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GoFish! The artful tradition of fly fishing lives on

Guide to spring events on the great Central Coast

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Trevor Knable shows off a rainbow trout he caught on the upper Arroyo Seco River.

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ADVENTURES Monterey Bay including Haven magazine Volume 7, No. 5 • SPRING 2013 Publisher Gary Omernick Editor Mike Hale Graphic & Content Designer Vanessa Ramirez Advertising Director Robert Powell For advertising information, call: Robert Powel, 831-646-4301 Adventures Monterey Bay is published quarterly by The Monterey County Herald. All rights reserved. Material herein may not be reprinted without express written consent of the publisher.


6 Fly Fishing: The artful tradition of fly fishing lives on. 9 What’s the Point: Point Lobos takes you away 11 French connection: Three world-class bakers on the Peninsula learned their craft in France 14 Random expression: Michael Snodgrass throws his heart on canvas, and then gets to work 16 Monterey by the Sí: What those Spanish names mean 21 Calendar: Things to do and places to go 22 Dining Showcase: Recipes and menus from local restaurants HAVEN SECTION


Water Works Backyard ponds add a natural, soothing element to landscapes



Can baking bring out kindness?

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EDITOR’S NOTE Bake a loaf of fresh bread and there’s something about the wondrous, tempting aroma that instantly transports us to a happier place. And that’s a scientific fact. According to a new study by researchers at the University of Southern Brittany in France, the aroma of du pain frais has more than just the power to make your mouth water. It can also make you a kinder person. The findings, published in the Journal of Social Psychology, suggest that certain smells can trigger a more positive mood, which leads to a greater degree of altruism in strangers. Considering that, the Monterey Peninsula should be the kindest place on earth. A bevy of French-born master bakers makes their home here, and they lead the way in aromatic specialties. With names like Bechler, Jegat and Lusseau, these expats bring a long tradition in this fine art, leading us all far away from Wonder and Sara Lee (see story on Page xx). But the tempting aromas don’t end there. A new specialty bakery recently opened at 398 Franklin St. in Monterey across from the Monterey Sports Center. (How convenient is that?) It’s called Room for Dessert, owned and operated by Salinas’ Tammy Huniker, who does the baking for Williams Sonoma catalog photo shoots. Then there’s the aptly named Mrs. Delish’s Cupcake Boutique at 800 Lighthouse Ave., in Monterey. Owner Mary Font makes a cupcake for every occasion, and in every flavor profile. If it’s pie you seek, check out Sweet Elena’s in Sand City, where owner Elena Saucedo-Steele combines decades of pastry chef experience with a love of the arts. Her olallieberry pie is something to behold. My final recommendation is Pavel’s Backerei (219 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove), a small local joint that bakes a sourdough that beats anything found in San Francisco. Just one sniff outside Pavel’s provides enough scientific evidence that our community’s good will outshines the bigger city to the north. – Mike Hale • SPRING 2013 5

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Fly Fishing Trevor Knable shows off a rainbow trout he caught on the upper Arroyo Seco River | Photo by Anthony Knable.

Who has not seen the scarus rise, decoyed and killed by fraudful flies … — Marcus Valerius Martialis, first-century Latin poet by MIKE HALE As I sift through memories from my childhood, I see mostly images faded and scuffed by time … save for one, a high-definition montage of a father, a young son, and a meandering river. It’s the summer of 1971. I still see jam sandwiches, a canteen of red Hi-C, belly-crawls through riverside reeds, mottled brown flies tied with elk hair, and creels full of beautiful, fat trout. As a son of a son from Montana — my father fished every inch of the Madison River, from Yellowstone National Park to the town of Three Forks — I learned early on that fly fishing is not a sport, or a hobby. It is an art, a craft, a science. Casting imitation insects upon the water involves deception and intrigue, followed by an often-painstaking patience. But then it happens. A fish emerges from the depths, attracted and maddened by the sight and color of a particular fly, purposefully tied by the hands holding the rod. This blissful moment requires a perfect presentation, and a deft hand. The required skill and expertise levels the battlefield, man against fish, creating a sporting chance. Many times the fish wriggles free, and that’s not a travesty. And when a fish is reeled in, it’s almost always followed by a respectful release. It’s easy to see how modern times have altered this once-typical narrative. Development, pollution, fires, erosion, water diversion, dams, environmental protection and tight fishing regulations have all combined to limit and hamper river and stream fishing. And with the advent of computer games, high-tech communications, and modern diversions, children are not exposed to the time-honored tradition that fishing represents. “They are missing the connection with the outdoors and, as a result, have lost any reason to care for it,” said Geoff Malloway, who has

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owned Central Coast Fly Fishing in Carmel since 1996. Malloway provides free introductory classes to kids to learn both fly fishing and fly tying. “We’ll teach them and their parents the skills they need to have a successful day on the water, but it’s up to the parents to follow through and take them fishing.” Malloway’s push to keep alive the tradition of fly fishing intrigued me enough to reach out to him for a lesson of my own. I wanted to get back in touch with that element of my heritage, and Malloway was more than happy to oblige. “Fishing reinforces my connection to my father, who passed away many years ago,” he said, sharing the familiar refrain. “The best times he and I spent together took place on a stream or in the field.” So on the lawn next to his shop across from Baja Cantina on Carmel Valley Road, I grasp a rod and attempt to re-learn the timehonored motion required to fly fish. First lesson, a roll cast. Malloway models the mechanics, starting with the rod over his right shoulder, performing a loading move followed by a power snap of the forward cast to roll the line ahead. Perfect timing. Fluid movement. Beautiful stroke. My turn. I unspool some line, fling the fly behind me and launch into a power move, wrist, arm, shoulder, hips, feet, everything providing forward movement. The fly whizzes past my ear and the fishing line becomes tangled in my arching, awkward body. I can feel the weight of my grandfather’s displeasure from beyond. Malloway uses his fisherman’s patience in his teaching, and calmly repeats his instructions. I try again, and again look as if someone has blasted me with an entire can of Silly String. “You’ve done this before?” he asks suspiciously.

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“Forty-one years ago,” I answer. “Am I a hopeless case?” Perhaps. Malloway believes many people are intimidated at the prospect of learning to fly fish. Part of that comes from seeing pictures of a guy in his full “battle rattle” on the river. It looks daunting … and expensive. How can someone learn those tricky mechanics, and tie all those infernal knots? It’s a steep learning curve, but we stick with it, and Malloway eventually sees a modicum of skill, enough to ask me to join him on a fishing trek. Unfortunately, in Monterey County, fly fishing options are limited. “Unfortunately, we don’t have a local fishery that’s easily accessible,” Malloway says. “There are fewer and fewer places to fish our rivers and streams.” The Carmel River has limited options for steelhead, as does the Arroyo Seco River, but fires in 2008 destroyed much of the habitat, and sediment still wreaks havoc on fishing holes. Many upper streams throughout Big Sur produce some fish, but reaching them requires daunting hikes. Our easy alternative is Los Padres Reservoir high above Cachagua Valley. There are two seasons on the Carmel River, trout season and steelhead season. Trout fishing at Los Padres can often produce nice fish averaging 10-16 inches, but even this trip requires some work. After a long, winding drive, we end up on Nason Road and unload our float tubes, a kind of half innertube equipped with a seat and an open end where the fisherman extends his or her legs to propel the tube around the lake with the help of foot fins. After getting into full waders, we fling the tubes on our backs and hike for 20 minutes along a service road until we reach the reservoir. Standing on the muddy, sludgy banks, I somehow manage to put on my fins and slide into the tube without incident. We are joined on the trip by an older, adventurous couple who have decades of experience, and local chef Brandon Miller (Mundaka, Carmel), a longtime fly fisherman and fly tying specialist (he’s constantly on the lookout for the perfect feathers for his creations, with names like the San Juan worm, the woolly bugger, the hare’s ear nymph, to name a few). Miller fishes because fish live in beautiful places, and he reaches

