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Edible Monterey Bay Marketplace

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

Edible Monterey Bay has highlighted a selection of artisanal food and drink handcrafted in the Monterey Bay area. For this holiday giving season, this is an easy way to shop local and support our n...

Secret Bakery | Salinas & Greenfield

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

One of this season's farmers market discoveries is Secret Bakery, vending at the Oldtown Salinas market on Saturday morning's or at Flora's Farm in Greenfield on Sundays. The cottage baker works ma...

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Apple Raspberry Crumb Pie at The Farm in Salinas

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 7 years ago

Maybe you've noticed the giant sculptures by John Cerney depicting workers in the fields on Hwy 68 driving out of Salinas just before you go over the river? That's The Farm, the grower and farmstan...

La Michoacana Plus Paleteria | Salinas

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

Open for four months when I tried it in September, La Michoacana Plus is the latest ice cream parlor and paleteria to open in Salinas. Really colorful interior and good COVID-19 practices with soci...

Avatar Indian Grill in Salinas

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 7 years ago

When I read the Californian’s piece a few Thursdays ago about a new Indian place in town, I couldn’t get myself over to Avatar fast enough. The article said that Bhupender Singh was the chef/ow...

Salinas City Barbeque Opens in Salinas

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 10 years ago

For the last month, I've been watching progress on Salinas City Barbeque toward opening. The restaurant has taken over the former location of Smalley's RoundUp. I'd noticed the sign painting unde...

Curbside Dinners and Housemade Gelato at Rancho Cielo | Salinas

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 6 months ago

This summer I've had the opportunity to pick up curbside dinner and housemade gelato a couple times from the Drummond Culinary Academy at Rancho Cielo in Salinas. The meals are prepared by students...

Toro Place Cafe, Salinas

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 11 years ago

Toro Place Cafe, west of the river on the Monterey Hwy, has been dishing up big breakfasts and lunches to cowboys for more than 50 years. Still quite popular, a shady table on the patio today made...

T & A Cafe in Salinas [Spreckels Historic District]

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 8 years ago

Today's the last day of the season for T & A Cafe in Spreckels. Open right now until about 2pm or the food runs out. Then on hiatus until April 2013 when the produce season ramps up again. This ...

Pacheco's Paleteria y Neveria y Agua | East Salinas

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 years ago

Last week I spotted this storefront for Pacheco Paleteria y Neveria y Agua at 1033 E. Alisal St in Salinas. Very exciting since I'm a fan of Pacheco Water Store and Ice Cream in Gonzales for paleta...

Guadalajara Nieves y Cafe in Salinas

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 7 years ago

Before Thanksgiving I dropped in to investigate the “nieves” side of the name equation here. And what a great discovery! Inside, a counter lined with stainless steel pots packed in ice on di...

Peninsula Pastries in Salinas has re-opened!

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 7 months ago

Among the many re-openings during this time of Covid-19 that I've posted about, the return of Peninsula Pastries might be the sweetest. Literally. When I noticed that it had shutdown, the optim...

Shrimp Taco Dorado @ Mi Taqueria | Salinas

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 7 months ago

Mi Taqueria opened on Monday. It's taken over the spot previously home to Boardwalk Subs, Red's Burgers, and even earlier, Campus Drive-In. I gave it a try on Day 3. I asked whether this was con...

Holiday Buñuelos @ Valdez Hot Dogs estilo Mexicali | Salinas

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 years ago

On the first sign of chill in October, I stopped by Sr. Valdez's Hot Dogs estilo Mexicali cart (Market Street @ Ivy Street) in Salinas for a champurrado. The milk chocolate-flavored corn drink is m...

Key Lime Pie by The Perfect Crumb Bakery (Monterey & Salinas)

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 8 months ago

Yesterday was opening day for the farmers market at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital. I dropped by to pick up some fresh fruits. But also got distracted by The Perfect Crumb Bakery's booth and the ...

Tricycle Pizza- Wood Fired Pizza at Pacific Grove and Salinas Farmers Mkts.

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by villadeste92 7 years ago

Last week browsing through the farmers market held on Mondays in Pacific Grove I came upon Tricycle Pizza. This vendor operates a mobile wood fired pizza oven and offers a variety of pizzas for sal...

Monterey County COVID-19 restaurant closures + takeout list

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 9 months ago

A remarkable team effort by Raúl Nava and other contributors to compile and update this database of Monterey County restaurants that are offering take-out or have closed during this crisis.

Pi Day: Strawberry Pie @ Elli's in Salinas

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 8 years ago

We commemorated Pie Day (3.14) with an individual strawberry pie, $4.25, house-baked at Elli's Great American. While I was somewhat leery of the gigantic berries, assuming they were cultivated mor...

Urgent Need for Volunteers at Food Banks

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 11 months ago

On Monday the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank sent out an urgent call for volunteers: "Volunteer in the Warehouse Urgent Need More than a third of our March volunteers have cancelled — that is 1,5...

La Estrella Liquors & Deli | Salinas

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 years ago

I've been enjoying the homestyle, Zacatecas-style cooking at La Estrella in Salinas for more than ten years. But I've said little about it besides this older post, http://www.chowhound.com/post/me...