Edible Monterey Bay

August 4, 2020 – One of the most iconic spots in downtown Monterey starts a new chapter this week.  Lallapalooza—the flagship of the Ottone Restaurant Group—opened in 1997 and ushered in a new era for Monterey’s downtown dining. But the popular late-night hangout was showing signs of age. “It’s a 20-year-old restaurant
August 4, 2020 – If you have lived in Santa Cruz for any significant amount of time, you likely took a moment to absorb the news, announced back in June, that Kelly’s French Bakery was shutting down its landmark cafe on the Westside. After more than 40 years in business, Kelly Porter
July 28, 2020 – It’s January and at first glance, the woods outside of Eugene, Oregon, seem like an idyllic sanctuary. But there’s a hunter on the loose here.  Listen carefully, and you hear the patter of feet stepping on the damp mud. They hasten in pace. Sniff, sniff—a wet nose and
July 28, 2020 – Don’t be fooled by the modern look of Tutto Buono Eataliano—a new fast casual concept that took over for Nancy Dean’s Kitchen in New Monterey. The Italian eatery isn’t so much a new arrival, but a return of a beloved old favorite. Here at the corner of Lighthouse
July 28, 2020 – Sometimes circumstances just won’t stop conspiring against the best-laid plans. It can’t be a coincidence that just as Talbott closed down their Carmel Valley tasting room in 2019, thinking they could move into their new home in Carmel, a construction issue threw a wrench in the works. Thereafter,
July 21, 2020 – It’s fitting that the main event at Copal Restaurant, which opens on Mission Street in Santa Cruz this Thursday, is mole. Mole is the traditional Mexican sauce made in seemingly infinite styles with seemingly infinite ingredients, including multiple dried chiles, seeds, nuts, tomatoes, onions, unrefined lard and more.
July 21, 2020 – Winegrower Garrett Bowlus now has two tasting rooms open and ready to share the wine he grows at his stunning vineyard planted as high as 1275 feet above the Carmel Valley. In addition to the Carmel-by-the-Sea tasting room, which is once again open with outdoor seating in one
July 14, 2020 – It’s been an interesting week for Gennica Cochran. She’s the Bernardus server who’s become something of a viral legend, and a GoFundMe rallying point after she interceded when Michael Lofthouse launched a racist attack on an Asian family dining at the resort’s Lucia Restaurant July 4. “Get out
July 14, 2020 – When Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the closure of indoor service to slow the spread of coronavirus—for the second time—it was added fuel for change. Or maybe it was a spark that lit accumulating fuel that helped inspire the creation of the Pacific Grove Restaurant Association. (Indoor wineries, tasting
July 14, 2020 – There is a lot going on with the Spanish Bay, a bacon-wrapped hot dog with garlic, nacho cheese, tomatoes and grilled jalapeños. Same for the Peeks dog—we’re talking pulled pork, kimchee, pimento cream cheese, tangy slaw and special sauce. But that’s only appropriate at Lucy’s on Lighthouse, because