January is California Restaurant Month, and what better place to celebrate than Monterey County? With claims to fame like “Salad Bowl of the World” and being on the shores of the nation’s largest, calamari-rich marine sanctuary, you can see how no fork is left forlorn here. To help you work up an appetite, we’re serving up a $50 gift certificate this week for one lucky winner to experience a favorite new restaurant of ours, Vesuvio. Click here to enter. In fact, we’ll be giving away a $50 gift certificate each week for the rest of January, so stay tuned for more mouth-watering details. Vesuvio heats things up in Carmel-by-the-Sea with a sizzling menu, lively atmosphere and a hot new rooftop lounge. The 100-seat restaurant is an elegant and fun take on all things Italian, from the wild boar Bolognese paparadelle to the “1944” meat lasagna, lobster ravioli “Sophia Loren” or sinful limoncello mousse cake. Chef Rich Pepe is known for delivering the goods and this restaurant shines as his latest addition to Monterey County’s dining scene. With the sunshine and warm weather we’ve been enjoying in Monterey County, now’s a great time to hightail it to the coast for a foodie frolic. Click here for a list of epicurean adventures to sink your teeth into. You can also snag a deal on a local hotel by clicking here. Make sure to enter the sweepstakes today for your chance to win, and keep checking back here for more!