Thursday, June 15, 2017

Calendar of Upcoming Events in Carmel-by-the-Sea for June 16 - June 30, 2017

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Here are just a few events happening over the next two weeks:

Monterey International Pop Festival (Monterey County Fairgrounds) June 16 - 18, 2017
The Monterey Pop Festival is generally regarded as one of the beginnings of the "Summer of Love" in 1967.  This years festival will be held on the same exact weekend and at the same exact venue as the original, 50 years ago!  Headliners include Norah Jones, Jack Jackson, and Leon Bridges. For a blast from the past, check out this video from the original Pop Festival.

Run in the Name of Love (Carmel-by-the-Sea) June 18, 2017 

All participants are encouraged to "Run in the Name" of someone they love, either as a memorial or as a tribute. This 5K run or 2K walk highlights the breath-taking views of Carmel from Sunset Center to Scenic Road! Four-legged friends are encouraged to participate in the 2K.  

Carmel Heritage Society House & Garden Tour (Carmel-by-the-Sea) June 24, 2017 

Have you ever wanted to get behind the gate of some of the most iconic and historic homes in Carmel-by-the-Sea?  Then Carmel Heritage Society Home and Garden Tour is your ticket! Visit five of our beauties including C'est La View and Mrs. Clinton Walker's house, both on the dunes of the white sands of Carmel-by-the-Sea. 

Carmel-by-the-Sea Farmers Market (Behind Devendorf Park) Every Thursday 10AM-2PM

Until next time Happy Adventures! 

Photography by L. A. Momboisse unless listed below: 

Picture of Summer of Love courtesy of Monterey Pop Festival

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Pebble Beach Food & Wine X - Opening Night Reception Inn at Spanish Bay

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Opening  Night Reception for the Pebble Beach Food and Wine X showcases   

Inn at Spanish Bay, which is transformed into the grand kick - off party,  

where guests and off duty chefs freely stroll the property. 

On hand were twenty-five chefs and 100 wineries.  Join us as we wander the gorgeous grounds of Inn at Spanish Bay and taste just a small portion of small bites offered from top chefs and wine and spirit producers. First plating then pouring - Salud...


Chef Paul Bartolotta (The Bartolatta Restaurants, Milwaukee) placing the finishing touches on generous portions of sea scallops and purcini mushrooms. 

French chef and restaurateur Daniel Boulud (DANIEL, New York City) prepares Cucumber Vichyssoise, smoked eel, charcoal sablé with pickled Buddha's hand, salty fingers and sea cress.

Chef Hedy Goldsmith (Sweet Hedy Inc., Los Angeles) serves sriracha 'cha mochi donuts with black sesame lemongrass, ginger glaze, and sriracha sugar.  

Critically acclaimed chef, restaurateur, television personality, 

and all around nice guy, Graham Elliot (Graham Elliot Bistro, Chicago)

served up the Edible Ocean a uni-custard, seaweed salad, and nori sesame seed.

Chef, restaurateur, author, and first woman to win Top Chef (Season 4/2008),  Stephanie Izard (Duck Duck Goat, Chicago) 

puts the finishing touches to "Not-so-traditional" shrimp toast.  

Creative restaurateur, Christopher Kostow (The Charter OakSaint Helena, California) gave us California's caviar, cauliflower (cauliflower California caviar Olio Nuovo Pennyroyal) 

On his home turf, Chef de Cuisine Pablo Mellin (Roy's at the Inn at Spanish Bay, Pebble Beach) served Roy's style gochujang tamale, kalua pork belly, black garlic, tamarind mole with quail egg and caviar. 

Chef Jason Neroni's culinary career began at age 16 in Disneyland's Club 33. Ten years later he would be executive chef at 71 Clinton Fresh Food, Manhattan. Presently, back in Los Angeles he is culinary director for a restaurant group American Gonzo which includes Superba Food & Bread. 

During the Pebble Beach Food and Wine Opening Night Reception, Chef Neroni brought it home with Bay Scallops on the Half Shell with Yuzu Kosho Cucumber Mignonette. 

Chef Matthew Peters 2017 Bocuse d' Or Gold medal winner 

prepared snake river farm pork jowl
 with grilled razor clams. 