Central Coast Fly Fishing in Carmel announces its

SUMMER COURSE SCHEDULE What: Introduction to fly fishing (taught by Geoff Malloway; 4-8 students) When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; May 5, June 9, July 14, Aug. 4, Sept. 8, Oct. 13, Nov. 3 Cost: $70/person (all equipment included) What: Casting Clinics (taught by Geoff Malloway; 2-10 students) When: 8:30-10 a.m.; second or third Saturday of each month (call to confirm) Cost: $30/person (all equipment included) What: Beginning Fly Tying (taught by Geoff Malloway; 4 students) When: 6-9 p.m.; April 2-3, May 7-8, June 4-5, July 9-10, Sept. 3-4, Oct. 8-9. Cost: $80/person (includes all materials) What: Fly Fishing the Surf (taught by Geoff Malloway and John Jordan; 4 students) When: March 22-24, April 19-21, May 24-26 (Friday 5-8 p.m.; Saturday 8:30-10 a.m.; Sunday 6-9:30 a.m. Cost: $100/person (includes all materials) More at 626-6586, • SPRING 2013 7

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those places by disappearing from a modern world that tugs and pulls on a man’s psyche. “For me it’s a total disconnect because there’s so much you have to do from the beginning to the end,” Miller says. “Looking for the right bugs, tying the fly to imitate those bugs, sneaking up on the fish, and putting the fly in the right spot. Hopefully he goes for it.” The experience is the complete opposite of most other fishing experiences, sitting on a bank or a boat, your rod in a holder, watching the bobber as you ease your way through a sixpack of suds. “Fly fishing is something else entirely,” Miller says. “Out in nature, hopefully alone, the sound of the water, the anticipation of it all. It’s a total escape, my time out, because it is so encompassing, so much to think about. Work goes away because you have to be so focused.” Work may go away, but tying the fly reminds Miller of a recipe. He first must play detective, observing what’s buzzing around the fishing hole. Are there dragonflies, midgets or caddis flies? In the winter the bugs are smaller, in the summer they are plump. Color and texture are of prime concern. “Every trip is a new adventure,” he says. Out on the reservoir, I get off a few casts, lose of few of Malloway’s less-precious flies and enjoy the wind and sun on my face. My fish story? Three hours paddling, floating and meandering through tree branches. Two minor strikes. One meatloaf sandwich. No fish. What I end up with, though, is a string of new stories … and an urge to take my son fishing. And in Malloway’s world, that’s a victory, because fly fishing isn’t about catching fish at all, he says. “It’s a catalyst for developing an appreciation for the natural world around us and deriving from it a sense of well-being.” Central Coast Fly Fishing: 7172 Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel, 626-6586, California Department of Fish and Wildlife: Monterey County river flow hotline: 649-2886 Carmel River Steelhead Association: 655-3626,

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Point Lobos takes you away by FRED HERNANDEZ | Photos by Vern Fisher Leave your worries at the entrance gate when you visit Point Lobos State Marine Reserve. Landscape painter Francis McComas once described Point Lobos as “The greatest meeting of land and water in the world.” And who can argue that? The state reserve, three miles south of Carmel, contains 1,200 acres of magnificent views, hidden coves, hiking trails, exotic wildlife, mysterious trees draped in gray gauze, crashing waves and bizarre stone formations. You can’t traverse all of those acres because 750 of them are underwater. During December and January, one easily can spot 100 or more “blows” of migrating whales. In March, after the whales have mated or given birth to calves off Mexico, the whales traveling back north pass closer to the shore so the mother whales can protect the calves from pods of Orcas, so-called killer whales. Four types of whales travel past Point Lobos: Pacific grays, humpbacks, blues and minkes. The most common whales are the grays, which grow to a length of 50 feet. They were hunted nearly to extinction, but the population has increased to 20,000 animals. The humpback whales are noted for their beautiful songs; the adults grow to 54 feet. The blue whale is the largest mammal to have ever lived; the average length is 75 to 80 feet, but the largest on record was 110 feet long. The rarest is the minke, which grows to 35 feet and usually swims alone. Orcas are called killer whales, but they really are the largest members of the dolphin family. Sea otters thrive in these waters. • SPRING 2013 9

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China Beach at Point Lobos State Reserve Whalers Cove has been used as a whaling station, the location of an abalone cannery, a granite quarry and, some say, a dandy place to smuggle in liquor during Prohibition. Some of the granite quarried there ended up at the U.S. Mint in San Francisco. Point Lobos is a photographer’s dream — and also a challenge because of the quickly changing light. Noted devotee photographers include Edward Weston, Ansel Adams and Doug Steakley. Its natural beauty inspired poet Robinson Jeffers, and the story persists that Robert Louis Stevenson envisioned Point Lobos when he wrote “Treasure Island.” Point Lobos (from the Spanish for sea wolves, or sea lions) naturally has attracted filmmakers for many years, hence scenes from these movies: • Treasure Island (1934) with Wallace Beery and Jackie Cooper. • Captain January (1935) with Shirley Temple • Hitchcock’s Rebecca (1940) with Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine. • Lassie Come Home (1943) with Roddy McDowell and Elizabeth Taylor. • A Summer Place (1959) with Troy Donahue and Sandra Dee. • The Notorious Landlady (1962) with Jack Lemmon and Kim Novak. • The Sandpiper (1964) with Richard Burton and Liz Taylor. • The Graduate (1967) with Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft. • Turner and Hooch (1989) with Tom Hanks. So why all the fuss about a coastline amid so many other magnificent coastlines along the West Coast? Because Point Lobos has it all. You’ll understand the experience once you try it for yourself. One Whaler’s Cabin docent, Nancy Kraus, puts it this way: “I see tourists from all over the world, and they’re always impressed. But I know that a lot of people who live here have never come to Point Lobos. But once they see the scenery, they come again and again.”

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Driving to the next location, one passes through forests of pine and twisted cypress. What appears to be Spanish moss adds to the mystery, but the moss is deceiving — it’s really lace lichen. Some good tips: Dress in layers because the weather can change, wear good walking shoes, always use sunblock and don’t forget your camera. There’s about six miles of trails and some areas are wheelchair accessible. One of the best wheelchair spots is the rail overlooking Sea Lion Point. It’s perhaps the best place to watch for whales because it’s very high. On one recent day, four women, one in a wheelchair, rolled up to the rail. When the first woman spotted a whale spout, she hollered, “Thar she blows!” That caused them all to begin singing sea chanteys, roaring with laughter all the while. That’s what Point Lobos does to you — lets you return to the glorious spontaneity of childhood. Sea Lion Point contains bizarre rock formations that have been carved by the sea and wind. Offshore, many hundreds of sea lions bark and howl on coastal islands. Tide pools beckon the curious, and roaring seas take you away into an exotic world of imagination and beauty. The Cypress Grove Trail winds through one of the only two naturally growing stands of Monterey Cypress remaining on Earth. The other stand is across Carmel Bay at Cypress Point. These gnarled trees withdrew to these fog-shrouded headlands about 15,000 years ago. A must-see is China Cove, at the southern end of the reserve. A long stairway leads to a sheltered cove whose waters defy description. Are they green? Or are they blue? Is aquamarine closer? Certainly Polynesian waters are brought to mind. It’s worth the trip. A $10 entrance fee is charged per car ($9 for seniors, 62 and over; $6 for disabled visitors). The park is open daily from 8 a.m. until 30 minutes after sunset. For further information, call 6244909 or visit

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French connection Three world-class bakers on the Peninsula learned their craft in France by MIKE HALE | Photos by Vern Fisher

FORGET HAUTE COUTURE AND DESIGNER BOUTIQUES, some of the sexiest shops in Paris are the ones with patisserie and du pain frais in the windows. There’s just something alluring about pastries and fresh baked bread, and no one does them better than the French. On the Monterey Peninsula we are fortunate to have many European transplants that add to our area’s diversity and deliciousness. When it comes to patisseries, or bakeries, three French expats stand out from the rest: Jackie Jegat, Gerard Bechler and Yann Lusseau. Each learned their craft in France as apprentices (still a respected route to take in that country), and each left their homeland as a decorated master pastry chef, or maître pâtissier. In France that is a legally controlled title earned following a lengthy training process, typically an apprenticeship, and a written examination. Often found in partnership with a boulangerie (bakery), patisseries are a common sight in cities and villages in France. Now they are a common sight on the Monterey Peninsula, thanks to the travels of this particular trio. Here’s a rundown on each of them: • SPRING 2013 11

