Like I said in the previous feature in this series, I’m always a little bit sad when I get to the end, because I know all good things come to an end even though there is always so much more to share. And this is definitely the case with this feature series about Monterey.
Nevertheless, here’s one last unique excursion that is just too good to miss!
Located just 19 miles north of Monterey along Highway 1 is the boutique fishing town of Moss Landing.
It began in the mid-1800s as a wharf serving the many pioneers, fisherman and others who traversed the waterways in the area.
Although it has grown over the years, it has still maintained it’s quaint (the population is just over 200 denizens and it encompasses only .4 square miles) fishing village ambiance, offerings visitors an intimate experience at a handful of boutiques, stores, accommodations and restaurants.
One of the biggest draws to Moss Landing is the wealth of water activities including kayaking, boating, fishing and surfing. Moreover, as one the largest wetland areas in the state, it draws folks from across the country to learn about and explore the hundreds of species of plant-based, winged and water wildlife including herons, sea otters, egrets, sea lions and others that migrate through or call this area home.
While here we enjoyed an amazing meal at the Haute Enchilada Café and Gallery.
The chef and artist co-owners here have combined their talents and passion for food and culture into a vibrant, creative ambiance that focuses on innovative fresh dishes prepared with local organic produce and sustainable seafood, set against a gallery space backdrop of beautiful, original, local works of art. They call it “Palate to Palette.”
Think Roasted chile pasilla battered and stuffed with zucchini squash, jack and cheddar cheese, drenched in their house made mole sauce and served on bed of roasted Nopal (cactus) and black bean salad. Or, the Peruvian Bird’s Nest – two eggs sunny side up nested on layers of saffron infused potato, red beet infused potato, a tempenade of green olives, Kalamata olives, capers, onion and fresh lemon, topped with Hollandaise sauce, crumbled no nitrate bacon and dusted with smoked paprika.
And then there’s the Garlic prawns perched on medallions of beer battered deep fried eggplant, topped with Huitlacoche (black corn truffle) and dressed with chipotle aioli and Spanish rice or quinoa. Need I say more?
They also have a special event and space featuring live music several nights a week. The experience here is phenomenal and not to be missed.
‘Til we meet Again
Alas, we’ve come to the end of our Monterey sojourn…for now. I’m already looking at next year’s calendar to see when I can come back!
Read the entire feature series!
Part 1 – The Wonder and Beauty of Monterey, CA
Part 2 – Beautiful Monterey Today
Part 3 – Delightful Lodging in and around Monterey
Part 4 – Celebrating Monterey’s Fine Arts
Part 5 – Talk to the Animals in Monterey
Part 6 – A Unique Excursion near Monterey