The Monterey County Weekly just released its Best of Monterey County issue! Make sure to check it out online or grab it in local stores and news boxes. The San Carlos Cathedral in Monterey has received its crowning touch, a copper finial on top of its bell tower. This isn't the end of the restoration, however; as the article says, more work is ahead. The LA Times got breakfast delivered by an elephant during an overnight stay at Wild Things in the Salinas Valley. It's not just journalists who get the pachyderm attention; Wild Things has a bed and breakfast that is available for booking. Big Sur's Japanese Buddhist Soto Zen monastery Tassajara has released its 2009 retreat schedule. Each retreat is themed around a different activity, including several that combine Zen and cooking.