Other GO Bargains

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214 thoughts on “Other GO Bargains

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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