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Dining Reviews

Harvest Feasts

Harvest Feasts

The season’s last two farm-fresh dinners at Chaminade, plus a favorite new pizza flavor

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Wine Reviews

Wargin Wines

Wargin Wines

The wine world is buzzing about this Pinot Gris

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Dining Reviews

My Mom’s Mole

My Mom’s Mole

Watsonville company brings mole to the masses

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Dining Reviews

Mole of Champions

Mole of Champions

Uncovering the secrets of the art with a former winner of the Mole & Mariachi Festival cook-off

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Dining Reviews

Bolognese Craze

Bolognese Craze

Homemade Bolognese sauce from Gayle’s Bakery, plus a to-die-for Burrata dish and wine of the week

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Dining Reviews

Vixen Kitchen Gelato

Vixen Kitchen Gelato

Sundara Clark on why cashews are perfect for vegan gelato

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Wine Reviews

Clos LaChance Winery

Clos LaChance Winery

Clos LaChance Viognier is right on the money

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Wine Reviews

McIntyre Vineyards

McIntyre Vineyards

I recently met up with three friends for dinner at Sanderlings at Seascape Beach Resort. We chose to eat outside so we could watch the sun set over the ocean, but the Aptos fog rolled in and swallowed it up.

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Sushi Garden

Sushi Garden

Local sushi empire expands to Scotts Valley

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Sustainable Supper

Sustainable Supper

The Homeless Garden Project’s Sustain Supper series supports its award-winning programs

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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