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Sunny Morning/Coffee Artistry in Santa Cruz

Boy do I love this town! Yes, it ain't what it was in the '50s (what is?), but it's got so much. A lot of it having to do with the town's Feng Shui, perched as it is on the northern edge of the huge Monterey Bay (Monterey is at the southern edge). There's a clarity in the air from the ocean. Colors vibrant. That extra warmth we don't have in the San Francisco zone that allows for the occasional avocado tree, and better corn and tomatoes.
This temple or whatever has been here (West Cliff Drive neighborhood) for at least 60 years.
There's that Southern Cal vibe. I've always felt that southern California starts in South San Francisco. The further south you go, the warmer things get, and the looser. It's just more relaxed. More fun where the livin' is easy. Skateboarders flying all over town. Surfers out everywhere yesterday. A town of serious cycling. This morning I'm at the ultra-cool Verve Roasters, 816 41st Ave, serious barista folk, good wi-fi connection (pic below). That's a Hungarian wild cherry pastry there. In same block on 41st is the Cliff Cafe, great breakfast, the Freeline Surf Shop, The Santa Cruz Skate Shop, Pink Godzilla Sushi -- lively hood just a few blocks from the Hook.


kara rane said...

wow the '50's .. to me SC is everything the future should be .. trees + ocean + peace + Love = nothing to want.

Anonymous said...

"I don't think the human mind can comprehend the past and the future. They are both just illusions that can manipulate you into thinking there's some kind of change." Bob Dylan


mike b said...

those cups are so great! we use them at my cafe and they offer real next level function/design.

Carol said...

I like Santa Cruz although it gets a bit precious and shallow after awhile and I need to find the nearest New York Times. I go to the small Java Junction coffeehouse, but will check out 41st Street next time.

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