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Monthly Santa Cruz Night Market continues June 10 at the Food Lounge

Kutsara is a participant at the Food Lounge’s Santa Cruz Night Market June 10
Photo credit: Kutsara Facebook page

It’s time for the popular and very delicious Santa Cruz Night Market. Held the second Friday of each month at the Santa Cruz Food Lounge, it’s a popup event with food, craft cocktails and live music. For the June 9, 2017 event, there will be several local vendors selling ready-to-eat food or take-home food products. These include Fogline Farm, Tanglewood Catering (chef Rachel Hughes), Rogue Pies (formerly Artisan Hand Pies), My Mom’s Mole, and the vendors listed below.


You can stop by anytime between 4-9 p.m., although the earlier you go, the more food options there are.


  • Hanloh Thai will have five gluten-free dishes ranging from $5-10 each. These include “A Very Big Spring Roll” with green gem, quick pickled carrot & daikon, sweet chili sauce, vermicelli noodles, mint, cilantro and tofu or Vietnamese sausage (made with Fogline Farm pork belly); and deep-fried curried catfish “Tod Mun Pla” with housemade curry paste, cucumber relish and sweet & sour sauce
  • Efi’s Dutch-Indo is doing three small plates at $6 each: Satay, Rissoles, and bitterballen (mini croquettes)
  • Kutsara with chef Clarissa Flores is serving Smoked Duck Banh Mi and Tocino Chicken Bao with Homemade Green Papaya and Korean Daikon Pickles


Location: Santa Cruz Food Lounge, 1001 Center St., Santa Cruz

Contact Info: www.scfoodlounge.com, info@scfoodlounge.com

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Two Santa Cruz food popups on Friday, Jan 6

A curry dish by HANLOH Thai Food (served at an event in December)

A curry dish by HANLOH Thai Food (photo is from an event in December)

Santa Cruz’s popup food scene is deliciously thriving; here are two events occurring this Friday, Jan. 6.

HANLOH will be at Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing from 6:45-10 p.m. The menu for “Ultimate Thai Beer Snack” will include Moo bing (charcoal grilled pork), Pla mug yang (charcoal grilled Monterey squid), and Khao rad geng (rice and spicy red curry bowl with two options–vegan or with chicken). The curry will be made from homemade curry paste; some of the ingredients are lemongrass, galangal, bird eye chili, dried shrimp, shallot, and garlic.  Owner/chef Lalita Kaewsawang, a Santa Cruz resident, recently started her Thai popup/catering business. As she proclaims on her web site (hanloh.com), her mission is to “bring justice back to Thai food by staying away from canned curry paste and super sweet stir-fry. We focus on the comfort and vibrancy of Thai street food.”

Location: Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing, 402 Ingalls St.


La Sofrita is doing a “Dia de los Reyes Puerto Rican Popup” from 5:30-9 p.m., at POPUP next to Assembly. Chef Anna says she will be serving traditional Puerto Rican holiday fare like “mouth-watering pernil, or Puerto Rican succulent, skin-on, bone-in, roasted pork shoulder stuffed with garlic mojo. The pernil, made with pasture-raised pork from local Fogline Farm, will be accompanied by avocado-tomato salad over mixed greens plus arroz con gandules (Anna says the latter is “the quintessential rice dish that is served on every Puerto Rican table on Christmas Day and on Dia de los Reyes”). A selection of La Sofrita empanadas will also be available; I tasted one of these for the first time a few weeks back and it was absolutely delectable! The variety I had was veggie (kabocha squash, spinach, and leeks with goat cheese) but I’ve heard that the beef picadillo, chicken and shrimp ones are fantastic too.

Here’s a bit of background on Dia de los Reyes from La Sofrita’s Facebook event page: “in Puerto Rico, January 6th is Dia de los Reyes Magos, or Three Kings Day. It marks the culmination of the Christmas season. In Puerto Rico, this is a bigger celebration than Christmas Day itself; gifts are traditionally exchanged on this day rather than Christmas. The night before, children put shoeboxes of hay under their beds for the camels to eat after their long journey, and are rewarded with a gift left under their bed. The day is filled with festivities that include traditional foods and drinks.

Location: POPUP, 1108 Pacific Ave.


