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Magnum Coffee Break!

posted on June 29th, 2013 by Martin Deveau

I always like a nice fresh cup of coffee, not only in the morning but also any time of the day.  Magnum Coffee is a new coffee product to Bristol Farms.  They are a family owned and operated coffee roaster who sources their coffee from farmers all over the world.  They only use the finest 100% Arabica coffee.  Come and taste why I love Magnum Coffee at the following stores this Sunday, June 30 from 11:00am – 2:00pm: Rolling Hills, South Pasadena, Manhattan Beach, Westchester, Newport Beach, West Hollywood, La Jolla, Westwood, and Palm Desert. It is never too hot for coffee! You can always enjoy it over ice!   For more information on Magnum Coffee Roastery, visit http://www.magnumcoffee.com/ Read More

Cheddar of the month – Sweet Cherry Cheddar

posted on June 28th, 2013 by Michelle Salatino

Sweet Cherry Cheddar is made in the heart of Wisconsin’s dairy land, near Kiel Wisconsin by Henning’s Wisconsin Cheese company.  Henning’s was started in 1914 by Otto and Norma Henning who devoted their lives to producing quality cheese.  Henning’s gets their milk from small local farmers who pasture feed their cows along with feeding them a natural balanced diet. Sweet Cherry Cheddar is aged white cheddar mixed with sweet cherries.    This cheddar is a nice balance of sweet and creamy. Great for scones , pancakes, or snacking with a light fruity wine. Or, try making cherry monkey bread with the recipe below courtesy of Henning's Wisconsin Cheese.   Henning's Sweet Cherry Cheddar Monkey Bread Servings: 8 Ingredients: 2 loaves Frozen Bread Dough, white or wheat, thawed 1 stick Butter, melted 1/3 cup Cinnamon & Sugar 2 cups Henning's Sweet Cherry Heritage Cheddar, shredded Cooking Directions: Pull dough out of freezer and place in refrigerator 12 hours prior to… Read More

Summer Sippin' Wines & Accessories

posted on June 28th, 2013 by Kim Kaczor-Wardlow

Our Summer Sippin' promotion is well underway and the response thus far (from you) has been spectacular!  This celebration of Summertime wines and all of the complimentary accessories (aka cool stuff) are really something to behold and enjoy. Let’s talk about some cool wines you should definitely try: Drouet Le Muscadet A true underdog for far too long but at $7.99 this flirty, racy Muscadet will certainly please your pallet (and pocketbook). Ramier Chardonnay This clean and refreshing Chardonnay is a great summer sipper.  With hints of zesty green apple, citrus and pineapple flavors, this great value at $7.99 is a “must try” on your next visit. Honoro Vera Garnacha Have a craving for a big, brash, fruit bomb to go off in your mouth?  Solution – a bottle (or two or three) of this fabulous Spanish gem.  And at $7.99, a true value to boot!   Now, if you have the urge to really splurge make sure you try these other highly prized wines that are part of our… Read More

The Other Cabernet – Cabernet Franc

posted on June 27th, 2013 by Geoff Nicoll

In the timeless and indelible words of the great Rodney Dangerfield, “I don’t get no respect.” Or some would say the other Cabernet, the Cabernet that lives in the shadows. All the world watches Cabernet Sauvignon while Cabernet Franc, the original Cabernet and integral part of the wine world, waits for its day in the limelight. In terms of production, Cab Franc is one of the 20 most widely planted varieties in the world and goes under many different names, including Bouchet and Cabernet Aunis. Playing the underdog role seems to be where this wine is destined, even though, according to DNA testing, Cabernet Franc is the sire to the more famous and heralded Cabernet Sauvignon. In fact, Cab Franc crossed with Sauvignon Blanc (yes a white) created Cabernet Sauvignon. How’s that for an interesting tidbit?   Cabernet Franc is an earlier ripening, thinner skinned, lower acidity grape that fairs well in cooler climates where physiological ripeness can be a challenge. It is… Read More

Limited Edition Beemster Graskaas

posted on June 26th, 2013 by Michelle Salatino

Beemster Graskaas cheese is truly a special cheese.  It is only made once a year in spring.  Every spring, the Beemster cows are released into the fresh green pastures for feeding.  They run, skip, and jump through the pastures eating rich green grasses as they go.  The cheese is made from the first milkings after this grazing period.  The result is an extra creamy, sweet, and slightly floral cheese.   This cheese is only aged for one month, but don’t let that fool you.  Because of the nature of the pasture fed milk, the flavor is deep, rich, and creamy.   Graskaas is only available for a limited time.  Come on in and get it before it’s gone! Below are a few of the cows jumping in the meadow and delighted to run through the muddy waters upon their release in spring.       Read More

