Characters Sports Bar & Grill Weekend Hours

Posted on December 15th, 2014 by omba in Old Monterey

With the start of the new year underway, football season is almost over! With that in mind, Characters Sports Bar & Grill at Monterey Marriott will be altering its weekend hours beginning Saturday, January 3, 2015, when we’ll return to opening at 11am on Saturdays and Sundays, beginning to serve lunch at 11:30am.

But just because the NFL season is almost over, it doesn’t mean the fun ends at Characters! We still have 11 HDTVs and are capable of showing all NBA and NHL games, as well as most MBL games. We also offer free wireless access, Wii Games, Happy Hour on weekdays, and a menu stacked with great appetizers, salads, sandwiches, entrees, and desserts! For more information, please phone us at 831-647-4023....Read More

Campbell's downtown specialty store appealing to tea lovers! Enjoy the jars that enable you to smell the wonderful aromas of the 200 or so high quality teas: green, black, oolong, white and pu-erh. Try a cup of hot or iced fresh loose leaf tea.

Not a tea fan? (We could change that, honest!) You may enjoy some of the fruit and herb blends we have or rooibos may be your preference? All caffeine free of course and wonderful hot or iced and perfect for those iced popsicles in summer! Or you may like to make your own blend?

Interested in herbs? We have a continuously growing selection of herbs and spices, some of which have already been made into teas. We have a reference section that offers recipes for the health benefits of the herbs; but of course it wouldn't be FDA approved.....:-)
Its affordable, its fun, its healthy. Why wouldn't you stop by?

Frost Cupcake Factory's Flavor Calendar for Winter 2014 is now available on our website, and do we have some special treats for you! One of our winter flavors is...

Santa's Velvet: Peppermint vanilla cake swirled with red velvet cake and topped with peppermint cream cheese frosting.

For more information, please visit our website or phone us at 408-866-YUMM....Read More

Delighting Monterey Peninsula locals and visitors since 1995, Montrio Bistro is located in Old Monterey just minutes away from Pacific Grove, Carmel and Pebble Beach. As a California Central Coast culinary leader, Montrio Bistro holds numerous national, regional and local awards.

As a member of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Sustainable Seafood Watch Program, Montrio Bistro has been at the forefront of responsibly sourced ingredients in the Monterey dining scene for over 20 years. Featuring locally sourced ingredients and sustainably caught seafood, Executive Chef Tony Baker's European-inspired American menu combines the best of Italian, French and California cuisines. Every dish that leaves the kitchen is crafted with exciting flavors and the highest quality ingredients available.

Montrio Bistro is committed to exceeding customer expectations with unique menu items prepared with the freshest ingredients and presented with impeccable service. Established in the historic Monterey Firehouse building, Montrio Bistro offers an elegant and welcoming atmosphere perfect for any occasion. From small, intimate affairs to the grandest celebration dinners, the experienced crew at Montrio Bistro is able to accommodate any dinner party.

The restaurant is located steps from the Monterey Conference Center and Fisherman's Wharf and near the Pebble Beach Golf Links, 17 Mile Drive, Monterey Wine Country and the National Steinbeck Center. If you happen to be in the beautiful Monterey Peninsula and are looking for an extraordinary culinary experience, the team at Montrio Bistro welcomes you.

T-Shirt Print and Press Transfers Now Available at Pixels

Posted on December 8th, 2014 by lighthouseave in Lighthouse District

Pixels Graphic Design, Print & Copy in Monterey now offers t-shirt print and press transfers. Have your photo, logo, or message pressed right on to your clothing! Send in or drop off your photo and/or any message you'd like to add. Either have it ready to press or we can design something awesome for you.

Print & Press Transfers:
Standard (8" x 10.5"): $10 each

Large (10.5" x 16.5"): $15 each

Please allow 2-3 business days from acceptance to completion (more lead time may be needed as we approach Christmas). For more information, please email Pixels or phone us at 831-333-0174....Read More

Maybe on Monday: Call for Local Artisans

Posted on December 7th, 2014 by omba in Old Monterey

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]....Read More

Carpets and Floors offers you an extensive collection of the finest floor coverings made today. Our collection is based on what we believe are some of the most important things to consider when “dressing floors”.  They are quality, durability and sustainability.

This means we feature Wool as our material of choice and we have the largest number of wool options in broadloom and area rugs to choose from on the Monterey Peninsula. We also carry high quality synthetic and synthetic blends in our carpeting collection.

No flooring store would be complete without a good selection of Hardwood and we have a wide variety of styles ranging from the classic to the exotic. We also have engineered and laminate hard flooring options as well as bamboo and cork flooring.

Luxury vinyl tile is also among our offerings. Highly regarded for its durability, it also works wonderfully as a design choice because it can be made to mimic everything from slate to reclaimed wood. To give you the maximum range of flooring design choices our tile options include creative alternatives like sisal, seagrass, and jute.

Come visit our showroom to see, touch and learn about our wonderful flooring options.  Our collection is large – feel free to take your time, browse, ask questions, take home samples, ask for a floor design consultation and/or an expert measure.  Most of all please enjoy.

Ice Skating by the Bay 2014

Posted on December 6th, 2014 by omba in Old Monterey

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....Read More

Alvarado Street Brewer's Log, December 2014

Posted on December 5th, 2014 by omba in Old Monterey

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


Welcome to Lighthouse District in the News, an occasional post featuring recent news articles on Monterey's Lighthouse District. Please click the link below to read the full article.

'Small Business Saturday' Buoys Lighthouse Avenue Merchants
by Dennis Taylor
Monterey Herald, 11/29/14...Read More