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Food & Drink

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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Dining Reviews

Be Our Guest: A Taste of Santa Cruz

Be Our Guest: A Taste of Santa Cruz

Win a pair of tickets to A Taste of Santa Cruz on SantaCruz.com

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Dining Reviews

Ben Lomond Bakery

Ben Lomond Bakery

Italian pastries of all types come to the San Lorenzo Valley 

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Dining Reviews

Seoul Food

Seoul Food

Santa Cruz’s new Sesame Korean is a great introduction to an ancient culinary tradition

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Dining Reviews

Dos Aguilas Olive Oil

Dos Aguilas Olive Oil

Aptos company is letting locals pick their own olives in October

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Wine Reviews

Bottle Jack Wines

Bottle Jack Wines

Award-winning Zinfandel from the newest winery on the block

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Dining Reviews

Be Our Guest: Hard Core Cider Tour

Be Our Guest: Hard Core Cider Tour

Win tickets to The Hard Core Cider Tour on SantaCruz.com

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Extra Pop

Extra Pop

Assembly’s pop-up space goes into regular rotation, Cabrillo wine dinner, and a visit to Mozaic

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Wine Reviews

Cinnabar Winery

Cinnabar Winery

Citrusy Chardonnay 2013 is a great fall wine

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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

 

Making Dreams

Coen brothers salute vintage Hollywood in sly comedy ‘Hail, Caesar!’
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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