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Weekend Grubbin' with our Outdoor Grillin'

posted on May 25th, 2016 by Brian Casey

We're kicking off grilling season with a delicious, outdoor BBQ cookout every weekend through June 19 starting this Memorial Day weekend! Before you do your shopping, join us for lunch by ordering from our many tasty menu options being cooked at our front entrance by our in-house Chefs. Each weekend will feature a new menu of mouthwatering recipes, such as our Dry-Aged Top Sirloin Hoagie, BBQ Tri-Tip, Handmade Stuffed Burger Patties, and more. Be sure to stop by for some delicious grub! Below is our complete menu and schedule. Please see schedule for participating locations. See you there! Dry-Aged Top Sirloin Hoagie Tender and juicy dry-aged top sirloin is topped with an herbed horseradish aioli, grilled onions, crisp lettuce and tomato all on a fresh, crusty French baguette from our Bakery. This is some seriously good eats! Bristol Burger This recipe hits all the right notes - it's savory and sweet with the robustness of an aged Alpine-style cheese. We start with our… Read More

Save on Summer Grilling Essentials!

posted on May 24th, 2016 by Nicole Vuletich

Make sure your summer fare is well dressed, and your grilling tool belt well-stocked. Summertime is grill time, and that means you need to beef up your supply of spices, marinades, grilling tools, and accessories to get the very best taste from your grilled meats and veggies. We know you'd rather spend more time entertaining friends and playing with the kids, so to make it easy for you, we've picked out some of our very favorite flavor-boosters and grilling must-haves, and they're all at great savings through Memorial Day! California Rancher BBQ Sauces, Marinades, & Rubs If you're into serious flavor, then you'll love the all-natural, locally made, gourmet seasonings and sauces from California Rancher. The deep, aromatic flavor of the Oaky & Smoky Seasoning and BBQ Sauce is out of this world! It's a careful balance of savory and sweet with a growing, yet comfortable, level of heat that lingers nicely on the palate. Making it unique is a nice hint of tamarind in the… Read More

The Buttery Beauty of Burrata & Recipe!

posted on May 18th, 2016 by Carl Smith

Though pretty much everyone has tried mozzarella, the utter deliciousness of its cousin—Burrata Cheese—has been a bit of a secret until recently. If you haven’t tasted burrata yet, you are in for a treat; it’s a positively dreamy cheese. If you know any Italian, you might already have guessed what lies in store for you: burrata translates into "buttery.“ And this fresh Italian cheese is just that. But looking in our cheese case, you might actually confuse burrata with fresh mozzarella—the balls of cheese both look the same from the outside (and actually burrata’s outer curd is made from fresh mozzarella). Dig in, though, and the buttery goodness hidden in the center reveals itself in all its delicious glory. It’s at once mild and creamy, indulgent, and luscious. And it’s as easy as can be to serve it up: just slice some heirloom tomatoes, layer in some burrata, and add a drizzle of your favorite olive oil. Want to say hello to summer in a way that will dazzle… Read More

The Best Fruits for Grilling

posted on May 17th, 2016 by Wally Mogollon

If you enjoy a good cookout, chances are you will be firing up your grill this Memorial Day weekend. There are plenty of great seasonal foods ready for the grill, such as our wild caught buttery halibut fillets, grill-ready entrees in our meat department, as well as our own handmade, savory stuffed burger patties! But how about dessert? Let's stick with the grilling theme and try some of this season's best fresh fruit that is great when grilled! If you've never had the opportunity to try grilled fruit and you are not yet sold, let me tell you it's a wonderful thing! Grilling fruit causes the natural sugars to caramelize, creating a new smoky dimension and a dessert that is decadent, yet low-calorie, and chock-full of vitamins. If warm fruit does not sound appealing, you can always grill your fruit first before your meal and place it in the refrigerator until you are ready to enjoy it. In a simple preparation, you may top your grilled fruit with whipped cream, Mascarpone cheese… Read More

The Ultimate in Burger Cheese – Castello® Burger Blue

posted on May 20th, 2015 by Carl Smith

It's grilling season, and burgers are a must-enjoy. Nothing goes better on a burger than a slice of gooey, melted cheese, and if you're like me, then you understand my love for pairing the tang of blue cheese with burgers and steaks. Typically, blue cheese is crumbled atop your choice of meat, but now there is an even more exciting version that goes great on burgers! Conveniently sliced to the perfect size and made to melt, Castello® Burger Blue transforms any burger into an epicurean delight! The creamy and characteristically tangy notes of blue feature balanced sweet and salty undertones, lending an exquisite flavor to a savory grilled beef patty. Castello® Burger Blue turns an everyday cheeseburger into a mouthwatering explosion of incredible taste. The size is perfect – now, my burgers have just the right amount of tangy, melted blue cheese without the mess and fuss of blue cheese crumbles. It completely transforms the grilling experience! We highly recommend you give these… Read More

