Author Archive | Sarah Wood

Cachagua General Store Revival at Douglas Ranch

March 6, 2018 – Devotees of cult Carmel Valley fixtures the Cachagua General Store and Douglas Ranch can celebrate this spring: the new incarnation of the General Store restaurant will begin serving as early as April 2nd at the historic former kids’ camp just ahead of the camp’s own reopening as a rustic, experiential camp for adults.

“I’m so excited, I’ve been going crazy,” says chef Michael Jones, who will be using Douglas Ranch as a base not just for the Monday night dinners and Sunday brunches that the Cachagua General Store became known for, but also his Moveable Feast catering company and the preparation of all of the food to be served at the reimagined Douglas Ranch.

Jones’ original Cachagua General Store in the heart of Cachagua—which for … Read More

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Local Food Community Loses Ardent Champion

From left, Aga Simpson, Deb Monnastes, Steve Brabeck, Ghion Brabeck and Annelise Wilford

March 6, 2018 – One of our local food community’s most beloved and enthusiastic advocates of food as medicine and cooking for good health died last week.

Dr. Stephen Brabeck, 67, passed away after a six-month illness.

A cardiologist who long took an active interest in the holistic health of his patients, Brabeck was also a survivor of congenital heart disease and upon his retirement in 2012, opened the Quail & Olive in Carmel Valley so he could share the heart-healthy properties and delicious flavors of fresh, high-quality local olive oils.

From the outset the store also carried an array of specialty vinegars and quickly developed both a devoted following and an extensive collection of products from local … Read More

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“It seems to me that our three basic needs, for food and security and love, are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think of one without the others. So it happens that when I write of hunger, I am really writing about love and the hunger for it, and warmth and the love of it and the hunger for it. And then the warmth and richness and fine reality of hunger satisfied…and it is all one.”
—M.F.K. Fisher, from The Gastronomical Me

As we write this note, the United States is reeling from its latest school shooting, which, at the time of this writing, was in Parkland, Fla. You may wonder, “But what does that have to do with food? Edible Monterey Bay is a food … Read More

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Do you want more? Perhaps more time in your day, more appreciation for what you do, more financial resources for making your dreams come true?

If you read this letter regularly, you’re probably expecting us to urge caution here. We might suggest that before you risk slipping down the spiritual and existential slope that leads to a trap of insatiable, unstoppable striving, you first consider what is actually enough, and whether you’re being fully present to the riches already surrounding you. And there would be wisdom in that!

But if the “more” that you’re hungering for today is more Edible Monterey Bay, we’re going to take this opportunity to shamelessly—and sincerely—agree with you. We absolutely believe you deserve more of the goodness in these pages, and we’d like to provide … Read More

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Happy Girl Expands With New Tasting Shop

November 28, 2017 – In case you were never quite ready to spring for the Emergency Bloody Mary Kit or the Orange Rosemary Marmalade without trying it first, Happy Girl Kitchen has got your number.

Just in time to create an alternative shopping experience for Black Friday, owners Jordan and Todd Champagne opened their first “tasting room” last week at 171 Central Ave. in Pacific Grove, right next door to their beloved café.

Not only does the new 400-square-foot shop give the Champagnes room to crack the lids on all of their jams and pickles, it is also providing a new home for all of the other retail products they once weaved into the decor of the café.

And that, says Jordan Champagne, provides a more pleasant shopping experience for those … Read More

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