Monday, November 11, 2019

Maybe it gets lost in all the hoopla over other holidays—minor things like Halloween and Thanksgiving—people may have missed the national White Truffle Festival. Celebrate at Pèppoli in Pebble Beach through Nov. 17, with tagliolini, Kobe beef tartar, grilled veal, all with Alba white truffle…

Friday, November 08, 2019
Monday, November 04, 2019

A lot of people stop at Wine and Swine, and why not? Great wines along with meat prepared by top local chefs (Nov. 9 6-10pm, $125). But the Big Sur Food & Wine Festival offers so many more cool events that are worth exploring. Hiking with Stemware (the only way to appreciate the outdoors…

Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Monday, October 28, 2019

Let’s talk tacos. Not the ones with hard yellow tortilla “shells” and  “Mexican” five-cheese blend (which fun fact: it doesn’t have any kind of Mexican cheese in it—thanks, Kraft). Let’s talk buttery soft and chewy corn tortillas, some kind of meat (preferably stewing since the crack of dawn…

Friday, October 25, 2019
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Monday, October 21, 2019
Friday, October 18, 2019

In the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, restaurants reported that guests came in seeking mac and cheese, mashed potatoes and homey soups. A Nielsen survey at the time found the same thing happening at grocery stores, with Americans stocking up on chips, instant potatoes and the like.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Tuesday, October 08, 2019

    La Playa Carmel’s bar has reopened as Bud’s. The new name honors the late Bud Allen—who owned and operated the bar from 1962 to 1984—and Carmel’s bohemian roots. Branding itself as “a local haunt for lore and libations,” Bud’s features a new menu of cocktails with food developed in partnersh…

    Friday, October 04, 2019
    Wednesday, October 02, 2019
    Tuesday, October 01, 2019

    Sad news from Bernardus Winery: founder Bernardus (Ben) Marinus Pon has passed away. Born and raised in Amersfoort, Holland, Pon fell in love with Carmel Valley during a visit here in the 1980s and eventually made the valley his second home. Pon leveraged his appreciation for wine to establi…

    Tuesday, September 24, 2019
    Wednesday, September 18, 2019

    Get a sneak peek at Pearl Hour this month. The new cocktail concept from Katie Blandin—from Bar Cart Cocktail Co. and Golden Bear Bitters—and business partner Chris Garrecht-Williams officially arrives this winter at the former Carbone’s bar in Monterey after a remodel in the new year. But i…

    Tuesday, September 10, 2019
    Friday, September 06, 2019
    Tuesday, September 03, 2019
    Tuesday, August 27, 2019
    Friday, August 23, 2019

    We all know not to bring up religion or politics in polite conversation, if there is still such a thing. And maybe it’s now wise not to bring up Greenland. Or the border wall. Probably should stay away from detention centers, plastic straws, Muslims, Evangelical Christians, Israel, the Raide…

    Monday, August 19, 2019

    On Cannery Row, Crêpes on the Row Cafe quietly opened late last month. The menu is split between Salée savory crepes ($6.95-10.95) and Sucrée sweet crepes ($5.95-9.50), with signature selections like the Monterey Special (caramelized onions, feta cheese and sun-dried tomatoes, $10.95), House…

    Monday, August 12, 2019

    Beep, beep: Car Week is here. The influx of car aficionados will keep local restaurants busy, so here are some good tips for dining out this week. Call ahead for reservations and wait times, especially if you’re dining in a group of four or more. If you do manage to snag a reservation and ca…

    Friday, August 09, 2019
    Tuesday, August 06, 2019

    Salinas Valley Food & Wine arrives this weekend. Festivities start with the kick-off party on Friday, Aug. 9. Sample beer from local home brewers and wines from local wineries. Food trucks will also be on hand with food for sale (5-8pm, Salinas City Center, $20). Saturday sees a lively s…

    Monday, July 29, 2019
    Friday, July 26, 2019
    Monday, July 22, 2019
    Friday, July 19, 2019

    Historians are still grappling with the fallout—the human agony, the cultural damage, the vast fields of destruction—left by the bloody and terrible Clam Chowder War. The horrific Saving Private Ryan scenes (“The area before the house was paved with clam-shells.”)? How America’s “greatest ge…

    Monday, July 15, 2019

    Chopstix has opened its fourth location, this one in Carmel Rancho Center. The opening brings popular Vietnamese concept’s signature pho, banh mi sandwiches, rice bowls and of course boba beverages to Carmel. The restaurant is offering a limited-time 15 percent discount for grand opening fes…

    Tuesday, July 09, 2019
    Tuesday, July 02, 2019

    The popular Golden Tee Restaurant and Bar will soon be under new ownership. Carmel’s Pepe International, helmed by veteran restaurateur Rich Pepe, has been approved to lease both the Monterey Regional Airport restaurant and the Flyaway Cafe, the latter of which is located in the secure area. 

    Monday, July 01, 2019
    Friday, June 28, 2019
    Thursday, June 27, 2019

    Gin. Campari. Sweet vermouth. All in equal portion. There’s not much to a Negroni, really. Yet this crimson cocktail has captured the hearts of bartenders and their patrons for 100 years, even earning a weeklong celebration with Negroni Week underway now.

    Tuesday, June 25, 2019
    Friday, June 21, 2019
    Wednesday, June 19, 2019
    Thursday, June 13, 2019
    Wednesday, June 12, 2019
    Tuesday, June 11, 2019
    Friday, June 07, 2019

    Sherlock Holmes would give up. The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew? They’d whimper a bit and then crawl home in defeat. Scooby-Doo and the gang? This one is way out of their league. Alan Turing wouldn’t even come close.

    Tuesday, June 04, 2019

    Foodies around town and throughout the state have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the Michelin Guide’s coveted list of stars. The dining guide released its inaugural California guide—the first regional guide in the United States—at a ceremony in Huntington Beach on Monday evening and …

    Monday, May 27, 2019

    The countdown to the release of the famed Michelin Guide’s inaugural California guide is on. The gastronomy guide will drop its star selections next Monday, June 3, recognizing standouts across the state for food and service. To whet palates for the main event, the guide’s Bib Gourmand recom…

    Friday, May 24, 2019
    Tuesday, May 21, 2019