Shopping at Costco can be a little overwhelming. But you can work your way to a better deal at the warehouse giant. Kyle James runs the website www.rather-be-shopping.com. He's been telling people about Costco deals for years. "I started building this resource of these different ways that you can, when you're in the store. Just by looking at the price you can figure out, okay, is this full price, might this be marked down even more, am I getting the best deal possible," explained James.
With the help of Costco and James, I'll show you how to break the Costco price code. The key to the code is not in the dollars but rather the cents. The last two digits of the price reveals everything. First, if you see a tag end in .99 the product is full price. What you are really looking for a price that ends in .97. That means the product is going to be moved out."Usually it's a special price you're not going to find. Once it's gone, it's gone. And those can be some good deals also," said James.
A price ending in .00 is probably the best deal you will find in the store. It means the manager wants the item out. And once it's out, the product is gone for good. Also look for the asterisk. That means the product is discontinued. A combination of a .97 and an asterisk means you are getting a last-chance good deal. James says prices ending in .79 and .49 are manufacturer's specials. "It's products they're testing out in the store. Manufacturers say, 'Hey, we'll let you sell it for this price,'" said James.
Just to recap: .99 - full price .97 - a deal decided by the manager .49 and .79 - manufacturer’s specials .00 - the goods are about to go Asterisk - discontinued and done
(Posted by John Maybury, Pacifica Riptide, Pacifica, California)
Tired of those long lines at Gorilla Barbeque? What Pacifica needs is this mobile barbecue stand (the tank on the rear dispenses beer). Thanks to Marv Morganti for sharing this photo from the Internet.
(Posted by John Maybury, Pacifica Riptide, Pacifica, California)
Tom Borden, owner of mobile food truck Poppy's Crab Shack, writes: "I wanted to keep you up to date on what's happening with Poppy's this season. We had a great first year but have turned the wheel over to a couple of chefs from SF, Mark Furr and Angela Chavez. Mark and Angela are seasoned in the mobile food truck biz (they ran the now closed Smoke BBQ truck in SF, check it out, they got great reviews) and were looking to move to HMB and start a new seafood based mobile food business. They are a great fit to take Poppy's to the next level. Everything will be staying the same, although they plan to update the menu with some new seasonal items -- surf & turf is in the plans. Mark & Angela are outfitting their 1965 Commander food truck as we speak and they expect Poppy's to be open for business in the next few weeks. Amy and I will continue to help them in the business as they are getting established. We are also going to be releasing our Poppy's Crab Shack Cookbook: The Story of a Season in the next few months. We will let you know when that happens."
Back in April 2013, Ian Butler reported: "I spotted this food truck parked at Montara Beach last weekend and pulled over for the best crab sandwich ever! Poppy's Crab Shack is run by Tom Borden, an adventurous Coastsider with a penchant for tasty crustaceans. He will be setting up shop at the Pacifica Farmer's Market next month, but now I'm dreaming of crab delicacies at our own Linda Mar Beach."
In keeping with Pacifica's earth-shattering record 100+ food sources, I bring you more good news from the eating front. Pacifica Index Editor and Publisher Chris Fogel saw our comment asking for the names of Vietnamese sandwich places in town. Here is his report:
"Vy's Coffee (Palmetto) and Dinosaur's (Eureka Square) are two places in town with excellent Vietnamese sandwiches. Dinosaur's has a good rep, and Vy's was recently written up in a San Francisco Chronicle blog feature as being fantastic and as offering one of the best banh mi sandwiches on the Peninsula. Beach Monkey Cafe (Linda Mar and Adobe) offers a banh mi, but it's the only Vietnamese sandwich they offer."
My business source reports that the old Acapulco Mexican restaurant space is about to reopen as The Breakers, a breakfast and lunch spot. Looking forward to trying it out and hearing from our readers about it.
AAA's Via magazine (September 2013) shows Pacificans Lionel Emde and Renee Batti leaving the San Francisco Ferry Building farmers market with a shopping cart full of goodies. "Our 15 seconds of fame," said Lionel when one of his customers showed him the photo. And Lionel's butcher at the market also showed him the magazine and said, "You're famous."
Pacifica’s 40,000+ hungry people seek sustenance but risk widening waistlines all along Highway 1 and beyond, with more than 100 places in town to get your feed bag on.
The very first thing you see when you come over the hill from The Real World is The Golden Arches, an iconic brand that just screams Pacifica Calorifica.
Now let’s get down to the serious business of eating (don’t forget alcohol’s empty calories, thus I include bars and liquor stores in the list below). Now here’s the skinny on getting fat in Pacifica, the real “highway widening,” listed from north to south:
•Pacific Manor: two Chinese restaurants, Southeast Asian restaurant, two taquerias, Italian restaurant, Italian deli, fish-and-chips shop, two pizzerias, fast-food drive-in, supermarket, natural-foods store, bakery, butcher shop, coffee shop, two cafes, liquor store with snack food, bar, convenience store, drugstore with groceries.
•Fairmont/Hickey/Skyline: sushi house, liquor store with snack food, pizzeria, four Chinese restaurants, Japanese restaurant, cafe, supermarket, drugstore with groceries.
•Sharp Park: taqueria, Peruvian-Mexican restaurant, two pizzerias, Thai restaurant, six cafes, bakery, Chinese restaurant, two Japanese restaurants, Vietnamese sandwich shop, bar and grill, supermarket with deli and cafe and health food aisle, sushi house, candy store, convenience store, golf course restaurant.
•Reina del Mar: steak house, cafe, taqueria, barbecue joint, convenience store, gas station with snack food.
•Rockaway Beach: tea and sandwich shop, wine bar and cafe, farmers market, two surf-and-turf restaurants, burger joint, liquor store with snack food, cafe, gas station with snack food, bowling alley with coffee shop.
•Crespi: Peruvian restaurant, convenience store, cafe, Chinese restaurant, Japanese restaurant, senior center Meals-on-Wheels kitchen.
•Linda Mar: two coffee shops, family restaurant, taqueria, Chinese takeout, ice cream store, Hawaiian barbecue place, two cafes, pizzeria, drugstore with groceries, supermarket with deli and cafe, gas station with snack food, two fast-food drive-ins, bar, donut shop, sandwich shop.
•Pedro Point: pizzeria, cafe, taqueria, supermarket, hardware store with snack food.
•Adobe Plaza: cafe, pizzeria, convenience store.
•Park Mall: cafe, pizzeria, Chinese restaurant, coffee shop, grocery store with deli and butcher shop, liquor store with snack food, gas station with snack food.
(From my July 24 "Wandering and Wondering" column in the Pacifica Tribune. If I missed anyplace, please click Comments below to let me know.)
Guerrero's Taqueria is going into the JAC space in Fairmont Shopping Center. Says our business source, "Again, $10,000 a month in expenses before you make a profit. Good luck to them." Guerrero's original location behind the big red caboose and Vallemar Station remains open for business.
This was a good PR week for Pacifica restaurants. First, Puerto 27 got a great write-up by San Francisco Chronicle "Datebook" food reviewer Michael Bauer. Then Nick's was very favorably reviewed in the Chronicle "96 Hours" section. Find the reviews at sfgate.com or sfchronicle.com. Riptide critic Juan Mayburrito says the seafood and scenery at both places are outstanding.
Our Southern California correspondent Michael Shaw says he woke up the other morning and found this 20-inch-long zucchini resting atop the fruit bowl on his kitchen counter in Northridge. Michael says a friend of his who specializes in growing oversize vegetables had dropped off the super-zuke. "I'm not sure I want to see this guy's backyard," Michael says.