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Anniversary in Carmel Valley

When is your trip? Bernardus Lodge will be closing for renos from Dec through Feb.

If you're interested in high end dining, I can recommend Aubergine in Carmel.

Oct 14, 2014
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Anniversary in Carmel Valley

What kind of food? Price range?

Oct 11, 2014
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Anniversary in Carmel Valley

Are you looking for recs in the valley? I like Lokal for dinner. Corkscrew and Cafe Rustica have nice patios for lunch.

Oct 11, 2014
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LA to San Luis Obispo...where to eat?!

Nope. It's a tiny hole in the wall with a few tables on the sidewalk. I think they also have a food truck now.

Oct 10, 2014
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Affina in Carmel

I should add that with a glass of cava, another glass of wine and an expresso, the total with tax and tip came to $90. We didn't order any of the larger plates. There is a grand piano in the restaurant and they're waiting for their live music permit.

Oct 08, 2014
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Affina in Carmel

As a follow up to my post about Affina in this thread http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9881... we returned for dinner this past Sunday. The chef is James Anderson formerly of La Bicyclette. The French exec chef is still stuck somewhere in France with visa problems. The menu has expanded and on the specials board was hummus, baba ghanoush, pork rillettes, abalone style scallop, ling cod and baklava. Lunch consists of the lunch menu in addition to the regular menu. We were comped some hummus and baba ghanoush and ordered the rillettes, scallop, confit mushroom toast and octopus again with the pot de creme for dessert. The baba ghanoush was light and refreshing, full of eggplant flavor which unfortunately my husband is allergic to so I had to eat it all myself :) Our favorite dish was the mushroom. I thought the prickly pear jam paired with the rillettes made it a little overly sweet but that's partially my fault for not reading past the word rillettes. This is definitely one to add to our La Balena/Mundaka/Basil rotation!

Oct 07, 2014
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LA to San Luis Obispo...where to eat?!

Taco Temple in Morro Bay

Ruddell's Smoke House in Cayucos

Sidecar in SLO

Oct 07, 2014
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Mundaka in Carmel

I've noticed a gradual shift in their menu toward more traditional bar food recently. I passed by yesterday and checked out the current menu. Gone are the ramen, confit fried chicken, mussels, etc. Still on the menu are the pork sandwich, burger (which is supposed to be very good but I've yet to try), tacos, quesadilla and they added chili. This is disappointing and I'm hoping to see a reversal in this trend!

Oct 06, 2014
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Carmel area visit report

Monterey Bagel Company is exciting because it's the only real bagels we have!

Did you go to the Tue farmer's market on Alvarado? That one is better for prepared food. The Fri market at Monterey Peninsula College is the best one around here for produce.

You probably ate at The Bench at Pebble. We like to take visitors there.

We usually go to Monterey Fish Company on wharf 2 for fish. Next door is Monterey Abalone Company for live abalone and urchin. Also Robbie's Ocean Seafood (they have an outlet at the Wharf Marketplace) usually has good fish.

Glad you have a good time!

Oct 05, 2014
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Oahu Trip Report - September 2014 (LONG)

I've been to La Mer twice and thought the atmosphere and service was better than the food. The food is fairly classic which I tend to under-appreciate. It reminds me of a tropical version of Le Cinq though not quite as refined.

Love, love, love HWAK but again not necessarily for the food.

Oct 02, 2014
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Oahu Trip Report - September 2014 (LONG)

I haven't had time to read all of this yet but just wanted to chime in and say what a fantastic report! I agree with your assessment of AW and also in comparison to a place like Aubergine (can't wait to see what Justin is doing tonight). Hadn't heard about Kona Abalone til now. What was the menu price at Vintage Cave? This is definitely a bookmarker for my next trip.

Oct 02, 2014
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Abalone?

Enjoy! Here's the Basil version.

Just FYI - Big Sur Food & Wine is going on then in case you're interested http://www.bigsurfoodandwine.org/

Oct 02, 2014
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Abalone?

Thanks, sounds like a pass for us. We've been taking visitors to The Bench downstairs and hadn't given much thought to Stillwater before.

Oct 02, 2014
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Abalone?

How is Stillwater and what's their price point?

Oct 01, 2014
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La Balena or Cantinetta Luca in Carmel

Love their gelato! I just attempted to buy some at the salumeria next door and their freezer was broken :(

Oct 01, 2014
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Abalone?

I haven't been there in years. They do list in on their menu as market price http://sardinefactory.com/menus/entrees/

Oct 01, 2014
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Abalone?

That price would probably be more in the range for a starter rather than a main course. Monterey Abalone Company is the local farm in Monterey at Wharf 2 where most of the restaurants get their abalone. I bought some live in July for $24/lb and spent about $30 on the 4 in the picture (that is an 8" pan).

