CC’s Rumtini

Cocktail Recipe – CC’s Rumtini   Monterey’s original craft brewery, Peter B’s Brewpub at the Portola Hotel & Spa is known for award-winning craft beer, but their talented bartenders also serve up some of the best specialty cocktails in Monterey, including the popular CC’s Rumtini created by Cecilia.  This martini was inspired by guests at…

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Toast Under the Mistletoe: Holiday Drink Recipe

Let’s toast to the season with a holiday-inspired cocktail, created by our Mixologists at Jacks Monterey, right here at the Portola Hotel & Spa. Tradition may say one must give a kiss under the mistletoe, but in this case, why not a sip?!   Introducing your new favorite holiday libation – The Mistletoe   Ingredients…

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Fall Recipe: Coke Farm Beet Salad

Around this time of year, we all begin planning our Thanksgiving Day/Weekend menus and sometimes it’s fun to mix it up with something new! This year, the Portola Hotel & Spa’s Executive Chef Danny Abbruzzese is sharing one of his favorite, Fall-inspired salad recipes, featuring local, organic produce and the season’s finest ingredients. Happy cooking!…

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Recipe: Monterey’s Best Bloody Mary

The old saying of the “hair of the dog” still rings true today and the bartenders at Peter B’s Brewpub are sharing their secret recipe for Monterey’s best Bloody Mary. You can now mix up a perfect daytime cocktail (or how I refer to it “my hangover remedy”) with a sweet zing at home. Bloody…

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Summer Recipe: Fried Green Tomatoes

From the Kitchen of Jacks Monterey Executive Chef Danny Abbruzzese Fried Green Tomatoes, Serves 4 Ingredients        4 each, Green Tomato, sliced 1/2 Panko Crust (see recipe below) 1c Aioli (see recipe below) 2c Chow-Chow (see recipe below) 1 bunch Italian Parsley-Chiffonade Kosher Salt to taste Black Pepper to taste Sliced green tomatoes ready for breading Directions Prepare Panko Crust Prepare…

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Fall Inspired Holiday Cooking

The holiday season always inspires me to be creative in the kitchen. I love utilizing locally sourced ingredients that epitomize this time of year and with the help of Executive Chef Danny Abbruzzese here at the Portola Hotel & Spa, my family will be enjoying one of his amazing recipes! Coke Farm Acorn Squash w/…

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Camille’s Gentle Cleanse, Guest Post by Camille Malcolm, Spa on the Plaza

When was the last time you craved a salad? If you can’t remember, it might be time to realign your eating habits with a cleanse. One of the many benefits to a cleanse is that unhealthy cravings diminish afterwards. Even a short, 3 day cleanse is a reboot to your system and need not be difficult. Ready to take the challenge? Begin with stocking your…

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Chef’s Spring Cooking Tip: How to Blanch Vegetables

Spring is here and the bounty of local produce here in Monterey County is available in abundance. I am always looking for ways to incorporate fresh vegetables into all of my recipes (even sometimes sneaking some into my baking) and the culinary team at the Portola Hotel provided me with six quick steps to blanch…

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Holiday “Cheers”

‘Tis the season to celebrate with family and good friends! So, why not step it up a notch this year with some festive signature holiday cocktails that will leave your guests impressed and begging for the recipe? Well, this year I enlisted the help of THE professionals from Jacks Lounge and after some very serious…

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Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Return of the Pumpkin Spice Cookies! Here is one of my favorite holiday cookie recipes created by my friends at the Portola Hotel & Spa. Pumpkin Spice Cookies Yields: 4 dozen Ingredients ¾ C Butter, Softened 2 C Sugar 2 Eggs, Beaten ½ C Molasses 2 Tsp White Vinegar 3¾ C Flour 1½ Tsp Baking Soda 1 Tbs + 1 Tsp…

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