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Food & Drink

Dining Reviews

People’s Courtyard

People’s Courtyard

Outdoor dining at Laili, plus notes from the Persian New Year

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Wine Reviews

Twisted Roots Vineyard

Twisted Roots Vineyard

A good way to experience Twisted Roots’ wine is with a stay at Vendange Inn & Suites in Carmel.

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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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Dining Reviews

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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Dining Reviews

Persian New Year

Persian New Year

India Joze gears up for the Persian New year

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Dining Reviews

La Gioconda

La Gioconda

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

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Health Screening

Santa Cruz wellness expert releases app to improve workplace well-being

 

Leo Sun; Full Moon, Venus Retro in Leo; Saturn Direct

It’s a complex week of planetary movements, challenges, demands and callings. We’re in the time of the Leo Sun. Leo—fixed fire, gold, the heart, generous, strong, noble, the king/queen—needs appreciation and praise from everyone in order to move forward. During Leo we gain a greater sense of self-identification by recognizing our creativity. It’s therefore a perfect time for Venus retrograding in Leo. In Venus retrograde we review and re-assess values. Venus retro in Leo concerns our self as valuable, acknowledging talents, gifts, abilities and offerings. Friday, Venus re-enters Leo (29 degrees, a critical degree) continuing the retrograde to 14 degrees Leo on Sept. 6. Friday (Full Moon) is also the (8 degrees) Leo solar festival, Festival of the Future. Leo is the heart of the sun, the heart of all that matters. When attuned to this heart, we have understanding and inclusivity. The heart of the Lion is Mitra (think “Maitreya,” the coming World Teacher). Leo prepares humanity to receive divine love from subtle sources and later to radiate that love to the kingdoms. Sirius, Ray 2, where love originates, streams through Regulus (heart of Leo), into the heart of the sun (Ray 2) and into all hearts. The heart of Leo is Regulus. Joining Venus, the love underlying all of creation appears. Saturday is Sun/Neptune (confusion or devotion) with late night Saturn turning stationary direct. Ideas, plans and structures held long in abeyance (since March 14) slowly move forward. (Read more on Leo and the week at nightlightnews.org and Risa D’Angeles’ Facebook page, accessed through my website.)

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of July 31

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Bargetto Winery

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