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Taste the Sweetness in Our Summer Peaches

posted on July 21st, 2017 by Sara Trujillo

Super sweet peaches can be hard to come by. Too often they’re under ripe and therefore, lacking that special sugary flavor that should define the seasonal fruit. But our summer peaches exude sweetness – with each and every juicy bite. How do we ensure that our peaches rank supreme? It starts with our dedicated farmers, whose passion lies in the thoughtful and meticulous growing of the exceptional fruit. Swearing to the Sweetness Unlike so many peaches you’ve regretfully eaten, our local peaches are tree-ripened until they've reached the peak of sweetness. Our multi-generational farmers we’ve come to know and trust have learned that timing is everything when it comes to picking only the perfect peaches off of their trees. Calling all Peach Lovers & Science Buffs The Brix Scale – this system is the key to the sweet peach promise. Our farmers swear by it and now, so do we. It’s used on the farms, before the peaches are shipped to our stores, and then… Read More

Wine for the Weekend: Pacific Bay Cabernet Sauvignon

posted on July 20th, 2017 by Sara Trujillo

Beautiful ruby red color. The nose opens with intense notes of fresh red fruit, such as cherries and strawberries, lightly underscored with aromas of thyme, bay leaf and mint. Superb volume on the palate, with soft yet well-defined tannins. A wine with a fine balance of fruit. Chile is a fascinating country when it comes to wines and viticulture, and the most internationally renowned wine region in the country is the Valle Central. This expansive valley is located close to the Chilean capital of Santiago, and stretches between the Maipo Valley and Maule Valley. There is a long, winding fault through the mountainous regions of the country which is now almost completely covered by vineyards producing wines of exquisite character. 2 for $12! 1.5 liter Suggested Retail $14.99 Save $17.98 on 2 Promo valid from July 19 All selections are 750ml unless otherwise noted. No rain checks. While Bristol Farms takes every effort to ensure adequate supply, all offerings are subject… Read More

This Weekend: Butcher’s Bonanza in Newport Beach!

posted on July 17th, 2017 by Sara Trujillo

THIS WEEKEND, JULY 22 & 23 EXCLUSIVELY AT OUR NEWPORT BEACH STORE: USDA CHOICE NATURAL SAVE 40-60% ON ALL-NATURAL ANTIBIOTIC & HORMONE-FREE MEATS AND POULTRY! Get your favorite cuts at the very best prices of the year when you buy in bulk! Our artisan butchers will be on hand to give you cooking tips and cut your selections any way you like. Here are some of the items you can expect to see: USDA CHOICE NATURAL Whole Ribeyes $10.99lb Whole New Yorks $10.99lb Whole Top Sirloins $6.99lb Whole Porterhouses $10.99lb Flank Steaks $7.99lb Natural Tri Tips $6.99lb Ground Beef $3.99lb Whole Filet Mignon $13.99lb Whole Organic Ribeyes $10.99lb NATURAL PORK Baby Back Ribs $4.99lb Boneless Loins $4.99lb Tenderloins $5.99lb Boneless Butts $2.69lb FREE RANGE AIR CHILLED CHICKEN Boneless Chicken Breasts $4.99lb Bone-In Chicken Breasts $3.99lb Whole Chickens $199lb GRASS FED LAMB Boneless Lamb Legs $7.99lb Lamb Racks $19.99lb HAND MADE… Read More

Let’s Talk Peaches

posted on July 16th, 2017 by John Savidan

One of our favorite things about summer is that it means we’ve got an abundance of organic peaches in store for you. Our favorite stone fruit ranges in flavor from the super sweet and juicy to the tart and tangy. While eating them straight from the hand, with ice cream, or in a cobbler is always appropriate, we’ve found that peaches are remarkably versatile for all types of more savory summer dishes: salsas, chutneys salads, meat marinades, and more. How to Pick the a Perfect Peach Nothing’s more disappointing than biting into a bland peach. So how do you pick the best? Well, when you shop at Bristol Farms, you’re already halfway there. That’s because our farmers leave fruit on their trees two to three weeks longer than an average grower, which means the fruit’s sugar levels and maturity are at their absolute peak. Here are a few more perfect picking tips: Good Scent Pick up a peach and give it a sniff. Good peaches smell, well, good. Like a peach… Read More

2015 Bancroft Cellars Chardonnay, Mendocino County

posted on July 13th, 2017 by Sara Trujillo

A quick swirl of this Chardonnay in your glass opens up the aromas and flavors of baked apples, pie dough, cedar, and toasted yeast with a dry yet fruity mouth-feel. Due to its lineage of hailing from Mendocino, this cool climate white offers a crisp, mineral laden finish that is balanced between its tannins and just a nuance of oak. A wonderful Chard to match with roasted chicken, boiled lobster or your favorite seafood or shellfish dish. And of course, a delightful aperitif while you’re doing the cooking! The name "Mendocino" comes from the family name of Mendoza in honor of the 16th century Spanish explorer Lorenzo Suárez de Mendoza, who explored the Mendocino coast line as the first viceroy of New Spain. The first vineyards in Mendocino were established in the 1850s in the Redwood Valley by returning farmers who failed to find their wealth and prosperity during the California Gold Rush. Now we get to enjoy their “liquid gold”. This wine is also 89 Points, Silver… Read More

