Last week's grocery store bargain roundup seemed to be very popular with readers, so we'll continue this week with a surprising newsflash: There's an asparagus price war going on at many of the major supermarkets. Vons/Pavilions, Stater Bros. and Fresh & Easy, which opened a new branch at Newport and Harbor boulevards Wednesday, all are offering the fresh, rumored aphrodisiac just before Valentine's Day for less than $1 per pound. No, that's not a typo. Want more desire-enhancing menu options? Consider the following commonly cited items, which also are on sale this week: cinnamon, honey, almonds, oysters or dark chocolate — and no, you don't cook them all in the same pot.
Love for Forever
It will be too late for frantic Valentine's Day shoppers, but we've finally received word that Forever 21's 43,000-square-foot mega-store, which will move into part of the Sears property at South Coast Plaza, will open March 25. The company's larger stores are known as XXI Forever, and contain all of the brand's more hard-to-find lines, including 21 Men, Twelve by Twelve, Heritage 1981, Love 21 and Faith 21, as well as the new younger girls clothing line, Forever 21 Girls. Want even cheaper prices? Try Forever 21's location at Anaheim Plaza, which takes up an entire former Mervyn's store; about half of the second floor is an unofficial Forever 21 outlet. Visit forever21.com.