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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Club Sandwich from Jacks

10 Reasons to Dine at the Portola

Summer’s Here – 10 Reasons to Dine at the Portola When in comes to dining in Monterey, the Portola Hotel & Spa has it dialed in. With three onsite restaurants, with three very distinct menus, Jacks Monterey, Peter B’s Brewpub and The Club Room –features the best of the Monterey Bay. Take a look at…

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Cocktails from Jacks Monterey

Cheers – It’s Almost Summertime!

Cheers – It’s Almost Summertime! With the official start to summer only a couple of weeks away, it’s time to start planning for backyard barbecues and sunshiny days! Our bartending team at Jacks Monterey are mixing up some fun cocktails to celebrate summer and are excited to share one of their favorite recipes to help…

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Jacks Monterey Eggs Benedict

Sunday Brunch at Jacks Monterey

Brunch Life! Sunday Brunch at Jacks Monterey There’s just something special about brunching. Is it the Mimosas, the gathering of friends on a late Sunday morning, or the comfort of eggs benedicts – whatever it is – brunch life is the good life! California Benedict AND NOW – Jacks Monterey is serving up one of…

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Rodini Farms Brussel Sprouts

From Farm to Fork

From Farm to Fork Farm fresh, isn’t something we take lightly here at the Portola Hotel & Spa. In fact, we take that phrase quite literally! From our restaurant menus at Jacks Monterey, The Club Room and Peter B’s Brewpub to our extensive catering department, Executive Chef Danny Abbruzzese works directly with local farms, sourcing…

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Poppys in Monterey

Holiday Gift Guide

The Holiday Season is upon us and for many of us, this time of year means   lots of shopping. It’s always fun to give gifts that are unique and of course, the “perfect fit” – so here at Central Coast Living, we thought it would be fun to share some of our favorite, Monterey Bay-themed…

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Harbor Sunrise

Fall Festivities

Falling Leaves & Festivities Cool mornings and sunshine-y afternoons means Fall is upon us here on the Monterey Peninsula. Leaves are changing and fall flavors are making their appearance. Everywhere you turn in Monterey, you are reminded of the season, from décor, to foliage – it’s absolutely gorgeous during this time of year! In addition…

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Swank Farms Beef Steak tomatoes


I always look forward to visiting my weekly Farmers’ Market, and here on the Monterey Peninsula we are blessed to have a variety to choose from each week, all within a short drive or even a casual stroll from the Portola Hotel & Spa. The best part, farm fresh, locally grown fruits, veggies, flowers, as…

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Fried Green Tomato

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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fresh food items

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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