Elaine Hesser is a correspondent who lives in Salinas, California, in the heart of Steinbeck Country. She covers the Monterey area for Forbes Travel Guide. Hesser is a teacher and also works as a freelance writer for several local publications, including Edible Monterey Bay and The Carmel Pine Cone. When she’s not running off to Monterey for fried anchovies or sardines, or cruising through Carmel Valley and wine tasting, she loves cooking with fresh, local produce and sharing great food finds with others. Originally from Pennsylvania, Hesser enjoys being near the ocean and viewing snow from a great distance.