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Bristol's Own Soups

posted on February 25th, 2011 by Michelle Salatino

With this cool air and threat of rain, one thing comes to mind for dinner; warm, satisfying soup.  Here at Bristol Farms, we pride ourselves on our homemade soups made from the freshest ingredients available.  We have several varieties to choose from; Chicken Noodle, Cuban Beef, Clam Chowder, and many, many more.  My personal favorite is the Tomato Basil Bisque, made from vine ripened tomatoes, onions, basil and a little cream in an all natural vegetable stock.  This soup is rich and satisfying and warms the soul.  Make it a complete meal with a small salad and nice piece of Artisan Bread from our Bakery or our Rustic Cheese Coins from our Cheese Department.  To make it extra special, enjoy with a glass of wine, and finish dinner off with some wonderful cheese like Fromager D’Affinois with Cherry Honey.  No matter how you serve our soups, they are sure to help warm you and your loved ones on the coldest of evenings Read More


posted on February 25th, 2011 by Geoff Nicoll

Admittedly, we are a little slow on the draw, but none-the-less, we would be remiss if we didn't draw attention to a fun and delicious little sparkling wine that just arrived. Valentines Day is but a recent memory, but why wait for a numbered square on a calendar to show your sweetheart how much you care. Rebello Strawbellini is just what the doctor ordered. This frolicky, sparkly little gem combines the subtle delicate sweetness of the muscat grape with the delectable freshness of strawberries. While many find it appealing to add berries to their favorite bubbly, Rebello has created the perfect marriage for you. Not too sweet, but just enough to be really delicious. We have encountered many fruit flavored beverages, but this one sets a new bar as it is infused with real strawberry wine. It's the real deal and is tasty as an aperitif, with brunch, as a Springtime sipper, and with fruit desserts. To boot, it has won many awards including a double gold in the San… Read More

Bristol Farms' Page Mandarins

posted on February 22nd, 2011 by John Savidan

If you love fresh tangerines, then you have to come by and get your hands on some Bristol Farms Page Mandarins. Page Mandarins are a mix between a Minneola Tangelo and a Clementine Tangerine and are  deliciously sweet, virtually seedless, high in vitamin C and release an absolutely wonderful citrus scent. These Tangerine treats are easy to peel and will only be available for a very short window. However, look for the first of the season Locally Grown Ojai Pixie Tangerines to arrive the first week of March, which have become a Bristol Farms favorite Read More

Snake River Farms' Kurobuta Pork

posted on February 21st, 2011 by Rick Stidham

Available in March, the Bristol Farms’ Meat Department is proudly offering Snake River Farms Kurobuta fully cooked  pork sausages. Look for flavors like Portabella/Gouda, Kurizo, Sweet Italian, Bratwurst, and Hickory Kurobuta Bacon.  Snake River Farms is one of the only brands offering 100% purebred Berkshire breed pork, ensuring a consistently exquisite eating experience. Often referred to as Kurobuta, Berkshire Pork has been celebrated in Japan and around the world for many reasons, but especially for its marbling and flavor, which are its most distinctive characteristics.  Its origins date back almost 300 years, when legend has the Berkshire hog being discovered by Oliver Cromwell's army in winter quarters at Reading, the county seat in the shire of Berks in England. Fancied for its tremendous eating quality, the Berkshire breed was refined in the early 1800's and has remained pure ever since. Pure Berkshire pedigrees form the base of the Snake River Farms brand and they have… Read More

Orin Swift Machete – Limited Stock

posted on February 17th, 2011 by Geoff Nicoll

A cult? Not yet, but quite likely one in the making. While cults largely have negative connotations, some can be fun, interesting and down right pleasurable. Dave Phinney, the personality and creator behind Orin Swift, is best known for his flagship wine The Prisoner. Nobody really knew what was in it, but it sure tasted good. It took a little prodding to get people to try a mysterious blend of unknown content and origin, but once they did, it broke free of its proverbial chains and has become a household name in many circles. Shortly thereafter we were introduced to Papillon and Mercury Head, two brilliantly assembled and well thought out stately reds that continue to sell out at record pace. Each of these limited wines garner high demand and each project Mr. Phinney touches becomes another phenomenon. Such is his newest, slightly macabre but infinitely enticing, Machete. Blended from some of California's finest and most respected vineyards, it is inspired by his… Read More

