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Halo Top Creamery: Delicious, Low‑Calorie, Protein‑Packed Ice Cream

posted on April 30th, 2013 by Martin Deveau

If you’re anything like me, you have trouble eating a bite or two of ice cream and putting it back in the freezer like the experts say. Where’s the fun in that?   Well, check out what just hit our shelves – Halo Top Creamery! Halo Top is delicious ice cream that happens to be low-calorie, protein-rich, and low in sugar (it uses organic stevia as a sweetener). In fact, there are 7 grams of protein per serving with only 70 calories and 4 grams of sugar per serving!   But, the best part is the rich and creamy taste. Halo Top uses the best, all-natural ingredients, like cage-free eggs, dairy free from growth hormones, and organic Madagascar vanilla and organic strawberries. Plus, Halo Top’s a local, LA-based company that sources its ingredients from a local dairy.   You can find all four of their decadent flavors on our shelves – vanilla bean, chocolate, strawberry, and the cult favorite, lemon cake. Check them out on their website for more information… Read More

Summer Pies from our Bakery

posted on April 29th, 2013 by Christophe Moreau

We are entering into one of my most favorite times of the year.  Warm weather brings out all the delicious Spring & Summer foods that seem to go into hibernation during the winter months.  It’s this time of year that we change our focus from comfort foods, fresh homemade soups, or maybe a creamy mac n cheese (one of my favorites) to outdoor grilling with a renewed focus on fresh garden veggies, fruit, and salads. Of course my favorite part of any meal is dessert!  I take great pride in wrapping up any meal with an amazing and meaningful sweet treat.  The Bakery at Bristol Farms offers so many yummy treats but if I may suggest kick starting your outdoor menu with one of my all-time favorites, PIE!  Our pies are baked fresh daily, made with natural ingredients, and come in a variety of flavors.  My family loves the old fashion, all American, classic Apple pie, you just can’t go wrong.  Truth be told I am an a-la-Mode girl myself so any warm pie topped with a scoop of… Read More

Baby Kale Sprouts

posted on April 26th, 2013 by John Savidan

Kale sprouts are a hybrid cross of Russian red kale and brussel sprouts ranging in size from 3-4 inches. Kale sprouts look more like a very tiny head of kale with colors ranging from a silvery green to blue gray with pronounced crimson veins. Kale sprouts are harvested when the level of leaves of the plant have developed around a tiny, compact central head. Kale sprouts have a sweet peppery flavor and a crispy fresh texture and are entirely edible. We recommend that you use kale sprouts as a tasty garnish for meat entrees, mixed with spring greens in a salad, or simply sauté lightly with your favorite olive oil, mushrooms and garlic. Kale sprouts are grown in California and are available throughout the year peaking in late winter to late spring. Kale in general is a very popular category because of its leafy density and over all nutritional values Read More

Celebrate the Earth, Year‑Round

posted on April 22nd, 2013 by Bristol Farms

It's Earth Day, celebrated around the world mostly to bring awareness to all the earth-friendly practices we should be supporting year-round. So, we thought this would be a great opportunity to highlight some of the practices  and programs Bristol Farms lives out behind the scenes, as well as in our stores, to support a greener, cleaner Earth. You may, or may not have noticed, the containers we provide in our Food Service areas are a great eco friendly alternative to ones of the past. While we haven't swapped out 100% of our packaged goods, we are continuously working on this, in constant search of the right supportive container in each area. But, we are proud to say we offer compostable, tree-free packaging for our salad bars, hot food bars, soup containers, and all drink cups within our stores. You can feel good about the container you are filling, or the drink cup you are about to enjoy your favorite beverage from as these items are completely green and compostable by today's… Read More


posted on April 22nd, 2013 by Kim Kaczor-Wardlow

For most Americans the grilling season unofficially begins Memorial Day Weekend.  However, for those of us blessed to be living in the great State of California, we know that our grilling season really is from January 1 to December 31.  Well, truth be told perhaps there are some days out of the 365 that aren’t perfect for grilling (but not many). At Bristol Farms, we of course provide all of the necessities for a good cook-out whether it be the food on the plates or heck the plates themselves.  However, we are stepping it up a bit this year and trying to outdo even ourselves.  From May 15 through June 11 we will be celebrating the bbq season with our first ever “THRILL OF THE GRILL” promotion.  During this time when you visit any Bristol Farms location you will be inundated with all things grill related throughout the entire store.  That’s right – every department will be featuring terrific items to compliment the perfect bbq/cook-out. Although our official beginning… Read More

