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New Year’s Eve Seafood Spectacular (select stores)

posted on December 21st, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

Just in time for New Year's Eve parties and New Year's Day feasts! We're throwing the ultimate seafood spectacular with some of the best savings of the year on the freshest, wild-caught or sustainably farmed seafood like lobster tails, jumbo shrimp (hello, shrimp cocktail!), oysters (we'll even shuck 'em for you), poke, ceviche, and more! Seafood Spectactular December 30th + December 31st, 10am-5pm Rolling Hills, South Pasadena, Manhattan Beach, Westchester, West Hollywood, Santa Monica, and Newport Beach This is a seafood event for all you shellfish fanatics! Make the most stunning seafood spreads that are sure to impress your guests. Be sure to check out our sparkling wine sale too, which includes many of your favorite bubbles. And if you want to get real fancy, don't forget we have several varieties of caviar too! Some special times and savings you can expect to see: Jumbo cocktail shrimp $18.99 lb large lobster tails $21.99 for two Spicy Ahi Poke, shrimp… Read More

Your New Year’s Eve Party Guide

posted on December 21st, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

Whoa, that happened fast! 2019 is just upon us, can you believe it? Time to pack away all of the holiday decor, eat through the rest of the delicious leftovers, and of course, formulate a game plan for New Year's Eve. Whether you're throwing your own party or you've been invited to a friend's or family member's shindig, you'll most likely be picking up some champagne, snacks, and/or party decor. Here is your guide to all things New Year's Eve! Bubbles, lots and lots of Bubbles Oh, do we have you covered with endless varieties of sparkling wine and champagne. From Brut to Roses to everything in between, you can pick your absolute favorite variety. And since we want you to really just choose the very best and not worry about price, many of our most-loved varietals are on sale this week too! Oysters For Those Bubbles What hors d'oeuvre goes better with champagne than fresh shucked, raw oysters with a side of lemon and mignonette? We can't think of a better pairing. Pick… Read More

A Tropical Twist on Eggnog

posted on December 20th, 2018 by Dani Fogel

Over the last millennium, spiced and spiked eggnog has taken its spot as a classic Christmas drink. Love it or hate it, the creamy cups of cheer usually make their way to holiday parties as a way to raise spirits. Traditionally, eggnog is made with egg yolks, rum, and warm spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg. This year, we’re introducing a tropical twist that may just get naysayers to change their tune: mango. Before building the beverage, it’s important to find a ripe and juicy mango. Our best tip is not to judge by color, but actually by feel. A ready-to-eat mango will have a slight give, much like ripe peaches or avocados. Then, it’s time to get the party started. Tropical Eggnog Ingredients: 1/4 cup spiced rum 5 cups of milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup mango puree 12 eggs 1/2 lb sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon Directions: Separate eggs and set whites in the refrigerator. In a mixing bowl, whisk yolks until creamy. Gradually add ¼ lb of sugar, beating at… Read More

Wine Wednesday: Folkway Proprietary Red Revelator

posted on December 19th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

Dark fruit and sweet-savory spice are central themes in this generous, soft-edged Bordeaux-esque blend. In the nose, on the palate and through a plush, lingering finish, its rich notes of dark berries, black cherry, black and red currant and black fig seem steeped in layers of mocha, toffee, cedar, clove, mace, leather and black tea. Juicy fruit and polished tannins combine to keep the opulence dinner-friendly, so it is ready to enjoy. A blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Cabernet Franc, 14% Merlot and 2% Petite Verdot. Promo valid from December 19 Sale price is $14.99! Suggested Retail is $24.99 Purchase 6 or more bottles and receive an additional 10% discount! All selections are 750ml unless otherwise noted. No rain checks. While Bristol Farms takes every effort to ensure adequate supply, all offerings are subject to availability Read More

Bristol Farms Holiday Gifting Guide 2018

posted on December 17th, 2018 by Dani Fogel

Tis’ the season for holiday parties galore. Even for the hosts with the most this year, these festive gifts are sure to please. Bristol Farms is your one stop shop to get on the good list with artisan gift baskets, luxury candles, seasonal succulents, and so much more. Give the Gift of Greenery Our floral department specializes in exquisite holiday arrangements. Locally-grown poinsettias, noble fir wreaths, and oh-so-trendy succulent gardens are just some of what you can expect to find. To impress the green thumb in your life, gift them a garden made of low maintenance and long-living succulents such as Jade Plants, Aloe Vera, and Roseum for a pop of color to their indoor decor. Beautiful Baskets Let us do the wrapping for you this year. All of our gift baskets are beautifully wrapped and filled with unique goodies thoughtfully curated by our wine, cheese, and artisan grocery experts. With baskets inspired by champagne, English tea parties, and even chocolate (yes… Read More

