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Bargearse
Nov 27, 2006

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Just renewed my membership, am slightly annoyed that the Ringwood Melbourne store doesnít have the Mexican beef bake any more and theyíve changed suppliers for some of the specialty cheeses and now theyíre not quite as good. The food court now has cheeseburgers and theyíre decent though.

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Dec 26, 2008


They have free hotdog samples at Costco. Itís like the most Costco thing ever.

Renegret
May 26, 2007

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ShortyMR.CAT posted:

This unwarranted chicken bake hate....why!? If they are so bad why they still on the menu!

In not food news, I need more of those drat storage containers. I had no idea they stacked until after I bought only 1..

saaaaaaaaaaaame. I bought one pack of three, then realized I needed like 10 more. So I went back to Costco the following week and they were all gone.

Ended up getting them at K-Mart for six bucks a pop, which isn't the worst price but they're not as good.

El Jebus
Jun 18, 2008

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Re: Chicken Bake Hate

I donít hate them, I just donít think they are as good as the $1.50 polish/hotdog and drink combo, or more similarly priced, a slice of pizza and a drink. Itís got a lot going for it and Iíd choose it over the other two if I canít sit down and eat it and have to leave right away for some reason.

belt
May 12, 2001

by Nyc_Tattoo


Got a free dog and soda for confirming my email at Costco today when I went to stock up on winter clothes and frozen foods

Good Dog
Oct 16, 2008

Who threw this cat at me?

Clapping Larry

Bucnasti posted:

Tustin CA, I used to live at a place equidistance from three Costco, two of them brand new Super Costco. And I didn't have to deal with the freeway to get to any of them.

Where was that? Like ICD and Culver? I've never been to the Costco at Tustin Marketplace, I always go to the one a whole TWO MILES away from it at The District. Looking at google maps I realize they're both about the same distance from my office but I think the district one is more convenient since its further from the 5. The one on Barranca is 3 miles away so it might as well be on another planet.


I gotta get more peanut butter still because they didn't have any of the organic ones the last time I was there and only had the Skippy brand junk.

FCKGW
May 21, 2006





Am I in heaven?
No, Iím in Costco suburbia.

Chinatown
Sep 11, 2001

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Fun Shoe

Yup that's definitely Friday traffic in Irvine.

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Oct 29, 2012

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Chinatown posted:

Yup that's definitely Friday traffic in Irvine.

They make a big deal about how safe Irvine is, but they disregard the fact that the traffic is murder

Bucnasti
Aug 14, 2012

Listen to him, men. He's just crazy enough to do it!


FCKGW posted:



Am I in heaven?
No, Iím in Costco suburbia.

Yup, I used to live near the E in Woodbridge. It was like being in at the convergence of ley lines.


Good Dog posted:

Where was that? Like ICD and Culver? I've never been to the Costco at Tustin Marketplace, I always go to the one a whole TWO MILES away from it at The District. Looking at google maps I realize they're both about the same distance from my office but I think the district one is more convenient since its further from the 5. The one on Barranca is 3 miles away so it might as well be on another planet.


I gotta get more peanut butter still because they didn't have any of the organic ones the last time I was there and only had the Skippy brand junk.

The one at Marketplace is the oldest one, it's a little on the small size and parking sucks, the Irvine one is nice but a pain to get in and out of.But the one at The District is the best, they have it all, it's the nicest Costco I've ever been to.
I think the District Costco was supposed to replace the Marketplace one, but evidently there was enough reason to keep it open.

Now I live in Hollywood which is like a Costco desert, I have to drive all the way to Glendale to get my dogs.

Laterite
Mar 14, 2007

It's Gutfest '89

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Received the annual reward from Church today: $134.

PBUC

FogHelmut
Dec 18, 2003

Your authority is not recognized in Fort Kickass.


Anyone buy a car battery from the co?


Edit - just bought one. Really good battery for $75 with return of old battery. Amazing.


Also, chili is great. Al Pastor salad is gone from this one. Replaced with real beef.

FogHelmut fucked around with this message at 02:23 on Sep 29, 2018

SpannerX
Apr 26, 2010

I had a beer with Stephen Harper once and now I like him.



Fun Shoe

Renegret posted:

saaaaaaaaaaaame. I bought one pack of three, then realized I needed like 10 more. So I went back to Costco the following week and they were all gone.

Ended up getting them at K-Mart for six bucks a pop, which isn't the worst price but they're not as good.

