Home @ 10 Apr 2013 12:36 pm by Christina Waters
Valdo Prosecco - two words worth remembering. A dry, fragrant bubbly that Rita Bottoms first tasted in Venice, fell in love with, and asked her wine merchant at Shoppers Corner to stock. Having done this, Bottoms provided the sparkling beverage at the book soirée held on Ingalls Street for a new book celebrating paintings by Tom Bottoms and words by Rita.
Festive to the max, the charming event spilled forth on the patio of host emporium, La Sirena—loaded with gorgeous antiques, jewelery, and humans all gathered to give thanks for Venice (the title of the new book, published by Cafe Margo, and priced @ $20), the Bottoms duo, and old friends among Santa Cruz literati who lingered long over good conversation and the highly drinkable Valdo Prosecco. Eleven dollars and change. Can your prosecco do that?
Home @ 06 Apr 2013 01:09 pm by Christina Waters
Especially if it’s a tower of citrus chiffon cake with buttermilk gelato, as shown here during a celebratory lunch with my soul sister Rita @ Ristorante Avanti.
Feast your eyes…..
Home @ 27 Mar 2013 05:36 pm by Christina Waters
The inviting pastry display at Kelly’s includes enough eye candy to help you channel your inner 5-year-old. Or simply bring your own youngster to the Ingalls Street landmark and watch her smile.
Home @ 24 Mar 2013 04:28 pm by Christina Waters
Santa Clara’s Triton Museum of Art has much to recommend itself, and a current show of Old Masters-style work by Southern California’s Domenic Cretara is a prime example.
Painting for many decades in the extreme chiaro scuro style of Baroque maestro Caravaggio, Cretara is a supple realist who moves deftly across his richly-conceived figures like the golden light grazing across his canvases. The subjects of many of Cretara’s pieces include vernacular gatherings of people—caught in mundane acts of reading, working, engaged in quiet conversation, all seemingly waiting for some impending epiphany. He captures the unglamorous themes that fill our days, often without being observed. But Cretara is a master of observation (more…)
Home @ 20 Mar 2013 04:35 pm by Christina Waters
One picture is worth a thousand words!
Soif does small plates on Tuesdays. This little number ran me $3. Serrano ham, half a soft/hard boiled egg, a thin slice of cheese, a thin crostini, and a slick of mustard.
With an Italian red! (for a few $$ more).
Home @ 19 Mar 2013 05:01 pm by Christina Waters
Just to review: yes, Randall Grahm has decided to move his Bonny Doon Vineyards tasting room to a new location in Davenport. The old-fashioned white clapboard structure on Highway One (next door to the Roadhouse) that has been home to Davenport Gallery for the last three years, will become the new tasting headquarters for Grahm’s glittering array of varietals.
He’s thinking May might be the time of the latest transformation. And it makes sense.
The tasting room will be highly visible, unlike its current location tucked behind a bevy of other wineries. It will be free-standing and be able to announce itself unmistakably to inquiring wine seekers. And it will sit at the foot of Bonny Doon mountain, where a few years ago…..it all began.
We’ll keep you posted on specifics as they break!
Home @ 07 Mar 2013 12:08 pm by Christina Waters
No foodie with a pulse could fail to be seduced by the smart menu created by Soif Chef Santos Majano to accompany a roster of wines made by Windy Oaks Estate winemaker Jim Schultze. Next Wednesday, March 13 at 6pm, those devoted to great food, nuanced wine and prosperity consciousness will be treated to one of the best-looking menus I’ve seen in years.
Consider this: Windy Oaks’ splendid 2010 Estate Chardonnay wil be joined by Dungeness crab, quail egg, and lemon sabayon. The next course featured pan-roasted sea bass, brussels sprouts and Meyer lemon gelée paired with 2010 Diane’s Block Estate Pinot Noir. An entree of crispy duck, porcini gnocchi and nettle purée with glazed carrots joins a 2009 100% wild yeast Estate Pinot Noir and a 2010 Estate Cuvée Pinot Noir. A final cheese course will be served with 2009 100% Whole Cluster Estate Pinot Noir.
This should be a fantasy experience for fans of truly Burgundian-style Pinot Noirs, as well as the seasonal creativity of Soif’s kitchen. Jim and Judy Schultze will be on hand to explain the fine points of pinot noir. The cost for this remarkable line-up is $85 per person (exclusive of tax & gratuity), and I suggest you grab that cell phone right now—831.423.2020—for reservations.
Home @ 25 Feb 2013 12:36 pm by Christina Waters
My favorite Oscar moment?
When Shirley Bassey stepped out of the past and belted out “Goldfinger”—who wasn’t singing along with her?
Home @ 25 Feb 2013 12:08 pm by Christina Waters
The Academy opted for youth market over cinematic brilliance and replaced judgement with cowardice. Let me deconstruct that for you.
Chosen Best Director Ang Lee, a visionary filmmaker to be sure, was (I guess) the safest mid-way point between the non-nominated Ben Affleck and the overly-powerful Steven Spielberg. (What is this need for Hollywood to loathe the director who has given so many masterpieces to the industry?)
Jennifer Lawrence—who gave a terrific performance—beat out the “older” nominees, and even the child candidate. Again, it will bring in young blood to Oscar awareness.
Christoph Waltz is an uncanny actor, but to have beaten Philip Seymour Hoffman, Tommy Lee Jones, and Robert deNiro? Give me a break.
Sally Field was utterly robbed!!
Only the choice of the magnificent Daniel Day Lewis as Best Actor offered a ray of redemption in the strangest blend of class and tackiness in recent memory. It was also an historic win, since now the Irish-born actor is the only man to have won three Best Actor Oscars.
So let’s review: I was wrong about the Best Picture; wrong about the Best Director; wrong about the Best Actress; wrong about the best supporting Actor & Actress.
I was right on one count alone—Best Actor. This is all simply proof that my radar isn’t on the same wave of mass mediocrity as that of most media consumers. Were the Oscars always political (i.e. about $$$$)? Or am I just now noticing?
Home @ 22 Feb 2013 03:32 pm by Christina Waters
While it isn’t exactly a conspiracy theory, it should be pretty obvious that a lot of the loud buzz about Argo has to do with catering to—and hence attracting—the youth market, the 20somethings who are busy avoiding movie theaters and texting their way to oblivion.
I have adult friends who actually complained that Lincoln was “about history” and they grimaced as if swallowing echinacea straight from the bottle as they said this. Yes, it’s true Abraham Lincoln hasn’t been alive for a long, long time. Does that make Spielberg’s masterpiece somehow dismissible?
Are we so postmodern that even a film about a historical figure is considered incapable of moving, entertaining, enlightening?
But I digress. Back to the hypola around Argo.
Part of it is to whip up the younger market. Another part is to slap around (more…)