Morning Lookout: Eaters Digest, miso mastery and a guide to Open Studios
Hello again, friends! It’s Friday, Sept. 30, and another mostly sunny day awaits us in Santa Cruz County (give or take some marine layer, as always), with temps heading toward 90 in the mountains and into the 70s closer to the bay.
It’s a foodie Friday here at Lookout, leading off with the latest Eaters Digest from Lily Belli. She’s got news on a downtown coffee establishment, where to get some free espresso, and waxes poetic about her favorite local taco.
Thomas Sawano, meanwhile, profiles the miso evangelists at Hakouya, the latest in our Farmers Market Fridays series. (And if you haven’t already, check out our definitive guide to local farmers markets here.)
Thomas also sat in on a symposium at UC Santa Cruz, where the specter of far-right Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro loomed ahead of that country’s election.
And with the Open Studios Art Tour kicking off with the first of its three weekends, read along for a guide from Wallace Baine, who also has a recommendation-packed look at our local arts and culture scene in his latest Weekender newsletter.
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And now let’s check out those headlines.
Mariposa Coffee finds permanent home, Cat & Cloud turns 6 and one of the best tacos ever
Mariposa Coffee has found a permanent home for its Cuban coffees and vegetarian pastries and sandwiches in downtown Santa Cruz. Plus, one of the best tacos in the county and a local coffee chain celebrates with some free espresso. Get all that and then some in Lily Belli’s latest Eaters Digest.
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Hakouya spreads the word on miso
The mother-and-son team behind Hakouya has gone beyond their local favorite miso dressing to sell a wider array of traditional and not-so-traditional miso products — including their own take on amazake, a fermented rice drink. Thomas Sawano delivers another Farmers Market Fridays profile.
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Have a most excellent Friday and a safe, relaxing weekend — catch you back here Monday!
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