What are these storage containers?

PBUC

cryptoclastic
Jul 3, 2003

The Jesus


Got myself a Sherpa Throw last night. I am now in the cool club.

skooma512
Feb 8, 2012

You couldn't grok my race car, but you dug the roadside blur.


El Jebus posted:

Re: Chicken Bake Hate

I donít hate them, I just donít think they are as good as the $1.50 polish/hotdog and drink combo, or more similarly priced, a slice of pizza and a drink. Itís got a lot going for it and Iíd choose it over the other two if I canít sit down and eat it and have to leave right away for some reason.

Yeah it's more of an opportunity cost than anything. If all there was was the chicken bake it would be cool and good, but if having a chicken bake means no pizza or no dog, then that's not optimal.

Kaincypher
Apr 24, 2008


FCKGW posted:



Am I in heaven?
No, Iím in Costco suburbia.

no poo poo? I'm within a 20 min. drive of most of those places. Central OC for the win! I needs to get more of that beef bulgogi, which I'm pretty sure is made of crack cocaine based on the addictiveness.

Ultimate Mango
Jan 18, 2005



Kaincypher posted:

no poo poo? I'm within a 20 min. drive of most of those places. Central OC for the win! I needs to get more of that beef bulgogi, which I'm pretty sure is made of crack cocaine based on the addictiveness.

The secret is sugar.

Taima
Dec 31, 2006




The chicken bakes are trash, and honestly, while the pizzas are better they are some of the worst pizza you can get, any decent local pizza place is going to blow it out of the water ($10 is admittedly a crazy good deal for it though).

Lord forgive me for my blasphemy, but I find the food court to be a disaster besides the $1.50 hot dog WITH refill.

Even great classic items like the berry smoothie uses a completely watered down recipe from what they were offering a few years ago. As for the salad, using fake al pastor should be punishable by death considering how delicious real al pastor is. What a bait and switch.

The Acai bowl is alright but it's nowhere near as good as a real acai bowl. Granted, not a terrible deal for $5, but not a great one either.

Costco clearly understands that the food court is kind of poo poo, which is why they keep on making changes, but the changes they have made just don't make me confident that they even know what's wrong. Like, chili? Fake al pastor? Come on son. Sure you can make a chili dog, but 99% of people are not going to go to that kind of effort. They should just make a chili dog on menu if that's the goal.

On top of that they got rid of the mother. loving. polish.

Get your poo poo together, Costco food court.

e: And not to beat the shareholder drum but when was the last time that they intro'ed a true value item? They mostly try to get you to pay $4 for chili out of a bag or lettuce with soy pastor. These are all positioned to make plenty of profit, which is also why they cut the polish.

They want to have the hot dog and the pizza on the menu alongside profit-making items and it leads the entire menu to come off as kind of a poo poo show. Focus on value, or don't, but these half measures are kind of ridiculous.

Taima fucked around with this message at 06:30 on Sep 29, 2018

Shadow0
Jun 16, 2008


Grimey Drawer

Ultimate Mango posted:

The secret is sugar.

I live in Korea and can confirm: they add sugar to everything.

Bulgogi is really good though; I should eat it more often.

FogHelmut
Dec 18, 2003

Your authority is not recognized in Fort Kickass.


FCKGW posted:



Am I in heaven?
No, I’m in Costco suburbia.

Ah yes, the Costco Trail. Highlights include the two Costcos in Tustin only 3 miles apart by car, and the two Costcos in Laguna Niguel only 3 miles apart by car.

pacerhimself
Dec 30, 2008

by Fluffdaddy


FogHelmut posted:

Anyone buy a car battery from the co?


Edit - just bought one. Really good battery for $75 with return of old battery. Amazing.


Also, chili is great. Al Pastor salad is gone from this one. Replaced with real beef.

I bought a Kirkland brand battery 3 years ago, it's worked admirably, starting my car on cold winter days with the block heater not plugged in.

FogHelmut
Dec 18, 2003

Your authority is not recognized in Fort Kickass.


pacerhimself posted:

I bought a Kirkland brand battery 3 years ago, it's worked admirably, starting my car on cold winter days with the block heater not plugged in.

I looked at equivalent batteries at AutoZone, they're in the $150 range. Costco wins again.


