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9 Ways You Can Celebrate International Women’s Day

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

Let’s Celebrate Galentine’s Day!

Galentine's Day - an unofficial holiday that in our opinion, is equally as fun and lighthearted as its predecessor. Created by the fictional television character, Leslie Knope of NBC's sitcom, Parks and Recreation, Galentine's Day is all about "ladies celebrating ladies."And for our favorite food blogger, Corey, aka, Miss Foodie Problems, it's all about gathering together with her favorite girlfriends and sharing cocktails, delicious treats, and a good time. For Miss Foodie Problems' official Galentine's Day post, where she plays ode to the holiday and also to amazing local spirits sold at Bristol Farms, click here! You can also check out Miss Foodie Problems' beautiful and mouth-watering Instagram page here. Galentine's Day Cocktails Many of us at Bristol Farms can get down with Leslie Knope and Corey's notion on the day, which "technically" falls on Febrruary 13th...though we think a Saturday or Sunday are just better suited for this all-to-fun ladies celebrating ladies… Read More

A Valentine’s Date Night In…

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

New Line of Luxury Candles at Bristol Farms

We're so excited to announce our newest addition of lux, all-natural, coconut wax candles to your local Bristol Farms' housewares department. These Eco-friendly and innovative handcrafted candles are made locally in Southern California with the goal of keeping our environment aromatic while also clean and healthy. They are made with food-grade-certified coconut oil which ensures an extremely clean burn without ever collecting soot. The artisan candle line includes both a botanical and perfume collection, offering distinguished scents perfect for every kind of candle lover. Delight your scenes and express your style in your home or give one of the beautifully packaged candles as a gift to a special someone in your life. Choose from heavenly scents like Juniper, Lemongrass, Rosemary,  Gardenia, and many more Read More

All Hallow’s Eve Checklist

Can you believe Halloween is just one week away? October has already come and {almost} gone. What do your Halloween plans entail? For many of us, the actual night, which falls on a not-so-fun Wednesday this year, will consist of trick-or-treating with our little ones all dressed up in costumes of their choosing. An evening with way too much candy and possible battles to relinquish said candy, it's just one of those holidays the kids can't resist. We have bags upon bags of candy just waiting for you too. Because unless you want to turn off your lights...and maybe the doorbell ringer too, the kids will be a-coming for their treats. And while candy is a Halloween must, there are tons of other fun items to consider too. Full Disclosure: We do not have your scary and elaborate haunted decor or your costumes. But we do have loads of candy, Autumn ciders and beer, party ware, decor,  and of course, every kind of pumpkin you could ever want. Here's Your Halloween… Read More

Sip Like A Sommelier: Wine Tasting with Riedel Glassware

What if you could enhance the flavors of your favorite wines? What if you could taste delicious high-end wines, pair them with wonderful foods, learn a ton, and go home with a set of crystal wine glasses that are not only attractive but are designed specifically to delight your taste buds? On October 16th, 17th and 18th, Bristol Farms and Riedel will host wine tasting events at our South Pasadena, West Hollywood, and Newport Beach locations, respectively. We are honored to partner with Riedel, a family-run company of glassmakers who share our vision of bringing you the best flavor experiences from every corner of the world.   Riedel: 11 Generations of Crystal Glass Expertise The Riedel family has been in the crystal glass business since the late 17th century. They began as traders, eventually expanding into design and manufacturing. Claus Josef Riedel, representing the 9th generation of the Riedel glassware family business, introduced minimalist long-stemmed… Read More

Hello, October: Here’s Our Five Fall Must Haves

Summer is over, and Fall has arrived, bringing all sorts of exciting flavors and fun with it. Giant pumpkins perfect for your front door stoop, rich and delightfully sweet pumpkin pie topped with whipped cream and cinnamon, dark, full-bodied beers and spicy sausages, and of course, crisp autumn apples. Pumpkins First things first: Whether you're looking for traditional pumpkins to carve into jack-o'-lanterns or rarer varieties to accent your fall-themed decorations, we've got you covered. We source our pumpkins from Van Groningen & Sons, a family-run farm in Northern California. They've been supplying top-quality produce since 1922, and this year is no different. We have pumpkins in a wide variety of sizes, colors, and prices. No need to travel deep into the country to get your holiday pumpkins, because we'll bring the farm to you. Take a look and be amazed.  Organic Autumn Apples Versatile, healthy and delicious, apples are a key component of a holiday cooking strategy… Read More

French Breakfast With Bonne Maman Preserves

We hope you’ve been following along as we journey through the cuisines of different cultures. We’ve finally arrived in France, a culture renowned for its food. Where do we begin? At breakfast, of course. And no French breakfast would be complete without a selection of fruit preserves from Bonne Maman. BREAKFAST IN PARIS The traditional Parisian breakfast will commence with a bread item, perhaps a toasted brioche tartine with cultured butter and wildflower honey. Add to that a warm croissant and an espresso with a dash of milk. Your choice of jam will determine the character of your meal. A tablespoon of Bonne Maman’s Lemon Curd will transform your buttered tartine into a smooth, rich treat you’ll need to close your eyes to savor properly. A dollop of their Raspberry or Apricot Preserves applied to the croissant, on the other hand, will provide a jolt of sweetness that will contrast nicely with each sip of espresso. IT'S NOT A JAM. IT'S A "PRESERVE." According to… Read More

Compartés comes to Bristol Farms West Hollywood

Compartés handmade L.A. chocolate since 1950 We’re so thrilled to announce that we are now carrying Compartés’ deliciously creative chocolate bars in our West Hollywood store. The unique and trend-setting chocolatier has been hand making decadent creations for nearly 70 years but is most recently known for their striking packaging and use of unexpected local ingredients like California avocados, fruit from L.A. farmers markets, and donuts from some of L.A.’s best donut shops. They’ve been featured on Oprah’s FavoriteThings 3 times and have also won countless awards for their packaging designs. If you haven’t tried this local chocolate yet, now is the time to see what all of the (much-deserved) hype is about! Official Tasting this Saturday, August 18th - 11am-2pm at our West Hollywood store If you haven’t tried this local chocolate yet, now is the time to see what all of the (much-deserved) hype is about! Read More

How to: Roast Hatch Chile at Home

Feeling Hot...Hot...Hot! So now that you've seized the day and stocked up on Hatch chiles, it's time to head on into the kitchen! When cooking, you have options, but we'd recommend roasting over open flame if possible. The broiler method is our second favorite technique! If you're saving the spice for later, we've got you covered with how to freeze and secure your hatch chiles for up to one year. How to: Roast Hatch Chiles at Home Over open flame: This is the preferred method but requires a gas stove and extreme attention and care. Turn on one of your burners to medium high heat. Place Hatch chile directly on flame for 2 minutes on each side, carefully rotating with long tongs OR Keep chile in tongs or on long skewer and continuously rotate. Continue rotating chile with tongs until all sides are blistered and charred. Transfer chile to bowl and cover tightly with foil for 30 minutes. Remove from bowl, rinse under cool water and using fingers, gently peel… Read More

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