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NEW! Kona Red Antioxidant Juice

posted on August 31st, 2011 by Roger Arechiga

KonaRed™ is a powerful Hawaiian Superfruit! It's the fruit of the coffee plant that surrounds, protects and nourishes the coffee bean (seed of the fruit). KonaRed™ has an extraordinary level of nutrients and antioxidants that get absorbed at the cellular level and are known to help prevent disease, delay aging and provide a long-lasting mood boost. Packed with 3 powerful antioxidants, which are quinic acid (anti-viral), chlorogenic acid (appetite suppressant), and ferulic acid (anti-inflammatory), KonaRed™ is a delicious, functional beverage that is highly bioavailable meaning that the antioxidants are absorbed at the cellular level. KonaRed™ Coffee Fruit is sourced exclusively from Kona, Hawaii estate plantations (USA), and can be followed from the field to your bottle, every step of the way; Real time “farm-to-table.” To read more about KonaRed™, please visit their website at http://www.konared.com/index.php Read More

Spanish Cheese!

posted on August 30th, 2011 by Michelle Salatino

This past week we have been celebrating Spain and the delicious foods that come out of this beautiful country. Spanish cheese has been a favorite for us here at Bristol Farms for years.  In our Cheese Departments, we started with traditional Manchego (Spain’s most famous cheese), and expanded the line to include Drunken Goat, Garrotxa, Valdeon, and many, many more. Our Manchego is a DOP cheese, which can only be made from the milk of the Manchega sheep that graze in the provinces of Albacete, Ciudad Real, Cuenca and Toledo, all of which form the region of La Mancha. This is a semi hard cheese, with a nutty, slightly salty flavor that pairs well with Quince Paste. We carry both the 6 month and 1 year old varieties. Valdeon is a wonderful blue cheese made of cow and/or goats milk. Valdeon is aged in walnut leaves giving this cheese a tangy and earthy flavor. We love to pair this with our Orange Blossom Honey; it tones down the blue cheese flavor slightly and ads a mild… Read More

Spain, the New Old World?

posted on August 29th, 2011 by Geoff Nicoll

Spain is known to have historical significance in viticulture with evidence of grape cultivation dating back well beyond 3000 B.C.  With the Phoenicians expanding their trade routes into the Iberian Peninsula around 1100 B.C., their footprint was left in the form of knowledge and varieties of grapes suitable for this pursuit. Currently, Spain is host to some 3 million acres of vineyard boasting more than 400 varieties, but approximately 80% is of 20 main varieties. The most noted and commonplace are reds such as Tempranillo, Garnacha, Monastrell and  Cariñena.  Albariño, Macabeo, Verdejo, and Xarello  are the best known whites. While it is the country most planted under vine, it currently sits 3rd in production, just behind France and Italy. Malaga, Rioja, and Sherry were the main production in the 18th century.  During the mid 19th century, phylloxera, a vine killing insect, ravaged Western European vineyards choking the supply and quality of wine, sending some of the best… Read More

Spanish Serrano Jamon

posted on August 22nd, 2011 by Michelle Salatino

Serrano Jamon is a dried cured ham produced in Spain similar to the Italian Prosciutto.  Aged for at least one year, this is a national treasure to the Spaniards. This beautiful ham is cured in special drying rooms replicating the temperature and humidity of the four seasons. The process results in the finished product having a lower moisture content than that of Prosciutto, and is firmer and sweeter in flavor.  Our particular Serrano is aged for 15 months. Serrano is a normal part of every family’s life in Spain.  Every tapas bar and neighborhood café have their own hams. During the Holiday Season there are hundreds of them hanging from the rafters of food stores for the Holiday shoppers. Enjoy in a tapas plate with cheese and olives, with fresh fruit, used as an ingredient or served on its own. We recommend serving this Jamon at room temperature to allow the flavors to develop fully. Our wonderful Serrano will be on special for $14.99 a pound from August 24 - 30, 2011 Read More

