|Champagne and other holiday bubbly at Western Beverages in Hackensack.|
Looking over the price for Veuve Clicquot champagne in a sales flier from Total Wine, I wondered if I could beat it at Western Beverages in Hackensack.
Western Beverages is a small liquor store with a limited selection inside the Costco Wholesale warehouse on South River Street, but you don't need to be a Costco member to shop there.
I usually buy a bottle of non-vintage French champagne once a year, and Veuve Clicquot Brut (Yellow Label) is my preferred sparkling wine.
Total Wine in River Edge lists Veuve Clicquot at $41.17 through Dec. 30, 2012, but I was surprised the same 750ml bottle cost more -- $43.99 -- at Western Beverages.
|My bottle of Spanish sparkling wine in the cooler.|
Then, I decided I really didn't need a bottle of authentic champagne.
So I purchased a 750ml bottle of Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut for $8.09 at Western Beverages, compared to $8.17 at Total Wine.
It's a good thing I look at my credit-card receipt before I leave a store, because the Cordon Negro rang up at $8.69, but Western Beverages was happy to refund the overcharge, plus four cents tax.
Still, that's sloppy, and I wonder how many customers before me had overpaid for Freixenet, and didn't realize it.
|A pound of Starbucks Christmas Blend was on sale for $9.95.|
|Hot coffee and warm milk are a great way to start the day.|
I found a pound of Starbucks Christmas Blend coffee beans on sale for $9.95 -- a discount of $5 -- and asked the woman behind the counter for a Turkish grind.
With a Turkish grind, I get a powder that exposes more of the coffee to hot water in my small, drip coffeemaker and produces a robust brew.
Starbucks Christmas Blend tastes good black -- not a trace of bitterness -- but I usually add warm, foamy non-fat milk to it.
|A 2.5 pound canister of Starbucks Hot Cocoa is $13.89.|
Another Starbucks product -- Hot Cocoa Classic -- is $13.89 at Costco Wholesale.
The canister contains 56 servings for just under 25 cents per serving, not counting the cost of milk.
|Salads, fruit and other healthy food on the New Jersey Turnpike.|
I didn't think there was much healthy food at the Thomas A. Edison Service Area of the New Jersey Turnpike until Monday, when I discovered a refrigerated case with salads, fruit and other nutritious food.
Only the food court in the northbound lanes is open (between Exits 11 and 12).
|How many ways can you say, "Thank you"?|
If you want to learn how to say "Thank you!" and "How are you?" in different languages, you'll find a lesson above the entrance to H&Y Marketplace in a shopping center on Washington Avenue in Bergenfield.
In almost every way, this Korean supermarket is inferior to any of the H Marts, so the lesson is just about the only reason to go there.