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From France – Charles Viancin

posted on September 23rd, 2015 by Kim Kaczor-Wardlow

The first time I saw the Charles Viancin product line, I was intrigued by the gorgeous colors and designs inspired by nature. The first Charles Viancin product I tried was the fabulous reusable silicone lid, and I was instantly hooked as a customer! This lid is a great alternative to the ever-frustrating plastic wrap. The silicone lid fits perfectly over bowls for an air-tight seal while storing food within your refrigerator, or to keep the bugs at bay while enjoying your meal outside. Added bonus is they look great too! Charles Viancin is known for nature-inspired housewares.  Created to marry beautiful design with high functionality, Charles Viancin products offer fun, practical kitchen accessories from reusable, silicone lids to drinkware and barware accessories to flexible kitchen gadgets. Each product is given the highest attention to detail and quality. Built to last, these gems are a must have for the kitchen. Charles Viancin started in 2005. As a former Director of… Read More

Host Your Own Oktoberfest with Bristol Farms

posted on September 19th, 2015 by Geoff Nicoll

[caption id="attachment_5955" align="alignright" width="350"] Oktoberfest[/caption] 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… Read More

The Big Deal About Brioche

posted on September 17th, 2015 by Lauren Pepin

What's the big deal about Brioche? You may have noticed the increase of this golden bread item popping up more often in bakeries, and it's for good reason. Brioche adds a rich and memorable experience to dishes, such as a simple sandwich, hamburger, French toast, or bread pudding. Brioche is enriched French bread, meaning that the dough contains a high proportion of milk, butter, and eggs. This combination of ingredients gives the bread a very fine, soft crumb and somewhat flaky texture. While baking, brioche gets its signature buttery golden crust which adds to the eating experience. At Bristol Farms, we offer a full line of Brioche items from Euro Classics, which is imported from France. Historically, the French include Brioche as part of their Viennoiserie, which is a family of pastry that is eaten for breakfast. Our Brioche items go way beyond breakfast - our Brioche hot dog and hamburger buns literally fly off the shelf! We also offer delicious Brioche rolls and sweet… Read More

Life Just Got Sweeter with Galas

posted on September 11th, 2015 by John Savidan

Organic New Crop Gala Apples are at the peak of the season and on sale at Bristol Farms! Enjoy these sweet gems for $1.99 lb through September 22, 2015. That's a $1.50 lb savings! This crop of Gala apples, provided by CMI’s Daisy Girl Organics™, are harvested fresh from orchards that flank the majestic Columbia River in the heart of Washington State. Crisp, juicy, and sweet, organic Gala apples are perfect for snacking or enjoying with wine and cheese, such our featured Italian Piave Mezzo and Piave Vecchio. With their mild, sweetly delicious flavor it is no wonder that Gala apples are one of America’s favorite picks. These Galas are picked fresh and will be available through the end of summer. Always GMO free, natural, and delicious, the Gala apples by Daisy Girl Organics™ are grown with balanced innovation and tradition, where hard work goes into selecting the best tasting organic fruit possible. When you pick premium Daisy Girl Organics™ Gala apples, you can rest… Read More

Mediterranean Branzino

posted on September 11th, 2015 by Craig Tsuchiyama

Our seafood departments are proud to feature Branzino from the Mediterranean during our Foods From Around the World celebration going on in-store from September 9 - October 6. Branzino is a silver-skinned fish found in the European sea and saltwater lakes. It goes by many names, such as European sea bass, spigola, loup de mer, róbalo, and lubina. Branzino ranges in size from one-and-a-half to three pounds. It has a firm, white, delicate-flavored flesh that is almost sweet. Its few small bones make for easy filleting or preparing whole. It's a prized fish in Italian, Spanish, and Greek cuisines and is often prepared grilled, roasted, poached, steamed, or braised whole. Branzino really shines in the recipe below for Lemon Stuffed Grilled Branzino. Enjoy! Lemon Stuffed Grilled Branzino Recipe by Barbara Lynch www.foodandwine.com Serves 4 Ingredients: Four 1-pound whole branzino - scaled and gutted, heads and tails removed Salt and freshly ground pepper 4 thyme sprigs 4 bay… Read More

