Santa Cruz Journals

Santa Cruz, California

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A travel journal to Santa Cruz by Tana B.

Winter Solstice, 2004 Photo, Santa Cruz, California More Photos
Quote: I've lived in Santa Cruz since 1989. It's Eden with traffic jams, heaven with a high cost of living, and I can't imagine living anywhere else.

Santa Cruz, California

Overview

Winter Solstice, 2004 Photo, Santa Cruz, California
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Are you comfortable in a wonderfully diverse and progressive political environment that is, while way too white, at least accepting of most kinds of cultural expression (though not too tolerant of the redneck stuff)? A solidly blue-green county that marches to the beat of a different drummer? Maybe you're just young and interested in a spectacularly wide variety of physical sports--in which case you'll be fine here, too. The outdoor lifestyle is endorsed, perhaps prevalent. Are you interested in eating well, with year-round access to some of the best organic food produced in California, the country, and perhaps the world? Quick Tips: The Good Times (www.gdtimes.com) is the lo...Read More

Oswald

Restaurant

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Oswald is one of a handful of restaurants where I send visitors seeking the best that Santa Cruz has to offer. Menus are seasonal, organic, and prepared with an attention to detail that brings out the essence of the ingredients beautifully. I have long proclaimed that I would eat a dish towel if chefs Damani Thomas or Eric Lau prepared it. Dishes often incorporate unusual ingredients (Meyer lemon, squid ink, etc.) that dazzle. The chefs know the local farmers and know how to present seasonal items in fresh and imaginative ways. It's a lovely little bistro, intimate without being claustrophobic. The wine list is succinct and appropriate. Entrées run in the $20-and-up range, though not a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 29, 2004

Oswald
1547 East Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, California 95060
(831) 423-7427

Fiesta Tepa-Sahuayo

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Restaurant

Fiesta Tepa-Sahuayo Photo, Santa Cruz, California
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A rainy Sunday and lethargy made us head down to Watsonville for lunch—I'd been hearing of this place for years. It was one of the best Mexican meals I've ever had—strike that—it was the best, and I include the many meals I had when visiting Mexico City, Guadalajara, Taxco, and other regions. Owners Jorge and Araceli Rivas are from Guadalajara. I learned that the food comes from "Antique Mexican Corn Culture Recipes;" the menu offers recipes from all over Mexico. Jorge came to our table to handhold us: having never been there, it was daunting to look at both sides of the 11-inch by 17-inch menu. He was both knowledgeable and courtly. He made a handful of recommendations, most ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 21, 2005

Fiesta Tepa-Sahuayo
15 First St.
Santa Cruz, California 95076
(831) 724-3492

Silver Spur

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Restaurant

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A line around the block, even in the rain? Yep. That's the Silver Spur, which is arguably one of the best breakfast spots in town. All the locals know it, and the tourists seem to have found out, too. Your wait is comfy, though: hot coffee is in an urn outside, and you can help yourself to a bottomless cup. Serving breakfast and lunch six days a week (closed on Sundays), the Silver Spur diner is as comfortable as a pair of old shoes. Booths and tables with captains chairs are packed with young, old, and everyone in between (surfers, yupsters, and lovers who've obviously dragged themselves out of bed). Although new owners bought the place in 1998, the restaurant still uses the original pancake recipe f...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 20, 2005

Silver Spur
2650 Soquel Drive
Santa Cruz, California 95065
(831) 475-2725

Cafe Limelight

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Restaurant

Cafe Limelight Photo, Santa Cruz, California
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Testify, sistah! Paninis. That's their forte.We tried the applewood smoked ham with cheddar (his) and turkey with brie and pesto (mine). They are just perfect in density, gooeyness, interesting flavors, and crisp factor. The salads were probably bagged greens, but with homemade vinaigrette and other pleasant elements (like red bell peppers)... nothing fancy but perfectly wonderful. Very satisfying for about $8-$9 a plate.He had Pelligrino and I had a glass of Husch Sauvignon Blanc ($7.50 for a not-chintzy pour).It was so good that I went back tonight with my family. We had the ham and turkey sandwiches, and upgraded to Caesar salads (homemade dressing, huge curls of shaved Parm...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 22, 2007

Cafe Limelight
1016 Cedar Street
Santa Cruz, California 95060
(831) 425-7873