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April 13, 2011

First Awakenings - best place for breakfast and brunch at Monterey County

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This was where I had my first meal in Pacific Grove (Monterey County) during my weekend to Monterey. Serge and Linda strongly recommended this place for breakfast and brunch. They picked me up from the hotel and off we went, in their Prius! (I was really excited to be able to ride in Prius throughout my weekend trips~)

Good morning from the USA!! -- Princess Cheryl
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Love this black and white combination. Sort of similar to that feel in Breakfast at Tiffany's. Hahaha... or maybe not. (Sorry that I'm sometimes very dreamy and into movies...)

Now back to the colorful world! First Awakenings, once voted for the best place for breakfast in Monterey County. It's still very popular, I should say it's all the while that popular, because we had to queue and wait for our numbers to be called.

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I took a quick tour around, found some nice shops which I can do shopping (it's in the American Tin Cannery outlet Center) but I decided not to do shopping first since I have plenty of time in the next 2 weeks.

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This place has both indoor and outdoor seating. Of course in a great weather like this (there was a lot of rain for Spring this year, so everyone longed for a sunny day), we should enjoy the sunny breeze to the max. 15 minutes later, we got our table.

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They have another restaurant in Salinas. Map below for this one in Pacific Grove.

The Menu. Very attractive.

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Words are incredibly small here. You can actually download the menu here.

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My cup of coffee.

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Enjoying the sunny morning.

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Foods that we had... I hope I didn't remember wrongly.

Portofino Pesto
Smoked turkey, Monterey Jack cheese, pesto, onions, mushrooms and diced tomato.

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Acapulco Express
Chorizo, avocado, green chiles and onion folded in, then smothered in melted cheese. Capped with sour cream and chives and served with salsa.

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Everything was great. I am fond of cheese. I love trying out different cuisine, and surprisingly I don't like rice. Many of my friends have trouble when they travel to USA or Europe because they used to have rice and noodles. If you are not that adventurous, then perhaps you can look for something else besides cheese and bread. But I can tell you, I love being in California~

My Rank: 4/5

First Awakenings Monterey:
125 Oceanview Blvd.
(in the American Tin Cannery outlet Center near the aquarium)
Pacific Grove, CA

Tel: 831-372-1125
Email: goodmorning@firstawakenings.net
Website: http://www.firstawakenings.net/

Opening hours:
Mon-Fri 7:00am til 2:00pm Sat and Sun 7:00am til 2:30

x x x x x x x x

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A little bit more about the American Tin Cannery.

The American Tin Cannery is a unique retail and entertainment center, located in the original American Can Company built in 1927. Linking Cannery Row’s past and present, the spacious indoor setting features a variety of outlet and specialty shops, restaurants and entertainment, including black light miniature golf.

Shop Bass, Izod, Nine West, Pendleton and Reebok/Rockport outlet stores.

The American Tin Cannery is located on the rocky shores of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, and one block from the Aquarium.

Convenient parking makes shopping a breeze in this oceanfront complex.

Inside the place itself, you'll get to see a lot of boats and ship models, and also knowing more about the history of Cannery Row and the areas nearby. Also not forgetting, Cannery Row is the living backdrop of John Steinbeck's novel Cannery Row. This area is now sometimes referred to as "Steinbeck Country" as most of his early work dealt with subjects familiar to him from his formative years.

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Coming up next... Sight-seeing around Monterey.



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