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Jackie Jegat

Paris Bakery 271 Bonifacio Place, Monterey, 646-1620 Hours: Mon-Sun 6 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun 6:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Website: At age 58, one would think Jackie Jegat would grow weary of working while others sleep, and sleeping while others work. But the French-born master baker cannot fathom retirement, or leaving his precious recipes in the hands of others. The white-bearded Jegat, the owner and founder of Paris Bakery, begins work each day at 8 p.m. By the time he leaves at sunrise he’s caked with flour and filled with pride. It’s in his blood. “It’s what I’ve done for more than 40 years,” said Jegat. “My body doesn’t work like it used to, but I can’t see myself doing anything else.” Jegat was born in Doué-la-Fontaine, France, where he began his baking career at the age of 16. After two years of apprenticeship, he moved to Paris, and in 1978, at age 23, he opened his first bakery in the City of Light. After much success, he made his way to San Francisco in

1981. There, he worked (coincidentally) at Bakers of Paris. Four years later, in 1985, he moved to Monterey, and bought Maison du Croissant on Bonifacio Place, (now known as Paris Bakery). In 1986 he opened a wholesale warehouse in Seaside that supplies fresh baked goods daily to the Peninsula’s restaurants, hotels, coffeehouses, and delicatessens. In early 1987, he met Sonja, who had a small bakery herself. Sonja sold her business to join Jackie and make time for the arrival of their first child. In 1993 they expanded the bakery into the adjoining building, and expanded their family as well. With their outlook and philosophies in line, they got married in 1995. The ceremony, of course, was held at the bakery, before Jackie’s shift. Specialties: Fresh-baked breads, croissants, quiche, sandwiches, cookies. A must-order: The almond tuile (which means “tile.”) These cookies are meant to resemble the arched roof tiles on buildings, and are made with almonds, eggs, flour and sugar. Also: The cordon bleu chicken sandwich made from scratch daily.

Jackie Jegat, owner of the Paris Bakery in Monterey

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Gerard Bechler

Yann Lussau

Patisserie Bechler

Parker-Lusseau Pastries

1225 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove, 375-0846 Hours: Tue-Sat 7 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun 7 a.m.-12 p.m. (closed Mondays) Website:

539 Hartnell St., Monterey, 641-9188 Hours: Mon-Fri 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sat 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. 731 Munras Ave., Monterey, 643-0300 Hours: Wed-Sat 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 40 Ragsdale Drive, 655-3030 Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Website:

Gerard Bechler started his American dream in 1984, leaving his homeland of Alsace, France, to open a bakery in Pacific Grove. Nearly 30 years later, he’s revered on both continents as one of the finest master pastry chefs to ever tie on an apron. After serving as a flour-faced, teenaged apprentice at his father’s pastry shop, Bechler climbed the French baking ladder, ending up as top dog at the famed Auberge de l’Ill, a Michelin-three-starred temple of haute cuisine in Illhaeusern, Alsace. He brought his classic baking techniques to Patisserie Bechler, where he sells French fine pastry — everything from tarts and cookies, to petits fours and cakes — at his Alsatian-themed shop on Forest Avenue in Pacific Grove. He also serves lunch, centered on insanely flaky croissants and the county’s best quiche. Over the years, he’s baked for the Pope (in 1988), two U.S. presidents, Hollywood celebrities and thousands of brides and grooms. Late last year he assembled a classic French croquembouch (an assembled cone of bite-sized, cream-filled profiteroles) for a 100th birthday celebration for the late Julia Child. Patisserie Bechler is highly regarded for its pastries and cakes, but serves savory items, too, becoming a popular weekday lunch hangout. “People don’t come just for the pastry,” he said. “It’s the whole team, the whole package. We have simple food, but made with passion. You can walk into a store, any store, and tell if it’s all about money. I spend more time here than in my house.” Specialties: Pastries, petis fours, cakes, croissants, quiche. Must-order: St. Michel (chocolate cake with dark, milk and white chocolate mousse and Grand Marnier) For lunch? Country croissant sandwich with ham and melted Swiss cheese sauce.

Growing up in Nantes, France, Yann Lusseau heard the question many parents ask aimless teens: “What are you going to do with your life?” Knowing studies weren’t his strong-suit, young Yann blurted out: “I’m going to bake.” Perhaps to call what he thought was a bluff, his father contacted the neighborhood baker. The very next Sunday Yann was scraping sheet pans and cleaning baking molds from 5 a.m. until 1 p.m. “My dad knew for sure he’d nipped that idea in the bud, but I came back home with a box full of pastries that were leftovers, and his smile told me he knew he had been wrong.” For two years, Yann worked every weekend and school vacation to make sure his dream was not a fluke. The rest is history. Today, Lusseau and his wife Ann Parker Johnson (who started at the Culinary Institute of America in New York and ended up working at the famed Tavern on the Green) own Parker-Lusseau, one of the finest patisseries in the country. The couple opened the doors of their Munras Avenue store in the summer of 1996 — with one employee. In 2002, they opened the Hartnell Street store in an old Fremont Adobe. In 2009, they opened a satellite store in Ryan Ranch. Parker-Lusseau now has a total of 13 employees, full and part-time. “I find that what our customers like best about us is the authenticity of our baked goods,” Lusseau said. “We are not just a ‘French’ bakery, we are the real thing.” Specialties: Croissant, specialty chocolates for holidays, petis fours, cakes, tarts. Must-order: You shouldn’t leave Parker-Lusseau without at least a dozen French macarons. And their rich, layered, buttery croissants are hard to match. • SPRING 2013 13

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Artist Michael Snodgrass sits inside his studio in Carmel

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Random expression Michael Snodgrass throws his heart on canvas, and then gets to work By KATHRYN McKENZIE | Photos by David Royal

The path that Michael Snodgrass took to his art career has been anything but typical. As a child, he admits that he “couldn’t draw at all,” turning out stick figures even in fourth grade. After a brief stint in mass-produced painting following high school, he put art on the back burner while he made his living in construction and carpentry. But he never forgot the desire to express himself. As the years passed, he gravitated into fine woodworking, and then into carving wooden sculpture. It is as a painter, though, that he has found himself. Eight years ago, he turned from sculpture to painting, because “it was faster than sculpture,” said Snodgrass, a Carmel resident. “I would spend months on a sculpture. But I could turn out a painting a day.” The fever to get paint on canvas is now slowing slightly as Snodgrass has progressed in his work. “There’s a lot of thought that goes into it now, more backtracking and editing,” he said. Snodgrass’s paintings — a mix of primitive and postmodern — are now in demand across the United States. Represented locally by Carmel’s Winfield Gallery and Lauryn Taylor Fine Art, his work can also be found in galleries in Manhattan, Miami, Napa Valley and Cape Cod. Born in St. Helena, Snodgrass seemed destined for anything but an art career as a youth. His undiagnosed Attention Deficit Disorder made it hard for him to focus on school subjects, and he spent much of his free time building contraptions and sculptures out of items he found in abandoned barns and orchards around his home. But he yearned to be an artist, and after high school, went to work for San Francisco artist Irwin Freidman, painting backgrounds for Freidman’s city scenes. After a few months Snodgrass was promoted to laying in color for the buildings, boats and bridges in the paintings, which Freidman would then finish. After about a year Snodgrass was allowed to start and finish his own paintings under a different name. At this time, Snodgrass and another artist would go to their basement studio and turn out between five and 10 finished paintings a day. Not only was the schedule exhausting, so was the monotony of painting the same things day after day, Snodgrass recalls.

