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Food & Drink

Dining Reviews

Jerk House

Jerk House

Traditional Jamaican recipes arrive with a twist

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Wine Reviews

Byington Vineyard & Winery

Byington Vineyard & Winery

A family trip to the Gold Country in mid-October included a birthday celebration. And what better way to celebrate another trip around the sun than with a bit of bubbly? In this case Byington Vineyard & Winery’s 2013 Pinot Noir Sparkling Rosé ($39).

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Dining Reviews

Expanding Horizons

Expanding Horizons

Lillian’s gets ready to expand, plus lunch at Mozaic and a garlic-growing workshop at UCSC’s Farm

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Wine Reviews

Pelican Ranch Winery

Pelican Ranch Winery

From Chile’s Casablanca valley to Capitola’s Pelican Ranch

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Dining Reviews

Goose’s Goodies

Goose’s Goodies

Family tradition turns into toffee business for Marci Prolo

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Dining Reviews

Three Stars

Three Stars

Manresa wins a third Michelin star, plus paninis in Davenport and Fried-Chicken Dinners

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Wine Reviews

Shale Canyon Wines

Shale Canyon Wines

Robust Cabernet Franc 2011 from shale-and loam-rich soil

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Dining Reviews

Uncommon Brewers

Uncommon Brewers

Their flavors may be offbeat, but Santa Cruz brewery still puts craft first

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Dining Reviews

Cookie Town

Cookie Town

Pacific Cookie Company turns 35 and a new Dim Sum restaurant in Capitola nails the wonton

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Wine Reviews

Comanche Cellars

Comanche Cellars

Saddle up for Maverick wine from Comanche Cellars

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Heart Me Up

In defense of Valentine’s Day

 

“be(ing) of love (a little) more careful”—e.e. cummings

Wednesday (Feb. 10) is Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins. Friday (Feb. 12) is Lincoln’s 207th birthday. Sunday is Valentine’s Day. On Ash Wednesday, with foreheads marked with a cross of ashes, we hear the words, “From dust thou art and unto dust thou shalt return.” Reminding us that our bodies, made of matter, will remain here on Earth when we are called back. It is our Soul that will take us home again. Lent offers us 40 days and nights of purification in preparation for the Resurrection (Easter) festival (an initiation) and for the Three Spring Festivals (at the time of the full moon)—Aries, Taurus, Gemini. The New Group of World Servers have been preparing since Winter Solstice. The number 40 is significant. The Christ (Pisces World Teacher) was in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights prior to His three-year ministry. The purpose of this desert exile was to prepare his Archangel (light) body to withstand the pressures of the Earth plane (form and matter). We, too, in our intentional purifications and prayers during the 40 days of Lent, prepare ourselves (physical body, emotions, lower mind) to receive and be able to withstand the irradiation of will, love/wisdom and light streaming into the Earth at spring equinox, Easter, and the Three Spiritual Festivals. What is Lent? The Anglo-Saxon word, lencten, comes from an ancient spring festival, agricultural rites marking the transition between winter and summer. The seasons reflect changes in nature (physical world) and humanity responds with social festivals of gratitude and of renewal. There is a purification process, prayerfulness in nature and in humanity in preparation for a great flow of spiritual energies during springtime. Valentine’s Day: Aquarius Sun, Taurus moon. Let us offer gifts of comfort, ease, harmony, beauty and satisfaction. Things chocolate and golden. Venus and Taurus things.

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

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Pub Watch

Mega gastro pub-in-progress at the Old Sash Mill, plus the best pasta dish downtown

 

How do you know love is real?

When you feel the groove in your heart and you’re inspired to dance. Becca Bing, Boulder Creek, Teacher

 

Temple of Umami

Watsonville’s Miyuki is homestyle cooking, Japanese-style

 

How would you stop people from littering?

Teach them from the time that they’re small that it’s not an appropriate behavior. Juliet Jones, Santa Cruz, Claims Adjuster