Other GO Bargains

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277 thoughts on “Other GO Bargains

  1. Zoel

    Ok – for those of us hedonists who enjoy a taste of great ice cream once and a while – actively look for the “High Road” brand, specifically the Aztec Chocolate. Crazy good…the Aztec has underpinnings of cinnamon, roasted chilies, and almonds in a dark chocolate…best $2 taste sensation ever.
    I did some research on the company – small op based out of Marietta GA. Gourmet high-end selling to chefs/restaurants thru Sisco/others, hence the probable dump to GO. Many other interesting flavors ($99 for 8 pints to your door).

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  2. BargainWhine Post author

    Oakland store has Epic traditional Duck Fat, 11oz jar for $2, expiration date August 2019, in the nosh section.

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    1. happybaker

      “Epic traditional Duck Fat, 11oz jar for $2”
      !!!!!!!!!!!!
      Okay, I need to look for that locally – thanks for the heads up!

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  3. BargainWhine Post author

    Cullen Creek Olive Oil seems to be back at a lower price, now $7 for 750ml instead of $10. Maybe the new crop is coming in soon?

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      1. Seedboy

        I was at Richmond today. The Cullen Creek is the Nov 2018 oil, so I have no idea why it is so cheap. If I had more room I’d buy an entire year’s supply.

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        1. flitcraft

          Here’s the mystery: I’m currently using the 2017 harvest bottling, best by Nov. 2019. The new stuff is the November 2018 harvest bottling, best by Nov. 2019. So, how it the shelf life that was 2 years now 1 year??

          That could explain the price–now the question is, which is the mistake, the harvest date or the best by date? I’m betting on the latter…

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            1. lim13

              Cases of the Cullen Creek at the Silverdale store, FC…but it usually flied out. I bought two bottles on Friday. Love the new lower price! Would have bought more, but didn’t like the best by date…not far enough in the future for my usage habits (and supply of other EVOO’s).

  4. Flitcraft

    Cloth bags of frozen tamales by the Texas Tamale Company–they had four kinds: beef, pork, green chile and something else. 12 small tamales to a bag that look handrolled, and taste like somebody’s Tex-Mex grandmother made them. I had the pork, which were great.
    Also seen:
    DeCecco bronze dye extruded linguine fini pasta. Finlandia butter. And three different brands of stroopwafel cookies!

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    1. BargainWhine Post author

      Hi Flitcraft! I have been enjoying those tamales now and then for a while now, especially the pork ones. I think the chili-cheese tamales are good, too, and they a pack a punch for this gringo. I find the seasoning on the beef ones to be a little strange, however. I think the last variety I’ve seen were black bean, and I thought these were fine but unexciting.

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    2. Happybaker

      Dagnabbit! I need find those tamales – they sound great!
      I’ll keep my eye out for the bronze dye pasta and confess, my biggest silly thrill, recently? Three packs of Cracker Jack, for $1. (Altadena, So Cal.) So 33¢ per three pack. Didn’t grab as many as I should but have had fun handing them out to folks and including them in “get well” bags with home made chicken soup.

      Also, the Burbank GO had one of my favs Birds-Eye Voila’s back in stock – the creamy chicken and noodles. Tastes really homey, not bad for you calorie or fat wise and cheap – $2.99 for two servings. (Why didn’t I buy more?!)

      Larger bag but cover pic should help – https://www.walmart.com/ip/Birds-Eye-Voila-Creamy-Chicken-Noodles-42-oz/45047047

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  5. Seedboy

    A couple of times recently I’ve bought the whole beef tenderloins. They are small, around 3 lbs. Great deep beefy flavor. They do have a bit of silverskin that is best trimmed off but at $5.99 a pound they are a great deal.

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  6. seedboy

    Some of the stores have bronze dye extruded Italian made pasta, branded Alma’s. I’ve liked all of the cuts I have tried.

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    1. Eugene

      Philippo Berio 100% Italian Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 500 ml., $5 at south Willamette Valley stores. This is the top grade of P.B. olive oils offered recently: this one; or 100% Italian non-organic; or organic olive oil from who knows where (“floor sweepings from the Mediterranean’s cheapest olives” as a friend puts it); or non-organic floor sweepings in a plastic bottle. At the price, it’s a pretty good Italian organic EVOO, great for cooking or other casual uses, including salads if you run out of your premo olive oil right before dinner. Short-dated to January 2019.

