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Seas the Day with Fresh Shucked Oysters
Bianchini’s Lenten Seafood Festival continues with Local Tomales Bay Hog Island Oysters. Grown and harvested on their 160-acre intertidal farm on Tomales Bay, Hog Island offers several varieties of oysters, with their Sweetwater oyster being the star of the show. Prized for its rich, smoky-sweet flavor and plump texture, Sweetwater oysters make for excellent hors d’oeuvres. And for all the Bay Area oyster aficionados, this Friday, March 31st, is Oysters on the Half Shell Day. Feel free to stop by our seafood department any time to pick up your own fresh oysters to celebrate this shell-tastic foodie holiday or enjoy them with for you Lenten meals. And as always, we will shuck your oysters at no charge.
Frozen Food Month ends this Friday, March 31st
The clock is ticking to take advantage of Bianchini’s Frozen Food Stock Up Sale. When you purchase $50 or more of frozen foods and ice cream in March, you can receive a $10 Instant Reward in April when you enter your phone number at the register. Fill your freezer with all of your favorite frozen breakfast, lunch and dinners, frozen fruits & vegetables, snacks, appetizers, ice cream and desserts. Please remember to enter your phone number at the register during checkout to receive the instant reward.
Did you Hear? Tin Pot Creamery Ice Cream is available at your local Bianchini’s!
We know that ever since Tin Pot Creamery scoop shops closed, Tin Pot fans have been eager to enjoy their frozen treat again. Did you know that Tin Pot began as a Flavor of the Month Club in 2012? Founder and pastry chef Becky Sunseri set out with a simple goal from the beginning, to create the most delicious ice cream available. Tin Pot’s take on handcrafted French-style ice cream that’s churned in a gelato style machine is what sets it apart. This unique process creates ice cream with a custard-like base, it’s creamier, richer and more flavorful compared to traditionally made ice creams. Stop our frozen section today to find your favorite flavor of Tin Pot Creamery ice cream.
Opening Day for Major League Baseball is this Thursday, the 30th!
All 30 teams will be playing their first games of the season. Our home team, the SF Giants will be facing the Yankees in New York at 10:05 pm Pacific Time. And the Giants’ home opener will be on April 7th! Before you sit down to watch the games from home, stop by Bianchini’s to pick up your game day favorites! We have them all, in-shell peanuts, hot dogs and sausages, chips and dips, burgers, brats and beer. Whatever you’re craving you can count on Bianchini’s to deliver!
Here are the Top Five Baseball Foods we love:
- 1 Valencia Peanuts in the Shell
- 2 Bianchini’s Sausages and Bratwursts
- 3 Niman Ranch Hot Dogs
- 4 Bianchini’s Own Tortilla Chips
- 5 Craft Beers.
Calling all Bay Area pasta lovers March 20th, is National Ravioli Day!
What’s not to love about the ravioli? It’s two layers of pasta dough with a filling, usually cheese and meat or vegetable and served in a broth or pasta sauce. Ravioli is most often served as an entrée, but it also makes a great appetizer or side to the main course. For those sweet tooths out there, ravioli can also be served as a dessert. These dessert raviolis are filled with chocolate and ricotta or cream cheese and caramel sauce. The earliest mention of a ravioli dates back to the 14th century when Francesco di Marco Datini, a merchant of Prato, wrote of them in his personal letters. Around the mid-14th century, a cooking manuscript detailed green herbs and cheese ravioli in a broth with ‘sweet and strong spices’. If you’d like to try making your own ravioli at home, browse our ravioli recipe collection.
Grab a Bottle of Bianchini’s Own Olive Oil
We are excited to announce that Bianchini’s Own Olive Oil and Whole Peeled Tomatoes with Basil Leaf are now in-store! We have two great types of olive oil to choose from, Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Infused Imported from Italy. Our Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) is made with the highest quality of olive oil that’s been extracted from the olive fruit without the use of heat or chemicals, just pure olive oil. Our Infused Imported from Italy Olive Oil will have your taste buds saying Buono! Its rich and flavorful profile makes it an excellent choice for spicing up your favorite dishes. Our Whole Peeled Tomatoes with Basil Leaf are produced and packed in the Napoli area of Italy. They’re the perfect addition to a homemade pasta dinner, adding freshness and subtle aroma to each dish. Bring home a bottle of Bianchini’s Own Olive Oil or Whole Peeled Tomatoes with Basil Leaf today!
Fun Fact: Did you know that the use of olive oil dates back to 5000 B.C.? Olive trees were introduced to several Mediterranean countries, including the island of Sicily. Today, Italy is considered one of the largest consumers of olive oil. Italian cuisine has a long tradition of including olive oil many recipes from appetizers to entrées, there’s usually a splash of olive oil somewhere!
