Edible Monterey Bay

LAST CALL

STAY HOPPY

PHOTOGRAPHY BY JULIE CAHILL

Humble Sea Brewing Co. pivots quickly to serve thirsty fans

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Humble Sea Brewing Co. celebrated the third birthday of its taproom on March 17, just as coronavirus surreality was settling in, and two days before Gov. Gavin Newsom announced shelter in place for the state. No, it was not an ideal time to celebrate what has become a cult-hit venue—thanks to enthusiastic staff and experimental, often hop-heavy ales.

But a funny thing happened when the pandemic hit. Instead of contracting, Humble Sea is flowing more beer than ever. E-commerce sales have exploded. Collaborations have multiplied. Product is more creative, consistent and high quality than ever.

Co-owner and head brewer Nick Pavlina cites two reasons: 1) the response of his team to unprecedented … Read More

THE PRESERVATIONIST

STONE FRUIT PIE FILLING

PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARGAUX GIBBONS

Make it now and enjoy all year

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Many times when I am having friends over for dinner, at the last minute I think, “Oh, shoot! What will I do for dessert?” I almost never make dessert at home for my own family; it just isn’t part of our normal routine. But I feel that it really makes the occasion special when I have a guest. Having something a little sweet to finish with is a nice way to extend the meal and the great conversation.

I remember sitting around my grandmother’s table as a little girl just silently observing the long debates at dessert. I could only piece together the meaning of the conversation, as these dessert talks were always in German … Read More

IN THE COVID KITCHEN

SOURDOUGH DIARY

ILLUSTRATION BY ZEPHYR PFOTENHAUER

Why the flour shelves are empty

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It’s early morning and as I admire the billowy bowl of sourdough starter on my countertop, caffeine gradually brings the rest of the kitchen into focus. There is a bit of flour on every horizontal surface in the room—everywhere. Have I channeled my father? The scene definitely brings me back to the epically floury kitchens of my childhood, where my engineer dad lost himself entirely in the joy of weekend breadbaking projects.

His delight was contagious, and so in my preteens, I baked a lot of bread myself. But never sourdough, and after I left home, not another loaf.

Then the pandemic happened. Not coincidentally, friends—lawyers, fundraisers, all kinds of friends!—under stay-at-home orders due to the … Read More

IN THE GARDEN

CANNABIS COLLECTOR

Take a trip around the world with a man growing ancient landrace strains in his botanical garden in the Santa Cruz Mountains

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Jeff Nordahl hadn’t touched cannabis for at least a decade when his doctor suggested that it might be beneficial to his health. So he revisited the plant that had fueled the adventures of his teens and 20s—but it was not the energized, inspired experience he remembered. The new modern weed didn’t make him want to jump on his bike, clatter around in the kitchen making up a new recipe or dance for hours to the Grateful Dead; it made him want to take a nap.

“I thought maybe I was just nostalgic or getting old, but it turns out that cannabis was actually really … Read More

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