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Confessions of a first-time judge

by Mike B http://cruzbrews.com/ When you have a bottle of beer with your friends, you don’t have to get too deep into what you’re drinking. You can like it or not like it, analyze it or not analyze it. You don’t owe anyone any explanations, unless you feel like it. Beer judging isn’t like that. […]

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Solaire Restaurant and Bar

Inside the newest hotspot in town, Hotel Paradox is Solaire Restaurant. This stunningly decorated restaurant has a casual, small-plate approach to dining with an emphasis on quality product from sustainable resources including local growers, farmers, vintners, and brewers. We arrived for our first dining experience during lunch hours and ordered an Original Soju cocktail. It […]

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Happiest of happy hours at Severino’s

Severino’s brings you happiest of happy hours everyday of the week!   With so much going into the look of restaurant’s nowadays sometimes we forget about the simple things and how a place truly makes us feel…  Severino’s is a feel good type of joint.  No ultra modern furniture or hard to pronounce drinks just […]

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Question of the Week: What is your spirit animal?

Zamondo:  A Kiwi because I was born in New Zeland and I love my country.                     Jessica: A lion, because I’m very fierce!                       Kirsten: I wanna be a cat because I’m a tad bit friskayyy! […]

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Santa Cruz Receives a Dose of New Orleans Where Clouds Used to Be

Those who loved their Cloud’s martini have nothing to worry about: the full martini menu remains. But that’s about it. Clouds Downtown is now a distant memory, thanks to the 18-year-itch that made owners Christie and Louie Caviglia decide to trade in the chic for a much needed dose of “N’awlins.”  Walking into Louie’s Cajun Kitchen […]

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Royal Taj: The Best Indian Cuisine In the Cruz

This is the place on Soquel Avenue that’s easy to fly by on your way over the bridge to downtown, without ever knowing that what you’re breezing by is a cozy dining experience; the perfect place to sit and watch the sun set golden over downtown, and probably the coziest place to be on a […]

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Aptos St. BBQ

  Today marks my first successful venture to the sometimes elusive Aptos St. Barbeque.  Following an afternoon of retail therapy, I was in need of re-fueling, and my partner in crime suggested Aptos St. Barbeque.  The last time I’d attempted to try this place out it didn’t end so well.  It had been a Sunday […]

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Our Hero!

A couple of years ago, two young Santa Cruz men saw the need to open a business.  Jamey Nelson and Scott Vaughn worked as bartenders at Riva Fish House when they came up with the idea for a designated driving service that would not only get people home safely, but provide comfort of mind by […]

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Oh Santa Cruz, You Leave Me In A Pickle

  The entertainment opportunities here in Santa Cruz have once again left me in a pickle.  This Saturday, I had planned on seeing one of my all-time favorite reggae singers, Michael Rose at Moe’s Alley.  I’ve been a fan for a long time, especially for his work with Black Uhuru.  Just today however, I learned […]

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Mmm….Beer.

Beer. Simple, good, local beer is exactly what is being served at The Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery.  The brewery offers a selection of unique beers that are packed full of flavor.  The tasting room is unique, charming, and incredibly eclectic.  A personal favorite would have to be the Peoples Porter.  Think of a subtle Porter […]

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Hidden Gems of Santa Cruz County: Part One

              When people from out of town think of Santa Cruz, the first things that come to their minds are The Beach Boardwalk, The Mystery Spot, and The Capitola Village just to name a few.  For the locals, how many times per year do you visit each of these […]

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Armida Winery and Tasting Room

     Armida Winery 103 Stockton AveCapitola(831) 462-1065 http://www.armida.com/ “Armida is more than a wine, a winery, a vineyard or a view. It is more than a sip, a swirl, a savor of a flavor. It is the glint of sunshine that filters through your glass, striking a prism of burgundy that falls upon the […]

