• Chapulines and Other Offbeat Bites in Carmel

     
    POSTED February 27, 2020
     
  • Chapulines and Other Offbeat Bites in Carmel

     
    POSTED February 27, 2020
     
  • Chapulines and Other Offbeat Bites in Carmel

     
    POSTED February 27, 2020
     
  • Chapulines and Other Offbeat Bites in Carmel

     
    POSTED February 27, 2020
     

Lots of folks claim to be adventurous eaters, but are the epicureans in your group ready for … toasted grasshoppers? If they are, send them to Cultura Comidas y Bebida, a year-old Carmel restaurant specializing in light, inventive and almost-too-pretty-to-eat traditional Mexican dishes tweaked to appeal to a California palate. Chapulines, a common bar snack in Mexico City and the southern state of Oaxaca, from where they’re imported, are salty/spicy/crunchy and taste a lot better than they sound. They can be ordered separately or on a “beauty board” appetizer platter that also includes scrumptious guacamole and other treats. Best with a cold beer or margarita on the side. 

Green salad, chicken, two veggies and a starch—that might have been a reasonable meal to serve group attendees in the last century, but it won’t cut it in 2020. Today, guests expect that a growing range of dietary needs will be accommodated, whether they’re eating keto, vegan, paleo, gluten free or some combination of all four. And, in a time when tech employees enjoy gourmet in-house commissaries on the job, it takes some serious culinary pyrotechnics to impress them.

 

An acclaimed chef is cooking at a new indoor-outdoor spot.

 

Come for the view and the fine dining fare at this Redondo Beach restaurant. Stay in the hotel for luxe guest rooms and exceptional events.