Food

Brew Sessions: A cache of craft beers at AJ’s Market

May 13, 2013

By Tom Lopez Most passersby probably wouldn’t expect an unassuming gas station and mini market in the Soquel/Aptos area to stock a plethora of specialty beers that would make even the most seasoned beer aficionado stop and do a double take. That is, unless those passersby have paid a visit to AJ’s Market on the…

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Brew Sessions: Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

April 29, 2013

Santa Cruz County is home to an ever-growing number of home brewers and craft breweries, and is quickly becoming something of a destination for beer geeks. Santa Cruz News will be taking a look at the people behind the keg, the brewers working hard to make tasty beer for you. First up, videographer and beer…

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Verve Coffee Roasters: Show us your pics!

April 22, 2013
Verve Coffee Roasters: Show us your pics!

Our own local darling of the coffee world, Verve Coffee Roasters, is running a photo contest this week. They’re inviting folks to submit their favorite picture of the so-called 1&1 —  a single espresso and single macchiato served side by side on the same saucer. Post your pics on their Facebook page by Wednesday at 9…

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Try this: Oysters at the Wednesday downtown farmers market

April 22, 2013
Try this: Oysters at the Wednesday downtown farmers market

    It’s hard to pick a favorite thing at the farmers markets our county is flush with. The rows of heirloom tomatoes in August. The flats of rich red strawberries, so sweet and juicy. The artichokes, avocados and the handcrafted sausages from El Salchichero. Amongst all of these wonderful delights are the freshly shucked…

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Santa Cruz-based Farmhouse Culture competing for award

April 17, 2013

Santa Cruz-based sauerkraut company Farmhouse Culture is competing for the Mamma Chia Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Voting ended Tuesday but the winner won’t be announced for two weeks. Mamma Chia, an organic food and beverage company, will present the award at the fourth annual Slow Money National Gathering in Boulder, Colorado on April 30.…

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The story behind the decline of Le Cigare Volant

April 15, 2013
The story behind the decline of Le Cigare Volant

For awhile, there was a restaurant in Santa Cruz unlike most others around here. It was unique, it was cool, it was delicious. I was a huge fan of Le Cigare Volant while it lasted and was quite sad to have it close in December. A few weeks ago, owner Randall Grahm — the impresario…

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Eric Ripert in Santa Cruz

April 15, 2013

Famed chef Eric Ripert visited Santa Cruz recently for his television show “Avec Eric.” He visited with David Kinch, a Santa Cruz resident and owner/chef of two-Michelin-starred Manresa in Los Gatos. Kinch also takes Ripert to see Love Apple Farms, which grows produce for the restaurant.

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Artichoke declared California’s official state vegetable

April 10, 2013
Artichoke declared California’s official state vegetable

In other important news, the artichoke is now the official state vegetable of California. Yes folks, Lt. Gavin Newsom officially made the proclamation today. After an ongoing contest held by San Francisco radio station KGO to name an official state food, the votes are in. The finalists included artichokes, avocados, almonds, crab, sourdough bread, grapes…

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Strawberry season in Santa Cruz

April 10, 2013
Strawberry season in Santa Cruz

The first spring strawberries have been popping up in stores in Santa Cruz, a true harbinger of the season. While there are a plethora of wonderful berry farms in the area, SCN’s favorite so far is Swanton Berry Farm in Davenport. Not only is it totally organic and 100 percent union labor, but it’s also…

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