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        1. seedboy

          There is also a real condiment quality balsamic out there, Cube-shaped bottle that is in a box, $5.99 I think. This is not red wine vinegar with some grape must in it, it is the real deal.

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          1. Happybaker

            Drat! I saw that at the Alta Dena store (Los Angeles area) and did not bite. I think they still have some, will look next week!

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    2. Robert Jackson

      Good Ol’ Uncle Billy Petite Shiraz $4.99 is an alltime great GO wine bargain – elegant blackberry from explosive start to fine long finish, perfectly balanced, pairs well with almost anything.

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  7. Happybaker

    8oz bag of pignolia nuts – $6 or $8, can’t quite recall. From China.
    I thought it was a great price, was tempted, but decided to wait a day. Got home, hit the web and? Costco has a deal that’s about the same price per ounce but? Grown in the US and organic.
    https://www.costco.com/Kirkland-Signature-Organic-Pine-Nuts%2C-24-oz..product.100334735.html

    Maybe I’ll just embrace the buy one, get one free of the $1.99 Ore-Ida Tater Tots and call it a day : )

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  8. seedboy

    The stores that have hard liquor might have Azzurre gin. It really is a premium gin that is somehow available for $7.99 a bottle. It has the classic juniper but also some lovely citrus character to it. It made a very nice Martini with 1/3 Dolan Dry vermouth and 2/3 gin.

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      1. Flitcraft

        Yes, about two years ago two different Fever Tree tonics cropped up, as well as a Fever Tree bitter lemon soda. Sadly, none since that I have seen.

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        1. seedboy

          I got some of that and still have some, which needs drinking. At one point in history I got some really good vermouth at GO but this was ages ago.

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  9. flitcraft

    Huge artichokes, 1.99 apiece at the Crown Hill GO. GO produce is often kind of sketchy, but when it’s good, it’s often a screaming bargain. I saw large artichokes at one of the hipster grocery stores around here last weekend for 5 smackeroos apiece!

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    1. Darrell

      Over the last decade or more and being from nearby Castroville, CA, I have seen the Globe variety of artichoke supplant the Heritage artichoke which is quite a shame. If one can purchase the Heritage variety, it is a better choke than the Green Globe since it has more edible portions on it and to my taste; it tastes better. The Globe is basically heart and very little left on the leaves that is edible. I never ever buy the Globe variety.

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      1. flitcraft

        Being from the Castroville area, you must be lucky enough to taste artichokes at their absolute best. Sadly, around here I’ve never seen artichokes labeled as to variety. How can we recognize Heritage ones? Inquiring minds want to know!

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        1. Darrell

          Flit, thanks for asking since I didn’t want to become long winded about this in the above advice. Years ago this Globe variety was introduced and promoted since, I believe, it is hardier and easier to grow. Tried it and didn’t like it. My wife and I grew up in the same town with artichokes being a good part of our diet and so we always carefully look over artichokes because grocery stores won’t say what variety the chokes are. As the name implies, the Globe artichoke is globular in shape and the leaves are rounder in shape in general, but sometimes the Heirloom appears globular and difficult to distinguish from the Globe. Try to look for tapering leaves and tapering shape of the whole artichoke, if possible, in the Heirloom variety. The round leaves of the Globe sometimes have a thin, lighter border around their leaves. In older chokes, the leaves of the Heirloom start to open up whereas I have never noticed this occurring in the Globe. I can tell you that at times it is difficult to distinguish between the two. This year was the first time the growers started placing Heirloom stickers on those artichokes, but darn if those come off at times. My wife and I thought consumers were ignorant, but to my pleasant surprise we met a checker who knew the difference while buying a bunch of Heirlooms. Here I am dispensing fellow artichoke shoppers about the differences between the two, advice I don’t dispense while shopping in the GO wine dept. My advice to all is demand info on produce and groceries and ask for the Heirloom variety to show you know something. What the heck is a green, seedless table grape anyway, Perlette, Thompson or Ladyfinger.

