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Bristol's Own Winter Soups

posted on November 30th, 2011 by Michelle Salatino

With the chilly winter nights we all have cravings for warm, satisfying soup. Whether you crave a rich and creamy soup like Cream of Mushroom or Clam Chowder, or prefer something on the lighter side like Chicken Noodle or French Onion, we have a soup to satisfy everyone’s taste. Here at Bristol Farms, we pride ourselves on our homemade soups made from the freshest ingredients available. My personal favorite is our Tomato Basil Bisque; this soup is rich and satisfying and warms the soul with a touch of spice in the finish. Make it a complete meal with a side salad and nice, warm piece of baguette covered in our Gorgonzola Herb Butter. For the week of 11/30 – 12/6, come on in and purchase our Quart size soups, 2 for $10 Read More

Jack Daniels Single Barrel Custom Engraving

posted on November 29th, 2011 by Geoff Nicoll

With the shopping season off to a bang, the first attempt to get it all done is but a blur. The best made plans don’t always work out as well as one would hope, but it wasn’t for poor intent or lack of effort. The kids are forthcoming with a wish list about an arm’s length, but quite often that the most difficult gift is for the discriminatory spouse, sibling, and of course the boss. What do you get those that have everything? Sharper Image? Not anymore. Brookstone? Been there done that. Hickory Farms, Chia Pet, or a new tie might get you fired or divorced, or both… How about a bottle of personally engraved good ol’ Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey? Just about everybody likes Jack Daniel’s, so if they are a fan of the JD Old No. 7, then they will truly relish the Single Barrel Select. The history of Jack Daniel’s is long and storied as it is the oldest registered distillery in the United States. Tennessee Whiskey is a bit different than Bourbon or other… Read More

Bristol Kitchens’ Black Friday Sale

posted on November 23rd, 2011 by Carl Smith

Okay, you got through another Turkey Day with great success! You’ve got pumpkin pie overload, Uncle Bill is still asleep on the sofa, and you really feel the need to get out of the house before someone asks you to go miniature golfing. So, what to do?? Are you ready to do some shopping? It’s Black Friday and you may be cringing at the thought of visiting the mall or one of those big box stores only to push through the crowds of people, still in their pajamas and who have been up since 4:00 AM to get the best deal possible. Hmm, what are the alternatives? We’ve got a great solution; stop by your nearest Bristol Farms for our exclusive 30% off kitchenware and appliance sale! Start off with a cup of premium coffee from our Peet’s coffee bar; better yet have breakfast or an early lunch in our café. Afterward, saunter to the Bristol Kitchens area where we are having our first ever Black Friday Sale which will be extended through the weekend. Need to resupply gadgets for your… Read More

25% Off Black Friday Cabernet Sale!

posted on November 21st, 2011 by Geoff Nicoll

See Red & Save Green on Black Friday Cabernet Sauvignon is probably the best known red grape in these United States, although, due to a certain cinematic release, Pinot Noir has gained considerable ground. That being said, Cabernet is, and probably always will be king. Grown in nearly every major wine producing region, Cabernet can run the gamut with respect to styles, weight, flavor profiles and yes, certainly prices. It has become a staple in the US, and more specifically, California. Napa has cemented its legacy with a myriad of “Cult Cabernets” which have demanded astronomical sums of money, yes some 4 digits for a bottle of their new release. The culture of the small vigneron or the “garagiste” micro producer sent prices soaring for their hundred or so case production. While many of them were startups, with big names and little track record, they did pretty well for themselves. Usually it was the savvy investor that made out rather than the producer, whom surely… Read More

Stuffing Made Easy by Marcy's

posted on November 17th, 2011 by Mike McMahon

Looking for a little help in the kitchen this holiday season? Help can come your way with a conveniently packaged pre-seasoned all natural stuffing mix made by Marcy’s. It’s like no other!  From the freshly toasted Calabrese Bread, autumn flavors of orange zest and tart cranberries, to the high quality all natural ingredients, any consumer would be hard pressed to make a better stuffing from scratch. With the simple addition of fresh celery, onion, eggs, and butter to this heavenly stuffing mix, anyone can be a home chef and put a wow to their holiday table.  The seasonings are delicately blended not to overpower but to enhance the flavor. Bristol Farms is proud to offer this all natural stuffing mix for the holidays. Pick some up for your holiday celebrations and let us know what you think. Marcy’s provides a simple assembly and recipe to prepare the stuffing mix: Marcy’s Cranberry Orange Stuffing 6 tbsp (90 mL) unsalted butter or olive oil 1/2 cup (125 mL) each… Read More

