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Apr 22, 2014 04:47 PM

Plug for GOOD EGGS

This is an unabashed, shameless plug for the food that has been delivered to my door by Good Eggs.

In particular, their produce has been beyond exceptional.

Normally, the stores on my normal rotation for produce are: Gelson’s, Bristol Farms, Whole Foods, and Sprouts.
Every single produce item that Good Eggs has delivered to me has been FAR superior than the stuff that I’ve been able to get by driving all around town. The fresh fava beans that were delivered yesterday were the most stunning, flavorful, BIG, beautiful, fava beans I’ve seen anywhere this season.
I’m blown away.
The oranges that they delivered last time, which were sourced from Burkart Organics, looked like normal oranges, but TASTED much better than any that I’ve gotten from the market.

They carry other “artisanal” foods too: cheeses, meats, etc.
I’ve also been very pleased with the goat cheeses that they brought that were sourced from Soledad Farms, (but, truly, I’ve not done the whole “drive all over town” comparative test on cheese).

Every few days, their offerings change.
(Just because they offered organic EVOO today, doesn’t mean that it will be available tomorrow. On the other hand, the berry pies that they weren’t offering yesterday, may be offered today.)

If you order over $30 worth of stuff and are willing to take delivery during one of their “free delivery” time windows, the delivery is free.

The refrigerated food was packed in insulating material and was cold when I unpacked it.
the stuff that shouldn't have been refrigerated was NOT cold (i.e. they didn't just pack my entire order and put it in a refrigerated truck. every item was treated properly.
I’m in love with this operation.

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  1. Thanks for the info, I will check them out.

    Just a quick look at the website, how are the prices, in relation to the stores you've frequented?

    For example, I see organic blueberries for $6 a box. But no weight. How much does the box weigh, a pint? A quart? Just curious, thanks.

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    1. re: Dirtywextraolives

      if you keep clicking around, eventually the weights will show up. (i.e. if you click on the words "organic blueberries" it will come up as a 6oz box.

      those were too dear for me, but the fresh fennel bulb they delivered was twice the size of those that the regular grocery stocked AND it was so fresh that the little lacy tops were NOT wilted, so it turned out to be a good deal, the oranges were priced in line with the prices at whole foods. the fava beans cost more than what the grocery stores were charging but, in terms of quality, they were in a completely superior league, so, imho, they are more than fairly priced)

      that said, this is not a service for those to whom pinching pennies on food is a satisying endeavor or is some sort of art form.
      this is for those of us who :
      1) really appreciate and desire the difference between top quality food and the next tier down

      2) place some kind of value on our own time. (really, i guess if i made it my business to go to EVERY farmer's market and food specialty store on a regular basis, i could come up with comparable stuff. i'm not going to spend my life that way in order to buy the relatively small quantities that i would be buying. i like fresh food, not wilted/tired food nor left overs from 3 days ago.

      3) are willing to spend an extra few dollars per meal to get top flight ingredients without devoting tons of time in order to procure those ingredients. ( i understand that if you are part of a couple, going food shopping together can be a fun, bonding, activity. that aspect of the process doesn't apply to everyone, though)

      1. re: Dirtywextraolives

        Would also add, these are probably not any run of the mill organic blueberries (like the ones from Chile or Mexico). These are from Forbidden Fruit which is sort of like the Harry's Berries of blueberries in SoCal. They are expensive and they are delicious. Same price that I paid at the Hollywood Farmer's Market, I believe.

        DWEO, you also might be interested in their Bread Lounge baguettes delivered to your door.

        1. re: revets2

          yowza, 4.50/baguette. I'll wait until I can hit up surfas =X

          1. re: revets2

            I did not see anything from bread lounge listed, and I'm not the baguette fanatic on the board. Plus I can buy one for $3.50 from Maison Giraud, which is right down the street from my kids' school.

            And, I just cannot justify spending $1 an ounce for blueberries....I don't care how wonderful they are....I have bought some huge sweet ones from my local grocery store for $3.99 that were grown in Oregon. It's just not doable to feed my family with prices like that. We are still paying for tuition, clothes, shoes and extra curricular activities for my sons. Even saving $2 on each item adds up.

              1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                it's all a matter of priorities.

                i have no problem paying an extra $4 for a bag of fava beans in order to get the BEST, PERFECT, HUGE fava beans DELIVERED to my door rather than drive from farmer's market to farmer's market all over town on the chance that one of the vendors MIGHT actually be selling something acceptable.

                on the other hand, i don't have reservations for opening night at newport seafood in beverly hills.

                in total, my food indulgences cost less than yours.
                it's just a matter of personal preference--no right or wrong here.

                1. re: westsidegal

                  Absolutely. Obviously i don't have reservations ANYWHERE, haha, and my priorities are different since I have children in the house and work at home so I have the time and inclination to travel to different stores and markets in search of better deals. Also often times, my husband works very late and does not eat dinner with us, so splurging on exotic organic veggies when my kids won't touch them is a huge waste of money.

                  1. re: westsidegal

                    This is a good point. I certainly think for some people that it's probably a God-send. I myself don't mind browsing around for goods (it's one of the few times I'm not at work or at home!), but I think when I'm entertaining at home that home delivery (even at a cost) would be lovely....

                    QUOTE: "on the other hand, i don't have reservations for opening night at newport seafood in beverly hills."

                    But what if Sergio is cooking? ;) J/K, of course....

                    1. re: westsidegal

                      I don't even live in L.A and I completely agree. Priorities. I would do the same.

                      1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                        Your 'just cannot justify' statement, which you have made several times here, makes me wonder how you can justify patronizing Maison Girard and his high prices??? Even if I did not have such concerns, I would have a problem with the unconscionable mark ups and the small portions giving bad value.

