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Casanova

April 11, 2013

There is something sweet and calming about the seaside town of Carmel.  It was the first little road trip that Boyfriend (now TM) and I took together when we were living in LA.  We made s’mores using the fireplace in our hotel room, checked out the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Carmel Beach and drove back home on PCH through Big Sur and took a gazillion pictures of the view.  There was something so lovely about that weekend getaway, Carmel has always been a place dear to my heart.  Since then, we’ve moved up to the Bay Area, gotten married and have had many trips to Carmel in between.

Randall invited us to Carmel this past weekend because his sister and BIL were in town visiting from SoCal.  It was supposed to be our “chore weekend” so I had to convince TM that we’re allowed to have a little fun on the weekends and that we could go.  We checked and the restaurants Randall had planned on going to were dog friendly so it worked out perfectly!

Randall chose Casanova for dinner which was labeled as French Italian on Yelp.  The front of the restaurant looked so quaint and cute and I wondered how we would be able to sit eight people and a dog together on their little front patio.  I was shocked when we were led around the corner to the back entrance.  Their restaurant extended all the way and was quite big!  They had a lovely back patio with plenty of heaters for all the tables.

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We all ordered a large order of Gnocchi Casanova to share.  Our server had mentioned that it is one of their signature dishes and it sounded really good.  I had been eyeing it before our server even mentioned it.  Instead of being made with potatoes as traditional gnocchi are, these were made from spinach.  They were incredibly light and had a parmesan au gratin over it that we all dipped our bread in because it was oh-so-delicious.  We even joked about drinking the rest with the spoon because it was that good!  Unfortunately, I didn’t take a picture of it.

TM ordered the Filet Duo as his main.  It was a pan-seared filet, short rib crepinette with polenta.  It had a Provencal topping and beef jus.  I only tried the short rib but it was incredibly soft and flavorful.  TM said it was better than the filet.

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Three of us at our table chose the seared jumbo scallops as our entree.  It came with mascarpone and black truffle risotto, spring pea & carrot ragu and a beef jus.  The scallops were cooked perfectly and honestly, almost anything with mascarpone and black truffle has got to taste amazing.  The risotto was no exception.

I loved the food and ambiance at Casanova.  We go to Carmel so often, I can definitely see us going to Casanova again.  It was a huge plus that they allow dogs on their patio and even bring out a water bowl for your pup!

between 5th Avenue and San Carlos Street  Carmel, CA

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Carmel

July 31, 2011

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We spent the luxurious weekend in Carmel!  When TM and I first started dating, Carmel was the first trip we went on so I’ve always considered it to be our special place.  This time the newest member of our family joined us!  Koa experienced the beach for the first time and loved sand a little too much.  He sniffed it, snorted it, licked it and rolled around in it much to my dismay.

Luckily, Carmel is one of the dog friendliest cities I know and we didn’t have a problem dining or shopping with our pup.  Our favorite place to grab a sandwich in Carmel is Bruno’s Market and Deli.  They don’t skimp on the meat and every sandwich is packed with flavor.  I got a turkey sandwich yesterday and chicken salad today.  Yes, we went twice for lunch in two days!  I actually wasn’t a fan of their chicken salad… it had too many huge celery chunks, bits of apple and seemed a little too heavy on the mayo.  Next time I’ll stick with regular turkey or ham.

Bruno’s Market and Deli

December 3, 2008

Back when Girlfriend and I started dating, our first trip together was a road trip from LA up to Carmel.  Girlfriend’s car was in the shop so she had a rental car for the weekend.  We decided last minute to drive up to Carmel and spend the weekend, then take the scenic Hwy 1 back down to LA.  We decided to pick up some sandwiches for the ride back so that we wouldn’t have to hunt down lunch on the overpriced and sparsely populated stretch of road before us.  So we stumbled in to this market and deli right down the road from the hotel we were staying at and picked up a few sandwiches.  Those sandwiches turned out to be some of the best sandwiches we had ever tried.

Fast forward to the near present, and a few weekends ago, Girlfriend and I headed back down to Carmel since I actually had an entire weekend off.  We both had fond memories of this surprise find and so we ended up getting lunch there… twice!

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To order your sandwich you fill out a little order form that is on the counter.  When Girlfriend and I went during lunch on Saturday, the deli counter was packed with customers.  When we went a little earlier on Sunday, it wasn’t as bad.  You pick your bread, your meat, your cheese, and whatever vegetables you want.  I typically pick every vegetable they offer and a lot of times you end up with a salad sandwich with some meat topping.  With the Bruno’s sandwiches, you get a lot of meat and the veggies balance out the sandwich very well.  A great deal for around $6.  If you ever end up in Carmel around lunch time, this is a must try.

6th and Junipero Ave. Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA


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