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GMO‑Free Seafood Breadings

posted on August 30th, 2013 by Craig Tsuchiyama

If you like a good fish fry like we do, there’s nothing like your favorite fish coated with a quality breading that’s cooked to golden brown perfection. Bristol Farms now carries three new flavors: Double-Toasted Panko Bread Crumbs add a delightful, crispy finish to your favorite recipes. For a personal flair, mix in your favorite seasoning.  Double-toasted Panko is a great GMO-free choice to add in to your favorite meatloaf or Mac n’ Cheese recipe. Parmesan & Italian Herb is an earthy blend of rustic flavors of rosemary, oregano and garlic blended for a traditional flavor. Great for eggplant, asparagus, mushrooms and more. Spicy Buffalo brings a tangy vinegar-based flavor spiced up with cayenne pepper to bring the All-American classic to your table without the sticky sauce. Available now at your Bristol Farms Seafood counter.  Try our Double-Toasted Wild Caught Alaskan Cod fillets and nuggets on sale through September 3, 2013.   Try this fish taco recipe at… Read More

Football Tailgating Season is Here!

posted on August 29th, 2013 by Melinda Race

The beautiful Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California A national historic landmark built in 1922 and known mainly for the New Year's Tournament of Roses Football Game, the Rose Bowl Stadium has also earned its World-Class Reputation by hosting five NFL Super Bowl Games, the 1984 Olympic Soccer Matches, the 1994 Men's World Cup, the 1999 Women's World Cup, the 2002, 2006, and 2010 BCS National College Football Championship Games, and numerous other memorable events over the past eighty plus years.  Bristol Farms is now proud to be the exclusive caterer for all the big Bruin football games. UCLA FOOTBALL has started and we are ready to start cooking some amazing foods for people to enjoy. So whether you are staking out a spot around the Rose Bowl, you are in the Bowl, or your are not leaving your comfortable home, Bristol Farms wants to serve you!   Our chefs have truly perfected our classic football tailgate foods...ribs, hot dogs, wings, sliders, hot links, cheesy potatoes, and so much… Read More

How To Pick the PERFECT Whole Watermelon

posted on August 26th, 2013 by Keith Tsuchiyama

Picking out a whole uncut watermelon at the grocery store is a daunting task, indeed.  If you pick a bad one, you’re stuck with this mass amount of fruit that no one really wants to eat. Your options are to either force yourself to eat this mess or throw it away. Both are less than desirable options. So the million dollar question, “How do I pick out a good watermelon?” Everyone in the industry has their unique way of picking a watermelon. Generally, I’ll stick with the a few common guidelines. LOOK THE WATERMELON OVER You are looking for a firm, symmetrical watermelon that is free from bruises, cuts or dents. LIFT IT UP The watermelon should be heavy for its size. Watermelon is 92% water. TURN IT OVER The underside of the watermelon should have a creamy yellow spot from where it sat on the ground and ripened in the sun. Back in the 80’s, I used to work with an old Japanese produce man named Hide (pronounced: Hee-day). He used to tell me that the best way to pick a… Read More

Bristol Farms Caters with Sugarcane Plates

posted on August 23rd, 2013 by Melinda Race

What could possibly be better than Bristol Farms Catering?  Knowing that Bristol Farms is catering your event not only with the best quality ingredients but serving on stylish COMPOSTABLE disposable square plates made of Sugarcane.  Sugarcane is a rapidly renewable resource, sugar cane fiber products are BPI certified compostable, they meet ASTM standards for compostability, and are made from 100% renewable and reclaimed resources.  These highly versatile plates are strong, grease and cut resistant, hot and cold food friendly, microwaveable and freezer safe.  A great alternative to traditional paper or polystyrene plates.   Our vendor Eco Products is not a disposable products company trying to act green.  They are a green company who happens to operate in disposables.  Sustainable disposables sound like an oxymoron, but we live in a consumer culture where disposable products are ubiquitous. And they aren't going away anytime soon. Eco Products see this as an incredible… Read More

A Weekend of Delicious Demos!

posted on August 22nd, 2013 by Martin Deveau

Terrapin Ridge Farms I wrote in a previous blog about my growth in the love for Beets. Well, Terrapin Ridge Farms has given me even more reasons to love Beets!   They have a mustard product called Sweet Beet & Horseradish Mustard.  Talk about combining a sweet & hot concept to any sandwich, wow!  Bristol Farms will be demoing a recipe incorporating this item, a bagel with cream cheese, Sweet Beets & Horseradish Mustard, topped with a slice of smoked salmon!  Come and taste this delicious demo at the following Bristol Farms stores on Sunday, August 25 from 4:00 – 7:00pm: Rolling Hills, South Pasadena, Manhattan Beach, Westchester, Newport Beach, West Hollywood, La Jolla, Westwood, Palm Desert and our newest store in Santa Monica.   Snikiddy Baked Fries When I think of fries the first thing which pops to my mind are the unhealthy fries one normally buys at your local fast food restaurant.  Well, Snikiddy has taken the image of fries and transformed then… Read More