Also, the Bridgestone car emergency kit they sell is pretty legit for the cost. It includes a lot of items. I'd say it's worth the $30 alone just for the jumper cables. The case is really nice and should fit anywhere, and there's room inside to add more items. Maybe throw in a wrench and a tire plug kit and you're set.

https://www.costco.com/Bridgestone-Emergency-Roadside-Kit.product.100339740.html

Xaris
Jul 25, 2006

Neigh

Taima posted:

The chicken bakes are trash, and honestly, while the pizzas are better they are some of the worst pizza you can get, any decent local pizza place is going to blow it out of the water ($10 is admittedly a crazy good deal for it though).

Lord forgive me for my blasphemy, but I find the food court to be a disaster besides the $1.50 hot dog WITH refill.

Even great classic items like the berry smoothie uses a completely watered down recipe from what they were offering a few years ago. As for the salad, using fake al pastor should be punishable by death considering how delicious real al pastor is. What a bait and switch.

The Acai bowl is alright but it's nowhere near as good as a real acai bowl. Granted, not a terrible deal for $5, but not a great one either.

Costco clearly understands that the food court is kind of poo poo, which is why they keep on making changes, but the changes they have made just don't make me confident that they even know what's wrong. Like, chili? Fake al pastor? Come on son. Sure you can make a chili dog, but 99% of people are not going to go to that kind of effort. They should just make a chili dog on menu if that's the goal.

On top of that they got rid of the mother. loving. polish.

Get your poo poo together, Costco food court.

e: And not to beat the shareholder drum but when was the last time that they intro'ed a true value item? They mostly try to get you to pay $4 for chili out of a bag or lettuce with soy pastor. These are all positioned to make plenty of profit, which is also why they cut the polish.

They want to have the hot dog and the pizza on the menu alongside profit-making items and it leads the entire menu to come off as kind of a poo poo show. Focus on value, or don't, but these half measures are kind of ridiculous.
I've been saying generally this for awhile and agree. The pizza is... fine for the price but otherwise just ho-hum calorie bomb. Other than just being a really cold rainy day and really craving a hot slice of pizza right then and there.

:agreed: on the acai bowl. Someone told me it's actually much better if you get the froyo-swirl version of it, but just the plain acai was kinda weirdly bland icy trash. I've been to San Diego a bunch, and acai bowls are all a loving craze here in the bay area so its not like i can't get them by walking around a corner for maybe $7. I'd gladly pay an extra $2 for a really good one.

I do disagree on the al pastor though, just because there isn't really much vegetarian friendly things on the menu so it's cool to have that option. Other than asking for a chicken caesar without chicken, or a cheese pizza. Maybe trying to offer both real and soy? I dunno. Then again when I think Costco, I personally don't think "SALAD WOO!!" as an item I get excited about vs like an actual customizeble salad place.

I used to love the polish but man the last few times I've got it it's been dried out overcooked garbage. I think they just don't get enough turnover with them, so I guess I can't blame em for getting rid of them.

Also I think they changed their chicken bake like 10+ years ago, it used to a be a bit better back then but since just sucks.

churro is still good for $1 tho

The Hambulance
Apr 19, 2011

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Pillbug

Went to Costco today for some chicken bakes (I actually like them) and on my way out, I saw they had Sherpa Hoodies for $12.99 each.

All the warmth of the Sherpa blanket in a hoodie

PBUC

Taima
Dec 31, 2006




Xaris posted:

I do disagree on the al pastor though, just because there isn't really much vegetarian friendly things on the menu so it's cool to have that option. Other than asking for a chicken caesar without chicken, or a cheese pizza. Maybe trying to offer both real and soy? I dunno. Then again when I think Costco, I personally don't think "SALAD WOO!!" as an item I get excited about vs like an actual customizeble salad place.

churro is still good for $1 tho

Good points all around. To clarify, I'm not against the concept of soy pastor. What annoys me is that they call it an "al pastor salad". Al pastor is very specifically marinated pork that has been spit roasted.

If a hot dog is made of soy, they don't call it a hot dog. They call it something cute like a Smart Dog or a Healthydog or something, because a hot dog is an extremely specific food item.

Besides, the thing is, Costco already serves real al pastor! I hit up Costco for booze last time I was in Cabo. They have a permanent al pastor pizza that is real al pastor, mainly because if you tried to pull that soy pastor poo poo in Mexico you would be dragged behind a large horse.

