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Fresh Chanterelles wholesale at Far West Fungi (SSF & other venues)

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

One of the rewards for October's atmospheric river deluge is a healthy crop of wild mushrooms. A friend foraged bolete/porcini mushrooms on the Sonoma Coast the size of his head last week. And pric...

Local Legend India Joze is closing January 8th

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by anaxgorous 2 months ago

After 50 years, genius chef Jozseph Schultz is closing the doors to India Joze in Santa Cruz. Probably best known for his potato hash and his way with calamari, I can vouch for any dish on the menu...

2021 Monterey Bay Salmon Season

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 7 months ago

After a two-week pause, Monterey Bay salmon season started up again on June 16 and continues till June 30, and is joined by the opening of the season northward up to Point Arena. https://wildlife.c...

Areperia 831 | Live Oak Grange - Santa Cruz

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

During the pandemic, the Live Oak Grange in Santa Cruz has been running an active pop-up program allowing food entrepreneurs to use its kitchen and vend in the parking lot. In August, I put in an o...

ISO restaurant + food truck recs for Monterey, Santa Cruz (incl burbs), and Watsonville

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by BEmama 7 months ago

Hey! I am halfway between Monterey and Santa Cruz for a month while my HS daughter interns at a marine lab. Would love restaurant recs in this triangle (or very nearby). I enjoy all cuisines, from ...

Santa Cruz Juneteenth, June 19

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 7 months ago

"Saturday, June 19th from 1:00 - 4:00 pm at Laurel Park Enjoy music, poetry, dance, delicious soul food, arts & crafts, basketball skills contest, and the annual sack race! Our line-up currentl...

"The Families that Fed America": Andrea Nguyen on the History Channel

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 11 months ago

One of our favorite cookbook authors stars in the pilot episode of "The Families that Fed America". She makes Bò Kho, but shares so much more about her family's path and the recipes they saved and ...

Growing Asian Vegetables in Cool Summers

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 11 months ago

Thursday, March 4 at 5:00pm to 6:30pm "This workshop will cover the basics of cultivating different varieties of Asian vegetables in the cool summers of the Bay Areas coastline. We will explore...

12/9 Thumbing through Seed Catalogs with Orin Martin, UC Santa Cruz (zoom)

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

"Fancy a fireside chat with Orin about which seed catalogs he likes to peruse and what he considers when ordering seeds? This Zoom presentation will more likely be from his kitchen table where ...

Edible Monterey Bay Marketplace

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

Edible Monterey Bay has highlighted a selection of artisanal food and drink handcrafted in the Monterey Bay area. For this holiday giving season, this is an easy way to shop local and support our n...

A Healthy Holiday Webinar 12/6 at 1pm (free)

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

"Join us for a conversation with Jocelyn Dubin, MS, RD to learn about food nutrition this holiday season and Eating A Rainbow." Register in advance on zoom.

Op-Ed: The successful reopening of restaurants might lie in pedestrian-only streets

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

" . . . An innovative alternative is to temporarily close main streets to cars, and repurpose that space. That means instead of narrow sidewalks there will be plenty of room for pedestrian flow. An...

"Spaghetti" Ice Cream @ Cruz Creamery in Santa Cruz

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

Last fall I set out to try Polar Bear Ice Cream, an old school brand made in Santa Cruz that has recently been reincarnated with the original recipes. I'd never been much of a fan of Marianne's, th...

Urgent Need for Volunteers at Food Banks

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 years ago

On Monday the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank sent out an urgent call for volunteers: "Volunteer in the Warehouse Urgent Need More than a third of our March volunteers have cancelled — that is 1,5...

Hanloh Thai pop-up @ Sante Adiarius in Santa Cruz

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 years ago

In September I had a chance to catch the Monday evening pop-up of Hanloh Thai at Sante Adarius Rustic Ales tasting room in Santa Cruz. The menu is posted each week on Hanloh's website. I chose a...

Mission Hill Creamery | Santa Cruz

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 years ago

Despite having tried and liked Mission Hill's when it opened in 2010 https://www.chowhound.com/post/fabulous-news-ice-cream-groupies-santa-cruz-728967 , some how it took me till Summer 2018 to retu...

Barceloneta in Santa Cruz opening

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 years ago

At long last, the much anticipated Barceloneta is opening on Wednesday, October 16. Barceloneta 1541-B Pacific Avenue Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (831) 900-5222 Reservations https://resy.com/cities...

Get Hooked Santa Cruz Restaurant Week, 7/29 to 8/4/2019

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 years ago

JULY 29 - AUGUST 4, 2019 Dine out in Santa Cruz next week for Get Hooked restaurant week! “Get Hooked is a celebration of Monterey Bay’s sustainably caught seafood. Our local seafood story is a...

Mutari Chocolate: Bean-to-Bar Factory & Cafe in Santa Cruz

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 years ago

Last fall, my brother and I stopped by Mutari Chocolate to wait out traffic. The factory-cafe smells absolutely wonderful when you step inside. We decided to share the Tasting Flight, $15, of sing...

subtle, wonderful Cafe Campesino in Santa Cruz

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by eldub 12 years ago

I've been wanting to try this little spot in downtown Santa Cruz because of its good reputation. Cafe Campesino did not disappoint. The ingredients are organic and sustainable. They advertise as '...