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New restaurant option for Santa Cruz Thai food fans: Sawasdee by the Sea

Delicious Pad Thai at new Santa Cruz restaurant Sawasdee by the Sea

Delicious Pad Thai at new Santa Cruz restaurant Sawasdee by the Sea

It is with great jubilation that I share this news: the owners of Soquel’s Sawasdee Thai Cuisine recently opened a second restaurant! It’s called Sawasdee by the Sea and you can find it between the Boardwalk and the Wharf, in the former location of Casablanca Bistro (the Casablanca Inn is still open, but the restaurant is gone).

The Soquel location of Sawasdee serves excellent Thai cuisine with very fresh ingredients, and owners Bill and Dee Hongmanee are doing the same at the new oceanfront location. The menu includes vegan and vegetarian-friendly selections. I ate lunch there the other day. I had a $7.95 lunch special and it came with an entrée plus choice of soup or salad. I chose green curry and my friend had Pad Thai; we both thoroughly enjoyed our dishes. Can’t wait to go back!

Sawasdee by the Sea offers Peet’s coffee in both the bar and the restaurant. Bill shared that he wants people to have a second convenient venue to get this tasty and popular beverage, since there is only one main Peet’s coffeehouse in the downtown/mid-town vicinity.

For now, the upstairs restaurant hours are 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. daily and Sawasdee’s full bar downstairs is open until 11 pm or midnight. The plan is for bar hours to extend until 1 a.m. beginning Memorial Day weekend. Everything is evolving since Sawasdee by the Sea just opened in late April. There is a happy hour Mon-Fri from 3 – 6 p.m. with $1 off all drinks.

Stay in touch with the new restaurant via its Facebook page.

Location: 101 Main Street, Santa Cruz (831) 466-9009

Parking: Avoid the hassle of street/metered parking by driving up Beach Street from Main and looking for the special Sawasdee lot, which is free (you’ll drive by the Casablanca Inn lot first, on the left, then the next driveway is the Sawasdee one).

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Santa Cruz restaurant and food news

Chris La Veque at el Salchichero. Photo credit: el Salchichero

There is always a lot going on in Santa Cruz in terms of restaurant and food news. Here are a couple recent highlights:

Sabieng Thai Restaurant Re-Opens

The much-loved Sabieng in Westside Santa Cruz re-opened for business today, Thursday May 24, 2012. After it experienced a fire a few months ago, the restaurant owners decided to use the opportunity to do some remodeling. Meanwhile, Sabieng fans flocked to sister restaurant Kao Sook in Scotts Valley to get their fix while anxiously awaiting the re-opening. I know I’ll be there for lunch very soon, with its quick, delicious and affordable specials that include yummy soup. I missed you, Sabieng!

Location: 1218 Mission St, Santa Cruz, (831) 425-1020

el Salchichero Offers Great Barbecue Options

If you haven’t checked out this wonderful butcher in Swift Street Courtyard, you’re missing out. Memorial Day Weekend special offerings at el Salchichero include teriyaki-marinated skirt steak, syrah & rosemary tri-tip steak, lamb & apricot kebobs, pork kebobs marinated in IPA-orange-chili, and Mad Marge’s meatballs.

Location: 402 Ingalls St, Santa Cruz, (831) 423-MEAT

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Sabieng Thai Cuisine in Santa Cruz temporarily closed; try owners’ Scotts Valley spot

The wonderful and popular Santa Cruz restaurant Sabieng Thai Cuisine is temporarily closed due to a fire, but Sabieng’s owners do operate another Thai restaurant in Scotts Valley that remains open.

Sabieng, located in Westside Santa Cruz, had a kitchen fire on September 1. It’s estimated that the repairs will take approximately three months. The owners also plan to take this opportunity to make some improvements as they perform repairs.

In May of this year, the owners of Sabieng — including Thailand native Wanlop Kachinthorn — opened a new Thai restaurant in Scotts Valley called Kao Sook. Located in the former location of Bruno’s Barbecue, Kao Sook serves a huge variety of dishes ranging from appetizers (like satay or deep-fried sweet potatoes) to affordable lunch specials (like Pad Se Ew with your choice of meat) to dinner entrees (such as curries, stir-fries, and noodles dishes like Pad Thai). Beverages include Thai iced tea, soft drinks, beer, and wine.

Kao Sook Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-9pm, Sat-Sun Noon-9pm

Kao Sook Location: 245H Mt. Hermon Road, Scotts Valley, (831) 439-9520

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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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