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costco restaurant card deals?

Yes. Local deals (County Fair, Legoland, a generic $100 face value good at any of 30+ local restaurants, some local spas, gym memberships and movies. All seem to be priced at 80% face value.

Costco cash and membership cards are always available. Those are priced dollar for dollar.

The Costco.com cards for sale are good for gifting to friends in other parts of the US. http://www.costco.com/gift-cards-tick...

about 7 hours ago
Cathy in Chains

LAY'S POTATO CHIPS' NEW FLAVORS -- SEEN or TRIED THEM?

Frito Lay actually does a lot of test marketing; I had received two smaller sample bags of wasabi (no ginger) to try more than three years ago.

I'd assume the flavors are OK, but have no desire to have chips other than regular as part of my very limited (20 per meal) carb intake. (Also diabetic).

1 day ago
Cathy in General Topics

Open Air Fish Market (@ The Embarcadero) to Start August 2.

Around the time articles like this started appearing, http://www.scientificamerican.com/art... I began only purchasing whole fish in restaurants and at markets, so I could see what I was paying for. Our only wish for a wedding gift had been 'good knives' and we do know how to use them, so it hasn't been a problem.

[I do trust Tommy and Catalina Offshore to be giving me what I order, though and know what I get from there was alive at most 24 hours prior.]

1 day ago
Cathy in San Diego

Keeping strawberries fresh ... in yogurt?

Jul 27, 2014
Cathy in General Topics

Trader Joes fruit recall....see that place is going to kill all you loyalists!

Well, it's no wonder you call some TJ patrons "loyalists". We have it a bit better than you and that's why we like it.

Jul 23, 2014
Cathy in Chains
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Trader Joes fruit recall....see that place is going to kill all you loyalists!

Yes, individual vegetables and fruits as well as pre- packed ones are in center bins (not refrigerated).

I'm talking about the open refrigerated areas along the walls.

Dairy, cheeses, lunchmeats, bagged lettuces, packaged veggies, hummus, salsas, whole (uncooked) chickens, steaks, bacon. Sandwiches, wraps, salads with add ins, containers of eggless egg salad, individual canned beverages and water bottles are also in the display areas, in a general grouping.

"My" (closest) TJs is right next to a hospital and I see employees as well as visitors walking over and picking up items for immediate consumption (as well as customers buying cases of wine and doing weekly shopping).

I'm in Southern California but have shopped at TJs in Michigan and Massachusetts and have seen all of those items in the open refrigerated areas also.

Jul 23, 2014
Cathy in Chains
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Trader Joes fruit recall....see that place is going to kill all you loyalists!

TJ items are either pre-packed and have that minimum weight or produce items are sold by the each.

There aren't any scales at the register. The Department of Weights and Measures does not have to monitor and test scales regularly, only random testing of the pre-packed items.

Grab and go meals are a big part of their business. The pre-made sandwiches, salads, packs of cooked chicken, turkey, even hard boiled eggs as well as 19 cents each bananas are easy and not quite as 'fast food'.

Jul 23, 2014
Cathy in Chains

Should I get a Costco membership?

We've never charged $25K in one month, so that would not matter. (I recall one time writing a check for ±$14K- had a new roof installed in addition to normal charges).

The cash accumulates (is listed on each bill) and the check is issued once a year (February/March).

It was more your statement sounded like 'your' AmEx had superior service in comparison to 'mine'. We also can (and do) charge everything we can on it. We also use a MasterCard that gives us 1% 'cash' as a credit on our monthly billing as our only other credit card.

Jul 22, 2014
Cathy in Chains

Should I get a Costco membership?

Rewards Points. Cash.

Whichever is more valuable to you, do that. But do know it is the same customer service and fraud protection.

Jul 22, 2014
Cathy in Chains

Should I get a Costco membership?

This recall was mentioned on the 6 p.m. news last night: http://www.traderjoes.com/about/custo...

I received a phone call yesterday about 2 p.m. from Costco, because they have it on record that I purchased a case of nectarines within the last two weeks.

Does Sams do that?

Jul 22, 2014
Cathy in Chains

Should I get a Costco membership?

We pay our Costco AmEx in full every month, have a limit of $25K, which can be increased if we choose.

We get a check for 1.5% of all charges every year, which we cash at Costco (can make a purchase and use the check and get change, or can walk up to Customer Service and hand them the check and get cash). The check was for $786 this year.

If you are an Executive Member, you also get a check for 2% of Costco only charges for the year. That check was $88.

You can do the math.

One day last summer, there were an abundance of charges being made and confirmed online using my Costco Amex ( I ended up seeing about 50 confirmations once I looked at that email account). I received a phone call (within an hour of that first confirmation) from AmEx (at 5 a.m.) and all charges were not paid (I told them when I had used my card last) and they FedEx'd me a new card, received the next morning.

Other than no credit limit, the cash back is a bit more advantage to the Costco AmEx.

Jul 22, 2014
Cathy in Chains

Restaurant week dispute

Restaurant "Week" always lasts for two weeks ('held over by popular demand') twice a year in San Diego.

Jul 20, 2014
Cathy in Not About Food

Discrimination in Restaurants - does it influence where you dine?

Family caregivers? What are you talking about?

Welcome to Chowhound.

Jul 20, 2014
Cathy in Not About Food

Open Air Fish Market (@ The Embarcadero) to Start August 2.

It was to a different post. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/982725

Jul 19, 2014
Cathy in San Diego

Ethnic Markets in San Diego

No. Many Mexican and many more Mediterranean.

(I live in Santee and get to the 52 and exit on 163 or Convoy...or North on the 15 to Mira Mesa Blvd.)

