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Costco Food Finds - 1st Quarter 2015

We asked someone in the bakery if we could order mixed cake and he said yes, just fill out this form and be specific, which we did. However, we just dropped the form in the box. It's such a deal that we will likely order one again, but call in advance too I guess.

Mar 03, 2015
Dax in Chains
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Costco Food Finds - 1st Quarter 2015

No doubt they did the right thing with the refund but the right thing would have been to make it as ordered the first time.

Yes, Publix is twice as much here and the specialty bakeries are much higher.

It's just frustrating. Treb or JNK have you ordered mixed chocolate and vanilla like I described? Maybe they just cannot do it and I was advised incorrectly ...

Mar 02, 2015
Dax in Chains

Costco To End Relationship With American Express

I think Sam's Club only takes MasterCard credit cards, not Visas. I could be wrong but that is what all of the signage suggests ...

Mar 02, 2015
Dax in Chains

Costco Food Finds - 1st Quarter 2015

Has anyone tried their sheet cakes? We ordered one in a week in advance and asked someone in the bakery department if you were limited to completely chocolate or completely vanilla (with butter cream frosting) and they said no, just make sure you specify how you want the cake made on the order form. The order form has only two options so we wrote "see back" and specified that we wanted a chocolate cake but with vanilla butter cream frosting. We also noted a variation in a standard design. Finally, we also left our cell number on the order form as requested and asked them to call with any questions.

When we picked it up Saturday the day of our daughter's bday party, the whole cake appeared to be 100% chocolate. The lady there pointed out that they changed the design for us (they only had to put her name on it rather than "Princess") so clearly they read the form. Since we had no other choice at that time, we took it home and served it for the party.

When we cut into it, it was definitely chocolate on chocolate.
It was actually quite good and the buttercream was excellent. However, we felt let down as the cake was not what we ordered. I saved a portion and took it back and they agreed to refund the whole price of the cake ($20 for a 1/2 sheet which is excellent) but I am not sure we would order another due to this.

Mar 02, 2015
Dax in Chains

Do you shop at Aldi's?

Agree. Ours has the large jars of Duke's for about $3.50 which is always better than the price at the supermarket.

I sometimes buy their reduced calorie Burmann's or something like that and it's fine added to items, but not on it's own as a condiment.

This is also Coffeebandit's first post on CH. Sounds like an ax is getting ground along with the coffee.

Feb 06, 2015
Dax in Chains

Your disappointing purchases from Costco

I think their farmed trout are pretty good. We portion and freeze and have never had a problem with them tasting fishy. They do not have a ton of taste but are great with a little marinade or glaze.

Feb 02, 2015
Dax in Chains

Your disappointing purchases from Costco

Regional rules must vary as I have been told on multiple occasions that they require the return of a good portion of the product and original packaging. The last time, I was told this about a moldy jar of roasted red peppers when I only had pictures. They basically told me that yes, they expected me to hang on to the jar of moldy product and bring it in when I came for the refund. Ultimately, they provided the refund but not until after they gave me the spiel about needing product back. I realize that some people abuse the system but for the annual fee and amount I spend, I would prefer a little less attitude. I do not imagine that their perishable goods providers require much in the way of physical inventory for their returns and allowances as that would be a logistical nightmare.

Feb 02, 2015
Dax in Chains

Hot chicken in Birmingham, AL

I don't think it exists but I would be glad to be wrong!

Jan 28, 2015
Dax in Central South

Costco prepared entrees in refrigerated section

The chicken alfredo is very rich and good or at least per my multiple samples on site.

Dec 04, 2014
Dax in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - December 2014 [OLD]

I wondered if their "soyaki" was just rebranded Soy Vay!

Dec 03, 2014
Dax in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - December 2014 [OLD]

NAYYYYYY - Saturday we picked up some of the spinach and cheese stuffed mushrooms and thought they were horrible. Wet, mushy and bland with an overwhelming earthy/kale taste. I realize stuffed mushrooms are easy to make but we were in a hurry and figured we would try them for just under $5. I will definitely be asking for a refund as we only ate less than half and tossed the rest.

YAY - dark chocolate and almond bars. What you would expect but they threw in a pack of three since our total came out even at $94.00. I would buy them again.

YAY/MEH - Various wines to since then. Fine but aside from the reserves and the Petite Syrah Reserve, nothing jumps out yet.

Dec 01, 2014
Dax in Chains
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Declining quality at Costco?

Well, yeah, obviously I do that too.

Nov 25, 2014
Dax in Chains

Costco Food Finds - 4th Quarter 2014

Sadly, not all locations have the pork jerky.

Nov 24, 2014
Dax in Chains

Declining quality at Costco?

I have had the slimy lettuce issue from both Costco and Sam's and the spring mix box could be the exact same supplier. Both are just under $5M for the large plastic clamshell.

Nov 24, 2014
Dax in Chains

Food Scars - Things you will never eat again.

Wow on the Hostess cupcakes. That would squick me out big time.

Nov 14, 2014
Dax in Not About Food

ALDI Stores: Quality Products at Deep Discount??

It has been a while so perhaps I need to give them another shot.

Nov 03, 2014
Dax in Chains

ALDI Stores: Quality Products at Deep Discount??

