Santa Cruz Good Times

Monday
Mar 02nd
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

Silver Mountain Vineyards

wine redFive of the six guests I had over to dinner recently are vegetarian, so I made vegetable moussaka from my Greek recipe book. This traditional Greek dish usually calls for ground lamb, but I used onions, tomatoes, potatoes and sliced eggplant instead of meat—layering it all and then adding a topping of béchamel sauce. It was pretty tasty.

After a few appetizers, enjoyed with wine our friends brought, we opened up a bottle of Silver Mountain Syrah 2008 to go with the “meaty” moussaka. Aromas of ripe plum, cocoa, white pepper and pancetta were quite exotic—and delicious dark fruit, black olive and white pepper rounded out the silky flavor. Winemaker Jerold O’Brien says this is a very sexy Syrah, and it most certainly is.


The Syrah sells for $28 a bottle or $285.60 a case—a 15 percent discount.
Silver Mountain Vineyards, 402 Ingalls St., Santa Cruz, 466-0559. Open Thursday through Sunday.  The winery off of Old San Jose Road in the Santa Cruz Mountains is open every Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. Info: silvermtn.com.

Red Apple Café Now Carrying Local Wines
The popular Red Apple Café in Aptos is now carrying local wines as well as ice-cold beer in a frosty mug—a great addition to their breakfast and lunch menu. When you next order Teriyaki Chicken, you just might want a glass of Chardonnay as well. Owners Gracia and Dan Krakauer are also serving up Mimosas, Bloody Marys and other mixed drinks. A zesty Bloody Mary served with your New York Steak and Eggs or Mexican Scramble? Sounds delish! Breakfast is served all day, so what more could you ask for? Red Apple Café, 783 Rio Del Mar Blvd., #15, Aptos (upstairs in the Deer Park Shopping Center), 685-1224. Redappleaptos.com. Breakfast and lunch daily from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Don Geno’s Market & Grill
On the very day I stopped by Don Geno’s to take a look, the new owners, Don and Connie David, and Ernest Petros, were giving away samples of food to introduce themselves to the community. Everything I tried was delicious—and they do all the slow roasting of the beef and pork themselves. Bread is from Golden Sheaf, a plus right there as it really makes a better sandwich. Don’t miss their authentic Chicago-style pizza, with an excellent thin crust, or deep dish—both with a hefty selection of toppings. The Davids and Petros plan on upgrading the market and carrying more local wines. And with its list of burgers, grinders, salads and sides, it’s the perfect spot for a juicy meat fix.
509 Bay Ave., Capitola, 476-4366. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Comments (0)Add Comment

Write comment
smaller | bigger

busy
 

Share this on your social networks

Bookmark and Share

Share this

Bookmark and Share

 

Green Swell

Local surfboard company greens up the industry with an eco-conscious business model

 

Two Fish Bound by a Golden Cord

Until March 20, (Spring Equinox), Earth and her kingdoms (mineral, plant, animal, human) experience the influence of Pisces, sign of the World Savior. Whereas the task of Aquarius is as world server, the Pisces task is saving the world—tasks given to the two fishes. Pisces never really enters matter, and as the last sign of the zodiac includes all the signs. During Pisces, having gathered all the gifts of the previous 11 signs, it is a good time to prepare for new initiating plans when Aries (sign of beginnings) begins. No wonder Pisces, like Scorpio, is so difficult (both are ruled by Pluto, planet of death, new life, regeneration, transformations). Both signs (with Scorpio drowning in dark and deep waters) find life on Earth a hardship, disorienting (from the spiritual perspective), at times feeling betrayed. Life is a paradox, especially for Pisces. Each zodiacal sign represents and distributes a different phase and facet (12) of the Soul’s diamond light, Pisces is the “Light of Life itself, ending forever the darkness of matter.” It takes two fish to complete this work (creating eventually an extraordinary human being). One fish turned toward the material world (in order to understand matter), the other fish toward the heavenly world. Around the two fish is a silvery cord binding them together. The two fish are forever bound until all of humanity is redeemed (lifted up into the Light). This is the dedication of all world saviors (Buddha, Christ, the NGWS). Thus the sacrifice and suffering experienced by Pisces. Knowing these things about Pisces, let us help them all we can. Sometimes all of humanity is Pisces.

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Seal Change

Celtic selkie lore comes alive in dazzling ‘Song of the Sea’
Sign up for Good Times weekly newsletter
Get the latest news, events

RSS Feed Burner

 Subscribe in a reader

Latest Comments

 

Teresa’s Gourmet Foods

New owners for Santa Cruz’s leading local salsa company

 

What defines a good dive bar?

It’s slightly dirty, and they serve cheap drinks. Stella Celeste, Santa Cruz, Barrista

 

Picchetti Winery

After enjoying its contents, I couldn’t throw away the empty bottle of Picchetti Winery’s Red Table Wine.

 

Happy Birthday, Manny

Manuel’s turns 50, farmers market steel head pairs with Pinot, and a Birichino Malvasia