Chef Philip Tessier (Hestan Cue) adds finishing touches to his

sweet pea risotto, fried morels, meyer lemon and Parmesan mousse. 

plated local dungeness crab with curry remoulade in profiteroles.

Author, chef, and restaurateur Ming Tsai (Blue Dragon, Boston) presents a sweet and sour shredded duck piled high on a crispy tortilla chip topped with a dollop of guacamole.

Gregarious Fiorentini Chef Fabio Viviani (Café Firenze, Moorpark, CA) 

gave us a party pastry cream filled brioche topped with prosciutto and pea shoots. 


Dominic Chappellet was born the year his parents established their vineyard on Pritchard Hill (Napa Valley, California). Fifty years later, the vineyard is certified organic with a solar photovoltaic system that generates enough power to offset 100% of the winery’s electric bill. 

Dominic and his wife Amy were on hand pouring a hearty Chapellet Vineyard 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon.

Craft tequila, El Jefe is made from 100% Blue Weber Agave. Choose a smooth mild El Jefe Blanco o

golden brown Reposado and you will say, "Sí mas tequila." 

Hendrick’s Gin, A Most Unusual Gin, was derived from experimenting with two antique stills, the Carter-Head and a small pot still produced by Bennett, Sons & Shears. 

Paring this with any one of 12 botanicals 

has led to a lengthy list of lusciously refreshing cocktails such as Hendrick's Elderflower Tonic. One part Hendrick's Gin and three parts Elderflower Tonic. 

Louis M. Martini crafting world-class Cabernet since 1933 -
pouring Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa, Sonoma, and Alexander Valley. 

Paso Robles Tabla Creek Vineyard poured their 2014 Esprit de Tablas Blanc a clean blend of three estate grown varietals, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, and Picpoul Blanc.

Until Next Time, Happy Adventures! 

Photos by L. A. Momboisse 
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Monday, April 10, 2017

Hugh Comstock’s Architectural Signature – Inside “Doll’s House”

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“Some time last year an easterner came out to the Monterey peninsula, built himself a house to settle down in, and decided to do a friendly thing in Carmel…He wanted to help create…He therefore chose an architect who would carry out this feeling sympathetically in the lines of his houses.  He rearranged his lots and the cottages on them (first consulting and obtaining the consent of the City Council) so that instead of standing on narrow wedges of plots, city fashion, they would be grouped together with a feeling of spaciousness about them, as in a park...

He therefore shortened and widened the lots…grouped his cottages in community fashion…like the English cottage groups in their garden cities.  The houses were cleverly planned and executed by Hugh Comstock

These quaint little cottages are nevertheless modern, with their electric stoves and hot water, their ironing-boards tucked cleverly away…These fetching little houses…stand on Ocean Avenue at the rise, lifting to a glimpse of the sea.  There are five of them in a group among the trees.  The landscaping about them has given them a unity.” (1) 

Currently (April, 2017) Doll's House is on the market for $995,000.  What a difference 90 years makes in real estate values.

One of approximately 300 properties on the Carmel Historic Resource Inventory, Doll's House has been protected and preserved as close as possible to its original plan (at least on the outside).  

Inside one finds the signature Comstock Carmel stone fireplace,  
and  low beamed ceiling on first floor.

A typical narrow stairway leads upstairs  

through uniquely shaped doorways,
another Comstock signature,
 to cozy bedrooms.  

The kitchen though upgraded from 1928 still has a quaint cottage feel. 

For more information on the Comstock homes in the Historic Hill district visit my site here.

For more information on Carmel's historic homes, and an interactive Google Map, please see my book Historic Homes and Inns of Carmel by the Sea, available on Amazon and at many of our local shops downtown.  

Until next time Happy Adventures! 
Pictures courtesy of L. A. Momboisse 

(1) February 6, 1929, The Swain Houses, The Carmelite

For an interactive map and guided walking tour covering many of our tours please be sure to download the GPSmyCity App from the iTunes store. The App covers an extensive library of articles and walking tours from over 470 cities worldwide, and now features articles from Adventures of a Home Town Tourist covering Carmel and Monterey (with more cities on the way).


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