Old Monterey District Blog

Monterey County Youth Museum misses all of you a lot and we want to try something... Please have your kid(s) decorate a heart (or five or ten) with marker, crayons, or paint and then write something they love on it. When you're done, drop it off at MY Museum at 425 Washington Street in Downtown Old Monterey and stick it in between our doors.

Our staff will collect the hearts and hang them on the front window of the museum. We want to cover the windows with all that love. It would make us and everyone that walks by so happy! Keep in mind: you can write anything your kid loves, but *extra credit* if it happens to be something about MY Museum.

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The Super Bowl is happening this Sunday, February 7, and Crown and Anchor has some to-go specials perfect for you and your family to enjoy as you watch the big game!

They're offering 20 chicken wings (your choice of hot buffalo or BBQ sauce with ranch dressing) for $20. They're also offering one rack of baby back pork ribs (2-3 servings) along with 12 oz. bowl of chili beans and a 12 oz bowl of mac and cheese with bacon bits for $35.

Please call to place your order by Friday, February 5, 831-649-6496. Pick up after 1pm on Sunday. Gratuity and service will be added. Crown and Anchor is located at 150 West Franklin Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart on the patio of Esteban Restaurant or take your meal to-go and enjoy an evening of romance in the setting of your choice on Sunday, February 14, 4pm-9pm. Esteban's three course, prix fixe dinner menu showcases thoughtfully prepared and locally sourced dishes. $60 per person.


Salt Roasted Red Beet Salad
local garden greens, feta, caramelized spiced walnuts, pickled red onion, ginger-cranberry vinaigrette

Grilled Mishima 5-Star American Wagyu Butcher’s Steak & Seared Wild Sea Scallops
with crispy Yukon potatoes, roasted heirloom carrots, chimichurri, brava sauce

Chocolate & Caramel Pot de Creme
with candy cap streusel, port Chantilly creme

Esteban Restaurant is located at 700 Munras Avenue adjacent to Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa in Downtown Old Monterey. Please call 831-375-0176 to secure your table on the patio or pre-order dinner for curbside pick-up. (Selections from our curbside menu will also be available for to-go orders.)

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Specialty Pizza Mondays at MidiCi

Posted on January 30th, 2021 by MidiCi

Kickstart your week with MidiCi Monterey, the Neapolitan Pizza Company! Every Monday, our Specialty Pizzas are only $12.95 each all day. Enjoy any of our 18 favorites including Margherita & Proscuitto, From the Garden, or the Hawaiian.

The $12.95 Monday promotion is available for outdoor dining or for take-out - just place your take-out order online or through the Toast app. No substitutions or modifications are allowed, and it cannot be combined with any other offers.

MidiCi Monterey is located at 467 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Franklin Street Collaborative presents our February pop-up shop, Lovers Market! It's a one stop shop for jewelry, beauty, bath, home decor, vintage, and apparel. Featuring exclusive, locally-made gifts for all of the loves of your life at 201 Franklin Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

Featuring products from:
Abalone - shells & things
Aubrey Girl - handmade accessories
Eclipse Creations - handmade bath & body products
Gems Vintage
The Glowing Mommy - hand poured soy candles
Happy Nest - handmade accessories
Jazgandi Beauty - handcrafted vegan lip products
Kat Delina - handmade turban hats
KH Craft - ceramics
Koahware - vintage & boho home decor
Leah Mark Designs - handmade jewelry
Manuzon - handmade clay dishes & keychains
Mask Effect
Megan Gnekow - art & illustration
Meninas - handmade children's clothing
Monterey Bay Food Tours - local artisan food & gifts
Nicole Maican - handmade jewelry
Picnic by the Sea
Ponder Knit
Sugar and T - handcrafted candles & bath treats
Sugared Tumbleweed - vintage treasures
Urth Angel LA - macrame plant hangers
Valley Botanicals - plant based skincare & soy candles
Vitousek Illustration - illustration & design
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Comanche Cellars invites you to join us for a virtual wine tasting of our new releases: Sparking Albariño, Negrette, Tondre Pinot, Grenache, and Merlot on Friday, February 12 at 5:30pm via Zoom.

