Old Monterey District Blog

Portola Hotel & Spa is pleased to introduce its new restaurant and bar, Jacks Monterey, welcoming patrons for lunch and dinner. Specializing in California Cultural Cuisine, Chef Danny Abbruzzese and his culinary team work closely with local purveyors to serve the freshest local produce grown throughout the Tri-County region as well as beef from California's famed Harris Ranch, sustainable seafood from Monterey Bay, and locally-sourced artisan cheese, all served in a lively, stylish setting that is neither pretentious nor pricey.

The lunch menu is moderately priced and features salads, sandwiches, pizzas, and more, including Chef Danny’s mama’s secret recipe for Eggplant Parmesan. The dinner menu includes solo plates and sharing plates to provide patrons with a chance to sample a variety of menu items and engage in a shared dining experience with their family, friends, or colleagues.

The bar menu also has a hyper-local focus, offering numerous Monterey County wines served by the glass or full bottle as well as award-winning craft beer made onsite at the Portola's own Peter B’s Brewpub. Fans of premium mixology will find a wealth of unique libations created by onsite mixologist Tuyet, who uses local ingredients in her crowd-pleasing concoctions.

Jacks Monterey is open seven days a week, serving lighter fare at lunch, 11:30am-4pm, and sharing and solo plates at dinner, 4pm-11pm.

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This is a very exciting time of year for tea lovers. Shincha is made from tea picked during the first harvest in the spring, usually from April to May, which produces the highest quality tea in Japan. As we have done in previous years, Cha-ya Japanese Tea & Things is offering a 10% discount for those of you who wish to pre-order Shincha until April 30, 2017. Please call today to place your order, 831-646-5486.

Hashiri Shincha: Hashiri means “first harvest of the season.” It is made from very young leaves and buds of the tea plant. This Hashiri Shincha was grown exclusively on the Moriuchi Tea Farm where it was picked by hand. Tea grown at this farm has received many awards and has been selected as a tea supplier for the Emperor’s palace. 2 oz. for $26 (after May 1, $30)

Shincha Kunpu: Kunpu means “aromatic wind” and comes form the Honyama region of Shizuoka. It is lightly steamed with a woodsy aroma and a natural sweetness similar to fresh green vegetables. 2 oz. for $21 (after May 1, $24)

Shincha Houryoku: Houryoku, meaning “sprouting green,” is from the Makinohara region of Shizuoka. It is a Fukumushi Sencha steamed longer than Kunpu. It produces an emerald liquid full of herbaceous flavor. 2 oz. for $21 (after May 1, $24)

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Would you or someone you know like to apply for the MYO Scholarship? If you're a high school senior or high school graduate enrolling in classes after June, this scholarship opportunity could be for you. MYO Frozen Yogurt wants to make a difference for a student and help support his or her educational aspirations by providing a little financial help. Application deadline is April 30, 2017. Visit the MYO website for more information.

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Revival Ice Cream is happy to announce that we now offer ice cream cakes! They're great for birthdays, unexpected guests, office parties, or just because! Life is short - enjoy it with a high-quality handmade ice cream cake. They’re available for pick up at our store, for delivery, and/or made to order; just send us an e-mail to place your order.

We now have three flavors available for any and all occasions. Our Birthday Flavor features an olive oil sponge cake with whole bean vanilla ice cream, buttercream pieces, dried raspberry, and of course, sprinkles. Our Signature Flavor is gluten-free and joins our bouquet sorbet (coconut milk and fresh herbs) with a gluten-free pistachio cake, some delicious meyer lemon meringue, and lemon verbena. Our Just Chocolate Flavor is made up of a flourless chocolate cake, chocolate cocoa nibs, swirls of fudge, and chocolate cake crumbs.

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Never tried Pilates before at Om Studios in Monterey? We've got you covered: we're now offering 3 Pilates Reformer classes for $65! Space is very limited and available to new Pilates students only; please sign up online to reserve your spot for any of our Pilates Reformer Classes. We're located at 631B Cass Street in Old Monterey.

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CarmelBarre of Monterey is hosting our first-ever Workout Clothing Swap in May to benefit Gathering for Women, a local non-profit organization supporting homeless women...and we need your gently worn workout clothes for the event! Start cleaning out those old, ill-fitting clothes and make room for new, better ones. You can drop them off at CarmelBarre at 465 pacific Street in Monterey beginning on Monday, April 24. Then be prepared to attend the swap fundraiser on May 26 and score clothes for $5-$10 at Wave Street Studios at 774 Wave Street in Monterey.

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The Spa at Monterey Hotel invites you to enjoy our new spring spa treatments! We're now offering our signature body treatments in three new limited scents: Sweet Orchid Body Wrap ($195 for 60 min), British Botanical Body Wrap ($195 for 60 min), and Ginger Lime Body Scrub ($150 for 30 min).

We're also offering a Superfood ProRadiance Facial ($145 for 60 min), a nutritional boost rich in super foods and essential minerals designed to pack stressed, dull skin with energizing, detoxifying actives.

Book your treatment today and feel refreshed for spring, 831-375-3184.

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Many fans of Revival Ice Cream have asked if we feature “sugar-free” ice cream. We don’t, and we’d like to explain why. Sugar is a necessary ingredient in ice cream for two crucial reasons. The first and simplest reason is this: ice cream is a dessert; can you imagine unsweet ice cream? The second reason is less simple but equally important: ice cream would freeze and become rock hard without sugar!

Sugar slows down the time it takes for water based liquids to freeze. When sugar molecules are introduced to a custard base they create more matter which creates more heat, and more heat makes for a slower freezing time and a faster melting time. Sugar separates the ice crystals and helps to make the smooth and creamy texture which is desirable in ice cream.

On Revival Ice Cream's blog in coming weeks, join us for a closer look at how the right kinds of sugars help us function and learn about how we're using lower amounts of higher quality sugar than other ice cream companies. We'll also educate you on the downside of using artificial sweeteners.

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