His father finally ordered him home and gave him a job in construction. Snodgrass married and raised a family, continuing to work as a carpenter. A move to Santa Fe, N.M., in the 1990s rekindled his artistic longings once more. The vibrant art scene and abundance of tribal art in the area inspired him to carve and sculpt. His first major commission, a life-sized figurative sculpture for artist Judy Chicago, was used as the centerpiece for her 1999 show “A Stitch in Time.” It was a move to the Monterey Peninsula that inspired Snodgrass to once more take up the brush. At first he struggled to find a painting style that suited him, trying landscape, figurative and still life. He credits local painter Johnny Apodaca for encouraging him to follow his heart. Snodgrass then combined elements of abstract expressionism and primitive tribal art. The more he worked and the more aggressively he attacked his canvases, the more interesting his work became — and the more satisfying to him. “My process is different from that of most people,” said Snodgrass. “I’ve been teaching workshops at the Carmel Art Institute, and have been telling my students, ‘Let the randomness of the paint dictate where you go.’ ” Rather than having a predetermined idea when he approaches the canvas, Snodgrass begins by making paint splatters or marks, and then deciding what the subject should be. “It’s a very emotional and demonstrative way of working,” said Snodgrass, who sometimes carves and scratches the paint, as well as using caustic wax to achieve the right effects. He’ll add in bits of newspaper, burlap or other materials as well: “I’m brutal to the canvas.” Odd figures such as fortune tellers, clowns and chicken thieves populate his work; there is humor as well, as in his “Desperado with a Pink Past,” and “Man Haunted by Ex-Wives.” Words and numbers are also among the elements, some Having fixed ideas about what to do paint would never work for him. “That would be like death to me,” said Snodgrass. “It would be too much like a job. “This,” he gestures to a completed painting, “this is fun.” For more information, see or • SPRING 2013 15

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Monterey by the Sí What those Spanish names mean By FRED HERNANDEZ

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re you having a good time in King Mountain? And when was the last time you went to Holy Cross? When you visit California, you may be surprised by all the names in Spanish. For instance, in English Monterey translates as King Mountain and Santa Cruz is Holy Cross. Of course, we all know the way to St. Joseph (San José), or as most locals call it, Sanna Zay. For that matter, most folks pronounce Monterey as Monna Ray. These names all derive from the colonial Spanish and Mexican days. Some can be quite amusing, some can be quite confusing. We won’t go into the historical quagmire of how these names came to be, we’ll stick mainly with what they mean. Downtown Monterey boasts a street called Calle Principal. It simply means Main Street, but it sounds so much more elegant in Spanish. A friend once bought a house in Carmel Valley, on a street called Salsipuedes. “It sounds so mellifluous, but what does it mean?” he asked. The answer: Get Out If You Can, a warning marked on pioneer maps. Some names were invented to sound like Spanish. The lovely beach areas of Pacific Grove were dubbed Asilomar, to suggest a refuge by the sea. And you have to admit that’s a lot better than the town of Manteca in the Central Valley. It means Lard. But Monterey County does have Garrapata Beach, named after the tick, a blood-sucking parasite. San Mateo, near San Francisco, has a street elegantly called Alameda de las Pulgas (Avenue of the Fleas). And now a word about the ever-important tilde, that wiggly line over the letter “ñ,” which is an extra letter in the Spanish alphabet. It is pronounced n’y, as in canyon, and is quite different from the letter “n.” It makes a big difference in some local situations. Take, for instance, Año Nuevo State Park north of Santa Cruz, a major breeding ground for gigantic elephant seals. Año Nuevo means New Year. But without the “ñ,” Ano Nuevo means New Anus. Big difference. Another common error in local place names is Point Pinos (Point of Pines). Some people mistakenly spell it or pronounce it Point Piños, a word that does not exist. The closest word is “piña” (pineapple). And just to get persnickety, the gigantic north-south mountain range in California is called the Sierra Nevada (Snowy Range of Mountains). It is called


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the Sierra for short, but the plural is incorrect, because the name encompasses the entire chain. Carmel’s famed and beautiful mission was originally dubbed Misión de San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo. It’s now known simply as Carmel Mission. You might think the mission’s original name is a mouthful, but California boasts some real beauts. El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reyna de Los Angeles de Porciúncula (The town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels of Porciúncula), is now called Los Angeles for short. As you might note, the Spanish priests who came up with these names really enjoyed flowery language. You’d think they got paid by the word. Local celebrity Clint Eastwood calls his production company Malpaso, which means a difficult passage. It goes well with his tough-guy image. There is a similarly named street south of Carmel off Cabrillo Highway. Let’s look at some interesting street and area names: • The city of Monterey contains Alma Street (Soul), Cielo Vista Drive (Heavenly View), Copa de Oro (Cup of Gold), Punta Perdida (Lost Point), and Via Lavandera (Washerwoman). The body of water that virtually surrounds the city cemetery, a ballpark, Dennis the Menace Park and a skating park is called El Estero (The Estuary). • Pacific Grove contains Calle de los Amigos (Street of the Friends), Buena Street (Good) and Lobos Avenue (from sea wolves, as sea lions were called). • Pebble Beach contains Atajo Way (Short Cut), El Toro Road (The Bull) and Ondulado Road (Wavy). • Carmel contains Camino Real (The Royal Highway), Mariposa Court (Butterfly) and Pescadero Way (Fishmonger). The Carmel Highlands, south of Carmel, contains Aurora del Mar (Dawn of the Sea). • Carmel Valley contains Arriba del Mundo Drive (Above the World), Calle de Quien Sabe (Street of Who Knows?), Piedras Blancas (White Rocks) and Via La Gitana (Gypsy Way). • Seaside contains Mescal Street (after the Mexican distilled spirit much like tequila), and Noche Buena Street (Christmas Eve, literally, the Good Night). • Salinas (Salt Marshes) contains, Amador Way (Lover), Amarillo Way (Yellow), Calaveras Drive (Skulls), Charro Way (Mexican Cowboy), Los Coches Avenue (The Hogs), Los Gatos Way (The Cats), Pasatiempo Way (Pastime, and Via Paraiso (Paradise Way). We hope these translations help. Or, as they say: ¿Quien Sabe?


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Water Works

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Backyard ponds add a natural, soothing element to landscapes By KATHRYN McKENZIE| Photos by Vern Fisher There are few things in the garden as soothing as water — seeing it sparkle in the sunlight, hearing it splash over rocks, and feeling the cooling spray from a waterfall. Water features became more commonplace in home gardens in the 1990s and continue to be a sought-after addition today. One of the issues with backyard ponds, streams and waterfalls has been maintenance — keeping the water looking clear and clean, free from algae and debris — without constant work on the part of the homeowner. But there’s good news on this front: more natural ways of keeping water features looking beautiful have come into their own. “The idea is for it to be a balanced environment,” said Charles Phillips, owner of Stillwater Landscaping in Pacific Grove, which specializes in building residential water features. The idea of a balanced pond or stream is one that’s linked not just to the wish to be greener, but also for people who want to keep koi or other fish. Chlorine, a typical water conditioner, cannot be used where fish are kept; it will kill them. But there are numerous ways to keep a pond free from debris and algae without resorting to chemical means. Homeowners also have to realize that a little bit of green moss in the pond is natural, and can actually add to its overall attractiveness. The trick is not letting the green stuff take over, and preventing things from getting slimy or smelly. It’s helpful, first off, to have the right design for the pond from the get-go. Moving water — typically in the form of a waterfall — helps pond circulation and puts oxygen in the water for fish to breathe, Phillips says. The waterfall keeps water from becoming stagnant, and also discourages mosquitoes from laying their eggs there. “The waterfall doesn’t have to be very high,” points out Phillips, gesturing to the backyard pond at his Pacific Grove home. “This one is 12 inches at most.”

