At Cantinetta Luca, Chef Jason Balestrieri rolls out handmade pastas, wood-oven-baked pizza, and roasted whole fish. Enhanced by seasonal, local ingredients, his family-style Italian cooking earned Cantinetta Luca a 2012 readers? award for Best Restaurant in Carmel from Monterey County Weekly. Balestrieri also cures salumi in-house to fill his signature antipasti plates, and has a salumeria next door.
Cantinetta Luca?s interior decor mirrors the Old World-style eats. Exposed brick covers a barrel-vaulted ceiling in one room, and dark-wood rafters crisscross overhead in another. Elsewhere, modern light fixtures cast their glow across contemporary furnishings, chiseled wood, and pillars of string cheese.
It's probably not shocking that Giant Artichoke Restaurant is an artichoke lover's dream. Artichokes are everywhere here, from artichoke ravioli to artichoke-stuffed salmon to fire-roasted artichokes. Those who aren't in the mood for the thistle can turn to artichoke-less breakfast, lunch, and dinner offerings with American and Mexican flavors, such as chilaquiles, lamb tenderloin, and seabass-and-shrimp salad. Diners who remember to look up from their artichokes and cold drinks from the full bar can enjoy the views of Krakens steering sailboats across Monterey Bay.
A public eatery situated amid the courts of the Chamisal Tennis and Fitness Club, Courtside Cafe fills feasters with elegant lunch and dinner fare masterfully concocted by head chef David Frappiea. Duos can kick off their epicurean expedition by falling face first into a plateful of domestic cheeses and playing tabletop football with the accompanying toast points. Homemade fettuccini entangles wild mushroom and oven-kissed tomatoes in a flavorful frenzy beneath olive oil, butter, and a healthy dusting of asiago cheese, and a bed of tarragon-infused risotto hosts roasted chicken, artichoke hearts, and its own asiago snowstorm. After perfectly grilling an 8-ounce Bistro fillet, the chef accessorizes the tender cut with swiss chard and hand-cut pommes frites cut in the shape of John McEnroe’s broken racquet. In addition to fresh seafood and steaks, Courtside Cafe churns out vegetarian and vegan options upon request.
Although Jamba Juice is serious about using wholesome, natural ingredients, the company is a little more playful when it comes to the palate. In addition to their extensive juice menu, their commitment to simplifying healthy eating can be found throughout the Jamba Juice menu, from its Fruit and Veggie smoothies to its Artisan Flatbreads. Customers can also kick-start their days with six varieties of Energy Bowls?antioxidant-packed blends of fresh fruit, Greek yogurt or soy milk, and an assortment of dry toppings and fresh fruits like acai berries and strawberries?all made to order and packaged in a convenient portable bowl.
In addition to providing healthy options to customers, Jamba Juice sponsors Team Up for a Healthy America. The initiative is focused on improving childhood nutrition and fitness by encouraging fans to join the Team Up community of celebrities, athletes and other leaders committed to helping the nation stay fit?which you can do by visiting the main Jamba Juice website.
With nearly 600 stores serving Energy Bowls, Jamba Juice is the perfect way to blend in the good.