Hello, everyone! Welcome to Tradewinds, an Asian-themed luxury boutique hotel in downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea. We have been hard at work putting together an extensive list of the best restaurants, shopping, art galleries, and outdoor attractions in the area. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, an avid art collector, a wine aficionado, a foodie or a fashionista, Carmel has it all. We look forward to helping you plan your next trip to the area and hope to see you here soon!

The Staff at Tradewinds Carmel

Monday, December 29, 2014

Mondays on Mission Street: L'Escargot

It's hard to believe we are in the final few days of 2014! We hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season, whether you were celebrating Hanukkah, or Christmas or any other special occasion. We've been exceptionally busy there at Tradewinds, as Carmel has been bustling with visitors for the holidays. As mentioned in our Holiday Dining post, we strongly encourage you to make reservations for New Years Eve and New Years Day if you are planning on eating out. Today, we are happy to present one of our Mission Street neighbors, L'Escargot, as this week's "Mondays on Mission Street" featured business.

Mission Street at 4th Avenue
(831) 620.1942

Open Daily for Dinner at 5:30 PM

A picturesque, quintessential Carmel Cottage nestled in a small courtyard on Mission and 4th is where L'Escargot calls home. A traditional French country-style bistro, L'Escargot consistently serves some of the best food in downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea.

The restaurant offers an a la carte menu with traditional appetizer, salad and entree selections, as well as their "Bistro Menu," a fixed price menu offering a 3-Course Meal for $36/person. As a connoisseur of French cuisine, I love to try the same dishes at different restaurants to get a feel for the restaurant's style and creativity. I'm always "trying a bit of everything," which is why I end up with three appetizers, an entree and a dessert every time I go out to eat!

The appetizers are outstanding, from the French Onion Soup, to the classic Escargot (which lives up to the restaurant's namesake), to the Veal Sweetbreads, cooked with mushrooms in a Madeira cream sauce.

Entrees are equally as delicious - not exactly the healthiest cuisine, but definitely tasty. Seafood options include a local Petrale Sole with a lemon caper beurre blanc and Monterey Sand Dabs with house made tartar sauce. For fans of poultry, the restaurant offers a Pan Roasted Duck Breast, Roasted Chicken with mashed potatoes, and Chicken in a black truffle cream sauce. Rack of Lamb, Medallions of Veal and Rabbit Fricassee round out the protein options.  They also offer their house made version of Cassoulet, a traditional French bean stew with sausage and poultry.

The Bistro Menu features salad and other light appetizer options, a selection of entrees as well as your choice of dessert.

Round out your meal with a bottle of wine (we hear they sometimes offer half-priced wine on wednesdays) and have a relaxing meal, with great service and a charming ambiance.

As always, if you are planning a trip to the Carmel area, give us a call here at Tradewinds, we would be happy to help you organize a memorable stay in town.

Until Next Time...

The Staff at Tradewinds

Monday, December 22, 2014

Mondays on Mission Street: The Carmel Plaza

In the spirit of the Holiday Season, today's "Mondays on Mission Street" column is all about SHOPPING! Downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea is home to myriad clothing boutiques and specialty shops, and The Carmel Plaza, specifically, is the epicenter and home to some of the area's best shopping in terms of variety and quality.

Ocean Avenue & Mission Street

The Carmel Plaza is an outdoor shopping center, with beautiful floral accents, a cozy, cottage-like exterior, and both upscale and casual shopping options. The Plaza is home to contemporary stores such as J Crew, Anthropologie, Kate Spade, Cole Haan, as well as luxury stores like Tiffany and Co., and Bottega Veneta. Many stores you would find in a metropolitan area have found their way into this charming shopping complex in the heart of downtown. 

In addition to the plethora of apparel options, The Carmel Plaza is also home to specialty beauty retailers Cos Bar and L'Occitane. Both of these offer luxurious cosmetic and bath amenities, and cater towards a more pampered clientele. 

Boutique linen and home furnishing stores, as well as the popular cookware store, Sur La Table, round out the retail experience.

Take a break from a day of shopping and enjoy a coffee at Carmel Coffee and Cocoa or a bite to eat at Flying Fish Grill, Bistro Beaujoulais, or 400 Degrees Burgers.

Other activities include wine tasting at Wrath Winery and cheese sampling at the world renowned gourmet Cheese Shop.

Carmel Plaza has something for everyone and should be on every visitor's itinerary!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Our Holiday Dining Guide

Season's Greetings, Everyone!