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His own waterfall is constructed from a handful of rocks that are strategically piled up; he can even change the sound of the water just by moving a few of them. A pump helps re-circulate the water. In addition, Phillips recommends having a filtration system that will take leaves and debris out of the pond; the filter will need to be cleaned periodically to keep the system in working order. A less obvious necessity in water features is establishing a healthy population of beneficial bacteria in the pond. These bacteria will digest organic compounds in the pond that might otherwise give off an odor, or encourage green slimy growth, and will help keep the water looking clear and clean. Although such bacteria will naturally take up residence in the pond over time, homeowners can also kick-start the process by using products such as Macro-Zyme, and including lava rocks or porous mats at the bottom of the bottom to give the bacteria a place to live. Phillips also recommends placing your water feature in a place in the yard where it won’t accumulate a lot of plant matter — that is, not beneath trees or other plants that drop a lot of leaves or blossoms. When choosing plants to place around the pond, select evergreens that don’t bloom much; Phillips likes gunnera, native to the tropics, for the banks of a pond. Several species have large leaves that provide shady places where fish can hang out when the weather’s hot. Water lilies and water lettuce are also a natural choice for aquatic flora; Phillips also likes papyrus, that ancient plant beloved by the Egyptians. Another important element of pond design is making hiding places for fish. If a hungry raccoon strolls through the yard, giving the fish a refuge will save their lives. Phillips solved this at his own pond at home by piling up rocks on the bottom to make little caves where the fish can go when they need to. Phillips sees a well-designed water feature as practically troublefree, and an asset to any yard. “The sound of water is relaxing and mesmerizing,” he said. “It can drown out other noises that you don’t want to hear. And the fish can be a fun pet.” More information is available from Stillwater Landscaping, 644-8022.

Charles Phillips’ latest creation at a home in the Yankee Point neighborhood on the coast.

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Calendar MARCH 19 – JUNE 16 Ongoing Events OLD MONTEREY MARKET PLACE Alvarado Street, Monterey Every Tuesday, rain or shine. Winter hours: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Summer hours: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. 655-2607 


Wilson Children's Theatre, 320 Main St., Salinas March 11-15, The Phantom Toll Booth; May 3-4,1011,17-18, Charlotte’s Web. Since 1989, year-round programs in theater arts for children and adolescents. 775-0976 


The Barnyard Shopping Center, Carmel Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May to September 728-5060 

Monterey Museum of Art, 559 Pacific St., Monterey Third Thursday of each month, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monthly open house offers appetizers, wine and viewing works of art. Admission: free. 372-5477 



Del Monte Shopping Center, Monterey Sundays, 8 a.m. to noon May to October 728-5060  Marina Village Shopping Center, Marina Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 384-6961 

Main Street, Oldtown Salinas First Friday of each month, 5 to 8 p.m. 50 galleries, shops, restaurants and organizations in Oldtown Salinas throw open their doors to visitors, with live entertainment and refreshments. 758-9126 or 758-0725  or



Monterey Peninsula College Fridays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 728-5060 

Old Monterey Docent-led tours by appointment, $5; self-guided tour brochure for $3 at the Picket Fence Store or other Historic Park locations. 649-3364 


PACIFIC GROVE CERTIFIED FARMERS MARKET Grand Avenue at Central, Pacific Grove Mondays, year ’round Winter hours, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Summer hours, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. 384-6961 

OLDTOWN CERTIFIED FARMERS MARKET Across from the National Steinbeck Center, Salinas Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 905-1407 or 920-1088 

MONTEREY SYMPHONY CONCERTS Sunset Center, Carmel, and Steinbeck Institute, Salinas Through June 2013 646-8511 



POINT SUR LIGHTSTATION GUIDED TOURS West side of Highway 1 at locked gate 19 miles south of Rio Road, Carmel Winter hours through March: Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m., and Wednesdays, 1 p.m. Threehour, 1-mile walking tours, with a 300-foot vertical rise in elevation. Dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes. Meet at the locked gate 30 minutes early. Space is limited. Admission: $10 for adults; $5 for ages 6 to 17; free for age 5 and under. 625-4419  or

Henri Matisse: Improvisation Prints from the Jazz Portfolio from the Collection of the Monterey Museum of Art. Monterey Now: Johnny Apodaca Long-time Monterey area artist Johnny Apodaca’s vivid new series of small gouache paintings on paper, along with a selection of the dynamic semi-abstract oil paintings for which he is recognized. Beth Van Hoesen Detailed and delicate multimedia prints (etching, drypoint, etc.) from the late San Francisco Bay area artist and expert printmaker Museum of Modern Art — Pacific Street 559 Pacific St., Monterey 372-5477 

MARCH MARCH 23 8th annual Mud Run Freeman Stadium, CSU-Monterey Bay Campus, Fort Ord Get ”down and dirty” at the 8th annual Mud Run. The challenging but fun course includes hills, water, obstacles, drill sergeants and, yes, plenty of mud. Five-mile loop course begins and ends at Freeman Stadium on the CSUMB campus. The course is partially on the road and partially on trails and includes hills, water, 5-foot walls and four mud pits. You will get wet and you will get muddy. You'll be able to run through a shower just before entering the finish area. Be sure to bring towels and a change of clothing. The Mud Run is a Big Sur Marathon event benefitting Morale, Welfare & Rec. of the Presidio of Monterey, CSU-Monterey Bay, and Big Sur's JUST RUN youth fitness program. 8 a.m. 625-6226 

MARCH 29 Steve Tyrell with Special Guest Diane Schurr Sunset Center, Carmel, 8 p.m. 620-2048 


TOR HOUSE AND HAWK TOWER TOURS 26304 Ocean View Avenue, Carmel Hourly docent-led tours, every Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tax-deductible tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for full-time students. 624-1813 

APRIL 3 Jeff Bridges & The Abiders Sunset Center, Carmel, 8 p.m. 620-2048 

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Baja Cantina Grill & Filling Station Santa Fe Rib Eye-Certified Angus Steak grilled to perfection, then topped with herbed butter and served with seasonal vegetables and garlic mashed potatoes.

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Mario & Rosa Catalano PROPRIETORS

Vermicelli alla Siciliana 1 1 /2 2 6

lg. eggplant, washed & cubed cup olive oil cloves garlic, crushed lg, ripe tomatoes, peeled, chopped & seeds discarded 2 sweet peppers 3 anchovy fillets, washed and chopped 1 /2 cup black olives, pitted and halved 4 tsp. capers 2 sprigs basil, finely chopped 11/2 lb. vermicelli Salt & pepper to taste Preparation Sprinkle salt onto eggplant; let sit in colander. Sauté garlic in pan with hot oil until brown, discard garlic. Add eggplant, tomatoes and salt. Cook gently for about 20 min. Char peppers under broiler until skins are burnt and blistered. Cool; pull off thin burnt skin. Halve peppers; discard cores and seeds. Cut flesh into strip; add to tomato sauce. Generously add freshly ground pepper; simmer until softened. Add anchovies, olives, capers and basil. Gently cook covered for 10 to 15 min. Boil vermicelli in salted water until tender but still firm. Drain; dress with hot sauce. serve immediately.



ibo (pronounced chee-bo) means food in Italian, but it’s more of a feast for the senses. An intimate yet vibrant atmosphere is accentuated with expressive art in the form of photography, paintings, sculpture, hand-blown glass and live jazz Fusing the best of old and new world Italian cuisine, Cibo offers an eclectic menu from gourmet pizzas to multi-course dinners. Hand-selected from the finest Italian and California vintages, Cibo presents an extensive range of wines to enable the perfect pairing with your dinner. Cordials as well as traditional and creative cocktails are available to complement your dining experience. For an elegant evening of cocktails and jazz, a custom private party, a special group event or quiet dinner for two, Cibo will accommodate.

Cibo has been a favorite of locals and visitors alike since 1990. Located in beautiful, historic downtown Monterey, California, Cibo is open every evening from 5:00. Fixed price menu 5-7 p.m.

