The Monterey Bay Aquarium sits on the site that was once Monterey‘s largest fish packing plant, the Hovden Cannery.  Upon entering the Aquarium, visitors can learn about Monterey’s history, from the canneries that fed soldiers during both world wars to John Steinbeck who wrote about Cannery Row during its prime. “Soldiers ate Monterey sardines during […]

I like wharves.  Real wharves.  The kind that real people use for fishing, not the over-commercialized “restaurants, clubs, and boutiques” kind of wharves.  So when this night owl’s Midwestern body was still adjusting to the time change of the West Coast, and I found myself up at dawn, I didn’t hesitate to pull on sweats […]

Founded by second generation Italian Americans whose grandparents brought Old World Sicilian fishing practices to Monterey, the Sardine Factory rose from the ashes of the condemned cafeteria of an abandoned fish processing plant in an area that was past its prime.  When Bert Cutino and Ted Balestreri opened the restaurant on Cannery Row in 1968, […]