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Cafe Rio

    Cafe Rio 131 Esplanade Aptos Ca. 95003 831-688-8917   Cafe Rio is back to its old self, which is what we all have been waiting for. A menu including Sand Dabs, Swordfish, and Calamari Steak Dore make for another perfect beachfront restaurant in Santa Cruz County. Fit for your New Year’s bash or a romantic […]

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El Jardin

      El Jardin 655 Capitola Road  Santa Cruz, CA 95062-2769(831) 477-9384   Cantina time! Homemade flour tortilla chips dipped into a soft bean, cheesy, spicy, creamy dip topped with a little sour cream. Look out folks, this place has a melt in your mouth style of Mexican food and an astounding fully stocked, top […]

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Chocolate

    1522 Pacific AveSanta Cruz, CA 95060 (831) 427-9900   http://www.chocolatesantacruz.com/         Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, could almost be set in a Mediterranean corner spot within a small village in San Sebastian Spain.  A rustic touch inside, Chocolate has absolutely wonderful desserts and various hot chocolates; sweet, rich and decadent.  Bookshop Santa […]

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Olitas

Olitas Cantina and Grille The bar and lounge area at Olitas is the perfect place to enjoy a beautiful Santa Cruz sunset while sipping on one of their top-shelf margaritas.     Olitas (little waves) is a unique Mexican restaurant nestled atop the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf. They feature traditional Mexican cuisine, but also many […]

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The Casablanca Inn & Bistro

  The Casablanca Inn & Bistro   101 Main Street (corner of Beach Street) Santa Cruz,CA 95060   The Bistro Bar   Gourmet lunch, casual ambience and an up close view of main beach Santa Cruz… Just a few steps above the big blue, the Bistro Bar offers an intimate setting for lunch and a view […]

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Johnny’s Harborside

  Johnny’s Harborside   Happy Hour:  3pm-6pm. $3 – $6 Appetizers, $3 Draft Beer, $4 Margaritas, Martinis, Wine & more!    Enjoy fresh seafood, killer cocktails, in a casual atmosphere while soaking up the view of the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor. Watch the boats stroll in and out with the sun glistening on the still […]

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Castaways

        Castaways 3623 Portola DrSanta Cruz, CA 95062  http://thecastawaysbar.com/ Hosting the first of many ragers this week on Thursday October 27th, 2011. Rock it on the East, Castaways is located on Portola Dr. in Santa Cruz near Pleasure Point.  Your favorite neighborhood bar!    They will be having DJ’s all night long and an extra […]

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Tampico

  Tampico is a very mellow restaurant lounge and has a local atmosphere for the kick back Jack!  Live music on the weekends, a little blues, a little jazz, keep it cruz with the locals.  Located on the south end of Pacific Avenue, Tampico is dark and cruzzy, fits right into the Fall time change, for a relaxing Happy […]

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Hoffmans

          Although Hoffmans has never struggled for service.  The Food Network TV show “Restaurant Impossible” has done its magic in just two days.  The English muscle man Robert Irving goes into restaurants on a shoe string budget and re-vamps them in 48 hours.   Hoffmans applied for this opportunity and shabang!  An amazing success […]

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Main Street Garden Cafe

  Main Street Garden Cafe 3101 N. Main St. in downtown Soquel. Dinner:  Tuesday – Sunday starts at 5:30 pm Lunch:  Saturday & Sunday starts at 12 pm Reservations (831) 477-9265 http://mainstreetgardencafe.com/                             The Santa Cruz County offers many hidden gems that […]

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Sausagefest 2011

    Sausagefest 2011   If you have ever visited the Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery you know that this event will be off the hook.   This brewery is one of those places that is highly recommended to revisit.  For this very good reason, SC Mountain Brewing has some of the best brew in town, not to […]

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Oktoberfest at Tyrolean Inn

      Wir wünschen Ihnen einen guten Appetit zum Essen wie aus Grossmutter’s Küche. (We wish you a good appetite for a meal like grandma used to cook at home.)   Sometimes the least expected experiences come at the least expected times.   As a food lover and beer drinking aficionado, it is hard to […]

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