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Dining Reviews

Food & Drink - Dining Reviews

Raising the Bar

Raising the Bar

Award-winning absinthe cocktail at Hoffman’s, plus Enfold Wines and a conserve from Frog Hollow Farms

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Cutesy Cupcakes

Cutesy Cupcakes

Jeanette Fitzgearl on the love of baking, ‘Cupcake Wars’ and all things cupcake

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Spiritual Awakenings

Spiritual Awakenings

Venus Spirits on the brink of opening, Negroni Week and spring asparagus at Avanti

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Opening Season

Opening Season

Fresh produce at UCSC Market Cart, small plates at Motiv, and brand-new tasting room for Venus Spirits

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Surf City Sandwich

Surf City Sandwich

Paul Figliomeni on craft sandwiches, craft beer, and something called beer barnacles

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The Main Avant

The Main Avant

Jozseph Schultz caters New Music Works’ 35th annual Avant Garden Party, plus brews for a cause

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Real Thai Kitchen

Real Thai Kitchen

Ratana Bowden on why Thai cuisine isn’t as spicy as everyone thinks

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Flats Bistro

Flats Bistro

Pizza with an artisan twist comes to Aptos Beach

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Enlightened Flavors

Enlightened Flavors

Squash & Blossom’s artisanal alternative-flour delights, beet kvass from Cafe Ivéta, and the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival

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Main Street Burgers & Brews

Main Street Burgers & Brews

Watsonville gets an upscale burger joint

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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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