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Food & Drink

Dining Reviews

Wheat Will Rock You

Wheat Will Rock You

Companion Bakeshop scores again with Ryan Roseman’s harvest

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Wine Reviews

Odonata Wines

Odonata Wines

Easter is coming up this weekend, the perfect excuse to treat yourself and your loved ones to a little bit of bubbly with Easter brunch—and a special bubbly at that.

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Ella’s at the Airport

Ella’s at the Airport

Tiffany Ella King on her new fine dining restaurant in Watsonville

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Dining Reviews

Spring Spirits

Spring Spirits

Sean Venus’ gin straight up, remembering Rosa’s and a tasting of Hungarian wines

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Dining Reviews

Front Street Kitchen

Front Street Kitchen

Pop-up spot attracts paleo crowd with locally sourced low-carb meals

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Wine Reviews

Martin Ranch Winery

Martin Ranch Winery

Muscat 2012

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Persian New Year

Persian New Year

India Joze gears up for the Persian New year

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La Gioconda

La Gioconda

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

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Jason-Stephens Winery

Jason-Stephens Winery

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

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Más Masa

Más Masa

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

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Gate Openers

Up-and-coming artists like Ryan Bingham are a great reason to show up early to the Santa Cruz American Music Festival

 

Gemini Sun, Pentecost, Shavuot—Enlightenment and Gladness

As the sun enters Gemini on Sunday, sign of speaking, communication, thinking, inter-relations, writing and understanding languages, the feast days of Pentecost & Shavuot (Catholic and Jewish festivals) occur. During Pentecost’s 50 days after Easter, tongues of fire appear above the heads of the disciples, providing them with the ability to understand all languages and all feelings hidden in the minds and hearts of humanity. It’s recorded that Pentecost began with a loud noise, which happened in an upper room (signifying the mind). The Christ (World Teacher) told his disciples (after his ascension) when encountering a man at a well carrying a water pot (signs for Age of Aquarius) to follow him to an upper room. There, the Holy Spirit (Ray 3 of Divine Intelligence) would overshadow them, expand their minds, give them courage and enable them to teach throughout the world, speaking all languages and thus able to minister to the true needs of a “seeking” humanity. Pentecost (50 days, pentagram, Ray 5, Venus, concrete and scientific knowledge, the Ray of Aquarius) sounds dramatic, impressive and scary: The loud noise, a thunderous rush of wind and then “tongues of fire” above the heads of each disciple (men and women). Fire has purpose. It purifies, disintegrates, purges, transforms and liberates (frees) us from the past. This was the Holy Spirit (Ray 3, love and wisdom) being received by the disciples, so they would teach in the world and inform humanity of the Messiah (Christ), who initiated the new age (Pisces) and gave humanity the new law (adding to the 10 Commandments of the Aries Age) to Love (Ray 2) one another. Note: Gemini is also Ray 2. Shavuot is the Jewish Festival of Gladness, the First Fruits Festival celebrating the giving of the 10 Commandments to Moses as the Aries Age was initiated. Thus, we have two developmental stages here, Jewish festival of the Old Testament. Pentecost of the New Testament. We have gladness, integrating both.

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Off Her Meds

Kristin Wiig runs wild—and transcends her sketch comedy roots—as a truly strange character ‘Welcome to Me’
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Soquel Vineyards

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Enlightened Flavors

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