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    We go to Costco around once a week to buy stuff here and there....milk, bread, whatnot. I am always running into good deals or new items that I haven't seen before. I know that Costco stocks its shelves regionally, so what they sell in American Fork won't necessarily be stocked in the Bay Area, for example (sorry to all you American Fork residents that were hoping to buy the limited edition boxed set of the "Milk" dvd)....

    To the extent that you run across a tasty new sample, a good close-out deal, or just want to rave about the quality of Kirkland products, feel free to do so here.

    I was inspired to share with the group a new find from this morning's costco run. We are sampling at some sausage/meatball type kiosk and it struck me that these things were pretty tasty. The brand is "Amylu" is they sell 3 types of of product.....apple wood smoked chicken sausage, tequila lime chicken sausage, and mild chicken sausage meatballs. The fat content is slightly lower than your normal sausage, the kids devoured them, and they tasted delish.

    I bought a pack of the apple smoked and the tequila lime. I am bringing them to tonight's EQ beach party activity. I think people will really like them.

    Also, has anyone tried the pre-marinated carne asada at Costco? I saw a package of it today for around $6. While I am not generally a fan, sometimes you need to make carne asada at short notice....an impromptu bbq, for example, with no advance time to marinate the meat properly. I was wondering if the costco offering is acceptable or if it tastes gross. One problem I have with pre-made Mex is that the spices make it bend too much towards a southwestern/chipotle flavor. I prefer straight up jalapeno/hab over a chipotle, if possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TripletDaddy View Post
    Also, has anyone tried the pre-marinated carne asada at Costco? I saw a package of it today for around $6. While I am not generally a fan, sometimes you need to make carne asada at short notice....an impromptu bbq, for example, with no advance time to marinate the meat properly. I was wondering if the costco offering is acceptable or if it tastes gross. One problem I have with pre-made Mex is that the spices make it bend too much towards a southwestern/chipotle flavor. I prefer straight up jalapeno/hab over a chipotle, if possible.
    My wife brought it home once and I thought it was really good. As a disclaimer, I'm a pretty simple person when it comes to food. With regard to your comments on the spices, I remember it being pretty heavily seasoned and very tender, and it certainly doesn't taste like the authentic carne asada you'd find at any number of Mexican restaurants or stands in SoCal. It definitely borders more on the southwestern/chipotle side of the spectrum, but I'd recommend worth trying it once.

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    DDD,

    The Amylu is a great sausage product. The apple is the best. My family doesn't like the tequila one at all.

    Best part of the product? Gluten Free. There are 2 YW in our ward that have to eat a strict GF diet. We keep a dozen or so in the freezer for when my daughter has them over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Tick View Post
    DDD,

    The Amylu is a great sausage product. The apple is the best. My family doesn't like the tequila one at all.

    Best part of the product? Gluten Free. There are 2 YW in our ward that have to eat a strict GF diet. We keep a dozen or so in the freezer for when my daughter has them over.
    I'm not a huge sausage fan, but even I like the apple. Had no idea they were gluten free. Good to know.

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    My wife bought these packs of 3 nightlights....a Christmas 3-pack and a Halloween 3-pack. The kids wanted them for their rooms even though they don't even use nightlights.

    Also, I don't know why, but every time I go to Costco I feel the overwhelming need to purchase one of those large ice chests with wheels. I don't know when I will ever use it, but I feel like I should own one.

    One of the door busters at our Costco was a pair of gray Nautica sweatpants. The sweatpants have a back pocket and they are straight leg with a small hem at the bottom. These are some of the sweetest sweat pants I have ever seen.
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    I cant seem to get out of Costco for under $100-200. We go about once a week, actually heading there now. I think we spent about 6k there last year, not including gas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drunk Tank View Post
    I cant seem to get out of Costco for under $100-200. We go about once a week, actually heading there now. I think we spent about 6k there last year, not including gas.
    I always describe Costco as "the place I go to find out what I need." I love to go there, but I always end up buying more than I planned to buy. Also falling into this category are Home Depot and Best Buy. Orchard Supply Hardware is a miniature version of Home Depot, with the same effect on me.
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    Wink The store is actually in Lehi...