We are making our final push toward the end of the year and are currently working on some new packages and specials for all of you to enjoy here at Tradewinds. We are really optimistic about what 2015 has in store for us!

While many of you will be celebrating the holidays with friends and family, cooking and entertaining during this most festive time of the year, others will be traveling or simply looking to dine out. We want to take as much of the headache and stress out of the equation as possible. With that said, we have compiled a list of the restaurants that will be open over the holidays and hope you will find this information useful as you plan your visit to the area.

Christmas Eve, December 24th
- Anton and Michel
- Christopher's  (5 - 9 p)
- Pacific's Edge
- Aubergine 
- Grasing's 
- Il Fornaio 
- Flaherty's (open until 7:30 p)
- La Bicyclette (lunch hours only)
- PortaBella (11:30 a - 9:30 p)
- Merlot!
- Grill on Ocean Ave
- Forge in the Forest
- Andre's Bouchee (open until 5 p)

Christmas Day, December 25th
- Anton and Michel (3 p - 9 p)
- Christopher's on Lincoln (5 - 9 p)
- Pacific's Edge (prix fixe, $110/person)
- Aubergine (9 pm seating available only)
- Grasing's (2:30 p - 8:30 p)
- Il Fornaio 
- Flaherty's (open until 7:30 p)
- PortaBella (2 p - 10:00 p)
- Merlot! (special menu available)
- Grill on Ocean Ave
- Andre's Bouchee (open for dinner)

New Years Eve, December 31st
- Anton and Michel
- Basil (special menu)
- Christopher's on Lincoln (5 - 9 p)
- Pacific's Edge (5:30 - 9:30 p)
- Aubergine 
- Grasing's
- Il Fornaio 
- Flaherty's 
- La Bicyclette 
- Casanova
- PortaBella (11:30 a - 12 a)
- Merlot!
- Grill on Ocean Ave
- Forge in the Forest
- Mundaka
- Flying Fish Grill
- Andre's Bouchee
- L'escargot (5 p - 9 p)

New Years Day, January 1st
- Basil (special menu)
Christopher's (5 - 9 p)
Pacific's Edge (5:30 - 8:30 p)

We love tradition here at Tradewinds - in fact, the hotel itself is a family tradition - owned and operated by the same family that built it in the 1950's. What are your family traditions? Perhaps you should consider making Carmel a part of your holiday plans!

Until Next Time...

The Staff at Tradewinds Carmel

Friday, December 12, 2014

A Winter Storm Update

After a day of gusty winds and heavy rainfall, we welcome the light drizzle we are experiencing today. The rain should pass by the end of the day and give way to some sunshine just in time for the weekend!

Thankfully, the storm did not do as much damage as we had anticipated; however, it did bring down some trees and branches around the Monterey Peninsula. A stretch of Highway 1 from San Luis Obispo to the Coast Gallery in Big Sur remains closed as of today and a small stream flood advisory was issued. Be sure to check the news for updates and road closures if you are headed to the area!

This photo was taken in Pacific Grove yesterday when the rain subsided for a moment and allowed for a beautiful rainbow to be cast over Lovers Point Beach.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

This Weekend in Carmel: 12/12 - 12/14

The winter keeps humming along as we get even closer to the end of the year festivities, including both Christmas and New Year's Eve. This weekend's events reflect the height of the Holiday Season, and we hope some of you will be able to join us in celebration!

Hand Crafted at the Barnyard
Barnyard Shopping Village
Friday 5:00 - 9:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The opening evening party of this pop-up store at the Barnyard will offer food and libations. Throughout the weekend Hand Crafted will offer handmade items from local artists.

The Talbott Vineyards Holiday Affair
Talbott Vineyards Carmel Valley Tasting Room
Saturday 12:00 - 4:00 pm
Mary Chamberlin of "The Traveling Soup Pot" will be sampling White Turkey Chili and Tortellini. The event will also feature live music, jewelry and samples from Gil's Gourmet.

The Nutcracker at Sunset Center
Friday and Saturday 7:00 pm
Sunday 2:00 pm
Dance Kids of Monterey presents the 21st year of its Nutcracker production. Accomplished professional dancers lead a cast of 120 locally trained pre-professional ballet dancers in the holiday classic. Tickets can be purchased through the Sunset Center website.

