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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.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Something To Do With Yourself

Look at yourself. You're a mess.

You're so frazzled from a week of abject stress and humiliation while tied to your Blackberry that you haven't assembled anything resembling a nourishing tasting event for the beautiful Indian Summer weekend.

Fear not. Special Edible's got your back. This Saturday, there's an impressive debut event happening al fresco in downtown Monterey. Como se dice, "tequila tasting"?

Reasons you should pull yourself together and get down there...

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Number 5-7...

Numbers 8-10:

OK, you get it. One tequila, two tequila...but the real takeaway: The Monterey Tequila and Mezcal Expo looks like an awesome time, what with 70 premium tequilas, mescals and piscos, for $50 ($45 in advance at their website).

The mixer tasting goes 5-8pm and also enjoys Executive Chef Jason Giles of The Portola Hotel and Spa doing a lively tequila cooking show off, Mariachi Aztlan unleashing authentic sounds, art displays, a tequila 101 seminar and hors d’oeuvres.

There's even an after-party concert included in the admission, following an announcement of the tasting winner. The show goes 9pm-midnight in the De Anza Ballroom in the Portola and spotlights Tokezon, which organizers are promoting as "a new concept in Cumbia music."

"Drawing influence from Chicha, the psychedelic, guitar playing and accordion driven band is known for playing popular hard grooves from Colombia, mixing it up with popular 60's and 70's style music," the release reads. "This, combined with reggae-fusion, funk and punk, Tokeson is able to explore different textures and create a unique sonic experience."

Hopefully they draw a little inspiration from tequila (or pisco) too.