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Choctál Single Origin Ice Cream

posted on April 30th, 2014 by Roger Arechiga

New to our freezer aisles! We are so excited to bring Choctál Single Origin Ice Cream to Bristol Farms.   From the moment you taste Choctál, you will realize that this ice cream is decidedly different.  Proclaimed “the perfect chocolate ice cream” by Gourmet’s Ruth Reichl, Choctál Single Origin ice creams are intense, distinct with fully rounded flavors.  Choctál’s rich and luscious chocolate and vanilla ice creams highlight differences among cacao and vanilla grown in the world’s diverse rainforests.   Choctál highlights the different flavor profiles of chocolate and vanilla by using:   • Single Origin chocolate or vanilla from rainforests across the globe. • All natural cream base; no artificial additives • Gluten-free, egg-free recipes • More chocolate or vanilla • Less air for more density   Choctál is available in eight rich and creamy origins:   Costa Rican Chocolate - Lively, well-balanced coffee and caramel flavors;… Read More

Bristol’s Own Peanut Lime Lo Mein Salad

posted on April 29th, 2014 by Carl Smith

Summer is fast approaching and it is time to head to the beach, fire up the grill, and enjoy a picnic with some friends and family. It is also the perfect time to enjoy the more light and refreshing salads to accompany those burgers, ribs, sandwiches, or any other picnic fare.   Bristol Farms is proud to introduce one of our newest creations, which comes from the creative kitchen of our Executive Chef Wally Mogollan; our new Peanut Lime Lo Mein Salad. This salad features Lo Mein noodles and chicken breast with fresh julienne onions, bell peppers, carrots, and snow peas all tossed in a light citrus Peanut Lime Cilantro Dressing. Wally hit the ball out of the park with this one! It became an instant favorite of ours and we can't wait until you try it. You'll be hooked.   The Peanut Lime Lo Mein Salad can be enjoyed on its own or as a side dish to a variety of cuisines. Our regular retail is $ 6.99 lb, but we currently are featuring this salad in our Passport to Savings for… Read More

Glowing Skin for Spring – the Natural Way

posted on April 25th, 2014 by Silvia Navas

  Want smooth & glowing skin? Yes? Then an all natural body scrub may be right for you! New cells are constantly being generated within our body and making their way to the surface of our skin. The problem is that the old dead skin cells are that remain prevent the new cells from surfacing. Our skin needs to be exfoliated 2-3 times a week to remove dead skin cells and allow newer, softer, more radiant skin to be revealed. Well, I've got some tips and the perfect recipe ingredients for making an all natural body scrub right from home!   Salt or Sugar? Salt based scrubs tend to work well for oily or combination skin. If you have dry skin, you can still use a salt scrub; just maybe use it less often. Sugar based scrubs are best for sensitive and dry skin. They are much gentler on the skin than a salt scrub.   Making your body scrubs can be easy, fun, and affordable by using simple kitchen ingredients. To make, simply mix 1 cup exfoliating base with 1 cup body oil… Read More

Westland Orchids at Bristol Farms

posted on April 22nd, 2014 by Kristin Lares

Westland Orchids has been growing Hydroponic Orchids in greenhouses on 100 acres of land in Carpinteria, California for over 40 years. Starting April 24, you can find this wonderful product at all Bristol Farms stores. With a family growing history of 15 generations of farmers,  Westland Orchids are master growers and deliver high quality products with the newest varieties of Phalaeonopsis Orchids on the market. The colors range from whites, greens, yellows, purple, pinks to bi-colored assortments, both in single and double spike. These Orchids are native to the Asian tropics and are nicknamed due to their resemblance to flying moths. The time frame from when the seed is germinated until the plant is mature and puts out blooms is approximately 1 ½ years to maturity. So, extreme amount of patience pays off!   These orchids are available year round at Bristol Farms and are easy to care for. They make ideal gifts for any occasion. You can purchase these beautiful doubled spike… Read More

California Jumbo Asparagus

posted on April 18th, 2014 by John Savidan

This year’s Asparagus crop has begun up and down California’s central valley.  California asparagus has been a spring tradition for generations and we are proud to offer premium steakhouse sized asparagus. California’s rich soil provides the asparagus crown with an abundance of nutrients allowing it to shoot up jumbo sized spears which are perfect for your BBQ and holiday dinners. Our jumbo spears are about as big around as a thumb and only five or six make an entire pound. When our jumbo asparagus are prepared to the point of perfect tenderness, they have a texture somewhere between meat and butter. The asparagus almost melt when you chew them, and only have a touch of fibrous crunch remaining.   Ten to twelve minutes is all it really takes to cook Jumbo asparagus, no matter if you are grilling, boiling, or steaming them. The best way to tell exactly when they're done is to poke a spear with a small knife; it should slide in easy, once that happens, lift a spear and it… Read More

