Edible Monterey Bay

July 9, 2019 - California’s favorite fruit, the Blenheim apricot, will arrive in local markets by mid-July. The Blenheim has the power to enchant adults and children alike with its gorgeous color, sweet perfume, and perfectly balanced sweet/tart flavor. Jams, nectar, syrup, pies, and pastry reach perfection with this variety of apricot, which is uniquely ... continue reading
July 2, 2019 - Everybody knows Sunset magazine, for its unabashed love affair with all things American West. After a two-year hiatus, due to changes of ownership with the publication, the Sunset Wine Competition returned to the world stage. It attracted over 2700 entries, and many of them came from right here in our backyard. ... continue reading
June 25, 2019 - Big Sur doesn’t get new restaurants too often. Which makes the new Big Sur Smokehouse—and its grand opening July 4 (patience, please!)—a special bit of foodie fireworks.  The smokehouse will serve classic barbecue in the historic and iconic little red homestead that dates back to the 1800s and sits right on top ... continue reading
June 25, 2019 - The Santa Cruz-born and Watsonville-based kraut company Farmhouse Culture, which pioneered probiotic-rich fresh kraut, is moving to the Midwest. Sunday is its last day at the Watsonville manufacturing plant and farm, owned by Dick Peixoto of Lakeside Organic Gardens. Founder Kathryn Lukas says manufacturing will now be handled by the nation's largest sauerkraut ... continue reading
June 25, 2019 - No more than two hours after it officially opened, around 1pm on a June-gloom Thursday, Turlock-based Dust Bowl Brewing’s new Monterey location is alive with activity.  Almost every seat at the long dark steel bar is occupied. Cheery beer-tenders pull drafts from a shiny U-shaped tap line with 24 spigots, including 22 ... continue reading
Primal Santa Cruz on Mission Street has changed its name to VIDA and is shifting direction "focusing on farm-to-table cuisine with fermentation as the driver." Founder Jason Morgan has brought in Sebastian Mañjon Cubero as partner and executive chef and the two have been serving brunch from 8am to 2pm in the reimagined restaurant for the past week. ... continue reading
June 11, 2019 - In the middle of Big Sur, an intriguing new attraction has taken up residency for the next three weeks. The Mercado Sagrado is a platform for creative and healing arts and artists that originally took place in Topanga Canyon in Los Angeles. "Everyone we work with has those values of treading lightly ... continue reading
June 11, 2019 - “Good things come to those who wait” is a fitting slogan for Black Point Market, the looooong awaited grocery store-deli-bakery-coffee shop mash-up that has finally opened on East Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz. A year ago, co-owner Sasha Nemchonok said they would be open in three to six weeks, but then ... continue reading
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 ... continue reading
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 ... continue reading