Other GO Bargains

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  1. flitcraft

    It’s finally gin and tonic weather in Seattle, and just in time more tonic has arrived at our local GOs. The San Pellegrino citrus tonic is back, at 1.99 for a four pack. So are several Fentiman’s tonics: their regular tonic, their ‘light’ tonic, their grapefruit tonic, and, not a tonic, but their ginger beer with lime zest. It’s a full-bodied ginger beer, and works well with the ginger beer, bourbon, muddled ripe peach and mint cocktail recently linked in the Smitten Kitchen newsletter. I’m not usually a bourbon cocktail fan, but this one made me go back and pick up a second four pack of the Fentiman’s ginger beer while peaches are on sale around here.

    All the Fentiman’s drinks are 2.99 a four-pack. The ‘regular’ tonic is a bit more herbal and lime-zesty than the Q tonic or the San Pellegrino oakwood and citrus tonics; the grapefruit tonic has just a kiss of grapefruit, and both are on the bitter-quinine side compared to Schweppes or Canada Dry tonic–which is how we roll chez flitcraft. Wish they were 1.99 like the other decent tonics at GO the past year or two, but hey, at least they are available. I was told two years ago that Fentiman’s had lost their US distributor and would no longer be available except via Amazon UK.

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    1. Seedboy

      And there are a couple of new gins as well, Dutch, with broad-shouldered bottles. I like them. I’ve also been buying lots of the tonics because I like a good gin and tonic, and my teen son likes tonic water and has been messing with mocktails.
      While I am here I have a wine review: Three Paddles Pinot Noir, New Zealand, 2015, $5.99 at the Napa store. This might be a Napa-only thing as I have not seen it elsewhere. This is the best pinot in this price range I’ve seen in a while. Good varietal flavor, more tannin than most in spite of its age, nicely balanced and got better with air.
      Finally the first of the Rock Wall has reached that store, two RRV pinots, 2018 and 2019. I have not tasted yet. $12.99

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      1. BargainWhine Post author

        I’ve seen three of these Dutch gins: “Dry Gin,” “Celery Gin,” and “Old Simon Genever“. The last of these is more expensive than the first two. Do you have any opinions on the differences between them?

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        1. Seedboy

          The only one I have tried is the Dry. The Old Simon is too low proof to use in a Martini, to my taste anyway, and it costs more. I will probably try the Celery.

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  2. BargainWhine Post author

    Cowgirl Creamery “Red Hawk” washed-rind cheese, $3.49. I got two of the last three still there when I got to work today. I was a little worried about it since it was at GO, but when I got home IMO the ripeness was perfect.

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    1. flitcraft

      Ooh, love those cheeses! Will keep an eye out in the PNW for any.

      And, to contribute something positive to this thread, if you come across any of the Pietro Massi Italian dried pasta, it is excellent. I got the rigatoni, which was toothsome and tasty. We’ve had a drought in our local GOs of good Italian pasta in recent months, so I regret not picking up a couple of boxes while scoping out the Lancaster PA GO.

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    2. Seedboy

      On most of those soft ripening cheeses, a marked “sell by” date comes long before the cheese ripens.

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  3. lim13

    Carr Valley Glacier Point Blue and Gorgonzola cheeses, $3.99 for a 5 oz. wedge. I haven’t tried my wedge of the Gorgonzola yet from this Wisconsin producer, but I thought the blue was quite tasty in salads or just nibbled on with crackers. It’s also just the right amount for making my beef tenderloins with Port blue cheese sauce. Found the cheeses in both the Silverdale and Bremerton GO’s in good supply. Here’s a link to the Carr Valley site:
    https://carrvalleycheese.com/product-category/blue-cheese/
    And in looking at some of their labels, I believe I’ve seen some of their other cheeses at GO too.

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    1. BargainWhine Post author

      Hi Lim13! I’ve tried one each of these Carr Valley blue cheeses, and also thought they were pretty good. Usually I just have them on whole grain bread, often with mayonnaise. I hope that’s not a faux pas, but I often find I like a little extra creaminess with blue.

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  4. BargainWhine Post author

    SoGood Sake “Junmai Daiginjo,” made in Oregon with California rice, 15.5% ABV, $15. I’m not sure if this is a bargain, but it’s certainly interesting to me. First, this strikes me as definitely not (and not trying to be) a Japanese sake. It is smooth with richness on the palate, with flavors of gentle yellow fruitiness (almost floral), full-starched rice, mild mushroom funkiness, and more acid than traditional sake, which would help it pair with western foods. This appears to be still for sale on the SoGood web site for twice the price. I guess if you are interested in exploring an American style of sake, then this is definitely a bargain.

    Some sakes have added spirits, and are labeled “honjozo.” Those produced with rice only are called “junmai.” Those which have the rice milled down to the finest kernel of the grain, giving a cleaner, elegant flavor, are called “daiginjo.”

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  5. WineObsessedRN

    In Pullman, Back to Nature Dark Chocolate Covered Candied Ginger, $3 for 6 oz.
    Manufactured in CA. Yummy sweetly sharp tangy chocolatey taste!

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  6. Michael

    The Greek Halloumi grilling cheese recommended by Flitcraft is very good. My wife and I have enjoyed it with grilled vegetables, in homemade pizza, and like feta in salads. I think we haven’t exhausted the possibilities yet.

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  7. Seedboy

    Has anyone tasted the mushroom gnocchi that are 50 cents a package? I generally find commercial gnocchi to be too gummy.

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    1. WineObsessedRN

      SB, our GO had truffle gnocchi for $1/pkg last fall. Indeed, too gummy, unable to finish package. I can’t recall the brand, but the font was blue and the company/maker from Italy.

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