Old Monterey District Blog

Puma Road at Portola Plaza invites you to join Puma Road's wine club. Membership in the Cavern Club guarantees three bottles of exclusive Puma Road wine delivered to your door or available for pick-up four times per year. Our highly-acclaimed wines are hand-crafted from grapes grown in the Santa Lucia Highlands, Paicines, and Monterey County.

Cavern Club benefits include: a 20% discount on wines by the bottle and by the glass at Puma Road at Portola Plaza and a 30% discount on cases; complimentary wine tasting; access to pre-release wines; and more. Find complete details on our website.

Our wine tasting room, Puma Road at Portola Plaza, is located at 281 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Sushi Fly Hoodies Now Available

Posted on November 2nd, 2020 by Sushi Fly

Sushi Fly now has hoodies with our logo! Come and get yours and show your Sushi Fly pride. $35, tax included. Located at 413 Alvarado Street in the heart of Downtown Old Monterey, Sushi Fly is open for outdoor dining and take-out.

Sushi Fly has great food. But more than that, it's fun. We pride ourselves on the quality of our ingredients, which we use in unique ways. Come try something you've never had before!

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The holiday season is almost upon us, and Rosine's Restaurant is getting ready! We're serving our legendary traditional holiday turkey dinners every Thursday until Thanksgiving, 5pm-8pm (November 5, 12, and 19). Available for outdoor dining and take-out, $27.99 per person (plus tax).

Dinners include freshly roasted turkey, old-fashioned stuffing, homemade mashed potatoes and gravy, fresh yams, and fresh vegetable served with your choice of homemade minestrone soup or a green salad.

Rosie's Restaurant is located at 434 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey. Please note: we will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

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New Vegan Menu at Cult Taco

Posted on November 2nd, 2020 by Cult Taco

Cult Taco invites you to check out our new vegan, plant-based Cult Verde Menu! (Don't worry, omnivores, we're keeping our Regular Menu, too.)

Try our yam enchiladas with Cultura mole and cashew crema, our "meatloaf" made with shiitake mushrooms, lentils, onions, carrots, and celery, or our "pulled pork" sandwich with seasoned jackfruit and no oink-oink.

Both the Cult Verde and the Regular Menu have a ton of gluten-free options. Visit us at 481 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey for outdoor dining or take-out (order online).

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Cafe Lumiere Closing on November 8

Posted on November 2nd, 2020 by Cafe Lumiere

We are sad to report that on Sunday, November 8, Cafe Lumiere will be closing our doors permanently at 365 Calle Principal in Downtown Old Monterey. That means there are only a few days left to get yelled at by Tanina, grab one of Cirilo’s scones, and get ignored by Brandi.

Friends of Lumiere, please consider donating to Cafe Lumiere's Employee Relief Fund. We want to make sure our employees are taken care of during this time of transition. The money will be disbursed to our current and former employees for their rent, bills and other necessities.

We love you and we’ll see you soon.

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Venture Gallery presents a show by William Eatmon, our featured artist for November. We invite you to come and view his paintings. Venture Gallery is now open for in-store shopping Thursdays - Sundays, 10am-6pm.

As our featured artist this month, William Eatmon presents his Tribute Series: paintings, each representative of a major movement in art. Personally, William is most influenced by Klimt and it is evident in both his figurative and abstract works. In his abstract work, you'll find evidence of cosmic objects such as galaxies, nebulae, and stars.

William's artwork will be featured through November 2020. Venture Gallery is located at 260 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey. Visit our website to shop online for work by our local artists.

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Estéban Restaurant offers personalized choices this Thanksgiving to express gratitude in a multitude of ways. Gather around the table and dine together on the Estéban Restaurant patio and enjoy a roasted organic turkey dinner special, November 25-29, or pick-up our delicious 3-course prix fixe traditional turkey dinner to-go on November 26.

Esteban Restaurant is located at 700 Munras Avenue in Downtown Old Monterey. Reservations highly recommended for outdoor dining and the to-go special; please phone 831-375-0176.

The Thanksgiving Day Special for Patio Dining at Estéban Restaurant is available Wednesday, November 25 through Sunday, November 29, on the patio of Estéban Restaurant. Cost is $32 per person for adults, $20 per person for children 12 and under. Prices do not include tax; parking is complimentary. Our Thanksgiving Special features a roasted organic turkey dinner with carved white and dark meat, citrus cranberry sauce, whipped potatoes, harvest vegetables, traditional stuffing, giblet gravy, and artisan rolls. Outdoor diners will also have the option of choosing à la carte dishes from Estéban Restaurant’s California-inspired Spanish menu.

