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Hot Picks: Monterey, California

Diane Sukiennik, Associate Editor, Food and Wine Access
          Michael Reiss, Editor, Food and Wine Access


Photo by Michael Reiss


Monterey has great resources for exploring. Here are some options for your visit!
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Where to Stay

Where to Eat

What to Do

 

Hot Picks: Monterey, California

Diane Sukiennik, Associate Editor, Food and Wine Access
          Michael Reiss, Editor, Food and Wine Access

Where to Stay


La Playa Hotel


Photo by Michael Reiss

 

La Playa Hotel

Carmel also offers La Playa Hotel, its only full-service hotel, complete with a restaurant, the Terrace Grill, which offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and 24 hour room service

 


La Playa's
pool and gardens are impeccably maintained.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

. Of particular note is La Playa's proximity to the ocean and its impeccably landscaped pool-side gardens.


La Playa's
gracious interior spaces create a calm and restful ambiance.

Photo by Michael Reiss

Many rooms offer ocean views or garden and pool-side patios. Conference facilities are also available.

La Playa Hotel
Camino Real and 8th
Carmel-by-the Sea, CA 93921
(800) 582-8900

e-mail: info@laplayahotel.com

 

The Martine Inn




The Martine Inn's gracious hotel faces the Monterey Bay in Pacific Grove.

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The Martine Inn

Before leaving the area, spend a night or two at The Martine Inn, a bed and breakfast in Pacific Grove. This inn, one of the several Victorians on Oceanview Ave., offers a variety of rooms, each uniquely decorated and situated to offer spectacular views of the ocean.

 


The Martine Inn's dining room offers a gourmet breakfast and afternoon tea.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

As you indulge in a freshly prepared full breakfast or enjoy hot hors d'oeuvres, you can share tips with fellow travelers or stare endlessly at the ocean and enjoy the antics of the sea otters and sea lions who pop into sight. Antique car enthusiasts will find special delight in perusing Mr. Martine's collection. The gracious staff add to the enjoyment of this comfortable, beautifully-appointed inn.

 


This is one of The Martine Inn's unique, historically-preserved bedrooms.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Martine Inn
255 Oceanview Blvd.
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
(800) 852-5588/ (831)373-3388

e-mail: don@martineinn.com




The Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa


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The Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa.

This five star property, part of the Woodside Hotel and Resorts Group, is an elegant, full service hotel with a boutique feeling and service level. Many of the spacious, well-appointed rooms face the Monterey Bay and provide the sites, smells and sounds of the sea.

Its location on Cannery Row, jut steps away from the world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium and Fisherman's Wharf, make this an excellent starting point for a tour of the area. Not to be missed is the luxury, pampering and renewal provided by the well equipped Fitness Center and Spa. Well-trained, professional staff ensure a high level of service and satisfaction that make the rates seem reasonable.


The Monterey Plaza's
sophisticated rooms and Spa face Monterey Bay.
Photo by Michael Reiss


Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa
400 Cannery Row,
Monterey, CA 93940
(800) 423-1918 / (831) 646-1700
e-mail: lb@woodsidehotels.com


 

The Wayside Inn


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The Wayside Inn

If quaint Carmel is more your cup of tea, consider The Wayside Inn, part of the "Inns by the Sea" Group of bed and breakfast accommodations available in Carmel-by-the Sea. Each room, uniquely furnished, has a fireplace and luxurious beds with down mattress cover and duvet to provide just the right cozy ambiance for a memorable stay. The welcoming and knowledgeable staff are at the ready to provide local lore, restaurant and site-seeing recommendations and an overall gracious level of hospitality.

 


The Wayside Inn is located blocks from Carmel's prime shopping.

Photo by Michael Reiss

The Wayside Inn,
7th and Mission,
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93940
(831) 624-5336
/ (800) 433-4732
e-mail: concierge@inssbythesea.com

 



 

 

Marina Dunes Resort



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The Marina Dunes Resort

Just a mere fifteen minutes from Monterey and Carmel is the Marina Dunes Resort in the seaside town of Marina. Close to CSU Monterey and Fort Orde, this resort offers the unique landscape of sand dunes and miles of isolated beach to renew and invigorate the weary traveler. The rooms are graciously appointed with slate floor entries, granite topped desks and fireplaces. Some of the more remote rooms come with their own golf carts for easy access without disturbing the natural environment created by the ecology of the dunes.

 


Breakfast at the Marina Dunes Resort is delivered to your room daily.