    Not that it matters to anyone except those collecting taxes. From how the story was relayed to me - the Lehi/AF dividing line runs through both the Costco and WalMart properties. When WalMart and Costco were being planned AF & Lehi agreed that for tax purposes, Lehi gets Costco and AF gets WalMart.

    What does the AF store have that you couldn't get in the Bay Area? 45 pound buckets of wheat from Lehi Roller Mills...

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    We have Costco here in Tokyo and it's my fave. So far I've been to the locations in Kawasaki, Chiba, and Machida City, the latter being my favorite. I go whenever I can bum a ride with a ward member, although one time I did take the train and a backpack. Naturally I could only bring back a few items... but I went more just to browse around a familiar store, get a chicken bake (holy calories!), and pick up some tortilla chips. That's the one item that people in my ward seem to freak about. The Kawasaki location doesn't have always have them, but the other two always do.
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    A while ago there was a Costco tortilla thread, also started by DDD. I was disappointed at the time that my local Costco didn't carry them, and very happy to find about a month ago that they have since started.

    Anyway, I didn't want to resurrect that old thread, so I will share this here. I have found that the fresh tortillas work very passably as a crepe substitute. They are different than crepes, a little thinner and chewier, but you can use them in many crepe situations. I don't cook them nearly as much as I would for tortilla applications, and often only on one side. They don't match a true crepe, but they are a lot easier. Plus it's a good way to get through those large packages before they go bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TripletDaddy View Post
    Also, I don't know why, but every time I go to Costco I feel the overwhelming need to purchase one of those large ice chests with wheels. I don't know when I will ever use it, but I feel like I should own one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Donuthole View Post
    "Perfect for the man who has everything--everything except a friend to help carry a cooler. <Unpopular!>"
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    Quote Originally Posted by statman View Post
    Not that it matters to anyone except those collecting taxes. From how the story was relayed to me - the Lehi/AF dividing line runs through both the Costco and WalMart properties. When WalMart and Costco were being planned AF & Lehi agreed that for tax purposes, Lehi gets Costco and AF gets WalMart.

    What does the AF store have that you couldn't get in the Bay Area? 45 pound buckets of wheat from Lehi Roller Mills...
    Yeah....that and really bad LDS art, books about Joseph Smith, and BYU and Utah sweatshirts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TripletDaddy View Post
    Also, I don't know why, but every time I go to Costco I feel the overwhelming need to purchase one of those large ice chests with wheels. I don't know when I will ever use it, but I feel like I should own one.
    I am with you on this one. I finally picked one up last Thanksgiving. My excuse was that I needed a large cooler in which to brine two large turkeys (we were having a lot of guests). I don't know if I have used it since, but in case anyone needs me to bring soda to a stake function, I am ready.

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    One of my favorite Costco items is the Honey Wheat and Walnut bread. It is wonderful. Terrific flavor and it maintains a soft texture for many days. Makes heavenly french toast and grilled cheese sandwiches.
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    Quote Originally Posted by statman View Post
    Not that it matters to anyone except those collecting taxes. From how the story was relayed to me - the Lehi/AF dividing line runs through both the Costco and WalMart properties. When WalMart and Costco were being planned AF & Lehi agreed that for tax purposes, Lehi gets Costco and AF gets WalMart.

    What does the AF store have that you couldn't get in the Bay Area? 45 pound buckets of wheat from Lehi Roller Mills...
    I don't know about the Lehi store, but the South Jordan store has these chocolate cake doughnuts that you can not get at the Eugene location. Which is a good thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    One of my favorite Costco items is the Honey Wheat and Walnut bread. It is wonderful. Terrific flavor and it maintains a soft texture for many days. Makes heavenly french toast and grilled cheese sandwiches.
    I have never seen that before. I will look for it. I have been into getting the 3 Seed Oatnut bread, lately. It tastes great with a nice salt-cured meat sandwich.
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    We live in the middle of nowhere. We keep our Costco membership because sometimes we like to go to the city. When we do, DDD, we take our big cooler with us so we can bring back cold goods. I've found that having the big cooler creates occasions for its use. If you can afford one, and have a place to store it, I'd get one. We got ours as a wedding gift and it's going strong 11 years later.

