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.
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.
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!
I’m one of those people who totally gets recharged from some time in nature. Give me some fresh air, tall trees, and an ocean view and I’m definitely feeling refreshed. And, since I’m human, I also get recharged with some good food! When I’m planning a day trip to hike in the mountains or explore the coast, I am always looking for little eateries to compliment my travels. Check out a few of my favorite day trip combos with places to get some fresh air AND some fresh eats!
The wine scene in Santa Cruz County is as diverse as the region’s sights and as inspired as its culture. And so, it’s no surprise that local wineries – along with Visit Santa Cruz County – are raising a glass to California Wine Month. Here are some fresh new ways to experience Santa Cruz County’s wine country: