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Wine Thursdays: Angel Camp Pinot Noir

posted on October 19th, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

This “angelic” Pinot Noir represents an assemblage of the winemaker's select barrels from the 2014 vintage. This beauty opens up with complex aromas of dried cherries, strawberries, black tea leaf and sandalwood. Taught and expressive, this well-structured pinot carries the familiar earthy tones of Anderson Valley, supported by a core of black cherry and plum with layers of wild forest strawberry and boysenberry. The Swan and David Bruce selections add intense "blue" fruits and complexity to the mouth feel, while the Dijon 667 lends structure and soft tannins. The oak tempers the naturally bright acidity creating a balanced quality on the palate. Only 100 cases produced. The 2014 growing season was in many ways a continuation of the previous vintage. Both were marked by a fast start and very dry conditions as California settled firmly into a drought cycle. The early beginnings of this vintage allowed the winemaker to achieve full flavor development sooner. As harvest… Read More

Snack on This: Our Own Pita Chips, in 6 Flavors!

posted on October 18th, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

The perfect companion to your homemade hummus, tzatziki sauce, or olive tapenade, our very own pita chips are produced locally, in small batches, from original old world family recipes passed down from generation to generation. Bristol’s Own pita chips are thick, artisan-cut pita chips that contain zero preservatives and zero cholesterol. We have six flavors available and all of them are quite delicious in their own right. You simply can't go wrong with the plan variety, which goes great with just about any dipping sauce. There's also garlic, lemon herb, sriracha, and cilantro jalapeño, all with robust flavor for any snacking occasion. We even have a dessert variety - cinnamon sugar. The perfectly sweet and crunchy chips taste heavenly broken up over ice cream or used as a crumb topping for a fruit cobbler. Look for our pita chips in our grocery aisles, in the resealable tub that ensures our pita chips are fresh. That is, if you can resist devouring the entire package at… Read More

Palate for Pumpkin: Our Top 5 Favorites

posted on October 17th, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

When it comes to Autumn cooking, pumpkins pretty much rank supreme. With healthy recipe inspiration everywhere we look and also - indulgent pastries, cakes, and cookies galore, it’s no wonder pumpkin-infused everything has become an obsession each Fall. We’re not opposed to it either - in fact, we’re all about the craze. That’s why we’ve compiled our top 5 sweet and savory favorites for your curious pumpkin palate 1.Pumpkin Risotto Ingredients: 1/2 cup olive oil 2 cups Arborio Rice 1 cup finely diced yellow or sweet onion 1 tablespoon minced garlic 5-6 cups chicken or vegetable stock 1 cup dry white wine 1 can pumpkin puree 1 cup roasted butternut squash, diced 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 tablespoon fresh sage, cut in chiffonade strips 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg 2 teaspoons salt 1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper Directions: In a medium-size saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic and… Read More

Fall in Love With Our Poke…

posted on October 16th, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

Our Hawaiian-style poke is fresh, authentic, and oh, so flavorful. Prepared fresh multiple times every day, we take a lot of pride in our beloved poke. Because it's really, really good. And also because, the melt-in-your-mouth tuna and salmon are responsibly sourced. It's quality you can actually taste - many of our shoppers argue it's better than most poke they've had at poke restaurants too! Featuring Aloha Poke, Spicy Tuna Poke, and Salmon poke, our self-service poke bar is complete with all the toppings to make it your own. With brown and white sticky sushi rice, seaweed salad, kimchee, mango, avocado, onion, jalapeno, green onion, and more* you can build the poke bowl of your dreams. Take it home and make it pretty for a special lunch "treat" or grab just enough for a quick and healthy snack on-the-go. No matter how you eat it, we're quite certain, you're going to love every single bite of it. Do you love our poke? How do you build your bowl? Read More

Wine Thursdays: 2016 Chateau Ferry Lacombe Mira Rose

posted on October 12th, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

"Best Buy" 88 points Wine Enthusiast Mira Rose, a blend of Grenache and Grenache Blanc, offers a soft pink-rose color, with lychee highlights. The nose is delicate, opening with red berry, lemon and mandarin aromas. It is fresh on the palate, with lively strawberry and raspberry notes. This Rose is ideally served by itself as an aperitif, but is also excellent with white meats, such as chicken or pork, grilled fish and mixed salads, and pairs well with many light meals. It will also match up deliciously with the upcoming Thanksgiving feast where Rose has given a run to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay as the wine of choice…assuming there is any left! One interesting side note – Ferry Lacombe uses the relatively little seen Mediterranean PGI - Protected Geographical Indication – to promote and protect names of quality agricultural products. Yes, we think this wine merits that designation. A la Votre! Sale price is 2 for $15.00! Save $14.98! Purchase 6 or more bottles and… Read More

Butcher’s Bonanza in South Pasadena This Weekend, October 14 & 15!

