Old Monterey District Blog

Maybe on Monday: Call for Local Artisans

Posted on December 7th, 2014 by omba

Calling all local artisans! Maybe on Monday, a small, newly opened, curated gift shop located in Old Monterey at 251-B Pearl Street, is looking for unique items to add to our collection. We are seeking handicrafts, arts, jewelry, curios, and collectibles - handmade items only. For more information, please contact us at 831-275-1831 or email [email protected].

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Ice Skating by the Bay 2014

Posted on December 6th, 2014 by omba

Celebrate the holidays along the scenic coastline at Ice Skating by the Bay’s seasonal ice skating rink, November 22 - January 4. At Custom House Plaza, located behind Portola Hotel & Spa in Old Monterey, skaters can spend the day in a winter wonderland by the Bay.

Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under; skate rental fee is $3. Hours are Monday-Saturday, 11am-11pm and Sunday, 12pm-8pm. Special holiday hours on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day, 11am-10pm.

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Alvarado Street Brewer's Log, December 2014

Posted on December 5th, 2014 by omba

It’s the most wonderful of the year, especially if you like spiced beer. Personally, those aren’t my favorite to drink, but there’s a time and a place ANY beer is enjoyable, right? Rather than focus on the gamut of peppermint spiked stouts and nutmeg infused amber hybrids, let’s talk about some traditional craft beer styles that are synonymous with colder temperatures, shorter days, and the occasional California rain shower. Here are a few of my favorite styles to drink this time of year, in no particular order:

Yes – IMPERIAL Stout, which signifies a higher alcohol content, and RIS (for short) is no exception. It usually ranges between 8 - 12% alcohol by volume, which adds considerable body to the beer – a heaviness on the palate and also a “warming” sensation. Be it known, examples that reek of alcohol are exhibiting a problem with fermentation – the better RIS will hide any traces of “booze” relatively well as it melds within the layered, rich dark chocolate, burnt caramel, and vanilla that all but characterize this thick, chewy, darkest of ales. Why Russian? The style was brewed primarily for export due to its popularity within the Royal court of the 18th Century Russian monarchy (i.e. Catherine the Great). Some popular examples are Stone’s Imperial Russian Stout, AleSmith Speedway Stout, North Coast Old Rasputin, and Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout, among MANY others.

Note: Many of these imperial stouts are treated to year long stays in bourbon barrels, so keep an eye out for the barrel aged versions – the oak accentuates notes of vanilla, and darker spirits will always complement the roasty, smokey, cocoa-infused malt character of the stout family.

Often lost in a sea of Trappist ales (namely, Singel, Tripel, & Quadruple), the often 6 – 8% Dubbel is one that harmonizes rich malt character with the traditional Belgian yeast esters of white pepper, clove, honey, and an array of floral notes. No need to add spices to this style! The yeast takes care of that (as long as fermentation temperatures are allowed to get a little crazy). The best Belgian Dubbels will almost taste like fruit cake – literally. Biscuity, pie-crust-like malt notes will seamlessly blend with the fruity, spicy tones of the yeast to create quite the holiday sensation of beer drinking experiences. Like I said, no spices needed. Some of my favorites include Ommegang Abbey Ale, Rochefort 6, and Chimay Red.

Note: Belgian Dubbels are extremely versatile when it comes to pairing with food. On the lighter side – anything sauteed; the maillard browning effect of caramelization is virtually the same as the kilning of specialty malts found in the Belgian Dubbel style. Heartier dishes like barbequed pork ribs, grilled steak, and braised lamb shank pair well, as Belgian styles of beer are typically higher in carbonation...Read More

New Beers at Alvarado Street Brewery and Grill

Posted on November 21st, 2014 by omba

The week of November 21, 2014, Brewmaster J.C. Hill at Alvarado Street Brewery and Grill is launching two new beers, Old Town Brown and Monterey Common, and bringing back a favorite, Citraveza. We invite you to stop by and try them!

Old Town Brown: An American-style Brown ale with notes of caramel and cocoa. Brewed with Patagonian specialty malts that lend a distinct richness, making this a full flavored beer that goes great with heartier dishes and colder weather.

Monterey Common: A toasty, biscuit-like amber hybrid that's fermented with lager yeast at ambient Monterey temperatures. This is a remake of regional classic known as a California Common. Malt forward and balanced with just enough hops, our Monterey Common is brewed with Munich and a touch of Pale Chocolate malt to impart a subtle vanilla character in the background.

Citraveza: a hoppy, Mexican-style lager brewed with 100% Citra hops, which impart a unique tropical character coupled with the clean, crisp zippiness of a lager. A refreshing beer that should satisfy light beer drinkers and hop heads alike.

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Looking for the perfect holiday gift, personalized for someone special? Infusion Candles & Bath in Old Monterey makes custom candles using repurposed bottles! Bring us your recycled bottles and we will cut them, turn each one into a candle holder, and fill it with a beautiful, all natural candle, infused with your choice of signature fragrance created right here in our studio.