Not Just Another Rosé

posted on April 16th, 2013 by Geoff Nicoll

  Spring has sprung; the days are growing longer, warmer, and more energizing.  Coinciding with the new growth comes a color pallet as vivid as the imagination can conjure. This is a wonderful time of year! And Spring signals the beginning (as if it ever ended) of Rosé season. They have been a staple for us for years and have become not only trendy, but actually taken on a life of their own.  Our romance with Rosé began in a café on a lazy afternoon along the Mediterranean, but grew legs (and wings) and traveled across the pond to the States.  Suddenly, wine consumers were initiated in the world of pink. Not just any pink, but dry, vibrant, flavorful wines that quench as well as complement a wide variety of foods.  Decades ago, Americans fell in love with White Zinfandel, which was actually an accident where the fermentation got “stuck’” and the wine never finished extracting color and going dry.  It was sort of an introduction to wine, for novice wine drinkers. It… Read More

Peet’s 47th Anniversary Blend

posted on April 9th, 2013 by Christophe Moreau

Peet’s 2013 blend is perfectly matched and blended to be “Rich, Vibrant & Aromatic.” This is one of the finest coffees Peet's has sampled this year and the highlight of their Anniversary, hails from Ethiopia, a flowery and citrusy-sweet jewel from coffee’s birthplace. They’ve complemented this elegant and aromatic crop with clean, delicately fruited coffees from the Americas and a note of deep-bodied Java. Pick some up today! This coffee is available for a limited time through May 10th, 2013. Drink a good cup. Do a good thing.  This year 5% of ALL Anniversary Blend proceeds go to help young Ethiopians make a fresh start through Ethiopia’s Kidane Mehret Students Self-Help Association (KIMSSA).  KIMSSA empowers underprivileged kids aged 6-18 with the food and education they need to lift themselves towards a brighter future in Ethiopia Read More

Ford Farm Coastal Mature Cheddar

posted on April 5th, 2013 by Michelle Salatino

Ford Farm is located in the UK on the Ashley Estate located between Dorset Downs and the Jurassic Coast – an international heritage site. Coastal is their best-selling cheddar, both in the UK and in the States.  The milk comes from cows that graze on lush pastures on the estate and surrounding dairies. These dairies are within thirty miles of the estate, ensuring the freshness of the milk. Because the cows are allowed to graze on these lush pastures, the milk is rich, creamy and perfect for making cheese. Coastal Mature Cheddar is sweet and salty.  The texture is typical of English cheddar, rugged, crumbly, and slightly crunchy.  The crunch is caused by the calcium crystals which form naturally in the cheese once it has reached maturity.  This is a lovely cheese to enjoy on its own, or to fancy up any dish Coastal Mature Cheddar is best served with a full bodied red wine such as Shiraz or Rioja. Product is expected to arrive in our stores on Tuesday, April 9th. Stop in and… Read More

Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Grassroots Sink Tour

posted on April 4th, 2013 by Martin Deveau

Who said that homemaking-cleaning, organizing and daily tending-had to be tedious and unimaginative?  Time spent at home is enjoyable, so why shouldn’t caring for it be too?  The real Mrs. Meyer’s is an Iowa mother of nine-our founder included-who knows her way around a broom closet.  It all started when one of her daughters was walking down a cleaning aisle, eyeing all the products with their harsh, stinky chemicals.  Right then and there, she had an idea “Let’s make cleaners that smell nice, like my mom’s garden, that will still work like the dickens on daily dirt and grime!”  With good humor and plenty of get-up and go, Mrs. Thelma Meyer is the conscious of clean and common sense that guides everything Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day does. Inspired by Mrs. Meyer’s own garden, their products clean your entire home from top to bottom in one satisfying scent:  soothing lavender, energizing Lemon Verbena, uplifting Basil, refreshing Geranium, and many more! These days… Read More


posted on April 2nd, 2013 by Aaron Jones

RICEBLISS is a revolutionary brown rice “superfood” which was introduced at the Natural Product Expo West 2012 for the first time. It is a delicious, ready-to-eat, creamy brown rice porridge you can enjoy straight from your refrigerator. It is made with pureed organic brown rice using centuries-old porridge recipes. Porridge has remained a staple around the world, although it varies in flavor and preparation. RICEBLISS was founded by two sisters who wanted a delicious, healthy, and ready-to-eat food for their elderly mother and their 9-year old and teenage daughters. After experimenting in their home kitchen and endless tasting tests, the result is a velvet-textured, nutritious, and filling creamy brown rice superfood made with the finest organic and natural ingredients.  All flavors of RICEBLISS are Gluten-free, Non-GMO, and Vegetarian. After a year of experiments and research of ingredients, RICEBLISS has been produced in four flavors: their mother’s favorite, Cocoa; their… Read More

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