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Farm to table restaurants in Carmel / Monterey ?

Don't know when you're visiting but just FYI, Bernardus Lodge is closing for renos for 3 months starting Dec 1st. If you're thinking of venturing to Carmel Valley, Lokal is another possibility.

Nov 14, 2014
PattyC in California

Farm to table restaurants in Carmel / Monterey ?

La Balena, Basil, Carmel Belle are a few that come to mind. I've seen several other local chefs at farmer's markets and locally farmed meat pop up on many menus as well.

Nov 08, 2014
PattyC in California

Carmel by the Sea Thursday farmer's market update

Good question. Looked like the same management was there. I believe the city is still looking for a new one. To be honest I've stopped following the drama as closely. I found out my across the street neighbor is one of the staunch anti-market people.

Nov 06, 2014
PattyC in California

Carmel by the Sea Thursday farmer's market update

The hours have changed again. Back to 10am-2pm effective today even though no one was notified. And starting next week, it will take place on 6th St just north of Devendorf park instead of in the park. I think they've relaxed some of the rules like allowing produce from other counties but I didn't have time to really ask today. It may be too little, too late anyway. It was down to 2 produce, 2 fruit/nut and some flower vendors today.

Nov 06, 2014
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Avatar Indian Grill in Salinas

I had that thought as well. It was good!

Nov 03, 2014
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Avatar Indian Grill in Salinas

I'd never run across it before either. It wasn't cooked to order but the naan did come fresh out of the oven.

Nov 02, 2014
PattyC in California

Avatar Indian Grill in Salinas

My husband went to Northridge mall today so I asked him to bring home some takeout from their new location http://www.avatarindiangrill.com/nort...

He came home with two platters and some garlic naan so we got to try their chicken tikka masala, tofu tikka masala, chicken curry and a palak dish with hominy which turned out to be my favorite item (my husband said it was labeled "spinach with corn"). We both thought that the chicken tikka masala was overly sweet (though the tofu wasn't) and is the only one we probably wouldn't get again. Chicken curry was good. The portions were generous. I wish I had remembered to ask for a mango lassi.

We both liked it better than the lunch buffet at Ambrosia (we haven't tried their dinner) and want to try the Constitution Blvd location next time.

Since he was there to get new tires and wanted to test them out on his drive home, this was what our platters looked like by the time I got to see them.

Nov 01, 2014
PattyC in California

Apple Hill visit ...... any tips?

My problem with Abel's was their donuts weren't fresh. After having the fresh ones at Rainbow, we were spoiled. We did quite a bit of shopping at the Smokey Ridge Charcuterie (thanks, Melanie!) farmstand. They didn't have their downtown Placerville location last year so that might be something to check out.

Oct 29, 2014
PattyC in California

Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival

Are you going to BSFW? We're looking at Thursday night.

Taste of Carmel was a lot of fun and a good selection of restaurants and wineries for the price.

Oct 26, 2014
PattyC in California

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
PattyC in California

Anniversary in Carmel Valley

What kind of food? Price range?

Oct 11, 2014
PattyC in California

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
PattyC in California

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
PattyC in California

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
PattyC in California

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
PattyC in California

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/

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
PattyC in California

Abalone?

How is Stillwater and what's their price point?

Oct 01, 2014
PattyC in California

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
PattyC in California

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
PattyC in California

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
PattyC in California

Cayucos, Avila Bay

Ruddell's Smokehouse

Sidecar in SLO

Sep 28, 2014
PattyC in California

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
PattyC in California

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
PattyC in California