Our palm wax candles with cotton wicks are clean burning and soot free, using custom-blended scents made from premium fragrances and essential oils. Lead free, paraben free, and eco-friendly, these candles come in a variety of colors and have an exquisite hot and cold scent throw.

For more information, please phone us at (831) 238-1935, or stop by our studio on the second floor of 550 Abrego Street.

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Just in time for a long winter's nap, Coastal Home Furniture Gallery is offering manufacturer discounts on both Tempur-Pedic and Serta iComfort mattresses now through December 1, 2014. Save up to $500 on a Tempur-Pedic mattress and adjustable base, up to $300 on iComfort and iSeries mattresses by Serta, and up to $1000 on select Serta adjustable foundations. For more information, please stop by our showroom at 458 Alvarado Street in Old Monterey, or phone us at 831-373-2443.

Blush Makeup and Skin Studio: November Special

Posted on November 11th, 2014 by omba

Blush Makeup and Skin Studio is so thankful for our beauties! In the spirit of giving, we are offering "buy one makeup service get one half off." During the month of November, book any makeup service with a friend and receive 50% off one makeup service. (Good for in-studio services only, valid only at time of appointments booked.) Call us at the studio to book your appointment, 831-901-3924.

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Coastal Home Furniture Gallery Anniversary Sale

Posted on November 10th, 2014 by omba

Since 1982, Futons & Such has brought you quality home furniture at an affordable price. This year we're celebrating 32 years in business and welcoming our new name, Coastal Home Furniture Gallery.

Now through November 30, shop and save 10% - 40% store-wide at Coastal Home and Furniture Gallery’s Anniversary Sale. (This offer excludes Tempur-Pedic and Sera iComfort.) We invite you to visit our showroom at 458 Alvarado Street in Monterey.

Alvarado Street Brewery and Grill Pumpkin Contest

Posted on October 21st, 2014 by omba

Alvarado Street Brewery and Grill invites you to join our Facebook and Instagram contest! October 20-31, submit an original photo of your own Alvarado Street Brewery and Grill themed pumpkin. You can carve it, paint it, or decorate it – it’s up to you! Take a photo of your pumpkin, then tag it on Instagram and/or Facebook using the hashtag #ALVARADOBREW. We’ll select a winner and announce the results by November 5, 2014. The winner will receive an Alvarado Street Brewery and Grill prize pack, including two logo pint glasses and a $75 gift certificate to Alvarado Street Brewery.

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Introducing The Stevenson Monterey Hotel!

Posted on October 13th, 2014 by omba

Travelodge in Monterey has changed its name to The Stevenson Monterey Hotel! We are now a fully independent hotel with the same great staff and service you’ve come to love over the years, operating under the same ownership.

Along with super-friendly, concierge-style service, we also offer free wi-fi, continental breakfast, parking, air conditioning, and a seasonally heated pool. The most reasonably-priced downtown hotel year-round, clean and well-maintained, we’ve become a go-to spot for travelers from all over the world, some of whom have returned year after year for decades!

Our central location, at 675 Munras Avenue, gives our guests convenient access to more than 60 restaurants, coffee shops, and boutiques within walking distance, including those in Old Monterey and Fisherman’s Wharf. And we’re only a 12 minute walk away from the Monterey Conference Center.

Whether you’re visiting on a romantic getaway or with your family, we’ll have the right room for you.

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In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, for every booking during the month of October, Blush Makeup & Skin Studio will donate $5 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Your makeup consultation and application will help someone's fight! Make an appointment soon and help us empower women - please phone Blush at 831-901-3924.

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Alvarado Street Brewery & Grill Announces New Happy Hour

Posted on September 30th, 2014 by omba

Alvarado Street Brewery & Grill is pleased to announce our new Happy Hour, 3pm-6pm daily. Enjoy beer and food specials along with a new mid-day dining menu!

In addition, we'll now be open Sundays at 10am for some great football as well as beer and food specials. And, along with the Sunday football specials, Alvarado Street Brewery will offer Happy Hour beer prices on Mondays from 3pm until closing.

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Photographs by Susan Theodore at Monterey Conference Center

Posted on September 16th, 2014 by omba

The City of Monterey, Colton Hall Museum & Cultural Arts Commission, and the Monterey Conference Center are pleased to announce the Alvarado Gallery exhibit: Along the Way, Photographs by Susan Theodore. The exhibit will be on display August 8 - October 19, 2014 in the Alvarado Gallery located at the Monterey Conference Center, One Portola Plaza.

Susan first created photographs in Chicago neighborhoods and lakefront, trying to make visual sense of the streets, buildings, and people she encountered. She began capturing images that resonated with her and sought to evoke memories and emotions in the viewer.

Susan moved to Monterey in 2003 and was enchanted by the great visual contrast to Chicago. She explored the historic missions and adobes, private homes and military installations, fishing boats, wharf activity, and sea coast that seemed so foreign to her. She worked to make photographs that gave each viewer a sense of what she saw, offering them an opportunity to enter into a photograph from their individual perspectives. Her work became more abstract as she attempted to distill the urban landscape into core emotional components.

