Student Lookout: Warriors Ticket Offer, Santa Cruz Cafes and First Friday

Happy November friends,

Hope you all had a safe Halloween while not sacrificing any craziness that comes with the holidays. Mine was quite soft, but I hadn’t planned on going so hard anyway. Maybe I’m just too old for Halloween parties at the geriatric age of 25.

What’s the best costume you’ve seen this year? Text me and let me know. Some answers I’ve heard before are a giant paper mache puppet, the entire Addams Family and the Energizer Bunny.

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Check out these three downtown student discounts:

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Buy your tickets online in advance to take advantage of this offer and use the code “STUDNT” to unlock $10 off your ticket price. To purchase your ticket, visit the Santa Cruz Warriors ticketing site, choose your game, then enter your promo code in the unlock section (see image below).

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Eat on a budget

Hot Take: The pizza is good. It’s even better when there’s a deal attached. If you agree (hope you do), Upper Crust Pizza & Pasta has a plethora of deals you can take advantage of every week. Tuesdays get all-you-can-eat pizza for $12.95 and Wednesdays get all-you-can-eat pasta with garlic bread for $13.95 (and quiz night). Both good choices, but beware, the portions are huge and before you know it you’ve over-committed.

If you enjoy eating, cooking, and reading about food, be sure to check out the work of our local food expert, Lily Belli. This week, she asks the question that will scare all Thanksgiving fans: How will a national turkey shortage affect your Thanksgiving?

Inside Santa Cruz: Five under-the-radar cafes for a no-irony brunch in November

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Walnut Avenue Café.

(Kevin Painchaud / Belvedere Santa Cruz)

Recommended by Ayan Morshed and Blaire Hobbs.

It’s the season to stay indoors, spend time with friends and family, and eat lots of food. With the clocks changing this weekend, we’ll have to take advantage of the mornings, so why not explore all the underrated coffee and breakfast sandwiches Santa Cruz has to offer?

  1. Coffee Delmarette: Of all the cafes, in all the cities, all over the world…many Lookouters frequent Delmarette – almost every day, no kidding. Located on a quieter section of Pacific Avenue, Delmarette is a small venue with mostly outdoor seating. Don’t write it off because of its size, though. It has a full coffee bar, decent prices and great food options. Take the Rita Breakfast Sandwich: potato slices, frittata, cheddar cheese and aioli. It’s to die for. And you can pair it with a freshly made scone, with unique flavors like Lavender Chocolate Chip, Cardamom Lemon, and Strawberry Goat Cheese. Hours are daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  2. The Buttery Café and Bakery: The Buttery is probably the closest thing to an authentic European bakery in Santa Cruz. Here you can satisfy your sweet tooth, enjoy a peaceful morning in a lovely outdoor seating area and drink tea as if you were King Louis XIV! While the Buttery’s bakery section specializes in decadent pastries, cakes, cupcakes and desserts (including vegan desserts!), the cafe offers typical café fare like coffee, sandwiches, salads and soups, with all local ingredients. However, their hours can be a bit confusing: the bakery is open daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., while the cafe is only open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  3. Sanctuary cafe: Although technically more of a cafe than a cafe, Shrine Coffee is a whole vibe. Just off West Cliff Drive near the surfer statue, Shrine has arguably one of the best cafes and interior design in town. It also has a 4.9/5 on Google and 5/5 on Yelp, so not too shabby, and its drinks have puny names like Our Frother. One thing to note is that Shrine Coffee is an extension of St. Joseph’s Shrine (part of the Catholic Church), with a non-profit mission to foster the community. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  4. The farm: Surprise! This cafe is actually a farm! Where you pick your own produce and make your own food! I laugh. But wouldn’t that be Santa Cruz? Located in Aptos, the Farm is a bakery, cafe and gift shop. While the bakery specializes in fruity desserts, the café serves hearty meals using fresh, local ingredients. The menu is a foray into color and flavor, with everything from pancake stacks to quiches to burgers. You can also satisfy your gifting needs with the gift shop, which offers funky, fun, and locally made treasures. Hours are Sunday through Wednesday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  5. Walnut Avenue Cafe: The Walnut Avenue Cafe has been a brunch staple since 1993. TripAdvisor ranks it as the fourth best restaurant in Santa Cruz! And it is also a popular destination for locals. It has a varied menu with options for all types of eaters and a casual environment, making it a great place to meet up with friends for a weekend brunch. You can also visit friendly four-legged friends on the outdoor terrace. Hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Around Town – Events

Did you know we have a calendar of events? BOLO, which stands for Be On the Lookout, is our hub for the best events in the county. See all ads here.

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Here are the upcoming events we think students should be aware of:

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Friday, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
First Friday in November at the Treehouse Dispensary
If you need to make a run at the dispensary this weekend, look no further than Treehouse on Soquel Drive. In addition to the usual display of merchandise and props, the spot’s first Friday features live music and fresh art from local artists and artisans. Come hunt for some bargains and enjoy the local color.

Saturday, 8:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Booker Stardrum
Head to Indexical on River Street for a one-of-a-kind experience. Booker Stardrum, composer, percussionist, producer and educator, will showcase some of his compositions, which use samples, layered instruments and an eclectic mix of styles to create truly original soundscapes. I’m all about experimental music and cinema, so this definitely catches my eye, and I hope it catches yours too.

Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Nature Journal Workshop
If you’ve ever felt the urge to start keeping a nature journal, now would be a great time to start this event at the Santa Cruz Natural History Museum. This $4 monthly session will foster observation, awareness, and drawing skills to bring the world around you to life on the page. Even if you just want to spend some time in nature, this is a great way to pass that time.

Wednesday, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
UC Santa Cruz Social Documentation MFA Program Thesis Examination
Support your fellow Slugs by coming to the Del Mar Theater for the 15th Annual Social Literature Expo. The Social Documentation MFA program is designed to train media makers who are committed to documenting cultures and communities as well as marginalized people in today’s societal landscape. Find out what these unique projects can offer you on Wednesday.

➤ Want more? If you’re still looking for great things to do, check out Wallace Baine’s Weekender here.

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One last thing …

Did you know … that Santa Cruz has had four Chinatowns in its history? The last was known as Chinatown of Birkenseer, after the owner who rented the property, but in 1955 it was destroyed by a flood. Today, the Dragon’s Arch on the pedestrian bridge over the San Lorenzo River serves as a memorial to him.

Dragon Archway over the San Lorenzo River

(Kevin Painchaud / Belvedere Santa Cruz)

Now that Halloween is over, you’re probably starting to plan your trip for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or both. Before we know it, it will be 2023! Shit.

And remember: it’s “fallback” daylight saving time this weekend! The sun will set early, but you’ll feel like you’ve gained an hour of sleep, and that’s a wonderful thing.

Make way for winter!


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