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The Perfect Pair – Grilled Cheese & Tomato Bisque

posted on January 21st, 2015 by Melinda Race

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup is the perfect match made in America. Tomato soup was first created by Maria Parloa in 1872 in Boston, and it wasn't until 1897 when Joseph A Campbell’s recipe for condensed tomato soup made it extremely popular. The modern version of the grilled cheese was created in the 1920’s when inexpensive sliced bread and American cheese became easily available.  It was nicknamed the cheese dream during the great depression. Originally, it was an open-face sandwich, but the top of the bread became famous in the 60’s. The grilled cheese sandwich is a classic American comfort food, but it has definitely grown up throughout the years!  Traditionally most comfortable at home on the dining table alongside a bowl of tomato soup, the grilled cheese sandwich now finds itself in places it never thought it would be: chic bistros, posh restaurants, and exclusive hotels. For decades the grilled cheese remained relatively unchanged.  One bite of the warm gooey… Read More

Heart Healthy Breakfast in our Cafes!

posted on February 7th, 2014 by Melinda Race

A healthy breakfast choice for you ! 3 egg whites, 2 turkey sausage patties, 3 slices of melon and rye toast for only $6.49!   February is heart healthy month, after all, and there's no better time to feature our heart healthy breakfast in our cafes. What makes this breakfast heart healthy? Riboflavin, that’s essential for cell growth, is abundant in egg whites. Besides this, the calorie content of egg whites is as little as 20 calories and these calories aren’t derived from harmful fats but from proteins, sodium, and carbohydrates. The folate present in egg whites is also good for the health of your heart. There are as many as 40 different types of proteins present in egg whites that are essential for your health.   Although eggs are regarded as rich sources of cholesterol, egg whites have almost no cholesterol. However, a substance found in egg whites can negate the adverse effects of the cholesterol present in egg yolks. This makes the consumption of a whole egg… Read More

Come and get Happy Happy Happy with Us!!

posted on May 13th, 2013 by Melinda Race

You know that place you visit and you say to yourself  "I am coming here all the time, I love it" and you  can’t wait to tell your friends about it and share the fun with them? Bristol Farms Newport Beach is that place!!   Our Newport Beach Café is going to start something fun and exciting starting May 13th.  We will be offering Happy Hour drink and food specials Monday through Friday in our beautiful café from the hours of 4 pm – 7 pm. It's sure to be a great time…come join us!  Just for starters, enjoy a beer, a glass of sangria, or a glass of summer wine, sit down and take a load off.   After a short while you might just get hungry and are we ready to help.   Sliders, wings, hummus plates, pickled eggs, garlic fries and more will be whipped up by one of our great chefs and brought to your table.   Do you love the color orange?  Well, we have orange balloons, orange t-shirts, orange straws and orange toothpicks for your review as you walk in.   80… Read More

Springtime Mint Cucumber Lemonade

posted on March 7th, 2013 by Melinda Race

Bring on the Spring Lemonade this weekend… Yes, I know it is a bit early but we live in California! How can you go wrong? People will be working in their gardens, this weekend, enjoying the perfect weather and capping off with something refreshing to drink....don't you think? Bristol Farms offers seasonal, unique recipes for a variety of lemonades and today I would love to share our recipe for the Mint Cucumber Lemonade. This makes a good size batch that will keep everyone at home refreshed, hydrated, and happy. Enjoy!   Mint Cucumber Lemonade 4.5 cups sugar 6 cucumbers 9 cups of lemon juice 4 cups of mint leaves (no stems) 10 cups of water 1 lemon Method: Heat ¾ cups of water with the sugar until it is clear. Cool this mixture in the freezer for 15 minutes. Peel and chop the cucumbers. Add cucumber, lemon juice, mint leaves, and chilled sugar syrup in the blender and blend until smooth. Pour the blended mixture into a pitcher and add ice and remaining water. Slice the… Read More

Heart Healthy Breakfast in our Cafes

posted on January 15th, 2013 by Melinda Race

It's that time of year again……after the holidays we really want to get back to eating healthier, eating lighter and just feeling better about our choices. Bristol Farms' Cafes offer a wonderful, healthy breakfast option that is delicious: 3 egg whites, 2 turkey sausage patties, sliced honeydew and cantaloupe, a slice of rye toast and a cup of coffee all for only $5.99.  Where else can you find a special like this?   Good for you and good for your wallet!   Come visit us in one of our beautiful cafes located in Rolling Hills, South Pasadena, Manhattan Beach, Westchester, Newport Beach, LaJolla or Palm Desert where we have full service in a warm and comfortable environment. Looking for more? Our full cafe menu can be found online at this link, where you'll find the everyday menu plus our featured cafe special of the month: Fire Seared Pulled Pork and Granny Smith Apple Slaw - Amazing pulled pork fire seared to perfection in a light barbecue sauce served on a Seeded Kaiser roll… Read More

