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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 6, 2010

Four Nibbles Worth Knawing On

1. You Can Eat Breakfast Like a Cowboy.

With the 100th California Rodeo Salinas riding this way—in case you missed it, Salinas Mayor Dennis Donohue signed a resolution encouraging everyone to wear western from now till then (good morning, chaps!)—the first annual Cowboy Pancake Breakfast happens 8am–noon Saturday, July 10.

It goes down on the 100 block of Oldtown Salinas, starring pancakes, sausage and orange juice, plus the weekly farmers market and live music from Blues Power. The $5 adult rate (and $3 for 12 and under) goes toward future community events. Rollick’s coffee will be available for $1.

Parties are just better with pancakes. And cowboys.

2. Mozzarella and Morels are Oh-So-Mouthwatering.

Brandon Miller’s doing his own homemade mozzarella at Mundaka (624-7400), where Mount Shasta morels are in season (and on the menu with cream sherry grilled asparagus), as are the padron peppers (riend with Maldron sea salt) and squash blossoms (blessed with lemon verbena caramel sauce). Four more reasons to hit up the heart of Carmel nightlife.

3. There is a Champion in Our Midst.

Chateau Julien Wine’s 2006 La Conviviance was awarded the Chairman’s Trophy Award in New York City’s Ultimate Wine Challenge last month. CJ says their wine scored higher than any other red submitted in the competition, including wines from Napa and Bordeaux, France.

The 2006 is CJ’s first vintage—with 46 percent Merlot, 38 percent Malbec and 16 percent Cab all from Monterey County.

4. A Beautiful Summery Thing is Heading This Way.

The Monterey County Vitner and Growers' 18th Annual Winemakers Celebration is just a month away, Aug. 7 in Custom House Plaza: four hours of 40-plus all-Monterey County wineries pouring more than 200 wines outdoor summer festival style for $45.

And they’ve added a winemaker dinner that night at Sardine Factory with Bell Glos and Mer Soleil Wineries ($95 for first 45). or 375-9400.