Edible Monterey Bay


Conscious Cuisine and Unobstructed Views at the Highlands Inn

Stepping out onto the new, 1200-square-foot deck of California Market at Pacific’s Edge restaurant at the Hyatt Carmel Highlands is a treat, especially at this time of year. The longer days mean that you can linger over cocktails and dishes from the restaurant’s stellar menu, enjoying them as the sun dips into the ocean. The air is just crisp enough to be refreshing, and the unobstructed, panoramic views of Big Sur’s craggy cliffs and the majestic Pacific below will take your breath away.

A century after Frank Devendorf founded the Highlands, an extensive renovation and a new, cutting-edge plant-based tasting menu reflect the Highlands’ continued appreciation of its history and location as well as a look forward to where the local food scene is moving.

The Highlands’ current owner, Florida-based … Read More

I. Brand & Family: New Label and New Tasting Room Offer Local ‘Unicorn Wines’

After nine years as evangelists for Monterey County wine in the nation’s toughest markets—such as New York and San Francisco—winemaker Ian Brand and his wife Heather are turning their attention to local wine lovers by opening their first tasting room and launching their third and most ambitious label yet.

“Outside of local sommeliers and the restaurant community, we haven’t taken time to showcase what we’re doing here,” says Heather, who runs the tasting room that opened in Carmel Valley Village in November.

Located at 19 East Carmel Valley Rd. and open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 6 PM, the charming I. Brand & Family tasting room is reminiscent of a rustic country store from the outside. But a visit inside reveals a hip urban industrial décor, with a steel … Read More

Carmel Valley Wine Experience Cellar Pass is Just $50

The Central Coast of California is blessed with the perfect combination of climate and geography to produce some of the finest wines in the world. Each corner of this paradise has its own charm, but none quite so captivating as that of Carmel Valley, a bohemian enclave that sprang up as a counter to the more sophisticated and highbrow culture of Carmel. Here, far from fog’s reach, is a land of warm sunshine and gentle breezes, dotted with farms, orchards, pastures and ranches, and crowned by jewel-like vineyards.

Tucked between the drama of majestic mountains and the lush Sycamore and maple-lined Carmel River, there is nothing quite as idyllic as a day spent exploring the walkable Village, replete with one-of-a-kind shops, art collectives, a motorcycle museum, restaurants and more than twenty … Read More

BSLT: Protecting and Sharing Spectacular Landscapes

High above the Pacific Ocean in Big Sur sits the Glen Deven Ranch, which features pristine grasslands and woodlands and stunning views of the fog and sea below. In the Santa Lucia foothills, a verdant 1,057 tract called Mitteldorf Preserve looks as if it’s an ancient, enchanted forest—“Middle Earth,” as my family calls it. Thanks to the Big Sur Land Trust (BSLT) these and other majestic properties in our region have been preserved for the protection of the land and the enjoyment and education of the public.

Founded in 1978, BSLT is a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire a love for the land and conservation of the area’s treasured landscapes. They invite people to join them outdoors, engage in conversations about the land, and instill a spirit of … Read More


Beyond the gates: Discover the highest rated restaurant in Pebble Beach

With sweeping views of the fairways at Poppy Hills Golf Course, Porter’s in the Forest is the hidden gem of Pebble Beach. “It’s the number one rated restaurant in Pebble Beach on Yelp,” says Brad Shupe, general manager of the Poppy Hills Golf Association.

“People often think everything inside the gates is owned by the Pebble Beach Corporation, but we’re not,” he adds. “We’re a not-for-profit organization and Porter’s is an affordable, value-driven restaurant featuring the wonderful food of chef Johnny de Vivo.”

Porters has a special deal for people who may be put off by paying the entry fees to Pebble Beach or afraid of getting lost in Del Monte Forest, they will pay your Uber fare or taxi fare to and from the restaurant up to $20. That’s … Read More