You Had Me at Pizza

We had the chance recently to sit down with Danny Abbruzzese, Executive Chef at Jacks Monterey here at the Portola Hotel and talked all things artisan pizza. As a huge fan of the pizza pie, and a self-proclaimed – connoisseur, I can speak from firsthand experience – the pizzas at Jacks Monterey are completely original,…

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Plan Your Next Monterey Moment

Summer may be underway, but there’s still plenty of time to plan that much-needed vacation to beautiful Monterey! Easily accessible by car or plane, the Monterey Peninsula is the ultimate playground for kids and grown-ups alike! Whether you’re seeking a peaceful getaway focused around food, wine and spa days or one for the family full…

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Big Ideas for Small Meetings; Guest Blog Stephanie Corsino, Sales Manager, Portola Hotel & Spa

Small meetings can lead to big ideas, creating an atmosphere that promotes attendee focus, increases interaction and allows for more personalization from the facilitator. Smaller meetings tend to boost engagement through meaningful discussions and bonding between participants. At Portola Hotel & Spa, we offer a variety of meeting spaces and on-site venues ideal for small…

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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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Renovation Update: Inspired Art at the Portola Guest Post by Janine Chicourrat, General Manager at the Portola Hotel & Spa

At most hotels located in the United States, the lobby is a utilitarian space, designed to maximize the hotel’s business of checking guests in and out or, providing a meeting place before venturing outside. Lobby decoration or “art” is usually an afterthought and is at best a blur as guests quickly circulate through to their…

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