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Restaurants in California

Tortilla Flats (Soquel) - Restaurant Review

Tortilla Flats (Soquel) - Restaurant Review

In Mexico, one of the big holidays is the Day of the Dead, or in Spanish, Dia de Muertos. It’s a three-day holiday during which people remember and pray for the deceased, and it’s celebrated with elaborate, amazing and more than a little creepy decorations and displays. Wikipedia has this to say: Traditions connected with(…)

Published On: Monday, October 27th, 2014
Café Gratitude, Santa Cruz - Restaurant Review

Café Gratitude, Santa Cruz - Restaurant Review

I have always been kind of uncomfortable with the while concept of obligatory gratitude. All the treacly demands that I practice daily gratitude, that it’s some kind of moral obligation, always seems insincere to me, and more than a little manipulative. You know, gratitude, great. And floss your teeth. And vote. And make sure to(…)

Published On: Saturday, October 18th, 2014
Restaurants in Sacramento, California

Restaurants in Sacramento, California

‘California begins here’. Sacramento, the capital of California has revamped its efforts on a huge scale to match up with more popular destinations in California like Los Angeles and San Francisco. For food lovers a big incentive is the ‘farm to fork’ initiative. Sacramento is the largest producing state of agriculture in USA. In September(…)

Published On: Monday, September 29th, 2014
Restaurants in Fresno, California

Restaurants in Fresno, California

The largest and most important city in the fertile Central San Joaquin Valley, Fresno comprises people from 80 different nationalities, who have set up home here. Fresno has an eventful history which has led to settlers from Scandinavia, China, Germans, Russians, Japanese, Armenians and a large Hispanic population. A melting pot of cultures, Fresno exudes(…)

Published On: Friday, September 26th, 2014
Ideal Bar and Grill, Santa Cruz - Restaurant Review

Ideal Bar and Grill, Santa Cruz - Restaurant Review

Santa Cruz is a town with a split identity. Wow, that sounds like the beginning of a detective novel, doesn’t it? One personality is Beach. Sun, sand, surfing, families, Monterey Bay. Everyone likes Beach. The other is, for want of a better term, Junkie. Santa Cruz has a HUGE drug and homelessness problem. There are(…)

Published On: Thursday, September 18th, 2014
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
Kauboi, Aptos - Restaurant Review

Kauboi, Aptos - Restaurant Review

Kauboi doesn’t really work. It doesn’t even seem as if they’re trying that hard. Oh, well. The name (say it out loud) is sort of an inside joke – the place is kind of an Asian fusion establishment, except that’s what’s fused is Japanese food and some kind of Texas cartoon aesthetic. Hence, you have(…)

Published On: Wednesday, September 10th, 2014
Hollins House, Santa Cruz - Restaurant Review

Hollins House, Santa Cruz - Restaurant Review

This place is a hidden gem, and an unbelievably romantic throwback to a whole other era in the history of the Bay Area. A little background: Santa Cruz is overwhelmingly about the city of Santa Cruz, and the University of California Santa Cruz. That means leftist, hippie-ish sixties throwbacks, generally. It does not mean affluence,(…)

Published On: Monday, August 18th, 2014