Photo by Michael Reiss

The Marina Dunes Resort
3295 Dunes Dr.
Monterey Bay, CA 93933
(877) 944-3863
e-mail: mdunesgm@pacbell.net

 

 

 

 

Hot Picks: Monterey, California

Diane Sukiennik, Associate Editor, Food and Wine Access
          Michael Reiss, Editor, Food and Wine Access

Where to Eat

Marinus at Bernardus Lodge


Candlelight in the "Wine Cellar" at Marinus creates a very special glow.
Photo by Michael Reiss

Marinus at Bernardus Lodge in Carmel Valley provides the discriminating diner with a world-class gourmet experience. The elegantly appointed dining room offers a subdued ambiance meant to highlight the celebrated chef, Cal Stamenov, who provides surprises to please the most refined palates.

 

Favorite Appetizers:

Egg & Caviar- warm soft boiled egg, Osetra caviar , creme fraiche ($30)
Foie Gras - sautéed rhubarb, kramik bread, Muscat infusion ($18)


Favorite Entrees:

John Dory- red wine fumet, bone marrow, spinach ($32)
Colorado Lamb "Rib-Eye" - tapenade, Provençal vegetables, fried garlic Jus ($35)

Professional waittaff and a knowledgeable Wine Director, Mark Jensen, who oversees the award-winning wine list make this dining experience a memorable occasion.


Mark Jensen, Wine Director at Marinus,
presents a bottle of the bubbly for guests.
Photo by Michael Reiss

Marinus at Bernardus Lodge
415 Carmel Valley Road
Carmel Valley, CA 93924
(831) 658-3519 / (888)648-9463
e-mail: reservations@bernardus.com

 

The Covey Restaurant at Quail Lodge


The Covey Restaurant prides itself in serving guests table side.
Photo by Michael Reiss

The Covey Restaurant at Quail Lodge Resort and Golf Club in Carmel Valley is dedicated to reinterpreting "classic food dishes." Under the direction of Executive Chef Calf Stamenov, diners will delight in light versions of their favorite traditional menu selections such as lobster thermidor.

 

Favorite Appetizers/Soups/Salads:

Seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras, rhubarb, brioche, banyuls reduction ($18)
Tomato Salad, Point Reyes blue cheese, aged balsamic vinegar ($8)
Golden Beet Salad, Mt. Vikos feta, arugula, toasted walnuts ($9)



The Covey's
version of "Lobster Thermidor" is light and succulent.
Photo by Michael Reiss



Favorite Entrees:

Lobster Thermidor, parsley potatoes, wild asparagus, parmesan gratinees ($40)
Pan Roasted Filet Mignon "Rossini" foie gras, morel mushrooms, truffle sauce ($36)

Favorite Desserts:

Flaming Raspberry Crepes ( Prepared Tableside for Two), Grand Marnier, vanilla ice cream ($20)

The Covey Restaurant, overlooking Mallard Lake, offers a quiet comfortable ambiance and features gracious service.

 

The Covey Restaurant
at Quail Lodge & Golf Club
8205 Valley Greens Dr.
Carmel Valley, CA 93923
(831)624-2888 / (888) 828-8787
e-mail: info@quaillodge.com


 

The Duck Club Restaurant

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The Duck Club Restaurant located in the Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa offers a comfortably elegant dining venue with sweeping views of the Monterey Bay. The exhibition kitchen offers the perfect setting for Executive Chef James Walker to prepare his signature dishes.

Favorite Appetizers/Salads:

Lobster and Mussels with Sweet and Sour Coconut Milk Broth ($7)
Endive and Spinach Salad, Maytag Blue Cheese, Red Grapes and Hazelnut Vinaigrette ($7)



Favorite Entrees:

Hot Pan Seared Day Boat Scallops, Artichoke and Potato Mash, Asparagus and Parsley Butter ($26)
Steinbeck's Duck, Air Dried and Wood Roasted, Roasted potatoes and Caramelized Orange Sauce ($25)


The "Exhibition Kitchen" at the Duck Club Restaurant looks out on Monterey Bay.
Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Knowledgeable waitstaff and a fine selection of wines, including several selections from Monterey County, make this a choice selection for a special dining experience.

The Duck Club Restaurant at the
Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa
400 Cannery Row
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 646-1700
e-mail: lb@woodsidehotels.com

 

Massaro & Santos

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Massaro & Santos, located on the pier at Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey is a local's well-kept secret for casual dining. Stunning views of Monterey Bay complement the classical Italian offerings and the occasional Asian-inspired specials.

 

Favorite Appetizers:

Fried Calamari ($8.95)
Oysters Rockefeller ($9.95)



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Photo by Michael Reiss




Favorite Entrees:``

Combination Seafood Pasta with Marinara Sauce ($19.95)
Fish Stew - Ciopino Style or Bouilllabaise Style ($21.95)

This is a culinary surprise in a casual atmosphere that locals love to share. Enjoy dining wharf-side with the best of Italian cuisine to complement the view!

