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Kate's very own Best of Monterey list for drinks and music and dancing


Yes, The Mission Ranch is the best bar for hanging with the over 50's crowd, especially if you go for the characters dancing around the piano but what about the rest of us?

For those in their 40's or the wannabes? I say the bar at Il Fornaio on Friday nights – especially because they have the most interesting mushroom appetizer during Happy Hour ~

White mushrooms are cubed, and tossed with lemon and olive oil and perhaps a secret ingredient ~ perhaps a special salt and pepper, served with thin slices of toasted baguette, ~ a simple dish but well executed, low in calories and high in nutrients. They also have  pizza and other appetizers as well.

And what about those in their 30's ? 20's ? Brittania Arms for one, cause it has character as well as drinks, and Planet Gemini in Seaside for those who love to dance, running running neck and neck with  Cibo's at the end of Alvarado Street, which has collected  many 'bests' in other catagories.

I wager a lot of friends and family show up regularly at the AW Shucks Bar and Restaurant on Ocean for all sorts of shooters, and I will be reviewing them as soon as I get a recipe from the chef – They have the BEST Bloody Mary I have ever tasted.

Best Pizza I have heard over and over again isfound at  the  Cafe Rusitca  in Carmel Valley, but again I think it runs neck and neck with Allegro's Pizza at the bottom of the hill off highway 101 in the Barnyard:(note They do not discriminate, meaning you can bring your dog with you!) 3770 The Barnyard,Carmel, CA 93923-8751 phone: (831) 626-5454

Lastly, no matter how old you are you must go to Ted's bar at the Cypress inn for a chocolate espresso martini – that 's a wake up call if I ever had one!

Head's up for the week

Today, Friday, March 26, 2010
 Friends of the Symphony is hosting a Luncheon at Pebble Beach featuring guest speaker classical concert pianist SARA DAVIS BUECHNER who will be performing this weekend at Sherwood Hall in Salinas on Saturday and Sunset Center in Carmel on Sunday and Monday.

Click Here to register ~ and come back for photos. There are only two more luncheons, so please go to The Monterey Symphony to make your reservation.  The food is great and so are the Friends!

Next up, a trip down Chowder Lane...

Coming soon:
Pebble Beach food and wind Festival April 8 - 11th 
Call for reservations for the rest of the many events:
or to order your tickets online –

Sorry to say, the Golf Tournament is sold out on Thursday 8:30 AM - 2:00 P
Friday; an amazing 7 classes in wine tasting and
cooking demos for each block of time:
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Two session on Friday night from 6:30 PM - 11:00 PM include The Best new Chefs Dinner and /or An Evening Of Decadence With Sir Peter Michael (The Beach & Tennis Club)
However there is soooo much more on Saturday and Sunday offerings are equally , excuse the pun, jaw dropping. Just go to the following link to start salivating, as they say it all better than I could hope to.



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