Bianchini’s Lenten Seafood Festival continues with ahi tuna as this week’s featured fish
Ahi tuna is a lean white fish that’s rich with protein, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin B12. Often cooked rare or medium-rare and served in sushi and sashimi, it’s also great when lightly seared and served as a filet, similar to a premium steak. Find ahi tuna and many more fresh seafood selections in-store during our Lenten Seafood Festival. And be sure to try our mouthwatering recipe below.
Seared Ahi Tuna with Avocado Salsa
Each bite is wonderfully fresh and highly flavorful.
- 1 tablespoon finely diced red bell pepper
- 1 tablespoon finely diced serrano pepper
- 1 tablespoon finely diced red onion
- 4 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon chili sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 5 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 ahi tuna steaks
- Salt, to taste
- Ground black pepper, to taste
- 1 avocado peeled and diced to 1-inch cubes
- 1/2 cup diced fresh tomato
- 6 cilantro sprigs
Create a vinaigrette by combining the red bell pepper, serrano pepper, red onion, rice wine vinegar, chili sauce, Kosher salt and 4 tablespoons olive oil in a mixing bowl. Stir together until well combined. Set aside.
Pour the remaining tablespoon of olive oil into a large skillet and bring to high heat. Season both sides of the tuna steaks with salt and pepper. Place the tuna steaks in the hot skillet and sear both sides for about 3 minutes each, for rare. Transfer the tuna steaks to serving plates.
Top each tuna steak with an equal amount of avocado and tomato. Spoon the vinaigrette over the tuna steaks and garnish with three cilantro sprigs each.
What are you Drinking St. Patrick’s Day?
Do you have a favorite food or drink you enjoy specially for St. Patrick’s Day? Local
Woodside Bakery specially bakes and delivers to our stores. For over 40 years, Woodside has made their version of the traditional bread with just four simple ingredients, flour, baking soda, salt and milk. Their Irish soda bread has a distinctively firm crust and tender, yet firm inside. If you enjoy your Irish soda bread as a snack, try Kerrygold Aged Irish Cheddar Cheese. Kerrygold’s
aged cheddar is a grass-fed cow’s milk cheese that’s been and aged for one year. The extended aging process imbues the cheese with a rich, strong flavor and a silky-smooth texture, making it great for spreading on bread or crackers. And what’s a St. Patrick’s Day celebration without some libations? We’ve stock up our beer and liquor department for the special day. We carry a large selection of imported beers including Guinness, Harp & Smithwick, and Jameson, Bushmill & Teeling whiskeys. We hope we can help make your St. Patrick’s Day meal delicious and your celebrations memorable.
Celebrate Pi Day with a Pie!
Who’s ready to celebrate National Pi Day? March 14th is an extra special day for mathematics, it marks the annual celebration of the mathematical constant Pi, as in the first three digits 3.14, and it also happens to be Albert Einstein’s birthday. To celebrate Pi Day, we will have custom baked Pi Symbol Pies from local favorite Woodside Bakery in our stores! There will be a variety of flavors to choose from, so finding one of your favorites should be cinch. Did you know that Pi Day was founded in 1988 by physicist Larry Shaw, but was not officially recognized as a National Holiday until 2009 when the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation? We’re all certainly glad they did, so we have another reason to enjoy a pie from Woodside Bakery! So, whether you a math enthusiast, love delicious pie or a bit of both, Bianchini’s is the place to get a custom baked Pi Day pie.
Bianchini’s Lenten Seafood Festival is going strong!
We are excited to announce that Rock Cod is the featured fish of the week. Rock cod or rockfish is a lean fish with a medium to firm texture, and a delicately sweet, nutty flavor. Rock cod is an ideal choice for homemade fish and chips, fish tacos, frying and baking. Visit our seafood department to find rock cod and much more! And be sure try our Rock Cod Tacos with Salsa recipe below.
Rock Cod Tacos with Salsa
Fresh, flavorful and very easy to prepare.
For Rustic Salsa:
- 1 oz. can fire roasted tomatoes
- 1/4 cup cilantro leaves
- 1/4 yellow or red onion
- 1 clove garlic, chopped
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 1 jalapeño, stem removed and sliced
- 1/4 teaspoon cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 4 oz. rock cod, slicced into 4 pieces
- 4 corn tortillas
- 1 cup shredded cabbage
- 1 avocado, sliced
Combine tomatoes, cilantro leaves, onion, garlic, lime juice, jalapeno, cumin, chili powder and sea salt in a blender. Pulse ingredients until mixed and has reached the desired consistency. Set aside.
Preheat a grill pan or large skillet to high heat. Pour in a generous amount of olive oil and swirl around. Once hot, add the fish and sear on both sides for 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat.
To assemble the tacos, place all four corn tortillas vertically. Add homemade rustic salsa, then layer the cabbage and avocado on top of the salsa. Place rock cod pieces on top and enjoy!