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Dads & Grads gifts: Gilroy Premium Outlets, Santa Cruz restaurants & cookies

Selections from Le Creuset at Gilroy Premium Outlets. Photo credit: Le Creuset

Waited ‘til the last minute to buy the dad or grad in your life a gift for this weekend? If they like to cook or are a candy fan, see below for a few gift ideas at Gilroy Premium Outlets. Remember that the outlets feature nearly 150 stores, incorporating a range of tastes. For the dad not particularly interested in food, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th has a great selection of clothing and ties, plus designer sunglasses and wallets. And Bose is a good option for the dad that loves music or television.

Outlet hours are 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday.

 

Also, if you are shopping for a Santa Cruz foodie or are interested in purchasing a gift with a Santa Cruz theme, see end of article for more ideas.

Gilroy Outlets Food and Cooking Gift Ideas

    • Gift possibilities include grilling skillets, tongs, basting brushes and panini sets for Dad
    • Personalized gift boxes for dads and grads
    • Unique flavors including draft beer
    • Kitchen gadgets, cutlery, small appliances, BBQ accessories

 

Gilroy Outlets restaurants or cafes to purchase gift cards

  • Erik’s Deli Café
  • Starbucks

 

For refreshments while shopping, in addition to the aforementioned Starbucks and Erik’s Deli (the Sandwiches with Character at the latter are always popular), three options are:

  • All Natural Carts  (fresh fruit parfaits you can eat on the go)
  • Auntie Anne’s Pretzels
  • Gilroy Market Place (specialty coffees, pizza, garlic fries, sandwiches and more)

 

Santa Cruz Gifts/Gift Cards

Lots of folks appreciate restaurant gift cards; one idea is a card from The Glass Jar, which owns Assembly, The Picnic Basket and The Penny Ice Creamery. Purchase a card at any of these three, and your recipient can choose which venue to redeem it at. Same with Soif and La Posta, you can purchase gift cards at either restaurant, and they are good at both.

 

Last but not least, Pacific Cookie Company has options if you want to mail a gift. These include what they refer to as “dad-inspired cookie gifts” like Executive Sweet Pack (15 cookies, currently on sale for $23.50 from $26.50). Graduation-themed gifts include Congratulations Cookie Gift Tower (a dozen cookies, $21.95).

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Inauguration day Planned Parenthood benefits in Santa Cruz

Equinox Winery is one of many California businesses donating a portion of proceeds on Inauguration Day to Planned Parenthood

Equinox Winery is one of many California businesses donating a portion of proceeds on Inauguration Day to Planned Parenthood. Photo credit: Equinox Facebook page

To coincide with Inauguration Day, today and tomorrow Friday and Saturday Jan. 20 and 21, companies across California including ones in Santa Cruz are showing their support for Planned Parenthood by donating sales proceeds and making other contributions to the reproductive health care organization. There are also a variety of businesses donating to other worthy causes like immigrants’ rights. See highlights below.

  • Downtown Santa Cruz’s Soif Wine Bar and Restaurant has announced it will donate company sales from Jan. 20 to Planned Parenthood. Hours today are 5-10 p.m.
  • Equinox and Bartolo Winery and Tasting Room in Westside Santa Cruz will donate 20% of profits from today to Planned Parenthood’s Santa Cruz chapter. Hours are 2-7 p.m.; they are staying open an extra hour for this fundraiser.
  • Fish Princess Farm is donating 20% of all purchases through Sunday, Jan. 22, to Planned Parenthood. They are open today from noon-6 p.m. Customers can select which chapter when they make their purchase. Fish Princess produces goat milk soap, chicken eggs, cut flowers and fresh produce; its downtown retail shop stocks soaps, lotions, edible treats (like Ashby Confections) and other goodies.
  • Chocolate the Restaurant will donate 20% of sales today to Planned Parenthood. Hours are 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.
  • Pacific Cookie Company is donating 20% of sales from noon-5 p.m. tomorrow, Sat. Jan. 21, to PP.
  • Discretion Brewing is donating 20% of pint sales today to the Santa Cruz County Immigration Project (SSCIP), a program of the Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County. Hours are 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

