                                                                    Just bought some blueberries, large and sweet, been waiting all winter for these beauties!

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: toopie28

                                                                                                                                                      I bought the blueberries this past weekend and they were just wonderful. A heads up for anyone else, perhaps in a single household as am I, who won't be going through that many berries quickly. For the first time, I tried Harold McGee's method of giving the berries a bath in 140F water for 30 seconds and then drying them on paper towels. Worked liked a charm for me. Haven't yet had a single berry go moldy on me.

                                                                                                                                                      http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/26/din...

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                                        They don't last long enough in our house to go bad. Between us and the dogs, they go very quickly.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ferret

                                                                                                                                                          2nd that, they don't last long with me either.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: treb

                                                                                                                                                            I was just going to write that too - I polish them off pretty quickly.

                                                                                                                                                            Addition to the yays - bought a golden melon - wonderfully sweet!

                                                                                                                                                            The white flesh nectarines were hard when I bought them however they are very sweet, I waited for them to get ripe but instead they got soft in some places.

                                                                                                                                                    2. Kirkland brand blueberry/pecan cereal (the base is multigrain flakes) - so-so. I miss the maple/pecan version they had a few years ago, but figured I'd give this one a shot. Not too sweet, but the dried blueberries have an odd chewy consistency like raisins (which I find odd). I will finish the box but probably not get it again. $6.99 for a small but heavy box (maybe 1.5x the size of a regular box of cereal?) - it may be organic hence the higher price.

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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: truman

                                                                                                                                                        Checked this morning - not organic.

                                                                                                                                                      2. There was a new "peanut" brittle in the bakery department at the Woodinville, WA store today. I think they called it "sweet & savory". Looked like it had snack mix in it besides just nuts. Forced myself to resist!

                                                                                                                                                        1. Bought some fresh-baked cinammon rolls, labeled croissant breakfast rolls, six for a little under $8. They bore zero flavor of cinammon. Ate one, threw the rest away. This was from the Costco in Kansas City, Mo.

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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: emu48

                                                                                                                                                            They recommend reheating them in the oven first and they're much, much better if you do.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: acgold7

                                                                                                                                                              Did that. No discernable cinammon flavor. They weren't bargain-priced, and they were from Costco, so I expected decent quality. These sucked.

                                                                                                                                                            2. re: emu48

                                                                                                                                                              I had high hopes for these also but I thought they had an odd artificial flavor. Back they went.

                                                                                                                                                            3. Does anyone know if Costco carries any brands of yogurt smoothies? My "local" store is over 60 miles away so I can't easily run over and check. Thanks...

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                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Leepa

                                                                                                                                                                I don't know the answer to your question, but even if other locations do, that doesn't mean yours will. Your best bet is to give them a call so you don't waste a trip. They don't really have a general customer service option on their phone menu, I just select "member services" and unless they're really busy, they're usually happy to look it up or run and check for you.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: gmm

                                                                                                                                                                  Good idea. I'm set for shoulder surgery later in the month and want to pick some up to take along with my pain meds as recommended by my surgeon. I can make my own which would probably be better, but more difficult with one arm in the middle of the night. :)

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Leepa

                                                                                                                                                                    Best of luck Leepa - I had non-laparoscopic shoulder surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff several years ago and it was tough. Luckily my mother was able to come stay with me for several weeks to take care of me, but it was surprising how the littlest things were so difficult.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: gmm

                                                                                                                                                                      I know. I'm really not looking forward to it. Mine will be arthroscopic to repair rotator cuff, biceps tendon, labrum, and bone spur. But at least not open surgery.

                                                                                                                                                                      And to keep this on topic, I've looked in other threads for post surgery food ideas. After the first couple of days, I'll be on my own...

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Leepa

                                                                                                                                                                        Oops, I guess I meant arthroscopic, not laparoscopic. You could also start a new thread on the Home Cooking Board for post-surgery cooking ideas.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: gmm

                                                                                                                                                                          I probably will. Most of the threads I've seen so far are for post dental surgery. One-armed left-handed cooking is going to be interesting. I think my Nutribullet will get a workout.

                                                                                                                                                                2. re: Leepa

                                                                                                                                                                  The Maplewood MN carries single serve Lifeway Kefir smoothies in a 12 pack for around 10 bucks.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: autumm

                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                3. 2pk of apple/kale/walnut salad for $1.97
                                                                                                                                                                  Not one for prepackaged salads but for the blowout price is great and quite good with a side of grilled fish or chicken breast.

                                                                                                                                                                  Couldn't find the quinoa pesto..bummer, sounds interesting.
                                                                                                                                                                  Love me a pesto w/gnocchi cream sauce w/meatless meatballs, with freshly grated Reg Parm from Costco..which is going up in $$.

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                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Beach Chick

                                                                                                                                                                    The brand is Del Destino, it may be a local thing.