301 Alvarado Street, Monterey (831) 649-8151 Hours: Open daily from 5:00 pm Live Entertainment Tuesday-Sunday Happy Hour 5:00 pm-7:00 pm • Bar – Open Late,

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Featuring: Prime Swordfish, King Salmon and other Fresh Seasonal Seafood-served with home made sauces

Jumbo Shrimp Pasta Nero (Squid Ink) Pescatore Full Bar

Grass fed Filet Mignon & Rib Eye Steaksserved au poivre with brandy green peppercorn sauce or grilled with mushroom marsala reduction sauce Grass fed Australian Lamb Shank served with Tuscan Bean Stew A variety of pasta dishes, as well as European style Pizzas Freshly made salads and house made soups

Swordfish Steak Grass-fed Lamb Shank

“Au Poivre” Rib-eye Steak

Homemade Crème Brulee and Tiramisu, Apple Strudel, Italian Style Gellatos to compliment your dining experience

Dishes Bistro & Grill


RESH, SIMPLE & FLAVORFUL … Bistro style - California/Mediterranean restaurant, featuring fresh seasonal seafood and free range grass fed meats - Filet Mignon, Rib Eye, Lamb Shank. Additionally, pork medallions, chicken piccata, along with a number of` Vegetarian, pasta & gourmet pizza dishes are also offered. A variety of appetizers, including our most tender calamari strips, as well as freshly made salads and home made soups, plus our traditional French Onion soup, are offered for your initial enjoyment. Home made Creme Brulèe and Tiramisu are featured daily among other sumptuous pastries and gelatos to complement your dining experience. Offering a Full bar service as well as beers on tap and bottled, reasonably priced premium wines - international and local.

Open since 1994. Best Restaurant award as well as many local awards. Casual and yet intimate atmosphere.

330 Reservation Road, Marina (831) 883-1207 Hours: Lunch, Mon-Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm

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Every Event At Balesteri’s Is A Special Occasion!


eddings are special occasions at Balesteri’s. From the minute you say “I Do” to the sharing of the first slice of wedding cake, you want your wedding to be as perfect as possible. The professionals at Balesteri’s will help make that happen. “People tell us that we are Monterey’s best kept secret,” says co-owner Susie Balesteri “People don’t realize that we are tucked away in this beautiful setting at the end of York Road”. Another secret is that Balesteri’s is one of the most affordable wedding venues on the Peninsula offering a one-stop locale where they will host a rehearsal dinner, the wedding ceremony and the reception. In the evenings Balesteri’s is transformed with the addition of a dance floor that will hold up to 150 people. And, don’t forget that they can cater your events at venues all over the county. Balesteri’s offers you a list of professional referrals for all of your wedding needs including: cakes, flowers, photographers, disc jockeys, and limousine services. With a picturesque location, a top-notch professional staff and experienced caterers Balesteri’s will take the stress out of planning your special events. Birthdays • Weddings Holiday Parties • Anniversaries Graduations • Retirement Parties


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FROM SCRATCH / American Cuisine Menu Highlights Omelette Mania! ALL of our three egg omelettes are served with “From Scratch” baby red potatoes and choice of bread. Choose one of our creations OR have it your way! Denver Bell pepper, onion, ham and Swiss cheese. Carmel Mushrooms, avocado, bacon and Swiss cheese. Monterey Green onion, beef chorizo, tomato and Monterey Jack cheese. Big Sur Green onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, zucchini, spinach. Pacific Grove Turkey, avocado, bacon and Swiss cheese. Pebble Beach Crab, mushrooms, green onions and Swiss cheese. The From Scratch Skillet From Scratch Potatoes, top with melted cheese and two eggs any style and with your choice of three items from the Selects menu. From Scratch Breakfast Roll Breakfast burrito of scrambled eggs, with your choice of three From Scratch Selects, rolled in a tortilla, topped with melted jack and cheddar cheese then baked. Served with salsa fresca and our famous baby red potatoes. Pancakes Homemade Buttermilk Pancakes Blueberry Pancakes Banana Walnut Pancakes Granola Pancakes with Bananas Sample Lunch Items: Homemade Chili French Onion Soup Famous “From Scratch” Black Bean Soup Cobb Salad Tuna Avocado Salad Chicken Caesar Salad

From Scratch Restaurant


hen a restaurant is named From Scratch, customers expect a meal made with the freshest ingredients lovingly prepared by an expert chef just seconds before it is served. And that is just what you get when you dine at this charming family owned restaurant. From Scratch Restaurant has been serving hearty, satisfying meals for over 30 years. A local favorite don’t miss out on our Eggs Benedict with homemade hollandaise sauce, cheese blintz’s (pictured), made-to-order omelettes and the best Huevos Rancheros in town – you will not leave hungry. Lunch includes homemade soup, our own crustless quiche and an assortment of salads and sandwiches. Enjoy a wonderful meal and stroll among the gardens of the beautiful Barnyard Shopping Village. Or come for breakfast and a bike

ride on the new Carmel Recreation trail between the Barnyard and Highway One. Join us indoors by the cozy fireplace or on our sun drenched patio. Breakfast is served all day and the lunch menu starts at 11am. We hope to see you soon.

3626 The Barnyard Shopping Village, Carmel (831) 625-2448 Hours: Breakfast & Lunch, 7:30 am-3:00 pm, daily

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Homemade Main Dishes Bistec a la Mexicane Bistec Ranchero Came Asada Costilla Depuerc Short Ribs with Cactus Birria (goat meat) in a Guajillo Sauce Enchilada Verdes in a Tomatillo Sauce Enchiladas in a Red Sauce made with Dry Guajillo Sauce made with Dry Guajillo Sauce Enchiladas mi Generala Chile Rellenos Combination Platters Choice of Chile Relleno, Enchilada and Homemade Tamales Chili Verde Chili Colorado

Rosa’s La Villa Restaurant


elcome to La Villa Restaurant. When I moved to the Monterey Peninsula in 1986, I began to search for a restaurant offering the distinctive flavor of my hometown, Villa Guerrero in Jalisco, Mexico. I searched and searched, but I couldn’t find that spicy and particularly bold flavor of Jalisco. You see, I learned to cook by watching my grandmother, my mother, and my uncle prepare my favorite meals in the traditional Jalisco way. So in 1996, I decided to open my own restaurant using these timeless recipes, along with a few of my own and my daughters. The tortillas are all homemade fresh for each order, the beans are rich, creamy, and

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2009 Monterey County Herald “Best Authentic Mexican Restaurant”

earthy, the meat is fresh and tender. The sauces are prepared daily with that zesty Jalisco authenticity. I hope you enjoy my favorite food from my hometown.

766 Broadway, Seaside (btwn Alhambra & Calaveras) (831) 899-7710 Hours: Daily, Mon-Fri 10:30am–9:00pm Sat-Sun, 8:00pm–9:00pm Live Music Fridays


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JOSE’S MEXICAN BAR & GRILL / MEXICAN CUISINE APERTIVOS Shrimp Cocktail Cheese, Chicken or Asada Quesadilla Cheese, Chicken or Asada Nachos Guacamole Buelva a la Vida ESPECIALES DE LA CASA Chile Verde

Bite sized pieces of pork, simmered in our tomatilla sauce

Chile Colorado

USDA choice beef steak chunks in our delicious red sauce

Carne Asada

Marinated beef steak w/a cheese enchilada

Chile Relleno

Chile Anaheim filled with cheese\


Deep fried burrito filled with beef, cheese & onions topped w/sour cream & guacamole

Tostada Fiesta

Choice of meat topped w/beef, cheese & onions, topped w/sour cream


Three Flautas

Deep fried corn tortillas filled w/beef or chicken, topped w/sour cream

Carnitas (Pork) Beef, Chicken or Shrimp Fajitas

(Chicken & Shrimp plates topped with sour cream & guacamole)

Pescado Frito Camarones a la Ranchera

Shrimp cooked with wild peppers, covered in tomato sauce

LUNCH SPECIALS (served 11am-4pm • include chips, salsa, rice & beans) 1 and 2-item combinations featuring TACOS ENCHILADAS TOSTADAS BURRITOS TAMALES Choice of Chicken, Beef, Bean Carne Asada or Carnitas extra

Jose’s Mexican Grill & Jose’s Mexican Food in Seaside re you looking for Mexican cuisine that doesn’t require a trip south of the border? Look no further. Jose’s Mexican Bar & Grill brings the hospitality and specialty cuisine of Mexico to the heart of Monterey. There is something about authentic Mexican cuisine that gets the taste buds going and lets the appetite run wild. Jose’s Mexican Bar & Grill offers diners warm hospitality and mouth-watering cuisine that will not easily be forgotten. Bring your family and friends, pull up a chair, indulge in a tasty Margarita and catch up after a long week at the office. No matter what the occasion calls for or your appetite demands, the friendly staff at Jose’s Mexican Bar & Grill won’t let you leave without a smile on your face. The menu features classic favorites and modern adaptations to a culinary tradition that has made Mexico a favorite culinary destination.


