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River Cafe

Early in the morning I love to check out River Café for their incredibly fresh food. The meals include seasonally fresh vegetables and delicious food purchased from local farms. The café has a welcoming feel to it and is a wonderful place to relax while enjoying your meal. It’s simply is a place where you […]

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The True Olive Connection

Located on Lincoln Street downtown, is a local store dedicated to fine olive oil and balsamic vinegars. I love dipping fresh Francese bread into oil and vinegar so I had to learn more about the True Olive Connection. The staff was super friendly and helped me decide which oils and vinegars I should try. The […]

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Restaurant of the Month October: Hoffmann’s

  I often walk by Hoffmann’s Bistro and Patisserie downtown and marvel at the longevity and setup of the business. My younger sister worked at Hoffmann’s for a while and I always enjoyed their delicious food. Recently, more and more of my friends seem to chose Hoffmann’s as a place to go to eat and […]

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Conscious Creations is bringing to Santa Cruz a fresh and fully organic menu

BY: Jennie Fish Conscious Creations is bringing to Santa Cruz a fresh and fully organic menu in a casual café style setting with a cool island ambiance. This restaurant is dedicated to not only bringing you a unique menu that inspires your taste buds, it is also a place to gather with your loved ones […]

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Miracle Aquaponics: Planting the Seed

Are you tired of eating genetically modified produce from the grocery store? Maybe you’ve already started a garden in your backyard to combat the GMOs. But then the hassle of weeding, watering, and fertilizing your plants can become arduous; a garden is a huge investment of time, money, and labor. That’s why local entrepreneur Pierre […]

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Fun. Fresh. Fungus.

Have you ever walked past a mushroom and thought to yourself, “I wonder if I could eat that”? I recommend that you do not. That said, there are many of experienced mushroom foragers out there who are extremely experienced and capable of identifying edible mushrooms. Foraging is a skill that, like all skills, is developed […]

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Pomegranates: An Ancient and Satisfying Delight!

Growing up my brothers and I could not wait for our unsuspecting neighbor’s pomegranate bush to bloom in fall so that we could rip this delicious fruit from its source, and munch on the delectable seeds.   Oh, how the memories of that sweet and tangy juice and its eruption of flavor that tantalized every taste […]

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The Unstoppable Avocado! – It packs a protein punch!

Avocados have received a bad rap for being just a fatty fruit for far too long, but the truth is this versatile produce is anything but bad for you.  Avocados are so rich in protein.  In actuality the protein from avocados is more easily absorbed into the body due to their fiber content, as opposed […]

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You can’t beat the BEETs!

Some may find it fascinating, being the health nut that I am, that it’s been only recently that I have fallen madly in love with the super nutritious BEET! I have foolishly passed them by on my weekly Farmer’s Market trips for far too long, but thankfully I have finally stepped out of my nutritional […]

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Quinoa: ‘The Mother of All Grains’

The Incas called quinoa the mother of all grains. One thing is for certain: the Incas had their nutritional priorities straight. More of a seed than a grain, quinoa’s health benefits are as vast as the seven oceans. Not only is it high in complete protein, quinoa is a good source of phosphorus, magnesium and iron. […]

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Drinking Your Greens: The Scoop on Superfood Powder

It looks like pond water, it tastes like… pond water, but it’s supposed to be very, very good for you. It’s superfood powder, and it’s beckoning from the shelf of an expensive health food store near you. In a recent interview, Doctor Randy Baker of the Pacific Center for Integral Health in Soquel said, “If I […]

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Filthy Fish

    Health For Yourself and Your Oceans When considering which variety of fish to make a meal of, there are two concerns one might have. The first is rampant overfishing, which usually results in food chain imbalance and extinction of certain species. The second concern regards personal health as opposed to ecological stability. There […]

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How to Make the World’s Easiest Pickles

If I planted one thing successfully this year, it was cucumbers. In just a couple months, three tiny cucumber starts transformed themselves into a ravenous mass of cucumber vines, expanding outwards in all directions until they dominated the entire bed, then spilled over the wall and onto the path.   Delicate yellow flowers turned to tiny gherkin-looking […]

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Rice Salad Primavera…Yum!

Sometimes during summer it’s hard to figure out what to eat. I know that a lot of days all I really want is frozen yogurt and cold drinks, but this is certainly not enough to sustain an active person. I’ve struggled to find foods that are substantial as well as moist or chilly, but this […]

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Microwaves: Convenience v.s. Health

Stop nuking your food now!  Microwaves are killing your food, thus wasting your money and damaging your body.  It is few and far between these days that I use a microwave to heat my food, but it is true that I do have an occasional lazy spell when I’m hungry and waiting to heat up my meal […]

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Fluoride: Far More Dangerous Than You May Think

Fluoride is a dangerous and common toxin found in more than just water and toothpaste. It’s well known that there is fluoridation of the American water supply, it has been happening for over 40 years. But why and what are the ramifications of mass medicating through water?   According the U.S Department of Public Health and […]

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Muffin

This event creates an opportunity for those who, due to their disabilities, might never participated in ocean spo.    July 13, 2012, Santa Cruz, CA – Shared Adventures of Santa Cruz, CA, a US Paralympic chapter, is pleased to announce their 20th annual “Day On The Beach” on Cowell’s Beach, Santa Cruz, California, Saturday July 21, 2012, […]

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Guacamole Delight!

I LOVE avocados!  I especially love avocados when they are smashed up and blended with some luscious, fresh veggies.  Although I love this authentic Mexican creation, I find that I’m not easily impressed and pretty picky—always in search of a lovely combination of freshness and piquancy.  Of course, tastes are subjective, but you are sure to delight […]

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Kale and Chard Chips Recipe: The Perfect Summer Snack

      Summer is all about finding balance: between work and play, sand and surf, and beach barbecues and summer bodies. But there are lots of ways to maintain a beach body without forgoing tasty snacks. For example, have you had your daily servings of vegetables yet? If not, try these delicious kale and […]

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Café Gratitude!

One of the great joys of living in Santa Cruz is that there is a multitude of health food shops and restaurants to choose from. I’m particularly picky about vegan restaurants, and am always in a search of reliability; knowing I’m going to get the freshest and tastiest meal every time I go in. Welcome […]

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Fourth of July American Flag Cake, with a French Twist

Local strawberries, blackberries and raspberries are at their prime right now, just in time for the Fourth of July, which is Wednesday. Add whipped cream and cake and you see where I’m going with this… American Flag cake!     Last year my sister and I whipped up one of these red, white and blue […]

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Fresh Asparagus Soup!

Asparagus season is coming to an end, and what better way to prepare your left over asparagus than to make a delicious soup. This recipe is quite simple, but the flavor and color is assuredly going to leave you wanting more. Serve it at a dinner party, but be prepared to have your entire guest […]

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Sugar – Friend or Foe?

  Oh sugar, how we love you, but oh how you do us wrong.  There is a common adage, “everything in moderation,” and this could not be truer than when talking about America’s favorite pal, SUGAR.  There are, of course the natural sugars that occur in our fruits, veggies, and whole grains, but those are […]

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Homemade Ice Cream: A Summertime Staple

  Tis the season for homemade ice cream!     Growing up I remember partaking in the ritual of ice cream making.  We had this round wooden contraption that required constant cranking, and we used some super grainy salt.  The waiting was always the hardest part of course, but I suppose some things never change. […]

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