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Acoya Sauvignon Blanc Special!

posted on June 27th, 2012 by Michael Cristillo

Sometimes we come across deals that are great, fabulous, terrific! Then there is the category of down right stupid (in today’s generational lingo, that translates to “beyond awesome”). For wine aficionados, it makes the wine angels sing. The Acoya Sauvignon Blanc has everything going for it - vibrant aromas of green apple and fig, with laser-like mouth watering flavors of Asian pear, citrus, melon, apple, and quince. This gem is a match made in heaven when paired with barbequed poultry with a chipotle glaze, grilled sea bass or halibut, and anything where goat cheese is required - which should be most everything. And a good sign that the wine is of a high quality, this Sauvignon Blanc was tasted 2 days after it was opened and it was still kicking and making a fuss. A few folks we sampled the wine on guessed it would retail in the $14 to $17 range. Wrong! Normal retail is $9.99. But since you are reading this blog post, we have to make a statement, so we’re swinging our bats… Read More

Summer Strawberries

posted on June 20th, 2012 by Keith Tsuchiyama

Nothing says summer like deliciously ripe, sweet berries. The riper the berry, the stronger the fragrance and just their fragrances alone will have you dreaming of desserts filled to the brim with berries. But, berries are not just to be used in desserts, they actually make a stunning flavor and appearance in savory dishes as well. Berries can be cooked down and added to marinades to accompany a number of meats or are a wonderful addition to dress up a salad dressing. Berries are delicious alone, dipped in brown sugar and sour cream, combined in a delicious fruit smoothie, or coupled with mascarpone cheese. Berries are very versatile and absolutely irresistible. The possibilities are endless! This week, we are featuring our locally grown, sweet strawberries on ad and now's the best time to take advantage of the deals! Fertile valleys and coastal breezes are considered the secret to growing premium berries. The mineral rich soil and coastal air, days warmed by the California sun and… Read More

Graskaas Cheese is here!

posted on June 19th, 2012 by Michelle Salatino

At Bristol Farms, we love Beemster and the wonderful cheese they produce.  Beemster cheeses have been produced from a farmers’ co-op in the Netherlands for over a century.   What makes Beemster cheeses so special is the milk they use.  The milk originates from canal lined pastures of North Holland where cows have grazed freely for 400 years.  Because of this lush setting, the milk is known for its rich texture and sweet taste.   Beemster’s Master Cheesemakers follow traditional (secret) recipes handed down for generations and use only natural ingredients. Every Spring, Beemster produces a wonderful cheese called Graskaas.  Graskaas is special as it is made from the first milkings after the cows have been grazing on the fresh spring pastures. This cheese is full flavored, rich and creamy. Be sure and hurry in, this cheese will not be available for long as it is only produced once a year. We will have this beautiful cheese on demo from June 20th – 26th from the hours of… Read More

Support Our Local Fisheries!

posted on June 19th, 2012 by Craig Tsuchiyama

We love seafood at Bristol Farms and it gives us great pleasure to know when our products come in fresh and sustainably caught from local fisheries. This weekend, we will be featuring the following selection of fresh, locally caught fish at outstanding prices! Be sure to visit our stores and enjoy our "Catch of the Day" special pricing this Friday - Sunday only. Speak with our Fishmongers for their recommendations on the best preparations, or try some of my favorite preparations below: Black Cod (Sablefish) fillet, sustainably pot caught out of Morro Bay.  This fish is moist and flakey and is great marinated in Sioux-z-Wow (also a California company) and baked or broiled. California Halibut is one of the best all around, cook it anyway you like it, fish available.   My favorite is fried panko halibut strip fish tacos topped with shredded cabbage, cheese, tartar sauce and extra horseradish. California White Seabass has to be my favorite at the sushi bar.  The season just opened and… Read More

Celebrate Father's Day at Bristol Farms

posted on June 15th, 2012 by Christophe Moreau

This year visit your neighborhood Bristol Farms’ Coffee Department for Father’s Day gifts.  Spoil Dad with some delicious Peet’s Coffee.  Just in time for the warm summer weather, is Peet’s Baridi Iced Coffee Blend.  This blend is smooth, dark and incredibly good!  This will surely be a welcome treat as you sit enjoy the weekend with Dad.  Brew up a batch; serve over ice for a delicious and refreshing cup of coffee. Nothing goes better with coffee than wonderful chocolates!  While you’re picking up your coffee for Dad, make sure and take a look at our beautiful candy case.  Filled with Godiva truffles, Moonstruck Critters and Xan Big Mouth Chocolates…made just for Dad!  Make him feel like a king for the day…we can custom box a variety of chocolates, from caramels and honeycomb to baseball inspired truffles that actually look like a baseball.  You’ll hit a home run with these lovely Moonstruck Confections! (Chocolates not available in our Rolling… Read More

