My Experience at the Portola Inn and Spa, Monterey
For my husband and my one year wedding anniversary, we contemplated about where we wanted to go to celebrate. After thinking about it, we realized that we'll have every other anniversary to go big or go somewhere other than where we got married - in Monterey. So, we decided that it made the most sense for us to keep it simple, go to Monterey, eat dinner at the spot we had our rehearsal dinner (which I'm obsessed with - it's called Tarpy's Roadhouse), and just enjoy each other's company!
We stayed at the Portola Hotel and Spa. It'd just recently been renovated, has such an amazing lobby - I mean look at the freaking thing below, and had such a fun vibe! We ate lunch there the day we arrived, and brunch there the next morning, and it was pretty dang good (though service was slow as hell).
We split a pretty dang good appetizer, a bunch of rolls heated with spinach and artichoke dip on the top in a cast iron skillet, and then he had a caeser salad while I had this delicious hamachi appetizer as my lunch, pictured above. It was SO good. With the rolls to start our meal, I didn't feel like i needed a ton more to be satisfied. It was fresh, and scrumptious.
Can we please talk about this dirty martini. I had complained ALL day that I wanted a dirty martini and NOWHERE had blue cheese olives. I am still upset at this. It is SO easy to make a blue cheese olive, you just freaking stuff it with blue cheese. I assume that my server understood my frustration, because when I asked for this and he said, 'sure I can make them for you,' he came back with this masterpiece. LOVE it. Thank you, Tarpy's.
The last day in Monterey, we decided to do brunch at the hotel. I actually would have NOT done this again if I could redo it. I would've rather waited until lunch and then walked down the pier (we didn't even know we were right next to this!) that has a TON of fantastic seafood restaurants, great views, and fantastic little shops to stroll into. Nonetheless, they had a brand new offering of a 'bar cart,' and I most definitely partook in this. I mean, can you please look at this bloody mary. I sent this photo to my mom to tell her to step up her cocktail game!
Even though Saf wasn't totally feeling the best because he was on crutches this whole time, it was SUCH a beautiful day so we slowly strolled down the pier, went into some cute shops, I had some oysters and he had some french fries, and it was a fantastic trip!
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