Wood Grilling Planks

posted on June 25th, 2013 by Kim Kaczor-Wardlow

Our premium grilling planks are here!  Of course we have the classic Cedar but how about trying some special woods such as Maple, Hickory, or even Cherry?  These distinctive varieties are sure to add to the incredible grilling/eating experience of anything you are cooking on the grill.  Priced at $3.99 for a 6”x8” or $4.99 for a 6”x12” these reusable (well at least you can use a few times) grilling planks are sure to be a hit at your next bbq.   WARNING: please remember to not use wood from a lumber or hardware store.  This could be treated with chemicals and be highly toxic if burned.    Buy your planks only from a trustworthy source – Bristol Farms comes to mind.   DIRECTIONS: Soak the grilling planks in water for 2 to 4 hours Try beer, wine, or fruit juices instead of water Heat up the grill Place the planks on the grill (smooth surface down) After 5 minutes turn the planks over (smooth surface up) Brush Olive Oil on planks to prevent… Read More

The Wines of Loire Valley

posted on June 21st, 2013 by Geoff Nicoll

As a fan of the Loire Valley, its breathtaking landscape, delicious cheeses and of course its spectacular wines, I feel it is justified to help shed some light on some fantastic finds that were discovered on a jaunt to the beautiful countryside. Following a string of good vintages, 2009 through 2011, it was destined that the streak would end, or the last grape would drop. Nothing good lasts forever! Fortunately, that sentiment will have to be put on hold until another year as 2012 turned out to be spectacular. The spring started out tough, with frost, hail, rain, everything bad and detrimental to a good bud set. Of course, along with the rampant moisture came the mildew, which continued to devastate the already compromised crop. Then comes a cold snap where nothing progresses, the fruit was late to set, what was left of it, and things just looked dismal. With as much as half of the vineyards being assailed by Mother Nature, it looked bad for the farmer, the consumer and the region… Read More

O‑LIVE Extra Virgin Olive Oil

posted on June 20th, 2013 by Martin Deveau

O-LIVE is a fresh tasting Extra Virgin Olive Oil from the Colchagua Valley in Chile.  This oil is one of the freshest tasting oils you can find on the market.  Fresh, light and healthy. It is a pristine olive oil which will add a fresh flavor to any dish you will enjoy on your patio this summer.  With Summer just starting, enjoy this oil either as a vinaigrette on a summer salad or as a dip with a slice of French baguette. Or try one of O-LIVE's many delicious recipes, like the Artichoke Pesto on Ciabatta recipe below. You can try this Estate bottled olive oil at the following Bristol Farms on Saturday, June 22, from 4:00pm – 7:00pm: South Pasadena, Manhattan Beach, Newport Beach, West Hollywood, and Palm Desert. Stop by and let us know how you enjoyed it!   Read More

Plumeria Plants at Bristol Farms

posted on June 18th, 2013 by Kristin Lares

Plumerias (Frangipani) also known as the Lei flower, is native to warm tropical areas of the Pacific Islands, Caribbean, South America, and Mexico. Plumerias are sensitive to the cold and leaves tend to fall in early winter since they are deciduous. They make beautiful potted plants for any patio or greenhouse. In milder climates, Plumeria can be grown outdoors in the ground, where they may be small beautiful landscape trees. The real payoff comes during the early summer through the early fall months when very fragrant clusters of showy, waxy flowers provide the makings for your own Hawaiian Lei. There is absolutely nothing like the sweet fragrance of Plumeria in flower, with fragrances of jasmine, citrus, spices, gardenia, and other indescribable scents. These flowers are treasured by the Polynesian Islanders for their durability, fragrances, and colors of whites, yellows, pinks, reds, and multiple pastels. Flowering can last up to 3 months at a time, producing new blooms every day… Read More

Bottled Espresso, Natural Soda, and One Greek Yogurt

posted on June 18th, 2013 by Martin Deveau

We have some great product demonstrations taking place in our stores every weekend, and we thought we'd take this opportunity to talk about them, what the product is and the story behind them all. Be sure to check out the following demos this weekend:   Illy Issimo Brewed Espresso Drinks Illy Issimo is offering 3 of their delicious espresso drinks in a 9.5oz resealable glass bottles.  A glass bottles offers the fresh taste of an espresso drink which has just been made for you.  The 3 flavors are Latte Macchiato which is an espresso drink blended with milk and sugar a Mochaccino which is a coffee made with Domori Cocoa and a Cappuccino which is an espresso blended with lowfat milk and cocoa.  This summer while on the beach enjoy sipping an Illy Issimo Espresso. You can try one of these delicious espressos on June 21, from 11:00 – 2:00 at the following Bristol Farms: South Pasadena and Manhattan Beach.   Jones Natural Sodas With the advent of all of these specialty… Read More

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