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  • Post #1111 - August 27th, 2020, 6:29 pm
    Post #1111 - August 27th, 2020, 6:29 pm Post #1111 - August 27th, 2020, 6:29 pm
    WillG wrote:Pairs-

    What is vegan sugar? or more to the point, non-vegan sugar? Something to do with the refining process? Do you mean raw sugar?

    -Will


    Vegan sugar
  • Post #1112 - August 27th, 2020, 6:42 pm
    Post #1112 - August 27th, 2020, 6:42 pm Post #1112 - August 27th, 2020, 6:42 pm
    pairs4life wrote:It's a decent basic cheese pizza in the food court by the pie or slice if you are in the mood but you don't need membership for that.

    Costco announced earlier this year, you would need a membership to use their food court.

    In practical terms, I have not yet been asked. When ordering food from the touch screen kiosk, nobody asks either.

    Everything being upside down presently, I think they have bigger things to chase down.

    Regards,
    Cathy2
    Cathy2

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  • Post #1113 - August 27th, 2020, 8:39 pm
    Post #1113 - August 27th, 2020, 8:39 pm Post #1113 - August 27th, 2020, 8:39 pm
    WillG wrote:Pairs-

    What is vegan sugar? or more to the point, non-vegan sugar? Something to do with the refining process? Do you mean raw sugar?

    -Will

    White granulated sugar is usually processed with bone char so it’s not vegan.
  • Post #1114 - August 28th, 2020, 5:16 am
    Post #1114 - August 28th, 2020, 5:16 am Post #1114 - August 28th, 2020, 5:16 am
    Cathy,

    How can you get past the person checking for membership at the door to get to the food court?
  • Post #1115 - August 28th, 2020, 5:57 am
    Post #1115 - August 28th, 2020, 5:57 am Post #1115 - August 28th, 2020, 5:57 am
    Most people walk in the other entrance, which may or may not officially be an "exit."
    I walk in that side for the service desk, the tire dept, and the food court if I don't want anything else. Someone once told me to walk in that side, and it's not a big deal at all. Haven't been inside a Costco in months, no idea if protocol has changed, but it was never a big deal for 3-4 years running. The card check at the door, is not some final membership check anyway, I don't think you can buy anything w/o showing your membership at checkout. - Except the food counter - unless they check there now, too.
    We cannot be friends if you do not know the difference between Mayo and Miracle Whip.
  • Post #1116 - August 28th, 2020, 6:10 am
    Post #1116 - August 28th, 2020, 6:10 am Post #1116 - August 28th, 2020, 6:10 am
    WillG wrote:Pairs-

    What is vegan sugar? or more to the point, non-vegan sugar? Something to do with the refining process? Do you mean raw sugar?

    -Will

    No sugar gliders were harmed in the making of it.
  • Post #1117 - August 28th, 2020, 7:28 am
    Post #1117 - August 28th, 2020, 7:28 am Post #1117 - August 28th, 2020, 7:28 am
    lougord99 wrote:Cathy,

    How can you get past the person checking for membership at the door to get to the food court?

    There are actually a number of things you can do without membership. Going to the side that's outside of the checkout is always possible -- otherwise how would you get a membership?
    Illinois law also requires them to admit you to purchase liquor or prescriptions without a membership. IIRC there is a surcharge if you purchase without a membership card.
    A gift card can be used as admission, then you use other payment and keep coming in (not sure if an empty card can be used at checkout).
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #1118 - August 28th, 2020, 8:44 am
    Post #1118 - August 28th, 2020, 8:44 am Post #1118 - August 28th, 2020, 8:44 am
    Hi,

    As stated above, you can always walk in via the exit without showing a card. If you are there to eat in the food court, that's great.

    At the food court in Glenview, they had the safe distance terminals to order and pay for food via credit card. If you want to pay cash, then you have to chase somebody down or add it to your bill when checking out.

    At Glenview, the kiosks asked for no proof of membership. I paid and waited a very short time for the strawberry sundae for my Mom.

    Presently, you can only order the cheese or pepperoni pizza. I ordered pepperoni once, but my family prefers the fully dressed pizza. When I do order pizza, I call as I walk in, give them my time estimate, add it to the bill at check-out, then wait for the pizza to finish. If they are not super busy, their pizzas can be ready in 10 minutes. The longest wait has been 30 minutes.

    If you decide not to have a membership in the future and have tires or electronics under warranty, keep your membership card until all expires. I changed my membership and still keep the old card to address warranty issues.

