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Old 04-11-2010, 08:43 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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For years I see a good brands disappear, replaced by Hill Country or HEB brands. Some are acceptable, but many are just much worse. Every time I find a brand/product I really like, I see it gone and replaced by stuff that wannaby the same but is not.
Many ready to eat meat products from Tyson are replaces by HEB brand. Sorry, I don't think the quality/selection matches. Same with Dannon fruit dairy drink versus HEB brand which is thin, not creamy. The imported Swiss/Finland cut cheese selection is shrinking and slowly replaced by HEB American cheese Swiss "style". The Italian ham/salami cold cuts section is getting smaller.... I could go on and on with the list.
I am not excited to see that the grocery shelf space is given away for this cheap, China made pots, pans, garden stuff and other junk. I don't intend to buy it anyway.
Pretty soon most of the HEB stores will look and match the quality of products with stores like LaFiesta ...
BTW...the Nacogdoches/Basse HEB used to have a decent cheese selection there. I didn't visited it lately, so I am not sure if they still have it.
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Old 04-11-2010, 10:35 PM
 
Location: That's pretty obvious
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Ya'll are still shopping at HEB. tsk tsk

ESPECIALLY you Stone Oakers.....Green Fields has GREAT prices on produce, and the meat is reasonable considering it's actually decent meat.
I do buy most of my fruit and veggies at Green Fields now...The produce prices are fantastic, as are many of their weekly sales. But, there's no way I can do all my shopping there. Juice boxes alone, for the kids' lunchboxes, were $6 at that store. Not gonna happen.
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Old 04-11-2010, 11:35 PM
 
Location: San Antonio. Tx 78209
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I guess I'm just use to the Trifecta of HEB's, Oak Park, Lincoln Heights and Central Market. When they renovated Lincoln Heights they really pulled out all the stops, and Oak Park was give Location #1 for a reason when it opened, yeah you can go stand mouth agape at their truffle selection, not chocolate ones either. I doubt you'll see Oak Park hawking household goods, there is just is no market justification.
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Old 04-12-2010, 05:55 AM
 
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I guess I'm just use to the Trifecta of HEB's, Oak Park, Lincoln Heights and Central Market. When they renovated Lincoln Heights they really pulled out all the stops, and Oak Park was give Location #1 for a reason when it opened, yeah you can go stand mouth agape at their truffle selection, not chocolate ones either. I doubt you'll see Oak Park hawking household goods, there is just is no market justification.
We were in town two weeks ago and were really impressed with the Lincoln Heights HEB...I plan on stopping by there to do my groceries on my way home from work...it was that nice.
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Old 04-12-2010, 06:27 AM
 
Location: San Antonio North
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I don/t understand why everyone thinks they are doing away with the name brands??? Walking into the Blanco and 1604 HEB and I have never had a problem finding anything unless it is a coupon for a new item that they have yet to put out.
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Old 04-12-2010, 07:06 AM
 
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Gruyere is pretty vanilla for cheese and i'd be nuts if my local store didn't carry it. Its definitely on the list of 10 cheeses I expect every grocery to carry.
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Old 04-12-2010, 08:15 AM
 
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I wouldn't be too harsh on H-E-B in regards to the pain meds...everyone is feeling it as well (Target, etc.). In Tylenol's case...there was a smell eminating from the pills / packaging that they thought was coming from chemically treated trees. Tylenol still hasn't quite figured it out what's going on though so it may go on for a little while longer.

Never tried H-E-B Brand Acetaminophen until now and found that it actually works as well, if not better than Tylenol.
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Old 04-12-2010, 10:42 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Gruyere is pretty vanilla for cheese and i'd be nuts if my local store didn't carry it. Its definitely on the list of 10 cheeses I expect every grocery to carry.
Can you provide your list? I'm not a cheese snob but would like to learn more about good cheeses to buy, and how to enjoy them. Thanks.
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Old 04-12-2010, 10:55 AM
 
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check this local guy out
San Antonio Current - FOOD & DRINK: SAy Cheese
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Old 04-12-2010, 11:21 AM
 
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I think just about every american supermarket should have: cheddar; gruyere; swiss; fontina; some form of goats'; parmigiano reggiano; jack; manchego; a blue; and mozzarella.

Those are staples of cooking.

If you wanted to get serious about cheeses, I'd highly recommend seeking out and trying:

Boschetto al Tartufo (an italian truffle cheese); Epoisses (slightly runny, slightly stinky cheese perfect with white Burgs); Tomme de Savoie (an unpasteurized cow's milk cheese); and Humboldt Fog (great domestic goat's milk). Did I mention a triple cream blue with sauternes? Wow!

There are definitely cheese out there for all tastes.
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