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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.

185 Robley Road
Salinas,
CA
US

Every day at more than 770 locations, Jamba Juice proves that good nutrition can be both convenient and delicious. Since the beginning, the company has based its philosophy on choosing whole fruits and all-natural ingredients over artificial flavorings and preservatives. The menu is completely free of high-fructose corn syrup and artificial trans fats, and it makes additional accommodations for vegan and gluten-free diets.

Although Jamba Juice is serious about using wholesome ingredients, the company is a little more playful when it comes to the palate. Whole fruits and veggies can be blended into an extensive menu of great-tasting smoothies and freshly squeezed juices. But Jamba Juice?s commitment to keeping healthy eating simple informs its solid-food options, too. Customers can kick-start their morning with a steaming bowl of slow-cooked, steel-cut oatmeal, or stay energized throughout the day with six varieties of Energy Bowls: nutrient-rich blends of whole fruit, Greek yogurt or soy milk, and an assortment of dry toppings and fresh fruits.

In addition to nourishing and energizing the human body, Jamba Juice fights childhood obesity by sponsoring Team Up for a Healthy America. The initiative encourages fans to join the Team Up community of celebrities, athletes and other leaders committed to getting kids active?which they can do by visiting the main Jamba Juice website.

1552 N Main St.
Salinas,
CA
US

At Famous Dave’s BBQ, hand-rubbed St. Louis-style spareribs smoke over a hickory fire for 3-4 hours. A generous helping of sweet and sassy sauce—made from Famous Dave’s secret recipe—seals in the ribs’ piquant flavor and also makes appearances on other barbeque specialties including country-roasted chicken and regular or boneless wings. Joining Famous Dave’s menu of barbecue staples are burgers and citrus shrimp fresh from the grill as well as sandwiches, southern sides, and desserts.

1391 N Davis Rd
Salinas,
CA
US

Superior Court Judge John M. Phillips spent his career witnessing the cycle of offending and incarceration in which local youth often became trapped. He founded Rancho Cielo Youth Campus to help prevent first-time offenders from getting stuck in this negative spiral by giving them educational and vocational alternatives to crime. After acquiring the Natividad Boys' Ranch, a long-dormant juvenile-incarceration facility, he transformed it into a comprehensive educational environment with classrooms, a wood shop, a ceramics room, and a natural setting.

Today, Rancho Cielo Youth Campus helps underserved youth in Monterey County find their place in society with educational programs and social services that range from healthful eating to drug diversion. The ranch also provides vocational training and job placement in the culinary-arts and construction fields. The sprawling 100-acre grounds contain two lakes, stables, and a cultivated garden, all of which host outdoor activities and recreational programs including fishing, dance classes, and sports leagues.

710 Old Stage Rd
Salinas,
CA
US