 

Details:

Soif Restaurant & Wine Bar, 105 Walnut Ave., 831-423-2020

Equinox & Bartolo Winery & Tasting Room, 334 Ingalls St., 831-471-8608

Fish Princess Farm, 109 Locust St., 831-402-0635

Chocolate the Restaurant, 1522 Pacific Ave., 831-427-9900

Pacific Cookie Company, 1203 Pacific Ave., 831-429-6905

Discretion Brewing, 2703 41st Ave., Ste. A, 831-316-0662

 

 

 

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Free cookies at Pacific Cookie Company in Santa Cruz for 35th anniversary

Pacific Cookie Company in Santa Cruz celebrates its 35th anniversary

Pacific Cookie Company in Santa Cruz celebrates its 35th anniversary

Santa Cruz’s Pacific Cookie Company is celebrating its 35th anniversary this month, and the store is offering customers free cookies plus the chance to win a dozen cookies per month for a whole year.

Through Wednesday, Oct. 28, if you know the secret word or phrase of the day you can get a free cookie (flavors rotate daily; the promotion began Oct. 21). For the secret word, you need to visit Pacific Cookie Co.’s Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram (@pacificcookiecompanysantacruz) site. I’ll make it easy for my readers today: for Tuesday, Oct. 27 the phrase is “Breakfast of Champions.” Just repeat that at the Pacific Ave. retail store and receive a free oatmeal raisin cookie (while supplies last).

During the anniversary celebration they are also offering a “Scoop on a Cookie” special, featuring a scoop of Marianne’s ice cream on top of a cookie for $2.35.

The family-owned local business has added a new oatmeal, cranberry, and white chocolate cookie to its collection. But they are depending on their customers for a name and asking folks to submit suggestions on their Facebook page.  The person that creates the winning name wins a year’s supply of cookies.

President Cara Pearson is thrilled to be celebrating this milestone anniversary. “Thank you Santa Cruz for all of the love and support over the last 35 years,” she shared. “We would not be the business we are today if it was not for all of our loyal Santa Cruz cookie fans!”

A little history: Larry and Shelly Pearson – mom and dad to Cara – opened the retail bakery in 1980 on Pacific Garden Mall, and a retail store is still on Pacific across the street from the original location. The original flavors were Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip Walnut, Oatmeal Raisin, Peanut Butter and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip. If you want to learn more, read Pacific Cookie’s blog.

Location: Pacific Cookie Company, 1203 Pacific Ave. Santa Cruz, (831) 429-6905

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National Ice Cream Month in Santa Cruz includes Mission Hill Creamery’s birthday

Ice cream from Mission Hill Creamery, used with permission

Ice cream from Mission Hill Creamery (photo used with permission)

July is National Ice Cream Month, and here in Santa Cruz this coincides with Mission Hill Creamery’s 5th birthday plus a contest where you can win free ice cream for a year.

First, the Mission Hill Creamery news: Dave Kumec founded this wonderful artisan ice cream company in July 2010. To celebrate Mission Hill’s fifth birthday, the downtown shop is offering $1 ice cream scoops from noon to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21. There will also be live music and drawings for Santa Cruz Warriors merchandise. Kumec loves giving back to the community. I asked him to reflect on the last five years. “I feel like the business has become a grown-up,” Kumec shared. “We had some challenges early on, but now we are finding a great groove. It’s all about the team you surround yourself with and our team is fantastic. It’s a fantastic career knowing you make people happy all day long.”

Kumec and Mission Hill started out in the former Front Street Culinary Center, and moved to the current Pacific Avenue site in 2012. They serve a variety of ice creams, desserts, milkshakes, and floats—with local and organic ingredients like Straus organic cream and Santa Cruz County strawberries—plus coffee and espresso, and packed pints. Mission Hill Creamery products are also sold at many Northern California stores and other venues including Whole Foods Market and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Next, here are details for the ice cream contest Downtown Santa Cruz is sponsoring. It’s a coloring contest, and the Ice Cream for a Year prize will be comprised of 50 gift certificates: 10 gift certificates for a scoop, from each of the 5 participating locations. The idea is you get one scoop of ice cream per week, for all but two weeks of the year.

