We awoke this morning to see fog creeping through the trees just below our room’s balcony. After a stultifying explanation of fog (temperature and dew-point) from my dear husband, we ventured out onto the streets and took in more of the local sights. It’s incredible that the weather can be picture-perfect one minute and the next the fog moves in and envelopes everything. Apparently, this is common in this area.
As I had an early afternoon appointment at the clinic in Salinas, we decided to stroll the streets of Carmel, then have an early lunch. There are a wide variety of art galleries, clothing, restaurants, antique stores that will please everyone. We couldn’t even decide which restaurant to have lunch.
We thought going back to La Fornaia would be convenient but on our way down Ocean Avenue, we were lured into Merlot Wine Country Bistro by an engaging young waiter at the door. David had a sandwich with fresh grilled Ahi tuna and I choose the cheeseburger. The staff was friendly and the food was pretty good. After lunch off to Salinas.
After returning to Carmel, we relaxed for a bit, then headed to Aubergine, the award-winning restaurant at l’Auberge Carmel. We had dined there about a year ago, and it was terrific, so we were looking forward to it. The menu gives a choice of three, four, or five-courses, which you select yourself from a long list of dishes on the menu. We both opted for four-courses, ordered the wine (a 2006 Chassagne Montrachet Morgeot from Ramonet), and had a Kir Royale while waiting for our first course. The meal was terrific, one of the best we’ve had anywhere. While the prices are steep, the food and service is worth it. If you have one splurge meal while in Carmel, this should be it.
After the meal, we strolled back through the fog to the Lobos Lodge and turned in early, as tomorrow we leave for Las Vegas in the morning.