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The Best White Wines at Costco Under $15

My parents started their membership while I spent most of my time in the wine section, and kept saying stuff like "Wow...it's so cheap!" To anyone who has ever set foot in a Costco, it was the equivalent of me saying "Wow...that ocean is so full of water!" or "OMG. Shocking news. The tortoise beat the hare." So obvious...but still so wonderful. More

Costco, a Pizza Chain Hiding in Plain Sight

This membership warehouse club is the largest such chain of its kind in the U.S., with 416 domestic locations as of 2010. Most of these locations have a food court, and most of those food courts sell pizza. This would make the warehouse club the 15th largest pizza chain in the U.S. More

Costco Ground Beef? Hamburger Matty's Rooftop Cookout Made Me a Believer

A confession: I am ignorant of the supposed wonders of Costco. There were none around me when I was a kid, and when I moved to NYC, I simply didn't have the room to stock up on a year's supply of toilet paper. SE'rs have raved about the bulk superstore in numerous Talk topics, proclaiming its high-quality, low-cost food, but my friend Matty Jacobs's annual rooftop cookout made me a believer. More

On Costco Snack Bar Pizza

[Photograph: colros on Flickr] A thread on Slice parent site Serious Eats has folks discussing the merits of Costco pizza. I've never had it, since I'm not a Costco member. Here's what people are saying: "I eat the pizza at Costco all the time. It's big, cheesy, and the sauce is good too. I've had better pizza and I've had many worse." —joeqboo "I used to have a Costco on the way home from work and I would buy a bottle of wine and have a slice of pizza. The pizza is pretty filling for the price." —redfish... More

Video: Eric Ripert Visits Costco on 'Avec Alan'

In the first installment of Avec Alan, GQ's food critic Alan Richman introduces French chef Eric Ripert to the wonders and horrors of Costco. How does the fluorescent light-filled warehouse club make make Ripert feel? Not so good: I am freaked out. Costco depresses me. I know everybody doesn't have the same opportunities I do to visit farm stands and little markets, but I will fight to the end for inspirational shopping. Costco doesn't even look like it belongs on our planet. It could be on the moon. It has no relationship to the outside world as I know it. The lighting, the temperature, the outrageous abundance. The store has no life and no contact with anything that comes... More

Costco Stops Selling Coke Products

According to the Associated Press, Costco has dropped Coca-Cola products while the two companies sort through a pricing dispute. Costco says it wants lower wholesale prices so it can pass along savings to its customers. Coke is balking. But the article indicates that the dispute will likely be settled quickly. Until then, bubble up somewhere else, folks.... More

Costco Will Accept Food Stamps Nationwide

According to City Room: "Company executives hope to have food stamp acceptance in place in half the company's 407 warehouse-style stores by Thanksgiving...While the company had once protested that it was difficult to configure its computer systems to accept food stamps—given that Costco sells many other products besides food—Costco has now embraced the idea."... More

Cheese-Cake-A-Burger from Costco

[Photograph: Costco] Costco has everything you need, from caskets to slushy machines to cheeseburger-shaped cheesecakes. The Cheese-Cake-A-Burger by Elegant Cheese Cakes costs $99 (overnight shipping included) for 8 to 10 servings and is made of citrus cheesecake and Belgian... More

Costco Is Selling French Winter Black Truffles

For $99.99, you can order two ounces of French-imported Winter Black truffles or Périgord Truffles (Tuber melanosporum) from Costco. Item # 394884. Uniquely the only type of truffle without a tan flesh, these winter marvels have a black or chocolate colored flesh and carry an aroma that is out of this world! These gastronomic treats flourish from January through March when the black truffles have their most intense aroma. These truffles arrive fresh from France having been picked and delivered within a week of leaving the rich soil. Costco will deliver them via UPS 2nd Day Air. As our friend mulegirl said best: "If anyone ever asks you to explain the difference between Costco and Walmart." Now you have... More

Shouldn't Costco Take Food Stamps?

Photograph from greenwenvy08 on Flickr According to Jennifer 8. Lee of the New York Times, Costco—which has a well-deserved reputation as a progressive, worker-friendly company—doesn't take food stamps. This makes no sense. Lee reports that Costco offered three reasons for this: 1. They did not think they would qualify based on the federal government requirements.2. It was too expensive to adapt their equipment to accept food stamps.3. With their annual fee/bulk-purchase model, people on food stamps probably could not shop there anyway. Lee's story painstakingly refutes each of these rationales. The fact that this policy continues in the midst of our economic meltdown seems particularly cruel and nonsensical. And given Costco's progressive reputation, it's ironic that the Times is... More

Costliest Spice Coming to Costco

Good news for lovers of saffron! Beginning in May, you'll be able to buy certified saffron from Spain's Castilla La Mancha region at your local Costco. Costco buyer Gary Kotzen says, "We want the best of the best, and we want to offer it to our members without them having to pay the premium. We'll bring it in, package it ourselves and offer it to our members at about one third or even one fifth of the cost of similar saffron."... More

Emergency Food Kit: For When the Going Gets (Really) Tough

Costco is good for many things: giants bags of chip, trays of 20 croissants, boxes of candy bars, Post-its in bulk, and most important of all, Emergency Food Kits. For $114.99, you get 275 servings of water-reconstitutable goodness all tucked away in a 23-pound bucket. Have a craving for corn chowder? Just add a corn chowder pack to five cups of boiling water and simmer for 20 minutes. (Kit does not contain water.) You can also feast on Western Stew, Blueberry Pancakes, Whey Milk, and Potato Bakon Soup. Bakon, my friends, bakon! I don't think this is something you should eat on a regular basis just to save money (as tempting as that may be), but if you're trapped... More

Can Frozen Lasagna Save Martha Stewart's Bacon?

Martha Stewart is going into the frozen food business via a deal with Costco. With Martha Stewart Omnimedia's stock price languishing and its earnings picture equally lackluster, the real question is whether frozen lasagna can save Ms. Martha's bacon.... More

Costco is Selling Mexican Coke!

If you like the Real Thing better made with real sugar and you happen to live near a Costco, you'll be happy to know that they're selling Mexican Coke: $17.99 for a case of 24 twelve ounce bottles, which comes out to 75c each. How'd Costco manage that, you ask? According to SFist, they've "conformed to CA and U.S. rules, such as CRV (the sort-of deposit you pay for the bottle) and "nutrition" labeling, so everything appears to be nice and legal." Coca-Cola Corporate in Atlanta says there is "no perceptible taste difference" between Mexican Coke made with real sugar and US Coke made with high-fructose corn syrup, but as anyone who's ever had the two can tell you,... More

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