Santa's Fly-In at Carmel Valley Airfield
Saturday 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
For the 56th year, Santa and Mrs. Claus will travel by helicopter through the sky and touch down at the Carmel Valley Airfield to meet everyone. Once on the ground, they will hop in their sleigh and parade through the village to the Community Center on Ford Road, which will be followed by a holiday bazaar at the Carmel Valley Youth Center.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Mondays on Mission Street: Casanova

Food has always been a huge part of my life. Every family gathering, celebration or special occasion somehow revolved around food. Perhaps it was because my dad was a chef, or because my mom managed restaurants, that somehow, so many of my memories are sparked by names of restaurants and favorite dishes. I am ecstatic to be able to present to you the first restaurant I think of when I am planning a special occasion, and this week's "Mondays on Mission Street" feature, Casanova Restaurant.

Mission Street & 5th Avenue
Lunch -
Dinner -

Casanova is a Carmel Institution. A bold statement, maybe, but well-deserved. For years, I have attended everything from engagement parties, to birthdays, to anniversaries and graduation parties, and Casanova has proven time and time again to be more than capable of hosting the most joyous of occasions. With its cozy, romantic ambiance, its great service, impeccable French country-style décor, and amazing rustic French-Italian cuisine, Casanova really embodies traditional European dining.

Begin your meal with the spinach gnocchi, a light, doughy pillow of potato pasta served "au gratin" style. The parmesan cream sauce is ever so delicately salty, and creamy, and if you're anything like me, you will want to take a loaf of bread and soak it in this deliciousness.

The lunch menu features items such as the classic Croque Monsieur, Beef Ravioli, Shrimp Scampi, and a personal favorite of mine  - Steak Frites.

The dinner menu features heartier fare - classic pasta and meat dishes with both French and Italian roots. The Seafood Linguini is a personal favorite and features lobster, clams, mussels, prawns and a white wine & Meyer lemon cream sauce. The Wild Mushroom Pappardelle and Wild Mushroom Risotto are both great options for vegetarians and equally as delectable as their omnivorous offerings.

For those with a bigger appetite, I highly recommend the Braised Beef Short Rib with new potato and mushroom accoutrement. They offer additional carnivorous entrees such as Lamb, Duck, Salmon and Pork - classic dishes created to evoke the most memorable European-style dining experience.

I must note that their wine list is impeccable as well, but I suppose it doesn't hurt that the owners also call "Georis Winery" their own! Casanova is the definition of romance and charm and a definite must for all of those looking to have the quintessential Carmel experience.

If you are looking to celebrate something special, let us here at Tradewinds know, and we will help you plan the ultimate getaway!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

This Weekend in Carmel: 12/5 - 12/7

We have many events in store these upcoming weeks for those of you who are taking advantage of visiting Carmel before the new year arrives - and the rain should subside just in time for this weekend!

Friday, December 5th

Sunset Center Holiday Party, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Enjoy complimentary wine, cookies and coffee in the Theater Lobby before heading to Devendorf Park for the Tree Lighting Ceremony. A photographer will be on hand to take photos in front of the Sunset Christmas Tree.

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Devendorf Park, 4:30 pm
Festivities begin at 4:30 pm with special performances by Junipero Serra School Children and the Carmel Middle School Choir, as well as a recitation of "Twas the Night Before Christmas." Mayor Jason Burnett will light the tree around 5:45 pm.

Carmel Plaza Holiday Open House, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Carmel Plaza is hosting a Holiday Open House following the Tree Lighting Ceremony. There will be live music, appearances from Santa and his elves, as well as free warm beverages from Carmel Coffee & Cocoa and small bites from the restaurants at Carmel Plaza.

Saturday, December 6th

- The Carmel Foundation Holiday Bazaar at Diment Hall, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Shop a variety of crafts, gift baskets, jewelry and breads all handmade by talented local artists. The Carmel Foundation's cause nourishes the enrichment and productivity of active lives.

- Wine and Wreaths at Joullian Vineyard, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, $45 per person
Join Joullian Vineyard for their open house and food drive, where you can sample the latest vintage wines and enjoy a BBQ lunch. Juniper, holly, mistletoe and grapevines will be available for wreath-making and a contest will be held and prizes given for the best wreaths!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Mondays on Mission Street: Andre's Bouchee

Can you believe it's already Monday? After a Thanksgiving weekend full of friends, family and food, it's about time we all get back to work! For this week's "Mondays on Mission Street," we are featuring a favorite restaurant of ours here at Tradewinds, Andre's Bouchee. Located on Mission Street just two doors south of Ocean Avenue, Andre's Bouchee is an authentic French bistro serving classic French dishes with a "Californian Coastal flair."

