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Wine Thursdays: Crescendo Limoncello & Crescendo Arancello (Orange)

posted on October 26th, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

Limoncello, the powerfully-lemon liqueur native to Italy’s Almalfi coast, when done right, is a ray of sunshine in a bottle. A cello (sounds like chello), in Italian, means liqueur. Crescendo Limoncello, unlike most others, is organic and hand crafted using unbleached natural sugar (bleached white sugar, on the other hand, imparts a chemical aftertaste, flattening the roundness of the lemons and also sharpening the bitterness). Crescendo’s Oregon Tilth-certified organic liqueurs have none of that. The natural sugar imparts a color more like juice than an artificial clear spirit. Produced with only certified organic ingredients, the results are the finest flavors. In the end you have a product with as low a sugar content as possible; a fruit forward citrus flavor that slaps the tongue like only natural flavors can; a premium alcohol base that amplifies the flavor; and of course fresh Pacific Northwest water all the way from Oregon's Snowpack. Pour this mouthwatering elixir over ice… Read More

Stay Cool With Our Very Own Organic Sparkling Italian Soda!

posted on October 25th, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

It's Hot out there, SoCal! Stay cool with our very own Organic Sparkling Italian Sodas. Super refreshing, super tasty, and all-natural. We are proud to offer a large and diverse line of the highest quality products under the Bristol Farms label. We work with local and artisan manufacturers to develop recipes to produce exquisite products at a good value price. From our line of organic and oh, so delicious preserves to our signature peach salsa to our double stuffed gourmet olives, we boast all the fun specialty items you could want and a lot of the everyday essentials you need, all under our own private label. On of our favorite Bristol Farms’ own items is without question, our organic Sparkling Italian Soda. Produced in Italy with fruit grown and harvested on small organic farms in Sicily, these sweet and tangy thirst-quenchers are made with an old recipes and come in a variety of fresh flavors: blood orange, clementine, lemon, and grapefruit. Mix them in with your favorite… Read More

Halloween 1‑Week Countdown Checklist

posted on October 24th, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

Can you believe Halloween is just one week away? October has already come and {almost} gone. What do your Halloween plans entail? For many of us, the actual night, which falls on a not-so-fun Tuesday this year, will consist of trick-or-treating with our little ones all dressed up in costumes of their choosing. An evening with way too much candy and possible battles to relinquish said candy, it's just one of those holidays the kids can't resist. We have bags upon bags of candy just waiting for you too. Because unless you want to turn off your lights...and maybe the doorbell ringer too, the kids will be a-coming for their treats. And while candy is a Halloween must, there are tons of other fun items to consider too. Full Disclosure: We do not have your scary and elaborate haunted decor or your costumes. But we do have loads of candy, pumpkin craft beer, tabletop decor,  all the fixins' for caramel apples, and of course, every kind of pumpkin you could ever want. Your… Read More

Butcher’s Bonanza in South Pasadena This Weekend, October 28 & 29!

posted on October 23rd, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

Attention La Jolla Meat Lovers! You do not want to miss our Butcher's Bonanza event happening this weekend, October 28th & 29th from 10am-5pm. Get the best prices of the year on our Artisan meats from the butchery. Our butchers will be on hand to give you cooking tips and suggestions and will cut your selections any way you desire! There will also be free tastings throughout the store as well as a BBQ bonanza cookout! Here are just some of the specials you can expect to see at the butchery: Whole Boneless Ribeyes: $10.99lb. Save $8lb. Whole Boneless New Yorks: $10.99lb. Save $8lb. Whole Porterhouse Steaks: $10.99lb. Save $9lb. Beef Loin Tenderloin $13.99. Save $16lb. Tri-Tip: $7.99lb. Save $5lb. Brisket: $6.99lb. Save $3lb. Lamb Rack $19.99lb. Save $10lb. Baby Back Ribs: $4.99lb. Save $5lb. Ground Turkey: $1.99lb. Save $4lb. Boneless Lamb Leg: $7.99lb. Save $5lb Read More

Wine Thursdays: Angel Camp Pinot Noir

posted on October 19th, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

This “angelic” Pinot Noir represents an assemblage of the winemaker's select barrels from the 2014 vintage. This beauty opens up with complex aromas of dried cherries, strawberries, black tea leaf and sandalwood. Taught and expressive, this well-structured pinot carries the familiar earthy tones of Anderson Valley, supported by a core of black cherry and plum with layers of wild forest strawberry and boysenberry. The Swan and David Bruce selections add intense "blue" fruits and complexity to the mouth feel, while the Dijon 667 lends structure and soft tannins. The oak tempers the naturally bright acidity creating a balanced quality on the palate. Only 100 cases produced. The 2014 growing season was in many ways a continuation of the previous vintage. Both were marked by a fast start and very dry conditions as California settled firmly into a drought cycle. The early beginnings of this vintage allowed the winemaker to achieve full flavor development sooner. As harvest… Read More

