Author Archive | Kalia Feldman-Klein

FILL ’ER UP

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Top left: Amber Turpin and David Stimpson in front of Filling Station.
Photo by Terry Manier.

Top right: Life-long friends Ana Melissa Garcia and Erika Olivarez.
Photo by Terry Manier.

Bottom left: Fran Grayson getting ready for the rush at Truck Stop.
Photo by: Ted Holladay.

Bottom right: The Bakery Station.
Photo by Kalia Feldman-Klein.

Did you hear about that new bakery-café, Filling Station? What was that? The Bakery Station? The Truck Stop? Are they the same place? The answer is, no: They’re three totally different yet equally vibrant ventures.

But you’d be forgiven if you got them mixed up: All three are located at repurposed, early 20th century gas stations, and all three are run by ace cooks and community-minded visionaries. They also each offer up food that you … Read More

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LIVE EARTH GOES TO SCHOOL

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It’s a typically foggy coastal morning, but this does nothing to dampen the spirits of the 30 tots who are poised to embark on a sensory treasure hunt at Watsonville’s Live Earth Farm.

“Okay, when I say go, I want you to find one thing to taste, one thing to touch, and one thing to smell between here and the top of the hill,” invites Jessica Ridgeway, the director of Live Earth’s Discovery Program.

And with that the preschoolers burst off, beginning their hunt by ducking underneath some leafy grape vines to search for the season’s last deep blue clusters. Navigating a farm-within-a-farm replica of Live Earth set up just for them, the children eventually milk goats and visit chicken coops, alternately squealing with delight and glancing back at mom … Read More

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THERE MAY BE NO FREE LUNCH, BUT NOW THERE’S A WELL-PRICED DINNER

If you’ve been longing to try some of the region’s best restaurants but their cost has kept you away, you’re in luck: Last night more than two dozen Santa Cruz area restaurants kicked off the city’s Third Annual Restaurant Week and later this month, the Monterey Peninsula will hold its own third Restaurant Week.

From October 5 to 12, the 24 participating Santa Cruz restaurants will showcase their food with a $25 prix-fix, three-course menu. Meanwhile, restaurants are still signing on for the Monterey area’s restaurant week, which will take place from October 20 to 27.

“It’s developing a real following and each year it’s gaining momentum,” says Maree Thurston, the coordinator of this year’s Santa Cruz event.

“Three course meals for $25 is a great deal and great motivator … Read More

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