Posts Tagged ‘Holiday’

Thanksgiving at Jacks Restaurant (Leftovers Included!)

Friday, November 8th, 2013
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When the autumn leaves start falling and all the turkeys go into hiding, Americans across the country starts to tingle with anticipation because we all know that the most widely celebrated, and undoubtedly the coziest, holiday is right around the corner.  With all of the fuss and preparation, though, Thanksgiving can become a time of stress and exhaustion (and we’re not just talking about the unavoidable post-feast food coma), leaving little room or care to meditate on the real meaning of the holiday, to consider what we’re all truly thankful for.

This year, Jacks Restaurant at the Portola Hotel & Spa wants to help put the “Thanks” back in Thanksgiving!  Why not escape the stress of the holiday season and get away to beautiful Monterey?  A perfect backdrop to appreciate the blessings in life, press pause and enjoy the exhilarating winter chill and the majestic Monterey coastline with your family to help you put things back into perspective and really get into the holiday spirit.  And as for your Thanksgiving feast, our acclaimed restaurant Jacks has it covered.

Featuring a mouth-watering four-course menu, you can enjoy all of your favorites dishes with a new gourmet twist, like our luxurious sourdough stuffing, fluffy whipped potatoes, and our perfectly seasoned green beans with crispy shallots, not to mention a wonderful selection of holiday inspired desserts from our decedent dessert display.  You won’t have to lift a finger to enjoy all of the fun, food, and feelings that this holiday has to offer – plus the staff at Jacks will pack up your leftovers so you can continue your feast on Friday!

Leave it all to the team at the Portola and Jacks and enjoy the holiday the way it was meant to be spent, basking in the love of family and appreciating life’s bounty.

Visit Jacks website to tantalize your taste buds with a preview of our full menu and to get all of the details for this offer to be truly thankful for.

Winter Packages 2013

Friday, October 18th, 2013
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One of the best things about the holiday season is the anticipation of opening presents. Whether you are young or old, everybody can remember begging to open presents early…”Please just one!” Well the Portola Hotel & Spa has got you covered with plenty of presents that you can open today.  The best of the Portola’s Winter Packages are now available now and ready to help you welcome all the winter season has to offer on the beautiful Monterey Bay.

Recently named one of Wine Enthusiast’s Top 10 Wine Destinations, Monterey County has become a wine lover’s paradise. That’s why the Portola’s Winter Wine Harvest Package is so special. Your package includes a nautically inspired guest room in addition to a complimentary bottle of Monterey County wine and a souvenir wine bag. Then, let their wine enthusiasts guide you to some of the best tasting rooms and vineyards the region has to offer.

If a greater level of relaxation is more your style then the perfect gift may just be the Portola’s Winter Breakfast Package. You’ll enjoy cozy accommodations, as well as breakfast for two at the award winning Jacks Restaurant & Lounge. Under the guidance of Executive Chef Jason Giles, Jacks breakfast menu features omelets made to order, eggs cooked any style all complemented by the best bottomless mimosas in town.

The holidays are all about family and the Portola has got you covered with their Winter Monterey Bay Aquarium Package for Two. Come explore the wonders of the Aquarium, just a quick walk or drive from the Portola and explore the wonders of the deep with a package that can’t be beat. Book a night’s stay with this package and receive two tickets to the Aquarium for use during your stay, and if there are more in your party, there are additional tickets for purchase the Portola front desk.

 

One of the region’s premiere events during the holiday season is the annual Ice Skating by the Bay rink set up right outside the Portola’s doors, November 22, 2013 through January 5, 2014. Located in the Custom House Plaza, a winter wonderland is staged and ready to create some fantastic memories. With the Portola’s Winter Ice Skating Package, you’ll get two tickets to the fun in addition to your well-appointed, nautically inspired guest room. Don’t miss out on this one of a kind holiday experience. Book today and let your special memories begin!

So if sunshine, a crisp ocean breeze and fun are on your list this season, then no need to check it twice – because it’s all at the Portola!

Create Holiday Magic Without the Stress!

Thursday, September 19th, 2013
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It might be a little early to be thinking about gifts under the tree, but it’s never too early to begin planning your holiday party…especially with gifts like this right at your fingertips.  The holidays should be a time to celebrate love and joy, and the Portola Hotel & Spa is here to help you enjoy all of the magic of the holiday season without the stress of planning.  Whether you’re thinking of an extravagant winter bash or a quaint family gathering, the Portola team will lend a helping hand with a variety of Holiday Party Planning Packages to fulfill all of your wintery wants and yuletide needs.