Moonstruck Chocolates for the Holiday

posted on November 11th, 2011 by Christophe Moreau

Have you ever wondered how fine chocolates are made?  Well, we have a treat (pun intended) for you!  Bristol Farms has offered Moonstruck Chocolates for many years and Moonstruck Chocolates continues to break the mold (another pun) when it comes to creating innovative, delicious chocolates.  Watch the video below for a Moonstruck Chocolate factory tour. They not only have an award-winning Chocolatier, Julian Rose, overseeing the recipes, but many of their chocolates are handcrafted. Come visit a participating Bristol Farms store near you and look for the wonderland of chocolates to choose from.  Everything from seasonal Orange Chocolate Owls and Pfeffernusse Spice Truffles to Pumpkin Pie Truffles and Egg Nog Snowman Truffles. They are all adorable and delicious!  Or try one of the everyday chocolates, like Sea Salt Cajeta Caramel or Wild Huckleberry. Perfect for the holiday season, our Moonstruck Chocolates come pre-packaged as well as in bulk. Our Chocolate Specialists are on… Read More

Great Taste Just Got Better!

posted on November 8th, 2011 by Kevin Davis

Great Taste Just Got Better! More Organics, More Natural, More Local, and More Value! Less than one year ago, Bristol Farms’ longtime management team bought our company from one of the largest national grocery conglomerates. We are, once again, proud to be a locally owned and independently managed specialty grocery company, headquartered right here in Southern California. We are currently launching the most important change to our merchandising plan in our 28 year history by adding over 4,500 new organic, natural, local and gluten free products, combined with more specials and more everyday values on key brands throughout the store. We've added more shelves, more items, more variety, and more value to the extraordinary products and unique Bristol style customer service our shoppers expect and deserve. I'm excited about our new products, I'm excited about the future, and I invite you to turn the page and see what's in store for you at Bristol Farms where Great Taste, Just Got… Read More

Business & Office Catering for the Holiday

posted on November 8th, 2011 by Melinda Race

Attention all you Worker Bees! Are you starting to plan a Holiday Office Luncheon? Bristol Farms Catering would love to be part of the festivities.   We not only will we gladly take your order and deliver the order to your site, but we will set up a beautiful luncheon for you and your co-workers to enjoy. Any size group you are entertaining will be handled by our catering team. After all, we spend more time with co-workers than our own families, right? We have the perfect holiday foods to present: whole, freshly roasted turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, candied yams, cranberry relish, green bean casserole and many other options are available. So take the time to sit back, relax and enjoy a good meal with the people that you work with 5 days a week, 8 hours a day, and over 2,000 hours a year!  Holidays are for bonding and appreciating what we have right in front of us, so let’s take a moment to warm up those relationships with food and laughter. It is the sweetest thing to… Read More

Got Autumn Fermented Cider?

posted on November 2nd, 2011 by Geoff Nicoll

Few things embody Autumn more than the seasonal harvest of apples and pears.  The excitement turns to the creation of delicious and tantalizing masterpieces. The fantastic aromas and spicy sweet flavors combine to make some of the best Holiday desserts and set the tone for a great gathering. But there is life beyond a great apple crisp, gratin, or tart. For generations, there has been a dedicated society that has nurtured a thirst and passion for natural fermented ciders. Not the cheap, from-concentrate concoction that is inoculated with carbon dioxide, but actually a handmade, artisan product that exemplifies decades, even centuries of tradition and excellence. Dozens of countries across the globe are producers and significant consumers of these fine and interesting beverages. For centuries, cider was the singular most consumed adult beverage on the planet, only recently being overtaken by beer. The origins of fermented cider will be argued, as there is historical proof of cider… Read More

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