TOSSED GOODNESS… At the Salad Shoppe (1138 S. Main St., Salinas), owners Chuck Hague and Josh Gentle are doing great things for the community during these pandemic times. Now until Oct. 28, if you bring in a pumpkin, you’ll get $1 off your next salad. All pumpkins will be donated to foster youth through a partnership with Peacock Acres and the Kinship Center, so all the kiddos can have a festive Halloween.
BUONGIORNO!… More morning noms have arrived at Café Ariana (543 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove) as they expand hours and open for breakfast and brunch on the weekends. The new menu offers all the good stuff like Italian sausage scramble, eggs Benedict, buttermilk pancakes, and (wait for it) a breakfast pizza loaded with artichokes, prosciutto, two eggs and arugula. Breakfast and brunch available 8am-noon on Saturdays (open for lunch and dinner until 8pm), and 8am-2pm Sundays for breakfast and brunch.
YEEHAW, Y’ALL… Charismatic cowboy Jack Galante is dishing up some fun fare from 5-8pm on Fridays at the Galante Vineyards Tasting Room (Dolores Street, Carmel). Load up on your choice of pulled pork or barbacoa sliders ($12/four), paired with Galante’s new wine releases: 2018 Merlot, 2019 Almond Flat Pinot Noir and 2018 Legacy Cabernet. Galante and crew have expanded a new parklet on Dolores Street for additional seating, and it’s open from 4pm-close, Friday-Sunday.
GOING BLUE… There are a few restaurants in Salinas that are part of Blue Zones Project Monterey County, an initiative to foster healthy living. Culturas Hidalgo y Oaxaca, Portobello’s, Main Street Bakery and Catering, Guadalajara Grill, Drummond Culinary Academy (at Rancho Cielo) and the cafeteria at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital have been named Blue Zones Project Approved restaurants. This certifies their commitment to pairing healthy options with scrumptious food.
VINO TO GO… Mezzaluna Pasteria and Mozzarella Bar (1188 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove) is rolling out a new wine program, offering a 5-percent discount on a three-pack of wine to go, and 10-percent off a case of wine. Mix and match it. Have fun! They’ve got a selection of sparklings, California Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs and Cabernets. They add in a bunch of Old World charm with a robust selection of Italian varietals, too.