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          1. flitcraft

            This is very helpful–I think I have noticed that sometimes you find artichokes that are more elongated and others more, well, globe-like. I was hoping that maybe they might be growable here in the Pacific Northwest, but it looks iffy at best. They die is the temperature gets to 20 degrees, which it usually doesn’t here in Seattle, but every now and again does, so being as the plant is a perennial and needs a minimum of a full year before production, that’s a gamble. And it doesn’t like ‘wet feet’ in the winter, and we in the Northwest get most of our rain then. But hey, if you live in California, and you have a little room in your garden, I’d definitely grow some of the Heirloom variety!

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            1. Darrell

              Not quite as simple as being in California. The varieties first grown here require a cooler climate and the first Italian growers found Castroville ideal since the Monterey Bay fog is drawn at the mouth of the Salinas Valley where Castroville is and keeps the area quite cool during the summer. Other areas along the California coast that have fog during the summer produce artichokes.

            2. Doug Green

              Well, now I know more about artichokes than I ever cared to know. Except for one thing. I don’t know why I don’t like the way they taste.

            3. Darrell

              Doug, too bad about the artichoke aversion. Maybe if you tried a recipe of Tournedos Henri IV you might be persuaded otherwise. Anyway, I am in your neck of woods and dropped by the Oceanside/Carlsbad GO undergoing a bit of renovation and that is one nice store compare to
              many I have seen in N. CA. The fella I met, Greg, seemed quite knowledgable about wine also

      2. Darrell

        Oops, my wife said I screwed up by my saying Heritage when it should be Heirloom. I have a suspicion that the Heirloom could be more than one of the older varieties.

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        1. Eugene

          Darrell, we used to grow artichokes in the southern Willamette Valley, sweet as can be in their first season or two, but eventually they acquired a sharp and bitter metallic flavor. Probably the Globe variety, though we also grew purple ones. We never found an explanation for the unpleasant metallic flavor, though we asked Extension Service, commercial growers, and expert gardeners. One theory is that cooking artichokes in aluminum pans causes metallic bitterness, but we gave up aluminum for stainless some decades back. Have you ever heard of this problem or of possible solutions? We’d love to go back to growing artichokes.

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          1. Darrell

            I have never grown artichokes, but I think the growers plant new ones every now and then and maybe yearly. I know the fields are empty at times.

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  10. RB

    The Black Bomber extra mature cheddar from Snowdonia Cheese Company (Wales) is really delicious. Rich and creamy. The Olympia store had it in both 7oz waxed wheels (‘truckles’ – new to my vocabulary) for $2.49 and 5oz wedges for $1.99

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  11. lim13

    While at the Bremerton store today, I picked up a couple of those Uniekaas Dutch cheeses that I enjoy and also bought four more packages of the Applegate Prosciutto (no antibiotics, humanely raised, no added nitrates or nitrates) for $1.99 each. I bought two a few months ago and stuck them in the freezer. Had one last week and it’s delicious; in a handy 4 oz. package too that’s great for cooking. So that equates to $8.00 a pound; tough to beat. I’ve had a number of Applegate sliced meats (like pepperoni) that I paid FAR much more money for and they’ve always been great.

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    1. Seedboy

      That Applegate Prosciutto is a screaming deal. I’ll sometimes buy a pack of it and eat half of it in the car as a snack.

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      1. Happybaker

        It’s not naughty or decadent (drat!) – but the Glukos Whey powder is a great deal and? Tasty.
        https://www.glukosenergy.com/products/glukos-protein-powder.html
        $24 regular price, $13 on clearance (cuz of expiration date) and at the Burbank CA GO? $9.99.

        The expiration date is may, but if I pick up any more? I’ll just throw it in the fridge to get a few more months. Very nice in coffee in the am, tastes like a classic mocha but with more protein.

        Which leaves me more calories for wine : )

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    2. Happybaker

      Criminy. I need to nab some of that Applegate Prosciutto. I don’t eat ham, but to offer to my loved ones? Hooray! What a deal!

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  12. flitcraft

    Talenti gelato:

    Several sizes and flavors: Raspberry and cream and vanilla chai pints (2.50 each); sea salt caramel and Mediterranean mint quarts ($5) and boxes of four pints of pumpkin pie flavor for a ten spot. I can vouch for the sea salt caramel and the mint–both very good. I’m over pumpkin spiced everything, so someone else will have to try that one.

