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Fair Trade Roses

posted on January 30th, 2013 by Kristin Lares

Bristol Farms is proud to be part of a Fair Trade Rose program that supports our supplier's floral workers and families. Our very own rose provider, Flowerlink, brings us this opportunity to be part of the fair trade program. Florecal, the farm that produces flowers for Bristol Farms and Flowerlink, has always gone the extra mile to ensure they have a sustainable business that not only is friendly with the environment but takes care of its employees, which they acknowledge is a key part of the business. "There is a lot of people and work involved behind every single flower we receive. Growing, processing and packaging flowers is a very labor intensive work, so Florecal strives to be a second home for its employees," says our Flowerlink representative. A good example of this is the daycare the farm founded a few years ago where they care for the employees kids ages  newborn to 5 . This is a project that makes Florecal very proud, even though it hasn't always been easy to… Read More

‘Sumo’ Mandarins

posted on January 28th, 2013 by John Savidan

In the 1970's a citrus grower from the Kumamoto Prefecture in Japan set out to develop a fruit which would combine the best of the easy-to-peel Japanese Satsuma with the big, juicy, sweet oranges from California. Although he saw promise in an obscure tangerine-orange hybrid, this new fruit was challenging to grow. Thankfully, our grower persevered. Over time, he developed a series of methods for growing, pruning and thinning his trees, which is different from all other citrus. It is the biggest mandarin you've ever seen. It has a distinctive shape with a prominent "top-knot." The peel is bright orange, bumpy and loose so it peels effortlessly. The delicate sections separate easily. It's seedless, juicy without being messy, and it is quite probably the sweetest citrus you'll ever eat. Sumo Mandarins won't be around for long, so please visit us and get them while you can! We are expecting a fresh shipment the second week of February. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!   Read More

DeLonghi EO1260 Stainless‑Steel Toaster Oven with Broiler

posted on January 23rd, 2013 by Carl Smith

Do you want to bake or broil something without have to turn on the oven and wasting a lot of energy? The DeLonghi Toaster Oven EO1260 has a large 12.5 LITER, 0.5 CU. FT. cavity that can fit a 12" pizza! Not only is the interior large enough to cook one 12" pizza, but you can also bake a variety of entrées and side dishes. The patented Durastone enamel interior makes it easy to clean and distributes the heat faster and more evenly, producing the best cooking results. The multiple cooking functions make this the ideal all-in-one family oven. Choose bake, broil, toast, slow bake, or keep warm for precise and convenient cooking. The sleek, attractive design and stainless steel finish complements any kitchen decor. Features • 6-slice toaster oven bakes, broils, slow bakes, toasts, and keeps food warm • 1/2-cubic-foot Durastone II enamel interior distributes fast, even heat • Toast-color selector with auto shut-off; removable crumb tray for quick cleanup • Low-profile bake pan… Read More

Heart Healthy Breakfast in our Cafes

posted on January 15th, 2013 by Melinda Race

It's that time of year again……after the holidays we really want to get back to eating healthier, eating lighter and just feeling better about our choices. Bristol Farms' Cafes offer a wonderful, healthy breakfast option that is delicious: 3 egg whites, 2 turkey sausage patties, sliced honeydew and cantaloupe, a slice of rye toast and a cup of coffee all for only $5.99.  Where else can you find a special like this?   Good for you and good for your wallet!   Come visit us in one of our beautiful cafes located in Rolling Hills, South Pasadena, Manhattan Beach, Westchester, Newport Beach, LaJolla or Palm Desert where we have full service in a warm and comfortable environment. Looking for more? Our full cafe menu can be found online at this link, where you'll find the everyday menu plus our featured cafe special of the month: Fire Seared Pulled Pork and Granny Smith Apple Slaw - Amazing pulled pork fire seared to perfection in a light barbecue sauce served on a Seeded Kaiser roll… Read More

Hijiki Ginger Salads

posted on January 14th, 2013 by Craig Tsuchiyama

Hijiki, or Hiziki, is a seaweed black or brown in color that grows wild along the rocky coastlines around Japan, Korea, and China. Hijiki has been used in traditional foods and part of a balanced diet in Japan for centuries. Hijiki is known to be rich in dietary fiber and essential minerals such as calcium, iron and magnesium. According to Japanese folklore, Hijiki aids health and beauty, and thick, black, lustrous hair is connected to regular consumption of Hijiki. Consuming Hijiki provides many other benefits, such as: • Great source of minerals such as Calcium, Iron, Potassium and Magnesium. • Various members of the Vitamin E family such as alpha-, beta-, gamma-tocophenol and Antioxidants. • Great Monounsaturated Fat; Oleic acid, Omega-3 fatty acid and alpha-linolenic acid. • No Saturated Fat and High in Fiber. Bristol Farms is proud to introduce two new Hijiki Salads to our Sushi departments: HIJIKI SALAD with QUINOA Hijiki Salad with Quinoa is rich in nutrients and is… Read More

Frost Kissed® Artichokes

posted on January 11th, 2013 by John Savidan

Rare Frost Kissed® Artichokes Picked with Intense, Nutty Flavor. California winter frosts can yield “Frost Kissed” artichokes that are available in our Bristol Farms stores for a limited time. Frost causes the outer layer of the artichoke to turn brown, flake and peel, much like we do after getting sunburned. Artichokes are “Frost Kissed” when the temperature drops below 32 degrees. Following a freeze, artichoke plants take anywhere from two to three weeks to start producing “frost free” artichokes again. Although the brownish color may not look pretty, Frost Kissed® artichokes taste delicious and actually have a more intense flavor than the green, “frost free” artichokes. Frost enhances the flavor of the artichoke resulting in a nutty taste. Once cooked, the peeling disappears resulting in a delicious, green artichoke. Make sure to stop by any of our locations to look for this unique, seasonal item as it is only in stock for a short period of time. This Nutty… Read More

Meet the Maker – Crave Brothers Cheese

posted on January 4th, 2013 by Michelle Salatino

George Crave from the Crave Brothers Farmstead Classics cheese is making a special appearance in our Newport Beach location for a live demonstration and educational session on a variety of cheeses: Les Frères and Farmer's Rope Cheese. Les Frères - (pronounced lay frair) This European style cheese was developed with care to reflect the Crave Brothers' Irish-French heritage. It is a rich rind washed cheese with an earthy, fruity flavor. It tastes wonderful served with fruits and breads, paired with wine or in a cheese course. Farmer's Rope Cheese - Farmer's Rope is a farm fresh handmade deli string cheese. It is shaped like a rope and it forms "strings" when pulled apart. Enjoy the full creamy flavor. Great for shredding and melting too! Visit us in our Newport Beach location on the following dates and times to meet George and learn about the farm’s practices and cheese: January 18 – 3:00pm – 6:30pm January 19 – 10:00am – 1:00pm George manages the cheese factory on his… Read More

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