Schoch Family Farmstead Gives Us a Taste of Cheese Making

Good cheese, like good wine, comes from years of practice and perfecting the craft, and Schoch Family Farmstead is no exception.

We here at the Monterey Bay Food Tours can’t get enough of the cheese from Schoch Family Farmstead — especially the ones we include on our Old Monterey Food Tour! We’ve learned so much from our partners about the behind-the-scenes production of their wholesale products — like the process of making wine from Comanche Cellars — and we wanted to highlight some of the products and back-of-the-house work from another of our favorite partners.

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6 California Firsts You Can Find in Monterey

Monterey, like many of the cities in California, has a lot of history many people overlook. From its original days as a port city in Mexico to being the backdrop of one of HBO’s biggest shows, we here at the Monterey Bay Food Tours wanted to share a couple of California firsts that Monterey gets to claim. Even better, we take you through a few of them on our Old Monterey Food Tour, so if you’re hungry, come check some of these out with us!

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10 Monterey’s Tasty Olive Bar Pairings That’ll Make Your Next Meal a Hit

A great olive oil or vinegar can turn a boring meal into a gourmet one, and Monterey’s Tasty Olive Bar gives us a wide and unique selection to choose from. If you’re looking to impress guests at your next house party — if you don’t want to try some out on our Old Monterey Food Tour, of course — consider some of the following extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) and vinegar pairings to make your meal pop.

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Comanche Cellars Gives Us a Lesson in the Intensity of Wine Production

If you’ve ever been on our Old Monterey Food Tour, or tried out the Something Wild Mindful Food Tour, you’ll be familiar with our last tasting of the day — Comanche Cellars. As lovers of wine ourselves, we admit that we never thought too much about wine production, so when the owner of Comanche, Michael Simons, invited us to join him for this year’s bottling session, we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into.

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5 Killer Wine Sips on Monterey Bay Food Tours

If you know anything about us at the Monterey Bay Food Tours, you’ll know we love wine! And hey, when you live in wine country, who can blame you? Whether you’re a Monterey local or visiting the area, check out these local wineries. We promise you won’t regret it!

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6 Eateries Offering Gluten Free, Vegetarian, and/or Vegan Dishes in Monterey

If you’ve been on our Old Monterey Food Tour, you’ll know we try to do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions and preferences. We know it can be difficult to pin down good food for those following a gluten sensitive, vegetarian, or vegan diet, so we thought we’d share some of our favorite spots around town to grub down on food that fits those dietary needs.

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GoFundMe's Set Up For Multiple Victims From the Gilroy Garlic Festival Shooting

Everyone here at the Monterey Bay Food Tours, as with everyone on the Monterey Peninsula, is reeling from the tragedy that occurred on Sunday, July 28th, when a shooting took place at the Gilroy Garlic Festival. Words cannot express our condolences to those who have lost loved ones, nor to those who have sustained injuries. We wish this violence would never happen.

That being said, unfortunately, it does. However, tragedy also has a way of bringing people closer, and our community has come together to help those in need. If you’re wondering what you can do to help, please keep reading.

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11 To-Die-For Products You HAVE To Try From Gil's Gourmet

If you’ve been on our Old Monterey Food Tour, you’ll know we try out a lot of local products at our first stop, the Joseph Boston Store. We know it can be overwhelming to remember everything you’ve tried, so we’ve compiled a list of the best products from our partner, Gil’s Gourmet.

If you haven’t been on the tour, these options are still available in the Joseph Boston Store, or at the Gil’s Gourmet shop in Sand City. Regardless, any of the following products are sure to be a hit at your next hosted party.

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5 Cannery Row Stops You Don't Want to Miss!

Cannery Row is a staple to the Monterey area. From Steinbeck writing about the area to the aquarium attracting millions of visitors throughout the years, Cannery Row has come a long way since its original days as a tin cannery.

There’s no shortage of restaurants, quick bites, shops, and things to do here, but we recommend checking out any of the following five stops to get the most of your Cannery Row experience.

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6 Unbeatable Breweries Monterey Bay Has to Offer

We’ve let you know about the best whiskey drinks in town, but where can you go for everybody’s favorite alcoholic carbonated drink?

Breweries, like wine tasting rooms, seem to crop up every other day in the Monterey area, but which ones are the best?

Hop on into the summer at one of the following breweries, and we promise you won’t be disappointed!

