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Last week Mr. K and I went on a weekend trip to Pacific Grove, one of our favorite getaways because it is just a couple of hours drive away, has many excellent restaurants and stunning views in just about any direction you look. We stayed at a bed and breakfast (which obviously includes breakfast), but I was looking for something more exciting than french toast, so we decided to check out a new (to us) restaurant called jeninni kitchen + wine bar in Pacific Grove that just started serving brunch the day before. The menu online looked very intriguing, a contemporary take on the sultry cuisines of the mediterranean coast – with a special emphasis on southern Spain. Once I saw this photo on their Facebook page of a delicious looking crispy potato cake, I made reservations.
The restaurant is sleek and modern with warm craftsman touches. I began our meal with a cuppa joe, freshly brewed just for me. It was so good and aromatic, a tonic to wake up my tastebuds.
A digression about our dinner the night before: we dined at the gorgeously atmospheric Restaurant 1833 in Monterey, but found that we were not into the new menu and left after a few appetizers. We stopped off at our old standby Crystal Fish Sushi, and found the boisterous vibe to be completely changed at the sushi counter (our chef never made eye contact and we had to order everything through the waitress), although the quality of the fish was still excellent. So after a disappointing night before, we liked our brunch so much that we came back for dinner the same day. The main downtown area was all lit up and festive with holiday cheer.
We stayed at the the Martine Inn, a wonderful B&B with amenities such as parking, beautiful views, and is just a few blocks away from historic Cannery Row, the Aquarium and other tourist delights. There was a sitting room across the hall from our room with binoculars and comfy seats where you could sit and look for whales.
We rented kayaks and paddled around Monterey Bay in the rain, because I needed to work off that donut and bacon…
We saw large numbers of harbor seals, sea lions, otters while we paddled about.
The weather was very temperamental but we went walking around in beautiful Point Lobos, which has fabulous tide pools, although we got there when the tide was rising.
The views are breathtaking, and the weather alternated between rainy, foggy, windy and cold and then the sun would shine through for a moment.
It’s a lovely spot to hang out.