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Farm Fresh Bulk Eggs

posted on February 21st, 2014 by Roger Arechiga

Beginning March 1st, Bristol Farms is very proud to introduce our new Farm Fresh Bulk Egg program in our dairy departments.  Bristol Farms has teamed up with local farmer Billy Mouw (out of Chino California), and Rosemary Farms, to introduce this new egg program that offers our customers the freshest Cage Free Large egg on the market! Plus, this program gives you the option to buy as little or as many as you’d like. The eggs’ journey begins on the family owned and operated farm in Chino, about 35 miles east of Los Angeles. The chickens are fed an all vegetarian diet with no hormones or steroids. The workers feed the chickens by hand, one scoop of feed at a time, and hand-gather over 20,000 eggs a day. The ranch hands then wash and pack the eggs on a machine, which takes about five hours every day.  Once the eggs are nice and clean the workers then package the eggs to be delivered to the store. Our Farm Fresh Bulk Eggs are delivered to our stores once a week and the eggs are… Read More

Pairing Cheese & Chocolate

posted on February 13th, 2014 by Carl Smith

Love is in the air…Valentine’s Day is here! A day dedicated to love, romance, cupid and the romantic, gushy, stuff. While it's common to gift and prepare special meals for those you love on Valentine's Day, why not try something new this year? Below are a few delicious yet out of the ordinary suggestions from us here, at Bristol Farms.   Pair cheese with chocolate! Yes, you heard me right. You may be surprised, but cheese and chocolate are rich, savory, and deliciously served together.   It is quite easy to do; there is a chocolate – cheese pairing for every taste. From soft mild cheeses to full flavored hard cheeses, many can be paired with milk, white, or dark chocolate to a perfectly suited taste just for you.   Here are our tips and tricks for the perfect cheese course love connection:   -         Milk chocolate is wonderful with sweet fresh cheeses such as ricotta and sweet buttery cheeses like brie -         Darker more complex… Read More

How do you celebrate Valentine's Day?

posted on February 13th, 2014 by Kim Kaczor-Wardlow

Well when you search Valentine’s Day on the internet it is absolutely amazing how many different stories are told as the genesis of the special day.  I won’t bore you with all of the versions but let’s just say what and how the day started as has changed fairly dramatically over the years (well Centuries) in terms of how it’s celebrated.  No matter the why or how it really started there does seem to be unanimity regarding the following:   1. February 14 is “the day” that many countries all over the world celebrate as Valentine’s Day. 2. Romance and love are the central themes associated with the holiday. 3. Flowers (usually Red Roses), chocolates, greeting cards and of course hand-written poems are the very traditional gifts shared between lovers. Editor’s Note: there is only one other holiday that creates more greeting card sales than Valentine’s Day.  If you need help figuring out what is the #1 greeting card holiday is please consult your mother. 4… Read More

Last Minute Valentine's Day Ideas

posted on February 10th, 2014 by Nicole Vuletich

I think I can speak for many of us when I say “life is busy!” And, this Valentine’s Day is creeping up leaving many of us feeling unprepared to celebrate those we love. Well, we’re in luck as preparing a meal made with love will win anyone over and Bristol Farms makes it easy for you! After all, good food is a surefire way to anyone’s heart, right? It doesn’t need to be complicated! You don’t need to be an amazing chef! Bristol Farms provides plenty of ready-made options that are perfect for the Valentine holiday. Take our heart shape cheese raviolis, for instance, that are made fresh in our kitchens and can be found in the deli section of our stores. Pair these with any of our Bristol’s Own pasta sauces, some garlic bread from our bakery, a nice side salad, and voila! You have a beautiful, delicious dinner made with love.  Also found in our deli are Heart Shaped Cheese Appetizers and Valley Lahvosh Heart Shaped Crackers, as well as a variety of Domestic Caviar and… Read More

Heart Healthy Breakfast in our Cafes!

posted on February 7th, 2014 by Melinda Race

A healthy breakfast choice for you ! 3 egg whites, 2 turkey sausage patties, 3 slices of melon and rye toast for only $6.49!   February is heart healthy month, after all, and there's no better time to feature our heart healthy breakfast in our cafes. What makes this breakfast heart healthy? Riboflavin, that’s essential for cell growth, is abundant in egg whites. Besides this, the calorie content of egg whites is as little as 20 calories and these calories aren’t derived from harmful fats but from proteins, sodium, and carbohydrates. The folate present in egg whites is also good for the health of your heart. There are as many as 40 different types of proteins present in egg whites that are essential for your health.   Although eggs are regarded as rich sources of cholesterol, egg whites have almost no cholesterol. However, a substance found in egg whites can negate the adverse effects of the cholesterol present in egg yolks. This makes the consumption of a whole egg… Read More

Lady Alice Apples

posted on February 5th, 2014 by John Savidan

There's a new apple in town! Lady Alice apples, known as a "Washington Original" since they were discovered as a chance seedling in Washington State, are a new and distinct apple variety that possesses several unique and desirable characteristics, such as having a distinct pink stripe over a creamy-yellow background. These markings distinguish the Lady Alice from other known varieties. The background color deepens to an orange-yellow after harvest. Lady Alice apples have a very distinctive taste and its dense flesh is sweet with a hint of tartness. The shape of the Lady Alice is round and somewhat broad with a shallow, slightly open calyx.   Other than their excellent flavor, the best part about this apple is that it is a slow browning apple after cutting, making them ideal for slicing up and serving in large amounts for gatherings or prep for a day's lunch or snack. Additionally, the dense flesh holds its texture when baking. Lady Alice is an excellent all-purpose… Read More

Wine Tastings are Back!

posted on February 4th, 2014 by Michael Cristillo

Our popular, informative and entertaining wine tastings are about to kick off again. Learning how to taste wines is a straightforward adventure that can deepen your appreciation for both wines and the foods that are paired with them. Yes, we tend to look at wine (and taste) as if it were a cocktail. It’s when you begin the match maker process of tasting the selected wines with the chosen cuisine that it all comes together in a very delicious way. It’s a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it.  Beginning with your basic senses of sight, smell and taste, we’ll expand your palates to experience the nuances of the mid-palate mouth feel and the ever important finish.   Our first tastings begin Thursday, February 13 at selected locations (Newport Beach gets an early jump on Tuesday, February 11) with a tribute to Champagne and Sparkling wines and their romantic tie-in with St Valentine’s Day.   Please check our wine tastings page by clicking here for participating… Read More

Locally Grown Floral Stock

posted on February 3rd, 2014 by Kristin Lares

Full and Fantastic Stock! Ruffled blooms with bright color, sweet fragrance and fluffy texture. Stock grants an abundance of visual and emotional pleasure, not to mention the scent… oh the amazing clove-like scent! The standard bunch size is usually between 5 to 10 stems. With “Spike” flowers, with dense clusters of fragrant, ruffled, double-flowered blooms along tall stems with gray-green oblong leaves, the Stock flower also represents lasting beauty and symbolizes a happy life.   The availability of Stock starts in December and runs through April, while the peak season is in March. You can find Stock flowers in all Bristol Farms locations now!     Once you purchase this wonderful flower and take it home with you, the care and handling is simple. Just cut the stems and place into a clean container with fresh, tepid water and a fresh flower food solution (please ask our professional Floral Staff for the flower food solution). Remove any foliage below the… Read More

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