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JCPenney Salinas Store Opening

Local Life, Style

I had the pleasure of being invited to the Grand Reopening of a huge new JCPenney store at the Northridge Mall in Salinas. I brought my camera to capture the crowd and opening festivities. It was a really fun community event…

Little Owl Italian Kitchen, Aptos

Food, Local Life

A new restaurant has opened up where Kauboi (and before that, Britannia Arms) was on Soquel Drive. It’s called Little Owl Italian Kitchen & Bar, and though they’re just getting started it seems like a promising addition to our local…

Girl Talk Interview #1 with Dorey Kronick

Local Life

1. Where do you currently call home? I currently live & work in Chicago, Illinois. I’m originally from Santa Cruz, California and have lived in Thousand Oaks, San Jose, San Gregorio & San Francisco. 2. What do you do for a living?…

Strawberry Picking At Swanton Berry Farm

Local Life

Just up Highway 1 are several pick your own fruit farms. I haven’t been berry picking since I was a kid.  Last week I went to Swanton Berry Farm to pick some strawberries and taste their handmade treats. While not the…

Highway One Brewing Company, Pescadero

Local Life

I finally made it up the coast to the Highway One Brewing Company for lunch. The place is next to a gas station right off the road and looks like it would offer the usual roadside diner fare. However, all…

The Annual Watsonville Strawberry Festival

Local Life, Style

Last Sunday I made it out to the Strawberry Festival, which is held every year in downtown Watsonville. It’s worth the short drive for all the insanely delicious food stands. Last year I also spotted tons of Mexican blankets for sale, but…

Sunday Brunch at Alice’s Restaurant

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Alice’s Restaurant is a classic biker-hangout-turned-restaurant, often made more famous by its association with Arlo Guthrie’s song of the same name. Alice’s Restaurant is a family owned and operated little slice of the mountains serving up delicious food, barbecue, homemade pies, microbrews,…