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January 15, 2018

Westside Santa Cruz

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The bustling Westside neighborhood has come a long way since its Brussels sprouts packing days. While you may have heard about the hip coffee shops, stylish boutiques, and small-batch wine, beer, and spirits producers that have made it a local hot spot, the area is also home to some of the most striking natural wonders in Santa Cruz County. Here’s your guide on where to hit the Westside’s trails, sales, and pale ales.

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December 13, 2017

Farm to Bottle

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Santa Cruz County is home to acres of fertile farmland and ambitious farmers. It’s also home to creative men and women who can transform these locally grown ingredients into bottled beverages that slake your thirst and treat your taste buds. From the farm to the production process and finally to the bottle, we’re lifting the lid on three local specialties: wine, spirits, and for all ages, cold-pressed apple juice. The stories of how these ingredients go from flora to refreshment will make you truly savor each sip.

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October 21, 2017

The Best Bloody Marys in Santa Cruz County

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In addition to being an excuse to gather friends over sunny weekend brunch, what makes Bloody Marys so fun is that everyone has their own version. Life-changing choices—horseradish or Tabasco, pickle juice or clam juice—lend proudly distinct spins to the delightfully complex sipper. Plus, we’re not sure who first decided to throw an entire salad bar into a pint glass, but there’s no going back once you’ve been served a fully-loaded Bloody Mary with delicious munchables such as pickled asparagus spears, spicy cherry peppers, and salty strips of bacon. Below, we’ve listed what we think are some of the best Bloody Marys in town. See if you can make it to the end without rearranging your weekend plans.

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October 15, 2017

Local Bakers & Roasters Join Forces at Cat. Cloud. Companion

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The sweet scent of fresh baked pastries, hot from the oven, and the sharp smell of coffee lures professionals, families, and old friends to a small cafe in downtown’s Abbott Square Market. Cat. Cloud. Companion is a partnership between local coffee roasters Cat & Cloud and the community-minded, pastry and sourdough masters at Companion Bakeshop.

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October 08, 2017

Exploring Pleasure Point

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With colorful surf shops, charming beach cottages, and a shoreline teeming with surfers and beachgoers, Pleasure Point is the kind of quintessential beach community that enlivens Hollywood movies and lures envious tourists to California’s sunny shores. Situated on Santa Cruz’s east end, this seaside neighborhood is one of the most vibrant surf destinations along the California coast. The easy going ‘hood earned its hedonistic name from Prohibition-era shenanigans, but you’d swear it’s because spending a day here is such a joy, no surfboard required!

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