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How to pick your Memorial Day Watermelon

posted on May 27th, 2011 by John Savidan

Look for the tell-tale “ripe spot”; It will be on the bottom of the watermelon and is a light yellow or creamy color patch. The magic behind this is that over time this spot will develop as the melon grows on the soil allowing the melon to fully ripen and become sweeter. If the spot is greenish or white in color, it’s a very strong indicator that the melon is not ripe yet. Look for a melon that is good and heavy for its size as over 90% of a watermelon is indeed water. Make sure the outside rind is firm and solid, blemish free and always avoid watermelons that have soft spots, cuts or bruises. An important tip to always keep in mind is that watermelons do not continue to ripen once they've been picked. Applying these insider tips will ensure that you always get a melon that is ripe and ready to eat Read More

Peony Season is Finally Here!

posted on May 25th, 2011 by Kristin Lares

The weather has most definitely played a factor in the late arrival of Peonies this year.  Local Peonies were not available to us on Mothers Day as we were required to import product from Holland in order to offer these amazing flowers for Mom. Although it is a bit late, I cannot wait to welcome this simply amazing crop into our stores and bring it to you for your pleasure. The peony does not look like much when you first see it. It is a round hard ball in a variety of pinks and whites. Cut them, place them in water and you will be in awe at the soft, fullness of the petals and the delicate hues. Peonies last about a week in fresh clean water. Stop by and see what I am talking about! If you have never bought yourself some flowers, I recommend buying peonies as a start. You will love them!!!! Sadly, the season is short so hurry on in. First shipment arrives May 27th and we will carry them until the last cut which is approximately 4 weeks Read More

Summer Nights at the Hollywood Bowl

posted on May 23rd, 2011 by Melinda Race

The first time I visited the Hollywood Bowl I was sitting in my seat thinking that I was truly blessed to live in such an amazing state like California. Sitting in the heart of Hollywood watching such talent, experiencing the perfect weather, enjoying the whole experience of being outdoors in the venue with 17 thousand other happy people is really extraordinary. Not to mention the music, acoustics of the Hollywood Bowl and the way it sounds in the open air….wow. I have made sure to schedule myself for summer evenings at the bowl and have not missed a year since my first visit. To make the evening even more spectacular, Bristol Farms has partnered with the Hollywood Bowl and offers delicious and convenient picnic meals for visitors to the venue. You can even bring your own bottle of wine to enjoy! Check out our menu for 2011 by visiting the link below. To place an order for pickup, please call our catering hotline at… Read More

What Type of Thermometer do you Need?

posted on May 19th, 2011 by Carl Smith

Consensus is a home chef needs at least one type of thermometer: an instant read thermometer for sticking into a piece of meat or fish to read the internal temperature. These are a million times better than the type you leave in the meat as it cooks. If you like to fry, you’ll need a frying thermometer that clips on to the side of the pan or pot. Candy thermometers are not required if you know how to judge the temperature of sugar by its texture in cold water. When working with chocolate, you might use one of those long mercury thermometers, but if breaks, it is more dangerous than helpful. Mercury is extremely poisonous; Instead, try an alcohol thermometer or an inelegant digital thermometer that measures a range between 50 -200 degrees Read More

Bristol Farms' Air‑Chilled Chicken

posted on May 17th, 2011 by Rick Stidham

Mandatory in Europe, air-chilling is a process by which chickens are cooled after processing. On the contrary, the standard method used in the United States involves the use of a large chlorinated water vat. The chickens are immersed in the super chilled chlorinated water and a large “screw” is utilized to churn them through the vat. This method ruins the meat texture due to the absorption of 8 – 12% chlorinated water. Also, similar to a communal bath, this process leaves a high chance for cross contamination. The opposite is true for the air-chilled chickens. Utilizing cold air, the result is no added water, reduced chance of contamination, and superior texture and flavor. Bristol Farms’ Air-Chilled Chickens grow naturally with plenty of room to roam in a caring environment on ranches in sunny California.  Every effort is made to treat our chickens as humanely as possible throughout the production process. A key reason why our chicken offers superior taste is the… Read More