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    1. Dick Dobbs

      my hollywood cousin and my pre-teen daughter are over the moon for the sea salt caramel. we have had and will have some in our freezer until we can’t get it anymore. nicely flavored, rich and creamy, and complimentary to add-ons (like fresh berries).

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    2. flitcraft

      Both quart sized gelatos are in the Lake City GO for 3.50 or 3.97 (I forget which is which), which is an even better bargain. Also, the Running Pump Panamanian Coffee at 7.99 for a two pound bag is very good and a steal at the price.

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  13. flitcraft

    Good cheeses have proliferated in the past week–some specialty cheddars from Kerrygold, a nice cheese from Finlandia, and some from Dutch maker Uniekaas as well as an organic California Jack cheese that I’ve forgotten the maker of but was really nice.
    And yesterday, I found 8 oz containers of French President cultured sea-salt butter for 1.99. If you like cultured butter, it’s a steal!

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  14. Happybaker

    Okay it’s a cheap thrill but? The Burbank GO had Kettle Brand baked chips for 99 cents for 4 oz., retail 2.99 for that bag. Got one bag, opened them up a block from the store… Turned around and went back and got six more. They are THAT good, way better than baked lays with about the same amount of fat.

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  15. flitcraft

    Lots of goodies today at the Crown Hill GO:

    Huge, pure-white very fresh heads of cauliflower, 1.99 apiece.
    2 lb bags of organic carrots, 1.99 a bag
    1/2 kilo boxes of Alessi tomato puree, with or without onion and garlic, 99 cents
    28 oz. cans of Muir Glen organic tomatoes, 49 cents apiece–best by date a couple of days ago, but still…
    Meadowkaas cheese
    Another Dutch Uniekaas cheese called Hollandse Creme that looked interesrting
    Anolon anodized Autograph2 nonstick 12 inch skillets–reduced to 6.99 (MSR 49.99; originally sold at GO for about 20 dollars, IIRC)

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    1. Happybaker

      “Anolon anodized Autograph2 nonstick 12 inch skillets–reduced to 6.99 (MSR 49.99; originally sold at GO for about 20 dollars, IIRC)”

      What?????? I need a new 12″ skillet! And that sounds like a great one. I’m going to call my local Los Angeles GO’s to see if they have any at that price…

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  16. flitcraft

    Chosen Toasted Sesame Oil, 25+ ounces for 6.99. It’s amazingly cheap, so much so that I hesitated to buy it. But the Chosen avocado oil and safflower-avocado-coconut oil blends have both been good. It’s from Mexico, but the website recommends drizzling it on at the last minute in Asian cuisine, which is consistent in how we’d use toasted sesame oil here. Color looks right, too. I haven’t tried it since I still have a half bottle of Chinese sesame oil open. But if this stuff is any good, it’s a real bargain.

    Also, 2 lb. bags of organic turmeric made by Anthony’s–didn’t check the price since I’m not planning on opening an Indian restaurant. But if you use a lot of turmeric–and I do mean a lot–check it out.

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    1. Happybaker

      Flitcraft – that oil looks like an incredible buy! Seems to have been discontinued at Amazon and Walmart – maybe somehow that is how GO got it? I’ll have to look for it the next time I am there.

      Did a rush and grab visit yesterday at the Burbank store – mostly to get the classico olive oil, now buy one, get one free at $6. Expires in a few months (hence the sale, methinks) but it was so nice, I can just store it in my extra fridge to extend its life. Or give a bottle as a hostess gift with the caveat – “Cook fast!”

      Did not think to look for the pasta. Drat!

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  17. Flitcraft

    St.Andre French cheese, 7 oz. for $2.99. Decadent triple cream delight. If Brie and cultured butter had a baby, it would be this.

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    1. RB

      Thanks for the heads-up on one of my favorite cheeses. At this price it didn’t feel too decadent to mix some into a bowl of mashed potatoes. Problem is now I may never want to eat them any other way.

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  18. flitcraft

    McCormick organic vanilla extract, 2.99 for 2 ounces. That’s a very good price these days, when vanilla is getting pricier and pricier, especially the organic stuff.