Places that have abalone starters:

Basil in Carmel $14-$16 (it is a different prep, not whole seared)

C Restaurant in Monterey $27 (they have recently had an exec chef change)

A few other Carmel restaurants (Grasings, Anton & Michel) have them on the menu as a starter in that range but I haven't tried their versions. Aubergine has the best abs but offers tasting menus only.

Oct 01, 2014
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La Balena or Cantinetta Luca in Carmel

The food at La Balena is a notch above Luca IMO though we still enjoy going to Luca. Desserts are better at Luca. La Balena doesn't make theirs in house and that is their weak point. The indoor seating area at La Balena is small. Much of their seating is on their back or front patios both of which are heated. Reservations are necessary at La Balena on almost any night.

Oct 01, 2014
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Cayucos, Avila Bay

Ruddell's Smokehouse

Sidecar in SLO

Sep 28, 2014
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Carmel Rec's

Glad you enjoyed lunch at Barmel. They have a good happy hour and are one of the few places in town with live music.

We went to Bouchee for the first time for lunch a few weeks ago and were pleasantly surprised after having read some of the negative feedback here.

Sep 12, 2014
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Carmel Rec's

Also new, on the other side of Mundaka, is Monterey Bagel Company open 8am-2pm. Their chorizo and egg sandwich is good.

Sep 07, 2014
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Carmel Rec's

La Balena!

For a budget friendly lunch, try Barmel.

I also went to the soft opening of Affina last week and was impressed with what they were doing after being open for only 3 days. Some pics from our dinner.

Sep 06, 2014
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Carmel by the Sea Thursday farmer's market update

Pics from this past Thursday. I went early and saw 3 produce vendors, one berry vendor, an egg vendor, a cheese/pork/lamb vendor and 3 flower vendors. The atmosphere was somber.

Jul 19, 2014
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Carmel by the Sea Thursday farmer's market update

I had forgotten to add that the market manager's contract has only been extended for 120 days. I remember how contentious selecting the manager was.

There were already fewer vendors today. Basil is gone. Neither of the stone fruit vendors is from one of the three counties. Not sure what we'll have left by next week!

Jul 10, 2014
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Carmel by the Sea Thursday farmer's market update

Decisions from the recent city council meeting that ran til almost midnight :)

- Market can stay at Devendorf park but must be within the park, not on adjacent Mission St

- Vendors from Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties only

- Mostly organic produce

- Prepared food must be from Carmel businesses

- Hours changed to 8:30am-12:30pm

- No more crafts and merchandise

This is all going into effect July 17th. This means no more Tricycle Pizza and I'm assuming Sweet Elena's as well. I don't mind the new hours (easier to find parking) and the lack of merchandise as I only go there to buy food but that leaves only La Balena and Basil, I think, selling prepared food and I'm not even sure Basil is staying. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. It would be nice to continue to have a year round market in Carmel.

Most of all, I can't believe we moved to a town where the most controversial subject this week is a farmer's market!

Jul 04, 2014
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Zen Dumpling in Watsonville (Harbin Chinese!)

I hadn't either when we were only vacationing here. Thanks for the suggestions. I got spoiled living in the SGV for so long that I never learned to cook Chinese. Maybe it's time to start.

Jun 30, 2014
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Zen Dumpling in Watsonville (Harbin Chinese!)

I met a guy last week who lives in Watsonville and is from Shenyang so I told him about this place. He got all excited til I looked it up on Yelp and found out it's closed :(

Anything authentic on/near the peninsula or should I just have my parents bring me food when they visit? We may have to invest in a chest freezer for dumplings ;)

Jun 30, 2014
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Dinner tonight in Monterey

Let me know how it is. They just changed chefs http://www.montereycountyweekly.com/b...

Jun 30, 2014
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Driving from San Francisco to Big Sur: where to stop for lunch?

The Carmel By The Sea farmer's market is currently on a 6 week trial run at Devendorf Park and Mission between Ocean and 6th. The idea stemmed from having to move it the week of GourmetFest. If all goes well, it will stay there. It's doing much better there than at Sunset Center where it was dying a slow death. However the downtown merchants aren't happy with the new location. There's a meeting at city hall today to determine its fate.

Good to know about Pezzini. I was not impressed with the Giant Artichoke.

Jun 30, 2014
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Mundaka in Carmel

We've been back to Barmel twice now. The sauce on the mussels caused us to dump all of our fries in to sop up every little bit. The noodles in today's ramen were slightly overcooked but it was otherwise delicious. Better and cheaper than ramen night at Crema. Between Mundaka Cafe, Barmel and Mundaka, we may just start living in this little courtyard ;)

Jun 16, 2014
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