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September 29, 2015

This is How We Farmers Market

Farm Mkt Intro
There are farmers’ markets and then there are farmers’ markets. No one does them better than Santa Cruz. Our markets are festive, colorful events that bring locals and visitors together over a shared love of good food. Even with the Monterey Bay and majestic redwoods, the area’s most vivid beauty can often be found at the market.

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May 21, 2015

What's in Bloom

Arboretum Poppy Recognize this cheery flower? It’s the Escholtzia Californica, aka, the California Poppy as seen at the wonderful UC Santa Cruz Arboretum

Photos by Garrick Ramirez except where noted

Here’s a colorful post to brighten your day: a

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November 17, 2014

The Cook's Bookcase: A Book Lover & Chef's Dream

If you love books, you can imagine how fun it would be to have a bookshop all to yourself. Liz Pollock, owner of the Cook’s Bookcase, let me live that dream by inviting me into her cozy home store that specializes in food literature of all kinds. Having grown up with food (“Julia Child was my babysitter,” she joked), Pollock has brought her love for food, print, and community together

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September 10, 2014

Pleasure Point

Did you know that Pleasure Point -- a delightful Santa Cruz neighborhood and famed surf spot -- actually earned its hedonistic moniker from the area’s Prohibition-era shenanigans? I always thought it was because of the neighborhood’s pleasing sea-kissed air, scenic vistas and sunny surf town demeanor. Either way, this little corner of Santa Cruz is a great spot to while away a nice day noshing, window-shopping and

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August 13, 2014

Santa Cruz Wharf Turns 100

All photos by Garrick Ramirez All photos by Garrick RamirezSanta Cruz has numerous public promenades that flaunt its natural splendor. The Westside’s West Cliff Drive and Pleasure Point’s East Cliff Drive are great examples. But none capture the area’s history, atmosphere and bayside beauty more than

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