                                                                                                                                                                  2. Gorgeous sweet cherries in Westbury, NY today. $10 for 2 pounds, so not cheap, but REALLY good. They also have the Johnsonville fresh chicken grillers (link sausage) again, which is great.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. Saw a Costco-branded Coconut Water for the first time at the Port Chester, NY location.

                                                                                                                                                                       
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                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: djca

                                                                                                                                                                        lol.wasn't there some Great Calypso song about gin and coconut water?

                                                                                                                                                                        10 bucks a gallon??????????

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                                                                                                                                                                          Zico coconut water is over $5 a liter in the markets here. I can get it for $1.99 a liter at the closeout grocery.

                                                                                                                                                                      2. Six 1-lb organic grass-fed rib eye steaks for $79.99. They were in the freezer section and had very good marbling. Can't wait to give them a try. Very inexpensive for grass fed beef.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. Got these from the Port Chester, NY Costco:

                                                                                                                                                                          $8.99 3-lb pack of Sweet Cherries
                                                                                                                                                                          $9.99 2-lb pack of Rainier Cherries

                                                                                                                                                                          Also saw that Costco now has its own Kirkland Signature-branded sack of Jasmine Rice: $16.99 for 25 lbs.

                                                                                                                                                                          Costco has been selling a Kirkland-brand pack of Basmati rice for quite a while, which was interestingly much more expensive per pound than the non-Kirkland sack of Basmati.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. Kansas/Missouri caper lovers: They're back in stock (32 fl. oz/1 quart jars for $5.69) at the Lenexa, Kan., store, so probably also at other Costcos nearby. See discussion in the Great Plains board if you want. Costco's home-office honchos believe Kan./Mo. people won't buy capers, and it took an email to the CEO to get them to give it one more try. If these suckers fail to sell, it's doubtful there will be any more in the future. You probably already know that you can pay almost this much for a tiny 3.5 oz. jar in your neighborhood supermarket.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. Holy cow, I've had 2 of these Yasso Vanilla Greek Yogurt bars that I bought yesterday at Costco in Waltham MA and I am HOOKED. I accidentally let the first one soften up a bit but that was the right thing to do- it got all creamy. 80 calories each with a strong vanilla flavor, and a nice yogurt tang. They came 12 in a box but I can't remember the price... $9 maybe? So worth it.

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                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Chris VR

                                                                                                                                                                                That's what I do w/ the Healthy Choice fudge bars - softening them for a couple minutes totally improves the flavor and texture.

                                                                                                                                                                              2. Where, oh where, has the Kirkland Tuscan olive oil gone? It's been missing from the Waltham MA store for about a month now. When I first asked an employee about this he was as surprised as I was. Anyone know if they have run out of the 2013 harvest? Or is this purely a local matter?

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                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: PinchOfSalt

                                                                                                                                                                                  I was looking for this in Westbury, NY last week and they didn't have it - I assume the harvest must have run out. Bummer.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: biondanonima

                                                                                                                                                                                    They have it in the San Francisco store but the Costco in South San Francisco no longer carries it .. I much prefer to buy olive oil in glass bottles (like this one). I didn't buy any yesterday, thought I had enough, but maybe I should buy another.

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: PinchOfSalt

                                                                                                                                                                                    I bought one this week at the Woodinville, WA store so it must be somewhat local.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: PinchOfSalt

                                                                                                                                                                                      Today they had the Tuscan olive oil (November/December 2013 harvest) at the Redwood City Costco.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: goodeatsgal

                                                                                                                                                                                        It's beginning to look like west coast locations have the Tuscan Olive Oil but eastern stores do not. Hmmm.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: PinchOfSalt

                                                                                                                                                                                          I could be a matter of shipping distance. Hope we'll see it appear soon.

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: goodeatsgal

                                                                                                                                                                                          Just picked up a bottle in Chicago.

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Texas Costco, basil in one gallon pots.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: rasputina

                                                                                                                                                                                          wow, I wish we had them, I'm envious!

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: treb

                                                                                                                                                                                            I forgot to post the price, 7 dollars

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. I picked up a container of BelGioioso burrata at the Niles, Il Costco yesterday, I can't remember the price off the top of my head but it was under $6.00. They also had whole lamb for $3.99/lb in the freezer section.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Coogles

                                                                                                                                                                                            Where was the burrata located?

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: sarahvw1

                                                                                                                                                                                              It was in the middle of one of the cheese coolers about shoulder height. In the Niles store it was in the middle cooler on the side facing produce.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Coogles

                                                                                                                                                                                                Rats! I sure couldn't find it. Was it close to the fresh mozzarella?

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: sarahvw1

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Burrata's a tough one pre-packaged. It's always best freshly made.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: sarahvw1

                                                                                                                                                                                                    No, I didn't see any fresh mozzarella near the burrata. I think it was near the big bags of shredded chihuahua cheese but I'm not certain. There weren't many there so they might have sold out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Coogles

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks for taking the time to reply. Maybe my Jacksonville store just didn't get any. I'll keep looking, however.