Hmm, we like their butter ok but tend to freeze a few sticks immediately.

And I thought the sauce on their Mama Cozi pizza was atrocious a few years back but have not tried it again.

Their meats are mostly all brined which I don't like. I do like their "fresh" turkey Italian sausages for use in pastas and such.

Otherwise I mostly agree with you.

Oct 31, 2014
Dax in Chains

Not many gripes about Costco . Is it worth it for one ?

No, I will have to check it out. The last time I checked mine only had the mush. I will check again soon as it seems I drive the 15 minutes there once a week now.

I noticed they are doing flu shots for $14.99 which is half the price through my work but not as cheap as free through my wife's insurance.

Also, if anyone cares, their price on name brand baby food is comparable to Target's and other's. They accept those manufacturer rebate checks for $5 which the mfgs mail and while the same cost as elsewhere, Costco's Similac, etc. is a larger size. I only wish our baby was not lactose sensitive as their Kirkland formula is the best price for store brand but they do not sell a lactose sensitive one.

Oct 16, 2014
Dax in Chains

Not many gripes about Costco . Is it worth it for one ?

I agree. My dogs refuse eat plain dry kibble so we typically add a spoonful of wet food (or steel cut oats, or unsalted beef or chicken) to the top to get them interested and then they eat it all. They refuse to eat the canned mush Kirkland brand (although they eat the Kirkland dry lamb) but they love the chunks from alpo prime cuts even though Alpo is anything but prime.

Oct 15, 2014
Dax in Chains

Not many gripes about Costco . Is it worth it for one ?

Different flavors have different shape. I tend to get the lamb which is tiny flatish discs while the chicken is baked into a larger shape. I have not tried the grain free versions.

Costco now carries the Made in the USA chicken jerky but it's spendy while Sam's has Made in the USA chicken jerky for about $10 but it has a weird feel/consistency. My dogs love them all. They also like those lamb and beef strips which are reconstituted.

Oct 13, 2014
Dax in Chains

Not many gripes about Costco . Is it worth it for one ?

Their Kirkland brand dry dog food is also very solid according to various sites. My lab mutts have eaten it for 3-4 years (mainly the lamb one). It does include brewers yeast and white rice which are questionable fillers but otherwise seems good.

Oct 13, 2014
Dax in Chains

Not many gripes about Costco . Is it worth it for one ?

I have been having problems finding the non-tailored dress shirts in my exact size in white lately. Plenty of 15 & 1/2 and 16 & 1/2 but no 16 neck sizes

Also my Hoover, AL Costco has the Kirkland Made in Italy pleated slacks on sale for $29.99 but unfortunately all they have is size 32 and 34 waist. That ship has sailed for now. I found one 36 but it fit very tight when all other 36s fit fine for me.

They do have the flat front in more sizes, which I prefer anyway, but they are $39.99 and not made in the US or Italy. Will have to check where. Still a good deal for 100% wool slacks.

Oct 13, 2014
Dax in Chains

Declining quality at Costco?

Maybe, but it is hard to eat that much lettuce in one week for us! That is a big clam shell.

Oct 08, 2014
Dax in Chains

Declining quality at Costco?

Yeah those large clamshells of spring mix don't last much more than 7-9 days for us before some of the lettuce gets slimy. Still, they are about $4 which is much better than $7 at Publix for half the size. They may be organic too?

Oct 07, 2014
Dax in Chains

Not many gripes about Costco . Is it worth it for one ?

I have found that their dress shirts are not as consistently "wrinkle free" or non-iron coming out of the dryer as my 2 non-iron shirts from Brooks Brothers but for $19 vs %$90, well worth trying out.

Oct 03, 2014
Dax in Chains

Aldi

Do you read labels? Because they typically tell you where the product is processed. With that said, I do not buy their frozen seafood as a lot of it is from countries which are not associated with the best farming practices.

Oct 03, 2014
Dax in Chains

BHM to get a Trader Joe's in 2Q 2015

I agree and I love TJs for certain things, including wine. We were in NYC this weekend though and I realized yet again that we are still way behind the curve. Still, I have hope for BHM.

Now if only we can get an Eataly ...

Sep 29, 2014
Dax in Central South

BHM to get a Trader Joe's in 2Q 2015

http://www.bizjournals.com/birmingham...

I'm a fan. I realize TJ's is a chain so this may be moved to the chain board.

Sep 17, 2014
Dax in Central South

What to Buy at Costco?

Yeah, the Kirkland vodka bottles look similar to Grey Goose bottles. We bought some for infused vodkas and found it to be fine for grain vodka and very well priced at about $14 for a 1.75L (I think)?

Sep 10, 2014
Dax in Chains

BHM - Great Wall Chinese - The Real Deal

Wait, people did not know that was you on this board before I posted that link? If so, I did not mean to out you here. I assumed the few remaining BHM CH regulars had met you in real life and knew who you were. Oops. We can flag these posts and CH will likely delete if you wish.

The bun at GW are unlike any XLBs I have ever had and assumed they were a different animal. Luckily, I'll be in NYC for a few days next month and can confirm via trying multiple options there.

Aug 21, 2014
Dax in Central South