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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

Our Brand New Mulholland Store is Opening 11‑11!

posted on October 16th, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

It’s finally here! Our brand new and beautiful 25k sq. ft. food hall concept store is officially opening on Saturday, November 11, 2017. We couldn’t be more thrilled for it either. From the expansive, airy, and bright design to the many tasty twists throughout the store, it’s going to be a culinary destination for foodies, chefs, and families alike! While we’re excited about every item and every carefully considered detail in the store, the self-service and full-service sections are going to be our most elaborate yet! From a Baja Taco and Burrito bowl bar to a Poke bar with all the bells and whistles, we’ll have a fresh and flavorful meal waiting for you with each visit. We’ll also boast a WOK station that will feature chef recipe creations you’re sure to love. We must not forget about the gourmet custom-built sandwiches either. Word has it there’s a very special sandwich we’ll be serving up for the first time ever in Bristol Farms’ history too. It… Read More

SugarFina Candy: Boutique Candy For Adults {And Kids too!}

posted on October 13th, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

There’s a good chance you’ve seen a shiny and colorful candy “shop” in at least one of our stores. If you’re familiar with Sugarfina, then you mostly likely stopped short and took a few minutes to peruse the beautiful boutique candy selection. Sugarfina has become somewhat of a household name these days to candy lovers in Southern California. But aside from the dozen Sugarfina stores, we are one of the very few vendors of the gorgeous gummies and chocolates, which are often filled or infused with champagne, tequila, rum, or dessert liqueurs. Sugarfina began in 2012 as an online store for high-end adult candy. Then, in 2013, they opened their very first retail store in Beverly Hills, and have since grown to a dozen locations, six of which are in California. The idea for the Sugarfina concept came on the founder’s third date during a screening of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. They asked. “Why should children have all the fun?” They then went on a quest to… Read More

Wine Thursdays: 2016 Chateau Ferry Lacombe Mira Rose

posted on October 12th, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

"Best Buy" 88 points Wine Enthusiast Mira Rose, a blend of Grenache and Grenache Blanc, offers a soft pink-rose color, with lychee highlights. The nose is delicate, opening with red berry, lemon and mandarin aromas. It is fresh on the palate, with lively strawberry and raspberry notes. This Rose is ideally served by itself as an aperitif, but is also excellent with white meats, such as chicken or pork, grilled fish and mixed salads, and pairs well with many light meals. It will also match up deliciously with the upcoming Thanksgiving feast where Rose has given a run to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay as the wine of choice…assuming there is any left! One interesting side note – Ferry Lacombe uses the relatively little seen Mediterranean PGI - Protected Geographical Indication – to promote and protect names of quality agricultural products. Yes, we think this wine merits that designation. A la Votre! Sale price is 2 for $15.00! Save $14.98! Purchase 6 or more bottles and… Read More

Game Day Grub: An Easy Recipe For Every Quarter of the Game

posted on October 10th, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

Football season is almost halfway over and while there may be controversy over some aspects of the game, we can all agree on one thing - good food is mandatory for any successful football game watching party. Because a fantastic spread of indulgences can make winning that much better...and losing a little more tolerable (strong emphasis on a little). Whether you're hosting or you're contributing to a potluck party, you shouldn't have to stress over cooking - leave all that stress and nail-biting for the game! That's why we're helping you out with 4 easy, tried and true recipes for this weekend's games. One recipe for each quarter of the game...and beers for all at halftime! 1st Quarter: Our Own Homemade Guacamole - Yes, this one is a "cheat." But a really, really good cheat. Our delightfully chunky and flavorful guacamole is made fresh everyday in our kitchens using perfectly ripe avocados, cilantro, onion, and tomato. Serve it in a pretty bowl and pair with your favorite… Read More

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