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Food & Drink

Dining Reviews

Main Street Burgers & Brews

Main Street Burgers & Brews

Watsonville gets an upscale burger joint

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Flights of Cacao

Flights of Cacao

Santa Cruz’s pulse-raising gourmet chocolate house, plus Back Porch dinners and wine of the week

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Wine Reviews

Mercy Vineyards

Mercy Vineyards

Mercy Vineyards has garnered a wealth of gold medals for its 2010 Pinot Noir, including a double gold at the 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, golds at the Critics Challenge, Orange County wine competitions, and another gold at the 2014 Pinot Noir Shootout. These are serious accolades, and most certainly well deserved.

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Soif Gets Soifier

Soif Gets Soifier

Soif to begin serving bar food at Motiv while renovations are underway, plus a gathering at Gabriella Cafe

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Ate3One

Ate3One

Foodies in the 831 will want to follow this food truck

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Wine Reviews

Bonny Doon Vineyard

Bonny Doon Vineyard

Crikey! Here comes another great wine from expert winemaker Randall Grahm—a Gravitas 2014 that will thrill your palate.

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Dining Reviews

Hole in the Wall

Hole in the Wall

Popular Aptos spot opens for dinner

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Springtime Walkabout

Springtime Walkabout

May Day Flower Festival, free tours of the UCSC Farm, and a nondairy chocolate indulgence

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Wine Reviews

Hess Collection Winery

Hess Collection Winery

My friend Emma from London came to visit for a few days in early March, so I took her wine tasting in the Santa Cruz Mountains—a rare treat for her, as there aren’t too many vineyards in the middle of London. Her visit reminded me how fortunate we are to live in this paradise of ultra-fresh produce, with grapes growing in wild profusion.

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Oral Fixations

Oral Fixations

Blown away by a Tuesday night dinner at Oswald

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The Binding of Edmund McMillen

How a Santa Cruz designer created one of the most unlikely hits in video game history

 

Sun in Leo, Rosy Star, Venus and Uranus Retrograde

Three major celestial events occur this week. Wednesday, the Sun enters Leo, highlighting the heart center of everyone. Leo is a sign of deep sensitivity (along with Cancer). Wednesday is also the feast day of St. Mary Magdalene, one of the most misunderstood women in the Bible. Saturday, July 25, Venus turns stationary retrograde at 0 Virgo (progressed Regulus, the Law, Hall of Records). Venus retrogrades for 44 days and nights, forming one petal of a five-pointed rosy star (pentagram) in the sky (five retrogrades over eight years = star). Venus retrograde turns values upside down. Our usual sense of beauty, values, the real price of things, relationships—all turn into a bundle of confusion. We don’t seem to know anything. Luxury goods are mispriced, values are jumbled, we wonder who that person is we’re in relationship with. We don’t know where our money is or where it’s gone. Venus, in daily life, represents values (resources, money, possessions and quality of relationships). Venus retrograde asks, “What do I value?” Venus retrograde puts us in touch with what has changed and what is truly of value in our lives. Venus retrogrades from 0 Virgo to 14 degrees Leo (July 25-Sept. 6). Leo is about the self and our creativity, which is how we come to know and value ourselves. We “know ourselves through what we create.” In Venus (values) retrograde (inner focus) we will ask, “What are values (not just money and finances)? What are my values? What do I create? How do I value my creations? Do I value myself?” Sunday, Uranus—planet of all things new, revelatory and revolutionary—also retrogrades (from 20 to 16 degrees Aries) until the full moon of Christmas Day. Five months of Uranus retrograde. In July and continuing on through the following months we have many planets retrograding. Things therefore slow down. Everyone’s focus becomes subjective, hidden by veils and curtains. A time when inner reserves of strength are available. A time of protection.

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of July 24

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AJ’s Market

Local cult fave keeps getting bigger and better

 

What do you think of Bernie Sanders?

He’s what we need, more hardcore Democrats. Old-school, ’70s-style Democrats. Tony Dolan, Santa Cruz, Freelancer

 

Hunter Hill Vineyards & Winery

Calling all Merlot lovers—Hunter Hill has released its 2013 estate Merlot ($25)—and a superb one it is, too.

 

Turn Up the Beet

Golden beets with buffalo mozzarella, plus single-malt whiskies and award-winning local Chardonnays