The Thanksgiving Day Prix-Fixe Menu To-Go is available only on Thursday, November 26 for $42 per person plus tax and gratuity. This to-go dinner features classic dishes including: roasted butternut squash bisque or a mixed baby lettuce salad, roasted organic turkey white and dark meat, citrus cranberry sauce, whipped potatoes, harvest vegetables, traditional stuffing, giblet gravy, artisan rolls, and apple or pumpkin pie.

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You can purchase plants that have been hand propagated from the Cooper Molera Adobe Gardens! All proceeds benefit the Cooper Molera Adobe and Gardens. Just visit the Cooper Molera Museum entrance Wednesday - Sunday, 10am-4pm, or call 831-332-0172, ext. 7776. Payments must be made by by cash or check. Masks and social distancing required. Cooper Molera Adobe Museum is located at 502 Munras Avenue in Downtown Old Monterey.

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At Shear Addiction Barbershop and Hair Studio, artists Bea and Craig specialize in women's pixie cuts. From short, shaved sides to undercuts to pieced-out pixies, we've got you! Booking is now available online. Have questions? Call us and we'll help you out, 831-884-5608. Shear Addiction is located at 160 Webster Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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MIIS: Environmental Justice and Sustainability Speaker Series Online

Posted on October 28th, 2020 by Middlebury Institute

Middlebury Institute of International Studies presents the Environmental Justice & Sustainability Speaker Series, addressing issues of environmental policy, social and environmental justice, and ocean sustainability. All lectures, held online through Zoom, are free and open to the public.

Join us and be inspired by forward-thinking speakers who present cutting-edge solutions to complex problems across a wide variety of fields. Please click on the links below for Zoom login information and details on each talk.

November 5, 12:30pm
Sustainability, Systems Thinking and Well-being – Giving Voice to Data
Mr. Minal Mistry

November 10, 6pm
Fish & Chips: Tracking Tunas and Sharks in our Blue Serengeti
Dr. Barbara Block

November 17, 6pm
Equitable Collaboration for the Caribbean Blue Economy
Veta N. Wade

December 1, 6pm
Integrating Environmental Justice into Coastal Management: Opportunities, Challenges, and Lessons Learned
Clesi Bennett

December 3, 12:30pm
Reimagining our Economy through Restorative Economics
Nwamaka Agbo

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Great news, nacho fans: Nacho Bizness is now open at 470 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey! That's right, they've left Lighthouse Avenue in New Monterey and relocated to the center of the known [Monterey] universe. They now have a fun, newly redecorated restaurant where they're slinging piping hot 'chos and burritos for take-out. It's the ultimate pandemic comfort food.

Nacho Bizness makes their own cheese sauces (both dairy and vegan), pico de gallo, and guacamole in house from scratch, and they only use Taco Works chips, made in San Luis Obispo. Gluten free options abound! All take-out packaging is green certified. Open Sunday - Monday, 11am-7pm, and Tuesday - Saturday, 11am-10pm. Come on down and find your bliss.

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Franklin Street Collaborative announces their grand opening at 201 W. Franklin Street in Downtown Old Monterey on Sunday, November 1 at 11am.

What is Franklin Street Collaborative? A destination for fashion, style, and community consisting of Hudson James Boutique, Stacia Nicole Beauty Salon, and a revolving pop-up space available for rent by local artisans and small businesses such as Monterey Bay Food Tours Marketplace, in residence November 1-7.

Hudson James Boutique
Hudson James, a boutique for designer and vintage clothing, gifts, and accessories, is curated by Amanda Marlow. With over 20 years experience in fashion, Amanda hand picks each modern classic and vintage piece, valuing quality, sustainability, and style with a conscience. Hudson James is proud to offer California-made goods by designers such as Shoppe 815, artist Marie Mingoia, Monterey artist Liana Matson Vitousek, and LACAUSA.

Stacia Nicole Beauty
Stacia Nicole, who has been pursuing her passion for hair for two decades in California and New York City, specializes in cutting and styling for women, men, and children as well as color correction, extensions, and protein treatments. She has participated in 16 seasons of NYC Fashion Week and her work has been featured in Lucky Magazine, British GQ, Cookie, Seventeen, and WWD. She has also styled hair for high profile clients from One Model Management for Red Carpet events, The Met Ball, and movie premieres. Book an appointment for a service or consultation online.

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Monterey Bay Food Tours Marketplace is holding a pop-up shop, November 1-7, at the newly-opened Franklin Street Collaborative, 201 Franklin Street in Downtown Old Monterey. Come check out all the local artisan food and gifts on offer! Open Tue & Thu, 10am-4pm, and Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, 11am-6pm.

