Of clichés, breakfast cereal and assorted other topics
What do the Super Bowl, the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, steel cut oatmeal and Valentine’s Day have in common?
The cynical answer is: They are all components of a cliché lead, the kind writers use to pull together a group of disparate items that have only the most tenuous relationship to one another.
The optimistic answer is: They all come to pass in February and have a connection to The Rose Hotel. Okay, the connection is tenuous, but if you think we’re going to allow landmark events such as the Super Bowl, a Pebble Beach golf tourney and Valentine’s Day — or the nutritional value of steel cut oatmeal — to pass without comment, you underestimate the extent to which we will go to grab at least a thread of nationally significant events.
In their own way, each of these topics find their confluence at The Rose Hotel. Allow us to explain.
Let’s start with the Super Bowl, which can best be enjoyed with a good drink. The Rose Hotel’s skilled lobby bar mixologist, one Esaul Navarro-Escoto, has created a special libation for the big game between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks. Until game day, the constituents of Mr. Navarro-Escoto’s creation are being as closely held as the Broncos’ and Seahawks’ offensive playbooks.
We should add that, if you’re one of those football fans who prefer to watch the Super Bowl in comfort and solitude, the hotel’s guest rooms are not only designed for comfort and luxury, they also come equipped with high-definition televisions that will put you inside the huddle.
Another annual sporting event of great notoriety is the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, which is just a day trip from The Rose Hotel on the majestic Monterey Peninsula, home to the world famous Pebble Beach Golf Links, ranked the number one public golf course in America by Golf Digest. The mission of the Pebble Beach Pro-Am is to stage the world’s premier pro-am on the PGA tour. It is also a major fundraiser for the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, which awards grants to nonprofit organizations that benefit Northern California communities — particularly in the areas of arts and culture, environment, education, and health and human services. The Pebble Beach Pro-Am is the principal source of funding for the foundation. Since its founding in 1937, the golf tourney has raised more than $100 million for nonprofit organizations.
That brings us to steel cut oatmeal, a new addition to The Rose Hotel continental breakfast menu. Have you ever had the pleasure of eating this super nutritious dish? Steel cut oats differ from old-fashioned rolled oats in only one way: Steel cut oats are not rolled flat into flakes. Instead, the whole toasted oat grain used to produce rolled oats is cut into thirds to produce what is called steel cut oats. And they are highly nutritious. Regularly eating steel cut oats gives one the same health benefits as rolled oats. Eaten regularly, steel cut oatmeal can decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension and obesity. And they taste really good too.
Truth be told, we’ve been serving steel cut oatmeal for several months, so the fact that we started this article by tying it to the month of February was simply a way to include this new development in the roundup. No harm, no foul, lots of food for thought — and your health.
Finally, for our final entry, we get back to February in earnest with a holiday that is decidedly associated with the ides of February; specifically the 14th day of the second month of the year. Yes, Valentine’s Day, the holiday for sweethearts, and one of the most popular dates at The Rose Hotel, which is why we feel compelled to make note of it. The Rose is a well-known purveyor of romance, so make your reservations ASAP because we are always fully booked for Valentine’s Day.
So we’ve given you a hodgepodge of subjects to consider. That’s the cynical way of thinking about this blog post. The optimistic way to regard it is this: We’ve given you several good reasons to engage with our hotel.
We won’t disappoint you.