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Foodie File: Red Apple Cafe

fdfile redappleBreakfast 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.

GOOD TIMES: What’s your favorite color apple?

GRACIA KRAKAUER: Golden delicious. Red would probably be my second, and green with peanut butter. Better if it’s dipped in chocolate. That’s how I come up with the specials—what I think I want to eat when I come to a restaurant. Bacon and cheddar pancakes!

Are those a regular item?

They are a special we came up with two years ago. It comes on and off our special board. Everyone wants us to put it on the menu, but if you ask them what item we should take off in order to fit it all on there, they’ll say “Oh, you can’t take anything off.” That’s why we rotate it. But it’s very popular. The sweet with the bacon and the cheese is really good.

What should I put on my pancake?

Our pancakes are really good without anything. But we have maple syrup and we have whipped butter. You don’t need anything more. They stand on their own.

Do you like Mexican food? The “South of Border” menu section has many exclamation points.

Yes, when we go out to dinner, it’s one of three places, and one of them is always going to be the Mexican food restaurant that we love.

Which one?

Tortilla Flats. It’s one of the best in the town, and it feels like us—it’s homey. I know everyone there. They know me by name, probably because I go there so often.

Is this the biggest breakfast menu of all time?

It’s the biggest one I’ve seen. And then we’re also known for our homemade hollandaise sauce that we make fresh every day, so we have eight or nine varieties of eggs Benedict styles—like the Neptune or the blackened salmon or the shrimp and avocado. 

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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.

 

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