If it’s your turn to plan the annual holiday party for your work place, or if you’re known in your neighborhood for throwing the most impressive seasonal event, look no further than Portola for the perfect venue.  The Portola has released new booking incentives that could save you quite a bit of $$! Check this out – Book your holiday party or event by the end of September and receive 15% off your food and beverage. Book by October 31st and receive 10% off PLUS ask about special extras such as complimentary self or valet parking, complimentary dance floor or a customized menu.   

‘Tis the season to celebrate the joy of family and if you’re looking to plan the perfect family reunion or holiday gathering, think of Portola as your second home. Jacks Restaurant & Lounge provides a casually elegant and intimate setting, featuring a private dining room and lounge available for your guests.  Or, if your holiday wish is for a win for your favorite athletic team or alma mater; how about a themed party at Peter B’s Brewpub? With 15 HD TV’s, billiards and plenty of seating, it’s like you are having a tailgate in the comfort of home, but better (and without the mess)!

Make the perfect holiday event complete by treating yourself to a little holiday pampering.  Reward yourself for a party well done, and take the elevator home.  Stay the night at the Portola and take advantage of the Breakfast for Two Package where you and a guest can sleep in the comfort of one of our nautically inspired guest rooms and enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet along with Bottomless Mimosa and the popular Made-to-Order Omelet bar at Jacks Restaurant.

As one of the most beautiful locations on the Monterey Peninsula, the Portola will light up your guests’ holiday experience. Their team of hospitality pros will make sure your party is the highlight of the season, while sparing you the stress of holiday party nightmares past.

This holiday season, plan ahead and let the Portola take care of all the details.

After your Holiday party take the elevator home!

Holiday Survival Tips from the Portola Hotel & Spa Team

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012
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Before you know it those sleigh bells will be ringing and the holidays will be upon us. When searching from some fun, yet useful tips, I decided to look no further then the dynamic team at the Portola Hotel & Spa, so…don’t fret, no need to stress, the team at the Portola has got you covered.

Check out these fun tips from the best of the best to help you survive the hustle and bustle of the season.

  1. Try to avoid peak travel times. The worst are Monday through Fridays between 7am-10am and 4pm-8pm. The best days to travel are Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Timo, Sales Manager
  2. Save for the holidays all year long, that way you will have plenty of funds throughout the season! Cristy, Group Rooms Coordinator
  3. Don’t drink and drive. Be safe this holiday season and designate a driver if you plan to go out. Kevin, Brewmaster
  4. Make charitable giving a high priority. Volunteer with your family and clock some quality time together while making a difference. Terri, Director of Sales
  5. Start your holiday shopping months in advance so that you are not cramming in all your last minute shopping with the crowds! Anna, Reservations
  6. A busy kid is a happy kid! Pack your child a fun filled backpack full of exciting, new things to do when traveling. Don’t forget the snacks and juice. Christian, Food & Beverage Coordinator
  7. Do less this holiday season; relax and enjoy more! Jackie, Marketing
  8. Wrap your gifts with newspaper (Sunday comics are great!), cloth that can be reused or wrapping paper made with recycled content – think green. Eddie, Catering Manager
  9. Do your shopping on Christmas Eve. The sales have already started and there are no crowds. Sonny, Director of Food & Beverage
  10. Consider using a smaller airport such as the Monterey Airport. You will be surprised with how many flights the regional airports offer. Janine, General Manager

Chef Jason’s Pumpkin Roll

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
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When it comes to holiday baking I’m always on the search for something new and different that will “wow” family and friends. I decided to go straight to the top and asked Executive Chef Jason Giles at the Portola Hotel & Spa to share one of his favorites (that was also easy enough for a rookie baker like me) and VOILA, he had the answer! So here it is, Chef Jason’s Pumpkin roll, delicious and completely doable! Enjoy and happy baking!

Chef Jason’s Pumpkin Roll

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (after reducing on stove see below)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9×13 inch jelly roll pan or cookie sheet.
  2. Pumpkin filling tends to have high moisture content, so I like to gently cook the pumpkin puree in a skillet over low heat for about 10-15 minutes to remove excess water and intensify the pumpkin flavor.  Cool completely before adding to recipe.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, and pumpkin pie spice. Stir in pumpkin puree, eggs, and lemon juice. Pour mixture into prepared pan. Spread the mixture evenly.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 15 minutes.
  5. Lay a damp linen towel on the counter, sprinkle it with confectioner’s sugar, and turn the cake onto the towel. Carefully roll the towel up (lengthwise) with the cake in it. Place the cake-in-towel on a cooling rack and let it cool for 20 minutes.
  6. Make the icing: In a medium bowl, blend cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and sugar with a wooden spoon or electric mixer.
  7. When the cake has cooled 20 minutes, unroll it and spread icing onto it. Immediately re-roll (not in the towel this time), and wrap it with plastic wrap. Keep the cake refrigerated or freeze it for up to 2 weeks in aluminum foil. Cut the cake in slices just before serving.

Enjoy!