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Montreal Costco Watch

blork | Mar 15, 2007 08:12 AM

It occurred to me that this board could use a topic in which we post about great finds at local Costco stores.

Costco is one of those places that I love to hate and hate to love. What appalls me about it is the extent to which they dish up huge packages of overly-processed stuff. Pre-made sandwiches? All those frozen prepared meals? Forget it!

But there are some great things to be found there. For example, I like the meats -- they strike a nice balance between supermarket fodder and a "real" butcher. I also like the fact that the cuts are large and thick, and generally quite reasonably priced.

But there are other things too. Here are some recent things I found at Cosco that are worth celebrating:

DRIED PORCINI MUSHROOMS. Never as good as fresh, or even frozen, but dried ones still come in handy. One generally finds them in tiny little one-ounce packages for six or seven dollars. Last month at Costco I found a huge jar of them (not sure of the quantity, but the jar was as big as a football) for twelve bucks!

WHITE ANCHOVIES. These things are very hard to find in Montreal. They had some last summer at Milano on St. Laurent, but they were very close to their expiry date. A small jar (about the size of a hand grenade) was something like $12. However, I found some at Costco last week! A larger jar, at least a year from expiring, and it was only about $7. Woo hoo!

COASTAL CHEDDAR CHEESE. Unfortunately I haven't seen this for several months. It's an English cheddar that comes in a white waxy paper wrapping. A block about the size of three decks of cards sold for something like $11, but it was by far the best cheddar I've had in years. Simultaneously creamy and crumbly, with a good bite that was sharp and a bit salty but perfectly balanced with the dairy and "cheese" flavors. I really miss that cheese -- have any of you seen it?

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