    Regards,
    Cathy2
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
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  • Post #1119 - August 28th, 2020, 2:32 pm
    Post #1119 - August 28th, 2020, 2:32 pm Post #1119 - August 28th, 2020, 2:32 pm
    Coffee,OTC Vitamins and supplements,and lots of things I never knew I needed or wanted.
  • Post #1120 - August 28th, 2020, 3:20 pm
    Post #1120 - August 28th, 2020, 3:20 pm Post #1120 - August 28th, 2020, 3:20 pm
    Artie wrote:Coffee,OTC Vitamins and supplements,and lots of things I never knew I needed or wanted.

    A new alarm clock for Saturday mornings. 8)
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  • Post #1121 - September 10th, 2020, 6:58 pm
    Post #1121 - September 10th, 2020, 6:58 pm Post #1121 - September 10th, 2020, 6:58 pm
    Run don't walk for the Prime tomahawks at Costco, only $12.99/lb! Bought a two-pack a couple of weekends ago (chose a pack where the marbling appeared speckled, almost like wagyu), food-savered them individually and placed in the freezer, and today cooked one sous vide then seared on the grill. It was so tender and flavorful! We'll see how long that second steak stays in the freezer....
  • Post #1122 - September 11th, 2020, 5:56 am
    Post #1122 - September 11th, 2020, 5:56 am Post #1122 - September 11th, 2020, 5:56 am
    I had to google what a tomahawk was. This sounds wonderful.
  • Post #1123 - September 11th, 2020, 10:56 am
    Post #1123 - September 11th, 2020, 10:56 am Post #1123 - September 11th, 2020, 10:56 am
    I love the idea of tomahawk steaks until I hold the package. Paying for all that inedible bone is just a deal breaker for me, I always end up with strips or ribeyes.
  • Post #1124 - September 11th, 2020, 3:12 pm
    Post #1124 - September 11th, 2020, 3:12 pm Post #1124 - September 11th, 2020, 3:12 pm
    Cathy2 wrote:
    pairs4life wrote:It's a decent basic cheese pizza in the food court by the pie or slice if you are in the mood but you don't need membership for that.

    Costco announced earlier this year, you would need a membership to use their food court.

    In practical terms, I have not yet been asked. When ordering food from the touch screen kiosk, nobody asks either.

    Everything being upside down presently, I think they have bigger things to chase down.

    Regards,
    Cathy2

    I've been a Costco member for almost a year now and my membership is coming up for renewal. I'm not sure if it's worth it for me as I'm single now and don't really need to buy in bulk. The items I like are their Filets and NY Strips.
    I have read and been told that Costco's gift cards can be used by non-members.
    But how does one get around the fact that at check out they ask for a member ID card?
  • Post #1125 - September 11th, 2020, 3:41 pm
    Post #1125 - September 11th, 2020, 3:41 pm Post #1125 - September 11th, 2020, 3:41 pm
    The gift card can be used for entry.
  • Post #1126 - September 11th, 2020, 4:22 pm
    Post #1126 - September 11th, 2020, 4:22 pm Post #1126 - September 11th, 2020, 4:22 pm
    spinynorman99 wrote:The gift card can be used for entry.

    Thanks for the info, I asked a checker about this the last time I shopped there and she said she didn't know what I was talking about!
  • Post #1127 - September 11th, 2020, 9:53 pm
    Post #1127 - September 11th, 2020, 9:53 pm Post #1127 - September 11th, 2020, 9:53 pm
    Octarine wrote:I love the idea of tomahawk steaks until I hold the package. Paying for all that inedible bone is just a deal breaker for me, I always end up with strips or ribeyes.

    I agree that with tomahawks, the visual often becomes the gimmick. This is why I never previously bought one, because they tend to run around $30/lb, not necessarily prime designation, and the bone might weigh close to a pound. At this price, however, it was more than worth it. One steak fed two of us "good eaters" for dinner, with let's call it one lunch portion left, for about $30 total. It was easily in the top five of the best steaks we have ever made at home
  • Post #1128 - September 17th, 2020, 3:09 am
    Post #1128 - September 17th, 2020, 3:09 am Post #1128 - September 17th, 2020, 3:09 am
    Plenty of Bounty paper towels and Kirkland TP today, Costco in Niles. No, nada, none, Coke in cans though there was loads of Sea Cucumber and Chinese Sausage on hand.

    Plus, annoyingly, they switched the entire store around yet again.

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  • Post #1129 - September 17th, 2020, 6:01 am
    Post #1129 - September 17th, 2020, 6:01 am Post #1129 - September 17th, 2020, 6:01 am
    Wild-caught sea cucumber. None of that inferior farmed stuff.
  • Post #1130 - September 17th, 2020, 8:21 am
    Post #1130 - September 17th, 2020, 8:21 am Post #1130 - September 17th, 2020, 8:21 am
    G Wiv wrote:Plus, annoyingly, they switched the entire store around yet again.

