A few months after Oldtown Salinas institution Yangste Taste of Thai (754-2223) closed when Chef Freddy Ramirez suffered a major health scare and left loved ones and loyal customers reeling—increasingly so after preliminary reopen dates passed—returns to life Friday, April 28.
After more than three months dark, the reopening is an awesome update for lovers of ToT’s spicy cauliflower and pineapple fried rice, and better news for the many more who love Ramirez infinitely more than his food.
More quick-and-tasty food news niblets commence below:
• Well, shoot. A favorite of yours and mine, Turtle Bay Taqueria in Monterey (not Seaside) is shutting down its Monterey spot. But there’s good news. Find that via “Turtle Bay Taqueria is closing its downtown Monterey location.”
• El Mercado Popular introduces its weekly Outdoor Market at the Rodeo ($2/adult; free/kids) 4-8pm Wednesday at Salinas Sports Complex’s Midway section on the grounds, with a produce section, new and used merchandise, kids’ activities and food vendors.
• One of the parties of the year has tickets on sale. More with “Historic 25th of Monterey Winemakers’ Celebration lineup looks…legit.” (It goes down 1-4pm Sunday, May 7, on Dolores and Seventh streets in Carmel-by-the-Sea.)
• As of this week, the fire pits at Joyce Vineyards new multifaceted tasting room in Carmel Valley (659-2885) are operational.
• The second annual Central Coast Cider Festival, complete with craft tastings, live music and pig roast, is returning to the Atascadero Pavilion on the Lake, Saturday, May 13, less than an hour south of Monterey County ($65, www.centralcoastciderfestival.com).
• The inventive River Road Wine Trail odyssey known as Tunes, Trucks & Tastes ($65; $25/DD) is back with reimagined verve Sunday, June 11, with all eight tasting rooms contributing, five food trucks, live music and no driving between locations, as it’s all at Odonata Winery (566-5147, River Road TTT website for more).
• No corkage at Abalonetti Bar and Grill (373-1851) and Big Fish Grill (372-7562) every Wednesday.
• On Thursday, May 10, Carmel High School hosts the fourth annual “Empty Bowls” soup-and-bread supper from 5-7pm, with student-made ceramic bowls, to benefit The Food Bank for Monterey County, with soup donated by local favorites like From Scratch and Old Fisherman’s Grotto ($20, 624-1821, more at the Empty Bowls website).
• Mundaka has officially ended its run of Spanish tapas, stylish drinks and hard-to-find wines. But expect much of the same, drawn through a coastal Mexican cuisine filter, via its new reincarnation Pescadero (624-7400). That opens with a new look and newer menu come Cinco de Mayo.
• Follow @MontereyMCA on Instagram and Twitter for place-to-place peeks into a vino lover’s run through Catalonian wine country.