Fee is $75 for wines, tasting notes, and presentation. (To upgrade to our Barrel Select Reserve Tondre Pinot, the total fee is $85.) Wines can be picked-up at our wine room at 412 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey or shipped for $15. Please sign up for the virtual tasting on our website.

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MY Museum presents an engaging online conversation with New York Times bestselling author Katherine Center followed by a Q&A on Saturday, February 13, at 4pm. Tickets are $20-$65. All proceeds go to MY Museum to support the nonprofit organization during its temporary closure during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Katherine Center is the author of several novels about love and family: The Bright Side of Disaster, Everyone Is Beautiful, Get Lucky, and The Lost Husband. Her books and essays have appeared in Redbook, People, USA Today, Vanity Fair, and Real Simple as well as in numerous anthologies.

Katherine believes joy is just as important as sorrow. That’s why her stories are always about resilience and struggle and finding ways to savor life’s moments of grace. That’s why her characters joke around so much, even in the shadow of hardship. And that’s why Katherine will never, ever, run the main character over with a bus in the final chapter.

Katherine is a graduate of Vassar College and the University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program. She lives in Houston with her husband and two children.

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Alta Bakery and Cafe is offering a romantic dinner for two to-go on Valentine's Day, February 14. Price is $145 per couple. Please pre-order online. Alta is located at 502 Munras Avenue in Downtown Old Monterey

Valentine's Day Dinner Menu To-Go

Salad of Watercress, Arugula, Frisee
vanilla roasted beets, citrus, feta cheese, and pecans

Main Course of Beef Wellington
with creamed spinach, wild mushrooms, everything seed roasted carrots

Chocolate Pot de Creme
with sour cream whip, chocolate streusel

And for the Morning After...
2 slices of banana bread

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Great news, everyone! On January 25, 2021, the California Department of Public Health announced that the recent Regional Stay-at-Home Order has lifted and regions throughout California have reentered the Purple Tier of Covid-19 restrictions.

This means that restaurants may now offer outdoor dining and hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, skin care spas, massage studios, and tattoo parlors may reopen.

You're invited to call to your favorite hair professional or personal service provider and make an appointment. But please be patient - the announcement was a surprise, and it may take a day or two for businesses to get up and running again.

The coronavirus remains prevalent here, so please continue to follow the mask and social distancing protocols required by Monterey County to keep everyone safe. Be aware that most restaurants continue to offer take-out, curbside pickup, and delivery, while many retail stores welcome orders online and over the phone along with curbside pickup and shipping.

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Youth Arts Collective invites you to visit our virtual Valentine's Art Show featuring new artwork by YAC students. Our online art exhibit and store will open on February 10 on our website and run through April 2021. Support young artists from our community!

Youth Arts Collective is a nonprofit art studio and mentorship program for motivated high school and college artists. Our mission is to inspire creativity, kindness, and confidence in our youth through expression and mutual respect. YAC continues to operate, in a socially-distanced manner, during the pandemic.

Do art. Be kind.

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Paris Bakery is offering a delightful selection of treats in honor of Valentine's Day. These make perfect gifts for loved ones of all ages...or for yourself! Please phone 831-394-7798 to place your order and for more information. Paris Bakery, a family-operated business, is located at 271 Bonifacio Place in Downtown Old Monterey.

Paris Bakery - Valentine's Day Specials
Heart shaped cookies
Heart shaped sables
Chocolate dipped strawberries
Heart shaped bread
Heart shaped chocolate ganache
Heart shaped raspberry lemon mousse
Heart shaped mona lisas
Heart shaped chocolate bomb
Heart shaped princess cake

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For a limited time only, RubyStar Gems and Gifts is holding a massive sale, featuring 50% off all jewelry, crystals, gemstones, and elegant clutch purses. We have a wide variety of items that would make lovely Valentine's Day gifts.

Visit us at 570 Munras Avenue, Suite 40, or phone us at 831-920-2730. We are happy to offer curbside pick-up on request.

