Old Monterey District Blog

Authors and publishers, Old Capitol Books would LOVE to host your event! We supply a free venue to support local authors, illustrators, and publishers. We have a table and seating area with up to 12 chairs (with an additional 10 stools), which makes for a great intimate space for your event, or we have a cool little back alley which is great for poetry readings and live music.

Old Capitol Books provides: a nice, free, and well-lit space for your event; processing of all sales; free advertisement on our website, our social media, and our newsletter; and a press release sent to all local print publications (Monterey County Weekly, Monterey Herald, etc.).

Old Capitol Books offers our venue for no charge during store opening hours. If you’d like to have your event after hours, there will be a charge to cover staff. Any sales as a result of your book signing must go through the bookstore, which will take 40% of sales. Please note that Old Capitol Books DOES NOT purchase copies of your book in advance of the event. Authors are responsible for bringing copies of their book on the day of the book signing.

Get in touch to discuss what we can do as your local, independent bookstore to get you started. Please contact us at [email protected].

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Host Your Holiday Party at Cibo Ristorante Italiano

Posted on October 24th, 2015 by omba

The holiday season is fast approaching and now’s the time to plan your company parties and family get-togethers. Cibo Ristorante Italiano makes it easy and festive with a great menu, friendly service, live music, beautiful holiday décor and a comfortable and relaxing ambiance. There’s convenient parking in three nearby City of Monterey parking garages. Cibo is also a great place for any birthdays, anniversaries or other special occasions, too. Call Mario to book your special event at (831) 649-8151.

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Alvarado Street Brewery and Grill is now open for Sunday brunch! Doors open at 10am, and we'll have NFL Redzone screening every touchdown from every game plus $4 house drafts and $5 mimosas all day and night.

Here's a sneak peak at Chef Jeremiah Tydeman's brunch menu:

Biscuits 'n' Gravy Benedict
with country-style gravy, rosemary ham, home-made biscuits

Mexican Flatbread
with house chorizo, black bean puree, pickled chilies, mozzarella, and a fried egg

Cranberry and Cinnamon Sticky Buns
freshly baked with an orange cream cheese frosting

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Alvarado Street Brewery Wins Gold Medal!

Posted on October 10th, 2015 by omba

Alvarado Street Brewery is proud to report that we claimed a gold medal at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition. Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest national beer competition that recognizes the most outstanding beers produced in the United States.

The top three winners in the competition’s 92 beer categories were announced September 26 at the Great American Beer Festival awards ceremony held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado. Mai Tai PA was recognized in the international-style pale ale beer-style category. The 2015 GABF competition winners were selected by an international panel of 242 expert judges from the record number of 6,647 entries, plus 91 Pro-Am entries, received from 1,552 U.S. breweries.

We’re brewing an ultra fresh batch of Mai Tai this week to celebrate, with the aim of having it on tap in just a few short weeks!

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Youngster Yoga at Om Studios

Posted on October 1st, 2015 by omba

Om Studios in Monterey is now offering Youngster Yoga for children ages 2-6 and their caregivers on Tuesdays, 3:30pm-4pm and Thursdays, 10:30am-11am. Fee is $10 per child.

You love yoga and now your child can too! Come join us for Youngster Yoga with Holly Baldwin. Your child will learn traditional yoga poses in a fun new way. Through our yoga journey we will travel the oceans, explore the jungle, and even be shooting stars! Most importantly, you and your child can enjoy yoga together.

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Holiday Parties at Montrio Bistro

Posted on October 1st, 2015 by omba

When it comes to holiday festivities, think Montrio Bistro. The holidays are a special time of year for entertaining friends, families and business associates. Montrio Bistro will be decked out in holiday trimmings and our crew will be on their toes to ensure your holiday socializing is relaxed and fun! It's not too early to plan and book your event. We have two private rooms overlooking Monterey where you can savor Anthony Vitacca's holiday-themed cocktails and Chef Tony Baker's amazing food. Or how about a cocktail party in our new parklet? Please phone us at 831-648-8880.

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Boardwalk Sub Shop Now Open on Alvarado Street

Posted on September 22nd, 2015 by omba

The Old Monterey Business Association is happy to announce that Boardwalk Sub Shop is now open at 470 Alvarado Street! Although Terry Teplitzky has called Monterey home for 35 years, he and his brothers, Howard and JT, grew up in the hotel and restaurant business in Atlantic City and never forgot the cuisine they grew up with. They're excited to share it with you at Boardwalk Sub Shop, serving a variety of subs, calzones, and salads.

Ask anyone on the east coast and they'll tell you the key to a good sub is “in the bread.” The brothers have spent the last few months working with a local bread company to come up with the perfect recipe comparable to the east coast roll. Each sub is made with the freshest, local ingredients and prepared right in front of you.

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Jacks Restaurant and Lounge, located within the Portola Hotel and Spa, has been awarded Wine Spectator’s 2015 Award of Excellence for its wine program. Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Wine List Awards recognize restaurants whose wine lists offer interesting selections, are appropriate to their cuisine, and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers.

“We are very honored to have received the Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence for the second year in a row,” said Sonny Peterson, Portola Hotel and Spa’s Food and Beverage Director. “This award shows that our wine list is not only diverse with a variety of selections but is also designed to accommodate the most discriminating connoisseur’s palate while simultaneously providing a sensory awakening for the novice.”

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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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