Friday, September 15, 2017

I wonder what's on sale this week.

Nothing much good was on sale last week, but I only eat peanut butter and bac'n bits anymore anyway. I was interviewed for my expertise in grocery stores on Wednesday, so I will look again. I hope no good sales last week lead to good ones now.

In order of how my tabs are open:

Green Corner: Pork shoulder is $0.98/lb which is 1 cent cheaper than I've ever seen it. That would save me a dime on a typical shoulder, and I would only have to bike 0.75 miles (each way) for that. Oktoberfest is coming up, so we'll see. Limes are a dime. Celery is $0.79 (other stores want $3 sometimes!). Onions are $1 for a 2 lb bag. Zucchini is $0.79/lb. I could enjoy eating all those things.

Key Food: A carton of orange juice is $2. Maybe I should quaff some screwdrivers. Apple Jacks are on sale for $2. Apple Jacks introduced a generation to the concept of de gustibus non est disputandum.

Back to Key Food. Flour tortillas are on sale so you can have a burrito party if you have friends. Avocados are expensive everywhere, so they better be really good friends.

C-Town: Vine tomatoes $0.99/lb. Heckers flour $2. Some cereals are on sale, but I don't even eat or buy cereal so I don't know why I wrote about it before. I'm done. Eggplant is $0.99. Maybe I will make parm.

Bravo: Nothing. Yesterday I spent $26.

Associated: Cantaloupe is $1.50. Generic flour is $1.69 for 5 lbs. Maybe it's time to restart my sourdough habit. Mushrooms are $1.50.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil's on Sale at Bravo

The 3 liter can (101 oz) is on sale for $23. That's a pretty good deal. Colavita has the best tasting olive oil. At C-Town, the 17 oz bottle is $7.50.

Whole Foods has the next best tasting olive oil, and it's usually about that price.

The sale's from September 8-15.

Salad avocados look to be on sale too, for $0.99 each. I guess I will get one or two to go with the rock hard peaches I got at Key Food today.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

All my produce wants to be other produce

I went to Green Corner and got grape tomatoes and plum cherries. Someone should teach these foods to be themselves.

Those are the plum cherries. I'm not sure if they are more like plums or more like cherries. I also got real cherries and carrots.

Things were cheap.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Salad Avocados

Florida avocados and dominican avocados are bigger than Haas avocados, but have less flavor, but they also don't get as mushy. They are worse for guacamole and avocado toast, but they are bigger for salads because they retain their shape. So henceforth, I'm calling them salad avocados.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Cherries

There are cherries for $0.99/lb at To the World Farm, so my last post about $1.49 being the cheapest is already out of date.

Associated charged me too much for my mozzarella ($3.99). And I am sick of their announcements, which go on about "fresh and juicy" too much. Don't describe 2 foods in a row as "fresh and juicy." They should be banned from adjectives. They should be like this blog and just say items and prices.

Grocery Circular Round Up

I'm back. I was overwhelmed by 4th of July shopping. I need to return to normal. I ate hot dogs every day for a week. Now I eat peanut butter on hot dog buns because I ran out of hot dogs.

I need to buy mozzarella for my sourdough pizza tonight. I hope somewhere has it.

Anyway...

Green Corner: Green Corner is at the corner of Humboldt and Flushing, which isn't even a right angle. But it bends, so it's still a corner. They have the cheapest produce around. This week you can buy 12 crabs for $11 if you know what to do with a crab. I never bought one, but it seems like a good price. If you went to a restaurant and got a crab, I bet it would be more than $1. Limes are still a dime. Cherries are $1.49/lb, which is way less than anywhere. Florida avocados are $1. (They are the ones bigger than Haas, but maybe less flavorful.) Cilantro is down to THREE for $1! Eggplant🍆 is $0.89/lb. Plums are $1.29/lb. Maybe I will go there. I put in a request with the New York City Department of Transportation to put some bike racks there for me.

C-Town: I shopped there last night for the first time since I announced my grudge. Lewis asked me to get beer and recycling bags. So I will write about them today, but I still probably won't shop there. Bananas are $0.49/lb and tomatoes on the vine are $0.99/lb. Those are good. C-Town usually has good tomatoes. Eggplant🍆 is $1.49/lb here. Don't you want to go to Green Corner?

Gala Foods still doesn't know how to update its online circular on time.