    And seckel pears! A bag of 6 for 99 cents! I never see these at my supermarkets, or even the coop, which brings us loads of heirloom apples every year. I have a soft spot for these tiny little sweeties–just after I got married, and we were existing on starvation wages, I came upon a seckel pear tree that was being cut down for a commercial development, and they were going to haul away a treeful of pears along with trunk and branches. I grabbed a plastic bag and filled it with pears, which I poached in spices and wine and canned. We ate those pears for the next two years. I don’t think I’ve seen them more than once or twice since.

    But I have a few bags now, and I will be checking them for ripeness daily. They’re a little tricky, since they ripen from the inside out. The test for ripeness is to gently pinch the area by the stem; if it gives a bit, it’s ripe. Don’t even think about putting them in the fridge to prolong their lives once ripe–they go to mush pretty fast, even chilled. I’ve been told that they are the only unique North American variety of pears. Do you need any more reasons to check them out?

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  19. flitcraft

    Peak Triple Cream Yogurt, 5 oz. container. 2 for $1.
    It’s organic, from pasture-raised cows. 17% milkfat by volume! But holy cow, is it ever good! It’s the consistency of sour cream, mellow and decadently smooth and creamy. I used a dollop on apple crisp where I might otherwise use ice cream, and also a dollop in borscht in place of sour cream. Between that and the last of the President French cultured butter that I just got out of the freezer, I’m in milkfat heaven this weekend.

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  20. seedboy

    If you see an organic Bucatini in a blue package, buy it, it is quite good. I am also told that some of the stores have Cuisinart glass polishing cloths for 50 cents a piece. At that price I’d buy a couple of dozen of them.

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  21. Happybaker

    Friends got smoked cheddar there last week – loved it.

    Me? This is my second stock up of the microwave in bag sweet corn with butter sauce for 69¢ It’s actually not much butter (not much saturated fat) but is sweet, easy and tasty. Flav-R-Pack, 11oz. Not pristine heirloom frozen white corn – but again, fast, easy, cheap, tasty and not that bad for you.

    I also got the Birdseye SteamFresh edamame in shell, 10oz, 1.29. Awesome. To not have to boil up water and drain? And all you have to do is nuke for just over 3 minutes, let cool a bit, toss with some kosher salt and eat? Fab. One bag was more than the hubby and I could eat as an appetizer, I got multiple bags but if I see it again, I will buy more.

    And woo hoo! The Cheemo frozen perogies are back in stock. A big bag for 1.99, potato and cheese or potato and garlic.
    https://www.cheemo.com

    Don’t think they have it on sale anymore, but I also got the Classico Extra Virgin Olive oil for $3.99, 750 ML. Very nice.

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    1. seedboy

      That olive oil is a sweet deal on really good oil. I think the Oakland or Richmond stores still have some of it at that price. I found Fra Mani chorizo yesterday for $3.99 at Richmond. Love their products.

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      1. Happybaker

        Seedboy –

        Yes, it is a really nice oil. I wish I’d purchased multiples!

        As I’m down here in SoCal, I doubt we’ll get the lovely Fracked mani products – but I will keep my eyes open, just in case!

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  22. flitcraft

    Seen at the SODO Seattle GO:

    Bertolli Arrabiata sauce, 1.99 for 24 ounces. No sugar of any sort in it. I can’t make it from scratch for that price.

    Villa Blanca 100% grape seed oil, 1 liter bottle, Spain, 6.99 (I think, forgot to write it down.) Best by 4/2020, so plenty of life in this one.

    Yorkshire Tea, 40 bag box, 2.99. Seriously, if you like a bloody good cuppa English tea, this is the real deal.

    Mediterranean Gourmet harissa, made in Morocco, 2.49 a jar, best by March 2020. This one I had to try right away after purchase, and it’s a thumbs up for sure. This harissa is nicely spicy without blowing your head off, and has a generous amount of preserved lemon as well as the right touch of cumin. If you like North-African/Middle Eastern food, don’t miss this one.

