DINE
Monterey County is home to a wide variety of restaurants, from casual to fine dining, ethnic cuisine to homestyle cookin'. Visitors can tour Little Napoli, dine inside a Little Chicken House and eat pizza at a Piccola Casa (Italian for Little House). Dine with dogs at Cypress Inn and chase Sticks in Pebble Beach, or cross London Bridge and travel all the way to Pacific's Edge. Don a Hawaiian shirt at Kula Ranch and nosh inside a Lumpia Hut and in an old Whaling Station. Eat Sushi by the Bay and crab Louie at The C; and enjoy everything from a confounding virtual egg (Citronelle) to a wondrous deep-fried pickle (Mucky Duck).    
 
 

Restaurants
Justin Cogley may not work under the glaring culinary spotlight of Las Vegas, New York or Chicago, but the executive chef of Aubergine in tiny Carmel shines just as bright as any big-city chef. And he has the credentials to prove it.   READ MORE
 
The Big Sur Food & Wine Festival has only five years under its slack belt, but is quite possibly the longest festival in the world ... at least in terms of geography. From the Gateway to Big Sur kickoff event held at Hyatt Carmel Highlands Thursday night (Nov.   READ MORE
 
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You have to be a pro to make it look this easy. Under the warm sun and light breeze, surrounded by a relaxed Sunday crowd, chef Tene Shake demonstrated how to clean calamari.   READ MORE
 
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Midway through his cooking demonstration Saturday at the Pebble Beach Food & Wine festival, celebrated chef Masaharu Morimoto was grating wasabi for a sushi dish. "This is a lot of work," he said after a few seconds of labor. Then he turned to one of his sous chefs. "You do.   READ MORE
 
What makes a great local coffee house? Food blogger Mike "The Grub Hunter" Hale says it starts with great-tasting, locally roasted, small-batch beans, but also a sense of community. It's a home away from home for drinkers, thinkers, artists, musicians and anyone who seeks a jolt of connection. Tune in for his top seven local spots.   READ MORE
 
 
Chef Profiles
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Chef Profiles
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On the home page of his website, celebrity chef Richard Blais highlights a short list of what currently inspires him.   READ MORE
 
FOR DORY FORD, eating with the seasons isn't just a buzzword — it's away of life. "Spring is coming," said the affable Ford, the former executive chef at Big Sur's renowned Ventana Inn & Spa and at Portola Café at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. "That means artichokes."   READ MORE
 
LEST YOU THINK that Swiss cuisine begins and ends with fondue, chef Andre Lengacher will enlighten you. "Switzerland is in the heart of Europe," said Lengacher, who is celebrating his 15th year as owner of Lugano Swiss Bistro in The Barnyard in Carmel.   READ MORE
 
MONTEREY>> Todd Fisher spent a year combing the country in search of bacon goodness at eateries with names like The Swinery, Lardo and Bad Decisions.   READ MORE