Snack on This: Our Own Pita Chips, in 6 Flavors!

posted on October 18th, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

The perfect companion to your homemade hummus, tzatziki sauce, or olive tapenade, our very own pita chips are produced locally, in small batches, from original old world family recipes passed down from generation to generation. Bristol’s Own pita chips are thick, artisan-cut pita chips that contain zero preservatives and zero cholesterol. We have six flavors available and all of them are quite delicious in their own right. You simply can't go wrong with the plan variety, which goes great with just about any dipping sauce. There's also garlic, lemon herb, sriracha, and cilantro jalapeño, all with robust flavor for any snacking occasion. We even have a dessert variety - cinnamon sugar. The perfectly sweet and crunchy chips taste heavenly broken up over ice cream or used as a crumb topping for a fruit cobbler. Look for our pita chips in our grocery aisles, in the resealable tub that ensures our pita chips are fresh. That is, if you can resist devouring the entire package at… Read More

Your Neighborhood Artisan Bakery

posted on October 18th, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

So much more than your standard grocery store bakery. When it comes to our bakery, we pull out all the stops. From research and development in Paris...to our very own esteemed French Pastry Chef to tried-and-true recipes and unique spins on some classics, we do it all. Our bakery boasts 100’s of small batch treats from the world’s best purveyors...like beautiful and delicious fruit tarts, macarons, bear claws, cake pops, mini cheesecakes, molten flourless chocolate cakes, and of course, The Cookie - our signature sweet treat, created and perfected by Chef Christophe himself. The Cookie is served warm everyday and pairs perfectly with a glass of cold milk, ice cream, or cup of coffee. We also bake and design custom cakes fresh everyday. Our cakes are melt-in-your-mouth moist with buttercream and cream cheese icings that are almost too good to be true. Sweet, Sweet Magic Happening at the Mulholland Store... For our new Mulholland store, we’ll be serving up Intazza… Read More

Palate for Pumpkin: Our Top 5 Favorites

posted on October 17th, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

When it comes to Autumn cooking, pumpkins pretty much rank supreme. With healthy recipe inspiration everywhere we look and also - indulgent pastries, cakes, and cookies galore, it’s no wonder pumpkin-infused everything has become an obsession each Fall. We’re not opposed to it either - in fact, we’re all about the craze. That’s why we’ve compiled our top 5 sweet and savory favorites for your curious pumpkin palate 1.Pumpkin Risotto Ingredients: 1/2 cup olive oil 2 cups Arborio Rice 1 cup finely diced yellow or sweet onion 1 tablespoon minced garlic 5-6 cups chicken or vegetable stock 1 cup dry white wine 1 can pumpkin puree 1 cup roasted butternut squash, diced 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 tablespoon fresh sage, cut in chiffonade strips 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg 2 teaspoons salt 1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper Directions: In a medium-size saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic and… Read More

Produce You Can Stand By…

posted on October 17th, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

Anyone who’s picked a homegrown tomato knows how a little soil, sun, and water can amaze! And that’s why we walk the LA Produce Terminal Market everyday, buying directly from farmers who share our passion for the straight-from-the source goodness of fresh fruits and vegetables. Whether we’re gathering locally grown avocados or importing exotic tropical fruits, our produce folks are constantly working to make delivery times as fast as possible so our 400 varieties of organic and conventionally grown produce are as fresh as possible. So next time you’re squeezing a melon in our stores, you can feel good knowing you’re the final step in very thoughtful selection process. We look for the freshest, highest quality organic items that are not only unique and delicious, but offer pristine value. Buying locally grown organic fruits and vegetables offers us the ability to visit farmers and hand select items for our customers. We are proud of our locally grown organic relationships… Read More

Fall in Love With Our Poke…

posted on October 16th, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

Our Hawaiian-style poke is fresh, authentic, and oh, so flavorful. Prepared fresh multiple times every day, we take a lot of pride in our beloved poke. Because it's really, really good. And also because, the melt-in-your-mouth tuna and salmon are responsibly sourced. It's quality you can actually taste - many of our shoppers argue it's better than most poke they've had at poke restaurants too! Featuring Aloha Poke, Spicy Tuna Poke, and Salmon poke, our self-service poke bar is complete with all the toppings to make it your own. With brown and white sticky sushi rice, seaweed salad, kimchee, mango, avocado, onion, jalapeno, green onion, and more* you can build the poke bowl of your dreams. Take it home and make it pretty for a special lunch "treat" or grab just enough for a quick and healthy snack on-the-go. No matter how you eat it, we're quite certain, you're going to love every single bite of it. Do you love our poke? How do you build your bowl? Read More

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