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Sip On This: 5 Twists on the Classic Irish Coffee for St. Paddy’s Day

posted on March 13th, 2019 by Leslie Thomas

One of the most delicious ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, or just warm up on a cold night, is with a nice cup (or two!) of freshly-brewed Irish Coffee. The original recipe calls for a cup of hot coffee, a pinch of brown sugar, heavy cream or Bailey’s, and of course, Irish whiskey such as Jameson. We suggest Trying out a coffee base from Illy or Kicking Horse for an exceptionally rich and smooth cup that is fair-trade and sustainable, too. Although the classic recipe is the perfect way to spruce up your usual caffeine fix...on a weekend, of course, you’ll soon find that the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow was actually a pot of Irish coffee with these unique twists. Sweet Like Caramel Just like a caramel latte, with a festive spin. Add 2 teaspoons of butterscotch Schnapps to an 8-ounce Irish coffee for an even sweeter sip. One cup will definitely have you feeling the luck of the Irish! All the Chocolate, please Who doesn’t love chocolate? For a… Read More

The Ultimate St. Patrick’s Day Party

posted on March 12th, 2019 by Leslie Thomas

The ultimate Sunday Funday is here thanks to St. Patrick’s Day falling on a weekend once again. To make sure you don’t get pinched, we have all the tips you need for a very green and very Irish celebration including traditional drinks, appetizers, and decorations. Gather your family and friends together and get to shamrocking and rolling! Festive Decorations Green, green, and more green is an absolute must for any St. Patrick's Day party. Decorate your home with all of the essentials from our housewares department including colorful garland and themed napkins and plates. For a special touch, pick up a few of our 6-inch green and purple potted shamrocks. To really have everyone feeling the luck of the Irish, play some traditional jig music in the background and set up St. Patrick’s themed bingo with gold coins as markers. A Traditional Toast A true Irish celebration would be incomplete without plenty of beer and spiked coffee. Say cheers with a traditional… Read More

Eat {And Drink} Like The Irish: Here’s Your St. Patrick’s Day Shopping Guide

posted on March 11th, 2019 by Leslie Thomas

This Sunday, round up the friends and fun-loving family members and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with essential Irish fare and adult beverages like sausage and mashed potatoes (aka: bangers & mash), corned beef and cabbage, Irish soda bread, and of course, some awesome ales and stouts. You can find all of these St. Patty’s staples and more in our stores right now. So go on ahead and indulge a little this weekend...and don’t forget to wear green either! Here's Your St. Paddy's Day Shopping Guide: Irish {Adult} Beverages Whether you fancy whiskey, beer, or spiked coffee, we have the perfect Irish libation for your palate! Our favorite Irish beers are pretty obvious but they're also delicious. Guinness Stout is a go-to on this holiday but don't forget about Harp if you're looking for an easy to drink lager. But if you've got a hankering for the "hard stuff" then look no further than Jameson Whiskey. Great served neat, it's even better mixed in your coffee with some… Read More

9 Ways You Can Celebrate International Women’s Day

posted on March 5th, 2019 by Leslie Thomas

March 8th is International Women’s Day and in order to celebrate and recognize all of the strong women in our lives, we have some empowering ideas on how to Own Your Day! Whether it’s a private accomplishment like tackling a complicated recipe or a public way to express yourself like starting a blog, we hope you’ll continue to support and applaud the wonderful women you know, including yourself! [caption id="attachment_24859" align="aligncenter" width="688"] Photo courtesy, Miss Foodie Problems. Shot by Joe + Kathrina.[/caption]   Try a New Workout Exercise is proven to not only empower your body but also your mind. Relieve stress and go outside of your comfort zone with a new workout routine or an exciting class at the gym. Not only will you feel great afterward, but you might also make new friends with the same fitness goals!   Start a Blog Self-expression can come in many forms, but one of the best ways to look back at your personal or… Read More

