Santa Cruz Good Times

Thursday
Dec 18th
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

Vine & Dine

wine cheeseChanges on the Food, Wine and Beer Scene

2013 has been a very eventful year, with more openings and closings than there is space to write about, but here is a partial list:

Booka Restaurant & Bar opened in the spring in the historic Bayview Hotel at 8041 Soquel Drive in Aptos Village—a great new addition to the dining scene.

Rebecca’s at the Tannery closed. Something else is to open soon in its place, with new owners.

Bonny Doon Vineyard closed its wonderful restaurant La Cigare Volant on the Westside and moved its tasting room to a new location. Visit them at 450 Highway 1, Davenport—adjacent to the Roadhouse Bar & Grill. Call 471-8031 or visit bonnydoonvineyard.com for more information.

West End Tap & Kitchen is the new kid on the block in the Swift Street Courtyard complex—opening in the space that was Bonny Doon Vineyard. West End serves up excellent food and premium beers—and wine, too.

Lupulo Craft Beer House will be opening soon at 233 Cathcart St., Santa Cruz. Owners Stuyvie Bearns Esteva and Noelle Marie Antolin will be serving up a menu with a Latin-American influence.

Discretion Brewing opened in a great space on 41st Avenue in Soquel (behind Café Cruz and across the street from Home Depot) and has been doing a brisk business with their wonderful ales. Discretionbrewing.com.

Kauboi Japanese Grill & Sushi Bar opened in September—by the same people who own burger. in Santa Cruz and burger. in Aptos. It’s in the location of what was the Britannia Arms in Aptos Village.

It’s a Sweet Conspiracy opened in Capitola Village—a new bakery which supplies the sweet toothed with cakes, cookies, confections, and more, at 200 Monterey Ave., Capitola—right next to Souza’s Ice Cream. Another sweet spot opened in the form of Loganberry Bakery at 16 Camp Evers Lane in Scotts Valley. Visit loganberrybakery.net for more info.

Mission St. BBQ opened on Mission Street, run by the same people who own Aptos St. BBQ; and Sake Japanese Steak & Sushi opened on Water Street—offering a Benihana-type experience—in the space that was formerly Adolph’s.

The Penny Ice Creamery owners are to open a restaurant on Pacific Avenue in downtown Santa Cruz—in the space that was Aqua Bleu—called Assembly. With Kendra Baker and Zach Davis at the helm, Assembly promises to be a sizzling new hot spot.

Royal Taj on Soquel Avenue has been closed for several months for a much-needed makeover. Maharaja has opened in its place—a welcome change, for sure.

Sadly, we bade a fond farewell to downtown icon Acapulco, which served us Mexican fare for nearly 50 years.

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