Carmel-by-the-sea, CA Lifestyle

7 Beautiful Stops On A California Central Coast Road Trip During Spring

Right in the heart of California’s Pacific Coast Highway is a section of road that includes all of the thrills of the iconic route but involves less than one-third the driving distance. The Central Coast — known for its jaw-droppingly gorgeous sea cliffs, premier wine country, and mellow vibe — might just be the perfect spot for an abbreviated Highway 1 road trip.
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Montrio Reopens February 17

Montrio (formerly Montrio Bistro) is happy to announce we're reopening the restaurant on Thursday, February 17 with an interior makeover and the acclaimed chef Sascha Lyon at the helm. During the course of his culinary career, Sascha Lyon has worked in Los Angeles, New York City, London, and Miami with...
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Santa Cruz Sentinel

Rachel Kippen, Our Ocean Backyard | Aptos’ Morten works to reduce whale ship strikes

Jess Morten grew up in Connecticut, but has held Monterey Bay close from a young age. Her mother would bring her on trips to California to visit family where she’d frequent the Monterey Bay Aquarium with her grandfather. She fell in love with whales and the west coast, and took positions early in her career conducting whale behavioral studies and even scooping whale feces in the San Juan Islands to measure stress hormones in orcas.
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Epsilon Can Ship Our Baklava to You!

Did you know? Epsilon Fine Greek Restaurant can ship any amount of our homemade baklava anywhere in the world! It's our family recipe, made with filo dough, walnuts, cinnamon, and sugar. Surprise a loved one with a special treat, or enjoy a taste of Monterey when you're far away. Call...

New Menu Item at East Village Coffee: Japchae

East Village Cafe is happy to announce a new item on our Grab-N-Go Menu: Japchae! We invite you to stop by for this savory and slightly sweet dish featuring stir fried glass noodles (made from sweet potato starch) and assorted vegetables seasoned with sesame oil. Place your order for pick-up...

Burning Question: Are fajitas really Mexican?

How many dishes become the subject of serious academic scrutiny?. Well, let’s take a look. “Evaluating the Efficacy of Whole Cooked Enriched Egg in Modulating Health-Beneficial Biological Activities” sorta qualifies. Or there’s “Preference Mapping of Whole Grain and High Fiber Products: Whole Wheat Bread and Extruded Rice and Bean Snack.”

Lorraine’s Lowdown: No reason to get crabby

A Swashbuckling Group of Intrepid Crabbers — including David Dokimos, Ben Aguilar, and Daniel Swartzendruber — headed to Santa Cruz last weekend for a husbands-only outing. But before they could get a single crab pot in the water, tsunami waves rolled in from the volcano explosion in Tonga. The harbor master told everyone to stay ashore, so the troop headed to a popular Santa Cruz watering hole. The first item at the top of the menu was The Tsunami cocktail, so of course the boyz were compelled to dip their toes in the libations waters…

Babaloo Cuban Café in Seaside closes up shop.

The Cubano sandwich queen of Fremont Boulevard has closed up shop. A sign on the door at Babaloo Cuban Café, which was located at The Press Club in Seaside, reads: “We are sorry to inform you that Babaloo is now closed.”. “It was just time,” owner Gladys Parada...

David Baird’s New Gems At Folktale

January 21, 2022 – Want to know what happens when two brilliant creative minds come together like a Hadron Collider in the cellar? Look no further than Folktale Winery. Winemaker David Baird is constantly coming up with new ideas for wines and Folktale Owner, Gregory Ahn, never tires of developing fun names and labels for them. On occasion, though, Baird thinks something sounds cool and Ahn thinks it’s too “out there,” but this is rare, as the two seem to enjoy playing a game of one upmanship that benefits club members.

Famous Names Adorn Recently Discovered 1920s Hotel Del Monte Register

Iconic names, such as literary giants Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, and aviation pioneer William Edward Boeing, are just a few of the visitors signed into a recently discovered 1920 registry for the legendary Hotel Del Monte, revealing again the grand reputation of the Monterey landmark that is now home to the Naval Postgraduate School’s Herrmann Hall.

Anonymous donor gifts rescue horse to CASA Santa Cruz

AROMAS—In June of 2020, a horse named Rooster arrived at The BackStretch, a nonprofit ranch in Aromas that aims to provide a haven for abandoned, abused and neglected horses. The 16-year-old Quarter Horse had finally found his “forever home” after years of being a workhorse, jumping from place to...

Newly resolute and health-conscious customers flock to this popular Salinas salad bar every January.

Ah, January. That fresh start on a new year when anything seems possible – when we’re encouraged to review our habits and resolve to do better this time. While you might not be aware that January is also National Health Awareness month, the owners of Salinas-based Salad Shoppe certainly are. Each January, this popular Salinas locale sees an influx of newly resolute and health-conscious consumers who aspire to make the new year their healthiest journey around the sun yet.

HydraFacials Now Available at Haute Beauty Guide's Skin Care Studio

Haute Beauty Guide is excited to announce that HydraFacials are now offered at our skin care studio. Hydrafacial is a customizable treatment for every skin type which delivers immediate, noticeable results and makes your skin glow. Learn more and book your appointment here. HydraFacial uses patented technology to cleanse, extract,...
Santa Cruz Sentinel

Tom Karwin, On Gardening | ‘Super shrubs’ thrive in coastal region

I have written about the genus Salvia over the years and mentioned it most recently in a column about seasonal pruning. I regard these plants as “super shrubs” because of the genus’ numerous species and hybrids, the range of plant characteristics and blossom colors, and the ease of cultivation in the Monterey Bay area.

Found Treasure: Rogue Pye

January 21, 2022 – Not sure how it happened, but somehow I accidentally pasted a GIF with the text HALLELUJAH GLOORAY—and a well-fed dude doing a happy dance down a church aisle—into a random document. At least it seemed unrelated at the time. Instead it turns out...