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What Can I Bring our Host From Monterey or Carmel?

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What Can I Bring our Host From Monterey or Carmel?

Hello!

We will be in Monterey and Carmel for two days before driving on to stay with friends who live in Palo Alto. Can you recommend something special from the area to bring our hosts? We're driving up from San Diego, so we'll be going through Paso Robles, but I don't think they are big wine enthusiasts. They are a family of four with two teenage kids.

I appreciate any suggestions you may offer.

Thank you!

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1. Re: What Can I Bring our Host From Monterey or Carmel?

You could stop at Pezzini Farms (right off Hwy 1 at Castroville) and get fresh artichokes, as well as all sorts of artichoke products, such as dips and spreads. They also have fresh fruit. http://www.pezzinifarms.com/

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2. Re: What Can I Bring our Host From Monterey or Carmel?

Also, if you stop in Paso Robles, Pasolivo has a wonderful olive oil shop in downtown (you can taste the oils). We bought a bottle of lemon olive oil there that was delicious. Check it out. http://www.pasolivo.com/

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3. Re: What Can I Bring our Host From Monterey or Carmel?

I think the special olive oil is good. We can all get artichokes in our local stores.

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4. Re: What Can I Bring our Host From Monterey or Carmel?

A gag gift for the teenager: A permit in her name to wear high heels from Carmel City Hall. carmelcalifornia.com/fun-facts-about-carmel.…

But seriously, I agree some olive oil is always good if they are not wine drinkers.

The Nepenthe gift shop is always interesting.

An unusual gift is mushrooms that you foraged yourself in the #2 region for mushrooms sfgate.com/travel/centralcoasting/article/Mu…

But maybe glass ones from the Big Sur Coast Galleries will be safer (if you're not an experienced forager and can identify the poisonous ones). They are the cutest thing and easily transportable https:/…

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6. Re: What Can I Bring our Host From Monterey or Carmel?

Al, I love the glass mushrooms! The OP could buy a jade plant as shown at the gallery and place the mushrooms around it just as they did.

Perfect!

Edited: 18 June 2014, 17:17
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7. Re: What Can I Bring our Host From Monterey or Carmel?

The idea of buying some olive oil is certainly a good one.

When we stay with friends while traveling we don't bring gifts. We take them for meals and/or pay for groceries and help cook. No matter how strong the friendship, it is always more difficult with extra people around so we try to help out as much as we can.

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