Postcards from the Pac Coast Highway

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Other (read: non-food) related highlights from our Northern California tour.  While the brunch was great, there were plenty of other sites to behold.

Via our mini-tour of Northern California – from San Francisco to Monterey

From PCH

Santa Cruz

Rio del Mar

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Brunch in Monterey, California

Posted in Breakfast, Travel

Monterey - Brunch @ the InterContinentalMonterey - Brunch @ the InterContinental

A few months ago, I packed everyone up (and our little dog, too!) and headed south via the Pacific Coast Highway.  Before we reached our final destination, we got to see a lot of the obligatory Nor Cal scenery – the dramatic cliffs that remind me of The Goonies, the Santa Cruz boardwalk, Cannnery Row, and Rio del Mar – which is hardly a destination, but a great pit-stopped for a beer on the beach and a well-deserved game of fetch with Oliver Gomez.

Monterey has all of the good elements to make up a good food microcosm – decent weather most of the year, beautiful scenery, unlimited access to fresh fish, close proximity to some really fantastic wineries.  I wanted Cioppinos! Jumbo lumb crab cakes! Delicious wine!  Sadly, we consistently found ourselves disappointed. The only exception, however, was an early morning brunch at The C Restaurant at The Clement Monterey – Intercontinental.

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