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Food & Drink

Dining Reviews

La Gioconda

La Gioconda

Authentic Northern Italian in Soquel, plus a dessert and a pastry to melt hearts

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Wine Reviews

Jason-Stephens Winery

Jason-Stephens Winery

Deluxe Foods of Aptos has a splendid selection of local wines.

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Dining Reviews

Más Masa

Más Masa

Handmade snapper tacos at El Palomar, plus Route 1 Farms gears up for dinner series

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Dining Reviews

Mutari

Mutari

Adam Armstrong on opening Santa Cruz’s first-ever chocolate house

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Wine Reviews

Byington Winery

Byington Winery

High in the Los Gatos hills and along the winding Bear Creek Road is Byington Winery.

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Wine Reviews

Thomas Fogarty Winery

Thomas Fogarty Winery

When looking for a bottle of something to have with dinner, Gewürztraminer 2012 is not the first wine to come to mind. Given the popularity of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Pinot Noir—to name but a few—Gewürztraminer sits low on the totem pole.

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Dining Reviews

Water Street Grill

Water Street Grill

YOLO gets reincarnated

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Dining Reviews

So Long, Louie’s

So Long, Louie’s

Louie’s Cajun Kitchen & Bourbon Bar closes, plus Back Porch pop-up, and 2015 Outstanding in the Field tour

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Teresa’s Gourmet Foods

Teresa’s Gourmet Foods

New owners for Santa Cruz’s leading local salsa company

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Dining Reviews

Happy Birthday, Manny

Happy Birthday, Manny

Manuel’s turns 50, farmers market steel head pairs with Pinot, and a Birichino Malvasia

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On the Run

Is there hope for California’s salmon?

 

Chinese New Year of the Red Fire Monkey

Monday, Feb. 8, is Aquarius new moon (19 degrees) and Chinese New Year of the Red Fire Monkey (an imaginative, intelligent and vigilant creature). Monkey is bright, quick, lively, quite naughty, clever, inquiring, sensible, and reliable. Monkey loves to help others. Often they are teachers, writers and linguists. They are very talented, like renaissance people. Leonardo Da Vinci was born in the year of Monkey. Monkey contains metal (relation to gold) and water (wisdom, danger). 2016 will be a year of finances. For a return on one’s money, invest in monkey’s ideas. Metal is related to wind (change). Therefore events in 2016 will change very quickly. We must ponder with care before making financial, business and relationship changes. Fortune’s path may not be smooth in 2016. Finances and business as usual will be challenged. Although we develop practical goals, the outcomes are different than hoped for. We must be cautious with investments and business partnership. It is most important to cultivate a balanced and harmonious daily life, seeking ways to release tension, pressure and stress to improve health and calmness. Monkey is lively, flexible, quick-witted, and versatile. Their gentle, honest, enchanting yet resourceful nature results often in everlasting love. Monkeys are freedom loving. Without freedom, Monkey becomes dull, sad and very unhappy. During the Spring and Autumn Period (770 - 476 BC), the Chinese official title of Marquis (noble person) was pronounced ‘Hou,’ the same as the pronunciation of ‘monkey’ in Chinese. Monkey was thereby bestowed with auspicious (favorable, fortunate) meaning. Monkey years are: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016.  

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of February 5

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