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Chefs Boot Camp for Policy & Change at Costa Noa

James Beard Foundation Hosts Fourth Chefs Boot Camp for Policy & Change Culinary Leaders Gather and Grow a Cohort of Chef Advocates New York, NY (April 18, 2014) – More than a dozen chefs from around the country will convene for the James Beard Foundation (JBF)’s fourth Chefs Boot Camp for Policy & Change at Costanoa […]

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Opal Cliffs

Located on the corner of Portola and 41st avenue is Opal Cliffs Auto Center. The owner of the auto shop, Kimm, is a long time mechanic and photography enthusiast.   Convieniently located blocks from the Pleasure Point; I was able to get some surfing in while Kimm serviced my vehicle. He does great work on cars […]

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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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Beer Thirty opens in Soquel!

Photos: Jake J. Thomas A place to catch up, relax, settle down or catch a quick one.   A unique and inviting taproom that serves many a palate.  With over 25 beers on tap.  You can enjoy your favorite local brew or get experiential with California’s finest barley and Hops. Beer Thirty pours the best of […]

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March Restaurant of the Month: Star Bene

March Restaurant of the Month: Star Bene Between the Harbor Mouth and Sunny Cove is an amazing Argentine and Italian family restaurant. Star Bene serves great quality food in a wonderful environment. The owner, Sergio, told me about his upcoming menu special, “50% all menu items on Tuesdays this month!” He called it The Starving […]

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Restaurant of the Month February: The Crepe Place

My first crepe ever was in France in the mid 90’s. I fell in love with the little French pancake covered in sweet jam. By the time I returned to that states, I had consumed about 2 million crepes, I had become sick of them. Then to my surprise I discovered a crepe restaurant in […]

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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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January Restaurant of the Month: Aquarius

The view from Aquarius is breathtaking, and the food is quite tasty as well. It is our honor to announce Aquarius as our January Restaurant of the Month! To learn more about this excellent eatery, I spoke with Gus Siggins, Food and Beverage Manager at the Dream Inn and Aquarius.   SCW: Congratulations on receiving […]

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Costanoa: An Eco Adventure Resort

  Costanoa Up the coast North of Santa Cruz lies a lodge and resort called Costanoa. Santa Cruz Waves wanted to know a little more about Costanoa; so we asked general manager Trevor Bridge a few questions about this pristine area of Central California. SCW: Could you please tell us a bit about the history […]

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DJ of the Month December: DJ Ben Baker

DJ Ben Baker has been consistently getting the dance floor rocking while working at the Santa Cruz DJ Company. The ladies love him and guys admire his musical savvy. He exhibits a great ear for music, a keen eye for photography, and a great arm for disk golf. At the county course in San Lorenzo […]

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Playstation 4 Review at Level Up

Playstation 4 Review The Level Up videogame store, located in downtown Santa Cruz, was kind enough to let me experience the newly released Playstation 4. I had a great time kicking back and testing the new video game system. The controller was slick and the graphics were crystal clear. If you are looking to get […]

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Pleasure Pizza East Side Eatery Review

Pleasure Pizza East Side Eatery Pleasure Pizza East Side Eatery is an excellent restaurant on 41st avenue.  The food is delicious and the walls are decorated with awesome surf motif.  Owner and chef Derek Rupp took a moment to chat with Santa Cruz Waves about what makes the East Side Eatery so special. SCW: How […]

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A toy for the kid in all of us

SANTA CRUZ — A local toy inventor and entrepreneur has created an interactive toy car for kids and adults and launched a new company to bring his creation to market. David Silverglate, a physicist and inventor turned toy designer is no stranger to the world of play things. He created a number of toys, including […]

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Not your average whale watch

In case you haven’t noticed there has been a LOT of action in the ocean lately.   We’re not talking surfers ripping the top off waves we’re talking about thousands upon thousands of birds, seals, whales, among countless other ocean creatures.  It has been quite the sight to say the least. When we got the […]

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Restaurant of the Month November: India Joze

  India Joze When I was a kid, I remember my parents taking me to India Joze. I didn’t enjoy foreign food at that age, but the food there was so delicious, I never complained. The love and attention that is put into the food at India Joze is remarkable. It is my pleasure to […]

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Words to Remember

Words to Remember Gordon Smith taught me so much in such a short time; his advice has helped me though a few situations in my profession.  Now that he has passed, his words ring sharp in my mind. So I will tell you what he taught me. We only spoke twice, once at Takara with […]

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Chelito’s Writeup

Chelito’s Next to the Jury Room on Ocean Street is an El Salvadorian and Mexican restaurant that caught my eye. After an extended stay in Mexico I found myself craving authentic and rich foods. After my first meal at Chelito’s, I found that I had stumbled upon a hidden treasure. The meal they prepared for […]

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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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NHS celebrates 40 years of skateboarding innovation and the creation of an industry

By Jennifer Pittman Santa Cruz Sentinel SANTA CRUZ — In the early days, before skateboarding had developed beyond a sports fad that cycled through retailers every decade or so, a couple of Santa Cruz surfers were selling board materials and putting together cheap skateboard parts so they could “ride the asphalt” when the waves were […]

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Classic Vapor Cleaners and Coats for Kids

Business Review of Classic Vapor Cleaners. Early in the day I got a chance to check out Classic Vapor Cleaners on Water Street in Santa Cruz. The manager Pamela took me on a tour of the building and told me a bit about how the business was run. I was interested to find out that […]

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Getting to know Seahorse Swim School

Finding a high quality swim school in Santa Cruz can be tricky. Lucky for me, I ran into Tiffany Harmon, owner of Seahorse Swim School. We met at Casa Blanca during a Chamber of Commerce meeting. Before our meeting I had heard of Seahorse Swim School. A friend of mine works for Seahorse Swim School […]

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September Restaurant of the Month: Shadowbrook

I spoke with the owner of Shadowbrook Restaurant, Ted Burke, on a fine summer day. We sat and discussed fine dining in Santa Cruz and throughout the world. As we drank coffee and looked out upon the river our talk went as follows.  SCW:  Congratulations on receiving restaurant of the month.  What’s the most exciting […]

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The Alibi Interior Creations

SCW:  What exactly is “The Alibi?” The Alibi {Interior Creations} is our (Chris Curtis & Paige Shanahan) small but growing business that salvages old fence board and other wood and repurposes it into picture frames, chalkboards, shadow boxes, farm tables, and the likes.  We’re mostly a wholesale company, but have a new website presence where you […]

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