Swiss Chard! The Super Green!

posted on August 22nd, 2013 by John Savidan

Chard, a leafy green vegetable often used by Mediterranean cooks, has shiny leaves that are always green, but their stalks vary in color. Having been bred to have highly nutritious leaves at the expense of the root (unlike beets), chard is considered to be one of the healthiest vegetables available. Although Chard has been around for centuries, its similarity to beets makes it difficult to determine the exact evolution of the different varieties. The word “Swiss” was used to distinguish chard from French spinach varieties by 19th century seed catalog publishers. While chard remains popular among Mediterranean cooks, the first varieties have been traced back to Sicily. Swiss chard is high in vitamins A, K and C, and also rich in minerals, dietary fiber and protein. It has a slightly bitter taste and is used in a variety of cultures around the world. Fresh young chard can be used raw in salads, however, mature chard leaves and stalks are typically cooked or sautéed. As their… Read More

Hatch Chile Chicken Sausage!

posted on August 19th, 2013 by Rick Stidham

Back by popular demand, Bristol Farms' special recipe of Hatch Chile Chicken Sausages are now available, but for a limited time!  It’s Hatch Chile season once again, and while these amazing chiles are only available for a month, Bristol Farms stores are loaded with in-house recipes and meals that will add some spice to your table.   I encourage you to stop by our meat counter and ask our skilled butchers to show you the wide variety of Hatch Chile items we have created for you. New this season, we're proud to offer our Hatch Chile Stuffed Beef Flank Steak, Hatch Chile Meatloaf, among many others. Come back and let us know what you think! Read More

Hatch Chiles in our Bakery!

posted on August 14th, 2013 by Christophe Moreau

Every August, our Bakeries start buzzing with Hatch Chile anticipation and this year is no exception! We are so excited to offer a variety of fresh baked treats featuring our freshly roasted authentic New Mexico Hatch Chiles.   Hatch Chiles have a meaty flesh and the mild-medium heat make them a perfect addition to our signature Corn Bread.  The chiles bring just the right amount of heat to the cornbread and is loaded with flavor to go perfectly with a variety of soups and chili found in our deli.   If it’s a sweet heat you are after, may I suggest our fresh baked Hatch Chile Chocolate Cookies? The sweet chocolate cookie dough is a great complement to the spice from the chile.   And to kick start your morning, or as a savory afternoon snack, pick up a hatch chile Pepper Jack scone. These are great on their own or enjoyed with butter.   I would be remiss if I didn’t also suggest that you pick up a few fresh bagels and head to our Cheese Department for… Read More

Hatch Chile Potato Salad

posted on August 13th, 2013 by Steve Howard

As if potato salad wasn't good enough, our #1 seller in our deli has been taken to a new delicious level! It's Hatch Chile season and, naturally, we had to add Hatch Chiles to our famous potato salad to give it a small kick! If you are familiar with our regular potato salad, we start with the base and add fresh, roasted Hatch Chiles as well as dried Hatch Chile powder.  These Hatch Chiles are only available for a few weeks every summer, so that means this potato salad is only around for a very limited time. You must try it! This potato salad is a great addition to any backyard BBQ, picnic, or day at the beach as a side to compliment a variety of summer foods. We have this item on sale for $3.99 a pound now through August 20th. If you are looking for more Hatch related products, just browse the rest of our store. We have items like Hatch Chile Cream Cheese, Cornbread, Sausages, Cookies, and more. Also, check our schedule for special Hatch Chile roastings at selected stores at this… Read More

Grana Padano and San Daniele Proscuitto

posted on August 9th, 2013 by Michelle Salatino

At Bristol Farms, we are always looking to bring our customers the best possible products. Our Grana Padano and San Daniele Prosciutto are just two examples of the extraordinary products we bring to you. In Italy, they have a system to protect certain indigenous cheeses and meats. This is called D.O.P. or Denominazione di Origine Protetta (Protected Designation of Origin, PDO, in English).  These D.O.P. cheeses can only be made in specific regions following strict guidelines. This helps protect the cheese from being copied, while guaranteeing quality. It also helps to bring attention to artisan cheese and process in which it is made. Our Grana Padano is one of the most popular D.O.P. cheeses in Italy. This cheese is only produced in five northern regions in Italy; ours is from the Veneto in the northeast. The cheese is made from cow’s milk coming from two daily milkings. This cheese is produced throughout the year so the flavor can vary seasonally. Our Grana Padano is aged for… Read More

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