Summertime Grilled Peach Pizza Recipe

posted on July 12th, 2017 by Sara Trujillo

Mmmm....pizza. It's delicious no matter the variation. No cheese, extra cheese, thin crust, Chicago deep dish, extra veggies, sans veggies...we love it all. But what we really love is pizza cooked on the grill. There's just something special about that grilled, crunchy crust covered in melty cheese and of course, all the delicious toppings. Since it's officially summer peach season and as far as we're concerned, peaches are the more the merrier in the kitchen right now, we've created an ode to the peach in pizza pie form. It's covered in mozzarella, Gorgonzola, grilled sliced peaches, arugula, red onions, and a balsamic glaze. It's heavenly to say the least. Grilled Peach Pizza Ingredients: One batch pizza dough 1/2 cup marinara 1 1/2 cups shredded Mozzarella or Italian blend 2-3 large peaches, sliced but not peeled 2 cups packed arugula 1/3 cup Gorgonzola 1/3 cup thinly sliced red onion 1/2 cup Olive oil, divided Balsamic… Read More

Sweet as a Peach: Summer Peach Party Recipes

posted on July 11th, 2017 by Nicole Vuletich

Peach season is in full effect! While you may be able to find peaches and other stone fruits in store year-round, you'd be hard pressed to match the delicious flavor, texture, and quality of a peach that is enjoyed during peak season. We are crazy excited about the bounty of beautiful, fresh peaches in store, and gracing our kitchens. To provide you with some peach-enjoying inspiration, we've been hard at work incorporating hand-selected perfect peaches into amazing creations you are sure to love. Check out some of these sweet (and sometimes savory) products in store while peaches are in season! Handcrafted Grilled Peaches with Balsamic Glaze Our grilled peaches are a new favorite around here, full of sweet and smoky flavor that makes everyone swoon. After we pull them off the grill, we give them a drizzle of our own Aged Balsamic  Vinegar to make the flavors pop. Find these in the grab and go section of our Deli. Handcrafted Peach Salsa Also in our Deli, our fresh… Read More

This Weekend: Local Craft Beer Tasting in La Jolla!

posted on July 10th, 2017 by Sara Trujillo

Bristol Farms loves Beer, and all things Beer. Beer is good for the soul, and many of the most influential people in history were staunch supporters. After all, “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”– Benjamin Franklin We are excited to announce we are hosting an informal Craft Beer tasting at our La Jolla store on Saturday, July 15, from 12-3p.m. Tickets for 15 “tastes” will set you back a whopping $10. (tax included, we’re covering Uncle Sam’s portion). We will be joined by some of San Diego’s finest craft representatives to talk about the wide variety of brews that are on display. That’s dozens of varieties to choose from so you can make enlightened decisions for your next summer barbeque (and you can score points on your rating app for your reviews!) We are constantly updating the cooler with the latest and greatest, its almost impossible to keep up! We will have a wide range of styles and flavors represented, so you can… Read More

A Wine for All Seasons: Maggio Zinfandel Old Vine

posted on July 5th, 2017 by Sara Trujillo

We like to call Zinfandel a “wine for all seasons”. It can pair beautifully with any holiday feast put before it, and yet has the big, robust fruit layers to handle hot weather climes when sweet, supple tannins are desired. The aromas right off the glass are graced with a bouquet of dark berries – blackberry, black cherry and rich juicy plums. Upon first sip, a slight licorice and blackberry compote develops, backed by an unmistakable vanilla oak, balanced acidity and a kick of brown sugar. A fantastic palate from start to finish. Pair with grilled lamb, peppered steak, pizza, burgers, and our own handmade grilled sausages. Maggio is produced at the Oak Ridge Winery, the oldest operating winery in Lodi, California. Built in 1934, it is owned by the Maggio, Reynolds and Dondero families, and produces estate wines under several separate wine labels. The winery itself was once a winemaking cooperative, which the Maggio and Reynolds families purchased in 2002. They had a vision… Read More

Pan‑Seared Steakhouse Ribeye Recipe

posted on July 5th, 2017 by Rick Stidham

Bristol Farms' Pan-Seared Steakhouse Ribeyes No need to visit the steakhouse! Our Ribeyes are a perfect ‘melt-in-your-mouth’ cut with incredible marbling, tenderness, and flavor. They're also quite excellent when prepared right on your stove! Just ask any grill master and most will agree: cooking steaks on cast-iron locks in the flavor and provides a special crust that's delightfully different than traditional grill preparation! Ingredients: 2 - 14 oz. Bristol Farms Ribeye Steaks 2 tbsp. vegetable oil 1 tbsp. sea salt 1 tbsp. fresh cracked pepper 2 tbsp. Bristol Farms Garlic Herb Butter (in our Seafood Department) Method: 1. Preheat oven to 400° F. Heat a large cast iron skillet over high heat until very hot; 5 to 7 minutes. 2. Brush the steaks lightly with vegetable oil and coat with the salt & pepper.  Sear the steaks evenly on both sides for about 2 minutes per side for a total of 10 minutes. 3. Top each steak with a tablespoon of the herb butter and… Read More

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