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Epsilon Restaurant Brings Greek Flair to Fine Dining

A blue and white awning labeled “Epsilon” draws my attention, and as I enter the restaurant, I’m immediately transported into Greece. The high-beamed ceilings — which I learn have recently been part of a remodel —, Greek art, and color scheme feels like the building has been cut out of Athens and placed ever so gently in downtown Monterey.

On the other side of the door I find the owner, Christos Hix, busy preparing for the restaurant’s opening in just under an hour. Fortunately, I was able to grab a few minutes of his time to get the scoop on the creation of Epsilon Fine Greek Restaurant — a spot you can always enjoy on our Old Monterey Tour.

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6 Incredible Whiskey-Based Drinks in Monterey Bay

Summer is here once again, which means it’s time to kick back, relax, and enjoy the salted air of the Monterey Bay. There’s plenty of places to eat, and being in wine country also provides a plethora of options there, but what about specialty drinks in the area?

We love wine, but we also love whiskey, and if you are, too, we’re certain you won’t be disappointed by any of these drinks!

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3 Awesome Tours to Check Out This Summer in Monterey Bay

Let’s face it: There’s a lot to see in the Monterey Bay, and people travel here for a wide array of reasons. Literature lovers come here for the Steinbeck experience. Marine lovers come here for the aquarium and whale watching. Others come to see the ocean for the first time in one of the most beautiful spots in the whole world, but how can you see the best of it?

Unless you’re lucky enough to live here, you might have to face some time constraints. Check out these tour options to make the most of your time in the Monterey Bay!

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Get Ready for "Something Wild" at the Monterey Bay Food Tours...

Monterey Bay Food Tours and Monterey Bay Meditation Studio have something wild in store for you…

Experience… all of your senses.
Reflect… on your surroundings.
Grow… your inner knowledge.

When it comes to eating, most of us don’t spend time in a period of meditation beforehand — in fact, the idea is wild to some.

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How to Eat Like a Big Little Lies Star

We don’t know about you, but here at the Monterey Bay Food Tours, we’re super excited about season 2 of Big Little Lies! The show has done a lot for the community in general, and a lot of our local businesses were either featured in season 2 or supplied products for the cast!

On top of that, we’re honored to partner with a few of them!

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How Paluca Trattoria Does Central Coast Flavor with an Authentic Italian Twist

Waves slosh underneath the patio outside of Paluca Trattoria on a calm and cloudy morning. A statue of a fisherman stares back at me as I meander the outside seating area — an area that I’m more familiar with from a TV show than from personal experience. As my eyes glance over a picture of Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Shailene Woodley sitting on the very table I’m standing at, I’m reminded that I’m in one of the most popular attractions from HBO’s hit show, Big Little Lies.

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Monterey County Film Commission Hosting 'Big Little Lies 2' Red Carpet Premiere

It’s no secret that a show about some pretty Big Little Lies has taken the world by storm — and put Monterey Bay back on the map as a go-to vacation spot. Filming from the first season brought in an estimated $2.5 million in revenue to the Monterey County, roughly $3.7 million from the second, and tourism has also seen an increase from travelers wanting to see the town for themselves.

Season one may have been full of twists and turns, but season two looks even bigger, better, and far more scandalous:

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7 Spectacular Coffee Shops in Downtown Monterey

We all need a caffeine boost every once in a while, but coffee shops, like restaurants, sprout up around every corner, and mixed reviews always bless and curse non-corporate chains.

When you’re in Monterey, don’t waste your time looking for a Starbucks or a Peet’s. Below, we’ve put together the best (and locally-owned) coffee options the downtown area offers.

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Revival Ice Cream Gives Back as it Shapes Ice Cream’s Future

Ice cream is something you can find in any country, unlike specific foods that can only be enjoyed in certain regions. Making ice cream is simple and something that can be done easily at home, but nowadays has been commercialized and filled with so many additives and artificial flavors that we don’t even know what proper ice cream tastes like anymore.

Enter Revival Ice Cream.

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Monterey Bay Food Tours Changes How to See Monterey

by Andrew J. Stillman

Looking for something to do in Monterey Bay? How about a food tour?

Trudging through the lists of Monterey Bay eateries is a job within itself, and picking the right food options can make or break a vacation or night out.

Most people stick to review sites like TripAdvisor and Yelp to make their assumptions based on customer reviews. However, a mix-and-match of customer voices can make the right choices harder to come by. Thankfully, people out there like Casey Aguilar of Monterey Bay Food Tours take it upon themselves to show you your options.

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