How to play: pick up a coloring sheet at one of Downtown Santa Cruz’s five participating stores: Cold Stone Creamery, Marini’s Candies, Mission Hill Creamery, Pacific Cookie Company and the Penny Ice Creamery. Return your completed coloring sheet to the Info Kiosk in front of New Leaf Market on Pacific Ave. by July 31 and you will be entered in the contest. The winner will be notified by email during the the first week of August.

People are encouraged to follow Downtown Santa Cruz on Facebook and check out the front windows of Palace Art on Pacific Ave. to see featured coloring sheets, and participants are encouraged to post photos of both ice cream treats and coloring sheets on Instagram with the hashtags #downtownsantacruzicecream and #downtownsantacruz.

Location details:
Mission Hill Creamery, 1101B Pacific Ave. near Cathcart
The Penny Ice Creamery, several locations including original downtown branch, 913 Cedar St.
Pacific Cookie Company, two locations including downtown, 1203 Pacific Ave.
Marini’s Candies, two locations including downtown, 1308 Pacific Ave.
Cold Stone Creamery, 1129 Pacific Ave.
New Leaf Market, 1134 Pacific Ave.
Palace Art, 1407 Pacific Ave.

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National Ice Cream Month — win ice cream for a year in Santa Cruz

mission hill july 2014

Ice cream and espresso at Mission Hill Creamery

To celebrate National Ice Cream Month, there is a delicious Downtown Santa Cruz-sponsored contest with a grand prize of free ice cream for a year!

One winner receives 50 gift certificates for free ice cream – so the idea is to use one per week. To be exact, the prize is “approximately” one year of free dessert.

How you play: visit one of the five participating venues and pick up an Ice Cream Month punch card. The venues are the Penny Ice Creamery, Pacific Cookie Company, Mission Hill Creamery, Marini’s Candies and Cold Stone Creamery. Through July 27, have your card punched every time you order a treat from one of these sweet places.

Then, on July 27, visit Mission Hill Creamery at 3 p.m. for a special event. Vice Mayor Don Lane (the “Vice Cream Mayor,” he even has an ice cream tattoo!) will present a special Vice Mayoral Proclamation. Anyone who has a completed Ice Cream Month punch card (ten punches) will be entered in a raffle for free ice cream. You must be present to win. If you have eaten enough ice cream by July 27 that you have more than one punch card filled out, each one of these counts as a separate raffle entry.

Follow the Downtown Santa Cruz Facebook page to learn about featured ice cream flavors every day. You don’t have to eat that particular flavor to get a punch; it’s just another highlight of ice cream month in Santa Cruz. Not to whet your appetite or anything, but Sunday’s featured flavor was Macapuno (baby coconut) at Pacific Cookie, Saturday’s was Oreo Overload at Coldstone, Friday’s was Ricotta Fig at Mission Hill, and the 4th of July highlighted the flavor The Great Morgani at Marini’s.

Today’s featured flavor? Blackberry Sweet Corn at The Penny Ice Creamery. Mmmm, I can taste it already…

Remember — since National Ice Cream Month is July, we are halfway through already. You better get eating!
Locations:
Mission Hill Creamery, 1101B Pacific Ave.
The Penny Ice Creamery, several locations including original downtown branch, 913 Cedar St.
Pacific Cookie Company, two locations including downtown, 1203 Pacific Ave.
Marini’s Candies, two locations including downtown, 1308 Pacific Ave.
Cold Stone Creamery, 1129 Pacific Ave.
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Eat soup from local chefs and restaurants & benefit Santa Cruz Homeless Services Center

This Thursday, April 14, you can eat lots of great soup from local chefs and restaurants and benefit the Homeless Services Center (HSC) in Santa Cruz.

The 12th Annual Soupline Supper and Benefit Auction is at the Cocoanut Grove at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (400 Beach St.), Thursday April 14, 2011 from 5-7pm. For $25 per person or $50 per family, you receive soup, salad, bread, and dessert. The event is set up with different booths where chefs serve their homemade soup, so you can choose which ones to sample. Buy tickets by phone (831) 458-6020 x2101 or online at www.scshelter.org (click on Donate Now! and choose “Soupline” for the designation).

