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Let's eat.

From Big Sur's killer cliff-clinging eateries to Salinas' unparalleled produce, this blog aims to sniff out all things Monterey County can stomach, via picture and prose, curiosity and appetite, hand and mouth.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Another Chapter in Finding Great Value

Last time I checked, a night out in the lil' ol' underrated epicurean capital of international tastes that is Marina, Calif., jumping from Wild Thyme to Kula Ranch to D'Anna Thai to Coffee Mia, with maybe a bottle of Hahn Chardonnay and a bottle of Manzoni's superb Pinot thrown in, would run about $337.

Thursday, July 22, it costs $25. And there's a lot less driving.

The sixth annual International Flavors of Marina takes over The Dunes on Monterey Bay 5:30-8:30pm.

I remember the first International Flavors of Marina the city's chamber put on at UCMBEST by the airport. It was great—lively, welcoming, familial, and with more than a few discoveries to be made—a very solid value all around.

Now, whether it's the prevailing economic winds that continue to blow chills down our collective spine or the fact that they've only added restaurants and wineries as Marina has grown, the value feels even better.

There will be Marianne's ice cream, sparkling sippers from Chateau Sinnet, pannini from Coffee Mia Brew Bar, curry from D’Anna Thai Kitchen, queso from El Palmar and fresh produce from Everyone’s Harvest Farmers Market.

And the Chard from Hahn Winery, the Pinot from Manzoni Estate, island inspiration from Kula Ranch, and still other treats assembled by the 25-plus purveyors of flavor—The Ginger People, Tico's, Scheid, Otter Bay and Wild Thyme among them.

Live music, motorcycle displays and a tiki lounge upgrade the experience.

Not a bad way to stretch $25—and a silent auction means potentially more value to swoop upon.

Amen Marina.