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What’s the best meal you've had in the county lately? Why?

What’s the best meal you've had in the county lately? Why?

The chicken at Gabriella Cafe. They have this amazing roasted chicken with apricots and currents and capers that is just incredible.
Pauline Fujita
Santa Cruz | Biologist

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If you had a screenplay that takes place in Santa Cruz, what’s the plot?

If you had a screenplay that takes place in Santa Cruz, what’s the plot?

A story about a guy that’s searching for a job that starts after 12:30 because he needs his surfing time. He goes around searching from place to place and keeps getting thrown out.
Mitch Brownstein
Santa Cruz | Surfer

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What’s the best and the worst thing that could come out of assisting Syria?

What’s the best and the worst thing that could come out of assisting Syria?


The worst is clear, getting bogged down in a long civil war and spending another decade with American boots on the ground. And the best would be to be able to stop the conflict and let Syrians live in peace.
Patrick Shields
Santa Cruz | Researcher


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Is Edward Snowden a patriot or a traitor?

Is Edward Snowden a patriot or a traitor?

He's a patriot. Anyone who stands up for the rights that we stand for as a country, that is real democracy. That would be in my book—somebody who is a patriot.

Leah Weiss
Santa Cruz | Therapist

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What’s your secret to avoiding the summer swarms?

What’s your secret to avoiding the summer swarms?

Probably, for me, I would go mountain biking back in Soquel Demonstration Forest or Wilder [Ranch] to get away from the crowds.
Andrew Westerman
Live Oak | Electrician

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What activities would you suggest to friends and family visiting Santa Cruz?

What activities would you suggest to friends and family visiting Santa Cruz?

I would suggest spending time in less touristy neighborhoods, such as Seabright. Catch a live show at The Rio Theatre and then head next door to Oyunna's restaurant for some amazing Mongolian food. When downtown I'd suggest Bookshop Santa Cruz and the Museum of Art & History.
Krystal Racca
Santa Cruz | Mom

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What do you think our community could do to promote renewable energy solutions?

What do you think our community could do to promote renewable energy solutions?

My knee-jerk response would be a lot more solar. I know some people here who have really pushed the envelope on solar, and I'm just amazed that in a climate like this it hasn’t been adopted more.
Kirby Scudder
Santa Cruz | Writer/Gallery Director

 

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Mercury Enters Libra

It’s the week of Burning Man, the temporary, intentional, alternative, art-filled community on the playas of Nevada. Mercury, messenger of the Sun, enters Libra this week. Libra is the equalizer, a sign of balance and right human relations. Sometimes with Libra, we can be indecisive and confused while learning how to make balanced and right choices. Sometimes to keep the peace we communicate only what others want to hear. Eventually, we learn how to speak from the heart.

 

Final Cut

Cedar Street Video to close after 10 years at downtown location

 

Banter and Spark

Engaging actors, wry script distinguish lightweight rom-com ‘What If’

 

Back to Silicon Beach

With a new wave of startups, the future of Santa Cruz tech looks more promising than ever
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Foodie File: Beer Thirty

Cups runneth over at Soquel’s new beer garden

 

What’s the nicest thing you’ve done for someone this week?

Germany  |  Beekeeper

 

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

 

A Cab To Be Coveted

I first tasted Villa del Monte’s 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon at a Fourth of July party, where the hosts had bought a case of it because they love it and didn’t want to run out. It’s one of those wines that will grab you—in the best way—with its full body and rich fruit characteristics.