More than 40 restaurants are participating including La Posta, Gayle’s, Sawasdee, Hindquarter, Nuevo, Manuel’s, Zoccoli’s, Cafe Sparrow, Saturn Cafe, Erik’s DeliCafe, The Buttery, Stagnaro Bros, Laili, Pearl of the Ocean, Clubhouse Kitchen, Pacific Cookie Company, and India Joze.

There will be both silent and live auctions, all benefitting HSC. Silent auction items include stays at Esalen Institute and Bayview Inn plus Hearst Castle tours and beautiful products from Annie Glass, Artisans Gallery, and EcoGoods. Live auction items include

  • A week at the beautiful Nihi Kai Villas on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, rated in the Top 10 2010 Vacation Villas by Islands Magazine
  • A three-night stay in a gorgeous cabin in Tahoe Donner
  • A private plane ride from Jeremy Lezin, who will take winners from Watsonville up to the San Francisco Bay, stopping for lunch in Half Moon Bay
  • Dinner and drinks at the Aptos home of Rowland & Pat Rebele, with some of the best wines from Santa Cruz County and after-dinner entertainment
  • Tickets to the sold-out April 16th Santa Cruz Derby Girl bout, including private side-entrance, seat-service from Derby Girls, and limited edition merchandise
  • A gourmet dinner for 8 prepared by Santa Cruz Sentinel food columnist Donna Maurillo at the Scotts Valley home of art collector Dorothy Wise

The Homeless Services Center is a community-supported non-profit organization dedicated to the coordinated provision of services for homeless persons. The goal of the Homeless Services Center is to provide both emergency and transitional services to homeless individuals that will enable our clients to achieve self-sufficiency.

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Downtown Santa Cruz Tuesday Food and Wine Specials include Pacific Thai, Vinocruz, Hula’s

Restaurant Hula's in Downtown Santa Cruz

The Downtown Association of Santa Cruz has been coordinating a “Tuesday specials” promotion for some time now with many restaurants and food and wine vendors participating.

Selected Tuesday specials each week:

Pacific Thai offers $1 off Thai teas and $1-2 off entrees that are “Thai-titled” (dine in only). If you haven’t tried this restaurant, I highly recommend it – Pacific Thai offers friendly service plus fresh, delicious food including first-rate Tom Kah (Coconut Milk) soup available with your choice of tofu, chicken, prawns, or mixed seafood. Note: the soup doesn’t have “Thai” in its title so it’s not discounted on Tuesdays, but it’s well worth the investment (and reasonably priced). Another bonus of this restaurant:  you can see beautiful fruit carvings by employee Petcharee Tamawong; read about her carvings.

Location: 1319 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, (831) 420-1700

If you’re a wine lover, you’re in luck: On Tuesdays, the popular, well-stocked wine shop and wine bar Vinocruz offers two wines for $5 per glass from 4-6:30pm. Since 2005, Vinocruz has showcased wine from the Santa Cruz Mountains. It offers more than 200 wines from 70 local wineries. Daily tasting flights are available and the selections change weekly. Vinocruz is also right next to the Museum of Art and History www.santacruzmah.org., which offers 2-for-1 admission on Tuesdays.

Location: Vinocruz —Abbott Square off of Cooper Street between Pacific and Front, (831) 426-VINO (8466)

Museum of Art and History—705 Front Street, (831) 429-1964

In a tropical mood? Hula’s Island Grill and Tiki Room has two Tuesday specials: kids eat free all night long, and adults can purchase $3 Longboard beers. I have enjoyed Hula’s several times; the food is flavorful, and hearty and refreshing at the same time.

Location: 221 Cathcart Street, (831) 426-4852 (HULA)

For those with a sweet tooth, the family-owned Pacific Cookie Company offers $1 off every 1/2 dozen cookies purchased after 5pm.

Location: 1203 Pacific Avenue, (831) 429-6905

See full list of Downtown Santa Cruz Tuesday specials – find discounts on other food and drinks plus books, toys, and more.

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