Santa Cruz Good Times

Tuesday
Oct 21st
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

Packing Heat

Dinning_IndiaJozeA decade after its demise, India Joze Restaurant is back as a bright and cozy cafe on Front Street. Chef Jozseph Schultz has been an integral part of the local culinary scene after closing the popular restaurant. He has been busy catering, selling high-intensity propane wok burners, leading food-based tours, and teaching classes at UCSC, Cabrillo, and, more recently, New Leaf Markets.As before, the menu at India Joze is inspired by a wide array of international

flavors—from Lebanese pita point salad, wokked Vietnamese chicken, India's Goan Vindaloo, Greek calamari, Persian lamb and more. My first dish was Lamajoon ($6) whose roots lie in the Anatolian peninsula of what is now Turkey. I chose feta cheese over the traditional minced lamb topping. This seemingly simple pizza, 15-inches oblong and topped with a pesto-like sauce, exuded an orchestra of flavors. Just as one might note nuances of blackberry and leather in a hearty red wine, the effect on my palate differed with each bite. Crisp, thick, crunchy edges with a soft if not downright buttery center, I noted floral flavors, then mint, bitterness, and fennel. Knowing of Schultz's penchant for wild and foraged herbs, the ingredients could have been any of the above. Similarly, a sip of iced Joze Chai ($3) hit me with cinnamon, leaving cloves and nutmeg resting on the back of my tongue.

Gado-Gado ($10) is based on an Indonesian cooked salad. Rice, strips of thin egg omelet, stir-fried vegetables and turmeric-pickled vegetables were served with a side of rich peanut sauce dressing.

Don't forget to sample the fresh dipping sauces including hilbeh Yemeni chili sauce, walnut-garlic skordalia and sweet raisin chatni. And for dessert, the chocolate-covered almond toffee is exceptional. 

India Joze Restaurant, 418 Front St., Santa Cruz, 325-3633. Beer and wine. From 11 a.m., and until 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, midnight Friday and Saturday, and 5 p.m. Sunday. Visit indiajoze.com.
Comments (0)Add Comment

Write comment
smaller | bigger

busy
 

Share this on your social networks

Bookmark and Share

Share this

Bookmark and Share

 

Field Work

Santa Cruz Mountain winemakers explain how the harvest works, and what kind of wine to expect from this year's crop

 

Libra's Two Choices

Libra (our last week) is the sign of creating right relations and values. In Libra we are asked to choose how to be, our identity in the world. We can maintain a hermetic sealed-off attitude (my life, my work, my money, etc.) or we can gain knowledge of world events and learn more about those in need. Libra is a group sign—self with others. Here are some events occurring in our world this week concerning food, poverty, spirituality, values and global realities. The UN (a spiritual experiment) each month places a “light” upon world problems. This week a light shines on Rural Women, Farms, Food & Poverty. Before we choose to respond we must have knowledge. “So we can each do our part.” Oct. 15 - International Day of Rural Women (unrecognized with few resources); Oct. 16 - World Food Day & Family Farming: Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth; Oct. 17 - Eradication of Poverty Day (international). During the month of Libra (with Saturn exalted), we pause, contemplate and assess what it is we know, don’t know, and need to know. Libra receives and distributes Ray 3 of divine intelligence, right relations, right choice and right economy (Venus). Use your intelligence “tips the Libran scales” in terms of being able to see and then choose between the two paths Libra offers (return to the past or step forward into Scorpio’s Discipleship). Libra (the oscillating light) prepares us for the great tests and conflicts in Scorpio. In Libra we are subtly tested as we learn the nature of polarized energies (s/he loves me, s/he loves me not). In Libra we learn more about ourselves through others. Libra’s Ray 3 asks us to become more adaptable and skillful. And then we are to teach each other what we know. In Libra, we all become teachers. In all these ways love is cultivated.

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Docs Without Borders

United Nations Association Film Festival showcases documentaries from around the globe
Sign up for Good Times weekly newsletter
Get the latest news, events

RSS Feed Burner

 Subscribe in a reader

Latest Comments

 

Nut Kreations

Co-owner Craig Olsen goes nuts over nuts

 

What artist or artists participating in the encore weekend of Open Studios should not be missed?

Santa Cruz | Teacher

 

Martin Ranch Winery

Friends who are wine club members of Martin Ranch invited us to the winery’s fun and festive annual barbecue, where the wine is flowing and the food just keeps on coming. Music and dancing are part and parcel of the action, and a good time is guaranteed.

 

Beer Bus

Santa Cruz’s new Brew Cruz, award winning ales, mole by el Jardín, and Wildcat Ridge Chardonnay