So let me do a food report first on our seaside get-away trip to Monterey Bay and Carmel-by-the-Sea (central California, 5+ hours drive from our home)! We first went to the Old fisherman Wharf at Monterey Harbor. We went to this seafood restaurant Rappa’s which locate at the end of the dock, so there’s a nice ocean view. It’s also famous for its clam chowder.
All the food are very good. The Clam Chowder is one the best I’ve ever had!!! The raw oyster is fresh and tasty. The clam’s alright. The Sand Dub fillet is really good too (It’s the first time I eat this fish? but argh it’s just so typical for American to fry their fish…) All their dips and sauces are very unique tasting~
We also had gelato at Espresso To Go & Ice Cream Too. The little scope is like Japanese-size and cost $3-something. o_O The Pistachios gelato is the best! This is the first time I have gelato, it’s smooth, creamy and sticky (yet without feeling milky like ice-cream).
At night we stayed and dine at Carmel-by-the-Sea (a beautiful rural town by the beach that Clint Eastwood used to be its mayor). Gosh Carmel is THE ideal town I wish to live in, it’s basically just a upscale town full of nice little boutiques, art galleries and fine restaurants! (more detail report and pix later). There were too many choices (though most places are too expensive) that we picked one that has shortest queue line with reasonable price (we were hungry and tired!). We went to Village corner, a mediterranean restaurant full of couples (argh…). The interior is bohemian chic but it’s too dark to picture of. And they have Paella! It’s kind of watery (compare with the ones I tried in Japan) and I don’t like the green peas, and the clams and mussels are way too tiny, though it taste really good so it’s alright.
(my camera ran out of battery by here so I had to rely on my other sucky camera which of course failed me >_<;;;)
The next day we had lunch at Flaherty’s Oyster Bar, one of the few casual places there ^^;; I had the Oyster Stew (Left: plump Washington oysters, cream and a touch of sherry), Joan had the Ahi Tuna Steak, both are really good!!! We also had the Apple-Boysenberry Fruit Juice, it has sparkles so taste a bit like wine~