Old Monterey District Blog

Sunday Football Specials at Peter B's Brewpub

Posted on September 8th, 2015 by omba

Beginning Sunday, September 13, 2015 and continuing on throughout the football season, Peter B’s Brewpub will offer Sunday specials on drinks all day (including 16oz house beers, Bloody Marys, and other specialty drinks) and an NFL-Style Sunday Breakfast, 9:30am-11am. Savor a bite to eat, enjoy a drink, and catch all the football action on one of our 18 HDTVs!

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Old Capitol Books is fortunate to have recently obtained apx. 100 beautiful architecture books from the personal library of local modernist architect Jerrold Lomax, FAIA. Although Mr. Lomax is no longer with us, his outstanding work and library can still be seen and experienced. Most of the books purchased from his library represent the modernist genre. Come on down and take a look at what we're offering from this amazing collection!

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Angie's Boutique Retirement Sale

Posted on September 1st, 2015 by omba

After 50 years, it's time for us at Angie's Boutique to retire! We're now offering fantastic savings on women's sweaters, tops, tunics, pants, jackets, and all-weather coats - everything is 50-80% off.

We're still located at 315 Calle Principal, Suite B for a limited time. Stop by and pick up some stunning fashion at an amazing price. We're open Monday-Saturday, 9:30am-6pm.

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Labor Day Mattress Sale at Coastal Home Furniture Gallery

Posted on August 31st, 2015 by omba

Coastal Home Furniture Gallery invites you to save big on Tempur-Pedic and Serta iComfort mattresses now through September 14, 2015. We're open daily, so stop by our showroom at 458 Alvarado St.

Upgrade and save on a Tempur-Pedic mattress - save up to $500 on select mattresses and adjustable bases while supplies last. And, for a limited time only, receive a free boxspring or save up to $1000 on a Serta Adjustable Foundation when you purchase an iComfrt or iSeries mattress. We're also offering Queen mattresses from $359, including from Soring Air of California, Serta Perfect Sleeper and SertaPedic, and Visco and MemoGel.

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Kickstarter Campaign to Reopen Osio Cinema

Posted on August 18th, 2015 by omba

Three enthusiastic former employees of the Osio Cinema (including the general manager, Jirko Senkel) have met the goal of their Kickstarter campaign to raise $70,000 by September 2, 2015 to improve and re-open the much beloved Osio Cinema in Old Monterey. Want more information or to offer your support? Visit the Kickstarter page!

They aim to use the funds to renovate and update the lobby and the individual screening rooms. The goal? To create an atmosphere that cultivates community and provides a space where one can not only enjoy fantastic foreign, independent, and art-house films including exceptional documentaries, but also sit in the mezzanine and enjoy offerings from local wineries and California's best breweries.

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During Monterey Car Week 2015, anyone who lives, works, visits or goes to school in Monterey should be prepared for traffic delays and detours as auto enthusiasts from around the world converge on the Monterey Peninsula for car auctions and auto shows.

Here are lane and/or road closures affecting Old Monterey:

* Del Monte Avenue between Washington and Alvarado streets will be down to one lane, August 8-17, 7am-9pm

* The driveway entrance to the Portola Hotel and Conference Center will be closed August 13-15

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Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Monterey

Posted on August 3rd, 2015 by omba

In 2015 the City of Monterey installed two new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the Calle Principal Garage bringing the total of charging areas in Monterey to four:

Calle Principal Garage, 440 Calle Principal Street
two stations, $0.75 per hour to park, 4 hour maximum
J1772 connector

Downtown West Parking Garage, 340 Tyler Street
two stations, free parking, 4 hour maximum
J1772 connector

Behind City Hall, Dutra Street between Madison & Jefferson
120 volt plug in

On Pearl Street across from Monterey Youth Center (777 Pearl Street)
120 volt plug in

The units were donated to the City through the Monterey County Gives! campaign in partnership with The Offset Project.

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Win a Monterey Getaway at Portola Hotel and Spa!

Posted on July 23rd, 2015 by omba

Summer is here and it’s time for a mini-vacation! Enter for a chance to win the ultimate getaway to the Portola Hotel & Spa in Monterey. Explore the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, stay for two nights, and wake up to a delicious breakfast in Jacks Restaurant. This is a Bay Area getaway you won’t soon forget!

The Monterey Hotel Giveaway Package includes: a two-night stay at Portola Hotel & Spa; breakfast for two at Jacks Restaurant each morning; and two Monterey Bay Aquarium tickets. Visit http://www.portolahotel.com/monterey-giveaway to enter.

Please note: Terms and conditions apply. Must be 18 or older to enter. Last day to enter is August 26, 2015. Winner will be notified via email by August 28, 2015.

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Alvarado Street Brewery and Grill is pleased to announce that Jeremiah Tydeman, 37, joined our team last month and has already been making some great changes to the existing menu, overhauling the burger, mac 'n cheese, fish tacos, and introducing the wildly popular new carnitas tacos. Right now he's gearing up to launch a new, seasonal fall menu by mid-September.

