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Fisherman's WharfThis is a classic stop in Monterey, a tourist trap chock full of overpriced opportunities. We visited the wharf in the morning, spent $1 on parking (it is one buck per half hour I believe) and walked the pier. The best part were the sea lions (seals?) that crawl up on a dock, bark at each other and try to knock each other off into the ocean. I could watch them for hours -- Alex not so much :) In any case, eating here will set you back a pretty penny, but it IS fresh and yummy. We chose to go downtown....
Monterey Farmer's MarketWe happened to be in Monterey on a Tuesday night, just in time for the 4-8 Farmer's Market in the middle of historic downtown. There are plenty of eating options for $5-10 and everything looked and smelled delicious. The largest line was at the rotisserie chicken place, but we went for a gyro and a hot-out-of-the-garbage-can naan. Yes, there was a man with two large, steaming iron hooks, throwing dough around a flaming garbage can and the naan that resulted was delicious, large and only set us back 2 bucks. I finished off my naan with some soup from Whole Foods (ree-DIC-ulously overpriced), so overall it was about a $15 meal for the two of us.
Cannery RowAnother classic tourist trap in Monterey, Cannery Row is where the sardine canning industry thrived years and years ago. The famous Monterey Aquarium is in one of the old factories and the chutes crossing the street overhead are where the cans used to go back and forth between the canning and fish factories. The history is cool -- the prices are not. We basically just wandered, grabbing a sample at Ghirardelli and splurging on taffy at one of the candy stores. We spent $3 and picked one of each of the really weird sounding taffy types. Bacon and Maple was weird and not-so-good and the rest were fine, but no particular stand outs. It was quite fun to taste test them for a few bucks though :)
|Cannery Row Historical Worker Housing photo via boardingarea.com -- click photo for more from their tour of Monterey!|
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