Holiday Seafood Feasts Start Here!

posted on December 17th, 2018 by Dani Fogel

What comes to mind when you think of a holiday feast? Roasted, free-range turkey, honey glazed, spiral-sliced ham, and even a rack of lamb are the usual suspects, but if you've ever been privy to a holiday seafood feast - whether at an intimate Christmas Eve Dinner or an extravagant New Year's Eve Party, then you know just what a statement beautiful shellfish, sushi, and caviar will make! Succulent colossal cocktail shrimp or wild-caught shrimp platters, the classiest of caviar, and melt-in-your-mouth fresh crab cakes are menu musts for the holiday season trendsetter. Our Dungeness crab cakes are handmade with sustainable crab, seasoning, and just the right amount of breadcrumbs for a delicate and yet oh-so satisfying appetizer. Follow up the crab cakes with steamed Dungeness crab served with hot butter and lemon and a chilled wild-caught shrimp platter, complete with lemon and homemade cocktail sauce. All of our shrimp is wild-caught or highly regulated farm raised with a firm… Read More

Spice, Ice, and Everything Nice

posted on December 17th, 2018 by Dani Fogel

Even in the middle of a winter chill, sometimes all it takes is a tropical cocktail to transport you to a nice hammock with a beautiful beach view. This spice and ice drink with succulent mango and plenty of heat might just do the trick. Not only are mangoes juicy and delicious, but they’re also high in vitamins, especially C, and contain no cholesterol or fat, giving you even more reasons to indulge in this fruity and spicy treat. Spice and Ice Ingredients: 2 oz rum 3/4 oz Ginger-Habanero Syrup Adam’s 7 Spice Blend 1 lime, freshly squeezed 3/4 oz mango puree 1 slice fresh mango, for garnish   Directions: Ginger-Habanero Syrup Heat 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water to just before boiling point with 1 seeded habanero pepper and 3 oz freshly sliced ginger. Remove habanero 5 minutes after taking off heat. Cool and strain out ginger. Adam’s 7 Spice Blend Whisk together 2 parts ground cinnamon, 2 parts ground fennel, 2 parts ground ginger, 1… Read More

Fall in Love With Our Poke…

posted on December 16th, 2018 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

Wine for the Weekend: The Calling Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

posted on December 13th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

The Calling Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 91 points Wine Spectator 2015 Here is another unbelievable Pinot find that can adorn your table, make a great stocking stuffer, a surprise gift under the tree or a simple indulgence while cooking the holiday feast. Fruit of this vintage was sourced from several locations in the Russian River Valley, each vineyard site contributing critical, unique aspects to the complexity of the resulting wine. Vineyards located in the warmer end of the Russian River Valley contribute ripe fruit elements. Vineyards from the cooler areas lend a strong minerality and structural backbone, and vines at altitude with sandy, well-drained soil add complexity and structure. This Pinot Noir shows aromas of Bing cherry, cranberry and a hint of white pepper. On the palate, lush raspberry and strawberry complement excellent acidity and a lingering finish. Happy Holidays Sale price is $19.99 Save $15.00! Suggested Retail $34.99 Purchase 6 or more bottles and… Read More

Feast Your Eyes on Our Holiday Party Sushi Platters

posted on December 12th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

Our sushi platters rank supreme thanks to time-honored recipes and techniques as well as using high grade seafood. Full of stunning signature rolls and other heavenly delights like buttery salmon and authentic Hawaiian Poke, our sushi chefs are waiting and ready to prepare the sushi spread of your dreams. Please call 24-hours in advance to place an order. Click here for a list of our locations and phone numbers. Ronin Platter 28 pc. Mixed Sushi: California Roll, Spicy Tuna Avocado Roll, Tuna Nigiri, Salmon Nigiri, Yellowtail Nigiri, Shrimp Nigiri Samurai Platter 1 lb Poke & 32 pc. Mixed Sushi: California Roll, Spicy Tuna Avocado Roll, Tuna Nigiri, Salmon Nigiri, Yellowtail Nigiri, Shrimp Nigiri, Alhoa Poke, and Spicy Poke Shogun Platter 1 lb Poke & 40 pc. Signature Rolls: Spicy Tuna Avocado Roll, Shrimp Tempura Roll, Rainbow Roll, Fire Tiger Roll, Red Dragon Roll, Aloha Poke, and Spicy Poke Ninja Platter 44 pc. Mixed Sushi: California Roll, Spicy… Read More

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