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201 The Holiday Spirit J.D. Ramey
202 Smells Like Teen Spirit
203 In the Field Tom Honig
204 The Forgotten Epidemic Joseph Eliott
205 Community Fund GTWebmaster
206 Bill Says the Darnedest Things Damon Orion
207 Baseball By The Beach Randall Brown
208 Morton Marcus Lives On GTWebmaster
209 Food & Wine GTWebmaster
210 In School & War Elizabeth Limbach
211 Get Loopy
212 Art & Soul GTWebmaster
213 Full Stream Ahead Jenna Brogan
214 Fall Home & Garden GTWebmaster
215 esalen Greg Archer
216 Everything’s ZEN Damon Orion
217 Journeys with Geneen Greg Archer
218 I Gotta Feeling Damon Orion
219 Garbage Patch Kids Elizabeth Limbach
220 It Takes A Tribe: STS9
221 Fall Fashion Trends Christa Martin and Leslie Patrick
222 Meet the Bouncers J.D. Ramey
223 Spine Time Leslie Patrick
224 Restorative Justice John Malkin
225 {second} Night Life J.D. Ramey
226 Mid-Summer Reads GTWebmaster
227 More Than Numbers Elizabeth Limbach
228 2012 Damon Orion
229 Q & A Water Ways Amy Coombs
230 The Taoist Way Leslie Patrick
231 ECO Patriots GTWebmaster
232 Tracking the Trade of Rare Meat Amy Coombs
233 Wheel Power Karen Kefauver
234 Take 9 GTWebmaster
235 Best of Santa Cruz 2010 GTWebmaster
236 The Best of Santa Cruz County GTWebmaster
237 Our Ocean Sanctuary Tom Honig
238 Eating for the Environment Elizabeth Limbach
239 From Here to Haiti
240 Riders of the Sea Spray By Geoffrey Dunn & Kim Stoner
241 House of Straw Leslie Patrick
242 Pirate Radio John S. Malkin
243 Food & Wine GTWebmaster
244 66 WORDS GTWebmaster
245 (hitting) the spot Damon Orion
246 Health Issue & 11 Tips for for Optimal Health GTWebmaster
247 Sithan Pat Leslie Patrick
248 Kick the Habit in 30 Days Elizabeth Limbach
249 floral godmother Leslie Patrick
250 Meet The NEXTies GTWebmaster
 
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Best of Santa Cruz County 2014

The 2014 Santa Cruz County Readers' Poll Come on in, and have a look around. There’s a lot to see—hundreds of winners selected by thousands of GT readers across Santa Cruz County. So if some of this looks familiar, it’s probably because you helped make it happen. But there are always new things to discover, too—you could go to a different winner or runner-up every day in the Food and Drink category alone, and you’d be booked just about until next year’s Best of Santa Cruz County issue comes out.

 

Something Essential Disappears

Lunar and solar eclipses follow one another. Lunar eclipses occur at full moons, and solar eclipses at new moons. Two weeks ago at the full moon we had the blood red moon—a total lunar eclipse (the next one is Oct. 8). On Monday night, April 28 (new moon), as the Sun, Moon and Earth align, a solar eclipse (Sun obscured) occurs. Eclipses signify something irrevocably is changed in our world. The Sun is our essential life force. Monday’s new moon, 9 degrees Taurus, is also an annular solar eclipse when the Moon moves centrally in front of the Sun, yet does not cover the Sun completely. The Sun's outer edges, still visible, form a “ring of fire” around the Moon.

 

Sugar: The New Tobacco?

Proposed bill would require warning labels on sugary drinks Will soda and other saccharine libations soon come with a health warning? They will if it’s up to our state senator, Bill Monning (D-Carmel). On Feb. 27, Monning proposed first-of-its-kind legislation that would require a consumer warning label be placed on sugar-sweetened beverages sold in California. SB 1000, also known as the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Safety Warning Act, was proposed to provide vital information to consumers about the harmful effects of consuming sugary drinks, such as sodas, sports drinks, energy drinks, and sweetened teas.

 

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Foodie File: Red Apple Cafe

Breakfast takes center stage at Gracia Krakauer's Red Apple Cafe Before they moved to Aptos, Gracia and her husband Dan Krakauer would visit friends in Santa Cruz County and eat at the Red Apple Café all the time. Then they moved up here from Santa Monica five years ago, and bought the Aptos location (there’s a separate one in Watsonville) from the family who owned it for two decades.

 

How would you feel about a tech industry boom in Santa Cruz?

I feel like it would ruin the small old-town feeling of Santa Cruz. It wouldn’t be the same Surf City kind of vacation town that it is. Antoinette BennettSanta Cruz | Construction Management

 

Best of Santa Cruz County

The 2013 Santa Cruz County Readers' Poll and Critics’ Picks It’s our biggest issue of the year, and in it, your votes—more than 6,500 of them—determined the winners of The Best of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll. New to the long list of local restaurants, shops and other notables that captured your interest: Best Beer Selection, Best Locally Owned Business, Best Customer Service and Best Marijuana Dispensary. In the meantime, many readers were ever so chatty online about potential new categories. Some of the suggestions that stood out: Best Teen Program and Best Web Design/Designer. But what about: Dog Park, Church, Hotel, Local Farm, Therapist (I second that!) or Sports Bar—not to be confused with Bra. Our favorite suggestion: Best Act of Kindness—one reader noted Café Gratitude and the free meals it offered to the Santa Cruz Police Department in the aftermath of recent crimes. Perhaps some of these can be woven into next year’s ballot, so stay tuned. In the meantime, enjoy the following pages and take note of our Critics’ Picks, too, beginning on page 91. A big thanks for voting—and for reading—and an even bigger congratulations to all of the winners. Enjoy.  -Greg Archer, EditorBest of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll INDEX

 

Trout Gulch Vineyards

Cinsault 2012—la grande plage diurne The most popular wines on store shelves are those most generally known and available—Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, which are all superb for sure. But when you come across a more unusual varietal, like Trout Gulch Vineyards’ Cinsault ($18), it opens up a whole new world.