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Whether you’re looking for a safe haven from the fast food chains of America or in need of a meal that will tempt your cravings, Jose’s Mexican Bar & Grill will not let you leave unsatisfied. Pleasant dining and superb Mexican cuisine.

2 great locations 638 Wave Street, Monterey (831) 655.4419 1612 Contra Costa, Seaside (831) 899.0345 Hours: Open Monday-Sunday 11:00 am–10:00 pm


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Lugano’s Cheese Fondue 3/4 cup and 2 teaspoons dry Swiss white wine 6 ounces shredded Swiss Emmental cheese 6 ounces shredded Gruyere cheese 3 ounces shredded Appenzeller cheese 1 tablespoon and 3/4 teaspoons Cornstarch 1 ounces Kirchwasser (Cherry Brandy) 1/4 teaspoon salt 4 teaspoons ground nutmeg 3/4 (1 pound) loaf French bread, cut into 1-inch cubes Simmer wine in fondue pot. Add Swiss cheese, Gruyere cheese and Appenzeller, 1/4 pound at a time. Stir after each addition of cheese until melted. Mix Cornstarch and Kirchwasser and add to Cheese. When all the cheese has melted, stir in salt, Pepper and nutmeg. Serve with cubes of day-old French bread.

Lugano Swiss Bistro bit of Switzerland right here in Carmel. Handcarved wood, geraniums, colorful murals, checkered tablecloths, a heated Alpine patio and friendly service add to the Swiss mountain chalet atmosphere. Chef Andrés culinary magic recreates the flavors of Switzerland – Pan fried Pork, Chicken Schnitzel, Steak, Duck, Lamb, Fish, Risotto and Pasta Dishes. Don’t overlook the Veal Zurich, a traditional dish of thinly sliced Veal in wild mushroom sauce, with Swiss roesti potatoes. Marinated Red Cabbage, sauerkraut and spatzli are also on the menu. Lugano’s is famous for Fondue, a culinary classic that brings people together and revives the lost art of


“Arrive as a guest, leave as a friend.”

conversation. As they say, “It’s Hip to Dip!” Lugano’s takes Fondue to a new level, with Gruyere, Emmenthal and Appenzeller cheese. We also offer Beef Fondue, Seafood Fondue and Chocolate Fondue for dessert as photographed on this issue’s Dining Showcase cover!!!

Under the Windmill in The Barnyard, Carmel (831) 626-3779 Hours: Tue-Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm

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SANTA Santa Lucia Cafe

is the only restaurant in the peninsula providing a German Cuisine with an Italian twist. Thin crusted pizzas baked in an oak wood fired brick oven are hard to find these days and Santa Lucia Cafe has definitely built its reputation for it over the past 15 years. Serving one of the best pizzas in Monterey, it also has a large variety of Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner dishes which are all made from scratch with locally grown produce. Santa Lucia Cafe has the best German beer selection on tap and authentic German & Italian home cooking from Wiener Schnitzel or Sauerbraten (sweet & sour beef roast) with red cabbage or Potato Pancakes to traditional Italian dishes like Veal Picatta, Spinach Ravioli or Mom’s Lasagna giving its menu a broad selection for everybody’s liking. Try our Apple Pancake for breakfast or our German Chocolate Cake for dessert. Serving you at our patio outside allows you also to bring your dog with you while having a good time.



• Jaeger Schnitzel • Wiener Schnitzel • Hungarian Goulash • Sauerbraten & Spaetzle • Veal Bratwurst & Sauerkraut • Bavarian Pork Roast & Red Cabbage

• German Apple Pancake • Eggs Benedict • Omelettes & Pancakes and more !

484 Washington Street Downtown Monterey


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continued from page 21 APRIL 4-7 PEBBLE BEACH FOOD & WINE Pebble Beach Sixth annual event celebrating the best in food and wine at an epic epicurean event with 60 celebrity chefs and 250 wineries assembled at Pebble Beach. Lunches, dinners, wine tastings, cooking demonstrations and a legendary grand tasting. (866) 907-FOOD (3663) or 622-7770 

APRIL 5 & 6 Menopause The Musical Sunset Center, Carmel 620-2048 

live entertainment on five stages; old-fashioned games and contests and lots of family fun. Free. 373-3304 

APRIL 19-21 52nd annual Wildflower Show Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, 165 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove Don’t miss this rare opportunity to view more than 600 species and varieties of Central Coast wildflowers. The Monterey Bay Chapter of the California Native Plant Society partners with the museum to make this Wildflower Show the largest in the Northern and Western hemispheres in terms of number of species and varieties represented. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 648-5718 

APRIL 6 SAN ANTONIO DE PADUA MISSION DAYS Mission San Antonio de Padua, Jolon Step back in time to the real Mission Days, as reenactors in costume portray soldiers, artisans, vaqueros on horseback, and neophytes (Indians). Demonstrations of adobe brick making, acorn grinding, tortilla making, weaving, bead making, face painting, rope making, bell ringing and more. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 385-4478 

APRIL 6 8th Annual Senior’s Prom Palma High School Gym, Acacia and Iverson, Salinas Join the fun with an evening of great music at this 8th annual event. Prom attire or your Sunday best — anything but jeans. All singles and couples over age 21 are welcome. Benefits the future Salinas Senior Center. 7 p.m. to 11 pm 585-1288 

APRIL 10 Twilight Cycling Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Experience the excitement of pedaling Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, an 11-turn, 2.238-mile course, highlighted by the legendary Corkscrew turn that drops an equivalent of 5½ stories. Open to all levels of cyclists; helmets are required. 5:30–7:30 p.m. $10 per rider. 242-8201 

APRIL 13 & 14 56th annual Good Old Days Celebration A Pacific Grove tradition, Good Old Days includes the county’s largest arts and crafts show, with more than 225 art and food vendors in downtown Pacific Grove; a parade down Pine Avenue;


Arlo Guthrie: Here Comes the Kid Sunset Center, Carmel, 8 p.m. 620-2048 

Avia Wildflower Marathon Lake San Antonio One of the premier triathlons nationally and internationally, this course will test the skills of the professional triathlete and the first-time long course competitor. Spectators and athletes can also enjoy live music, great food and race clinics. 373-0678 

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SEA OTTER CLASSIC Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca 23rd annual “celebration of cycling,” the Sea Otter Classic is regarded as the world's largest cycling festival, hosting nearly 10,000 professional and amateur athletes and 50,000 fans. Bike races and fun rides for every kind, level and age of rider, an expo, stunt shows, kids activities and a bike playground. (800) 218-8411 or 373-2331 

33rd Steinbeck Festival National Steinbeck Center, One Main Street, Salinas “Home” is the theme of the 33rd annual Steinbeck Festival. Tours, talks, readings, food, visual and performing arts. 775-4721 


Michael Muir, a re-enactor at San Antonio de Padua Mission Days

on one of the most breathtaking routes in the world along Highway 1, from Big Sur to Carmel. BSIM events include the 26.2-mile marathon, marathon relay, 21-, 10.6- and 9-milers(walking or running) and a 5K. Participants enjoy live music along the course, from classical to rock, Taiko drums to quartets, and more. Spectators can cheer on the runners and join in the marathon excitement and activities at the finish line. 625-6226 

APRIL 21 Día Del Niño Monterey Bay Aquarium Celebrate children and families with live Latin performances, bilingual feeding shows, a craft room, prize drawings and more. Free with Aquarium admission. Children 12 and under free all day. 648-4800 

