Sharon got started in the seafood business as a young girl in Lafayette Louisiana, a city located along the Vermilion River. Here she learned all the tricks of the trade and became an expert of cooking seafood of all kinds to perfection. If you don’t believe what you’re reading, ask her for yourself, she is more than happy to share her secrets with you. 21 years ago she opened a shop on South Main Street in Soquel, and called herself The Fish Lady. From the beginning her store was an asset to this town.
If fresh seafood or other meat products is what you want, The Fish Lady is the place to go. It is rare that you go somewhere to buy ingredients for dinner and you are welcomed into the store as if you were a close relative. Sharon, her husband, and the people who work with her are extremely inviting and happy to tell you the story of where the food came from and how it found its way to their store. If you’re in the mood for a good snack, try their smoked salmon jerky which is prepared there with only fresh and wild salmon. They also offer daily specials and customized gift baskets. If you need a certain kind of fish you can call them, if they don’t have it they will in 24 hrs.
If providing some of the best seafood in town isn’t a reason enough for you to check it out, there are wine tastings, live music, and a superb barbeque every Friday Evening. Generally the wine will be local and a representative from the winery will be present to guide you through the tasting and answer any questions you might have.
Right next door to The Fish Lady is Sunny Side Produce, selling fresh produce for reasonable prices. They carry pretty much everything including flowers, local jams, and honey. One of their biggest hits right now is the tulips they sell. If you’re local you may have heard of them. Around town they are known as “Rich and Red Tulips,” and he doesn’t sell to just anyone so don’t expect to find them anywhere else unless it’s directly from the grower.
Anybody can go to a franchise grocery store and pick up some food that you know very little about. If you want something really special, you’ll shop local. One of the many beautiful qualities of Santa Cruz is that people here generally care about health and wellness, and therefore where their food comes from, what ingredients are involved, and how it’s prepared. Most local grocery stores in town will treat you as if you have these same concerns. Sunny Sunnyside Produce and The Fish Lady are a great example of this; make a point to check them out if you haven’t already.
If you want a quality yoga experience for the best price you’re likely to find in this town, consider investing in a membership at Nourish Yoga. It’s located in downtown Santa Cruz on the corner of Cedar and Walnut.
Nourish has won several “best” awards from the good times including “best yoga instructor” and “best yoga studio”. You will see their achievements reflected in the excellence of service and comfortable atmosphere they provide for yogis of all levels. In addition to yoga, nourish offers Nutrition Consultation, Massage, and yoga teacher training. If you are looking to become a yoga teacher this is a great place to learn from; they offer a 6- course in depth training followed by a quarter long student teaching immersion.
The studio itself is an intimate, though not over crowded loft overlooking downtown. The instructors pay closer attention to their students than most studios in town. This is a place where they will frequently make slight adjustments in your posture if it is off. This gives students the opportunity to really learn the postures and perfect them. Unlike some classes where you might feel like you think you are doing a posture right, but feel unsure and are too afraid to interrupt class, you can trust that the instructors here will take good care of you and gently help you grow as a yogi. The attitude there is not pretentious or intense, you are made to feel relaxed from the time you walk into the door to the time you leave. It isn’t uncommon for the instructor to approach students after class and see that any questions they might have about their personal practice or the studio are answered. This is a good time to ask their advice if you are having any trouble with the postures, or if you just want to check in with them about where you are at. Generally they’ll have your name down by the second or third class and you’ll start to feel more like you are a part of a family than a member of a yoga studio.
Take a look at their schedule online, they offer classes Monday through Sunday ranging from beginning, to intermediate, to all levels. If you want to try a more challenging practice, go to the Core Strength classes on Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 4:15-5:00pm. There are many options for beginners as well as “all level” classes. Drop in is $15.00 and unlimited access is just $59/ month.
Address: 130 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
The Blue Lagoon is one of the few places in town that can manage to form a line out front.
This Bar has a great mix of strong, cheap drinks, and a wide range of music, some of which you are bound to like!
I’m pretty sure they don’t ever sell tickets and they often have a cover, so don’t always expect to get in, at least not for free. If you don’t watch their schedule there are plenty of nights when you will get in, head to the back and end up right back in the front bar because you have no interest in listening to what is playing. There are other nights when the music rocks, and you will spend hours dancing without even considering bouncing to another downtown scene. On the nights when the music does suck the blue will be more than happy to pour you a strong drink and let you hang out in the bar to flirt with random people to your hearts content. Try it out, you will have fun!
You can find other bar reviews and recommendations right here on the local guide, click: Clubs]]>