Monterey County Weekly

The Club J

Raul Nava recently visited Stationæry to enjoy our Club J Hot Chocolate. We are so grateful he shared about our special drink in the SIPS section of this week’s Monterey County Weekly . The article is below and you can also view it here.

Spiced hot chocolate gives reason to linger at Stationæry

Stationæry’s name cleverly reflects the passions of owners Anthony and Alissa Carnazzo: comforting hospitality and letterpress stationery. There’s no better remedy for wet winter weather than staying stationary and cozying up with the restaurant’s signature Club J hot chocolate.

Inspired by Abuelita brand Mexican-style cinnamon-spiked chocolate, it’s a nod to the former occupants of the space: longtime locals’ favorite restaurant Club Jalapeño.

The recipe starts with bittersweet Valrhona 100-percent cocoa powder, then folds in hot cinnamon, fiery cayenne and aromatic nutmeg, softened with a bit of brown sugar.

Velvety steamed milk brings that mahogany mix to life. You’ll watch hypnotically as a barista carefully pours the frothy milk into the sturdy ceramic mug, slowly swaying the pitcher side to side to leave that telltale white rosette fern on the billowy chocolate canvas.

A generous dab of dense whipped cream – they do the whipping, of course – finishes off this comfy cup. Cradle your cocoa tight, take a slow sip and settle in.

by Raul Nava (@offthemenu831)

Weren't you supposed to open in July?

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When we announced Stationæry to the world, we were (looking back on it) extremely bold and put a date on our opening of July 2018.  Today is July 30th and while we are so close, we still have many things to finish, hoops to jump through, and inspections to complete! 

I really thought I could first-born-organize my way out of the cliché construction delays... but it turns out, nope.  They spare no one.  Even still, every day feels like Christmas!  Boxes arrived with our Afteroom chairs from Menu, Preston Alba of Lakes.Studio hand delivered our custom wall sconces, and Anthony's La Marzocco espresso machine is finally here.  Tomorrow our sign will go up and Shawn from LuvHaus in Berkeley is hand delivering our ceramics.  It is thrilling to see what was drawn on paper by Sara Karkenny be built and come to life!  We are surrounded by an amazing team of professionals, tradesmen, and friends & family helping to push towards the opening.  

Though the biggest news yet is we've hired a Chef!  We are so lucky to have Amalia Scatena join our team at Stationæry.  Like us, Amalia is a Northern California native.  After many years of sharpening her culinary and hospitality skills in Tuscany, Virginia, and South Carolina - she has returned to California.  Taking this position as our Chef serves as a celebratory homecoming to Amalia and very good news to all of us and our stomachs.  The Monterey County Weekly has a small write-up about Amalia and the progress here at Stationæry! 

We cannot wait to welcome you into our doors to feast your eyes, appetites, and spirit on the beauty of the space, food, and hospitality.  

So now you ask, "Really, when do you open?" Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice... uh - Well, let's just say we are right around the corner.  A big clue is that I took the daring step to change our homepage banner to AUGUST.  Stay tuned! 

xo,
Alissa

Photo info: 
(L) detail of our Lambert & Fils fixture, (C) Afteroom chair curves & shadows, (R) and of course a peek of paper goods to come.