Bravo: They're emphasizing their $0.98/lb pig feet. I never saw a store do that. I don't know how to eat a foot and it sounds like it has bones, so no thanks. A Florida avocado is $2 here--don't you want to go to Green Corner? Sardines are $0.88, which is a good deal. They are $0.99 on the next page, so I don't know who to trust. I have too many canned fishes anyway. On the last page, a Florida avocado is $2.50. This circular is all messed up!

Key Food: Eggplants are $0.99. Peaches and nectarines are $1.49. I like when they are $0.99, but $1.49 is good and you should eat as many peach salads as you can these days.


Associated: First, you can now get a Grand Street Savings Card and save 5% at Associated. I should probably do that. Galbani mozzarella is $3.49. So I will go there this afternoon. There's nothing else I really want there though. Maybe Colavita balsamic vinegar for $3.49.


Record Low Lime Price

Bravo, leading up to the 4th of July. 12 for $0.99.

I saw that in the circular, but I didn't even believe it (I had been fooled once before) so I bought 40 limes or $4 from Green Corner. I need to juice the rest today because they're drying out.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

What a trip to Gala Foods!

The music was so good. The first song I tried to Shazam didn't work, but I got this one. Imagine me wandering around the store listening to this.



I got many deals. I got chicken quarters for $0.49/lb, tomatillos for $0.99/lb, ice cream for $3, diet pepsi and ginger ale for $1 for 2 liters, Heinz mayo for $3, and Polly-O mozzarella for $3. I just learned that Polly-O is owned by Kraft Heinz. Here's my receipt an a picture of everything I got.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Memorial Day Grocery Sales

I hope they have good ones. That Key Food beer deal was a scam, because Key Food didn't have rebates. Just a sign about rebates. They eventually put something up for getting a Coors rebate, but nothing else. That deal is back again this week.

I guess I'll start with Key Food. A big bottle of Heinz ketchup (38 oz) is $2.50. Memorial Day is good for condiments. They have Hellman's on sale, but I want Heinz mayo, which is hard to find. I wanted to do a project at school researching why Heinz and Kraft both had mayo brands after their merger, but I had to do it on Starbucks instead. Breakstone cottage cheese is $2.50, which is a good price for that if you only eat that brand. I find that still too expensive, but I know someone who cares. Peaches are $1.47/lb. They probably aren't very good in May, but I also like using peaches in savory applications (i.e. salads with corn) and having sour hard peaches works ok then. Spike's salsa is $1.50/jar, which is good, but then I have to eat tortilla chips.

That's it for Key Food. They like all my pictures on Instagram about food, so maybe I'll ask them why they scam me about beer.

Associated: Peaches are $1.49 here--2 cents more. Various incorrect ketchups are on sale at irrelevant prices. 16 oz of sausage is $2.99, which might be good. These sales were not very good.

Bravo: 38 oz of Heinz ketchup for $2.49. I don't go through ketchup that quickly anymore since my little boy exroommate moved out, but I still might get some. B&G stuff is on sale. It was at Key Food too. I guess it's pickle time. 2 liter Fresca (and other Coca-cola products) are $1.25. Fresca is good. I heard that LBJ liked it too.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Cheap Beer at Key Food!

It's a Memorial Day sale.
After a mail in rebate, which is probably annoying, you get 18 beers for $7.99. If you use iBotta (you should), you can get $2 more back on the Budweiser.

iBotta gives you rebates on stuff. Mostly booze. I got $4 off a jug of vodka the other day. You should sign up. Here's my referral link. Or use my referral code: jijiiq

Monday, May 15, 2017

Why I put things in my basket, took them out, and left Bravo

Reason 1: Bravo has a $7 credit card minimum
Reason 2: It was supposed to have Rolling Rock for $7.99 per box. But there was no Rolling Rock!

I put eggs (which were a reasonable price that I cannot recall) and tomatoes ($0.89/lb) in my basket, but I couldn't find the Rolling Rock, and I wasn't going to come close to the $7 minimum with just cheap eggs and cheap tomatoes, so I put everything back.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Lettuce is so expensive!

I was shocked when I tried to buy lettuce last week. Every kind of lettuce was expensive. On Wednesday I walked into strategy class and someone said to me "Mike, have you noticed how expensive lettuce is? I tried to tell someone about it but they said they didn't care and I should tell you." I had indeed noticed. The cheapest lettuce I could find was $3. I wondered if it is not lettuce season right now and I had never noticed. She said she asked her vegetable seller, and he said maybe lettuce laborers are afraid to harvest lettuce because Trump will deport them. That makes more sense than it not being lettuce season right now.