Come and Enjoy a Taste of Italy with us!

posted on February 16th, 2011 by Michelle Salatino

For two weeks, we are featuring Asiago Pressato D.O.P. and Speck Alto Adige I.G.P., both imported from Italy. The Asiago Pressato is a "Protected Designation of Origin” cheese, which means it is guaranteed to be authentic and the producer has complied with strict regulations created by the Consorzio.  The name Asiago is derived from the small town in Italy in which the cheese was originally produced in the year 1000.  This wonderful cheese begins with the cows grazing on grass from the lush mountainous area of the provinces of Vicenza and Trento.  In doing this, the milk used to produce this beautiful cheese is sweet and flavorful allowing for a mild, buttery and slightly sweet cheese.  This cheese can be enjoyed as an appetizer with Italian meats and olives, and will melt beautifully in any dish. The Speck ham is “Protected Geographical Indication” symbolizing the 22 week aging process each ham undergoes as well as the many thorough inspections and regulations the pork… Read More

Meet the Experts!

posted on February 11th, 2011 by Martin Deveau

Have you ever wondered how to shuck an oyster, how to make sausage, or the art of making a sushi roll?  Bristol Farms in Palm Desert is hosting a “Meet the Experts” event this Saturday, February 12 from 10am – 3pm.  Come meet Pete Davis, Senior Director of Meat, Seafood, and Sushi Departments as he demonstrates how to shuck an oyster.  Perhaps he will even demonstrate how easily an oyster is eaten.  Meet Garth Smith, Director of the Meat Department. Garth started off in the Meat Department in our South Pasadena store as a sausage maker.  I remember Garth developing the recipes of our specialty sausages back behind the counter.  Come and learn from Garth how sausage is made, then try some of the fresh grilled sausage Garth has cooked up, and even take some home for dinner that night.  Yoshi Kubo, Director of Sushi, will be demonstrating the art of making Sushi.  I remember watching Yoshi making specialty sushi rolls in our Sushi Department at South Pasadena then tried… Read More

Gourmet Chocolates & Coffee for Valentine's

posted on February 10th, 2011 by Christophe Moreau

Love, Amore, L’Amour, and Amor…however you say it, love is essential to mankind.  From the beginning of time, we associate love with giving something special to the one that makes your heart skip a beat… At Bristol Farms we have what you need, want, and desire!  From incredible, decadent, hand-crafted chocolates by Moonstruck, to Godiva Truffles filled with dark chocolate ganache or salted caramels.  How about a Big Mouth by Xan Chocolates?  If you haven’t tried one of these sinfully ‘healthy’ chocolates, well then you’re in for a treat!  Layered with organic rice crisp, topped with the best caramel and organic peanut butter and then enrobed in the finest chocolate…yum! While you’re shopping for that special box of chocolates, make sure to warm up with a Valentine drink of your choice.  During the month of February, we are offering delicious Raspberry Mocha, Cappuccino, and Latte’s to share with your sweetheart… Drinks are available at these… Read More

Valentine's Meal for Two

posted on February 9th, 2011 by Melinda Race

Want to make Valentine's evening amazing yet easy? This year, we are offering 2 heart shaped Wellingtons with your choice of beef, salmon, chicken or vegetarian, twice baked potatoes, vegetables, chocolate dipped strawberries, a nice bottle of champagne and 2 glass flutes for only $59.99. Take it home, heat, and serve…..absolutely delicious. The Wellingtons are made fresh in our central kitchen by our specialty chefs using only the best ingredients. If avoiding the restaurant crowds sounds good to you, I suggest staying in with our perfect meal for two and make your evening one to remember Read More


posted on February 4th, 2011 by Michelle Salatino

Looking for a sweet and salty snack? Try our new Ewephoria cheese with our delicious Fig Spread! Ewephoria is a Sheep’s milk Gouda imported from The Netherlands. This wonderful cheese is aged for a minimum of 12 months, allowing the salt crystals to develop which gives this cheese a great textural contrast. Bold, nutty, slightly salty and sweet with hints reminiscent of caramel; this cheese goes wonderfully with fig spread, dried fruit, and nuts. Try it with a full-bodied white, or a light red wine. Present this combination at your next friendly gathering for a fanciful touch. Your guests will be impressed Read More

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