Bayside, New York
September 22, 2001
The chamber was closed as it was after 5pm; I started calling some of the numbers on the board,-actually the idea is fabulous because a single or double digit number connects you directly to the place much like the airport facilities. We were facing tough choices; no availability because it was Saturday night, or sky high prices which would drop precipitously the next day as most vacationers would leave. One couple decided to go to Big Sur; another walked away without even trying. I checked things out: there is a radio station on this premise, and you can watch the DJ from the window. The music spills onto the sidewalk and I began wondering if this is what I was hearing when I first came into the mall. Attached to that is a music store called the Jazz and Blues Company with memorabilia from the famous Monterey jazz festivals, cd's, books, records etc..You can call them if you want to find out about events at(831)624-6432.
Also in the summer, in the garden area of this center, there is free music every Saturday from 1pm to 3pm.
The place that seemed to stand out from the crowd was City Picnics. This is a great place to come and fill your picnic basket if you're going somewhere. They serve healthy foods, freshly baked breads and pastries, and I learned that the Chef earned some prestigious awards more than once.
There is also a fresh farm produce stand where you can get prepared salads to go. This is perfect if you just want to get back into your room and laze around and eat in. At this point, Chuck and I got back into the car, and headed back toward Monterey in our relentless search for a place to sleep.
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