Cru Vin Dogs – The Loyal Companion

posted on June 15th, 2012 by Michael Cristillo

The Loyal Companion wine series, created by the animal friendly Cru Vin Dogs Wine company, is dedicated to helping animal shelters and rescue groups find homes for our devoted and faithful friends.  We first brought in their wines and promoted them on our May Gazette, as a tie in to that month’s “Be Kind to Animals Week." Proceeds from the sales, 50 cents per bottle, are allocated directly to local shelters in the Los Angeles region. Just this beginning salvo to help our canine friends in need has generated $336.00…and counting.  Since we have such a good thing going here with this noble cause, we have decided to continue the “dog” run on the Loyal Companion series of wines, and match last month’s special pricing, $12.99 (vs. regular $14.99).  This is a win-win situation where the consumer can enjoy Sonoma County wines at a great price and help fund our local shelters. How about a great round of “a-paws” for everyone. Loyal Companion Sonoma Chardonnay Their… Read More

Introducing: Califia Farms Almond Milks

posted on June 14th, 2012 by Roger Arechiga

Ever wondered how California got its name? Spanish Conquistadors named the region for Califia, a mythical queen who ruled over an isle of women, and the untamed, bountiful land of California. Conquistadors believed they had discovered Califia’s bountiful island when they first explored California – and so the state got its name. Now, following in their footsteps, Califia Farms is using that legendary abundance for produce not just for one but for three great tasting almond milks. Using locally sourced almonds from here in the Central Valley of California, they have developed a unique artisanal process of blanching the almonds - resulting in a fresh, clean, crisp taste packed full of nutrients. Dairy milk alternatives have come a long way in the last couple years.  With no saturated fats, almond milk is low in calories, an excellent source of calcium (50% more than milk), rich in antioxidants, vitamin E, and 100% vegan.  No longer is alternative milk just for people that are… Read More

Local, Raw Honey from Honey Pacifica

posted on June 12th, 2012 by Mike McMahon

We are proud to introduce the raw, untreated cold packed honeys from Honey Pacifica. Select from a variety of naturally flavored honeys produced from bees pollinating a variety of plant blossoms; no added flavors or extracts. We are certain the honeys provided by Honey Pacifica are the best local honeys you can find. Find our assortment of flavors, like: Sage Wild Flower Orange Blossom Eucalyptus Creamy Mango Creamy Lemon Honey Comb With allergy season well under way, this may be your solution to provide some allergy relief.......Enjoy the natural remedies of local honey; nature's energy booster, immunity system builder, and a natural remedy for many ailments Read More

Grilling Season is HERE!

posted on June 11th, 2012 by Rick Stidham

For us guys, this is our favorite season of the year!  This is the time of the year where we make our annual pilgrimage to the great outdoors.  We do this at a time of our own manly choosing and under our own terms, all the while knowing men across the country are united in achieving the same goal.   Like cavemen, we step outside, grunt and grown, take a deep breath, open a frosty beverage, and prepare our backyard grills for a summer of fire!! Having just completed this annual ritual, I was able to take advantage of the recent sale on our USDA Choice Natural Beef Tri-Tip.  No leftovers here, that’s for sure!  Even my 9 year old daughter who likes nothing but Chili’s “Molten Lava Cake” did some serious damage that a dad could be proud of.  What a great way to start off the grilling season! This next week, our meat departments will be featuring a variety of Natural Air-Chilled and Organic poultry items at great prices for you to enjoy.  Also, we will be featuring our… Read More

California Grown Roses with our Partner: California Pajarosa

posted on June 7th, 2012 by Kristin Lares

Introducing: new California grown roses at Bristol Farms! We are constantly on the look out to support our local farms and I am so please to announce a partnership with California Pajarosa. We will carry their beautiful assortment of Sweetheart roses in an array of colors and other varieties such as Hybrid tea and spray roses. Bristol Farms is very proud to sell their roses in our beautiful stores. Stop buy and take home a bunch or two. History of California Pajarosa Roses were first planted on our property in 1979 by our founders John Furman and Alan Mitchell. All our greenhouses were self-built by our own employees using steel frames and a double-ply polyurethane covering. In 1992, California Pajarosa became the first rose growers in Northern California to institute hydroponic growing methods. While initially an ecological experiment to reduce water run-off, we quickly realized that we were able to grow higher quality roses while increasing plant density and therefore increasing… Read More

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