For those of you who missed my column in last Thursday’s Go! section of the Monterey Herald, I’m reposting the stories here on my blog. Check out this week’s Best Bite–a recap of the week’s tastiest treat! As an added bonus, check out some extra tasty bites I found this week dining around town.
Best bite: Pan-roasted quail at Cacahagua General Store (Carmel Valley)
Monday night, my friends and I trekked out to Cachagua for an epic feast, devouring a number of delicious dishes.
But the tastiest bite was the quail ($16). The Vermont quail was pan-roasted, but so crispy it might as well have been fried. The chile linguine and porcini mushrooms were great accompaniments that added a hint of spice and earthy umami, respectively.
Sure it’s a long drive out to Cachagua, but the food makes the trek totally worth it.
The Cachagua General Store hosts dinner Monday nights and brunch on Sundays. 659-1857. www.yelp.com/biz/cachagua-general-store-carmel-valley.
Lavender macaron at Parker-Lusseau Pastries (Monterey)
As you read a couple weeks ago, I’m thrilled that Parker-Lusseau is now making macarons. And the menu keeps expanding with new flavors. Pistachio, chocolate, praline, and now lavender.
The lavender macarons have a vibrant pop of lilac purple. They’re the perfect balance of sweet sugar and floral notes.
Parker-Lusseau Pastries has two shops in Monterey: 731 Munras Ave. (643-0300) and 539 Hartnell St. (641-9188). www.parker-lusseaupastries.com.