Massaro & Santos
32 Cannery Row
Coast Guard Pier
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 649-6700
e-mail: obs60@aol.com

 

Hot Picks: Monterey, California

Diane Sukiennik, Associate Editor, Food and Wine Access
          Michael Reiss, Editor, Food and Wine Access

What To Do

Once you've had your fill of the internationally acclaimed Monterey Bay Aquarium, Fisherman's Wharf, Cannery Row, Carmel-by-the-Sea, and Big Sur Coast, consider the following unique finds for a truly memorable trip.

Masters of Food and Wine 


Photo by Michael Reiss

Monterey is the home of the annual Masters of Food & Wine – one of the most highly acclaimed food and wine experiences in the industry today. Masters of Food & Wine celebrates fine cuisine and wine as a common international language; each year drawing on an exclusive roster of chefs and vintners.


Photo by Michael Reiss

 

The annual event is held at the Highlands Inn, Park Hyatt Carmel, located along the magnificent, breathtaking coastline of Carmel, California. Internationally recognized as one of the most spectacular gatherings of celebrated chefs and winemakers, the Masters of Food & Wine features rare vertical wine tastings, unique culinary demonstrations by acclaimed chefs, and extravagant luncheons and dinners.


This is one of the newly rennovated and beautifully appointed suites at the Highlands Inn, Park Hyatt Carmel.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Each year’s celebration of the Masters of Food & Wine includes more than 60 prestigious wineries from around the world and host Michelin-Stared chefs, as well as culinary superstars from across the globe.


Chefs themselves are happy to help serve their carefully prepared gourmet dishes during one of the memorable wine and food events at the Masters of Food & Wine held each year at the Highlands Inn, Park Hyatt Carmel.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

This experience is one not to be missed! Tickets go on sale December 1st for the events which are always held in February.

 


Celebrity Chef Roy Yamaguchi
demonstrates the fine points of cooking Hawaiian fish during one of the outstanding classes offered at the Masters of Food & Wine.

Photo by Michael Reiss

Check out this extraordinary celebration and plan to attend:
http://www.mfandw.com/ ---Call for information: (800) 401-1009

 

 



AgVenture Tours-  (831) 643- WINE (9463) 
e-mail: agtours@mbay.net


Evan Oakes
explains fascinating details of wine-growing as part of his AgVenture Tour.
Photo by Michael Reiss

Spend a day or perhaps just a few hours in the country with tour guide, Evan Oakes. This knowledgeable and engaging expert will guide you through the" Salad Bowl Capital of the World", the Salinas Valley, which is part of Monterey County. You will learn about, pick and taste all of the produce that makes this the land of plenty. Evan, who has degrees in agriculture and viticulture, will also introduce you to the eight distinct wine growing areas of Monterey County and you will have an opportunity to sample some of the fine wines that make this area the newest discovery for wine lovers. In addition, he can arrange for tastings of the finest olive oils, vinegars and local specialties. Evan can also combine his tour with a cooking class to offer you a well rounded culinary adventure.

Monterey Bay Scenic Tours -  (831) 372-6278
e-mail: mbstours@aol.com

a
Doug Lumsden's
bus is comfortable and equipped with multimedia.
Photo by Michael Reiss

Experience a spectacular 3-hour tour of the scenic Monterey Peninsula, one of the most beautiful areas in the world. Hear a memorable live narration and then enjoy a DVD multimedia digital sound and video presentation in one of eight languages, to enhance your experience. Tour guide, Doug Lumsden, is entertaining, accommodating and an expert on the area.

Food as Art - Intimate Culinary Opportunities with Chef Wendy Brodie of Lincoln Court Restaurant - Carmel- 831-624 6220
e-mail: bob@hci-bb.com

 


Chef Wendy Brodie
uses her lovely Carmel Highlands professional home kitchen for cooking instruction.
Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Imagine a famous chef inviting you to her stunning Carmel Highlands home to observe, and try your hand in her kitchen. Imagine making a gourmet feast and then sharing it with her and her other guests cum students. Imagine watching her and having her share her kitchen secrets with you. Well, dream no more! Chef Wendy invites you to participate in her cooking experiences. Much more than a cooking class, this is an intimate encounter that will reverberate in your psyche and on your palate. Treat yourself to a memorable moment in time. Share Wendy's unique cuisine and energy with your friends and colleagues through her catering and custom events offerings.

 

The Culinary Center of Monterey - 625 Cannery Row, Monterey - 831 333 2133
e-mail: info@culinarycenterofmonterey.com


Classes at The Culinary Center are fun, spirited, and highly interactive.
Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Chef/Owner, Mary Pagan and her team of internationally trained chefs offers over 100 classes in either a demonstration or hands-on format that allows even the most kitchen shy individuals to "cook up a storm"and eat it too! The relaxed, informal environment allows for all manner of questions and the hands on approach allows for budding creative genius to flourish. Also included in the center is a beer and wine bar, restaurant, bakery and specialty food area. It's a fantasy land for foodies waiting to be discovered!

 

 

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