Tydeman grew up in Half Moon Bay and worked as a aircraft technician for 8 years after serving in the Navy before he discovered his passion for the cooking. He earned a Culinary Arts degree from the Institute of Technology in Roseville in 2006 and began cooking under Chef Richard Reddington at Redd Restaurant in Napa Valley. Tydeman would go on to cook at two other Michelin Star restaurants in the area, including La Toque and Sante Restaurant in Sonoma before ending up at The Bench in Pebble Beach where he was the Sous Chef for three years.

While he considers his cooking style a hybrid of California and French fare, Tydeman is influenced by Italian and Mediterranean cuisine and is very drawn to the bold, bright flavors of Southeast Asian culinary traditions. His basic philosophy encompasses a wide range of flavors and celebrates classic dishes that are simply prepared but done well. Head Brewer JC Hill and Tydeman will be working closely together to marry the food and beer offerings at Alvarado Street, with the goal of giving guests the ultimate sensory experience.

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Alvarado Street Brewery is pleased to announce that we’ve been awarded two more medals this year, this time at the crowded field at the 2015 California State Fair in Sacramento.

Minesweeper IPA took second place honors in the American IPA category in a field of 141 other entries. Triple Cone, our annually brewed Triple IPA, was awarded second place among 79 entries in the Imperial IPA category. In all, over 1,000 beers were judged at this year's California State Fair, making it one of the largest Commerical Craft Beer competitions on the West Coast.

Earlier in the year, Alvarado Street Brewery was awarded four medals at the Los Angeles International Beer Competition (Gold for Monterey Common and Mai Tai PA, Silver for Minesweeper IPA and Milk Stout) and two medals at the San Diego International Beer Competition (Gold for Smokestack Lightning Smoked IPA, Silver for Alta California Pale Ale). We're hoping to carry this momentum to the 2015 Great American Beer Fest in Denver this fall!

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Coastal Home Furniture Gallery announces our Back-to-School Sale, happening now through August 11, 2015. Get the look and comfort you want at an affordable price! We're offering futon couches from $459, queen mattresses priced from $359, and 20% off all futon covers, pillows, and bedding.

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Montrio Bistro's New Banquet/Event Coordinator

Posted on July 20th, 2015 by omba

Montrio Bistro is proud to announce that Chelsea Roh has been named our new Banquet/Event Coordinator! She has more than a decade’s worth of experience in event planning and entertainment industries. Chelsea is excited to bring her knowledge, talents, and expertise to Montrio and looks forward to working with Montrio's customers to create memories that will last a lifetime.

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In honor of Blush Makeup and Skin Studio's first anniversary, July 27 - August 1, 2015 we are offering our Blushing Beauty Glam Session for a special price of $50 (originally $85). Take advantage of this deal and make your appointment with any of our talented artists now! You can request your appointment at blushmonterey.com. (Of course, all our beauties who've booked their Glam Sessions already will be able to get this amazing price!) We are so excited and want to thank all of you who helped make Blush a success.

The Blushing Beauty Glam Session is a session of glamorous makeup application which includes regular faux lashes, highlighting and contouring, smokey eyes, and perfectly winged liner. It's appropriate for any special event - day or night. You will be camera ready!

Please note: this special offer excludes bridal makeup packages and bridal parties. Offer not valid 7/30/15, as studio will be closed during the day.

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Peter B’s Brewpub has been awarded two Gold Medals by the Beverage Testing Institute (BTI). Based on a scale of 1-100 points, Peter B’s Je T’Aime and Midnight Lighting earned 90 and 92 points, respectively.

Je T’aime has a clear gold amber color and is described by the BTI as bright and fruity. There are floral aromas of banana nut muffin, orange blossom honey, and herb baguette. It has a velvety, lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingly, interesting, medium-length arugula, peppercorns, stone fruit custard, and brown spices finish.

The second winning beer, Midnight Lightening, has an amber color with aromas of fruitcake, berry compote, and vinaigrette. It has a supple, tangy, effervescent, sourish medium-to-full body and a warming, nuanced, medium-long balsamic and soy drizzled dark berries, pomegranate, crème brulee, and salty roasted chestnuts finish.

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Portola Hotel and Spa, which currently holds the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED® certification for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance, has completed the highly esteemed recertification process. This recertification represents a continuation of the eco-friendly initiatives set out in 2009. As the first LEED® hotel in Central California, Portola Hotel & Spa takes much pride in providing both eco-friendly and superior services and amenities to their guests.

Portola Hotel has invested in a new set of initiatives to guarantee its already existing superior “green” hospitality and live up to the eco-friendly standards of the LEED® certification. Some efforts include:

*Almost 20% of the hotel’s employees commute using alternative forms of transportation including biking, walking, and public transit.

*Native and adaptive plants that are drought-tolerant and provide habitat are placed throughout the property.

*In order to eliminate the hotel’s contribution to ozone depletion, all refrigerants containing CFCs have been phased out.

*Portola Hotel has purchased Renewable Energy Credits equivalent to 100% of yearly energy, which supports renewable energy generation offsite.

*Portola Hotel has a green cleaning policy and program and purchases over 60% sustainable cleaning products and materials leading to better air quality for staff and guests.

*Portola Hotel is diverting approximately 78% of waste from landfills and conducts an annual waste audit to identify areas that can be further approved.

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