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A Pinot Worth Celebrating

A Pinot Worth Celebrating

Looking for a fabulous wine to star in your Fourth of July weekend? I recommend treating yourself to the 2008 Pinot Noir from the Corralitos Wine Company.

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Foodie File: Your Place

Foodie File: Your Place

Rachel Wisotsky explains the quirky, homespun vibe of the Mission Street spot

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Foodie File: Kaito

Foodie File: Kaito

New spot brings ramen noodles to Pleasure Point 

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Odonata’s Holiday Bubbles

Odonata’s Holiday Bubbles

Sparkling Rose of Sangiovese 2010

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Celebrating Solstice

Celebrating Solstice

Santa Cruz Mountain wineries and Live Earth Farm welcome summer

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Love Shack

Love Shack

As if growing choice and rare veggies and herbs for Michelin-starred Manresa restaurant wasn't enough, Love Apple Farms’Cynthia Sandbergand her expert crew have started up a new, boutique "On-The-Farm-Store" up at the terraced property located at 2317 Vine Hill Road in the Santa Cruz Mountains (just off Highway 17).

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Foodie File: De La Hacienda

Foodie File: De La Hacienda

Taqueria’s manager on tortilla textures and celebrity sightings 

People know De La Hacienda Taqueria for its unique tortillas and salsa. We sat down with manager Alejandro Aparicio and talked about the restaurant, Aparicio’s family and some celebrity sightings, too.

GT: I love these ornate wooden chairs.

Alejandro Aparicio: They’re very authentic. The posture on them—you’ve got to be very upright, though.

The texture of your flour tortillas is interesting and crispy. Where do you get them?

We get them from La Rosa from Watsonville everyday, and we heat them on the grill. We don’t use a press, which a lot of restaurants do. We sometimes over-warm them. We cook the tortilla thoroughly.

Do people ever tell you your burritos taste like the ones from Tacos Moreno?

Yes, it’s the same family, same recipe. We bought it from my uncle in 2000, out across the street from the Boardwalk. It was too much for them.

I notice you don’t carry the birria that Moreno has.

It doesn’t sell here as much. Or the tongue.

Ooh, the tongue’s great.

I like it, too. That’s why whenever I feel like having tongue, I go over there and get a container, and I’ll bring it in here. That’s the advantage of being relatives. Also, let’s say we run out of beans: call them up and pick them up. Or vice versa. Yesterday they were out of cabbage, so we had to give them a case.

Is it true Matt Damon ate here before going to Saturday’s roller derby bout?

I don’t know, but we have a lot of famous people from town who come here, like that surfer, Nat Young. We have Steve [Lenhart], who plays for the San Jose Earthquakes, and a professional skater kid.

Tell me about your salsa.

That’s what made us famous—the salsa. Everyone likes the salsa. It’s very elaborate. Everything has to be roasted.


INFO: 354 Washington St. Santa Cruz, 427-2200.

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Birichino

Birichino

Cinsault 2012

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Kirigin Cellars

Kirigin Cellars

California Champagne – a Delicious Sparkling Wine

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Summer: The Prequel

Summer: The Prequel

Cocktail of the Week: the Carraway's Envy at Motiv.

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Whether you live by the Vogue bible or choose to go into your day wearing what you slept in, odds are you wear clothes.

 

The Thought Form of Solution

It’s our last week of Leo before the sun enters Virgo (next Friday/Saturday). The planets this week make complex patterns and relationships (vibrational cadences and rhythms) with the outer planets, mainly Neptune—the planet that veils, obscures, protects and finally refines us. Neptune offers us entrance into a deeply spiritual sense of comfort and solace. Neptune is the personality ruler of Pisces (saviors of the world) and soul ruler of Cancer (world mother). “The fish goddesses who leapt from earth (Virgo) to water (Pisces) unitedly give birth to the Fish God (Christ, the Soul) who introduces the waters of life  (Neptune & Aquarius) into the ocean of substance (matter, mother bringing light to the world. Thus does Neptune work.” (Esoteric Astrology).

 

Final Cut

Cedar Street Video to close after 10 years at downtown location

 

Cultures Collide

No surprises, but lots to savor in foodie film ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’
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Foodie File: Kauboi

Japanese-Western themed unites sushi with whiskey and beefgrill

 

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Best of Santa Cruz County

The 2013 Santa Cruz County Readers' Poll and Critics’ Picks It’s our biggest issue of the year, and in it, your votes—more than 6,500 of them—determined the winners of The Best of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll. New to the long list of local restaurants, shops and other notables that captured your interest: Best Beer Selection, Best Locally Owned Business, Best Customer Service and Best Marijuana Dispensary. In the meantime, many readers were ever so chatty online about potential new categories. Some of the suggestions that stood out: Best Teen Program and Best Web Design/Designer. But what about: Dog Park, Church, Hotel, Local Farm, Therapist (I second that!) or Sports Bar—not to be confused with Bra. Our favorite suggestion: Best Act of Kindness—one reader noted Café Gratitude and the free meals it offered to the Santa Cruz Police Department in the aftermath of recent crimes. Perhaps some of these can be woven into next year’s ballot, so stay tuned. In the meantime, enjoy the following pages and take note of our Critics’ Picks, too, beginning on page 91. A big thanks for voting—and for reading—and an even bigger congratulations to all of the winners. Enjoy.  -Greg Archer, EditorBest of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll INDEX

 

Have Mercy!

Looking for a frisky summer wine at a reasonable price? Look no further than Mercy Vineyards’ 2013 Sauvignon Blanc ($20). Richly textured “with an exotic flavor profile,” the wine reveals aromas of honeydew melon and honeysuckle, with anise appearing as a star attraction. Smidgeons of pineapple and honeycomb add a touch of sexiness to this well-balanced, easy-drinking wine, which pairs well with a variety of cuisine —especially ceviche, calamari and other not-too-heavy foods.