Old Monterey District Blog

California-Made Lamps at Cha-Ya!

Posted on May 11th, 2015 by omba

We have some featured items this month at Cha-ya Japanese Tea and Things! They are gorgeous lamps, made by a California artist from 100% re-purposed/recycled materials (including disk brake parts, old copper pipes, pennies and even guitar strings). The lampshades are made from various pulps, adding a rich and textured depth to each lamp.

The lamps come in 3 sizes: "condo size" table lamp, regular table lamp, and floor lamp. They are stunning and provide a warm accent to any room. Please stop by and take a look!

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Peter B's Brewpub Debuts New Barrel Room

Posted on May 11th, 2015 by omba

Peter B’s Brewpub, located behind the Portola Hotel & Spa, is thrilled to announce the debut of their brand new Barrel Room. The all-new Barrel Room is located next to the Brewery entrance inside of Peter B’s Brewpub. The room now features a table designed and crafted by local artisan Todd Wilde. The table design was inspired by wine barrels used for aging the craft beers brewed at Peter B’s. The table seats 16 and is made from Randazzo Salvage wood. This new barrel room is the ideal setting for private dinners and tastings.

The Barrel Room is also the new location for Peter B’s Brewer’s Dinners. The first official brewer’s dinner held in the Barrel Room was on May 11, 2015 featuring a 5 course meal carefully prepared and paired by Executive Chef Jason Giles and Head Brewer Kevin Clark.

In early 2014, Peter B’s Brewpub introduced a revamped menu full of new tastes and great brews with delicious, locally brewed beer, 18 high-definition televisions, and a delicious pub menu stocked with innovative, local favorites.

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Pre-Order 2015 Shincha Teas at Cha-ya

Posted on April 26th, 2015 by omba

This is a very exciting time of year for tea lovers! As we have done in previous years, Cha-ya Japanese Tea and Things is offering a 10% discount for those of you who wish to pre-order Hashiri Shincha by April 30 and pre-order Shincha Kunpu and Shincha Houryoku by May 7. This year’s crop is aromatic, flavorful, and well finished.

Hashiri Shincha: Hashiri means “first harvest of the season”. It is made from very young leaves and buds of the tea plant. It was picked by hand.
2 oz for $26 (after 4/30, $30)
1 lb for $170 (after 4/30, $190)

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 $24 (after 5/7, $28)
1 lb for $140 (after 5/7, $160)

Shincha Houryoku: Houryoku means “sprouting green” and is from the Makinohara region. It is a Fukumushi Sencha steamed longer than Kunpu. It produces an emerald liquid full of herbaceous flavor.
2 oz for $24 (after 5/7, $28)
1 lb for $140 (after 5/7, $160)

Cha-ya accepts orders by phone, 831-646-5486. 1 lb. packages must be pre-paid in store or over the phone. All other tea may be paid for upon pick-up. The tea will arrive early May.

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In the third full week of April 2015, Alvarado Street Brewery released three fresh batches of beer. They always offer a rotating collection of house-made brews, but we thought we’d open up the curtain and give you a peek into details on two the latest ones, to give you an idea of the kind of thought and care that goes into each creation.

Minesweeper IPA: Minesweeper was Alvarado Street Brewery’s very first IPA released, and this will be the 9th or 10th batch since their opening. It recently won a Silver Medal in the American IPA division at the 2015 L.A. International Beer Competition! Nothing is done to minimize the beautiful hop haze that you might notice in the glass - the cloudiness of this beer is something they’re proud of, as it contributes to added hop flavor, aroma, and lends a rich, coating mouthfeel, leaving the glass caked in hop oils and foam. The hops they use for Minesweeper are Simcoe and Citra - both contribute intense, orangey citrus and pineapple notes that carry through in the flavor. Not the most bitter IPA - like most of Alvarado Street’s hoppy beers, they like to keep it approachable and aroma heavy.

Duane's World IPA: Duane's World is an IPA that relies on the use of a unique New Zealand hop variety called Nelson Sauvin. This hop is one of Head Brewer J.C. Hill’s personal favorites, and in this beer it’s combine with Citra for an intense tropical character - lots of lychee, gooseberry, and passion fruit. The name comes from the owner of the local homebrew shop, Duane, who sourced some Nelson for Alvarado Street Brewery last summer so they could make this beer. This is the third version, and the first time they’ve had it back in about 6-8 months.

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Portola Hotel and Spa Now Offers Gigabit Internet

Posted on April 17th, 2015 by omba

The Portola Hotel & Spa is proud to now offer a full 1 gigabit (Gbps) Internet connection to support meetings, events, and guests of the property. The enterprise grade connection supports wi-fi, fiber, and ethernet connections to meet the needs of conferences and tech-savvy event planners.

