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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

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - December 2014

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

Dec 03, 2014
Dax in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - December 2014

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

BHM - Great Wall Chinese - The Real Deal

Should have given some props to Chowhound but otherwise a great article as always Eric.

http://www.al.com/entertainment/index...

The bun dumplings that I tried there were not XLBs, or at least nothing like I have tried in NYC and Boston. Very little broth at all. Maybe they have multiple options?

Aug 20, 2014
Dax in Central South

Arby's, just how is their roast beef made?

Arby's way is not "natural" and you just stated that "the way nature made them" is the best way for your health?

Aug 07, 2014
Dax in Chains

Your best items at Sam's Club

I tend to shop mostly at Costco for durable goods and Aldi for other items (bread, condiments, butter, some cheeses, chips, etc but rarely meat there) and supplement with Publix and Piggly Wiggly.

We do not have Trader Joe's in BHM.

I keep hearing that the meats at Costco are now needled but perhaps the ones at Sam's are not? Do they have prime cuts? Are they good deals?

Good to see that granola is cheaper at Sam's.

Is their rotisserie as salty as the ones at Costco?

When we were there recently the loin back ribs were cryovac'd brine added and I prefer fresh which Costco sometimes sells.

The shredded cheddar sounds like a good deal as it is much higher elsehwhere. 14 2 cup servings would suggest that it is 7 lbs of cheese though ... seriously? $13 for 7 lbs is nuts.

Also, good to know about the 2 lbs of yeast. How long will an opened 1 lb package of active yeast last? How do you store it?

Jul 30, 2014
Dax in Chains

Your best items at Sam's Club

I bought the membership so now I am just looking for new suggestions for great itemst to buy at Sam's since the original thread started over 2.5 years ago.

And I am not looking for unlimited returns, but want to be able to return a product which is not good otherwise I will never gamble on buying new (more expensive) items I know nothing about.

Jul 29, 2014
Dax in Chains

Your best items at Sam's Club

Any updates to this would be great. Groupon was running a special for $35 for a membership plus a $20 Gift Card and some other free stuff so it was basically free to join for a year. We prefer Costco but the only Costco in town is about a 30 min drive vs 10 min for Sam's.

Plus Sam's is on the way out of town towards Atlanta so figured the gas savings alone would be nice. With that said, the gas was only $.06 cheaper per gallon than the gas station across the street. Costco seems to be consistently $.10 to $.15 less.

Cryovaced, brined baby backs were $3.99/lb but only sold in about $40 increments. That seems spendy for brined baby backs.

I did see that pre-cooked brisket mentioned up thread but it was not inexpensive.

Do they have a great return policy like Costco?

Jul 28, 2014
Dax in Chains

"Dirty" recipes that are crowd pleasers

That is basically Cracker Barrel's Hashbrown Casserole although the extra onions (fried and diced) and bacon are a new twist. People love this.

Jul 23, 2014
Dax in Home Cooking

Costco Food Finds - 3rd Quarter 2014

The roadshow scallops are the same ones as in the freezer, at least acording to the roadshow guy.

Jul 08, 2014
Dax in Chains

Great food and beer near Hilton checkers.

They went to Beer Belly and loved it. Fried duck livers and some beer he had been searching for ...

Props to the hounds as usual.

Jul 07, 2014
Dax in Los Angeles Area