Jul 09, 2014
Cathy in San Diego

Iceskimo (@ Pangea Bakery)

If you could somehow look for images of 'shaved snow' on some search engine or food site, you'd immediately see the difference compared to the shaved ice which you already know.

Jul 08, 2014
Cathy in San Diego

Best ice cream bar is at the Costco food court

Michigan.

Jul 07, 2014
Cathy in Los Angeles Area

Best thing you've found at a 99¢ Only Store?

http://www.99only.com

A chain, located in California, Nevada, Texas, Arizona.

Just as the post you responded to mentioned.

Jul 07, 2014
Cathy in Chains

Iceskimo (@ Pangea Bakery)

Were there at 9 a.m. and saw signs outside and inside and on the tables.

Noon-11 p.m., Fri-Sat-Sun from July-Sept

Flavors: Summer Love, Matcha Green Tea, Fresh Strawberry, Cookie Monster, Old School and Bubble tea deconstructed (oolong milk tea snow, honey boba and condensed milk).

Other places I know have shaved snow out here are Yogurt Swirl (on Mira Mesa Blvd next to Pho Cow Cali), Fluffy Duffy's (near SDSU, in that tiny triangle area dividing El Cajon Blvd at Montezuma) and Boba Bar (inside Zion Market).

Jul 07, 2014
Cathy in San Diego

Can I bring hummus on a plane?? Please help!!

The question was asked more than four years ago.

Jul 06, 2014
Cathy in General Topics

Dining in La Mesa: any suggestions?

Charcoal House is owned by the same person who owns the Harvest Ranch Markets (as well as the now closed La Jolla favorite, Jonathan's) as well as Junction (formerly Jamacha Bar and Grill) and all of the Foodland grocery stores.

The food at Charcoal House (as well as Junction) is supplied by the Harvest Ranch Markets- higher end. The night (hookah lounge) group at Charcoal House is too young for us, but the late lunch/early dinner dining is great. If you are really not feeling it, La Casa Blanca next door is very nice and good.

http://lamesa.patch.com/groups/busine...

Jul 05, 2014
Cathy in San Diego

Del Mar Fair...$2 Tuesday tastings..new food items

Yep, many times. The $2 Tuesday items are not much worth it...one piece of breaded fried lobster cube on a stick on the infield was quite tasty though.

You'd like the cauliflower sandwich, sold at Grinders in Plaza de Mexico. $9.50. Grilled cauliflower, sliced Granny Smith, arugula, cheese, garlic aioli, honey and that toasted bun. I've had four this year so far...trying to replicate at home.

Jul 01, 2014
Cathy in San Diego
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Knorr & Other International Products - which ones do you use?

I like the bags of sweet potato, plantain and yucca chips for snacking and as part of breadings for baked chicken or fish.

There is a canned refried beans with chorizo product that I keep on hand for those lazy mornings.

I tend to grab any Goya item I see (even the cookies, canned coconut, jarred salsas, rice and bread crumbs) just to try.

They have quite an array of sazon and bouillon to choose from(use in soups/stews).

The canned meats and fish (their version of Spam)(canned octopus in a garlic oil) are very good.

The marinade is labeled "mojo criollo".

Jun 21, 2014
Cathy in General Topics

List of Low Calorie products at Costco

If an item is labeled/made to be 'Low Fat', sugar is added for flavor. If you want lesser carbohydrates, buy full fat products. Diabetics know this.

In answer to the OP's 15 month old question, eat less of anything and it will have fewer calories. Costco products can be there and gone in any given 30 day period, never to be seen again.

Jun 21, 2014
Cathy in Chains
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Knorr & Other International Products - which ones do you use?

Goya. I buy just about every product they make and figure out how to use with something I make. The bottled bitter orange marinade is a favorite.

Jun 17, 2014
Cathy in General Topics

Favorite commercial/small batch moles?

I only drive there on Saturdays and Sundays. Produce/mole paste sellers are definitely there both those days.

Jun 14, 2014
Cathy in San Diego

Sprout's Farmers Market

The Sprouts sales flyer starts on Wednesday and ends on Wednesday. That means the last week and the this week sale items are both on sale on Wednesdays, and that is referred to as 'Double Ad Day', which makes for the most efficient shopping.

My shopping list is generic and varies based on sale items, so I can't give a specific recommendation.

Do check the dates on bakery and dairy (nothing has ever been out of date range, but I always try to purchase the freshest items, at Sprouts and every place I shop).

Jun 14, 2014
Cathy in Chains
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Favorite commercial/small batch moles?

If you go to Escondido World Marketplace (it's a swap meet) tomorrow (admission $2 on Sunday; it opens at 7 a.m.), straight ahead when you walk in are the Produce seller vendors, and the first one on the left sells a green mole paste.

To the right when you walk in are about 12 small food shops and the Productos de Oaxaca Juquilita (on the right as you go down that aisle) sells a mole paste that was brought here from Oaxaca (she says her products are brought to Tijuana by a relative each week; I purchased a Dia de Los Muertos bread from her last year, as well as a Rosca de Reyes, which were fresh and unlike any of the breads sold at markets here).

Website of Escondido World marketplace: http://www.escondidowm.com/contents/h...

Jun 14, 2014
Cathy in San Diego

Where is the best fishmonger in San Diego?

The Monday email from CatalinaOP.com had the sale of the U-15 Wild Mexican White Shrimp for $24.99/lb

Jun 11, 2014
Cathy in San Diego

in n out, a couple of these i have not heard about before

There are no freezers at In-N-Out, so making fresh veggie patties daily would be time consuming and probably wasteful.

I just order a grilled cheese and ask for lettuce, tomato and pickles.

Jun 01, 2014
Cathy in Chains