Circular Roundup - May 12

I don't even know what I'm looking for. I bought Maruchan ramen yesterday so I can make chicken soup salad. Gala Foods said it was 6/$1 but it rang up 2 of them at $0.25. Oh well. I have a lot of basil in my window so maybe I can find foods that go with basil.

Associated: An 8oz block of Muenster for $1.67. I like grilled cheese with muenster and tapenade. Sour cream is $1 for 16 oz. I can find a reason to eat sour cream. Starkist tuna is $0.89, but I am trying to eat less because it's not very sustainable. It's sardines for me. I made fish tacos with sardines (and hard taco shells) and they were weird.

Gala Foods doesn't update its website in a timely manner. No review, other than they ripped me off on ramen to the tune of 8 cents.

Key Food: eggplants and zucchini are on sale for $1/lb. I will make ratatouille and use my basil in that. Eggs are $0.80 to celebrate Key Food's anniversary again this week. I went yesterday but they were out. A 12 pack of Natural Ice is $7. That is the lowest price I've ever seen and maybe I will drink disgusting beer just to enjoy that price.

Bravo: Bravo's website changed and the circular is easier to read. Tomatoes are $0.79/lb but I don't know if I trust tomatoes in May. I've had some good ones, but Bravo doesn't usually have good ones. Rolling Rock is $8, which might be worth it compared to Natural Ice. Rolling Rock is acceptable.

I'm still mad at C Town.

Friday, May 05, 2017

Circular Review - May 5

Since Fine Fare changed to Gala Foods, their special schedule is Friday-Thursday instead of Sun-Sat. But they don't update their website in time, so they aren't getting reviewed.

Things I'm on the prowl for: red onions, deli turkey breast, bacon.

Associated:  Ortega products still have their Cinco de Mayo deals going. Corn is $0.40/ear, which is an ok price, but I don't trust corn that's ready in May. Crema is $3.59. I haven't had crema in a long time, but it's so good. Queso fresco is $3. Basis is $2.50--I bought a whole plant at Gala Foods for $3! Now it grows in my window. Don't buy basil there. $4 for store brand bacon.

Key Food: It's celebrating its 80th birthday, so there is a list of products that whose prices now have .80 in them. Tree Ripe orange juice is $1.80. A dozen large eggs are $0.80.  Skippy peanut butter is $1.80 (I will stock up at that price!) Corn is $0.40 here too, but I still see no reason to trust it. Radishes are $0.67, which seems pretty good. Key Food has Old El Paso stuff for Cinco de Mayo.

Bravo: They are celebrating Cinco de Mayo by putting Heinz Ketchup (20 oz) on sale for $2. Why? Their ad is too hard to read, so I'm done.

Food Bazaar: I'm still on the hunt for my red onions, turkey, and bacon, so I will expand my usual reviews. Corn is $0.25/ear here (if you spend $20). If it's on sale everywhere, maybe it's good. Maybe they got a shipment from somewhere warm. Turkey breast is on sale, but I don't like the price. $6 for honey turkey breast. I don't want sweet meat. Ortega crunch taco shells are $1.25 for 12. What a good price. Mussels are $2.50 for 2 pounds, which makes me want to buy them.

C-Town: I'm still mad at C-Town because I went in on a Thursday evening and there was a sign up for ground turkey on sale for $3. So I got it, and it was $6 because the sale didn't start until the next day. You need to read the fine print if you want to shop at C-Town and not be taken advantage of, and I don't want to read fine print. No use looking up what might be on special if I'm just going to be abused.

Friday, April 28, 2017

What I might buy this week

Last week I made stew, and with that, ended my winter cooking. Time to eat plants. So I wonder what is on sale.

Associated:  5 lbs of flour is $1.50. I am not off to a good start of not cooking for winter. Maybe if I make sourdough pizzas with spring vegetables. Frozen vegetables are $1 per 1 lb bag, so I will eat those.

Food Bazaar: Mussels are on sale. I haven't made them for a long time.

