Old Monterey District Blog

Sazon Express Cocina Mexicana is now serving up quesabirrias and three types of agua fresca: horchata, jamaica, and tamarindo. Come and get it at 431 Tyler Street in Downtown Old Monterey - you won't be sorry.

What is a quesabirria, you may ask? It's the Bay Area's hottest taco trend! At Sazon Express, we create them using homemade soft tortillas dipped in consomme sauce and cooked on the grill, where the shell gets a little crispy. Each taco contains beef and cheese. Yum!

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Monterey Fire Department is hosting a free Covid vaccine clinic at Monterey Conference Center on Thursday, May 6, 1pm-7pm, for ages 18 and up. The J&J ("one-and-done") and the Moderna vaccines will be available. There are still plenty of appointments! Make your appointment here.

Monterey Conference Center is located at 1 Portola Plaza in Downtown Old Monterey. Free parking will be available at the Portola Hotel & Spa Garage. Participants who share their selfie will be entered into a raffle to win free tickets to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, restaurant gift certificates, gift cards, and more.

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Now through May 31, 2021, Supercuts Monterey is offering 50% off our Tea Tree Experience (reg. $12). And with the purchase of a Tea Tree Experience, you'll also save 10% off all of our Paul Mitchell tea tree products.

What is Supercuts' Tea Tree Experience? An invigorating shampoo and conditioning treatment using Paul Mitchell tea tree products, a relaxing scalp massage, and a hot steam towel for your face featuring a minty tea tree fragrance.

Supercuts, located at 488 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey, is open Monday-Saturday, 10am-6pm, and Sunday, 10am-5pm.

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In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, Rosine's Restaurant is offering 10% off for teachers who work for Monterey Peninsula Unified School District, May 2-8, with proof of employment. Just bring a pay stub, your badge, or e-mail signature with DL or other picture ID. Rosine's is located at 434 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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The new Turbo Como Super Light from Specialized, now available at Workhorse Bicycles, will have you riding in style. It’ll also carry your goodies and leave you with enough energy to make dinner when you get home! Sweet!

Carry it down stairs, zip across town, pack it full of groceries, it’s ready to take flight. The Super Light System motor gives a natural assist to every ride. Start pedaling and the assist kicks in. Climb every steep hill that comes your way without breaking a sweat and enjoy a motor that will never weigh you down.

Visit Workhorse Bicycles at 486 Washington Street in Downtown Old Monterey, a locally owned business.

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Revival Ice Cream is happy to announce our newest signature flavor: banana caramel ice cream! Our house made ice cream is infused with sweet bananas and combined with thick, rich ribbons of chewy caramel. (It's sooooo good!)

As with all our other treats, our new flavor is gluten-free and free of any artificial ingredients. It's just pure goodness. Come into the shop at 463 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey to get a taste of our new flavor today, or order it online and have it shipped to your door.

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Jamba Launches New Breakfast Items

Posted on May 4th, 2021 by Jamba

Jamba, located at 398 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey, has launched new fuel-good menu items including their take on the classic breakfast sandwich, the Handwich, designed to fit in one hand for easy eating on-the-go.

For a limited time, order any one of the new items listed below and pair it with your favorite smoothie to save $1*.

Impossible™ Handwich
Featuring Impossible™ Sausage made from plants, each Impossible Handwich is layered with melty white cheddar cheese between toasted sprouted grain buns, boasting 12 grams of protein and only 220 calories.

Classic Sausage, Egg & Cheese Handwich
Made with all-natural pork sausage, egg, and melty white cheddar cheese layered between toasted sprouted grain buns. Packed with 12 grams of protein and containing 320 calories.

Spring Veggie Egg Bake
Light, fluffy, and bursting with red bell peppers, spring leeks, and artichoke hearts. Under 200 calories and free of ingredients containing gluten, it’s a good source of protein and calcium to help you stay on track and it's entirely portable.

*When placing an online or app order, guest must purchase the ”Smoothie Bestie” pack to save $1. Online or app orders subject to $0.35 service fee.

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Monterey Marriott Hotel invites you to join us for Mother's Day Brunch at Fin & Field Restaurant and a complimentary wine tasting by Daou Vineyards of Paso Robles in our Ferrantes Bayview Room on Sunday, May 9, 10am-2pm. View full menu here.

