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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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Wine Reviews

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.

Wine Reviews

Birichino

Birichino

Cinsault 2012

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Wine Reviews

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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Bespoke Doughnuts Pop-Up

Bespoke Doughnuts Pop-Up

Doughnuts are an American staple. But San Francisco’s Bespoke Doughnuts is completely flipping the whole idea on its head with flavors like Roasted Pear and Walnut, Herb Pesto and Hummus and Honey Lemon Mint. The company was formed last year by Santa Cruz ex-pat Reilly Meehan and partner Brian Christie.

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Mercury Enters Libra

It’s the week of Burning Man, the temporary, intentional, alternative, art-filled community on the playas of Nevada. Mercury, messenger of the Sun, enters Libra this week. Libra is the equalizer, a sign of balance and right human relations. Sometimes with Libra, we can be indecisive and confused while learning how to make balanced and right choices. Sometimes to keep the peace we communicate only what others want to hear. Eventually, we learn how to speak from the heart.

 

Final Cut

Cedar Street Video to close after 10 years at downtown location

 

Banter and Spark

Engaging actors, wry script distinguish lightweight rom-com ‘What If’

 

Back to Silicon Beach

With a new wave of startups, the future of Santa Cruz tech looks more promising than ever
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Foodie File: Beer Thirty

Cups runneth over at Soquel’s new beer garden

 

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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

 

A Cab To Be Coveted

I first tasted Villa del Monte’s 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon at a Fourth of July party, where the hosts had bought a case of it because they love it and didn’t want to run out. It’s one of those wines that will grab you—in the best way—with its full body and rich fruit characteristics.