Mission Street between Ocean & 7th

Lunch: Wednesday through Sunday 11:30 am until 2:00 pm
Dinner: Daily from 5:30 pm until 9:30 pm

Nestled in the heart of downtown Carmel, Andre's Bouchee is a cozy, charming restaurant serving delectable classic French cuisine in an intimate setting. The restaurant is the perfect spot to stop for a lunch break during a day of shopping in town, or for a lovely, romantic dinner in the evening. 

And now, I present a break-down of the menu (accompanied by a little lesson in the French language).

As part of my own neurosis, I almost ALWAYS always order wine before I even look at the menu, depending on whether I want red or white. And then I choose an entree accordingly. A word to the wise - DO NOT DO THIS HERE! Let their in-house sommelier do the work for you and peruse the menu before picking out a wine. They have an extensive wine menu and will recommend the perfect wine pairing based on your entree selection and taste preferences. Here are some of my favorites, from start to finish. 

French Onion Soup (Soupe a L'Oignon) is typically my go-to, however, the Cream of Mushroom (Creme de Champignons) is in a league of its own. If I know I'm going to be ordering an extra rich entree, I'll typically order a salad, perhaps the Mixed Baby Greens with Duck Confit (Salade de Confit de Canard). Or you can always share an appetizer... the escargot or mussels are perfect for that! Whatever the case, don't overdo it here, because you'll definitely need to save room for your entree and dessert!

You really can't go wrong with any of their meat or seafood entree selections. When I am eating out, I always try to go for the option that is most unlike anything I can make for myself at home. The Duck Legs Confit (Confit de Canard) and Braised Lamb Shank (Jarret d'Agneau au Sirop d'Erable et Citron Vert) both have that je ne sai quoi I look for when I'm dining out. Their seafood options are equally impressive, and include a Lobster Saffron Broth Risotto (Rissoto aux Fruits de Mer) and Grilled Striped Bass (Striped Bass Grille au Citron Vert). 

For dessert, you should definitely opt for the Vanilla and Rum Creme Brûlée or the Melting Chocolate Cake (Coulant Aux Chocolat et Carambar), or finish your meal with a lovely selection of cheeses. 

Do not miss out on some of the best food and service in the area - just be sure to let them know Tradewinds sent you! 

Friday, November 28, 2014

Carmel Belle

Every so often, I find myself falling into the monotonous routine of oatmeal for breakfast and a turkey sandwich for lunch. As healthy as that is, it can be quite boring. And that's where Carmel Belle comes into the equation. With a large selection of organic, artisanal breakfast, lunch and recently added dinner options, I am able to break that monotony and still eat high quality, healthy food.

Doud Craft Studios (San Carlos between Ocean & 7th)
Breakfast: Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 12:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday 8:00 am to 1:00 pm
Lunch: Sunday - Thursday 11:00 am until 4:00 pm, Friday & Saturday until 5:00 pm
Dinner: Wednesday - Sunday 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm
Breakfast at Carmel Belle is a poached egg lover's dream. They serve local, organic eggs from Glaum Ranche, with toast and a variety of accoutrements. My personal favorite is the mushroom melt with two poached eggs, and an ever so light touch of white truffle oil. Truffles, asparagus and mushrooms play a major role on the breakfast menu, but take a backseat when it comes to the open faced avocado toast. My tip to you, and you will most definitely thank me later, is to order the open faced avocado toast but add an order of prosciutto. You get the creamy, buttery flavor of the avocado, with the salty, smoky flavor of the prosciutto all with the crispy texture of the toast, and it is delicious. They do also offer steel-cut oatmeal with a variety of toppings for those looking for a healthier option.
I would be remiss if I didn't also mention they have a full espresso bar, with lattes, cappuccinos and other caffeinated treats. And a fresh, organic juice bar for smoothies and juices!
Lunch is where they truly shine, and the time of day I am most likely to come in and devour one of their delicious offerings. They have some lovely salad options, but I have such an affinity for their sandwiches that I unfortunately tend to forego their leafy delicacies. When I'm trying to be "good," and not a total glutton, I will order the Ham, Fontina and Pear sandwich. Salty and sweet, but with the tang of honey mustard. When I am super hungry, I order the slow cooked Berkshire Pork Sandwich, which has melted cheese on a buttered ciabatta toast, a red onion-currant chutney and is topped with a mound of slow-cooked pork. I don't know that there are any words that can do it justice - so you're just going to have to try it for yourself. They have free-range rotisserie chicken sandwiches, as well as options for vegetarians and vegans. And don't forget a cup of one of their delicious homemade soups - I have yet to try one I didn't absolutely love.
Dinner is kind of a new thing for them - but not to be overlooked! Among their selections include classic home-style options such as Meatloaf and Roasted Chicken, as well as modern fare like Crispy Pork Belly and Roasted Local Cod. If you are a cheese lover, I highly recommend the Quinoa Mac & Cheese, an updated version of the classic macaroni & cheese, with quinoa pasta and a sauce made from goat cheese and gouda. On Fridays, they have a special Farmers Market Night, where their chef creates a meal inspired by seasonal farmer's market selections.