    Vallee d l’Ourthe Strawberry fruit spread, 13+ ounces for 1.99. I had seen a couple other varieties of this jam earlier, but they’ve still got the strawberry. The raspberry-rhubarb that I tried earlier this summer was intensely flavored summer-in-a-jar. Incidentally, the reason it can’t be called “jam” under US labelling law is because it has too much fruit and not enough sugar. Really…

    Himalayan sea salt platters, 2.99 apiece. Get ’em while they’re still the hip way to serve your tapas. I saw them at my local overpriced hipster grocery store at 12 bucks. (I passed on these, but one of my foodie colleagues swears by them.)

    Oh, and they still have that terrific Lambchopper sheep milk cheese for 10.99 a lb.

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    1. seedboy

      Do they have the pink salt shot glasses?
      We in No Cal have had some grassfed beef hotdogs and cocktail franks appear, they are really tasty. Also, organic fresh mozzarella, it is almost the consistency of burrata and tastes great.

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      1. flitcraft

        I’m jealous regarding the fresh mozzarella. For years, there’s been some kind of fresh mozzarella routinely at our NW GOs, but lately, nada. Just when my bumper crop of tomatoes and basil is awaiting…

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    2. Happybaker

      Dagnabbit! I was at the Burbank GO yesterday, just for wine and eggs (I have my priorities ; ) and did not think to check the sauces and jams. I would have picked up multiples of that bertoldi sauce! Maybe I need to get back there soon…

      Good to know the Lambchooper cheese is still out there at some GO’s – it makes for easy entertaining that feels fancy but doesn’t cost it.

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  23. flitcraft

    Castillo Pinar reduced balsamic vinegar is back, in its handy 5 plus ounce squeeze bottles. The only flavors I saw were ginger and thyme; ginger is a little too much of a walk on the wild side for me, but the thyme will come in handy to side-dress grilled chicken and veggies this summer.

    Also, 22 ounce bottles of Todd English Pink Himalayan Sea Salt for 2.99. That’s what Trader Joes charges for 3 ounce bottles! Is Himalayan sea salt a hyped up scam of a product? Yeah, could be, but at that price, it’s a good price for just plain old non-magical sea salt. Also, the bottle it comes in is quite charming, with a large cork closure, and could be re-purposed quite effectively. I saw this at the Lake City GO in Seattle.

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    1. permiesworld

      I just picked up some of the Castillo Pinar BV’s. Our GO has the citrus, the lemon, the thyme, the ginger and a pomegranate oil as well as their olive oil. Definitely highly recommended.

      Funny, I picked up the sea salt too. Thought the same thing. lol

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  24. BargainWhine Post author

    I have been enjoying the “Yuzu Mayo” “Premium Japanese Style Yuzu Mayonnaise”, imported from Korea by WA Imports. I got a bunch since expiration is next January.

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    1. flitcraft

      I’ll keep a lookout for this. Reminds me of the Latin American style lime flavored mayo that we found a year or so ago. That was pretty good, too, but I bet yuzu takes it to another level.

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  25. flitcraft

    Some more interesting cheese have surfaced, including Cypress Groves Lambchopper at 10.99 a pound. It’s a nice creamy sheep-milk cheese, relatively mild, not too aged, and with a bit of tang. It comes and goes at local upmarket supermarkets, so this is one to grab if you like sheep-milk cheese.

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    1. Happybaker

      Flitcraft – first off – I love sheep’s milk cheese. Thank you for posting this! Secondly, this sells for $15 for 7.5oz at igourmet.com. Plus shipping. And yes those folks can be pricey but – they also know good cheese.

      So this is quite a find and I will be looking for it!

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      1. Happybaker

        Awesome – nabbed it at the Burbank Grocery Outlet, will be serving it to a friend this Friday for happy hour. Yay!

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  26. seedboy

    Oakland and Richmond have recently had Fra Mani boneless hams for $4.99 a pound. They have an August sell by date.

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  27. Betty Frost, Lifestyle Realtor

    I don’t know if there is any left, but I found some European unsalted butter, Jana Valley, from the Czech Republic. So unbelievable. I had gotten some butter from Finlandia last year and it was delicious The one from the Czech Republic was even better.

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  28. flitcraft

    Chowdah time!

