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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

Local Life

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,…

Gayle’s Bakery

Local Life

Whenever my boyfriend’s mom is in town, we hit up Gayle’s Bakery in Capitola. I don’t know why I don’t visit more often (oh wait yes I do, my diet!). Gayle’s is an always-bustling local spot that consistently creates delicious, rich, savory…