Edible Monterey Bay

Yafa Earns Michelin Bib Gourmand

May 28, 2019 – Yafa Mediterranean restaurant in Carmel today became the first and only restaurant in the Monterey Bay area to ever win the prestigious Michelin Bib Gourmand designation. The award means Yafa is an especially good value, offering two excellent courses plus wine or dessert for $40 or under.

Michelin has never covered restaurants in our area before and its new California Guide due out next week includes the Monterey area. But a single Bib Gourmand listing is disappointing and makes us wonder how much time the Michelin inspectors actually spent here. While Yafa is a deserving honoree, surely there are others that fit that category as well.

Other areas that are new to the Michelin Guide seemed to receive more attention. For example, Orange County received five … Read More

Beerded Bean Set to Open Friday in Salinas

May 28, 2019 – A combination coffee house/brew pub is the latest addition to Oldtown Salinas, promising not only house-roasted coffee drinks, but also a selection of craft beers and live entertainment.

The Beerded Bean, at 210 Main Street, is set for a soft opening this Friday and a grand opening on Saturday. The soft opening on Friday will be from 6am-5pm and the grand opening on Saturday will be 6am-9pm, with live music starting at 10am. 

Right now, the Bean is serving coffee only, but beer service is anticipated in the next six weeks or so, according to partner Ernest Rodriguez.

The logo on the storefront says it all: a coffee bean with a green “beard” made of hops, with the slogan, “Best of Both Brews.” The hybrid hangout is … Read More