Bristol's Own Palm Desert Cod Salad

posted on July 9th, 2012 by Melinda Race

For the month of July and August, Bristol Farms' Cafes will have something delicious in store for you; The Palm Dessert Cod Salad, which is named after our beautiful store in Palm Desert on Country Club Drive.  Our Café Manager, Omar, has made sure this is a town favorite. We are Blazin' the trail with Fire Roasted Flame Seared Cod and Roasted Corn & Black Bean Fiesta. A moist, white, thick yet delicately flaky Cod loin fillet coated with a blend of southwestern seasoning and flame seared under open flame (no breading) .   Our Cod is all natural, high quality fillets and ingredients - clean ingredient statement. Basted with a blend of southwest chile peppers, ginger, onion, garlic, and chopped cilantro for an unforgettable seafood experience.  Our Cod has no trans fats - contains 0gm fats; rich in Omega 3 EPA and DHA fatty acids. The Cod is placed on a bed of lettuce that is topped with flame-roasted corn, onions, and red and green peppers blended with black beans… Read More

Cafe Lunch Specials for $6.99!

posted on March 6th, 2012 by Melinda Race

Lunch specials every day at the Bristol Farms cafes for only $6.99?  This food is good and the inception of this offering was created to help our amazing customers with their wallets!  Quality meats, quality breads, and the freshest in produce make this the place to visit.  Just to name a couple choices: one of our new items on the menu for Fridays  is the Palm Desert Cod Salad which consists of fire roasted seared cod atop a bed of lettuce, black beans, corn, and cherry tomatoes topped with cilantro lime dressing.  The Manhattan Beef Dip is featured on Saturdays.  We have a customer who has been coming to our Bristol Farms cafe in Palm Desert for years now and always orders the Manhattan Beef Dip and truly believes it is the best in town (we believe it too!)  This customer now comes to visit every Saturday to make sure to get the sandwich for only $6.99 as well as one other time during the week.  Our cafe manager in Palm Desert, Omar, loves to see her come in and shares this… Read More

Bristol's $3.99 Breakfast

posted on July 22nd, 2011 by Melinda Race

It is back…..the best Breakfast Special in all of southern California! I cannot tell you how many people missed it, so we decided to bring back what our customers requested most in our cafes…..The $3.99 breakfast special! 2 eggs (any style) , 2 pieces of bacon, morning potatoes and toast.   What makes this extraordinary is the bacon we buy: Old Smokehouse apple wood. Hormel Old Smokehouse apple wood bacon is smoked over 100% real apple wood  chips giving it a rich smoky flavor unmatched by any other bacon.  Thick and downright delicious.  You can get this special during all hours of our café operation without exception.   Would you believe we sell over 2000 of these meals on an average week in our cafes?  While you visit take the time to do your shopping and you have checked two things off your list for the day. We look forward to seeing you soon… Read More

The Recipes Remain the Same

posted on June 24th, 2011 by Melinda Race

29 years ago we opened our very first little café.... Time flies but the good recipes remain! We are so very happy that every day we hear customers comment on how absolutely delicious our food is.   Whether it is the Silver Spur Salad named after a road in Rolling Hills or the  Newport Beach Club name after our store on the corner of McCarthy and Avocado, our food is good!!!   My personal favorites are  the San Francisco Burger and the Pasadena Veggie Sandwich.  Just to hear one menu item described with make your mouth water. Our Turkey Asparagus Melt is fresh asparagus wrapped with thinly sliced turkey and topped with Swiss cheese, vine ripened tomatoes, red onions, sprouts, and thousand island dressing on dark rye bread and served with your choice of fresh cut fruit salad, a warm Bristol soup, potato salad, or a fresh garden green salad.  How can this not be a great experience? What I like is how easy the process is, how very happy our employees are to see you walk in and… Read More

Breakfast special like no other!

posted on January 21st, 2011 by Melinda Race

A cafe in a grocery store? Yes! You have got to stop into one of the cafes at Bristol Farms. Have a bite to eat and shop for your groceries when you are done. Our cafes are located in the following stores: Rolling Hills, South Pasadena, Manhattan Beach, Westchester, Long Beach, Newport Beach, La Jolla and Palm Desert. For a mere $4.99 you get your choice of a Denver or Cheese Omelet, Morning Potatoes, Toast and Coffee.   This is no ordinary omelet it; is delicious with fresh bell peppers, ham and cheese. For the folks out there watching their waistlines, you can substitute low fat cottage cheese or fresh fruit in place of the potatoes. Atmosphere is clean, calm and enjoyable. We invite you to pay a visit to our cafe to discover delicious food at a valued price. Melinda Race Director Catering and Cafe Read More

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