Items will include Big Sur Sea Salts, jams and jellies from Happy Girl Kitchen, Foustman's salami, elderberry syrup from Carmel Berry Co., Holy Granola from the New Camaldoli Hermitage, Etto Pastificio pasta, stuffed olives from The Joseph Boston Store, and much more.

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Union Yoga is offering short, 20-minute online meditation and breathwork classes led by Kelli Grey, November 2-24. Held Tuesdays and Thursdays on Zoom at three alternative times (6:15am, 8:15am, and 7:30pm), you can attend twice a week at whichever times work best for you.

Each 20 minute session offers a few minutes of instruction followed by practice and the option to join a short conversation and connection afterward. No prior experience is necessary. Fee is $30 for the series. Register online today.

These ongoing sessions are simple and varied, offering different types of breathwork and meditation based on the time of day, month, and group interest. The series aims to support your practice by helping you stay accountable, sitting together in a group via Zoom in the comfort of your home.

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Union Yoga invites you to reset your mind, body, and breath in this meditation, gentle yoga, and pranayama class series, held 7am-7:45am on the first four Mondays in November. Taught over Zoom by Michael Simpson, Licensed Yoga Therapist.

Whether you are new to these practices or ready to recommit, this 45-minute Monday morning class series will offer various techniques and tools to reduce stress, improve respiration and breath awareness, and increase energy and vitality in the body and mind. Each class will build upon the previous week’s class to provide a strong foundation in developing your own personal wellness practice.

Start your weekday with 45 minutes and set the tone for the week ahead! Registration is now open.

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In the kitchen at Montrio Bistro, our staff is working their magic turning fresh, locally-procured ingredients into new, creative menu additions this fall. Below is a sneak preview of some of what's new on the menu, which complement our unchanged, tried-and-true year-round customer favorites.

F1 Wagyu Beef (2 oz.)
with grilled local figs, green tea jalapeño gastrique, almond brittle

Venison Loin
rolled in Spanish onion ash, crispy truffle risotto, celeriac puree, reconstituted cherry glaze, pickled apples

Octopus Carpaccio
with late season plum vinaigrette, fire-roasted shishito peppers, smoked pear aioli, grilled bread

Montrio Bistro, located at 414 Calle Principal, is now open for take-out, curbside pick-up, delivery, and outdoor dining.

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Personal Care Services - Now Welcoming Clients Indoors

Posted on October 21st, 2020 by omba

On Tuesday, October 20, 2020, it was announced by the California Department of Public Health that all personal care services across the state are permitted to offer their services indoors. This includes estheticians and skin care spas, electrology, nail salons, tattoo parlors, piercing shops, and massage therapy.

You're invited to call to your favorite Monterey personal care services provider and make an appointment, but please be patient. This announcement was unexpected, and it may take our fine professionals a couple of days to prepare their businesses to reopen. We thank you for supporting our small, locally-owned businesses.

To learn more about the State of California's Blueprint for a Safer Economy, and to learn what's permitted in Monterey County at this moment according to the Blueprint, please click here.

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Breaking news: If you have a body, you can do yoga! Om Studios has a huge selection of gentle / beginner-friendly yoga classes in our on-demand virtual studio. Or, if you're looking for more detailed and personalized instruction, try a private session held over Zoom or outdoors. We would love to help you on your journey.

For more information on these options, please visit our website. We are now offering a free 7-day trial of our virtual studio! Om Studios is based at 631 Cass Street, Suite B, in Downtown Old Monterey.

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City of Monterey Seeks Park Volunteers

Posted on October 19th, 2020 by omba

The City of Monterey is seeking park volunteers! Volunteers in Parks (VIP) assist in general maintenance and beautification of City parks and gardens. They assist with planting, pruning, weeding, and landscape maintenance.

Information, tools, and instruction are provided. All Covid-19 protocols are strictly followed. No experience is necessary other than an enjoyment of the outdoors. Volunteers typically work on Tuesdays, 9am-11:30am. If interested, please contact the City of Monterey Parks Division, 831-646-3860.

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At MidiCi, the Neapolitan pizza company located at 467 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey, we continue to innovate our contactless ordering experience to keep our guests and staff safe.

Now, when you dine outdoors at MidiCi, you can use our order-and-pay system. Just point your phone at the QR code, order your food and drink, and we'll serve them to you at your table. Prefer to order take-out? You can get your meal and drinks to go by ordering online or through the Toast TakeOut app.

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