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InspiredCA

InspiredCA

First words from the road
InspiredCA is a new blog for the Good Times, one we were asked to write by Greg Archer. Over the next two months, filmmaker Mark Halfmoon and I are traveling to every corner of the state of California asking people what inspires them about this state. It is our belief that in a time when the language about our state has been particularly negative (this was reinforced to Mark and I watching recent Gubernatorial campaign commercials in hotels that we have stayed in since leaving), for some real and some perceived reasons, individuals who live in California or visit California by the millions each year, do so for a reason. We believe that reason is that there is a vast pool of human and natural resources that is unique to this place and people want to share and participate in those resources.

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Bikers, Booze and Bands

Bikers, Booze and Bands

Tips on how to book a show at Henflings Roadhouse Tavern

The term “roadhouse” is said to date back to the mid-1800s. One history of the term originates from the gold rush. As travelers made their way West and North, they relied on the roadhouse to provide hot meals and warm beds. Guests were often greeted by innkeepers, welcoming them back “home” each time they visited. During the days of prohibition in the 1920s, roadhouses outside city limits became ideal venues for bootleggers to share their special sauce. In the late 1940s and ’50s Americans embraced a car culture that encouraged hitting the open road. The roadhouse once again served as the ultimate rest stop.

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Obsessive Beauty

88 orange

88 orange

The other day, a friend told me that she knew I was at work because my scent had lingered (pleasantly) in the elevator. What an oddly wonderful compliment. The reason she knew I was around? 88 Orange. It is perhaps one of the most lovely up-and-coming fragrances around. While Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, and every celebrity is hawking their own “personal” fragrances, which really aren’t quite that appealing to our olfactory senses, why not create an aromatic statement of your own with fresh, fruity, and slightly floral notes by way of 88 Orange. This barely-there scent is just light enough that it won’t waste away during the day, it’ll make people take notice, but it won’t get in the way. You won’t find a prettier scent.


88 Orange sells for $55 and is sold at 88orange.com or at Stripe, 107 Walnut Ave., Santa Cruz, stripedesigngroup.com, 421-9252.

Obsessive Beauty

Essential Escentuals

Essential Escentuals

It’s not like this company needs any more advertising, but there’s a good reason why Bare Escentuals is such a hot standard in the beauty industry. As the forerunners of the mineral powder bonanza, this line has never ceased to impress. And they just keep getting better with a new Matte Foundation that keeps the shine away. In the past, we had to schlep over treacherous Highway 17 and log in miles to find a store in San Jose to buy our favorite mineral foundation. But for those who aren’t aware, you no longer have to do that. Here in Santa Cruz, there are numerous destinations that sell Bare Escentuals, including one that we frequent, Bubble Lounge in downtown Santa Cruz off Pacific Avenue. Tucked away in a quiet shopping alley, Bubble Lounge offers every shade of the powder blog_beauty3-2(Bare Minerals) that we’re obsessed with. A few application tips: Use a good mineral powder brush (we suggest one by Bare Escentuals or Sephora brand), and as the infomercials suggest, swirl, tap, buff. And only put a small amount on. It goes a long way. In the world of mineral powders, we’ve tried them all, and this one by far is the winner.


Bubble Lounge, 110 Cooper Street, No. 100, Santa Cruz, 427-3600, bubbleloungesc.com.
The Ticker

A Calling in A Cappella

A Calling in A Cappella

Business is looking good for two UCSC students
Fingers were crossed, breaths held in, and nervous smiles exchanged in a silence that seemed to swallow the room. After months of rigorous preparation, seconds separated two UC Santa Cruz students from their $12,000 grand prize.

On Friday evening, May 21, students, faculty and community supporters congregated at Terra Fresca for the final round of UCSC's second annual Business Plan Competition. Founded last year by a group of students in collaboration with faculty members, the competition aims to promote and fund innovative entrepreneurship among UCSC students. This year, the competition began in March with more than 30 submissions of executive summaries.

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Alternative Nation

Alternative Nation

A friend of mine gave me a heads up to some serious geekery that took place on an episode of "Fringe" a few nights ago (a television series that I'd never seen or heard of). Apparently the plot centered around some sort of alternate universe where even the most iconic comic book events of the last thirty years are slightly altered from what we've all grown up on. DC even chipped in and took it to the next level by commissioning mock up artwork depicting pretty cool takes on classic events like the death of Superman back in Supes #75, only now sporting a bloody bat-symbol on the cover instead of the classic S-shield. Incredibly cool stuff.

All of the covers can be viewed by clicking here (along with a serious tease by our old pal Geoff Johns) and to see what comics you can find in OUR universe this week, check out that full release list right here (Return of Bruce Wayne #2, woohoo!).

Mind & Body

Kitchari

Kitchari

I heated up the kitchari today and savored the warm spices infused into the lentils, brown rice, barley and quinoa. Cumin, garlic, ginger, turmeric and curry combined to warm my insides through this cool spring rain.  A number of weeks ago, Shasta Tierra held a gathering at Village Yoga explaining benefits of the kitchari cleanse.  I was unable to attend, but was lucky enough to snag the recipe and a little information.   This Indian comfort food is now part of my diet, as I experimented with the recipe, spicing it up to suit my palette. The combination of grains and rice are sweet and cooling, creating a balanced Ayurvedic meal, and cleansing! The idea is to have a cup of this great stuff every day for 30 days. It is solid nourishment Sure, you can have other healthy food, but the 30 days of Kitchari is the base. Throughout Indian philosophy, food is considered a high principle, and is defined as divine material.  Food is the source and substance of all things  “I am the first-born of the divine essence.” (Upanisads) .

