This past week, I jetted off to Monterey for two days (amazing birthday gift from my boyfriend). I hadn’t been there since I went to see the aquarium when I was a wee one, so it was really fun to re-explore. Monterey itself was adorable, quite the kitschy small town, very empty in the winter. Lots of great food. It’s also incredibly close to Pebble Beach, Pacific Grove and Carmel so we got to explore and eat there as well. My favorite meal was at Montrio Bistro in Monterey: lobster mac and cheese, steamed mussels in coconut broth with lemongrass and pork chops with sweet potato fritters, greens, maple butter and bourbon jus. Plus delicious drinks. Another highlight was heading over to the Inn at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach for drinks at sunset. They have a huge patio overlooking the ocean with fire pits and blankets so you can sit, drink, eat and watch the sun go down in comfort. Amaze. Enjoy pictures below.
Very literal ocean view dining at The Fish Hopper.
And the dining part.
Drinks by the firepit at sunset at The Inn at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach.
My drink of choice :: rose with raspberries.
Seaweed wrapped scallops on polenta with coconut at Roy’s.
Spicy tuna & cucumber on the inside, yellowtail, jalapeno & siracha aioli on the outside. And sake.
Christmas in a mason jar.
Delicious breakfast at The Wild Plum Cafe & Bakery – highly recommend it.
A Monterey street.
Jellies at the aquarium.
Coffee with cinnamon at Carmel Valley Roasting Co.
Feet at a beach picnic.
A partial shot of Montrio’s drink menu.
The Mezcal Mula :: Guava infused mezcal tequila, ginger beer and something else…
Steamed mussels with lemongrass & coconut broth.
Pork chops with sweet potato fritters, greens, maple butter & bourbon jus.