She’s a Boss: Women‑Owned Brands at Bristol Farms

posted on March 4th, 2019 by Leslie Thomas

This Friday is for women of all ages and women of all nationalities. It's a day when we honor the courageous, inspiring, and downright remarkable accomplishments of women in history and women of today. In case you haven't gotten the (very large) memo, March 8th is International Women's Day and at Bristol Farms, that means acknowledging some of our women-owned vendors who impact our stores and our adoring customers every day with their brilliant, delicious, and seriously cool products. Natasha Case, Coolhaus. You may have heard of this unique, colorfully packaged and seriously dreamy creative ice cream line based out of Los Angeles. With a brick and mortar shop in Culver City and pints in just about every grocery store and market you walk into, Coolhaus is the brainchild of Natasha Case and Freya Estreller who both had backgrounds in real estate and design and also, a serious love for ice cream sandwiches. In 2008, the two started making homemade ice cream and baking cookies… Read More

Lights, Camera, Party: Yours Awards Show Hosting Guide

posted on February 19th, 2019 by Dani Fogel

For those who will never turn down an opportunity to host a party and also, for those who absolutely love film and/or fashion, this Sunday is for you! It’s time to gather around the small screen to watch the most esteemed awards show of the season that celebrates the nominations and wins of the very best work on the big screen. And with a sparkling, sweet, savory, and oh-so swanky selection of sips and snacks in your home, you’ll be sure to have your personal academy raving. So start preparing your acceptance speech for Best Host now! Best Decor Deck out your home to the nines with festive garland, streamers, plates, and napkins from Meri Meri. Each accessory is sure to glisten just like those coveted golden trophies. Best Bubbly A night full of glitz and glam calls for a bottle of sophisticated champagne or sparkling wine to help celebrate your favorite actor, director or film. In true Old Hollywood style, we recommend a classic such as Tattinger Champagne Brut… Read More

Double Dozen Ecuadorian Roses For Your Valentine

posted on February 7th, 2019 by Leslie Thomas

Our beautiful buds have officially made it into stores! And dare we say ours are far larger, longer in stem, and more vibrant in color than what you'll find elsewhere? These gorgeous roses come from an amazing farm in Ecuador where the high elevations provide the flowers with ideal weather conditions. Because of this, these roses truly are more dramatically beautiful than what we've seen around town. These Ecuadorian farmers have been in the rose growing business for over twenty-five years and have extreme passion for the flowers we so often associate with romance and of course, Valentine's Day. Producing over 20 million rose stems a year, these farmers have a strong focus on organic and sustainable practices. They are also proud members of the rain forest alliance, so needless to say, the also have a passion for mother nature. We want only the best for your special someone too. So that's why we're offering 2 dozen of these amazing roses for only $39.99. Yes, you read correctly… Read More

A Valentine’s Date Night In…

posted on February 6th, 2019 by Leslie Thomas

Avoid the crowds at the restaurants this year. Save an evening out on the town for another day. Valentine's Day should be relaxing and intimate anyways. How about surprising your very special someone with a perfect date night in? Or vowing to cook an elegant meal together this year? Either way, spending time at home away from the hustle and bustle just seems so much more pleasant than sitting in a busy and loud restaurant, right? Here is our guide for the perfect Valentine's Date Night In... Bubbles (Lots of bubbles) What better way to set the mood than with a pop of a champagne bottle? Enjoy some of our favorites this year like La Marca Prosecco for just $13.99 and Cremant D'Alsace Allimant Laugner Brut Rose for $17.99. We also have your most-loved classics like Laurent Perrier and Veuve Clicquot Brut too... A Surf + Turf Dinner For all you meat eaters out there, can you think of a better dinner for a romantic night in? We suggest pairing one of our perfectly… Read More

Give Love + Roses: A Valentine’s Day Gifting Guide

posted on February 4th, 2019 by Leslie Thomas

February 14th is but just a week away. If you haven't started looking for a special something for that special someone, look no further. We have everything you need to show her or him...just how much you care. Starting with...a Double Dozen Roses for less than $40 Yes, you read correctly. We are selling bouquets of 2 dozen roses for $39.99! We have our exclusive Ecuadorian long stem roses in stores and are they more beautiful than ever. With a variety of colors to choose from, these picture-perfect buds are a fool-proof way to show your love. Thanks to the very special weather conditions and high elevations in Ecuador, these roses are simply so much bigger than the rest. They will also last much longer than other varieties too. Bakery Sweets For Your Sweetheart Whether it's our decadent Valentine's Day cupcakes or some of our extra special chocolate covered strawberries from our bakery, we have the perfect treat for their sweet tooth. Fun + Practical Gift… 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

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