Edible Monterey Bay

WHAT'S IN SEASON

WALNUTS

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Walnuts are full of nutrients that are good for the brain, which they somewhat resemble.

Get nutty and try some new ways to use healthy fall walnuts


Did you know that walnuts are technically a stone fruit? Walnuts, in the Juglandaceae family, are indeed the edible seed kernels of a drupe, which means they are not even true nuts! Nuts or not, these healthy brain-shaped seeds pack a punch in the vitamin department and add depth to both sweet and savory dishes. The most common types of walnuts grown commercially for their edible seeds are Persian varieties, now called English walnuts. Black walnuts, with origins in North America, also have an edible

seed, but they are so hard to crack that they are mostly used for … Read More

EDIBLE PROVISIONS

LOCALLY ROASTED

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Local coffee roasters really know how to wake us up every morning and keep the Monterey Bay area buzzing. Top row (l-to-r): Cat & Cloud, Santa Cruz; North Coast Roasting, Santa Cruz; Verve Coffee Roasters, Santa Cruz; Hidden Fortress Coffee Roasting, Watsonville. Second row (l-to-r): 11th Hour Coffee, Santa Cruz; Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting; Captain & Stoker, Monterey. Bottom left: Alta Organic Coffee Roasting, Santa Cruz. Bottom right: Steeped Coffee, Scotts Valley. Other local roasters worth seeking out include: Acme Coffee Roasting, Seaside; The Beerded Bean, Salinas; Coffeeville, Watsonville; and Vertigo Coffee Roasters in San Juan Bautista.

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EDIBLE GUIDES

LEARN TO COOK

PHOTOGRAPHY BY JULES HOLDSWORTH

It’s back-to-school season, the perfect time to up your culinary game


For some of us, cooking is an intuitive activity that channels seamlessly from our hearts and minds to our hands. For others, not so much. It can be a daily challenge to figure out how to make something edible from start to finish, let alone something that you (and your family) would want to eat again. These days, our country is cooking less and less and eating out more and more. We are strapped for time, and in the age of convenience food, cooking is one activity that often gets skipped for that takeout window. But that’s a pity. Cooking is so fun! And such a great outlet, especially after a stressful day. We are … Read More

SPIKED TURMERIC TONIC

2 ounces Gray Whale Gin
1 ounce lemon juice
1 ounce orange juice
1 ounce ginger liqueur
1 teaspoon turmeric

Shake with ice. Top with soda water. Garnish with orange slices. Makes 1 cocktail.

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LAST CALL

COCKTAILS AND COMMITMENT

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Gray Whale Gin mixes locally sourced botanicals with efforts to protect the oceans


Gray whales are washing ashore in alarming numbers. In July, seven were found dead in Alaska. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s tally for 2019 along the West Coast of the continent is nearing 200. NOAA describes it as an “unusual mortality event.”

This did not move Marsh and Jan Mokhtari to create Gray Whale Gin. But it does add urgency to their efforts, which is to celebrate and protect gray whales with every bottle sold. Their inspiration was less ominous: The couple, who met in a Chicago bar 20 years ago, were camping with their kids above McWay Falls at Big Sur’s Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park when they spied a gray … Read More

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