New! Bristol's Own Seasonings

posted on May 20th, 2015 by Rick Stidham

Last year, we brought you a delicious line of Bristol's Own Marinades and Slathers, and now we are proud to introduce Bristol's Own line of all natural seasonings to pair perfectly with your favorite cut of meat , or vegetables! With six different varieties to choose from, you are sure to find at least one you love. As an added bonus of being a Bristol Farms shopper, the Butchers in our Meat Department are happy to season any of your favorite cuts of meat using our Bristol's Own line of seasonings while you shop in-store. Here are the varieties to choose from: BBQ Spice - Goes great on chicken, beef, and pork. Our BBQ Spice seasoning adds that old-fashioned butcher shop barbeque flavor you've been missing. Steak & Roast - Goes great on steaks, roasts, seafood, ground meats, and chicken. Our Steak & Roast seasoning adds a flavorful and spicy note to your entree. Santa Maria - This seasoning is Bristol Farms' Executive Chef Wally Mogollon's personal favorite. He recommends… Read More

Essential Grilling Tools, Bristol Farms Style

posted on May 12th, 2015 by Kim Kaczor-Wardlow

Did you know that May is National Barbecue Month? This year, Bristol Farms has added some great, unique items to our category of grilling tools and accessories. Below are just some of my favorite picks. Be sure to check them out on your next visit to Bristol Farms during our Thrill of the Grill promotion, going through June 16, 2015: Grillight If you have ever grilled in the dark and over a smokey grill, you understand the frustration that comes along with it. Your grilling adventure might have gone something like this - you struggle holding a grilling utensil, a flashlight, and a serving plate, or you could have purchased a clip-on light that never shines in the right direction. Either way, you’ve probably thought, “there's got to be a better way to do this.” Well, finally there is. Grillight combines a high intensity LED flashlight with restaurant grade stainless steel to solve this age old issue. Grillight uses the highest quality components all the way down to the smallest… Read More

Wines for Grilling Season

posted on May 11th, 2015 by Michael Cristillo

We have officially kicked off BBQ season with our "Thrill of the Grill" promotion going on in-store through June 16, 2015. Here are a few of our favorite wine picks to accompany your grilled fare this season. Visit us in-store for more recommendations! Domaine de la Sangliere Rose Regular $12.99 TOTG Special $9.99 Juliette is a delicious and crisp rose wine that has an initial fruit-forward taste of raspberries and berries that give the wine an attractive open feel. A refreshing and elegant, bone dry rosé wine, with layers of lively fruit and a bright, smooth finish. Mud House Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Regular $13.99 TOTG Special $9.99 Pure aromas of crushed citrus, snow pea and ripe grapefruit are delivered with elegant structure and balanced acidity. A perfect match with grilled scallops, shrimp, lobster and other favorite seafood and shellfish dishes. If you BBQ your pizzas, use goat cheese as one of the toppings and it’s a match made in paradise. Ramier Chardonnay Regular… Read More

Fresh, Infused Lemonades in our Cafe

posted on May 8th, 2015 by Melinda Race

We live in California, and with the beautiful weather we have here, we have no excuse to wait for the first day of summer to enjoy refreshing and satisfying lemonade! Nothing quenches my thirst on a warm day quite as well as an icy glass of fresh squeezed lemonade.  I honestly cannot think of a beverage I enjoy more, and with the 80° weather we've been having, the timing is just right. In our cafes*, we are offering some wonderful and unique fresh batch lemonades including: Strawberry, Watermelon Rosemary, Peach Ginger, and Cucumber Mint!  They are all fresh and delicious. Stop into our cafe for a delicious meal and our lemonade, available for a limited time, for just $2.99. I would love to share the recipe for our Cucumber Mint Lemonade with you to make at home. This makes a good size batch that will keep everyone in the home hydrated and happy this summer grilling season.   Cucumber Mint Lemonade Ingredients: 6 cucumbers, chopped 4 1/2 cups sugar 4 cups of mint leaves… Read More

Third Annual Thrill of the Grill!

posted on May 6th, 2015 by Rick Stidham

We are entering our favorite season of the year!  This is the time of year where we make our annual pilgrimage to the great outdoors.  We do this at a time of our own choosing and under our own terms, all the while knowing fellow grillers across the country are united in achieving the same goal.  We step outside, take a deep breath, open a frosty beverage, and prepare our backyard grills for a summer of fire!! In the true spirit of kicking off grilling season, Bristol Farms is celebrating its third annual Thrill of the Grill 6-week promotion where we highlight the best products to be enjoyed during grilling season. From meat and seafood to vegetables and cheeses, and everything in between, we've got you covered in grilling necessities. To kickoff our promotion, our meat departments are proud to offer you our famous USDA Prime and Choice Natural Beef Steaks for 30% off! Raised to our strict animal husbandry and feeding standards, our steaks will simply offer you and your guests… Read More

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