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Pearl of the Ocean, Santa Cruz - Restaurant Review

Pearl of the Ocean, Santa Cruz - Restaurant Review

After you’ve done it enough, reviewing restaurants becomes, unsurprisingly, a little predictable. Preparing and serving food is, after all, a business. There are best practices, like in every business, and categories into which restaurants fit – Mexican, high-end French, the dinner-as-exciting-experience place, and so on. What really makes this work worthwhile, however, is the rare(…)

Published On: Friday, September 12th, 2014
Malabar, Santa Cruz

Malabar, Santa Cruz

In a little spasm of curiosity, I googled the word “Malabar” before beginning to write this. Turns out, “Malabar” is a Spanish word that means “juggling.” Which is appropriate. This place is, if nothing else, an impressive exercise in juggling, plate-spinning and category-defying. It seems to combine several different kinds of cuisine. It is, or(…)

Published On: Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
Gabriella Cafe, Santa Cruz

Gabriella Cafe, Santa Cruz

Gabriella Cafe is a funky, classic little French bistro located in downtown Santa Cruz. The décor is eclectic – the tables don’t all match, the interior is a series of little rooms – the layout doesn’t really make a lot of sense – and the overall impression is sort of French countryside-y, if that makes(…)

Published On: Wednesday, September 25th, 2013