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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Pebble Beach Food and Wine is right around the corner and in my backyard.  Another year of fantastic food and wine events that rival any other events in the USA now.  I've been a supporter, a volunteer, a dish washer and a food enthusiast for Rob and Dave's first year's event to present and believe that food is the way to our hearts and minds.  Wine helps support this philosophy and presents the flavors and tastings to a degree of excellence that makes this a spiritual mecca of sorts to the Pebble Beach tents popping up along the greens and fields of Pebble Beach Company.

What events will you be attending this year is always a hard choice which is the interesting thing about this event.  Everyone has their own tastes and with a selection of this magnitude, it can only be a wonderful surprise for your body, mind and soul.

I hope to be blogging from the tents and events - with fork in hand and glass primed for another trip to an exotic and tantalizing flavor from some of the best chefs in the world.  Celebrate - live - enjoy !

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Mucky Duck Brings it On!!!

Caught up with the Mucky Duck last Friday night to 'test the waters' with their new ownership and menu and what a great surprise.  Not only has the service become a big deal here but the food has gone off the charts!     I purposely came at a busy time to see how they were handling a Friday night before Halloween and they were prepping a costume party as well.  The teens ordered their Grilled Chicken sandwich, fries and a seafood pasta that was amazingly good with all fresh seafooda rich tomatoe sauce with a light sweetness to really let you taste the seafood piled on top of this BIG dish.   My order of mussels came and I couldn't believe the size and plumpness and grit-free with a hint of oregano and garlic.  The mussel sauce was soaked up with their fresh sourdough bread and this will really be one of my spots for mussels now.   I even tested a few of their draft brews which were very diverse in flavors and settled on the owner's choice (You'll have to ask Anthony the name!) which was a rich, creamy golden with a lovely aftertaste and not too hoppy.      The bone-in rib eye steak finally came (it was alittle on the well side) and was as tasty as the rest of the meal though.  The dinner was a good selection of what is on their menu and offered daily, plus the kids even liked it now and thought it was a great place to dine as a family.

All in all, knowing the fine dining at Tadich Grill has now come to Monterey via the Mucky Duck - I will be coming back for more of their fresh seafood, great grilled sandwiches and fine brews.  Can't wait for the brew dinner they are planning this month!  I see great success for this newly revived Monterey tavern and eatery.  Don't forget the "hangtown fry" one of the best from Tadich's menu now here in Monterey.


Wednesday, October 26, 2011


C Restaurant at the Intercontinental Hotel on Cannery Row (  has a great 3-course menu to enjoy.  I thought  I'd try something new and what a surprise their new organic "Air dryed" chicken with Truffle au jus from Mary's in Santa Cruz Mtns.  A plump flavor with lots of juice and just the right consistency of crisp skin.  Served with the starter, Tuna Tonato which is one of my favorites (can't get enough) with kale and calamari lightly fried with fresh lemon slices to accent the flavoring and a spicy chipolte sauce for dipping.  I selected the "New World Flight" of sparkling wines that really bring up the flavor of all the dishes we tried, including the swordfish with seaweed salad and wasabi cream.  Dessert was a chocolate praline crunch bar that hit the spot and of course, their presentation from Jerry Register's kitchen staff and General Manager, Sonny Peterson was first class all the way.  This restaurant wins my best for a civilized and inviting menu to enjoy with the backdrop of the peaceful waves on the Monterey Bay.  Thanks for a great Monterey Bay Restaurant Week 3-course experience!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Old Fisherman's Grotto really has the 3-course menu down.  Their starters begin with their famous calamari with the lightest of coating and the tenderest of fish cooked to perfection.  The macadamian crusted Halibut with sweet potatoes coated in maple syrup was so balanced in flavors, you can't help but finish the dish.  Scallops were lightly seared with a beurre blanc with a light citrus flavor.  The desserts included pumpkin cheesecake and tapioca pudding with mango and strawberries and the wine was even 25% off.  The ambiance is QEII as you float along on the wharfside location with the finest of service and quality of food.  Chris Shake sure delivers the best of the best for MBRW.
New York City's Food and Wine blog has some great pumpkin receipes for upcoming season.  Pumpkin mashed potatoes and pumpkin stuffing are my suggestions.

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Another great menu for the MBRW from Lalla palooza on Alvarado Street in Monterey.   Their 3-course choices offer a good range of seafood, pasta, meats and chicken dishes.  Their $30 menu had a Brandon Steak (something they are famous in the area for dry-aged and bone-in) with a fresh tomatoe, onion, garlic sauce that is really rich with feta cheese!  Something rich and big in flavor thus the "Brando" designation. Delivery of these flavors really is an art at this rest and their wine list and cocktails are just as good.  Check out their Lalla Grill menu at Del Monte (across from the movie theater) as they serve really great salads and a whole different menu of great dining all day and night.  Both rests are worth the try during this promotion especially since their best dishes are being offered.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Some great dinners are being consumed I hear at the participating restaurants for the MONTEREY BAY RESTAURANT WEEK   Bookings are flying in at 1833 Restaurant, C Restaurant, Old Fisherman's Grotto, Carmel Food Company, Andre's Bouchee, L'Escargot, Lalla Grill and LaLa Palooza, The Mucky Duck, Jack's, Cannery Row Brewing Company Fandango. Haute Enchilada, The Fish Hopper, Edgar's At Quail Lodge, Alberto's, Flaherty's Seafood The Golden Tee, Poppy Hills and Terry's Restaurant at Cypress Inn and The Charthouse on Cannery Row.   It's a hard decision but there are great choices from each restaurant that you can virually have something different every night of the restaurant week. I know,   I am making my reservations for tonight and the upcoming week to be sure to get a seat.

Haute Enchilada's three-course $35 is a selection of some of the best dishes Kim Solano offers.  Here are the Pescado Cubano, served with their healthy Quinoa and beans with a tomatilla avocada salsa and their specialty plantains stuffed with cheese.   The prawns 'Ibiza' with fried eggplant topped with their specialty 'Huitlacoche', with a chipotle aoli and artichoke risotto was also a trio of tastes that left you wanting more.  The topping of "Huitlachoche' I found out is a fungus that grows on corn and is a delicacy for the Mexican culture!  Tasted like black beans to me but with a sharp after-taste.   Love the combination of art and food at this great local Moss Landing location.  Be sure and see their galleries.