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Old School | Jul 11, 200210:59 AM

We had a small dinner party last night that was greeted with raves all around. Little did anyone know that we had purchased most of the food from Costco.

Really, truly unbelievably great--and for what we bought, about a third the price if we had gone to Fox&Obel, Paulina Market, Whole Foods, etc.

We started with a pile of jumbo shrimp with cocktail sauce. Huge, impossibly fresh--hard to think of ANYPLACE that we've ever had better.

Entree was an eight-pound tenderloin, which we grilled outside and served sliced. Tender, almost buttery, a melt-in-your mouth experience. Again, hard to think where you'd ever get better, irrespective of cost (similar portion would probably be $100 at the better food stores and markets where you might normally think of going).

Before I had ever been, I was laboring under the (mis)perception that buying fresh foods at a warehouse store (especially meats and seafood) would be an extremely iffy proposition. How wrong I was.

An outstanding place....can't say enough about it.

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