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Venture Gallery is proud to feature the work of several local artists who make metal, glass, and mixed media jewelry and gifts that would make wonderful Valentine's Day presents. Listed below are a few of the items and prices.

Venture Gallery is located at 260 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey. It is now open for in-store shopping Thursday-Monday, 10am-6pm.

Valentine Gift Ideas from Venture Gallery Artists
(photos below)

Maria Poroy
Heart reproductions on metal ready to hang - $67
Heart reproductions on paper - $35+
Heart reproductions, sets of 4 coasters - $35

Johna Toy Thomas
Sterling silver heart earrings, 1 1/4" long - $26
Copper drop earrings, 1 1/2" long - $28

Vanessa Martin
White coin pearl spiral earrings - $52
Abalone, pearl, & sterling silver earrings - $68
Abalone & freshwater pearl necklace, silver clasp - $175

Lilly Campos
Spring heart, glass - $315
Aquarium pendant, glass - $69

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CENTR Now at East Village Cafe

Posted on January 20th, 2021 by East Village Cafe

East Village Cafe now has CENTR in our grab-and-go fridge - a refreshingly light, sparkling CBD-infused drink with notes of citrus. East Village Cafe is located at 498 Washington Street in Downtown Old Monterey and is open daily, 7am-3pm, for take-out. To order this and all our other drinks and bakery treats in advance for pick-up or delivery, please click here.

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Paris Bakery Participates in PacRep Theatre Fundraiser, February 13

Posted on January 19th, 2021 by ParisBakery

Still searching for the perfect gift for your loved ones? Enjoy cookies from Paris Bakery and sparkling wine from Albatross Ridge during a Virtual Sweet and Sparkling Build-a-Cookie Social, a fundraiser for PacRep Theatre, on Saturday, February 13 at 4:30pm on Zoom.

This online event will featured a cookie decorating workshop by Paris Bakery, a wine and cookie pairing class taught by Garrett Bowlus of Albatross Ridge, and Valentine's Day themed entertainment by the PacRep All-Stars and SoDA Kids.

Please register online by Sunday, February 7. Fee is: $35 for the online event plus 6 Paris Bakery cookies, 3 bags of icing, and 3 packs of sprinkles; $45 for the online event plus 12 Paris Bakery cookies, 3 bags of icing, and 3 bags of sprinkles; and $45 for the online event plus Albatross Ridge 2019 Petillant Naturel Rose Pinot Noir. All items will be available for pick-up at the Golden Bough Playhouse on Friday, February 12, 1pm-5pm, and Saturday, February 13, 10am-2pm.

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The Old Monterey Business Association is happy to announce the opening of Perfectly Pressed at 491 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey. A small, locally-owned business, Perfectly Pressed makes raw, all natural cold pressed juices, cleanses, smoothies, and acai bowls.

Juices are made fresh every day using produce grown right here in the Salinas Valley! Stop by and enjoy some delicious, healthy fare. They're open Monday - Friday, 7am-5pm, Saturday and Sunday, 8am-4pm. Want to place your order in advance for pick-up? Simply click here.

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Want to have some fun with your little one on Valentine's Day? Haute Beauty Guide has a wide selection of gifts and activities for small children available online and in the store, including lollipops, crayons, sensory bins, friendship bracelets, dolls, and books (including a Valentine's Day themed Baby Shark book). Check out the selection online!

Haute Beauty Guide is a small business owned and operated by the mother of a young child. It's located at 71 Pearl Street in Downtown Old Monterey, and also features a lot of skin care, home decor, and gift items for women. Curbside pick-up and shipping is available.

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Gasper's Jewelers, located at 447 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey, is now taking phone orders for top-selling Everlasting Hand-Dipped 24k Gold Roses. Gold dipped roses are priced at $110, gold trimmed roses of different colors (such as the one pictured here) are priced at $78. Gasper's also offers beautiful custom made jewelry such as earrings, pendants, and bracelets.

Please phone owner Gasper Spadaro at 831-594-2773 to discuss your order and place your deposit. (Be sure to leave a message if he's not able to pick up the phone when you call.) Having provided high quality jewelry designs in Monterey since 1989, he can help you find just the right gift.

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