Edible Monterey Bay

Michelin Comes to Monterey

June 4, 2019 – For as long as it has had restaurants, the Monterey Bay area has not had any with Michelin stars. 

That’s not for a lack of amazing eateries. It’s simply because Michelin didn’t visit. 

Michelin-starred chef Justin Cogley

That seemed like an oversight. At one point in the 1990s, the Monterey area alone boasted the highest density of Wine Spectator Grand Award winners in one region, anywhere. While wine-driven, it was still a very lofty honor only superlative restaurants would endeavor to win. (For the record, the five WS Grand Award spots were Pacific’s Edge, The Sardine Factory, Casanova, Bernardus and Sierra Mar.)

Michelin has published ratings for San Francisco and Napa Valley restaurants since 2007, but for years only went as far south as Manresa in … Read More

Caraccioli Sparkles Beyond The Bubbles

June 4, 2019 – As he popped the cork on his latest releases—the 2013 Caraccioli Brut Rosé and the 2013 Cuvée Brut—winegrower Scott Caraccioli expressed pride in these particular bottlings, which incorporate estate fruit from his family’s Escolle Vineyard for the first time. 

“I feel this is the most balanced and perfectly composed vintage, with a mid-palate richness right out of the gate,” he says.

Scott Caraccioli

He explains that the Brut Rosé was released in the fall of 2018, as the red wine adds a sweetness that helps carry it to an earlier maturity, whereas the Brut really needs time after the dosage is added.

Caraccioli feels extremely fortunate to have apprenticed under the late Michel Salgues, a Frenchman who worked at the famed Roederer house of sparkling wine … Read More

Cat & Cloud Battles Caterpillar in Trademark Dispute

May 28, 2019 – A young farmer went into Cat & Cloud coffee company in Santa Cruz the other day looking for a Caterpillar 320 GC Medium Excavator with 90.0 kW net flyweight power. 

He was furious to find out that Cat & Cloud doesn’t sell the 320—or the any of the backhoe loaders he wants. 

Turns out they only sell things like lattés, coffee subscriptions and some apparel featuring felines and condensed water vapors. 

Just kidding: No farmer went in Cat & Cloud seeking an excavator or a backhoe. 

If that scenario seems ridiculous to you—people confusing the heavy machinery Fortune 500 behemoth called Caterpillar with the locally owned-and-operated coffee outfit Cat & Cloud—you’re not alone. 

That’s the primary reason why outcry is so fierce as locals learn Caterpillar … Read More

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