Le Souk – Fall Patterns

posted on September 8th, 2015 by Kim Kaczor-Wardlow

At the beginning of summer, we proudly introduced Le Souk - the beautiful hand-crafted line of table and serveware imported to Bristol Farms from Tunisia. In case you missed it, you can read it here. It's worth a revisit even for those that did - the video of the artists' craft on each one of these pieces is simply astonishing. Now on to the fun stuff - I am so excited to bring you new patterns from Le Souk for this holiday season! This fall, enjoy the fresh look of Le Souk's beautiful hand-painted ceramics with accents of olive wood serving spoons, spatulas, and more (also from Le Souk). This combination is a lovely way to set the table for a warm fall dinner with family, or to entertain during the fall season. We love the feel of Mediterranean influence and the rich, warm combination with the wood. Le Souk's fall options are available in the following patterns: Honey Honey is Le Souk’s flagship pattern. It's the only pattern they have continued to paint since the start of Le… Read More

Pylos Poems – Flavors from Greece

posted on September 8th, 2015 by Mike McMahon

Pylos Poems was named after a small town in the southwest end of Greece, combined with the inspiration by the flavors of their products in that the composition was like the lyrics of a beautiful landscape-inspired poem. Pylos Poems’ products are of excellent quality, high innovation, high nutritional value, uniqueness in taste, and all in accordance to what the Messinian land offers. Ultra Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Authentic Balsamic Vinegar, and Kalamata Olive Spreads are just a few of the beautiful products by Pylos Poems that can be found at Bristol Farms. The olive groves producing the fruit that goes into Pylos Poems products are in a historic place, where nature and climate are in striking harmony. Proper development of the trees are closely monitored by specialized personnel, checking the fruit during each stage of growth and production to ensure an exceptional product is made, such as their Extra Virgin olive oil, a product for which… Read More

Cheese of the Month – Paski Sir Cheese

posted on October 3rd, 2014 by Carl Smith

Let us introduce you to Paski Sir Cheese, a sheep milk cheese from the Croatian island of Pag. It is regarded as the most famous of Croatian artisan cheeses. Paski Sir looks like an aged Parmesan with a thick, honey-colored rind and flecks of protein crystals, but the smell and taste are a bit nuttier and brighter with hints of melon, spruce, and citrus. The long, low lying rocky terrain of the Adriatic island of Pag, with its eastern skyline dominated by the Velebit mountain range, creates its own unique micro climate.  Above the Velebit, hot and cold air amasses producing the infamous Bura, a powerful, cool, dry wind that whips up the surface of the sea. Water droplets are sprayed across the surface of the land, and the wind leaves a dry residue of sea salt which is scattered all over the Island of Pag, turning the pastures into white salty fields. In these conditions, wild herbs flourish on the island. Wormwood, Rockrose, Mint, Immortelle, Lavender, and Dalmatian Sage are all… Read More

From Around the World, Olive Oil Tasting

posted on September 30th, 2014 by Martin Deveau

During our Foods from Around the World tribute, Bristol Farms is proud to feature an extensive collection of olive oils from around the world. When you visit the store, it can be an intimidating task to determine which olive oil to purchase unless you have become accustomed to a particular one. Well, we're here to help you explore the many varieties of olive oils we have to offer from all corners of the globe. Bristol Farms will be conducting an Olive Oil tasting featuring fine extra virgin olive oils from three different regions: Catalan, Spain; Sardinia, Italy; and Tuscany, Italy. The oils that will be featured in the tasting are San Giulaiano Unfiltered Extra Virgin Olive Oil, from Sardinia; L Estronell Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Catalan, Spain; Pons Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Catalan, Spain; and Badia Coltibuono Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Tuscany, Italy. We invite you to stop by and taste the distinctive taste of each oil. Perhaps you will come away with a new favorite! The tastings will… Read More

New at Bristol Farms‑Pizza Romana!

posted on January 24th, 2014 by Aaron Jones

If you've ever been to Italy, you know chowing down on lots of pizza is a must! There is just something about the way Italians make pizza; the thin perfectly baked dough, light sauce, and perfect proportion of fresh ingredients...it's divine to enjoy, especially with the backdrop of cities such as Rome, or Naples. While finding good, authentic, Italian-style pizza here in the states can be done, it can be a challenge, especially in the frozen aisles of a local grocer. Well, not anymore! We've scoured the countless options of bringing in the most delicious and authentic Italian made pizzas and we feel we have found the perfect line for our pizza lovers to enjoy any night of the week.   We are proud to introduce Pizza Romana! Hand-Stretched, Stone Baked, Completely Natural, and imported straight from Italy! It doesn't get much better than this. To give you a little background on the making of Pizza Romana, it all begins in the small town of Visso in the Marche region of Italy… Read More

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