If you are looking for good food in a casual, relaxed atmosphere, Carmel Belle is definitely the choice for you. Order at the counter and then take a seat in the middle of the light and airy Doud Craft Studios and your food will be served in just the right amount of time to take in all the lovely shops surrounding you.

Thanksgiving Weekend in Carmel: 11/27 - 11/30

We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! If you aren't too busy with Black Friday Shopping, we encourage you to check out some of our local events taking place today and throughout this weekend.

Our friends over at Ag Venture Tours are offering half day tours this week for $75-80 per person. On Friday 11/28, visit three tasting rooms (Chateau Julian, Heller Estate and Bookenoogen) on their Carmel Valley Wine Tasting Tour.

The Crossroads in Carmel is holding a Holiday Open House on November 29th from 11 am until 3 pm in celebration of the holidays and Small Business Saturday. Come listen to festive holiday music, enjoy delicious treats, sweets and beverages and grab a Crossroads tote bag full of special offers and events from participating retailers. The Crossroads are located off Highway 1 at Rio Road.

If you love music, check out Chris Isaak's Holiday Tour at the Sunset Center on Saturday at 8:00 pm. Tickets range from $79 to $99.

Have a great weekend!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Mondays on Mission Street: Diggidy Dog, A Dog and Cat Boutique

Of course for this week's "Mondays on Mission Street," I debated choosing another one of the wonderful restaurants within walking distance of us. While food will always be my first and everlasting true love, this week I'd like to focus on something else near and dear to my heart - my precious pooch, Charley. Luckily for us, Carmel is home to an abundance of shops, restaurants and hotels that are not only pet-friendly, but also cater specifically to a canine clientele. In honor of Carmel's penchant for pampered pets, I present to you my personal favorite, Diggidy Dog, a Dog and Cat Boutique located on the SW Corner of Mission Street and Ocean Avenue. Diggidy Dog carries a vast array of different products and specialty items for our furry friends and is just a short walk down the street from us here at Tradewinds!

Mission St. & Ocean Ave.
10:00 am to 6:00 pm daily
I personally consider Diggidy Dog to be the Neiman Marcus of pet stores. Say goodbye to those huge chain stores, with the 90's fluorescent lighting, and hello to your new favorite place to spoil your pet! With so many items in their inventory, its difficult not to find what you're looking for, plus a few extras. They offer a large variety of gourmet treats beyond the standard biscuits, a giant assortment of leashes, clothing, collars and other wearable accessories for the fashion conscious, and a plethora of plush, luxury bedding. Additionally, they carry Earthbath grooming products, which Charley and I like to use after a long, sea salt water and sand-filled day at the beach.
We give Diggidy Dog two paws up for its convenient location and extensive collection of pet products. Don't forget to check them out next time you're here in Carmel!

Monday, November 17, 2014

This Weekend in Carmel: 11/21-11/23

Carmel is starting to become a little more festive this weekend as we head into the holiday season. With Thanksgiving rapidly approaching, we begin our countdown until Christmas and New Years, and with that comes a season of holiday shopping for friends and family.

Begin your holiday shopping early and take advantage of the 44th Annual Homecrafters Marketplace, an annual craft fair featuring over 100 hand-selected vendors from Monterey and neighboring counties. The event is held on Saturday, November 22nd, from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm in the parking lot at Sunset Center. 

Also held on Saturday from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm is the Annual Holiday Faire at the Church of the Wayfarer (on Lincoln and 7th). 