So they DO actively make both soy and traditional al pastor for various locations. I agree that the obvious play is to serve both. Then they can start serving both veggie and real al pastor tacos/burritos/etc.

And yeah, the churro is good! And it fits right in with serving food items based on both real and soy al pastor, so clearly there is synergy here between Mexican-centric food court items.


e: a short video about the real al pastor pizza served in Mexico: https://www.facebook.com/CostcoMex/videos/pizza-de-pastor/1510344859035298/

Taima fucked around with this message at 16:51 on Sep 29, 2018

belt
May 12, 2001

by Nyc_Tattoo


The Hambulance posted:

Went to Costco today for some chicken bakes (I actually like them) and on my way out, I saw they had Sherpa Hoodies for $12.99 each.

All the warmth of the Sherpa blanket in a hoodie

PBUC

:eyepop: My Costco doesn't have these, and neither does the online store :smith:

Xaris
Jul 25, 2006

Neigh

Iíd guess they probably have some different food distribution and production in Mexico but yeah they viably could do it here and prolly should. Iím just not that picky on the terminology they use even tho real al pastor is indeed good

Like Iíd love to have the bulgogi bakes, maybe the jacketed potato. But oh well

Iíd say yeah focus on cheap and quick to-go esque easy to eat street foods would be reasonable. Something like chili, or salads, or burgs just ehhh donít sound very appealing and I think trying to more ďdiner it upĒ is the wrong move. Especially because it really canít handle people at allll so they really need lots of ďself containedĒ things that people to take it away or easy to have ready and eat, or unless itís one of those newer Costcoís with outside food courts, that seems like a smart move for the future but Iím sure itís less than 1% of their stores

Like try for $3 prepared burritos of al pastor, grilled chicken, or things like a Stromboli would be bomb. I would also say a coffee station where you grab a cup and fill up from a dispensers of different blends, paid either before or at checkout or something, would be nice. (They used to have free coffee back in the day), and little pastry options (which they also already make and sell like 24 packs of but sometimes you just want one) that go fast would be good since sometimes you just want something light early in the day while shopping.

But I guess it makes more sense from a sales point of view not to sell appetite suppressants and filling cheap pastries so you can bang out a $200 cart of food instead. Thatís probably partly why they got rid of it I suppose l

binge crotching
Apr 2, 2010



They do sell individual pastries in the food court, but maybe not at every one.

Xaris
Jul 25, 2006

Neigh

I havenít seen that, at least not at any of the Californian Costcos

Really donít want to stand in a long line for a poppy seed muffin tho either so theyíd prolly need a different line

Docahedron
May 11, 2008

Im a special snowflake


Had some Costco chili yesterday and it was very good for being Costco chili

I get Wendy's chili frequently and Costcos was way better

Kaincypher
Apr 24, 2008


FogHelmut posted:

Ah yes, the Costco Trail. Highlights include the two Costcos in Tustin only 3 miles apart by car, and the two Costcos in Laguna Niguel only 3 miles apart by car.



If you're using the ones in south OC, I'll just assume you're rich enough that you are just sending a manservant/butler to do your shopping for you.

Real question: What frozen foods from Costco should I stock up on? My tastes are all over the place, love their apparently sugar-chocked bulgogi, but I eat everything from soy products to steak. Sadly, even Costco steak is too expensive, even if it is cheaper by the pound.

Xaris
Jul 25, 2006

Neigh

Kaincypher posted:

Real question: What frozen foods from Costco should I stock up on? My tastes are all over the place, love their apparently sugar-chocked bulgogi, but I eat everything from soy products to steak. Sadly, even Costco steak is too expensive, even if it is cheaper by the pound.
Normandy Blend, Normandy Blend, Normandy Blend.

It's so good and easy for a low-carb no sugar snack (i'm on keto diet right now and its a god send). Throw them on a tray, put them in an oven set to heat to 450f and let some of the water sweat out while it preheats, then when its heated to 450f, drizzle a bunch of olive oil and salt+pepper and throw back in for 30 minutes until crispy. eat with some horseradish aioli from trader joes and it's :discourse:

I would also say you can freeze things like half of the mexican cheese 2-pack, tortilla 2-pack, frozen pizzas if you want and always have stuff to ready-make quesadillas or something. The tikka masala nanwhiches were good for a quick bite, but kinda unfulfilling imo.

