Carmel Valley

Standard

 

 

My history in the Carmel Valley goes back to 1952, when my Stanford fraternity held it’s annual “Spring Fling” overnight party here. I probably didn’t behave myself very well at that party, but maturity was not my strong suit in those days. Now, 65 years later, my behavior has improved.

I’ve always had a fondness for the area, and for the last three years it’s been my January escape from the frigid winter climate in Maryland. Other than enjoying the normally pleasant weather, I can do things I normally don’t get to do much of at home: I can visit with my kids and grandkids; I can play golf; and I can get greatartichokes, great seafood, and great cheese.

Two places in Carmel are my go-to spots. One is Flaherty’s Seafood Grille and Oyster Bar, and the other is the Carmel Cheese Shop.

The former has been open for more than 30 years, and was a favorite place to go with my dad when he lived in Pebble Beach. Packed into a small space with a white marble bar and closely-packed wooden tables and chairs, in the heart of Carmel, the big attraction here is clam chowder. Served with sourdough bread, a little creamy but not too thick, it’s always on the menu and it’s always good.
They’ve got lots of other good stuff, too.

img_0053

The Cheese Shop is a cheese-lover’s paradise. On walking in, one is confronted on the right side by a wall of cheese wrapped in clear plastic, and right next to it a refrigerator case loaded with various blue cheeses. Somebody  behind the counter will almost immediately offer you a taste of something, and then pull out anything else you want to try. In the back of the shop is a huge wlwction of wine, and on the left wall are crackers and other cheese-related paraphernalia.

img_0061

Well, I’m struggling to format this post cuz I haven’t done it in a while. I’m going to try and publish this, and hopefully do better next time.

Here’s to good food,

Kim

 

 

 

Advertisements

One thought on “Carmel Valley

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s