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Dining Reviews

Road Less Traveled

Road Less Traveled

While Highway 1 might be the most direct route between Aptos and Watsonville, Freedom Boulevard presents a scenic alternative. Meandering alongside ranches, farms, and woods, it offers not only relaxing surroundings, but also a few culinary surprises as well.

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Dining Reviews

Food & Wine Fall 2012

Food & Wine Fall 2012

Index
6 Living In A Local Paradise

The vision behind Santa Cruz Local Foods.
8 Smart Seafood
A primer on where to find sustainable seafood.
10 Farm To Table
Three local farms worth visiting.
12 Market Matters
Wondering what’s in store at the farmers’ market this season? Look no further.
14 Cafe Food Goes Foodie
The story of downtown’s Café Delmarette.
16 Garden Fresh
When it comes to “local,” Main Street Garden & Café looks no further than its own backyard.

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Dining Reviews

Food & Wine Extras

Food & Wine Extras

That Time Of Day
Baby, It’s Cold Outside…
The Santa Cruz Fruit Tree Project

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Wine Reviews

Holman Ranch Vineyards

Holman Ranch Vineyards

Pinot Noir 2010–and Fiesta Time in Carmel Valley

Tucked away in the beautiful hills of Carmel Valley, the Holman Ranch is a most amazing spread of property. It is home to stables, horse trails, a historic hacienda, olive groves and perfectly tended vineyards. Weddings, retreats, corporate and wine events are held in this bucolic spot, as well as the estate’s annual Fiesta de los Amigos every September, which is also a benefit for the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Dining Reviews

Betting on Barolo

Betting on Barolo

Ristorante Barolo benefits from its ‘Restaurant Impossible’ boost  

Ever since Robert Irvine from the TV show Restaurant Impossible gave Ristorante Barolo a whole new look and complete makeover, things have improved for restaurant owners Cristina Locke and Giovanni Guerisoli.

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Dining Reviews

Salsa Dancing

Salsa Dancing

Although it occupies the former building of a fast food icon, has a drive through window and a flashy sign, Salsa’s Taco Bar on Mt. Hermon Road is locally grown.

Earlier this year, the owners of Leo’s Taco Bar changed its name to Salsa’s, and later opened the Scotts Valley location.

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Dining Reviews

Fall Food & Wine Sneak Peek

Fall Food & Wine Sneak Peek

GT's Fall Food & Wine magazine hits stands Wednesday, Oct. 31. Here's a taste of what's in store.

Photos by Keana Parker.

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Wine Reviews

Loma Prieta Winery

Loma Prieta Winery

Viognier 2010—Sweet Smell of Success

A trip to Loma Prieta Winery is well worth a visit. Situated at about 2,600 feet in the Santa Cruz Mountains, it is like being on top of the world—and the view of the Monterey Bay is spectacular. Loma Prieta’s wines are pretty spectacular, too, which makes it even more worthwhile to take a jaunt to their tasting room.

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Dining Reviews

A Bistro, a Baker and a Bacon Slider Maker

A Bistro, a Baker and a Bacon Slider Maker

Surf Bistro and Bakery brings eats and treats to lower Seabright

At 415 Seabright Avenue, restaurants have come and gone; recently in quick succession. But Surf Bistro and Bakery has some very unique culinary skills to offer in the building next door to Brady's Yacht Club.

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Dining Reviews

Subtle Teas

Subtle Teas

Ancient tea traditions have survived for centuries without the help of the Internet or cell phones. Hidden Peak Teahouse, which has created a digital-free zone, aims to instill a reverence towards the nuances between these simple leaves and the people who care for them.

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Cardinal Grand Cross in the Sky

Following Holy Week (passion, death and burial of the Pisces World Teacher) and Easter Sunday (Resurrection Festival), from April 19 to the 23, the long-awaited and discussed Cardinal Cross of Change appears in the sky, composed of Cardinal signs Aries, Libra, Cancer, and Capricorn, with planets (13-14 degrees) Uranus (in Aries), Jupiter (in Cancer), Mars (in Libra) and Pluto (in Capricorn), an actual geometrical square or cross configuration. Cardinal signs mark the seasons of change, initiating new realities.

 

Sugar: The New Tobacco?

Proposed bill would require warning labels on sugary drinks Will soda and other saccharine libations soon come with a health warning? They will if it’s up to our state senator, Bill Monning (D-Carmel). On Feb. 27, Monning proposed first-of-its-kind legislation that would require a consumer warning label be placed on sugar-sweetened beverages sold in California. SB 1000, also known as the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Safety Warning Act, was proposed to provide vital information to consumers about the harmful effects of consuming sugary drinks, such as sodas, sports drinks, energy drinks, and sweetened teas.

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of April 17

Santa Cruz area movie theaters >

 

Growing Hope

Campos Seguros combats sexual assault in the Watsonville farmworker community Farm work was a way of life for Rocio Camargo, who grew up in Watsonville as the daughter of Mexican immigrants. Her parents met while working the fields 30 years ago, and her father went on to run Fuentes Berry Farms.
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Foodie File: Red Apple Cafe

Breakfast takes center stage at Gracia Krakauer's Red Apple Cafe Before they moved to Aptos, Gracia and her husband Dan Krakauer would visit friends in Santa Cruz County and eat at the Red Apple Café all the time. Then they moved up here from Santa Monica five years ago, and bought the Aptos location (there’s a separate one in Watsonville) from the family who owned it for two decades.

 

How would you feel about a tech industry boom in Santa Cruz?

I feel like it would ruin the small old-town feeling of Santa Cruz. It wouldn’t be the same Surf City kind of vacation town that it is. Antoinette BennettSanta Cruz | Construction Management

 

Trout Gulch Vineyards

Cinsault 2012—la grande plage diurne The most popular wines on store shelves are those most generally known and available—Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, which are all superb for sure. But when you come across a more unusual varietal, like Trout Gulch Vineyards’ Cinsault ($18), it opens up a whole new world.

 

Waddell Creek, Al Fresco

Route One Summer Farm Dinner You’ve been buying their insanely fresh produce for years now at farmers’ markets. Right? So now why not become more familiar with the gorgeous Waddell Creek farmlands of Route One Farms?