    Thus you'll never know what you'll find and always end up spending more than you planned. At least that's how it works for me.
  • Post #1131 - September 17th, 2020, 9:51 am
    Post #1131 - September 17th, 2020, 9:51 am Post #1131 - September 17th, 2020, 9:51 am
    Artie wrote:
    G Wiv wrote:Plus, annoyingly, they switched the entire store around yet again.

    Thus you'll never know what you'll find and always end up spending more than you planned. At least that's how it works for me.


    I loved the frozen French Onion soup they had in a 4 pack. I can no longer find it as I've been to three Costco's only to find they don't have it anymore.
  • Post #1132 - September 17th, 2020, 10:24 am
    Post #1132 - September 17th, 2020, 10:24 am Post #1132 - September 17th, 2020, 10:24 am
    Brushman4 wrote:I loved the frozen French Onion soup they had in a 4 pack. I can no longer find it as I've been to three Costco's only to find they don't have it anymore.


    Pretty sure it's a seasonal item and will return with the cold weather.
  • Post #1133 - September 17th, 2020, 2:34 pm
    Post #1133 - September 17th, 2020, 2:34 pm Post #1133 - September 17th, 2020, 2:34 pm
    Brushman4 wrote:I loved the frozen French Onion soup they had in a 4 pack. I can no longer find it as I've been to three Costco's only to find they don't have it anymore.

    Saw it today at the Mettawa Costco.
    "Your swimming suit matches your eyes, you hold your nose before diving, loving you has made me bananas!"
  • Post #1134 - September 17th, 2020, 4:10 pm
    Post #1134 - September 17th, 2020, 4:10 pm Post #1134 - September 17th, 2020, 4:10 pm
    Thanks, I'll check it out when I get up that way.
  • Post #1135 - September 17th, 2020, 6:15 pm
    Post #1135 - September 17th, 2020, 6:15 pm Post #1135 - September 17th, 2020, 6:15 pm
    G Wiv wrote:Plenty of Bounty paper towels and Kirkland TP today, Costco in Niles. No, nada, none, Coke in cans though there was loads of Sea Cucumber and Chinese Sausage on hand.

    Plus, annoyingly, they switched the entire store around yet again.

    Click on image to expand.
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    Costco, count me a Fan!

    Has anyone else noticed that Costco has added a lot more Asian items lately?
  • Post #1136 - September 17th, 2020, 8:01 pm
    Post #1136 - September 17th, 2020, 8:01 pm Post #1136 - September 17th, 2020, 8:01 pm
    Katie wrote:
    Brushman4 wrote:I loved the frozen French Onion soup they had in a 4 pack. I can no longer find it as I've been to three Costco's only to find they don't have it anymore.

    Saw it today at the Mettawa Costco.


    Also saw it at Niles tonight.
  • Post #1137 - Yesterday, 4:45 pm
    Post #1137 - Yesterday, 4:45 pm Post #1137 - Yesterday, 4:45 pm
    Also meant to comment that I saw people (just a couple) giving out food samples at the Mettawa Costco yesterday. Maybe it's been mentioned before that this has been resumed, but I was surprised to see it.
    "Your swimming suit matches your eyes, you hold your nose before diving, loving you has made me bananas!"
  • Post #1138 - Yesterday, 5:07 pm
    Post #1138 - Yesterday, 5:07 pm Post #1138 - Yesterday, 5:07 pm
    Katie wrote:Also meant to comment that I saw people (just a couple) giving out food samples at the Mettawa Costco yesterday. Maybe it's been mentioned before that this has been resumed, but I was surprised to see it.

    Over a month ago, Costco advised it would resume food sampling. In the same breath, they advised it would be slow roll out.

    Did you notice any changes in how they manage their sampling?

    Thanks!

    Regards,
    Cathy2
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
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  • Post #1139 - Yesterday, 7:46 pm
    Post #1139 - Yesterday, 7:46 pm Post #1139 - Yesterday, 7:46 pm
    Cathy2 wrote:
    Katie wrote:Also meant to comment that I saw people (just a couple) giving out food samples at the Mettawa Costco yesterday. Maybe it's been mentioned before that this has been resumed, but I was surprised to see it.

    Over a month ago, Costco advised it would resume food sampling. In the same breath, they advised it would be slow roll out.

    Did you notice any changes in how they manage their sampling?

    Thanks!

    Regards,
    Cathy2

    Several stands had display-only food.
    The only thing you could actually eat was an Oreo that had been placed in a waxed paper envelope
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #1140 - Yesterday, 9:02 pm
    Post #1140 - Yesterday, 9:02 pm Post #1140 - Yesterday, 9:02 pm
    JoelF wrote:Several stands had display-only food.
    The only thing you could actually eat was an Oreo that had been placed in a waxed paper envelope

    I sure cannot wait for this situation to be over. I hope they do not adopt this as a permanent procedure.

    Thanks!

    Cathy2
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
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