    Cans of Snow’s Clam Chowder were seen at the Lake City GO for 1.19 a can. This is the clam chowder that every New Englander grew up on, and it’s actually pretty good, assuming that you like a milk based chowder rather than the tomato based Manhattan clam chowder. (I’m not here to judge…) If you do buy, watch out–they’re selling the condensed version (just add a can of milk) at the same price as a heat-and-serve non-condensed version, so check first.

    And speaking of chowder, in the freezer case I found a 20 ounce package of frozen cream style corn for 49 cents a package. (This came from Omaha; ingredients are corn, salt, sugar, and starch. No actual dairy, but you can add that yourself if you like.) Not only that, but there are 15 lb. bags of Red Bliss potatoes for 4 bucks, so you can whip up a dandy corn chowder in nothing flat.
    If you don’t care for corn chowder, the cream style corn is really corn-flavoured. I took the half that I didn’t use in my corn chowder and whisked in a tablespoon of sour cream and some extra salt and pepper. Yummm…

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  29. BargainWhine Post author

    Olli “Napoli” Salame (Applewood Smoked with Sangiovese Wine), 6oz for $4. American-made but seems like a pretty authentic-style product, quite dry by contemporary standards at least. No nitrates or nitrites, although I do notice that the embedded black peppercorns are not listed in the ingredients. The back label has a quote from Virginia Woolf. 🙂 Anyway, it’s delicious.

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  30. flitcraft

    More goodies: Da Vigni Italian pannetone, only 1.99, whereas usually the pannetones seen at GO run 3.99 to 5.99; best by date the end of July.

    Bumblebee 6 oz can of pink crab meat, perfect for crab bisque or Vietnamese bun real soup, 1.99 a can.

    And happy day, because Happy Eggs are back. 3 dollars for a dozen large, brown, free range eggs.

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  31. flitcraft

    President French cultured unsalted butter, 4.99 a pound. I’m a sucker for good cultured butter, so I’m willing to pay the premium for it.

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  32. BargainWhine Post author

    I don’t know caviar, but we have been enjoying the 2oz jars of “Season” Icelandic black capelin caviar for $3, on bagels with crème fraîche.

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    1. flitcraft

      Try it with fingerling potatoes and creme fraiche; or as a topping on custardy scrambled eggs made with sour cream. Or on a slice of ciabatta bread laden with cultured butter. Yumm…I need to get to GO right away and score some caviar!

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      1. BargainWhine Post author

        Hi flitcraft. Thanks for the suggestions! At least at my store, we don’t get in much at a time, and it’s gone pretty quickly.

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  33. flitcraft

    Happy Eggs, 2.50 per dozen large eggs, brown shells. I buy cage free eggs generally, but these are a step up from my usual eggs. They’re free range–so the chickens actually roam around and eat bugs and bits during the day. And it definitely makes a difference–the yolks are bright orange and the whites are thick and stand proud. Makes the best darn poached eggs ever. They don’t always have them at GO, but when they do, I buy a couple dozen. When they don’t, I’ve been spoiled so I buy them at my local supermarket, where they cost $5.79.

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    1. Seedboy

      We buy those eggs a lot. I’m also happy to see the Humboldt Creamery organic dairy products. There is also good Comte and Gruyere right now. Eden and Muir Glen organic tomato products in jars.

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  34. flitcraft

    Nutiva Red Palm Oil, organic and Fair Trade, from Ecuador. 15 ounce jar. [Sorry, forgot to note the price…]

    This stuff is supposed to be one of those super-foods, loaded with Vitamin A and E and other phytonutrients. Dunno about any of that, myself, but it is absolutely essential for that wonderful Brazilian seafood stew, moqueca. It’s a basic seafood stew with shrimp, chunks of firm white fish, onions, garlic, lots of chopped cilantro, and chopped chilis in coconut milk, with lashings of fresh lime juice and red palm oil (called dende oil in Brazil). The red palm oil tints the whole thing an intense orangy color, and lends a savory note that is the signature scent and flavor of moqueca. The jar recommends you substitute it for butter on popcorn, and I bet that would be great, too.

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  35. flitcraft

    Polar Guava Paste–99 cents for 14 ounces, and it will grace our cheese platters this holiday season.

