• The Cuban…

    by Richard Oh

    Monterey gets a year-round farmer’s market.  But this isn’t your usual market.  The Wharf Marketplace offers fresh local sustainable seafood, direct from the farm produce and fruits, fresh squeezed juices and smoothies, breakfast items, sandwiches, pizzas, cheese, coffee, wine shop, and wines by the glass.  They have seating inside and out so one can enjoy lunch or sip on local wines at your leisure.  It is the former Southern Pacific train station close to Fisherman’s Wharf.  The Wharf Marketplace was inspired by San Francisco’s Ferry Plaza and Seattle Pike’s Place Market from the owners of Tanimura and Antle.   Tanimura & Antle has been around since 1982 and has grown to be one of agricultural industry leaders.  They are committed to producing premium quality products and are found at the Marketplace along with other local produce.  They feature seasonal items from local growers.  And if they can’t find them locally, they will get them from other farmers throughout California.  So you will not find produce or fruits from other states or from another country.

    richard for 11-1-13The Marketplace is managed by Brant Good who used to be an Executive Chef at the Sardine Factory.  So he knows food from produce to fruits to seafood to spices as well as wine.  Brant knows fresh and offers great advice to the customers.  He is friendly and knowledgeable so stop by and ask him anything about food.  The Wharf Marketplace is located at 290 Figueroa Street, Monterey.   They are open seven days a week from 7:00 A.M. to 7 P.M. except on Tuesdays.  They close at 2:00 in observance of Monterey’s Downtown Farmer’s Market.  Come out and taste what Monterey County has to offer and support local.

    The sandwich:

    The Cuban has roasted pork, on top of ham, salami, pickles, Salinas Valley Swiss cheese, pressed on fresh local baked Cuban bread, served with mustard and mayo.  The sandwich is meaty and the flavors of the tropics come to mind.  Like when they slow roast the whole pig in the ground.  All the ingredients work together beautifully to give your mouth a sensation wanting another bite.  The Cuban was a common sandwich consumed by the workers at cigar and sugar factories in Cuba.  It made its way to America via Florida back in late 1800’s.  It’s still served in many restaurants and very popular with locals and tourists.  So popular that in April 2012, the “Historic Tampa Cuban Sandwich” was designated as the “signature sandwich of the city of Tampa” by Tampa’s city council (reported by Tampa Bay Times).   Come hungry because the sandwich is sure to fill you up.

    The wine:

    2011 Antle Wines Syrah, Chalone, Monterey County.  The grapes are 100% estate grown from Antle Vineyard.  The soil along with the climate makes a great location to grow Syrah.  Its dark ruby hues is pleasing to the eye, you’ll get light spice up front, dark cherries, blackberries, herbal notes, earthy undertones, with soft tannins.   Grab a Cuban and enjoy a glass of the Syrah at the Marketplace and taste for yourself.

    If you have any comments or suggestions, please email me:  Richard@ottercovewines.com.  Cheers!













    posted to Cedar Street Times on October 31, 2013

    Topics: Oh, Have A Taste!


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