Last week we traveled to Monterey, California to serve oysters at the Monterey Food and Wine Festival. It was a smashing success. So successful, in fact, that we didn't really have time to take photos because we were too busy shucking oysters... it was an "all hands on deck" situation.
The event was held in the Monterey Bay Aquarium. We recommend that everyone make a pilgrimage to the Aquarium sometime soon. We particularly liked the Outer Bay exhibit-- and feel like our lives are richer now that we've discovered sunfish. As for the wines at the festival, we fell in love with the Alexander Valley cabernet from Silver Oak Cellars. Absolutely delicious, and way beyond our price range. We'd gotten up at 4 am Thursday to pack up the oysters and catch the plane, and it was a frigid morning, so we arrived in California wearing wool sweaters and stocking caps, and without sunglasses. Needless to say, the warmth and sunshine were welcome changes from the 40 degree rainstorm we'd left behind. We took advantage by turning the trip into a "workation," and went surfing in Santa Cruz and sightseeing along the coast before flying back to the top left.