Q & A with Chef Danny – Culinary Terms Explained

Q & A with Chef Danny – Culinary Terms Explained Sometimes being in the kitchen can be a little intimidating, especially when embarking upon a new technique or recipe. We recently had the chance to sit down with Portola Hotel & Spa, Executive Chef Danny Abbruzzese and had him answer a few culinary questions that…

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Outdoor Meeting & Event Locations

Outdoor Meeting & Event Locations When we say, “it’s all right here” at the Portola Hotel & Spa – we truly mean it! Located in the heart of historic downtown Monterey, California, our location lends itself to an abundance of unique, outdoor spaces, perfect for your next meeting or special event. From historic gardens, to…

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Brunch Booze Buggy Essentials

Brunch Booze Buggy Essentials Planning on hosting brunch or dining out with friends for a fabulous brunch date? Well, let us help you in choosing the best combinations for your favorite brunch cocktails. Inspired by our rolling Booze Buggy Beverage Cart at Jacks Monterey here at the Portola Hotel & Spa, we’ve got all the…

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Portola Culinary Team Spotlight: Chef Carl Ashurst

Portola Culinary Team Spotlight: Chef Carl Ashurst We are so fortunate here at the Portola Hotel & Spa to have a such a talented and experienced team of culinary professionals and recently had the opportunity to visit with our Executive Sous Chef, Carl Ashurst and learn a bit more about his background. Carl is a…

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Craft Beer Pairings at Peter B’s Brewpub

Craft Beer Pairings at Peter B’s Brewpub Guest Post by Justin Rivard, Head Brewer, Peter B’s Brewpub When I think about food pairings from our menu, along with our house made craft beers, I approach it very similar to the philosophy of Randy Mosher, author of Tasting Beer: Match (flavor) intensity Find harmonies (or similarities)…

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Joyce Vineyards

Fall Inspired Team Building

Fall Inspired Team Building Guest Post by Terri D’Ayon Joyce, Director of Sales, Portola Hotel & Spa The bounty of the Monterey Peninsula is literally at our fingertips here at the Portola Hotel & Spa in beautiful Monterey. Home to some California’s most successful boutique wineries and vineyards, let the local region and season be…

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National Relaxation Day

Relax – It’s National Relaxation Day Some say that sometimes the most productive thing you can do is relax and today is the day to adopt this philosophy fully. In honor of  National Relaxation Day, we are excited to share some ideas on how to take full advantage of this awesome holiday, not only today…

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Wine and Jacks Monterey

All Things Wine & Beer

To wine lovers, Monterey County has known for its many boutique wineries and vineyards but, most recently, our local region is getting its props for an emerging craft beer scene. Here at the Portola Hotel & Spa our wine and craft beer programs are being recognized by industry leaders including the Wine Spectator Award of…

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Escape to Monterey to Play on the Beach

Monterey Summer Fun

Monterey Summer Fun How do you spell fun? M-O-N-T-E-R-E-Y! Our mild temperatures and coastal location makes it possible to enjoy endless outdoor and even indoor activities all summer long. Whether visiting for a weekend away with someone special or a family fun getaway, Monterey is your one- stop destination this summer (and always)! A Romantic…

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Candy from Carosuel Candies

Monterey’s Sweetest Moments

Monterey’s Sweetest Moments Life’s short – make it sweet! And why not start with perusing and of course, tasting some of the sweetest of treats during you next visit to Monterey. With candy stores, ice cream shops and delectable dessert menus all within walking distance to the Portola Hotel – you’ll definitely want to lace…

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