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Copper River Salmon is Here!

posted on May 21st, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

Yes, you've read correctly! We officially have our hands on the extremely limited, beautiful, and decadent, Copper River Salmon! It's an Alaskan salmon that's so special, it's the gold standard for chefs, restaurateurs, and die-hard salmon connoisseurs. Harvested from the pure and pristine waters of Alaska's Copper River, this sustainable fish is pretty special. That's because every year, from May through September, Copper River King, Sockeye, and Coho salmon return to the river to make the very difficult journey up the glacial fed waters to spawn in their birthplace. As a result of this intense task, Copper River salmon are extremely rich in omega-3 fatty acids and also, in their melt-in-your-mouth texture that they're known for. Coveted by anyone who has ever enjoyed it before, this salmon comes with a very, very short season and can also be very hard to find. Right now, we have Copper River King available, also known as Chinook. It is most celebrated for its giant… Read More

A Summer Grilling How To: Build The Ultimate Burger

posted on May 15th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

Mmmm, is there really anything as delicious as a hot and juicy cheeseburger stacked high with all the fixings? Especially during the summertime when enjoyed al fresco, a cheeseburger - whether it's made with beef, chicken, turkey, or veggies is just too irresistible to resist! And there's just no need to go out and spend $20 on this kind of deliciousness. Building a gourmet burger at home is actually quite easy... Because with our very own buttery brioche buns, bacon, and choice ground chuck and toppings like caramelized onions, sliced avocado, sharp cheddar cheese, and green leaf lettuce, you can easily make a masterpiece. Here's our How-to for the Ultimate Gourmet Burger It all starts with the meat... If you're using beef - go for 80/20 ground chuck - that means 80% lean, 20% fat. FYI: 1 1/2 lbs makes 4 burgers. 1. Shape meat into 4 uniform 6-ounce patties no more than 3/4 inches thick. Then,  using your thumb, make a slight depression in the middle of each… Read More

Our Exclusive Seafood Roadshow is Coming to a Store Near You!

posted on September 7th, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

If you're a lover of seafood then you simply must visit our exclusive 2-day Seafood Roadshow. Whether you fancy salmon, shrimp, oysters, and/or lobster - we have the freshest, seasonal varieties at the BEST prices of the year!  From grilled Coho salmon to raw oysters on the half shell with lemon and hot sauce to a decadent shrimp pasta, the possibilities for a seafood feast this weekend are endless! We pull out all the stops for this event too - our skilled and passionate seafood mongers will assist you with all of your seafood needs like complimentary portion cutting, seasoning, and packaging. Have questions on preparation? They can help with that too. Here are our exclusive specials for this weekend's Seafood Roadshow: WEstchester- Saturday, 9/9 & Sunday, 9/10. 10am-5pm Wild Caught Swordfish                    $16.99/lb, save $10/lb Wild King Salmon Fillet                    $19.99/lb, save $10/lb Whole Wild King… Read More

Hatch Chile Guacamole Burger Recipe for National Burger Day!

posted on August 25th, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

We are still in Hatch Chile season...and frankly, we're loving it. Spicy and smokey, everything with Hatch just seems to taste a little more exciting and a lot more delicious. Whether it's roasted and diced in cheesy and decadent mac-n-cheese or a filleted and added to a classic grilled cheese sandwich, we  love it all. The Hatch possibilities are endless... One of our favorite ways to eat Hatch chile though is mixed in our already tasty guacamole. It's the perfect match for a crunchy tortilla chip. Or -add that creamy and spicy guac to the top of a juicy burger and you've achieved casual culinary comfort food perfection. This Sunday is National Burger Day too - so why not kick up your burger a little with some of our Hatch guacamole? But if you aren't quite feeling up to "manning the grill," just enjoy the Hatch Guacamole Burger at one of our store cafes. Either way, you're going to be treating your taste buds to something pretty special. Hatch Chile Guacamole… Read More

Hatch Chile Guacamole Recipe

posted on August 21st, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

If you've been in our stores recently, you've probably noticed it's a bit "hatch-ified." You most likely saw some Hatch chile samples around the store too - namely, our Hatch Chile Guacamole. And if you were daring enough to dip a chip in that spicy guac, we're going to assume that you fell in love. If you brought a container home with you, we're sure it didn't last very long. The stuff is hard to resist. And that's why we're giving you your very own Hatch Chile Guacamole recipe so that you can make it yourself. Because sharing is caring and because, chips and guacamole might as well be gold in Southern California. We're all kinda obsessed with the irresistible snacking combo. Hatch Chile Guacamole 2 ripe Haas Avocados, pitted 1/2 small red onion, finely diced 1/4 cup roasted hot Hatch Chile, finely diced (Use our tips for roasting and cutting here - or purchase our ready-made roasted and finely chopped Hatch chiles) 1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped 1/4 cup… Read More

Treat Yourself: Summer Ice Cream Parties Every Saturday!

posted on August 10th, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

While the kids may be back in school soon, we all know that summer in Southern California extends through September. So to relieve you of the late summer heat and to treat you with a little something special, we're throwing an Ice Cream Party at stores now until September 10th. All the best ice cream vendors like Coolhaus, Sweet Rose, McConnells, and Jeni's will be there too! Enjoy samples of every brand/variety and then choose your favorite for a sweet and creamy scoop! Summer Ice Cream Party Schedule All stores - 11am-3pm 8/26 Newport Beach 8/27 La Jolla 9/2 West Hollywood 9/3 Santa Monica 9/9 Westwood 9/10 Palm Desert Read More

Life of a Hatch Chile – Stages & Uses

posted on August 9th, 2017 by Nicole Vuletich

It all starts in the rich soil of the valley of Hatch, New Mexico, where the life of a Hatch Chile is born. After harvest in late July and August each year, the Hatch chile takes on a new life cycle, transitioning through stages in which spicy food enthusiasts can incorporate this wondrous pepper into every dish enjoyed throughout the year. From freshly harvested to roasted and pureed, below are the many stages the Hatch chile can go through, along with some tips on adding to some of your existing favorite dishes and some new. Fresh, Unroasted Whole Hatch Chiles - Typically bought in bulk for roasting at home. Roast whole, let cool, remove the skins, and freeze in storage bags for use in dishes throughout the year. When ready to use, simply remove from the freezer and allow to reach room temperature before preparing. Raw Chopped Hatch Chiles - Roasted Hatch chiles are a preferred flavor over fresh, yet you can add diced fresh Hatch chile to the cooking process of soups and… Read More

Hatch Chile Cornbread

posted on August 8th, 2017 by Lauren Pepin

Hatch chile season is here! To say we're excited would be quite the understatement. To celebrate our favorite little pepper, our Bakery is proud to serve you with our famous Hatch Chile Cornbread, Hatch Chile Pepper Jack Scones, and Hatch Chile Chocolate Cookies. Our Hatch Chile Cornbread is a twist on our traditional cornbread with the addition of freshly roasted and diced Hatch chiles. Hatch Chile Pepper Jack Scones have cheddar, pepper jack, along with our beloved Hatch chiles. Hatch Chile Chocolate Cookies have a unique mix of ingredients which includes chocolate chips, walnuts, Tahitian vanilla, and Hatch chiles. The combination of flavors in our cookies is out of this world. If you are looking for lighter alternatives or pairings with Hatch chile, visit our Deli, Sushi, Meat or Cheese departments. We have so many wonderful products to choose from. Keep in mind that chile contains calcium, iron, magnesium, and other minerals and vitamins, so that qualifies them as… Read More

Let’s Talk Peaches

posted on July 16th, 2017 by John Savidan

One of our favorite things about summer is that it means we’ve got an abundance of organic peaches in store for you. Our favorite stone fruit ranges in flavor from the super sweet and juicy to the tart and tangy. While eating them straight from the hand, with ice cream, or in a cobbler is always appropriate, we’ve found that peaches are remarkably versatile for all types of more savory summer dishes: salsas, chutneys salads, meat marinades, and more. How to Pick the a Perfect Peach Nothing’s more disappointing than biting into a bland peach. So how do you pick the best? Well, when you shop at Bristol Farms, you’re already halfway there. That’s because our farmers leave fruit on their trees two to three weeks longer than an average grower, which means the fruit’s sugar levels and maturity are at their absolute peak. Here are a few more perfect picking tips: Good Scent Pick up a peach and give it a sniff. Good peaches smell, well, good. Like a peach… Read More

Summertime Grilled Peach Pizza Recipe

posted on July 12th, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

Mmmm....pizza. It's delicious no matter the variation. No cheese, extra cheese, thin crust, Chicago deep dish, extra veggies, sans veggies...we love it all. But what we really love is pizza cooked on the grill. There's just something special about that grilled, crunchy crust covered in melty cheese and of course, all the delicious toppings. Since it's officially summer peach season and as far as we're concerned, peaches are the more the merrier in the kitchen right now, we've created an ode to the peach in pizza pie form. It's covered in mozzarella, Gorgonzola, grilled sliced peaches, arugula, red onions, and a balsamic glaze. It's heavenly to say the least. Grilled Peach Pizza Ingredients: One batch pizza dough 1/2 cup marinara 1 1/2 cups shredded Mozzarella or Italian blend 2-3 large peaches, sliced but not peeled 2 cups packed arugula 1/3 cup Gorgonzola 1/3 cup thinly sliced red onion 1/2 cup Olive oil, divided Balsamic… Read More

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