Price for brunch is $60 per adult, $30 per child ages 5-12 (prices do not include gratuity or tax). Please phone for reservations, 831-647-4048. Monterey Marriott is located at 350 Calle Principal in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Youth Arts Collective has recently been publishing some great videos, walking through various art projects suitable for all ages. In the latest video, join YAC artists Marcia Perry and Raven Cook as they teach you how to make your very own spiral mobile! These are beautiful, decorative pieces where you can let your creativity run wild, and it's a great project to do with family, friends, or on your own.

Youth Arts Collective is located at 472 Calle Principal in Downtown Old Monterey. The organization's mission is to inspire creativity, kindness, and confidence in our youth through artistic expression and mutual respect. Do art. Be kind.

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Show your love for locally owned Shear Addiction Barbershop and Hair Studio with our new, limited edition t-shirt featuring the great state of California. We have gray, white, and black regular fit tees in stock. These are all pre- shrunk and high quality, and cost $28 each.

Stop by the shop at 160 Webster Street in Downtown Old Monterey or phone us at 831-884-5608 to have yours delivered locally or shipped to wherever you want.

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New Menu Items at Nacho Bizness

Posted on April 27th, 2021 by Nacho Bizness

Joy and jubilation! Nacho Bizness announces our new menu items including waffle fries, burritos, mac’n’cheese bowls, and enchoritos plus liquid delights such as beers on tap, beers in cool cans, and local Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot noir wines on tap. (And that's in addition to the awesome nachos.)

Visit us at 470 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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We at Grace Lifestyle Boutique absolutely love this beautifully rich and moisturizing goat milk lotion from Simplified Soap, now available in the shop. It's exactly what we all need to restore softness after constant use of hand sanitizer. Come try it, you’ll love it too! We're located at 459 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey and offer curbside pickup and shipping on request.

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Franklin Street Collaborative is thrilled to host KoahWare Mochi Donuts and Nitro-Cycle Coffee in the shop this Saturday, May 1, 11am-2pm. Hot tip: preorder your mochi donuts from KoahWare to guarantee your box of these legendary treats.

Donuts will be available in boxes of 6 for $20 per box. Mochi donuts flavors are: s'mores, chocolate walnut, hazelnut, cookies 'n' cream, coffee, and churro. At the pop up, cash is preferred, but KoahWare also accepts Venmo and Zelle.

Franklin Street Collaborative is located at 201 West Franklin Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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A new season is upon us, which means it’s time for Alvarado Street Brewery and Grill's bartender, James Wall, to roll out some new signature drinks at our brewpub at 426 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey!

OCEAN EYES
California citrus vodka, creme de violette, dry vermouth, lemon, orange bitters (tall)

HAZY BANDIT
Rye whiskey, lemon, honey, ginger liqueur, firewater bitters, house hazy IPA (on the rocks)

MOMENT OF ZEN
California gin, Green Chartreuse, lime, cucumber (tall)

KIWI ME SOFTLY
Rum, falernum, lime, kiwi (on the rocks)

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Venture Gallery presents a show by Nicholas Montgomery, our featured artist for May. Nicholas creates beautiful portraits and images of events using handwritten words that are relevant to the subject. As Nicholas writes, "They say 'a picture is worth a thousand words' so why not create a picture out of those thousand words?"

Come and support this young, up-and-coming artist and purchase a print of one of his distinctive, timely works. Nicholas will appear at Venture Gallery on May 15, 12pm-2pm - all are welcome to stop by and speak with him about his art.

Venture Gallery is now open for in-store shopping Thursdays - Sundays, 10am-6pm. Nicholas Montgomery's artwork will be featured through May 2021. 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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MIIS: How the Blue Economy Can Help Solve the Climate Crisis, April 29

Posted on April 20th, 2021 by Middlebury Institute

Middlebury Institute for International Studies presents How the Blue Economy Can Help Solve the Climate Crisis, an online panel discussion on Thursday, April 29 at 12:30pm. This discussion is free and open to the public - advance registration is required.

As part of the Center for the Blue Economy’s 10-year anniversary celebrations, join this discussion with innovative leaders in the field to learn how key blue economy sectors are at the forefront of confronting the climate challenge. The “blue economy” comprises the economic activities that create sustainable wealth from the world’s oceans and coasts.

The panel discussion will be led by Dr. Charles Colgan, Director of Research at the Center for the Blue Economy. As time allows, questions will be taken from the audience.

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