    Bauducco Panettone and Pandoro–back just in time for the holidays. This time there are two different panettones (panettoni??) –one with the classic raisins and candied orange peel and one with chocolate chips. Panettone makes the world’s most decadent French toast, so that’s what we’ll be doing on Christmas morning! Pandoro is equally delicious, but I prefer it with just a tiny bit of extra powdered sugar and a double espresso. These both keep for months, so I will stock up with a couple extra for fancy brunches later in the year.

    Finally, the Lake City GO has live Venus Flytraps for 2.99. Way to put the ‘other’ in ‘other bargains, right??

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    1. BargainWhine Post author

      That’s pretty funny, flitcraft. We’ve been enjoying the Polar guava paste straight, and I’m still trying to figure out what to make or really do with it. The only idea I had so far was maybe to make it into a syrup that could be put into or onto sugar cookies, but on a cheese plate instead of quince paste is intriguing. I got the pannetoni (? as you say) last season to make french toast for the boys, but they wound up disliking the dried fruit inclusions, so no more this season probably. And, finally, I did indeed bring home a Venus Flytrap ($4 here) recently and left it in our kitchen to feast on fruit flies.

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      1. Flitcraft

        Have you seen the panettone there in CA with the chocolate chips in lieu of the raisins and citrus? I am thinking my four year old granddaughter might approve…

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        1. BargainWhine Post author

          I don’t recall seeing that, but I haven’t looked closely this year. I have trouble imagining they would disapprove of chocolate in french toast, but their reactions can be hard to predict. 🙂

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      2. Happybaker

        Oh shoot, GO peeps, did I forget to post here? Clearly, I did. Hoping it’s not too late…

        I use the guava paste to make guava strawberry jam. Basically one rectangle guava paste to 24 or 32 Oz of strawberries (24 oz if frozen and hulled, 32 oz weight, fresh, before cleaning and slicing them). Melt the guava paste in a tall pot, add the berries, cook and then add sugar and cook to taste. (total time will be about 15 minutes.) If your berries are fresh and really sweet, you may need just 1 c. sugar. If they are frozen and tart? Could be 1.5 or 2 cups.

        It’s killer good, kind of my easy secret weapon but you GO peeps have been such help – have at it.

        Also, it makes great bar cookies.
        https://communitytable.parade.com/276672/vianneyrodriguez/for-the-love-of-guava-easy-guava-oatmeal-bars/

        Happy cooking!

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  36. seedboy

    If any of you sees Scandinavian Cider in .750 bottles snag some. It is pretty dry with good clean apple flavor and a nice fine bead. At $1.89 it is a real bargain. Also my kids are really enjoying grass fed whole milk organic yogurt.

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  37. JoelA

    Pampa gnocchi is back in stock. Only $ 0.99 per 12-ounce package. Naturally, with all the added ingredients for shelf stability it doesn’t taste as good as what you get in a restaurant, but it’s not at all bad, and with some good sauce, reasonably tasty. And it’s kosher, to boot.

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  38. flitcraft

    Or in this case, anti-bargains. Humboldt Creamery Organic Ice Cream, 2.99 for a large container (a quart I think, but we chucked it so I can’t check.) I’ve seen vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, mint chip, and coffee. This seems like it could be a premium product–nice label with classy logo, basic kinds of flavors (anti-rare-flavor-chic), and the mint chip isn’t electric green but honest white. So, I took a chance on the organic chocolate. Spun the wheel of frozen delights and lost, though. The good news? It’s really dark and does taste like chocolate. That’s it for good news. It’s not as dense as good ice cream, and frankly, had a little gumminess going on. Not at all a premium product, just an average supermarket ice cream masquerading as something better. You’ve been warned…

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  39. flitcraft

    Guittard Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips, 46% cacao; 12 oz. for 2.49

    If you missed the Ghiradelli Chocolate Chips, or even if you didn’t, these are well worth your consideration.

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  40. flitcraft

    Castillo Pinar reduced balsamic vinegar in 5+ ounce squeeze bottles, flavored with thyme, lemon, orange, and mixed citrus. I tried the lemon version, and it’s tasty and convenient to dot onto food. Yes, you could reduce your own balsamic with a bit of citrus rind, but will you? I won’t…

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