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New Year’s Champagne – Drinking The Stars

posted on December 28th, 2016 by Geoff Nicoll

Benedictine Monk Dom Pierre Pérignon, credited for the invention of Champagne, was more precisely responsible for the marketing of this discovery. His startling revelation prompted the famous quote, “Come quickly, I am drinking the stars.” What he had realized, was that the natural gasses that were created during the fermentation process actually incorporate into the liquid when trapped behind a sealed closure. A wonderful discovery indeed, but hardly that of the famous devotee of the Order of St. Benedict. The process was already being utilized mid-16th Century as documented by Benedictine Monks, also in a Monastery, but about a century prior to his revelation.  And it wasn’t sparkling wine that Dom Pérignon was nurturing; the Champagne he was producing was actually a red table wine. The sparkling white common today likely originated as Blanquette de Limoux, from the Southern French region known as the Languedoc. True Champagne comes from a series of villages located about… Read More

Holiday Bourbon Cherries

posted on December 22nd, 2016 by Lauren Murphy

A jar of these cherries makes a wonderful holiday gift. They are a delicious addition to any festive cocktail and are wonderful served over a bowl of vanilla ice cream! 4 cups fresh Chilean cherries, left whole with stems intact one cinnamon stick per jar 1 1/2 -2 cups Bourbon ½ cup genuine maple syrup Zest of one orange, peeled into long, curling strips Tightly pack your little gift jars with cherries and a cinnamon stick. Set aside. In a medium saucepan, combine bourbon, maple syrup and zest of one orange. Bring to a simmer and stir to integrate the ingredients. Pour hot bourbon mixture into each jar fully submerging the cherries. (If you find yourself in need of a little extra liquid, heat a little extra bourbon to top it off.) Cover each jar and keep it on the counter for 24 hours at room temp allowing the cherries to cure. Transfer jars to the refrigerator until use. The flavors will only deepen over time. Keep refrigerated and use within 1 month Read More

Comice Pears For the Holidays

posted on December 12th, 2016 by Lauren Murphy

Pears are the quintessential holiday fruit, and we get ours from Duckwall Fruit, a 100-year-old, family-owned company in Hood River, Oregon, a region known for its amazing pears. Comice pears are juicy, sweet, and have a smooth, creamy texture that’s perfect for eating out of hand or creating your favorite holiday recipe. Our Comice pears are beautiful with festive red and green colors. Six pears come wrapped in gold foil and green tissue paper in a box and make a delicious holiday gift! Read More

The Dalmore Highland Single Malt Scotch Bottle Engraving Events

posted on December 5th, 2016 by Lauren Murphy

Please join us at our Newport Beach and Beverly Hills locations for a special Bottle Engraving event sponsored by The Dalmore Highland Single Malt Scotch! Sunday, Dec 11th from 1pm-4pm Newport Beach Sunday, Dec 18th from 1pm-4pm Beverly Hills Michael Pinkerton, a Whisky Specialist and Brand Ambassador from The Dalmore, will be at each event to answer all of your questions and help you select the perfect bottle of Whisky for your lucky recipient. Then take your bottle over to be engraved by hand with a personal message of your choice, at no additional cost. Single Malt Scotch makes a great Holiday gift for co-workers, friends or family and your engraved message on your bottle of The Dalmore will add a beautiful and personal touch to your special gift.   The Dalmore is a highly respected Single Malt Scotch producer, having recently won the prestigious Highland Single Malt of the Year award from Whisky Advocate last year. In 1839, Alexander Matheson searched… Read More

Green for the Holidays

posted on December 2nd, 2016 by Lauren Murphy

All of our holiday greenery comes from Continental Floral Greens, a West Coast purveyor of sustainable and gorgeous greens. Their Western greens are grown in the wild, just as Mother Nature intended, and they take great care of the land and resources so they can harvest beautiful greens now and for generations to come. They are part of the water recycling program in California, certified MPS-A for all western greens, and operate with minimal usage of non-toxic fertilizers. Sustainable home décor available in our floral department Poinsettias $7.99 each Our gorgeous velvety poinsettias are grown on a small California family farms that's been producing them sustainably for 50 years. 24” Noble Fir Wreath$19.99 each Harvested from the slopes of Mount St. Helens, this wreath is the perfect way to welcome friends and family. Farmhouse Holiday Swag $9.99 each Give your front door some holiday swagger with this impressive alternative to a traditional wreath. Blue Noble… Read More

Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes

posted on November 23rd, 2016 by Lauren Murphy

Bristol Farms offers fresh uncooked turkeys or cooked turkeys for Thanksgiving ordering. If you choose to go with a fresh turkey this year, here are a few cooking tips and recipes to help make your Thanksgiving easier and tastier! Turkey Cooking Tips: Set your oven to 325°F. We recommend using a meat thermometer. Be sure the thermometer is inserted into the thickest part of the breast, not touching the bone. Cook to an internal temperature of 180° F. Approximate Cooking Times: Stuffed Turkey 8-12 lbs: 3 - 4 hours 12-16 lbs: 4 - 5 hours 16-20 lbs: 5 - 5 1/2 hours 20-24 lbs: 5 1/2 - 6 hours Unstuffed Turkey 8-12 lbs: 2 1/2 - 3 1/2 hours 12-16 lbs: 3 1/2 - 4 1/2 hours 16-20 lbs: 4 1/2 - 5 hours 20-24 lbs: 5 - 5 1/2 hours Recipes: Holiday Turkey Brine Ingredients: - 1 package Bristol Farms Dry Brine Mix (available during the holidays) - 1 quart water - 1 box of 2 bags Reynolds Turkey Roasting Bags - 1 16-24lb Turkey (thawed) - 1 gallon Apple Cider… Read More

How To Set The Perfect Table

posted on November 23rd, 2016 by Lauren Murphy

The holidays are coming up which means you'll be hosting (or attending) more dinner parties. Use these helpful tips to impress everyone at the table: Setting a table: Silverware should go in order of the course. Salad and soup on the outside, main course on the inside, dessert above dinner plate (optional). Bread plate and butter knife are on the left and your drinks go on the right. You can stack your plates before the meal in order of course offered. Main plate on the bottom, the salad plate, and a soup bowl on top. A napkin with a festive napkin ring can help dress up any plain napkin or add color to your table setting. Dining tips: If a first course of salad or soup is offered, use the outer utensils first. The fork will be smaller and the spoon will be larger than their counterparts. Your drinks are always on your right and your bread plate is always to the left. A fun way to remember this is making a "b" and "d" with your hands. Don't butter your… Read More

It’s Pumpkin Time

posted on October 4th, 2016 by John Savidan

Fall is in the air and that can only mean one thing… pumpkin time!  What is great about pumpkin time is all the decorating you can do with a full line up of fall harvest décor items you can find at your local Bristol Farms. This year’s offering includes: carving pumpkins, mini pumpkins (orange and white), gourds, ornamental corn and the list goes on and on! Pumpkins are so versatile these days that not only are they great for carving and decorating, they are also great to make your favorite fall pumpkin dish (can’t beat a homemade pumpkin pie!).  All of our pumpkins are grown locally here in California where they are pampered in the warm days and cool nights of Northern California!  Make sure to come visit us today before it’s too late… Halloween is almost here! Read More

Host Your Own Oktoberfest with Bristol Farms

posted on September 19th, 2016 by Geoff Nicoll

Oktoberfest is a Bavarian tradition held in Munich, Germany from late September thru the first weekend of October. It is the largest celebration in the world, in that approximately 6 million people are in attendance, consuming more than 7 million liters of beer. It lasts 16 days (with a few exceptions mandated by calendar) and has been held and enjoyed by its citizens since 1810. These days, one doesn't have to travel the globe to attend an authentic Oktoberfest celebration. There are many hosted locally where you can enjoy great food and brews with a crowd of jolly folks, but if you prefer a more intimate affair, take our tips below for hosting your own Oktoberfest celebration right in your own backyard. Beer is definitely the star of the show at any Oktoberfest celebration, but food is a key element in the success of the party. Go beyond pretzels and sauerkraut with these recipes and products found at Bristol Farms. Drink • Browse our beer cooler for a broad range… Read More

Fermented Flavors of Fall

posted on September 9th, 2016 by Geoff Nicoll

Autumn is just around the corner, a mere two weeks away in fact for you doubters. The evenings are already giving way to cooler temperatures, so it makes sense that we shift gears and start thinking about fall. With the change of seasons, we begin to enjoy the bounty of new crop fruits and vegetables, and a new feeling of contentment. Enough with the scorching weather, and yes, start digging out the sweaters. Already there is talk of the holiday season with all the fabulous flavors and fantastic dishes that coincide. So allow us to pile on, lightly, with the first of the season autumnal beers where of course, Pumpkin, is the main course. If you're hopped out and want something that will help segue to the cooler months and fuller beers, a myriad of great brewers have latched on to this traditional fall cultivar, actually a squash, but who’d want a squash beer? OK, I digress. The beauty is, they come in all sorts of styles, so if you don’t like dark beers, you have choices… Read More

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