Locally Inspired: Discover Jacks Monterey Guest Post by Jacks Monterey Executive Chef, Danny Abbruzzese

Inspired by fresh ingredients grown locally throughout Monterey County, we have been able to incorporate what we are calling California Cultural Cuisine into every dish here at Jacks Monterey. Featuring ethnic flavors with a California twist, our specialties for both lunch and dinner service include palate pleasing artisanal pizzas, sustainable seafood and a variety of…

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Monterey Bay’s 7 Wonders

This week, marks the celebration of National Travel & Tourism Week, saluting travel, and tourism in America and for us here at Central Coast Living, we are of course celebrating all things Monterey.  Though some of us may never have the opportunity to experience the Seven Wonders of the World – we are pretty confident…

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Welcome to Jacks Monterey Guest Post by Brian Hein, Director of Food & Beverage, Portola Hotel & Spa

Located in the Portola’s brand new lobby, Jacks Monterey serves the freshest locally sourced ingredients alongside an award winning wine list and features an exciting menu highlighting different flavor profiles unique to cultures from around the world. Now open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, Jacks Monterey is quickly becoming one of Monterey’s…

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Renovation Update: Fusing Monterey’s Maritime History with Contemporary Public Art Guest Post by Nancy Williams, Monterey Conference Center Director of Sales & Events

Slated for completion this summer, the highly anticipated, newly renovated Monterey Conference Center will soon be boasting a spectacular new piece of public art. Greeting visitors as they walk onto the sparkling new plaza at the Conference Center and Portola Hotel & Spa, will be a new, contemporary stainless steel sculpture featuring a school of…

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Searching for “Buried Treasures”

There’s nothing more precious than a child’s imagination. Whether it be pretending to soar to the moon or search for buried treasure, I always love listening to my children as they describe the many adventures they have created in their colorful little minds. So, when they had the opportunity to experience their first Portola Pirates…

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How Sweet It Is!

If you have ever dined at any of the onsite restaurants at the Portola Hotel & Spa or experienced a special on-property event, there’s a good chance you have tasted the sweet creations of Pastry Chef, Marcos. Cheesecake with a Fresh Berry Glaze Chef Marcos started from humble beginnings at the Portola, where he began…

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Pucker Up – New Sour Beers at Peter B’s! Guest Post by Justin Rivard, Head Brewer, Peter B’s Brewpub

Here at Peter B’s, Monterey’s original craft brewery, we’re on the cusp of developing some truly funky barrels. For over a year, our brewery operations team has been working on creating some of the best sour beers in Monterey! After some trial and error, all the barrels have developed their funky character all on their…

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Easter Fun at the Portola Hotel

Easter Fun at the Portola Hotel Spring will soon have sprung and there’s no better place to be than the Portola Hotel & Spa, especially when it comes to Easter-themed festivities. From a visit from the Easter Bunny to an adult-only Easter Egg Hunt, make sure to set your plan in motion, for Easter in…

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