Savor the bounty of spring this Easter at Esteban Restaurant, located at 700 Munras Avenue in Downtown Old Monterey. Choose from either a delectable Brunch Menu served 11am-4pm or our Tapas & Dinner Menu served 4pm-8pm.

Enjoy Chef Mario's delicious farm fresh Spanish spin on brunch classics. Eggs Benedict with patatas bravas, Spanish Torta (with eggs, caramelized onion, potato, Jamon Serrano, and Ad Astra seeded sourdough), or Dungeness Crab Tostado (with espellete, avocado, lemon, pickled red onion, and Arbequina Spanish Olive Oil), and much more.

Or savor a crave-worthy all-night tapas and dinner menu with all of your favorites. Start with the Crispy Pulpo (grilled octopus, remoulade, Yukon potato, chorizo, and rosemary chili oil with grilled radicchio), Saffron Arancini with brava sauce, Braised Pork Empanadas, Grilled Lamb Chop with Mario’s spiced marinade, 14 oz. Prime NY Strip with pimento hollandaise, or the Easter Paella (with wild prawns, Little Neck clams, Green Lip mussels, free range Mary’s chicken, local Spanish style chorizo).

Reservations are highly recommended. We are offering both outdoor and limited indoor seating. Please call 831-375-0176 to reserve your table. Parking is free for Estéban’s guests. Children’s menu also available at both brunch and dinner.

Franklin Street Collaborative is now carrying men's wear! Our first men's clothing in the shop? Taylor Stitch, a line of shirts that are constructed to perfection and responsibly built for the long haul, designed to wear in, not wear out, and made using recycled and regenerative fibers wherever possible. These are good-looking shirts.

We're also styling our clients with accessories by Curated Basic, socks by Tailored Union, and hats by Bart Bridge. Stop by the shop at 201 West Franklin Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

Fleet Feet Monterey is happy to announce that Vuori's new spring apparel is here! This is the clothing you’ll never want to take off. We have everything from the Women’s Energy top to the Men’s Strato Tech Tee and we're stocked up on Vuori's Sunday Performance Joggers for women and men (our top seller).

Stop by Fleet Feet at 472 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey. Prefer to shop online and have your order shipped to you? Please visit our website.

For a limited time only, Puma Road's 2018 Rosé is on sale for only $10 per bottle...or you can grab a case (12 bottles) for only $100. This great deal is available on our website and at our wine tasting room at 281 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

Our 2018 Bordeaux-style dry Rosé (normally $18 per bottle) is a sunset pink, and invites with aromas of strawberry, raspberry, and a hint of cherry. The palate delights with juicy flavors of strawberry, raspberry, and cherry -- bright acidity throughout, a rich mouthfeel and long finish, with a touch of orange peel just at the end. This is a food-loving wine.

The Feral Market has new candles and soaps in stock from Whiskey River Soap Co. These are U.S. made, hand-poured 100% soy wax candles and handmade vegan soaps with great fragrances that have very funny labels. They make great gifts!

Our stock includes...

Soap for Essential Workers: smells like validation that only the plague can give you.

Candle for Military Wives: smells like oh cool, we're moving again - the kids just figured out where their bedrooms are.

...and much more.

The Feral Market is located at 261 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

Outdoor Small Group Music Classes are back at the Campbell Community Center! Register ASAP to secure your spot!

Beginning Drum Set (9-15 YRS) Saturdays 10 AM 3/20-5/1

Beginning Ukulele (10+) Saturdays 12 PM 3/20-5/1

Guitar Level 1 (8-15 YRS) Thursdays 6:05 PM 3/25-5/06

Piano/Keyboard Level 1 (7-15 YRS) Thursdays 4 PM or 5:20 PM 3/25-5/6

Not ready for in-person? The SJG School of Music is also offering Private Online Music Lessons!

Hello Red Tier My Old Friend...

Posted on March 13th, 2021 by sheldon

Hello Red Tier my Old Friend. I've come to talk of you again.

Well, we're back in the Red Tier again. Actually, we've been back in it for almost two weeks now.

We've been here before, but this time it's a little bit different because Santa Clara County is no longer practicing a more restricted version of the Red Tier guidelines produced by the State of California. Whatever it says is allowed in the Red Tier on the Blueprint for a Safer Economy website is what's now allowed in Santa Clara County.

The key differences between the Purple Tier and the Red Tier are:

  • Indoor dining allowed up to 25% of capacity.
  • Indoor gyms and fitness studios allowed up to 10% of capacity.
  • Retail allowed up to 50% of capacity.

Other details:

  • Bars and pubs still can't operate as drinks only establishments. You have to order food.
  • Most gyms and fitness studios are continuing to offer outdoor or online services even if they're allowed to have limited capacity.

Keep in mind that just because something is allowed doesn't mean that it's available yet. Some businesses are understandably hesitant to move too fast and others would like to do more, but don't have the staffing yet. Not being able to keep up with improving conditions and loosening restrictions is a nice problem to have, but still a problem. Please be patient and understanding as our businesses have had a very rough go at things in the past few months with all of the opening and closing they've had to do.