posted on October 11th, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

Attention Pasadena Meat Lovers! You do not want to miss our Butcher's Bonanza event happening this weekend, October 14th & 15th from 10am-5pm. Get the best prices of the year on our Artisan meats from the butchery. Our butchers will be on hand to give you cooking tips and suggestions and will cut your selections any way you desire! There will also be free tastings throughout the store as well as a BBQ bonanza cookout! Here are just some of the specials you can expect to see at the butchery: Whole Boneless Ribeyes: $10.99lb. Save $8lb. Whole Boneless New Yorks: $10.99lb. Save $8lb. Whole Porterhouse Steaks: $10.99lb. Save $9lb. Beef Loin Tenderloin $13.99. Save $16lb. Tri-Tip: $7.99lb. Save $5lb. Brisket: $6.99lb. Save $3lb. Lamb Rack $19.99lb. Save $10lb. Baby Back Ribs: $4.99lb. Save $5lb. Ground Turkey: $1.99lb. Save $4lb. Boneless Lamb Leg: $7.99lb. Save $5lb Read More

Game Day Grub: An Easy Recipe For Every Quarter of the Game

posted on October 10th, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

Football season is almost halfway over and while there may be controversy over some aspects of the game, we can all agree on one thing - good food is mandatory for any successful football game watching party. Because a fantastic spread of indulgences can make winning that much better...and losing a little more tolerable (strong emphasis on a little). Whether you're hosting or you're contributing to a potluck party, you shouldn't have to stress over cooking - leave all that stress and nail-biting for the game! That's why we're helping you out with 4 easy, tried and true recipes for this weekend's games. One recipe for each quarter of the game...and beers for all at halftime! 1st Quarter: Our Own Homemade Guacamole - Yes, this one is a "cheat." But a really, really good cheat. Our delightfully chunky and flavorful guacamole is made fresh everyday in our kitchens using perfectly ripe avocados, cilantro, onion, and tomato. Serve it in a pretty bowl and pair with your favorite… Read More

Small Batch In‑House Roasted Deli Meats

posted on October 8th, 2017 by Carl Smith

Low and slow! That is what it takes to make our own small batch in-house roasted deli meats. Made fresh daily in our kitchens with no preservatives or artificial anything, we prepare a variety of deliciously seasoned and succulent roasts for the best quality carved deli meats around. The perfect ingredient to elevate your sandwich game. Our artisan line of roasted meats brings you flavors that have been carefully crafted to be robust and unique.  Spicy, sweet, or savory, we’ve got your cravings covered. Our roasted turkey breast is available in several flavors: plain, herbed, roasted chipotle, and our newest offering garlic chili. All of them are moist and delicious! Let’s not forget about our premium roasted beef cooked rare to perfection. This cut is incredibly tender and flavorful. Available in regular and pepper beef varieties. These fresh roasted meats are great for sandwiches, chef salads, or straight up snacking. Ask our deli for a sample on your next visit and… Read More

Wine Thursday: Farina Spanish Sons Tempranillo

posted on October 5th, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

Intense in color, this red wine has aromas of red berries and balanced flavors of bright cherry, vanilla and violet. Spanish Sons features excellent structure and soft tannins that lead to a long, silky finish. This Tempranillo is sourced from family vineyard sites located in and around the historic city of Toro, on the high plateau of Castilla y León, in Northern Spain. Fruit from the famed Toro DO make up the majority of the blend and provide the ripe tannins, excellent structure and rich, dark fruit. The balance of the blend is sourced from Tierra del Vino de Zamora DO, which offers roundness to the tannins and bright red fruit notes. Approximately half of the fruit in Spanish Sons is sourced from historic bush vines in the Farina family vineyard that were planted 50 to 120 years ago. These vines yield complex fruit with soft, luscious tannins and an unmistakable expression of terroir that contribute to the deep, rich color of the wine. Suggested Retail $14.99 Sale price is… Read More

Carnitas Tacos for National Taco Day

posted on October 4th, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

We are without a doubt, living in the land where tacos rank supreme. With street-style taco shops and trucks at very corner, the competition is stiff - which most of the time, means amazing tacos that you just can't get anywhere else (besides Mexico, of course). But sometimes it's fun to plan an elaborate taco night at home. Side note: Remember when taco dinner box kits were a weekly "indulgence"? Oh, nostalgia. We'll leave those taco kits in the past though. Because crafting up cantina tacos at home really isn't that difficult. Short-cuts make it even easier too. Here's our simple recipe for carnitas tacos that is a sure bet, every time.   Carnitas Tacos Ingredients: 2 lb pork shoulder Juice from two limes 1 onion, thinly sliced 1 tablespoon salt 1/2 tablespoon chili powder 1 teaspoon cumin 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano 2 cups chicken stock, divided 1/2 cup cooking oil, divided   For building tacos: corn… Read More

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