The frozen berries are really good for smoothies if you're into smoothies. the sirloin hamburg patties are legit as well. Frozen salmon is pretty good and good value. Lots of people like the ling-ling potstickers and those are p amazing tho i can't eat that many. The mozzarella sticks are amazing, especially with :420: but dangerous imo. There are other things, but those are the highlights

I never do any of the frozen desserts becausee holy moly thats just way too much for 1-2 people, and i don't have freezer space for a giant box of drumsticks or whatever and it's just way too much sugar. The one thing I did get was the frozen mochis which were really good, still hard to eat that much and have space for it but would recommend if you want something sweet.

Xaris fucked around with this message at 18:23 on Sep 29, 2018

ohnobugs
Feb 22, 2003




I picked up some of those frozen French onion soup things and those are way better than frozen precooked soup has any right to be. Thanks thread!

Xaris
Jul 25, 2006

Neigh

AuntBuck posted:

I picked up some of those frozen French onion soup things and those are way better than frozen precooked soup has any right to be. Thanks thread!

forgot about those, yeah they're real good and loving fantastic cold/flu winter soup to make you feel :3: on a cold day. if you don't want a huge pack, trader joes sells the exact same ones in a 2-pack. I think its $11 for 6 at Costco vs $4 for 2, so obv better value but $2 each is good price.

To kick them up a notch, grab a thing of gruyere from 'co or TJ and a baguette, when it's like 80% done cooking, throw some slices of toasted baguette ontop and then sprinkle generous quantity of cheese for a cheesy-bread raft ontop. it's delicious and bulks it up a little more.

Xaris fucked around with this message at 20:29 on Sep 29, 2018

Hypnolobster
Apr 12, 2007

What this sausage party needs is a big dollop of ketchup! Too bad I didn't make any. :(



The mozzarella sticks are full blown obnoxiously delicious. It's a real problem.

Coredump
Dec 1, 2002



Taima posted:

The chicken bakes are trash, and honestly, while the pizzas are better they are some of the worst pizza you can get, any decent local pizza place is going to blow it out of the water ($10 is admittedly a crazy good deal for it though).

Lord forgive me for my blasphemy, but I find the food court to be a disaster besides the $1.50 hot dog WITH refill.

Even great classic items like the berry smoothie uses a completely watered down recipe from what they were offering a few years ago. As for the salad, using fake al pastor should be punishable by death considering how delicious real al pastor is. What a bait and switch.

The Acai bowl is alright but it's nowhere near as good as a real acai bowl. Granted, not a terrible deal for $5, but not a great one either.

Costco clearly understands that the food court is kind of poo poo, which is why they keep on making changes, but the changes they have made just don't make me confident that they even know what's wrong. Like, chili? Fake al pastor? Come on son. Sure you can make a chili dog, but 99% of people are not going to go to that kind of effort. They should just make a chili dog on menu if that's the goal.

On top of that they got rid of the mother. loving. polish.

Get your poo poo together, Costco food court.

e: And not to beat the shareholder drum but when was the last time that they intro'ed a true value item? They mostly try to get you to pay $4 for chili out of a bag or lettuce with soy pastor. These are all positioned to make plenty of profit, which is also why they cut the polish.

They want to have the hot dog and the pizza on the menu alongside profit-making items and it leads the entire menu to come off as kind of a poo poo show. Focus on value, or don't, but these half measures are kind of ridiculous.

Hey you know what goes good on their hot dogs?

hakimashou
Jul 15, 2002


Upset Trowel

Coredump posted:

Hey you know what goes good on their hot dogs?

acai berries?

Supreme Allah
Oct 6, 2004

everybody relax, i'm here


Nap Ghost

The Hambulance posted:

Went to Costco today for some chicken bakes (I actually like them) and on my way out, I saw they had Sherpa Hoodies for $12.99 each.

All the warmth of the Sherpa blanket in a hoodie

PBUC

I'm going tomorrow to look for these and if they dont have them I'm going to lose it

luchajones
Jan 28, 2018

I have no beard, and I must scream


Docahedron posted:


I get Wendy's chili frequently and Costcos was way better

:wrong:

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Hypnolobster posted:

The mozzarella sticks are full blown obnoxiously delicious. It's a real problem.

Rather than go cold turkey I decided to ease myself into dieting. First thing I did was cut my Costco mozzarella stick consumption by 50% and I immediately lost 13 pounds. Water weight, blahblahblah, but a good bit of that had to have been gooey mozzarella goodness.

I miss them. :(

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