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Dining Reviews

Food & Drink - Dining Reviews

Temple of Umami

Temple of Umami

Watsonville’s Miyuki is homestyle cooking, Japanese-style

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Food & Drink - Dining Reviews

Pub Watch

Pub Watch

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

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Food & Drink - Dining Reviews

Wine and Chocolate

Wine and Chocolate

West Cliff Wines gets its game on, plus a brand new chocolate cafe on Center Street

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Venus Spirits

Venus Spirits

Changing law could mean new opportunity for local spirits

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Betty’s Noodle House

Betty’s Noodle House

Downtown spot features offbeat Chinese dishes

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Enduring Treasure

Enduring Treasure

Cafe Sparrow soars among the best, plus an award for locally made gin

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Cider Sisters

Cider Sisters

Toast in trees? Santa Cruz Cider Co. does whatever it takes

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Winning Wine

Winning Wine

Ser’s award-winning Pinot, plus Ivéta’s new sister cafe and a few goodbyes

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Chocolate Festival

Chocolate Festival

The area’s premier sweets event returns this week

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Sub Hunt

Sub Hunt

Delicious variety and value at Surf City Sandwich, plus new openings to watch for

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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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