                        1. re: VenusCafe

                          I don't go to MG every week.

                          I do go grocery shopping, at least once a week. And produce is extremely perishable.

                          1. re: VenusCafe

                            Plus, not that it's any of your business, but MG is considered a splurge in my household; grocery shopping is not.

                            And I hardly find his pricing to be that out of line with any other upscale restaurant in this city. You think Melisse, Nobu & n/naka have huge portions? And they are probably twice the price.

                            1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                              Yeah, but for many reasons, I don't despise THEIR pricings and portions...sorry to exceed what for you is 'not my business', but aren't we here to discuss food/value/splurges included?

                              1. re: VenusCafe

                                Not sure why my household's spending habits would become your business, whether I post on this board, thread, or not..... And that's fine if you don't patronize MG, they apparently do not miss your business at all. And for the record, his portions are much more reasonable for the $ than many places in this city.

                        2. re: revets2

                          Forbidden Fruit really does have the best blueberries. In our house they are known as "the good ones" and yes, that is what they cost at HFM.

                          It must be said though that the quality of blueberries grown in SC has improved exponentially due to the breeding improvements at where? UC Hastings? One of the UCs...

                          But I like theirs the best...

                      2. Is there a sub fee a la amazon fresh?

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                        1. re: ns1

                          no sub fee.
                          to get free delivery, you need to
                          a) order $30 or more
                          b) accept delivery during one of their special "free delivery" windows of time.

                          you can specify other delivery time windows and/or order less food for a $5 delivery fee. i've been plenty satisfied with the free delivery because they package the refrigerated items so well.

                          1. re: westsidegal

                            Well then I got nothing to lose by trying!

                            1. re: westsidegal

                              And it certainly won't be hard to get up to $30........

                          2. Thanks Westside Gal. I don't think they would deliver to my area, but they have a drop box in Leimert Park. P. is favoriting this more local business to Amazon Prime... we'll see...

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                            1. re: Dommy

                              I just joined Amazon Fresh and love it, but I also am happily awaiting my first order from Good Eggs, which will be delivered later this afternoon.

                              I think Amazon Fresh and Good Eggs are complimentary to each other and since there is no membership fee for Good Eggs, well, why not order from both.

                              Good Eggs definitely has more exotic produce (I ordered mulberries!), but less selection. (I wanted tomatoes, but they didn't have any).

                              Good Eggs is also slightly less convenient in that they don't have early morning delivery. I got quite excited seeing on the website that if I placed my order by midnight Tuesday, I would have it Wednesday and I was planning all the breakfast things I would have for Wednesday morning until I saw the first delivery was much later in the day.

                              Anyway, I am very much looking forward to my first Good Eggs order and I hope a lot more people will use itm as I am sure the larger the customer base they have, the more profitable they can be and the larger selection they can offer.

                              1. re: omotosando

                                I'm waiting to receive my first Good Egg order any minute now. (I also use Amazon Fresh). I think they're different like Whole Food's and Ralph's are different. Both in price AND quality. There are certain items where it doesn't matter and you can save some dough. Others, where it's all about quality, you can make an informed decision.

                                  1. re: Steve2 in LA

                                    My first order from Good Eggs just arrived! A nice young man dropped it off. I thought it was supposed to be delivered yesterday (I was confused) and I called them at 8:30 p.m. to ask where it was and got a live person. How great is that? It is different than dealing with Amazon Fresh.

                                    But I love them both. The produce at Amazon Fresh, by the way, is much better than at my local supermarket with a much better selection of organic. One of the differences may be that Amazon Fresh produce is coming to me straight from the warehouse at 7:00 a.m. and my local supermarket produce has been sitting under lights in the store all day (and perhaps for days).

                                    I am now munching on a vegan coconut cupcake that Good Eggs delivered from "Lisa & Mo." Very good. Much better than the stuff that people stand on line for hours to pick up from Sprinkles.

                                    1. re: Steve2 in LA

                                      i just looked at the amazon website.
                                      the first item i saw that i actually consume on a regular basis costs $2.50 a bag at gelson's where i can buy just the flavors i like.
                                      at amazon, i'd need to order an assortment of 6 bags (which includes flavors that i'd NEVER eat) in order to pay a $3.33 a bag.

                                      thus, far, it doesn't look like amazon is any kind of bargain although they do carry an incredibly wide assortment of items.
                                      amazon, it seems to me, is trying to compete with grocery stores and with big box retailers.
                                      Good Eggs, it seems to me, is a high-end food broker, that is aiming at an entirely different part of the market.

                                      1. re: westsidegal

                                        I'm not sure if you looked at the regular Amazon website or the Amazon Fresh website. If you buy from the Amazon website (which you need to do if you are not a member of Amazon Fresh prime), you generally need to buy in large quantities (because they are not going to ship you one box of cereal, for instance).

                                        For example, if I go to regular Amazon and look for my preferred dish liquid, I have to buy a minimum of 6. If I go to my Amazon Fresh account, I can order one.

                                        To me, Amazon Fresh and Good Eggs work synergistically, allowing me to never set foot again in a supermarket or a Whole Foods or a Trader Joes (both of which I despise, unlike some other people).

                                    2. re: omotosando

                                      Assumption on my part but the lack of tomatoes (organic in particular) probably aren't offered because it's not prime time yet? Sounds like Good Eggs is trying hard to establish a serious repution in terms of quality. Clamshells of grape tomatoes from Mexico can be had anywhere year around. A solid two-pound heirloom makes me think of summer. Only summer.

                                  2. It seems like a good alternative to a farmer's market visit.