Thursday and Friday of this week, I took a little break and went to Santa Cruz with my mom. She cares for a man with dementia during the week and, for the last part of the week, his wife was participating in a conference in Santa Cruz and brought her husband with her. My mom was needed to provide care for the man. So, I was invited to come along. Who would want to say no to the coast?
On Thursday we arrived in Santa Cruz and picked up the man and took him to breakfast at Gayle’s Bakery in Capitola. If you’ve never been to Gayle’s, you must. The pain d’amande (almond croissant) was so good, so flaky and so almondy (with raisins). Yum!
After Gayle’s, we went down to the beach front and walked around and I took pictures. We had lunch at Zelda’s. It was right on the beach. The sun was shining and warm and it was perfect. Zelda’s had a guy there playing music…not just playing music he created the music on his keyboard and saved it and then accompanied the programmed with his guitar. He sounded a little like Jack Johnson. Perfect music for the beach! My mom and I shared an avocado and tomato sandwich with a coleslaw with a ginger, lime and cilantro dressing (non dairy). The slaw was so good. So good in fact that I wanted to mimic the dressing at home…
My Great Fakes: Coleslaw with Ginger, Lime and Cilantro Dressing
Place shredded cabbage mix in a bowl. Finely chop a handful of cilantro and add to cabbage. In a separate small bowl, mix the following…no exact measurements so it’s to taste… rice vinegar, sesame oil, agave syrup, grated ginger, juice of 1-1 1/2 limes, coarse salt if desired. Mix the dressing to combine, taste, adjust measurements and add to coleslaw, toss to combine. Enjoy.
Views of Capitola
Views of Capitola
In the evening we went to a restaurant as guests of the lady and her husband. We went to a restaurant at the Wharf in Santa Cruz. The food was nice, and all seafood which made it hard to eat vegan.
The next day, we focused on Santa Cruz. We took the man my mom cares for to breakfast. He likes a full breakfast so we knew we had to find a place that served traditional breakfast food (that meant no smoothies). We decided to go to Linda’s Seabreaze Cafe
on Seabright Ave as they served traditional breakfasts and is a favorite of locals. As we drove up to the restaurant we noticed there was a wait…always a good sign. There was a slight wait, probably about 20 minutes. They had self-serve coffee available for those waiting, too. Nice touch. My mom had their Seabreaze Spuds with homemade salsa. She said it was so good. I had one of their specials…Oat/Corn Waffle topped high with strawberry slices, banana slices, and kiwi slices and served with yogurt or sour cream (which I opted out of)…and of course as much maple syrup you wanted. The waffle was really nice with a hearty, crispy texture. I probably had all of my 5 a day right there in the fruit topping.
After breakfast, we went down to the beach and walked along the cliff tops. We headed toward the marina and then to the lighthouse. After I took a few pictures, we walked back to the car and drove over to lighthouse field on the other side of the Wharf to see the other small lighthouse that is now the Surfing Museum for Santa Cruz
. Unbeknownst to us, there was a party at the museum celebrating 25 years, which we crashed. They also had a display of lovingly restored Woodies for all to admire, with music from the Beach Boys and others playing the background. It was so sunny and warm at the museum making it difficult to leave the lighthouse field area. I would have loved to stay longer watching the surfers surf and just enjoying the warmth from the sun. Such a great way to end our short time in Santa Cruz.
Views of Santa Cruz
Views of Santa Cruz