Argh!

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…I bought the SousVide Supreme too early!  They’ve just introduced the SousVide Supreme Demi.  It costs $299.95 ($150 less than the full-sized Supreme), comes in cute colors, takes up a smaller countertop footprint (Supreme = breadmachine, Demi = crockpot), yet still holds twelve 4-oz servings. It stinks to be an early adopter.

But in all seriousness, I’d probably still get the bigger SousVide Supreme because I’m totally a size queen (when it comes to kitchen appliances).  I’ve used the Supreme for about 2.5 weeks and it’s pretty awesome. When I get around to it, I’ll post a lengthy review. Gotta get some shut eye first.

Local Spotlight: Sigona’s Farmers Market (Redwood City)

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Since we moved from San Francisco to the ‘burbs, Sigona’s Farmers Market has become my favorite grocery store on the Peninsula, hands down.  Impeccable produce (a mix of local, organic, and conventionally-grown), awesome cheese selection (not Paleo approved, but eff it), Marin Sun Farms grass fed beef, organic and free-range poultry, a myriad of dried fruits and nuts (bulk raw coconut flakes for $2-something/lb!), unique and high quality specialty items, and great customer service — I love this place!

If you buy seasonally, the prices are really reasonable. Definitely join the Preferred Customer club so you’re privy to Sigona’s weekly specials and coupons.  The coupons are for free stuff if you spend over $30, and you don’t need to print them out — just show the clerk the coupon on your mobile phone.  Trust me, it’s very easy to spend more than $30, especially if you buy meat.  When there’s a sale on the grass fed beef, the savings are pretty astonishing.  For example, the grass fed ribeye is just $15.99/lb ($10 cheaper per lb than Pampero Ranch at the Mountain View Farmer’s market) and the grass fed ground beef is cheaper per pound than Costco across the street ($3.99/lb vs. $4.23/lb).  Same thing with Rocky free-range chicken, it’s normally only $0.99/lb.  You’d be crazy not to stock up!

If you are in the area, you should really check out this locally owned, family run grocery store.  I just wish it was closer to my house…

Confession: I Am A Costco Addict

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I feel very confessional today. 

I love Costco.  Maybe even a little more than I love my family.  Did I type that out loud?  Seriously, I go to Costco at least once a week and always come home with all sorts of awesome things — and not just stuff that come in 400-pack boxes. 

Here are some things I picked up yesterday:

 

Gluten-free, free-range, super easy-peasy, and pretty tasty.  I threw one pack in the freezer and will use the other pack throughout the week.  I packed a few meatballs with some leftover braised cabbage and brought it to work.

  

 Ito-en makes my favorite bottled Japanese tea and I love having these bags around to make green tea on the fly.

I eat tons of guacamole so I’m happy this comes in a three pack. 

 

Our Costco stocks some top-shelf cookbooks along with the crap.  I spied signed copies of Michael Chiarello’s new Bottega cookbook but it was next to Sandra Lee’s latest cookbook.  I guess you have to take the good with the shitty.  Come holiday season, they bring out the really fancy cookbooks like Alinea, The French Laundry Cookbook, etc.  I hope they stock Modernist Cuisine when it comes out…

Other products I regularly pick up at Costco:

  • Grimaud Farms duck confit
  • Large bag of Haas avocados (on the Clean Fifteen so I’m okay with them being conventionally grown)
  • Large bag of bell peppers (yes, I know it’s on the Dirty Dozen list but sometimes I can’t help myself – especially when I want to roast off a bunch of them)
  • Amylu Sweet Carmelized Onion Chicken Burgers
  • Rosie Fully Cooked Organic Free Range Chicken Strips

*UPDATE 7/11: I don’t buy the chicken meatballs, chicken burgers, or free range chicken strips anymore because there’s sugar and/or bad oils in ‘em.

    Plus, you can return almost anything (save some electronics) at anytime with no box or receipt — even years later.  I’m sold.