Tillandsia Xerographica

posted on August 19th, 2011 by Kristin Lares

Tillandsia xerographica is a beautiful species native to Salvador, Mexico and Guatemala. This rare cultivar is considered the King of the Tillandsia world. It is very slow growing but easy to care for an indoor/outdoor show plant. They can live in a wide temperature range, from 34°F to 110°F. The silvery gray leaves are wide at the base and taper to a point making an attractive, sculptural rosette. The leaf bracts are rosy red, the floral bracts are chartreuse, and the petals of the tubular flowers are red to purple and are very long lasting (months). This slow-growing species loves sunshine and is drought tolerant. Xerographica grows epiphytically on trees and on rocks in dry areas and at elevations of 600 to 1,800 feet where it hangs on the highest branches to receive intense lighting. If you are starting a collection or simply want to add another masterpiece to your current collection, this plant is a must! The name means dry painting. Mount at an angle to prevent water from… Read More

Peet's Coffee & Tea New Medium Roasts

posted on August 15th, 2011 by Christophe Moreau

Peet’s Coffee is launching two new ‘lighter roasts’:  Café Domingo and Café Solano .  They will be available beginning August 15th.  I really feel these new roasts will cater to the customer who is looking for a lighter roast, but still wants the freshness and robust flavor profile Peet’s is known for. Please come in and pick up a bag or two of these new roasts...you’ll be pleasantly surprised! Cafe Domingo- A perfectly balanced medium roast cup with hints of toffee sweetness and a clean, crisp finish.  With a blend of Central & South American coffees. Café Solano- A world blend with floral notes and a subtle fruit essence for a lively, yet rounded cup.  With a blend of African, Indo-Pacific, and Latin American coffees Read More

NEW! In our Dairy, NOOSA Yoghurt

posted on August 9th, 2011 by Roger Arechiga

Noosa Finest Yoghurt is crafted from a super-secret Aussie recipe, with milk from happy cows raised on a family-owned Colorado farm. Aussies are famous for embracing other cultures, then adding their own little twist to make them their own. (It’s not “stealing,” it’s “being inspired.” There’s a difference!) That’s exactly what they did with Noosa Finest Yoghurt. They took a page from the Greeks (Ta, Greeks!) with their famously rich yoghurt; made in small batches, set, and infused with honey to give it that delicious sweet-tart tang. They add just the right amount of fruit purees, made from the best the seasonal market has to offer, and pack it in clear tubs so you can see for yourself the lusciousness of what you’re about to enjoy. Noosa, a small surf town tucked away on Australia’s Sunshine Coast, is where the recipe hails from. In 2008 Noosa co-founder and Aussie ex-pat, Koel Thomae, was home after an extended walkabout. She discovered this amazing yoghurt… Read More

Are you ready for some football????

posted on August 5th, 2011 by Melinda Race

Might seem like it is far, far away but it is not!  Bristol Farms Catering and Football go hand in hand.   Not only do we whip up the best in chicken wings, pepper belly bars, tri tip sandwiches, stuffed patty hamburgers, hot links and much, much more but we also can theme out an outstanding event!!  I am not going to lie, I LOVE USC, I LOVE UCLA and I LOVE CAL!  All these schools rock and have amazing staff members that work hard to provide some great football events. So if you are going to a game, staying home to watch a game or you just like to eat, please call us!  888-726-7271 Now back to the Pepper Belly Bar…..this is how we do it out in the tailgate zone: Open the bag of Fritos Pour in a scoop of chili Drop in a dollop of sour cream Sprinkled with shredded cheddar cheese Throw on a few jalapenos Stick a fork in it! Stand there and enjoy... We sell hundreds of these bags every season!  We cannot wait to serve you Read More

Local Farmers Market at Bristol Farms

posted on August 3rd, 2011 by Kristin Lares

Long before it was a trend to buy from local farms, Bristol Gardens practiced purchasing locally grown flowers to support our local flower growers. We drive up and down our beautiful California coastlines on a weekly basis to purchase flowers from local floral growers. I get goose bumps on a weekly basis to see such beautiful flowers ship to our stores and the best part of it all is that we support our local farms first! At Bristol Farms, I can guarantee that at least 85% of the fresh flowers and plants that we sell come from our local farms and that is something we are very proud of. Starting August 3rd through September 7th we are celebrating our local farms. I want to invite you to stop by and support our local flower farms and partners. We are finally having some great sunshine and the flowers are blooming. We are offering great value with our line of bunched product. The local product will be provided by: Bay City Flowers, Half Moon Bay, CA B&H flowers, Carpinteria… Read More

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