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Wine Region of the Month – Argentina!

posted on July 31st, 2014 by Michael Cristillo

I had the great pleasure of visiting the vineyards of Mendoza, Argentina during their recent harvest of late March, the reverse time period of our own northern hemisphere harvests. Argentina (the word is derived from the Latin argentum, meaning "silver") is the fifth largest producer of wine in the world..  The earliest evidence of humans dates from 11,000 BC and was found in Patagonia, now a thriving wine growing region. European explorers arrived in 1516 with Spain leading the way, and it was the Spaniards who brought vine cuttings and cultivated the grapes. While the most important wine region of the country is Mendoza, which produces more than 60% of the Argentine wine, it is the Uco Valley south of Mendoza which has become such an important cog in this country’s wine industry. Due to its plethora of soil types and close proximity to the great Andes mountain range, the flavors are bold, dynamic and elegant.  Which brings us to the producers and guardians of these great wines… Read More

Bristol’s Own All Natural Sushi Ginger

posted on July 29th, 2014 by Craig Tsuchiyama

We all know why the wasabi is there but have you ever wondered why there’s a small stack of sliced pickled ginger right beside it?  The pickled ginger or “Gari Shoga” is there to cleanse the palate when transitioning from one piece of sushi to the next.  Sweet pickled ginger works by resetting the taste buds to prevent them from becoming overwhelmed or desensitized to the taste of the item.  Eating several bites of the same food results in the taste becoming monotonous or less impressive and eating ginger prevents that from happening.  Some say the ginger squelches the nasally burn brought on from using an excessive amount of wasabi.  What about ginger root benefits?  Ginger naturally aids in digestion and in some cases, ginger can help ease nausea, motion sickness, and morning sickness during pregnancy.   A few years back, we thought we should have our ginger made with real ingredients and no artificial flavors or preservatives so we asked a local pickling company… Read More

Salad Girl Organic Salad Dressings

posted on July 25th, 2014 by Martin Deveau

Since it's summer time, it is a great time for enjoying a nice cool salad; especially during the nice heat spell we've been having here in the Southland. I would like to introduce you to a new line of salad dressings Bristol Farms is now offering in our Produce Department: Salad Girl Organic Salad Dressings.  They offer a nice variety of flavors, atypical of traditional salad dressings: Blueberry Basil, Toasted Sesame and Ginger, Chile Limon, Lemony Herb, Pomegranate Pear, Crisp Apple Maple, and Curry & Fig.  They are certified organic and gluten free with no water added to the dressings.  They are never cooked, like some other salad dressings - only the fruit juice is pasteurized.   For more information on Salad Girl Organic Salad Dressings, visit http://thesaladgirlsblog.com/about/   Visit one of the following Bristol Farms this Saturday, July 26 from 11:00am – 2:00pm to taste one of these delicious salad dressings for your next summer-time salad: Rolling… Read More

Mason Jar Arrangements

posted on July 23rd, 2014 by Kristin Lares

We are so excited to announce that we are featuring a very unique Mason Jar Arrangement in our Floral Departments - made using beautiful locally grown fresh cut flowers and retails at $13.99.  With the help from our partners, Kendall Farms, our Mason Jar Arrangements are displayed on hand-made rustic wood racks within our departments. The rack display is constructed by their local carpenter near Temecula, and then finished off by Kendall Farms' President, Troy Conner, and his two sons, Hunter and John, by staining and branding the beautiful racks. You can see from the photos below, the boys on the family farm put some hard work and pride into making these wonderful racks.   Each week, we will feature a different hand-selected arrangement using the fresh seasonal flowers from our local growers. This time of year, you will find beautiful sunflowers with fillers and greens creating the perfect center piece for your table. As the season changes, you can find arrangements with… Read More

All Natural Wild Caught Jumbo Scallops

posted on July 22nd, 2014 by Craig Tsuchiyama

Have you ever prepared a scallop that ended up a little on the tough side and thought maybe you over cooked them?  In most cases, the scallops used were not natural scallops from the cold waters of Georges Bank off the coast of New England, U.S.A.  There are basically two ways scallops are packed; they are either “Dry Packed” or “Wet Packed”.  The difference is a dry packed scallop will not have any artificial additives and a wet packed scallop may have an ingredient added to help preserve moisture.   Our “Dry Packed” Georges Bank scallops are flown in fresh from the east coast almost every day of the week just to ensure we receive the best quality scallops available.  Fresh, clean, and tender every time.  Sustainably, it’s one of the best in the world.  This fishery has been controlled so well that quotas and harvest levels have been increasing every year. Cooking these scallops is a treat in itself.  Being all natural, water is less likely to run out of the… Read More

