Malabar Café/Asian Rose in Santa Cruz

We had dinner at the Malabar Cafe’ in Santa Cruz before going to the Glow Festival of Fire & Light. Pictured above is the Winter Vegetable Korma Curry. Three of us shared this and the Dosa filled with Eggplant and two small plates: one cauliflower in a wonderful sauce, the other a banana papaya salad. All was delicious, and a reminder that we should visit this local treasure more often! The festival was great fun, with fire art projects and fire dancers, and I loved watching Jozseph Schultz from India Joze popping corn in his huge wok for the crowd that lined up for some of his wok-fried popcorn.

Lunch at Cafe Gratitude

Cafe Gratitude has just opened up in Santa Cruz, and I met a friend there for lunch Wednesday. Delicious food! And what a bonanza for my friend who is currently on an elimination diet and can’t have dairy or wheat. I do find the names a bit off-putting – we shared an order of “I am Trusting” and “I am Elated”.  I believe that these descriptors come best from an internal state, rather than an attempt to impose them on ourselves. The best use I can find for them is that I can then ask myself just how trusting or elated I feel, and allow the answer to come from within. I will say that the dessert we shared, “I am Devoted”, a lovely mixture of coconut cream and dates, left us both elated – at least temporarily! I liked the food enough to buy the recipe book on my way out.