Check out this Kitchari recipe, and try this 30 day cleanse. ayurvedahealthretreat.com/recipes.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obsessive Beauty

Lovely Lex

Lovely Lex

We’ve got a crush. On a bag. A purse. A carryall. Whatever you want to call it. It’s so pretty it makes us blush. Meet the Couture Pleated Purse by Lex Designs. We’ve written about its designer, Alexis Meschi, in the past, and gushed about her impressive frocks, but this time around, we’re smitten with her trio of cream, blue, and pink purses. The Couture Pleated Purse is priced at $240—but for a hand-made, stunning design, what else do you expect? We’re talking gorgeous here. Clearly, we’re obsessed. The roomy bag is four-inches deep, 13-inches tall and 19-inches wide. We’ve seen it in person and our favorite is the pale pink, with its rows of pleats and origami style flower attached to it. In any color, this originally designed bag goes with any outfit. Dress up jeans and a T-shirt, take it with you for a spirited shopping trip to the city, or use it to spruce up your evening attire. This bag is for the fashionista who clearly has something to say (and plenty of stuff to carry).


Couture Pleated Purse, $240, by Lex Designs, available at http://www.etsy.com/shop/lexm, or at Stripe, 107 Walnut Avenue, Santa Cruz, stripedesigngroup.com, 421-9252

The Ticker

UCSC Student Receives $10,000 to Help Improve Nigerian Healthcare System

Evelyn Castle, a third-year health science major at UC Santa Cruz, has been awarded a $10,000 scholarship by the Strauss Foundation to support her work improving the healthcare system of Nigeria. Last year, Castle spent three months helping create Nigeria’s first electronic medical records system, providing both physicians and policy makers with up-to-date information on patients and procedures. With the scholarship, she plans to return for six months and expand the electric EMR system to seven general hospitals and five primary healthcare centers—creating a network of healthcare information sharing and a database that will help NGO’s and policy-makers respond to critical public health needs.

Obsessive Beauty

Closet Envy

Closet Envy

For those of us blessed with ultra fashionable sisters, we have the luxury of raiding said sisters’ closets to obtain the latest apparel and accessories trends without spending a dime. I am always envious of my lovely little sister’s careless chic, looking as though she just stepped out of a bohemian café in the 6th Arrondissement in Paris, yet always managing to retain a touch of that glam California girl in her style portfolio. For those of you lacking in the sister department, Cameron Marks boutique on the Westside is a close second choice.

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Aries Solar Festival

Sunday is Palm Sunday. Symbolizing victory and triumph, paradise, sacrifice and martyrdom, the Pisces World Teacher entered Jerusalem (City of Peace) on a donkey (signifying humility).

 

Sugar: The New Tobacco?

Proposed bill would require warning labels on sugary drinks Will soda and other saccharine libations soon come with a health warning? They will if it’s up to our state senator, Bill Monning (D-Carmel). On Feb. 27, Monning proposed first-of-its-kind legislation that would require a consumer warning label be placed on sugar-sweetened beverages sold in California. SB 1000, also known as the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Safety Warning Act, was proposed to provide vital information to consumers about the harmful effects of consuming sugary drinks, such as sodas, sports drinks, energy drinks, and sweetened teas.

 

Animal Magnetism

Bear, mouse dare to be friends in charming ‘Ernest and Celestine’ It’s not exactly Romeo and Juliet. It’s not even a romance, although it is a love story about two individuals separated by prejudice who find the courage to form an unshakable bond despite the rules and traditions that keep them apart.

 

Printer's Devil

Iconic editor Buz Bezore, who died last month at the age of 68, left a huge mark on Santa Cruz journalism   Eventually, it’s all a blur. You live long enough, and maybe a little too hard at times, so that when you hit the rewind button of faded memory, it moves so fast that you can hardly sort and gather the details. One scene skips to the next, and to the next, without proper editing or sequencing. Chronologies get distorted. Which came first: stealing the chickens or coloring the eggs?
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Foodie File: Yan Flower

Yan Belleville has owned Yan Flower, an affordable Chinese restaurant in Downtown Santa Cruz, with her husband Raymond for eight years, and it’s a family affair. Her brother, sister, sister-in-law, and cousins work there too. Locals know the joint for its massive lunch specials starting at $4.

 

How would you feel about a tech industry boom in Santa Cruz?

I feel like it would ruin the small old-town feeling of Santa Cruz. It wouldn’t be the same Surf City kind of vacation town that it is. Antoinette BennettSanta Cruz | Construction Management

 

Best of Santa Cruz County

The 2013 Santa Cruz County Readers' Poll and Critics’ Picks It’s our biggest issue of the year, and in it, your votes—more than 6,500 of them—determined the winners of The Best of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll. New to the long list of local restaurants, shops and other notables that captured your interest: Best Beer Selection, Best Locally Owned Business, Best Customer Service and Best Marijuana Dispensary. In the meantime, many readers were ever so chatty online about potential new categories. Some of the suggestions that stood out: Best Teen Program and Best Web Design/Designer. But what about: Dog Park, Church, Hotel, Local Farm, Therapist (I second that!) or Sports Bar—not to be confused with Bra. Our favorite suggestion: Best Act of Kindness—one reader noted Café Gratitude and the free meals it offered to the Santa Cruz Police Department in the aftermath of recent crimes. Perhaps some of these can be woven into next year’s ballot, so stay tuned. In the meantime, enjoy the following pages and take note of our Critics’ Picks, too, beginning on page 91. A big thanks for voting—and for reading—and an even bigger congratulations to all of the winners. Enjoy.  -Greg Archer, EditorBest of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll INDEX

 

Comanche Cellars

Pinot Noir 2010 I first tasted Comanche Cellars Pinot when a friend brought a bottle to share over lunch at Center Street Grill in Santa Cruz. Upon trying it, I knew I had to find out more about it.