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Santa Cruz’s Early Parties: The Venetian Water Carnival

The Venetian Water Carnival was an annual event along the San Lorenzo River in Santa Cruz, California, from 1895 to 1927. It was based on water carnivals in Venice, Italy. The City fathers hoped it would bolster the idea that Santa Cruz was the “Florence of the West.” At a time when hardly anyone had […]

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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 consistently […]

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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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