Santa Cruz Good Times

Monday
Dec 22nd
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

Vine & Dine

dining wineWine and Dine and more ... 

Half Moon Bay Food & Wine Fare

Get away to the Oceano Hotel & Spa in Half Moon Bay, known for its beautiful views and great food, to an annual food and wine event organized by the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association.

Purchase tickets for the food and wine you wish to sample—wine is by the taste or by the bottle. Local Half Moon Bay restaurants will be cooking up some delicious food for sale, so it’s a good opportunity to try bites from different places. The event is from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3. Visit scmwa.com.

Mustalevria—Grape Must Pudding
Grape must is the juice from pressed grapes before fermentation. In Greece, a delicious pudding called mustalevria is made from grape must and semolina. It is so popular that people walk around selling it in the streets, coffee shops, bars and other places. This pudding is a favorite, especially at harvest time when grape must is fresh. I lived in Greece for 13 years and looked forward to the time of year when it appears. I don’t think it is made here in this country—I have certainly never seen it.

Big Sur Food & Wine Festival
The Big Sur Food & Wine Festival, which runs Nov. 1-4, will kick off with a Gateway to Big Sur event on Thursday, Nov. 1 at one of the most beautiful hotels on the California coast: the Hyatt Carmel Highlands. Gateway to Big Sur runs from 6 to 9 p.m. and will include around 20 upscale restaurants offering imaginative delicacies, and will feature more than 30 different wineries. Check out the whole program of this four-day fest—there are many delicious events in all price ranges—and then head to Carmel for some of the best food and wine that California has to offer. The Big Sur Food & Wine Festival is a unique treat for the palate and the senses. Visit bigsurfoodandwine.org.

Wine News
A note about wine in Great Britain: More and more is being produced, even though the weather in summer is very unpredictable and grapes need a lot of sun in order to ripen. Meeting up with friends in London in August at the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square, we had lunch in the gallery’s restaurant, and I was pleased to try a splendid British wine—an Ortega 2010 made by Biddenden Vineyards of Kent. The winery has been around since the ’60s and is open to the public for tours. So the next time you’re headed to London, you can certainly find British wine in the National Gallery and quite a few other places. Or take a side trip to beautiful Kent and visit Biddenden Vineyards. Info: biddendenvineyards.com.

Comments (0)Add Comment

Write comment
smaller | bigger

busy
 

Share this on your social networks

Bookmark and Share

Share this

Bookmark and Share

 

Is This a Dream?

A beginner’s guide to understanding and exploring the uncanny world of lucid dreams

 

Giving and Giving, Then Giving Some More

2014 is almost over. Wednesday, Dec. 17, the Jewish Festival of Light, Hanukkah, begins. We are in our last week of Sag and last two weeks of December. Sunday, Dec. 21 is winter Solstice, as the sun enters Capricorn (3:30 p.m. for the west coast). Soon after, the Capricorn new moon occurs (5:36 p.m. for the west coast)—the last new moon of 2014. Sunday morning Uranus in Aries (revolution, revelation) is stationary direct (retro since July 22). Uranus/Aries create things new and needed to anchor the new culture and civilization (Aquarius). We will see revolutionary change in 2015. Capricorn new moon, building-the-personality seed thought, is, “Let ambition rule and let the door to initiation and freedom stand wide (open).” Capricorn is a gate—where matter returns to spirit. But the gate is unseen until the Ajna Center (third eye), Diamond Light of Direction, opens. Winter solstice is the longest day of darkness of the year. The sun’s rays resting at the Tropic of Capricorn (southern hemisphere) symbolize the Christ (soul’s) light piercing the heart of the Earth, remaining there for three days, till Holy Night (midnight Thursday morning). Then the sun’s light begins to rise. It is the birth of the new light (holy child) for the world. A deep calm and stillness pervades the world.The entire planet is revivified, re-spiritualized. All hearts beating reflect this Light. And so throughout the Earth there’s a radiant “impress” (impressions, pictures) given to humanity of the World Mother and her Child. The star Sirius (love/direction) and the constellation Virgo the mother shines above. For gift giving, give to those in need. Give and give and then give some more. This creates the new template of giving and sharing for the new world.

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Stocking Stuffers

The men behind the women of the Kinsey Sicks Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet explain their own special brand of ‘dragtivism,’ and their holiday show at the Rio
Sign up for Good Times weekly newsletter
Get the latest news, events

RSS Feed Burner

 Subscribe in a reader

Latest Comments

 

Tramonti Pizza

Why there’s no such thing as too much Italian food in Seabright

 

Guitar or surfboard?

Guitar. The closest thing I ever came to surfing was sliding down a rock hill. Charlie Tweddle, Santa Cruz, Hats and Music

 

Fortino Winery’s Intriguing Charbono

At the opening celebration of the new Santa Clara Wine Trail in August, one of the wineries we visited was Fortino. This is where I first tasted their intriguing estate-grown Charbono—a varietal that is one of the rarest in California, with only 80 acres grown statewide.

 

Beyond the Jar

How Tabitha Stroup has built her rapidly expanding jam empire