Wines for Easter

posted on April 15th, 2014 by Michael Cristillo

Easter, derived from the Old English word for the Spring time Goddess, "Ēostre", is a moveable feast, meaning it is not fixed in relation to the civil calendar. The First Council of Nicaea (325 AD) established the date of Easter as the first Sunday after the full moon (the Paschal Full Moon) following the March equinox. The date of Easter therefore varies from 22 March to 25 April, inclusive. Eastern Christianity bases its calculations on the Julian calendar, whose 21 March corresponds, during the 21st century, to 3 April in the Gregorian calendar, and in which therefore the celebration of Easter varies between 4 April and 8 May. Confused? So is the Easter Bunny. Regardless, it’s an important celebration whereby families gather together for a weekend of good cheer and, of course, food. So we thought we’d toss out a few liquid gems to match with your special Easter meal, be it ham, lamb, fish or vegetarian based:   Chateau Routas Viogner   $9.99 The location of Routas is… Read More

Ceviche Lime Cups from our Catering Menu

posted on April 14th, 2014 by Melinda Race

Bristol Farms' Catering is renowned for producing some of the most creative and delicious items from its menus, it's no wonder we have so many repeat customers that we love to do business with! Our Catering Chefs work with the freshest hand-selected products in-store to produce our amazing recipes and we want to share one with you today. This Spring, one of the most popular items from our menu has been our Ceviche Lime Cups from our appetizer section.   Bristol Farms' Ceviche Lime Cups are not only pleasing to the eyes but to the palate as well.   Fresh, fun, pretty, and yummy too! We hollow out a full lime and fill it to the brim with our incredibly fresh, handmade white fish ceviche. The ceviche cups are served with white corn tortilla chips and some kickin' hot sauce on the side.  Our customers just love these! We are told they are always so adored at parties; your guests will just marvel at the concept.   Please give us a call and we can make some up for your next… Read More

Local Seafood Spotlight

posted on April 10th, 2014 by Craig Tsuchiyama

The Sears sisters are at it again. The vessel “Princess” owned and operated by Heather Sears is a commercial fishing boat that fishes out of Morro Bay, California in search of the finest quality seafood for our discerning customer.  Heather Sears comes from a family that has fished California waters for many generations.  As told by our fresh seafood supplier, “We buy fish from Heather because she takes extra care of all fish she lands”. Winter through Spring, Heather and her crew will target Sablefish (Black Cod), Rockfish, Dungeness crab, local White Sea bass, and local Halibut.  As the weather warms throughout the summer months, we’ll start to see Swordfish, Opah, and California King Salmon.  Last year, we saw some of the most beautiful Wild Caught California King Salmon from Heather’s boat and we expect much of the same this year.  So, keep your eyes peeled for the season to start soon! Bristol Farms is proud to partner with the “Princess” and acknowledges… Read More

Peet's 48th Anniversary Blend

posted on April 8th, 2014 by Christophe Moreau

Every year, Peet’s creates a special annual blend to commemorate Alfred Peet’s start of the specialty coffee revolution, started in Berkeley in 1966, changing the way that Americans experienced the taste and quality of their coffee...48 years ago.   This year's Anniversary Blend features deep, syrupy coffee from Uganda’s Mt. Elgon, and is brightened with an extraordinary Ethiopian natural coffee and finished with sweet, washed coffees from the Pacific and South America.   Tasting notes: “Rich, vibrant and aromatic”  Full-bodied and intriguingly savory with bright with exotic layers of tropical fruits.   Like every year, Peet's Anniversary Blend is only available for a limited time; through May 11th. Stop by a Bristol Farms today to pick up a bag of this wonderful coffee.   Giving Back! We celebrate 48 years with a great cup that gives back to our communities at origin; this year, to the St. Antonios Orphanage in Uganda. $.25 of every purchase is… Read More

Cheese of the Month – Beemster's Paradiso

posted on April 1st, 2014 by Carl Smith

We are very proud to introduce April's Cheese of the Month as Beemster's Paradiso! Bristol Farms has been given 6 months exclusivity in offering its customers this wonderful cheese, so keep in mind...we're the only place to find it! Paradiso is a creamy, Parmesan style cheese crafted by the best master cheese makers in Holland. With hints of Parmesan throughout, the flavor is reminiscent of Italian specialties, but with a creamy, smooth texture. Paradiso is lactose and gluten free, good to grate or shred. Paradiso is a great alternative to Parmesan cheese. Regularly priced $16.99 lb, we will have the Paradiso cheese on a special Passport to Savings price of $14.99 lb! Sale good through May 27, 2014.     Read More

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