The Callaway Golf Invitational, which began yesterday, continues through Sunday the 23rd at the Pebble Beach Golf Links. Come see your favorite professional and amateur golfers in a more intimate, relaxed setting. If you need some convincing, the weather here has been beautiful lately, and admission to the invitational is free.

Finally, nothing says "It's the Holiday Season" like the opening weekend of Ice Skating by the Bay, a seasonal ice skating rink located at the Custom House Plaza in Monterey. The rink is open daily, Monday through Saturday from 11 am until 10 pm and on Sundays from 12 pm until 8pm. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under, and skate rentals are available for $3.

We hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and gets plenty of exercise in anticipation of Thanksgiving next week. 

Cheers to a happy and healthy holiday season!

Charley's Carmel Beach Review

Flanked by the Pebble Beach golf course to the north, and bordered by Point Lobos and the Big Sur coastline to the south, Carmel Beach is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. But even better, Carmel beach is pet-friendly and dogs are free to run and play sans leash!

My Saint Bernard, Charley, loves Carmel Beach more than anywhere else in the world. We have an entire ritual dedicated to our beach days, which makes us both wish they happened a little more frequently. First, we stop by Carmel Valley Roasting Company, where I can grab a latte or cappuccino, and attempt to keep up with my energetic, 150-lb furry friend.

Charley sits patiently, waiting to be let off of his leash for maximum fun and exercise!

We walk down to the beach and assess the situation (i.e. find an area with the lowest concentration of other dogs, as the amount of mass being thrown every which way while he sprints around in giant circles can be quite intimidating!). After he tires himself out a bit, we head for the water, which can sometimes be a little bit chilly for those of us not covered in thick fur. We play and splash around for a while and then its time to dry off.  

Tuckered out after a fun day at the beach!

After a long, fun day at the beach, we usually head downtown to one of the many pet-friendly restaurants! Charley is typically so exhausted he doesn't move or make a peep, which allows me to have a peaceful, uninterrupted lunch. 

Whether you are visiting at the peak of summer, or in the middle of the winter, Carmel Beach is definitely a place worth visiting. Taking your dog to Carmel Beach is just one of the many activities that can be enjoyed. Try your hand at surfing (or just watch those who already know what they're doing!), snuggle up next to a bonfire, pick up some sandwiches from Bruno's Market and have a picnic, gather your friends and play a game of volleyball, or simply take in the view (you might even see some humpback whales, or dolphins, if you're lucky).

For a list of Carmel Beach's Rules and Regulations, click here

Mondays on Mission Street: Grasing's Restaurant

Today we are introducing "Mondays on Mission Street," a weekly column that will feature our favorite businesses located on the same street as us here at Tradewinds. Today we will be highlighting Grasing's Coastal Cuisine, a Mission Street Restaurant serving contemporary California cuisine, featuring fresh, local ingredients from the Carmel Coast and Central Valley.

Grasing's Restaurant
Mission St. & 6th Ave.

Lunch: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm daily (Lunch Menu)
Dinner: 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm daily (Dinner Menu)

There is something for everyone at Grasing's, where simple, fresh ingredients are transformed into creative dishes with bright and bold flavors. The restaurant itself has a very charming, cottage-style exterior, and a clean, tastefully decorated and cozy interior. The staff is wonderful and accommodating and the service is excellent.
For those with a smaller appetite, the bar area is a perfect place to sip a cocktail and enjoy an appetizer or two with friends. I highly recommend the heirloom tomato salad, as the acidity of the tomato and balsamic glaze pairs perfectly with the creamy burrata cheese and red onion marmalade. Other stars on the appetizers list include the Calamari, which is offered in two different portion sizes, the Dungeness Crab Cakes and the Lobster Mac n' Cheese.

Maybe I'm weird, but I can always determine the quality of a restaurant by their salad offerings. Grasing's really knocks it out of the park with the warm spinach salad, which has diced pancetta, beets, feta cheese and a dijon vinaigrette. And for those who don't need to be bribed with meat, the Butter Lettuce with Point Reyes blue cheese crumbles, candied walnuts, caramelized peaches and balsamic vinaigrette is a great choice, full of complementary flavors and textures.

The Main Courses are where the restaurant truly shines, and the wide variety of steak, seafood and poultry options can appease an entire crowd of picky eaters. Grasing's offers their "Chop House Favorites" a selection of grilled steaks including Filet Mignon, Bone-in Rib Eye, Prime Natural New York, and a milk-fed Veal Chop.