Castroville Artichokes

posted on May 13th, 2011 by John Savidan

It just wouldn't be Spring without the bountiful amounts of “Peak of the Season” Jumbo Castroville Artichokes. Many people probably don’t know much about Castroville California let alone that it is the actual artichoke capital of the world. These wonderful eating artichokes have become so popular mostly because of their thick meaty leaves, large hearts and best of all their nutty flavors. These flavorful Artichokes are best steamed, stuffed, boiled or grilled with each individual artichoke supplying a healthy dose of fiber and antioxidants. For one day only, we will be selling these beautiful artichokes at an amazing price of 99 cents each! Stop by our store on Friday 5/13/11 to grab a few; they won't last long! Read More

Birthday Happenings at KLOS Studios

posted on May 12th, 2011 by Melinda Race

You are not going to believe what some of our lucky catering staff got to do last week! We cooked and delivered our delicious catered breakfast to our favorite DJ’s Mark and Brian from 95.5 KLOS!  We are big fans and the official caterers for the “KLOS Mark and Brian Green Room” and it just happened to be Brian's Birthday.  We took all of his very favorite foods including Mac n' Cheese, Smokey Sausage Links, Cheddar Cheese, Hot Dogs, Applewood Bacon, and the best Scrambled Eggs! There was another birthday in the KLOS studios on Tuesday; Bob Buchmann received a beautiful Bristol Farms' birthday gift basket delivery. We love treating and visiting the KLOS staff! Thank you for keeping us entertained Read More

Come join us for a taste of Pannonia Ham from Canada!

posted on May 11th, 2011 by Michelle Salatino

Pannonia ham is truly a special ham.   This ham traces its historical roots back to the ancient Roman province of Pannonia now known as Hungary.  These hams are made from hogs selected for their leanness, and as a result it is low in fat.  It is a whole ham, not reconstituted like most others. This ham is cured with a salt water brine, giving it a distinctive mild flavor. It is tenderly massaged, cooked slowly then smoked gently over hardwoods. Because this is a whole ham, it can be used for more than sandwiches: Slice it thicker and have it as an entrée; just heat and serve with mashed potatoes and spring vegetables. Dice it and add to pasta, or salad Cooks up nicely in a Cordon Bleu Any way you cut it, you can feel good about serving this ham to your family. This beautiful ham is featured in our Passport to Savings program from now until June 14th.  Take advantage of the savings while you can! This will also be sampled in our stores on May 13th, so be sure and stop… Read More

Simply Mud Gloves

posted on May 9th, 2011 by Kristin Lares

Are you ready for your garden? Bristol Farms has a new arrival of fresh gloves at a hot retail, $7.99 a pair. We have some great, fun colors such as Banana, Kiwi, Passion Fruit, Blueberry, and Clementine. Stop on by and grab a few. They offer superior comfort and I absolutely love them! Made from high quality, long lasting, nitrile coated nylon, the Simply Mud Glove® is a soft yet durable glove that provides all day comfort. The breathable nylon liner keeps hands cool. The nitrile coated fingers and palm feature a micro-finish coating that offers exceptional grip when wet and moisture resistance to keep hands dry. The form-fitting beaded cuffs lock out dirt and debris to keep hands clean. These gloves are perfect for hot summer chores both big and small. Simply Mud® is simply amazing! Features: Superior comfort. Breathable back. Form-fit cuff keeps out dirt and debris. Textured micro-finish grip coating provides superior grip performance. Water resistant… Read More

Hand‑Crafted Chocolates for Mother's Day

posted on May 5th, 2011 by Christophe Moreau

Delight Mom with a special surprise this year from Bristol Farms.  At the Coffee Department, you can pick and choose your very own collection of chocolates from our beautiful chocolate case.  Choose from classic flavors in decadent Peach Bellini or Mimosa Truffles from Moonstruck Chocolatier.  Or how about some adorable Ladybug truffles in Milk, Dark, Raspberry and Orange...then again, we have country critters to please, including- milk chocolate Ponies, toffee Pigs, milk chocolate Cows and extra-bittersweet Lambs.  Each is hand-formed, hand-dipped and hand-decorated! (available at these participating stores; South Pasadena, Manhattan Beach, Westchester, Long Beach, Newport Beach, Beverly West and Westwood) Read More

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