Food

California – The New Olive Frontier

November 13, 2015
California – The New Olive Frontier

  One crop that has proven successful despite California’s ongoing drought is olives, and there is a rapidly growing California olive oil industry that’s ripe for making a serious impact in the culinary world. Locally, Dos Aguilas near Corralitos is putting out some lovely oils, and has been inviting the public to come visit their…

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Try this: The (gluten-free) Reuben Time at Santa Cruz Ale Works

September 24, 2014
Try this: The (gluten-free) Reuben Time at Santa Cruz Ale Works

I’m becoming increasingly convinced that the deli/cafe at Santa Cruz Ale Works is one of the city’s best hidden gems. The brewery opened a cozy little restaurant at their digs in the Harvey West area about a year and a half ago, and it’s not to be missed. There’s also a tasting room, natch. There’s…

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Sante Adairius in the Wall Street Journal

June 22, 2014

Completely forgot to post this one earlier this month… The hits keep on a-coming for Capitola’s Sante Adairius Rustic Ales. This time, the critics’ darling of breweries got a mention in that famed paper of record, the Wall Street Journal. Heading south, urban grit gives way to soil; vines sprout. This is wine country. And…

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Chef vs. Chef

February 27, 2014
Chef vs. Chef

The Good Times has a piece this weekabout a special cook-off taking place this weekend at the Museum of Art and History. In a competition that brings to mind television’s Iron Chef, Andrea Mollenauer, local chef and instructor of the Regional Occupational Program’s (ROP) culinary arts classes, will face off against her assistant instructor, Chef…

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Santa Cruz company testing out marijuana-laced beef jerky

February 20, 2014
Santa Cruz company testing out marijuana-laced beef jerky

So this probably comes as a surprise to exactly no one, but a Santa Cruz company is testing out a special marijuana beef jerky product. SC Labs, purportedly “the leading cannabis testing laboratory in the nation,” posted photos of the product on its Instagram account this week. The posting grabbed the attention of Los Angeles’…

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The hunt for the best burrito

February 19, 2014

My colleague Jacob Pierce at the Santa Cruz Weekly has boldly taken one for the team and in the interest of intrepid gustatory reporting, has put together a guide to the best local burritos.  Coming in at the top of JP’s list: 1. Taqueria Delicias 2, Watsonville Super pollo burrito, $4.29 It doesn’t even matter…

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Cocktail hour: The Mai Tai at Pono

February 18, 2014
Cocktail hour: The Mai Tai at Pono

Sometimes it’s perfectly sunny, unseasonably warm day in February and you need a little taste o’ the islands. Right? That’s a thing, no? OK, well, it is in my book anyways. Anyways….in these moments, I find myself drawn to the back patio at Pono Hawaiian Grill like a moth to flame. Maybe not exactly like…

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Silicon Valley Business Journal on new Santa Cruz distillery

February 13, 2014

Lauren Hepler of the Silicon Valley Business Journal takes a look this week at some new wineries and distilleries in the Silicon Valley, including one that will be starting up right here in Santa Cruz. The increasingly diverse alcohol market reflects both a strong economy and a broader consumer trend toward local or artisanal goods.…

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Farmhouse Culture releases new employee guidebook

February 12, 2014

This is pretty cool news. The folks of Farmhouse Culture, makers of the most awesome sauerkraut in Santa Cruz, have just released their first official employee guidebook equipped with a full benefit package. Says the company: “We are a community leader in paying a living wage, sick and vacation pay, as well as securing our…

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New ramen shop slated for Pleasure Point

February 3, 2014

Apparently Pleasure Point may soon be home to a ramen and “sushi tapas” spot. A new restaurant called Kaito will be opening in the 41st Avenue location previously occupied by Pink Godzilla. The opening date is still to be determined….  

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