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.
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.