    We like Costco's Kirkland Signature:

    Olive Oil (in the green glass bottles)
    Balsamic Vinegar (" " " " ")
    Pecans
    Ravioli (for an easy meal the kids will eat)

    We can also get stuff there we can't find elsewhere, like:

    Milton's Multi-Grain Plus Bread
    Uniball Gel Impact Pens in bulk (this is the only pen I'll use to grade papers)


    But mostly we just find the pricing, selection, and variety vastly superior to Sam's. And, you never know what you'll find there.


    I went to the one in Mérida, México, and aside from different brand names on some goods, and the prices being in pesos, you'd never know you were in México being inside that store.
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    I went to a Sams club in Mexico, or maybe it was a Costco, but Sams has been their longer, so I think it was a Sams. I cant remember if it was in San Luis Potosi, or Mexico city. I remember them selling Jose Cuervo tequilla packaged together with two 2 liter bottles of squirt.

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    You can also buy glass bottles of Coke by the case at Costco. They are imported from Mexico and made with cane sugar instead of HF corn syrup. Quite a treat for those of us who spent two years being spoiled in the soda pop department.

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    All you Costco people can kiss my fat arse!

    The closest Costco is over an hour away

    We are now Sam's Club folk. We have convinced ourselves that Sam's is as good as Costco, just as we convinced ourselves that we didn't miss the mountains. Then we went back out west for a visit...
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    My wife buys the bare naked jumbo bags of granola. Apple cinnamon flavor. It tastes delicious on just about anything, especially when you mix it in with plain yogurt.

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    My favorite Costco trip was the one when I went in for milk, eggs and bread, and walked out with a kayak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teenage Dirtbag View Post
    My favorite Costco trip was the one when I went in for milk, eggs and bread, and walked out with a kayak.
    I went into Costco on Saturday. My list was honey, maple syrup, chicken, protein bars, granola bars, bread, sparkling water, bananas.

    At different times during my journey through the store, I alternately had a telescope, a small laptop, a home entertainment system, golf balls, a vacuum-packed beef tenderloin and a powerwasher in the cart as well.

    Miraculously, I came out with nothing that wasn't on my original list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teenage Dirtbag View Post
    My favorite Costco trip was the one when I went in for milk, eggs and bread, and walked out with a kayak.
    This made me laugh. My wife will like this one too, since I'm the one making all the Costco trips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nikuman View Post
    I went into Costco on Saturday. My list was honey, maple syrup, chicken, protein bars, granola bars, bread, sparkling water, bananas.

    At different times during my journey through the store, I alternately had a telescope, a small laptop, a home entertainment system, golf balls, a vacuum-packed beef tenderloin and a powerwasher in the cart as well.
    LOL, so very true!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nikuman View Post
    I went into Costco on Saturday. My list was honey, maple syrup, chicken, protein bars, granola bars, bread, sparkling water, bananas.

    At different times during my journey through the store, I alternately had a telescope, a small laptop, a home entertainment system, golf balls, a vacuum-packed beef tenderloin and a powerwasher in the cart as well.

    Miraculously, I came out with nothing that wasn't on my original list.
    don't knock those small laptops. Was it one of those $400 deals? I am really into those and want to get one. I am still trying to decide which one I want to get. I see no need to ever buy another big laptop again since I only use them for internet, email, and word/excel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TripletDaddy View Post
    don't knock those small laptops. Was it one of those $400 deals? I am really into those and want to get one. I am still trying to decide which one I want to get. I see no need to ever buy another big laptop again since I only use them for internet, email, and word/excel.
    I am not knocking them at all. I have a big one now that is close to buying the farm, and I am going to get a small $400 one to replace it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nikuman View Post
    I am not knocking them at all. I have a big one now that is close to buying the farm, and I am going to get a small $400 one to replace it.
    I know. I was just looking for an excuse to yell at you.

    Our costco doesn't sell telescopes.
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