Bravo: nothing

Key Food: nothing

Maybe I won't eat this week.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Times I went to Key Food this week, put items in my basket, put them all back, and left with nothing

First time: I put Kerrygold butter in my basket because it was $3 for 8 oz, which is a good price. I had 2 or 4, but I wanted to check the Tuttorosso canned tomatoes that were $0.88 for 28 oz. Some guy was stocking the shelves there, so I gave up and put my butter back and left.

Second time: I put brussels sprouts ($1.99/lb) and Vintage diet tonic water ($0.67) in my basket. I found the tomatoes, and had to move a heavy stack of them to see the price. But they only had crushed and puree and I don't want those. Then I went to check the butter, but there was no sign that it was still on sale. Technically it should be, but I didn't want to deal with accidentally paying an extra $3/lb so I put everything back and left.

I'm rich now. I didn't spend so much money this week.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Eggplant emoji and more deals from Fine Fare/Gala Foods/Graham Market

(This is why I always call it "the store around the corner" or "the new store around the corner.")

I got regular eggplants and a Dominican one. The regular ones had no seeds, which was nice. I think I read that male eggplants have no seeds and females have a lot, so you should buy males. And I read about how to tell them apart, but I forget. Look it up. Maybe the Dominican one was female or maybe it has different rules.


Here are all my other good prices. I got a thyme plant for $3, which will save me more than $3 when I don't have to buy thyme for a long time. Butter was cheap. I was going to make a turkey pot pie but I chickened out. Most other things went into ratatouille.

I also made a beet salad to try to replicate what I ate at Indikitch because it was good. It has cumin, salt, lemon juice, and cilantro. Cilantro was only $0.50/bunch.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Easter Deals

Easter isn't a holiday I cook for because I always go to Agnes's. I do like cooking for Lent, so I'm peeping the Key Food circular to see if it has the things I need for a fish fry. They have a section of next week's ad that celebrates Easter with sales on ricotta, mozzarella, spaghetti, and tomato sauce. I guess that's what Italian people around here eat for Easter? I guess I grew up eating Carpatho-Rusyn food for Easter.

The prices are good though. $3 for 32 oz of ricotta. $2 for a pound of mozzarella.

Luxury butter is on sale for $3 per 8 oz (Kerrygold). I have to buy a lot of luxury butter anymore for my sourdough bread.

I'm not sure if they have fish for my fish fry. I guess I could use basa or swai (which Bing tells me are the same).

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Fine Fare Name Change

When a new grocery store opened around the corner, the craigslist ad for jobs called it Grand Market. The store opened as Graham Market (it is on Graham Ave), but its website changed to Finefaresupermarkets.com. FineFare is a chain, and Graham Market seemed to be this specific stores name. That still is the website, but now the circular I'm looking at says Fine Fare changed its name to Gala Foods.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Why?

Why is cantaloupe $1.50 at food bazaar now? Why are tomatoes cheap there and at Key Food today? They looked red, but can you trust them? (No, because only garden tomatoes or farmer's market tomatoes are actually great, but I buy the other ones all the time anyway. Well, not if they are pink.)

Why is store brand swiss cheese more expensive than comparable cheddar and pepper jack? Does it take longer to make? Or are they selling it by volume and I am paying for the non-cheese holes in it?

Sunday, March 19, 2017

A price mystery at Fine Fare. And olive oil prices by volume.

This morning I went to Fine Fare because the circular said that 10 oz bags of Cafe Bustelo were $2.50. But they change their prices over on Sundays and no signs about new prices were up. The price on the shelf said $4.25 or so. I found a scanner to check a price and it said it was $3.33. I needed coffee, so I bought just one. It rang up at $2.50. I was surprised the self-scanner and the cash register would show different prices.

I was just thinking about the price of olive oil because I don't want to do my homework. My roommate has a 250ml bottle of Filippo Berio Pure that cost $5.49, according to the price tag on it. I am going to Key Food this week to buy a 3 liter can of the same kind for $16. I hope he quits buying the small one.

Friday, March 17, 2017

What's on Sale Next Week?!

I have to wake up early to attend a networking event, which I am trying to convince myself will be fun or good, but I just got an email from C-Town about next week's sales, so I am going to do something I like instead.

C-Town: Palmolive is on sale for $0.74! That's better than Dollar Tree. I like Palmolive, Ajax, or Joy for everyday use. Dawn Platinum for special occasions. But middle class people tell me to just use Dawn Platinum every day.