Along with The Portola Hotel & Spa’s Event Technology Group, which has 40+ years of combined technical expertise, this versatility and precedent-setting Internet capability distinguishes the property by having one of the best and fastest guest networks in the area. The connection type, speeds up to 1Gbps, and public static IP addresses may be customized for individual clients’ needs. This is beneficial for supporting the varying needs of presenters and groups, many of which now rely on cloud based services. The Hotel's new gigabit connection has increased previous Internet capacity by tenfold.

Other highlights from Portola Hotel’s technology upgrade include: all event technology equipment is onsite and owned by Portola Hotel & Spa; fiber optic infrastructure offers maximum flexibility throughout the property; the finest multi-media systems, including High Impact HD20K Barco Projectors and Barco Video Switcher; and 16:9 wide screens to support today’s video presentation formats.

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Prom Dresses and Tuxes at Bride N' Formal By the Bay

Posted on April 17th, 2015 by omba

Guys and gals, there’s still time to get your prom dresses and tuxedoes at Bride N' Formal by the Bay! Beautiful prom dresses in varied styles are arriving weekly. We also have the very latest, very classy tux by Michael Kors available for rent - it’s really sharp. Come on by and take a look!

There’s some construction in front of our shop, but don’t worry, we’re still open!

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Peter B's Annual Wing Sauce Competition 2015

Posted on April 7th, 2015 by omba

Peter B’s invites adults age 21 and older to enter our first-ever Wing Sauce Competition! Each original recipe must include a Peter B’s Original Craft Brew and all entries must be submitted via our Peter B’s Brewpub Official Facebook page by May 8, 2015 and include #PeterBsWingsContest.

Just stop by Peter B’s Brewpub to purchase a growler or buy a bottle brew (please ask the bartender which seasonal beers are available to use in the competition), then create your recipe and post the recipe to Peter B’s Brewpub Official Facebook page with the #peterbswingscontest

Judging will take place during the live broadcast of KRML’s Pub Talk with the Beer Geek on May 13, 2015. The grand prize winner will be awarded a one-night stay at the Portola Hotel & Spa with dinner for two at Peter B’s and, of course, bragging rights!

Please note: Must be 21 years or older to enter. Competition not open to employees of the Portola Hotel & Spa. Winner does not need to be present the day of judging.

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The City of Monterey has announced that construction to revitalize the Monterey Conference Center is scheduled to begin in late November 2015. The renovation will infuse up to $45 million in physical and technological improvements into the building. The first floor of the revitalized center is scheduled to be re-opened by late summer 2016, and the grand opening of the entire center is expected in early 2017.

Conference Center staff is working with groups who are booked into the facility during construction to provide alternative locations for conferences and events. A temporary pavilion will accommodate many groups. Adjacent hotels, the Portola Hotel & Spa and the Monterey Marriott, do not expect to be affected by the remodel and are open for business.

The Conference Center renovation will create more flexible meeting space, more usable pre-function space, advanced technology, and the ability to host multiple meetings simultaneously in a silver LEED-certified building with a contemporary exterior that evokes the Monterey style. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP is providing architecture, interiors, and engineering for the renovation.

Set on the spectacular coast of central California, the Monterey Conference Center is located in the heart of Old Monterey. The Monterey Conference Center opened April 30, 1977 and quickly became an important economic engine for the growth of the hospitality and tourism industries in the City of Monterey and Monterey County. The Monterey City Council authorized renovation of the Conference Center in 2013 based on a study by experts in the field. The project will be financed by a bond.

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The Old Monterey Business Association would like to congratulate the 29 Old Monterey businesses that won Monterey County Weekly’s Best of Monterey County Readers’ Poll 2015. Click the links to read what the Weekly’s writers and editors had to say about each business.

​Alvarado Street Brewery and Grill
Best Beer
Best New Restaurant
Best New Business

Ambrosia India Bistro
Best Indian Restaurant

Bagel Bakery
Best Bagel

Bay Bikes
Best Bike Store

Britannia Arms
Best Place for Karaoke

Bull and Bear Whiskey Bar and Taphouse
Best Singles Bar

Chipotle Mexican Food
Best Take-Out Food
Best Burrito

Cibo Restaurant
Best Club for Jazz

Crown and Anchor
Best Neighborhood Bar
Best Pub

Federico’s Shoe Service
Best Shoe Repair

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Summer Camps at MY Museum 2015

Posted on April 2nd, 2015 by pcofresi

Children ages 6-8 are invited to explore what makes Monterey special by spending a week at the local children's museum! Campers will play and experiment with unique hands-on exhibits, discover new friendships, and explore hidden treasures in our community. Each day offers a new adventure focused on learning through play.

MYM Members $235/child, Non-members $250/child.

Call to register (831) 649-6444.

Session 1: June 8-12, 9:00-4:00pm
Session 2: June 22-26, 9:00-4:00pm
Session 3: July 13-17, 9:00-4:00pm

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