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Dining Reviews

Cutesy Cupcakes

Cutesy Cupcakes

Jeanette Fitzgearl on the love of baking, ‘Cupcake Wars’ and all things cupcake

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Spiritual Awakenings

Spiritual Awakenings

Venus Spirits on the brink of opening, Negroni Week and spring asparagus at Avanti

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Wine Reviews

Windy Oaks Estate Vineyard

Windy Oaks Estate Vineyard

I recently got together with a group of friends at Cantine Winepub in Aptos, which accommodates groups well with its spacious interior and west-facing wooden deck (with a fire pit), which makes a sunset glass of wine all the more enjoyable. Located in the heart of Aptos Village, Cantine also offers small plates of food, such as bruschetta, marinated kale salad, a cheese tray, and other tasty morsels that are perfect for sharing.

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Opening Season

Opening Season

Fresh produce at UCSC Market Cart, small plates at Motiv, and brand-new tasting room for Venus Spirits

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Surf City Sandwich

Surf City Sandwich

Paul Figliomeni on craft sandwiches, craft beer, and something called beer barnacles

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Wine Reviews

Lucia Highlands

Lucia Highlands

Dinner at Bittersweet Bistro is always a delightful experience. Food, service and ambiance all come together superbly in this well-established restaurant. And expert chef Thomas Vinolus and his wife Elizabeth, co-owners of Bittersweet, work hard to make sure that every customer’s visit is a memorable one.  

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The Main Avant

The Main Avant

Jozseph Schultz caters New Music Works’ 35th annual Avant Garden Party, plus brews for a cause

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Real Thai Kitchen

Real Thai Kitchen

Ratana Bowden on why Thai cuisine isn’t as spicy as everyone thinks

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Wine Reviews

Chesebro Wines

Chesebro Wines

Piedras Blancas-Roussanne 2011

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Flats Bistro

Flats Bistro

Pizza with an artisan twist comes to Aptos Beach

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Health Screening

Santa Cruz wellness expert releases app to improve workplace well-being

 

Leo Sun; Full Moon, Venus Retro in Leo; Saturn Direct

It’s a complex week of planetary movements, challenges, demands and callings. We’re in the time of the Leo Sun. Leo—fixed fire, gold, the heart, generous, strong, noble, the king/queen—needs appreciation and praise from everyone in order to move forward. During Leo we gain a greater sense of self-identification by recognizing our creativity. It’s therefore a perfect time for Venus retrograding in Leo. In Venus retrograde we review and re-assess values. Venus retro in Leo concerns our self as valuable, acknowledging talents, gifts, abilities and offerings. Friday, Venus re-enters Leo (29 degrees, a critical degree) continuing the retrograde to 14 degrees Leo on Sept. 6. Friday (Full Moon) is also the (8 degrees) Leo solar festival, Festival of the Future. Leo is the heart of the sun, the heart of all that matters. When attuned to this heart, we have understanding and inclusivity. The heart of the Lion is Mitra (think “Maitreya,” the coming World Teacher). Leo prepares humanity to receive divine love from subtle sources and later to radiate that love to the kingdoms. Sirius, Ray 2, where love originates, streams through Regulus (heart of Leo), into the heart of the sun (Ray 2) and into all hearts. The heart of Leo is Regulus. Joining Venus, the love underlying all of creation appears. Saturday is Sun/Neptune (confusion or devotion) with late night Saturn turning stationary direct. Ideas, plans and structures held long in abeyance (since March 14) slowly move forward. (Read more on Leo and the week at nightlightnews.org and Risa D’Angeles’ Facebook page, accessed through my website.)

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of July 31

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Holy Cannoli

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Is Santa Cruz turning into Malibu North?

It's got a ways to go before it gets wrecked like Malibu, but I think we need to be very careful about growth. Maria Mattioli, Santa Cruz, Psychotherapist

 

Bargetto Winery

A much-anticipated annual event at Bargetto Winery is the release of their very special La Vita red wine. June 7 was the day to be heralded this year, and I happily squeezed my car into their overloaded car park in eager anticipation of tasting the new La Vita nectar.

 

Margaritaville

Popular Capitola spot gets new owner and complete makeover