Colavita pure olive oil is $20. Hmmmm.... Key Food has Filipo Berio for $16, and I do need pure. And I only use pure for cooking, mostly. But Colavita is so much better. (If I won't use Dawn Platinum every day because that's too luxurious, maybe I will just buy the cheaper pure olive oil.)

Nothing else at C-Town looks like a good deal (their website's circular is terrible though), and I might be too embarrassed to go stock up on just Palmolive, so maybe I won't go there.

Associated: Asparagus is $2/lb, which is because it's spring and in season. I should get that.

A lot of Colgate products are on sale, but not Palmolive for $0.79 :(

Bravo: I don't trust their $0.79 tomatoes. March tomatoes taste like paper. $0.88/bag pasta is ok. I need some. They have $2/lb asparagus too. But like C-Town, I can't tell what Bravo puts on sale.


Friday, March 10, 2017

Grocery circular round up

Associated:  Bananas are $0.49/lb. I just put some bananas (for which I paid $0.49/lb) in the freezer because they were getting overly ripe. I will turn them into vegan ice cream. (Which is what happens when you put frozen bananas in a food processor).

Cabbage is $0.39/lb. Happy St. Patrick's Day. Skippy Peanut butter is $2. I need that. Rolling Rock is still $8 for a 12 pack, which I appreciate.

Key Food: I hope they have luxury butter on sale! I see pecorino romano is still on sale for $4.99/lb. That's a good price! I recommend you go get some.

Oh my word! Cabbage is only $0.19/lb. Hold on--I have to text someone.

Plugra luxury butter is on sale for $3.49 for 8 oz. I might have to get that. Brussels sprouts are still on sale for $1.49, so I guess I didn't have to go stock up yesterday.

C-Town: They want $0.29/lb for cabbage. Remember back when I thought $0.39 was a good deal?

Bravo: They also have cabbage for $0.29/lb and bananas for $0.49 and Skippy peanut butter for $2. They have "slicing tomatoes" for $0.69 but I am skeptical about tomatoes in March.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Kroger bought Murray's Cheese

I thought "oh, that's smart. They can put Murray's branded cheese shops in all their stores." But they've been doing that for years, and I'm behind the times.

via DNA Info

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Hmmm. What to cook for the Super Bowl

It's the only time of year I can ever remember seeing wings on sale. Food Bazaar has a 5 lb bag of frozen ones for $10. Which is still a rip off compared to the usual $0.50/lb I like to pay for quartered legs. But it's a special occasion. I think someone else might bring wings to my party and save me the trouble of spending $10. If I make the wings, I'd make a variation of Melissa Clark's green goddess roast chicken.

Key Food's sales are lackluster, except a pound of Galbani mozzarella for $3.

C-Town has Frank's Red Hot on sale, which I will need for my infamous Buffalo Chicken Jello Salad.  And Wishbone salad dressing for $0.79. Bleu cheese dressing is another ingredient in my masterpiece. C-Town has sour cream on sale for $1. I'll need that since I am going to make nachos. I can't inflict only savory gelatin on my guests.





Thursday, January 26, 2017

Cock-a-leekie

Yesterday was Burns Night, so I looked at Scottish cuisine on wikipedia. I can't make haggis, but cock-a-leekie seemed easy enough. It's chicken (cock) and leek (ie) soup.

Graham Market/Finefare sells leeks for $0.89 each. That seems like a good price, but now I have to look everywhere else. I watched a Jacques Pepin video about how to prep leeks and he said they are expensive.

Here's the video. It's about 2 minutes.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Eggplant Emoji

Eggplant is on sale at Bravo for $0.79/lb this week, and my exroommate made me a good pasta dish with sausage last night, so I bought eggplant at Bravo and sausage at Associated and some other stuff and fed people.

Now I'm eating leftovers and I think all I fed people was fat and salt. Which people like

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

I need to go to Trade Fair

Since my last post, I talked about Heinz BBQ sauces in an interview to get into grad school, then I got in. Good ol' groceries. And then I packed a sandwich of peanut butter, pickles, and barbecue sauce every day.

And I made a friend who moved to Astoria who told me about Trade Fair and now I need to go there. They have 10 pounds of onions on sale for $2. They sell a 32 pound BOX of oil.

I hope I don't end up biking over the Pulaski Bridge with 42 pounds of food I don't need. Heaven and my roommates know that I do not need more oil.