This exhibit offers images of Monterey she made over the past six years. Her work can be viewed online at photographsbysusantheodore.com.

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The Monterey History and Art Association, Museum of Monterey - Stanton Center and Whalefest 2015 are calling for submissions of photographs by local photographers from Monterey and Santa Cruz counties to be exhibited at the Museum of Monterey (5 Custom House Plaza in Monterey) and subsequently donated to a drawing to benefit both the Museum and Whalefest Monterey.

The subject matter of the photos should be marine life and activities photographed locally. The prints can be any size up to 16×20 inches, black and white or color, and should be mounted on a board so they can be displayed on an easel. On the back should be the photographer's name and a brief description of the subject matter, where and when taken, and any technical details of the shot.

Initial submissions of up to three photos should be made in digital form to Pete Rerig at [email protected]. Deadline for submissions is October 15, 2014. Accepted mounted prints need to be delivered to the Museum by November 7, 2014. The quality of the prints needs to match that of the electronic entry, especially with regards to resolution. Whalefest reserves the right to reject the prints if they do not meet quality standards.

Up to 30 photos will be selected by the Museum's curators. They will be displayed on easels throughout the Museum beginning November 15, 2014 until the last day of Whalefest on January 25, 2015. Many of Whalefest's lectures, presentations, and documentary screenings will take place at the Museum on January 24 and 25. Intellectual property rights remain with the photographer.

While the photos are on exhibit, patrons may purchase tickets for a drawing to win one or more photos of their choice by placing tickets into individual receptacles for each photo. A drawing from each receptacle will be held to determine the winner of that particular photo on January 25, 2015. Winners do not need be present to win. Winners may pick up the prints at the Museum, or have them sent to them, in which case shipping and handling charges apply.

For more information, please click here or contact Antoinette Saylor at [email protected].

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Om Studios presents Fit & Flexible Classes

Posted on August 30th, 2014 by omba

Om Studios in Monterey presents Fit & Flexible with instructor Jill Willett, Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 2 - October 2. Fit & Flexible is personalized, convenient, and effective. Come for the 30-minute high-intensity workout, the 45-minute full-body stretch, or both!

Session 1, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12pm-12:30pm
High intensity 30 minute full-body workout. Utilizing training in TRX, Barre, and Personal Training. $20 drop-in fee.

Session 2, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12:30pm-1:15pm
Flowing full-body stretch using techniques including resistance stretches, breathing techniques, and yoga.

Fee is $20 per session, drop-in; $30 for both sessions together, drop-in; or $250 if you pay for all 20 classes in advance. For more information, please visit Om Studios website, or phone 831-204-7949.

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House Blend Happy Hour at Cibo Restaurant

Posted on August 30th, 2014 by omba

Beginning Friday, September 5, Cibo Restaurant, KWAV 96.9 FM, and Maddox present "House Blend" Happy Hour every Friday night, 4pm-8pm. Enjoy a sophisticated post-work celebration blend of music, mingling, and diversion. DJ Sy-Ence will be playing a tasteful blend of Soul, R&B, House, and Jazz to ease you into the weekend.

Cibo will offer $3 well drinks, beer and wine, plus a tasty Small Bites Menu including grilled cheese and short rib panini with caramelized onions and arugula, grilled prawns with salsa verde and black garlic, and polenta caprese. Enjoy $7 specialty cocktails such as an agave margarita, lavender martini, or cherry blossom fizz, to name a few.

Stay for dinner at Cibo and receive a complimentary Chef's Choice Appetizer with your entree when you mention KWAV.

Cibo is open seven nights a week for dinner from 5pm with the bar opening at 4pm. For more information, please visit Cibo's website or phone 831-649-8151.

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NFL and college football season is here, and Characters Sports Bar & Grill at Monterey Marriott is expanding its morning hours on the weekends so you can watch the games on our eleven HDTVs.

Beginning August 30, Characters will open Saturdays at 9am and begin serving lunch at 11:30am.

Beginning September 7, Characters will open Sundays at 9am, offering our spectacular All You Can Eat Breakfast Burrito Bar ($11), 9am-11:30am, as well as our Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar ($6), 9am-4pm. At 11:30am, we'll begin serving our regular lunch menu.

Are you more of a night owl than an early bird? We stay open until midnight on Saturday and 11pm on Sunday.

Come on down, watch football with us, and enjoy delicious food and drink! We're able to show all NFL games (except Oakland Raider Blackout Games) and most college games. We also offer free wi-fi access. For more information, call us at 831-647-4023.

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The CSUMB SBDC is partnering up with JL White International to bring the 12 O'Clock High to Monterey County. The program begins with an innovative one-day workshop followed by follow-up coaching and support. We have seen amazing results and want to share this with small business owners in Monterey County! The 12 O'Clock High event is scheduled for September 19.

We are holding a 90 minute free Webinar with Dr. Jim White on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 10 am PT. Dr. White will take your questions and review 9 keys to personal and professional success. Bring your most pressing issue to the session and he will address your issue and give you a strategy or strategies that you can use immediately to solve your issue. We invite you to participate and learn more about what 12 O'Clock High is all about!

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