Spring Recipe Feature: Coke Farm Baby White Turnips

Spring Recipe Feature: Coke Farm Baby White Turnips Created by Portola Hotel Executive Chef, Danny Abbruzzese   Locally grown, fresh produce is in abundance in our Tri County area, and here at the Portola Hotel & Spa, we love featuring the bounty of the season in all our menus, whether it be catering or in our…

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At Your Service: Planning A Perfect Beach Picnic

At Your Service: Planning A Perfect Beach Picnic There’s nothing we enjoy more than helping our guests create memorable experiences during their time in Monterey. Often, we have couples visiting for a romantic getaway, celebratory occasions, or just some down time to decompress and recharge. Whatever the reason, a beach picnic always seems to put…

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Food & Wine Pairing Tips – Impress Your Guests

Guest Post by Brian Hein, Director of Food & Beverage, Portola Hotel & Spa While in Monterey, experience the best of our wine region by trying Chardonnays and Pinot Noir varietals, as well as enjoying the region’s vineyards and all they offer. I urge guests to ask for recommendations from service staff regarding their pairing…

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2018 Is All About Fun, Fun & More Fun

It’s All Right Here  Happy New Year! We are so thankful for all our readers and are thrilled to announce that we have officially changed the name of Central Coast Living to It’s All Right Here! And with that – we are about to focus on fun, fun and more fun in 2018! We polled…

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5 Art & History Must Do’s in Monterey

Cultural Spotlight: Monterey, CA Art & History Monterey, California is a cultural hub here on the Central Coast, boasting a rich history and serves as “home” to numerous galleries, museums and historical monuments. In fact, just steps from the Portola Hotel & Spa, visitors and locals alike can immerse themselves in days gone by, as…

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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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You Had Me at Pizza

We had the chance recently to sit down with Danny Abbruzzese, Executive Chef at Jacks Monterey here at the Portola Hotel and talked all things artisan pizza. As a huge fan of the pizza pie, and a self-proclaimed – connoisseur, I can speak from firsthand experience – the pizzas at Jacks Monterey are completely original,…

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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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Locally Inspired: Discover Jacks Monterey Guest Post by Jacks Monterey Executive Chef, Danny Abbruzzese

Inspired by fresh ingredients grown locally throughout Monterey County, we have been able to incorporate what we are calling California Cultural Cuisine into every dish here at Jacks Monterey. Featuring ethnic flavors with a California twist, our specialties for both lunch and dinner service include palate pleasing artisanal pizzas, sustainable seafood and a variety of…

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