APRIL 23 Medeski, Martin, & Wood Sunset Center, Carmel, 8 p.m. 620-2048 

APRIL 27 JUST RUN! Just Kids 3K Lovers Point, Pacific Grove For children ages 4 to 17, the 3K will be held in four “waves,” separated by color-coded participant race bibs. The course begins at Lovers Point and proceeds along Oceanview Boulevard toward the Monterey Bay Aquarium. At the American Tin Cannery, runners will make a Uturn onto the Recreation Trail and return to the finish at Lovers Point for activities, food and awards. fThis is a popular competition for local schools where they can earn cash awards based on school participation. 625-6226 

APRIL 28 28TH annual Big Sur International Marathon Big Sur to Carmel Lauded as one of the world's top destination races, the Big Sur International Marathon is set

MAY 4 Relay For Life of Monterey Peninsula Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairgrounds Rd., Monterey Relay For Life of Monterey Peninsula hosts a celebration of survivors, and a remembrance ceremony on Saturday evening to remember those who have lost their battle with cancer. More than 75 percent of the American Cancer Society dollars are dedicated to research, support cancer patients and their families and public education. All programs are funded solely from public contributions. Relay For Life begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 4, and ends at 9 a.m. Sunday, May 5. Team captain meetings are held at Black Bear Diner in Monterey: Feb. 21, March 14, April 11, April 25 and May 2. 772-6528 

MAY 8 Twilight Cycling Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Experience the excitement of pedaling Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, an 11-turn, 2.238-mile course, highlighted by the legendary Corkscrew turn that drops an equivalent of 5½ stories. Open to all levels of cyclists; helmets are required. 5:30–7:30 p.m. $10 per rider. 242-8201 

MAY 9-11 American Le Mans Monterey Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is one of four race tracks to have hosted an American Le Mans Series event in each of its seasons. Featuring multiple classes of high-tech sports cars competing together, the American Le Mans Series sees constant passing and on-track battles throughout each race. The four-hour race takes • SPRING 2013 33

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competitors from daylight to dusk, pushing their mental and physical abilities. 800-327-7322 or 242-8201 

Agro Art Competition, field tours, and lots of food: artichokes fried, sautéed, grilled, marinated, fresh, and creamed in soup. 633-2465 

the treasures of the oceans, the threats against them and what we can do to keep them healthy. Free with Aquarium admission. 648-4800 

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7th annual Hike for Charity Toro Park Established in 2007 in honor of Linda Tumblin, this event has raised thousands of dollars for local charities. Individuals and groups can enjoy hikes for all levels, raffles and prizes. Proceeds go to local charities: Kinship Center, Hospice Foundation, CASA and the YMCA. Registration: $30 402-4888 

4th annual California Roots Music & Arts Festival Monterey County Fairgrounds Celebrate Memorial Day weekend with three full days of music from around the world, delicious food and unique craft vendors, as well as a dynamic live-art experience. An unforgettable festival experience with an emphasis on sustainability and earth-friendly practices including a zero waste plan, water fill stations and a rideshare program.

Annual Fiesta Mission San Antonio de Padua, Jolon Held on the second Sunday of June (in honor of St. Anthony's Feast Day), the fiesta is a fun-filled day for all, beginning with our special Fiesta Mass at 11 a.m., and ending with a procession from the church to the Fiesta grounds, signaling the beginning of the festivities that go until 4 p.m. Dance to music provided by a lively variety of local bands and dine on a tri-tip dinner. Purchase a homemade dessert, enjoy a glass of beer or wine, visit with local artisans whose wares will be on display and join in the fun of our games for kids. 385-4478 

MAY 11 New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players: “The Mikado” Sunset Center, Carmel, 8 p.m. 620-2048 

MAY 16-19 Carmel Art Festival Devendorf Park, Carmel 20th annual festival features plein air and sculpture-in-the-park events, as well as a Quick Draw by the winning artists, Carmel Youth Art Show and Kids Art Day. Many galleries in Carmel-bythe-Sea schedule their own shows, receptions and painting demonstrations to coincide with the festival. 642-2503 

MAY 16-19 69th annual Salinas Valley Fair Salinas Valley Fair, 625 Division St., King City Country Nights and Carnival Lights is the theme for this year’s old-fashioned county fair; complete with carnival, bull-riding, craft and 4-H exhibits, livestock exhibits, music, food and more. Includes the Monterey Wine Competition Grand Wine Tasting. 385-3243 

MAY 17-18 7th annual Monterey Rock & Rod Festival Monterey Fairgrounds This celebration of ’50s and ’60s rock-‘n’-roll, and custom and classic cars and trucks, benefits developmentally disabled adults of Monterey County. Enjoy music by a variety of great groups, including Gary Lewis & The Playboys. 831-809-6252 

MAY 17-19 Cooking for Solutions Monterey Bay Aquarium Enjoy three days of remarkable culinary experiences with some of the finest chefs in the Americas. Cooking for Solutions celebration supports the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program. Events include a gala, cooking demonstrations, sustainable foods celebration and challenge. 647-6886 or (866) 963-9645 

MAY 18 & 19 54th annual Castroville Artichoke Festival Cooking demonstrations, wine tasting, entertainment, parade, children’s activities, arts and crafts, three-dimensional fruit and vegetable

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JUNE JUNE 2 9th annual Cannery Row Block Party A free day of fun and entertainment along Cannery Row. Continuous live music includes Michael Annotti, Chicano All Stars and Matt Masih & the Messengers. Wild Things animal shows throughout the day, contests and activities for all ages, and balloon artists, stilt walker and more. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 657-6485 

JUNE 12 Twilight Cycling Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Experience the excitement of pedaling Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, an 11-turn, 2.238-mile course, highlighted by the legendary Corkscrew turn that drops an equivalent of 5½ stories. Open to all levels of cyclists; helmets are required. 5:30–7:30 p.m. $10 per rider. 242-8201 

JUNE 7 & 8 Smuin Ballet Spring Program Sunset Center, Carmel 620-2048 

JUNE 7 & 8 37th annual Monterey Wine Festival Custom House Plaza, Monterey California's longest-running wine festival celebrates its 37th anniversary, with more than 1,000 wines offered for tasting. New this year, The Kings of Calamari on Friday night. Saturday, don’t miss the "Mini Cocktail Camp — Shake ’em Like a Pro!" at 2 p.m., and The West Coast Chowder Competition from noon to 3 p.m. Opens 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (800) 422-0251 

JUNE 8 Relay For Life of Salinas Salinas Sports Complex, 1034 N. Main St., Salinas Relay For Life of Salinas has raised more than $11 million for cancer research. Relay For Life events bring together people to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones, and fight back against the disease. Each team pledges to keep one member on the track, walking or running laps, for the entire 24-hours. Throughout the 24-hours there are activities and events to keep the teams entertained and motivated. Relay For Life of Salinas begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 8, and ends at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 9. 772-6529 

JUNE 8 & 9 World Oceans Day Celebration Monterey Bay Aquarium Celebration of the amazing ecosystem that covers 70 percent of our planet. You'll learn about

JUNE 15 Monterey Beer Festival Monterey Fairgrounds The greatest assortment of beer ever assembled on the Central Coast. Sample varied styles of ales, lagers and ciders from more than 80 breweries with hundreds of beers to taste. On hand will be the best of beer from California and the U.S., and from around the world, including Belgium, Germany, England, France, Australia, Thailand, Italy, Asia, Ireland, Russia, Mexico and Jamaica. Must be 21 or older. 12:30–5 p.m. 372-5863 

JUNE 16 Run in the Name of Love 5K San Carlos Street and Ninth Avenue, Carmel Third annual "Run in the Name of Love" scenic road race and walk is set for Father's Day, Sunday, June 16. The 5K run begins at 8:30 a.m. at Carmel's historic Sunset Center and follows a coastal path along the ocean, with a finish celebration at Carmel's Ocean Beach. Dogs are welcome to participate in the 2K walk/run. Unique features of the event are tribute bibs, dog participant shirts and bandanas, biscuits for the dogs when they cross the finish line, free raffle tickets, and medallions for walkers as well. All runners and walkers are encouraged to run in the name of someone they love, either as a memorial or a tribute.

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