Grasing's "Paella," a unique spin on the classic Spanish dish, with orzo pasta substituted for the rice component, is a highly recommended dish for seafood lovers. The farm-raised Monterey Bay Abalone and Seared Pepper Ahi Tuna are also dishes I can personally put my stamp of approval on. Grasing's also offers Lamb, Pork, Duck, Chicken and Vegetarian options - so really, how can you go wrong here?

If I haven't sold you on Grasing's with their food menu, perhaps I can appeal to you with their extensive, Wine Spectator award-winning wine list and inspired cocktail creations. With myriad wine options from the Napa Valley, Central Coast, and European selections, the accolades come well-deserved. No matter your favorite varietal, Grasing's has an option that will undoubtedly pair wonderfully with your food choices.

Grasing's is the perfect place for both a fun night out with your friends or a romantic, dinner with your significant other. If you are only in town for a night or two, I highly recommend you give them a try!  

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

This Weekend in Carmel, 11/14 - 11/16

We are still experiencing beautiful, sunny days as we begin our transition from Fall to Winter. We are hoping for some rain, but in the meantime, the weather is perfect for this weekend's upcoming events:

Dawn's Dream Winery is holding an "Art and Wine Workshop" on Saturday, November 15th from 10 am to 1 pm at their tasting room downtown Carmel. This workshop includes wine flights, a light lunch, an individual canvas with painting supplies, and professional instruction. Tickets are $115 each.

From 1:00 to 4:00 pm on Saturday, November 15th, join the House of Merlot celebration at Chateau Julien Winery in Carmel Valley. Winemaker Bill Anderson will share his favorite vintages of their award winning Private Reserve Merlot. Admission is $25 per person in advance, and $30 per person on the day of the event.

Also on Saturday from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, head down to Carmel Plaza for a Pre-Holiday Prep Party. Activities in every store - including cooking demonstrations, fashion show, art exhibition, pop-up markets and the opportunity to win a holiday gift basket. Visit www.carmelplaza.com/events for more details.

The 12th Presentation of the Big Sur Half Marathon kicks off on Saturday, November 15th with the Pacific Grove Lighthouse 5K and By The Bay Kids' 3K. The Half Marathon is run on Sunday, November 16th and begins at 6:55 a.m.

On Sunday, November 16th, Galante Vineyards is hosting a "Vino for Veterans" event at their tasting room on Dolores Street. From 2:00 to 5:00 pm, a special celebration will be held, culminating a week of fundraising for World War II veterans to be able fly to Washington DC to visit their War Memorials. Enjoy an afternoon of tasting and meet 6 World War II vets who will be present at the event.

Visit our Events Calendar to plan your upcoming visit to Carmel. We are gearing up for the holiday season, and winter is the perfect time to come experience all that our quaint little village has to offer.

Have a wonderful week!

The Staff at Tradewinds Carmel

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Thanksgiving in Carmel

For those traveling to the area for vacation or those who are simply opting out of cooking, we have created a list of the restaurants in Carmel-by-the-Sea that will be open on Thanksgiving Day.

Anton and Michel
In addition to their regular menu, Anton & Michel is offering a three-course prix fixe traditional Thanksgiving meal for $38 per person. They will be open from 1 to 9 pm.

Andre's Bouchee
Open from 2 to 8:15 pm.

Open from 3 to 8 pm.

Offering a four-course Thanksgiving Dinner for $48.95 per person, which includes two glasses of specially selected wine and is aptly named "The Vintner's Dinner."They are also offering their a la carte dinner menu from noon to 10 pm.

Merlot! Wine Country Bistro
Serving a Traditional Family Thanksgiving Dinner for $28.95 per guest from noon to 10 pm.  A three course meal offering soup or salad, roasted turkey with all of the trimmings and your choice of dessert. Also offering the following 3-course dinner: Roast Prime Rib of Beef, Roast Leg of Lamb or Poached Salmon.

Pacific's Edge
Open from 3 to 8 pm.

Open from 2 to 8:30 pm.

Il Fornaio
Open from 2 to 8 pm.

Open from 2 to 8:45 pm.

La Bicyclette
Open for dinner from 5 to 10 pm.

Open from 2:30 to 8:30 pm

Open from 1 to 8 pm.

If you are planning on dining out, we would be delighted to make reservations for you - as the holidays can be a busy time around here!

Bon Appetit!

The Staff at Tradewinds Carmel


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