Peach & Tomato Salad with Greens

posted on July 21st, 2014 by Carl Smith

Summertime and the living is HOT! On the warm summer days, who wants to eat heavy meals?! Not us - that's why we came up with a perfect light and refreshing Peach and Tomato Salad with Greens concurrent with our Power of the Peach promotion going on in stores right now! This perfect summer salad is made with a mix of spring greens, sweet yellow peaches, tomatoes, red onions, and feta cheese with an zesty orange vinaigrette - sweet and savory!  The salads are conveniently pre-packaged and served in our Food Service departments. Try one today - we are confident you will love this salad! Peach & Tomato Salad with Greens $6.99 9 oz. through July 29, 2014.       Read More

A Canning Guide with Kilner® for Summer Fruits

posted on July 17th, 2014 by Kim Kaczor-Wardlow

In conjunction with our “Power of the Peach” promotion, we are thrilled to introduce a new canning and preserving line from the Kilner® Jar Co.  In the late 1840’s John Kilner started manufacturing the first canning jars in Dewsbury, England.  For nearly a 100 years the Kilner® family owned and operated the company.  By the late 1930’s competitive activity forced the bankruptcy of the Kilner® Jar Co. The good news for us is that even though the design of the jars have changed over the years the guiding principle that John Kilner built the business on has remained the same – the preservation of food without artificial preservatives.   Today, there are really two styles of Kilner® jars: the Cliptop, which has a glass lid and rubber seal and closed using a metal clip; and the preserve jar, which features a 2-part lid, a metal screw band, and a metal vacuum seal disc, along with a selection of critical preserving accessories.   A Guide to Jams It is a… Read More

New! Floral Specialist Designed Bouquets

posted on July 15th, 2014 by Kristin Lares

Bristol Farms' Floral Departments have rolled out a very exciting new program to offer our customers and to get our very talented Floral Designer's work on display for sale within each store. I designed the program so that each of our store's Floral Designers have an opportunity to visit our local vendor to create a custom-made hand-tied bouquet to be wrapped and shipped for sale in all Bristol Farms locations. Each month will feature a new bouquet designed by a different Floral Manager - complete with a brief bio and description of the flowers they chose. How cool is that!?   We wanted our customers to get to know each of our talented Floral Designers that we are proud to have at Bristol Farms. It brings us such joy to see the passion our designers share with each other, and now passion they can pass on to you.   Our first Floral Manager's bouquet on display and for sale was made by Debi Kordones, Floral Manager in our Westchester store. It was a successful outing with… Read More

Little Tastes for Big Foodies

posted on July 11th, 2014 by Martin Deveau

INVO COCONUT WATER With all of the recent coconut water craze going on, I couldn't help but think "another coconut water?"  Well, I tried INVO Coconut Water and I love it!  INVO’s Coconut Water is never heated so the antioxidants aren’t destroyed or harmed.   Plus, coconut water is an excellent source of potassium.  They have 3 different flavor profiles: Pure, Thai Lime, and Pineapple.  When I tasted the Pure, it is very smooth and delicious.  The Thai Lime has a slight hint of lime to it, and the Pineapple is my personal favorite!  You can really taste the pineapple in this flavor profile.  I also loved the way they put the information about their product on their bottles, very fun! 99% fat-free and no added sugar! Come down to one of our stores this Saturday, July 12 from 11:00am - 2:00pm to taste this new product: Rolling Hills, South Pasadena, Manhattan Beach, Westchester, Newport Beach, West Hollywood, La Jolla, Westwood, Palm Desert and Santa… Read More

Combat Inflammation through Diet

posted on July 11th, 2014 by Silvia Navas

What is inflammation? Inflammation is the body's natural healing response; the aim being to remove harmful stimuli, including damaged cells, irritants, or pathogens - and begin the healing process. As part of the immune response, acute inflammation is normally present in the body at low levels.  A few examples of acute inflammation include acute bronchitis, infected ingrown toenail, sore throat from a cold or flu, a scratch/cut on the skin, exercise (especially intense training). Prolonged or chronic inflammation happens over several months to years and it can have a negative effect the body’s tissue by thickening and scaring connective tissue and cause death of cell or tissue. Examples of chronic inflammation are rheumatoid arthritis, atherosclerosis, periodontitis, and hay fever. Other factors that can ignite chronic inflammation are stress, lack of exercise, and exposure to toxins, therefore a healthy inflammation response needs to be supported. How to promote a healthy… Read More

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