Old Monterey District Blog

Pinkberry is welcoming the new year with some old favorites! We’re reintroducing two flavors: Grapefruit Pinkberry, a tangy frozen yogurt made with real grapefruit puree, and Peanut Butter Pinkberry, a light and refreshing frozen yogurt made with real peanut butter that's the perfect combination of salty and sweet. Come and enjoy at the Pinkberry in Old Monterey at 316 Alvarado Street.

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Romantic Getaway Weekend at Portola Hotel & Spa

Posted on January 8th, 2016 by omba

Love is in the air, and Portola Hotel & Spa has introduced a romantic Monterey Bay getaway just in time for Valentine’s Day. Portola has designed the perfect scene for a weekend not soon to be forgotten! Book and stay January 1, 2016 through March 31, 2016.

The Romance for Two Package includes: a nautically inspired and elegantly appointed guestroom; a bottle of Piper-Sonoma Sparkling Wine, chocolate-covered strawberries; and heated pool, Jacuzzi, and poolside cabanas.

Terms and conditions apply. Based on availability. Blackout dates apply. Subject to change without notice. Cannot be combined with any other offer.

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Z Club Fitness Welcomes Instructor Amanda Ziegler

Posted on January 5th, 2016 by omba

Z Club Fitness welcomes our newest instructor, Amanda Ziegler! Amanda is certified as a yoga master and has completed Pilates Mat and Reformer training. She is excited to bring her energy and passion for teaching to Z Club. She teaches at the following times:

Thursdays
10:00am: Pilates fused with ballet barre fundamentals
7:15pm: Yoga

Fridays
9:00am: Pilates fused with ballet barre fundamentals

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Om Studios in Monterey is pleased to announce that a new mindfulness meditation class has been added to our schedule on Fridays, 6pm-7pm, beginning January 8, 2016. Fee is $15 donation per class, or whatever you can afford.

Clear mindfulness meditation instruction will be given with a focus on mindfulness of breathing and awareness of cyclic thinking. The classes will increase your capacity for focused calm and clarity. Weekly classes are ongoing and each has an intentional focus. Classes will include a guided meditation and a focus on calm abiding and self-compassion. The second part of the class uses the calm mind as a base for insight and the development of discerning wisdom.

Please feel free to contact instructor, Dr. Sara Spowart, with any questions you may have or simply drop-in for an evening class to get firsthand experience. There is no obligation. People may enter the classes at any time, with any level of experience, or from any meditation background. All teachings are non-sectarian and nonhierarchical in nature. All are welcome.

These classes are part of the Mindfulness Meditation Community (MMC) with locations around the world.

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Farmers Market Notice, January 5, 2016

Posted on January 5th, 2016 by pcofresi

JANUARY 5, 2016

THE 300 BLOCK OF ALVARADO (FROM FRANKLIN STREET TO DEL MONTE AVE) WILL REMAIN OPEN FOR TRAFFIC AND PARKING.

FARMERS MARKET WILL BE OPEN BETWEEN PEARL STREET AND FRANKLIN STREET.

QUESTIONS? PLEASE CALL (831) 655-2607.

Old Monterey Road Closures on Thursday, December 31, 2015

Posted on December 22nd, 2015 by omba

First Night Monterey will take place on Thursday, December 31 from 3pm to midnight. Please be aware that First Night festivities will close the following streets in Old Monterey:

* Pacific Street, between Madison Street and Jefferson Street, 1pm-6pm

* Alvarado Street, 2pm-12:30am

* Bonifacio Place, between Alvarado Street and Tyler Street, 2pm-12:30am

* Franklin Street, between Calle Principal and Tyler Street, 4pm-12:30am

* Jefferson Street, between Van Buren Street and Pacific Street, 6pm-10:30pm

* Pierce Street, 6pm-10:30pm

* King Street, 6pm-10:30pm

Event parking is available in the Old Monterey garages, as well as the MIIS and City Hall parking lots.

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Social Hour at Restaurant 1833, Sunday - Thursday

Posted on December 8th, 2015 by omba

Restaurant 1833 has just kicked off their new Social Hour, held Sunday - Thursday, 5pm-7pm on the patio and in the bar and lounge. Enjoy select classic cocktails for $9 and a pair of tasty tacos with all the fixings for $5. They're now offering a dynamic duo of chicken mole and birria-style pulled pork tacos on housemade tortillas with a side of chef Jason Franey's habanero-carrot hot sauce. Yum!

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Exciting Upgrades at the Portola - December 2015

Posted on December 8th, 2015 by omba

The Portola Hotel & Spa is full of exciting changes as we close out 2015 and venture into 2016. The first project we are working on is the enhancement to all our guestrooms with a full bathroom remodel. This bathroom renovation is in its final stages of completion with 265 guestrooms already completed. We plan to finish an additional 94 bathrooms in early February 2016 and the final 20 will be completed by May 2016.

This full remodel includes several “green” features, as well as modern updates with a nautical feel to align with the atmosphere of the guestrooms. The renovation includes: taking down the bathrooms to the original framework and entirely re-building with a crisp new look, new features, and amenities. And as you can see from the photo, they tie in beautifully with the existing décor of our nautically inspired guestrooms.

Additionally, a significant amount of the construction waste has been, and will continue to be, recycled. As part of our mission, we strive to be the premier environmentally-friendly hotel property on the Central Coast of California; part of protecting the environment through practicing green initiatives includes providing a better guestroom environment for our guests. Environmentally friendly upgrades include: LED and compact fluorescent lighting, low flow sink faucet and shower heads, high efficiency toilets, and low VOC paints.

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Spend the 2015 Holidays at Jacks Restaurant

Posted on December 4th, 2015 by omba

Jacks Restaurant will feature the full dinner menu throughout the holidays along with the following dinner specials on Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year's Eve. Call and reserve a table for the holidays today at 831-649-7874.

Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24
Dinner Special
6 oz. Filet Mignon, $48
served with Dungeness crab, potatoes au gratin, and asparagus
topped with a bearnaise sauce

Christmas, Friday, December 25
Dinner Special
Prime Rib Dinner, $42
served with whipped potatoes and seasonal vegetables

New Year’s Eve, Thursday, December 31
Dinner Special
6 oz. Filet Mignon, $48
served with Dungeness crab, potatoes au gratin, and asparagus
topped with a bearnaise sauce
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Buy Your Baby Lock Sewing Machine at Bella’s Studio!

Posted on December 4th, 2015 by omba

Is a new sewing machine on your wish list? Tell Santa that Bella's favorite machine, the "Elizabeth" by Baby Lock, is at Bella's Studio in Old Monterey, wrapped and ready to pick up.

Purchase your new sewing machine through Bella's Studio's partnership with Eddie's Quilting Bee in Sunnyvale. Then bring your machine back to the Studio and Bella will teach you how to thread and operate your new sewing machine!

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Om Studios in Monterey is now accepting registration for a the 2016 session of the 200-hour teacher training for Prana Flow Yoga taught by Coral Brown and guest teachers. Do you have a desire to deepen your practice or have you ever thought about becoming a yoga instructor? Now is the time!

Prana Flow Yoga is a full-spectrum approach to living and practicing yoga created by Shiva Rea. By recognizing Prana as the primary mover of all movements in every moment, we are able to transcend the linear mind set and welcome ourselves to the ever-changing, moving universe. The movements of Prana manifest in all yoga asanas, creating a living, breathing, liberating approach to yoga.

Class dates are: February 11-14, March 3-6, April 7-10, April 21-24, May 19-22, and June 2-5. Classes are held on Thursdays, 4pm-9pm; Fridays, 12pm-8pm; and Saturdays and Sundays, 9am-6pm.

There are tuition waivers available for military spouses through the MyCAA program. For more information, please contact Om Studios at 831-204-7949. Download the application form here.

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Small Dessert Bites at Montrio Bistro

Posted on December 3rd, 2015 by omba

Keep those resolutions with small dessert bites, new at Montrio Bistro! Only $5.50 each. Yum! Selections now include:

Red Velvet Cheesecake Sammies
with cream cheese frosting

"That's That"
a play on the classic "It's It" ice cream sandwich

S'More Cup
chocolate cremeaux, graham cracker, marshmallow

Cajeta Tacos
a "choco taco" banana crunch!

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Books to Prisoners Holiday Initiative at Old Capitol Books

Posted on December 3rd, 2015 by omba

Each month, staff and friends here at Old Capitol Books have been pooling our money to send books off to prisoners in California’s jails and prisons. This holiday season, we invite the Monterey community to open their hearts and send a prisoner the gift of a book. We believe that books and reading are so important that everyone deserves the chance to have access to good literature.

We have lists of prisoners in California’s jails and what they like to read. You can pick out a book and send a note, or simply get the book and we’ll do the rest. Anyone who wants to buy a book for a prisoner will receive 50% off that book and Old Capitol Books will package the book and send it off. Also, if you know someone in jail or prison, you can take advantage of this holiday sale!

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The Old Monterey Foundation is pleased to announce that it has been selected as one of 144 non-profit organizations to participate in the annual Monterey County Gives! charitable fundraiser conducted by The Monterey County Weekly. Last year, MCGives! raised more than $1.3 million for charity and the goal this year is $2 million.

The essence of MC Gives! is to give worthy non-profits exposure and a platform to raise money for a “Big Idea.” Our Big Idea is the implementation of the Lower Presidio Historic Park according to the 2002 Master Plan, which will turn a largely unknown Park into the popular recreational attraction it should be. When we have completed Phase I of the implementation, the Park will look like and feel like a historic park to used by residents and visitors alike in the heart of downtown Monterey.

Contributions made to MC Gives!, designated for the benefit of OMF will come to us for use only on the Lower Presidio Historic Park. Learn about Monterey's vision for the park in this video. If the donation is made as a “challenge grant,” MC Gives! will add some amount from the challenge grant fund of $325,000 to our gift, depending on how much we raise in the total fundraiser. So the more you give, the more we will receive as your contribution will be leveraged.

$925.00 has been donated as a challenge grant to OMF, as of November 24. To donate, please go to the Monterey County Gives! website. Click on the “Donate” button and you will receive instructions as to how you can make your donation by credit card, PayPal, or by check. Be sure to designate the beneficiary as Old Monterey Foundation and the Lower Presidio Historic Park.

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Cuvée Cerise Now Available at Alvarado Street Brewery

Posted on December 3rd, 2015 by omba

Alvarado Street Brewery is proud to present Cuvée Cerise! This Belgian-style barleywine began its life as "Cuvée de Monterey" last fall before undergoing a year-long stint in a Cabernet Franc barrel from Heller Estate. There we continually added tart red cherries to the barrel, and inoculated the beer with brettanomyces, which are a type of wild yeast that will scavenge any type of available sugars in the beer that remain, including those from the added fruit. Over time, "Brett”, as it’s commonly referred to in the beer and wine realm, dries the beer out and creates unique flavor compounds and esters which adds a unique complexity.

Fast forward to now, and Cuvée Cerise is an absolute cherry bomb in a glass, especially as it warms (cerise means "cherry" in French). Soft flavors of fig, plum, and dates follow the aroma, leading to a bone-dry finish with just a kiss of alcohol at the end. We've timed the release of this beer to coincide with the Thanksgiving holiday, as we feel its the perfect compliment to share with family and friends during this time of the year.

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