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Weekend Event Roundup for January 23rd – 25th, 2015

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It isn’t summer yet, but it’s sure going to feel like it this weekend.

With temperature forecasts in the mid-70s this is going to be a great weekend to get outdoors.  If you’re looking for more than just a great hike, then you might want to head up the coast for ‘Seal Adventures’ at Año Nuevo (details below), or join forces with the Derby Girls to help clean up the San Lorenzo River.

There are plenty of indoor activities this weekend as well, including many great live performances.

Here our picks for the best events in Santa Cruz this weekend:

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Santa Cruz Hikes: Land of Medicine Buddha

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Land of Medicine Buddha: Long Loop
Length: 6 miles; 2.5 hours
Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous

If you love the muffled quiet of a redwood forest broken only by the murmur of a creek and the faint echo of a Buddhist gong, it’s time to get on your hiking boots and explore the Land of Medicine Buddha. [Read more…]

Santa Cruz Weekend Event Roundup: Jan. 16 – 18, 2015p

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If you want a decadent weekend, consider bringing some samples from the 8th Annual Chocolate Festival along with you on your Santa Cruz Mountain wineries Passport Day.

Read on to see the rest of our picks for the best events in Santa Cruz this weekend.

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Best New Santa Cruz Restaurants: Roux Dat

Roux Dat Restaurant Sign

This is the final restaurant in our list of the Best New Restaurants in Santa Cruz in 2014. To see the full list, click here.

best new restaurants santa cruz 2014New Orleans-inspired Roux Dat, serving Cajun and Creole cuisine, is a small-yet-comfortable spot near Bed, Bath & Beyond and Trader Joe’s in Capitola. It’s in the former location of Yogurt Express.

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Best New Santa Cruz Restaurants: Mortal Dumpling

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This is the sixth of seven choices for the Best New Restaurants in Santa Cruz in 2014. To see the full list, click here.

best new restaurants santa cruz 2014Chef Noah Kopito is the man behind Mortal Dumpling, which is mostly a restaurant that does pop-ups, including a regular Thursday gig. Every Thursday from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. you can find Mortal Dumpling at POPUP. For several months in 2014, they were at Front St. Kitchen on Monday nights from 6-9 p.m., but the final night at this location was Dec. 29, 2014 (Front St. is going through some changes).

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Best New Santa Cruz Restaurants: Midtown Cafe

Midtown Cafe Santa Cruz

This is the fifth of seven choices for the Best New Restaurants in Santa Cruz in 2014. To see the full list, click here.

best new restaurants santa cruz 2014Zac Craeger opened Midtown Cafe in January 2014. It’s primarily a breakfast and lunch place, although they are open “most Friday nights” (more on that later) and they do have beer and wine available. It’s a casual, friendly neighborhood spot. There is some counter seating by the front window, a few small tables inside, and plenty of tables in a relaxing back patio.

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Santa Cruz Weekend Events: Jan. 9th – 11th, 2015

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Hackers have a chance to shine this weekend at UCSC’s overnight hackathon, local music lovers have a chance to see James Durbin perform at the Catalyst, and it’s time for every fungus lover’s favorite annual festival.

Read on to see the rest of our picks for the best events in Santa Cruz this weekend.

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Best New Santa Cruz Restaurants: Lúpulo Craft Beer House

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This is the fourth of seven choices for the Best New Restaurants in Santa Cruz in 2014. To see the full list, click here.

Lúpulo Craft Beer House, owned and operated by Noëlle Antolin and Stuyvesant Bearns, is a tasting room, restaurant, and bottle shop that offers 16 rotating taps and over a hundred bottled beers.

best new restaurants santa cruz 2014The atmosphere is cozy, with tables and a bar. Whether or not you’re a beer lover, the food is definitely worth a visit. The menu changes with the seasons, as the owners are committed to sustainable food practices. “Our ingredients are organic, our meats are local and pasture-raised, and most our produce comes from the farmers market,” says Antolin.

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Best New Santa Cruz Restaurants: Kaito

Kaito Ramen House

This is the third of seven choices for the Best New Restaurants in Santa Cruz in 2014. To see the full list, click here.

Kaito opened in May in the former location of Pink Godzilla. The fact that the web site includes the word smile should tell you a lot: it makes chef/owner Koji Goto very happy to provide customers with first-rate, reasonably priced food.

best new restaurants santa cruz 2014The word Kaito means “Ocean Lover,” and it’s doubly appropriate: first, because of its iconic Pleasure Point location, and second, because there are many tasty seafood items on the menu.

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Best New Santa Cruz Restaurants: Back Nine Grill & Bar

Back Nine Grill & Bar

This is the second of seven choices for the Best New Restaurants in Santa Cruz in 2014. To see the full list, click here.

Back Nine Grill & Bar replaced the former Peachwood’s at The Inn at Pasatiempo. The restaurant opened in August after undergoing interior renovations, resulting in a pleasant ambience that is a vast improvement over Peachwood’s. Servers are friendly and knowledgeable.

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