Thanks to the progress that we've made, it's looking very likely that Santa Clara County will end up in the Orange Tier again when we become eligible to exit the Red Tier on March 24th. Decreasing infection rates, warmer weather, and increasing vaccination rates are all good trends that point toward better days coming soon, but the lessons of past pandemics suggest that there's a good chance of seeing one last sneaker wave that hits when everyone lets their guard down too soon. I don't want to ever have to explain the Red Tier again so please please please continue to be the most responsible version of yourself until we're one month past the end of the pandemic. Be super diligent about keeping a mask on whenever possible when you're around people, especially if it's indoors.

Before there was 3D printing, there was the Mold-a-Rama! Visit Rocket Fizz to experience the throwback magic of the captivating Mold-a-Rama. Their current featured mold is the Mouse, the myth, the legend... Mickey Mouse! See the world's most famous rodent molded right before your eyes in Downtown Campbell at Rocket Fizz!

Sticky Pork Bao Buns make for the perfect lunch ingredient on any afternoon. This new menu item is sure to tempt your taste buds: Marinated roasted pork belly. Micro cilantro, pickled vegetables, and hoisin and black bean sauce.⁣

Have you tried it yet? Enjoy it today at either of our locations for takeout, Doordash or dine in.

Mai Ryuno, artist and owner of Play Full Ground, participated in an initiative by the Arts Council for Monterey County, designing a poster that encourages people to wear face masks and protect our community. The images in Mai's design evoke the Salinas Valley.

In addition to Mai, there are three other local artists who contributed their own poster designs to the initiative. You can download the free poster designs online and place them at your business and/or home.

Mai is still making beautiful and fun items that are great for gifting. Find them here on the Play Full Ground website and support a local artist.

Mud Cloth Mini Clutch at Lilify

Posted on March 11th, 2021 by Lilify

At Lilify, we are totally smitten with our mud cloth mini clutch, handmade in Monterey by Mikaela Bianchi of Feather Me Orange.

Mud cloth, or bogolanfini, is an ancient Malian (West African) textile dating back to the 12th century. Traditionally, it involves coarse, hand-spun cotton strips going through a long series of dyeing processes - first in a bath with leaves and branches, then numerous dye cycles in fermented mud (hence the name) - to achieve minimalist, symbolic designs.

Our mud cloth clutches are available in two sizes and in two different patterns. With brass hardware and zipper, leather tie, and cotton lining, these pieces are available online and in our shop at 281 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

Cypress Boutique Monterey has new spring arrivals and more great clothing for women and men arriving every day! We have a lovely selection of new tops, both short sleeve and long sleeve, including the stylish and comfortable rib knit crop top featured here.

Pieces are available online and in our store at 800 Lighthouse Avenue, Suite C in Monterey.

Winter Sale at On The Beach

Posted on March 11th, 2021 by On the Beach Surf Shop

For a limited time only, On The Beach is holding a huge winter sale! Gear up for March in the mountains with deals from 25% to 50% off all our snowboard gear from Lib Tech, Burton, Volcom, Smith Optics, Anon Optics, and others.

We’ve got snowboards in many sizes for adults and kids, plus deals on boots, bindings, helmets and everything else you need to shred spring! On The Beach is located at 693 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

Hula's Island Grill is excited to serve the Akua Burger! Made by Akua from ocean-farmed kelp, this delight is 100% vegan. Come and try one today at 622 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey. We're open Mon-Tue, 4pm-9pm, and Wed-Sun, 12pm-9pm, for curbside pick-up and outdoor dining.

Kelp farming is a zero-input crop that requires no fresh water, no fertilizer, no feed, and no arid land to grow. Kelp also filters carbon and nitrogen from the water. Akua sources their seagreens from a network of regenerative ocean farms along the Northeast coast of the US.

Cha-ya Japanese Tea and Things is hosting an Estate Sale Trunk Show, March 15-20. This collection offers a number of one-of-a-kind pieces, so be sure to shop early. As always, we are available to answer any questions you have - please feel free to phone us at 831-646-5486.

Cha-ya, located at 118 Webster Street in Downtown Old Monterey, is open Monday - Friday, 11am-4pm.

Have you ever tasted a Trousseau? The staff of Comache Cellars love unique varietals, so they've created a new wine tasting menu to highlight some of their best! Stop by and try the Carignane, Trousseau, Negrette, & Il Rinnegato (a super Tuscan style blend) in their latest Adventurous Flight - All Reds.

Tasting fee for 4 wines is $15, fee is waived with purchase of two bottles. (Don't worry, traditionalists, Comanche Cellars continues to offer their original tasting menu, too!) The Comanche Cellars Wine Room is located at 412 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey and now offering outdoor wine tasting with a heater at every table, Wednesday - Sunday.

Downtown Old Monterey announces the opening of Board and Brush at 458 Alvarado Street! Board and Brush hosts DIY workshops where you can build a wooden decor piece from scratch that is worthy of your walls. Their instructors walk you through each step - just bring your creativity and willingness to learn.

Simply pick the workshop date that works for you, select and pay for your project, then show up on the date and be ready for a fun, instructor-led workshop. Their stencil process allows you to personalize your piece with your name, monogram, the year of your special event, or the names of your children...the possibilities are endless, and the design choices are expansive.

Board and Brush is great for friends' nights out, private parties, and team building too. Beer and wine are available for purchase in the studio. Please note: no one under 21 is allowed in the studio at any time.