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What kind of turkey did you buy? Would you buy it again?

From Sarasota Florida -- I bought a costco coastal organics turkey for the first-- and last-- time. Expensive at $2.49/lb and lacking in flavor. Enjoyed costco mashed potatoes, but made my own stuffing from scratch (yummy) and other sides.

Usually buy Empire kosher since its already brined, but don't like to deal with pinfeathers . What turkey did you buy and would you recommend it ?

Nov 28, 2013
SarasotaLady in General Topics

Costco & Trader Joe's Arrive in Sarasota. What food to buy/avoid?

I'm surprised this thread is still alive, but since it is-- I thought I'd point out things I've enjoyed from Costco and TJoe:

Costco--best deal on gas in town; strip steaks are wonderful and worth buying in quantity; Kirkland brand dish detergent, clothes detergent, paper goods-- all good but huge and very heavy. If u need sunglasses, visit optical dept -- maui jim on discount plus costco own frames ; / Impressed with fresh spinach for salad. But definitely not a fun experience.

Trader Joe's-- great experience Love their baguettes (whole grain, olive, etc); greek yogurt, crumbled blue cheese , frozen spinach polenta, artisan pasta, roasted red peppers, spiral ham.. Can't comment on frozen meals, cookies, or pastries, but there are lots of them. Best customer service I've ever seen. Well worth parking crunch.

Apr 08, 2013
SarasotaLady in Chains

Costco & Trader Joe's Arrive in Sarasota. What food to buy/avoid?

Thanks to everyone who replied . Learned a lot. Will definitely check out the "chains" forums as well.

Jul 23, 2012
SarasotaLady in Chains

Costco & Trader Joe's Arrive in Sarasota. What food to buy/avoid?

I was intrigued by DIY butchering whole ribeye. i found foodslinger.tv video online -- he takes choice Costco ribeye, shows how to age it in fridge, and then then cut it up into steaks and roast. Just needed sharp knife. Big advocate of buying meat at Costco.

Jul 22, 2012
SarasotaLady in Chains

Costco & Trader Joe's Arrive in Sarasota. What food to buy/avoid?

Delucacheesemonger-- very interesting. Will add fish oil to my list. Haven't had herring or whitefish salad in many years -- definitely will look out for those. . We 're not big meat eaters-- but really enjoy occasional prime steak or roast. You buy and butcher the whole ribeye because????

Many thanks for the info.

Jul 21, 2012
SarasotaLady in Chains

Costco & Trader Joe's Arrive in Sarasota. What food to buy/avoid?

srsone-- the Sarasota TJ's will be in a former rooms to go showroom -- about 18,000 sq. ft. Don't know how that compares to Naples..

I also found website for the Naples TJ's -- . http://www.yelp.com/biz/trader-joes-n...
Lots of reviews. Reviewers feel into 2 camps-- they either really liked the food and atmosphere of TJ's or just didn't get it and were disappointed. . .

Jul 18, 2012
SarasotaLady in Chains

Costco & Trader Joe's Arrive in Sarasota. What food to buy/avoid?

Thanks to everyone who's responded. Gives me lots of places to start. Does anyone have a particular favorite food item at either TJ's or Costco?

Latest info on opening dates in Sarasota : 8/17 costco, 9/7 TJ's

Jul 18, 2012
SarasotaLady in Chains

Costco & Trader Joe's Arrive in Sarasota. What food to buy/avoid?

Oh happy day-- both Costco and Trader Joe's are opening in Sarasota in a matter of weeks. I've never shopped in either store. Would appreciate suggestions regarding what types of food items would be worthwhile exploring -- and what to avoid.

I'm really interested in getting better quality and selection of food than is currently available -- bread, meats/poultry, spices, produce, prepared foods, wine, etc. Of course a bargain is great, but buying 36 giant rolls of toilet paper or mega bottles of ketchup won't motivate me.

Many thanks

Jul 17, 2012
SarasotaLady in Chains