Taquizas Gabriel opens a shopping center
Taquizas Gabriel, who many people know from his food truck, is hosting a soft opening of his new physical location from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Capitola Mall food court. There will be $3 tacos (asada, pastor, chicken) plus asada fries, nachos, burritos and more. Follow them on IG @gabrieltaquizas.
Boba Bay is now open
Boba Bay opened last month at 110 Capitola Ave. Suite 3, in Capitola Village. The cafe’s menu specializing in boba tea offers traditional milk teas, fruit teas with fresh fruit puree, dessert teas and more. They also offer smoothies, acai bowls, iced Vietnamese coffee, and natural cane juice. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to Wednesday and Friday to Sunday (closed Monday and Thursday). Call 831-266-7088 or visit bobabay.com or IG @bobabaytea.
Filipino street food pop-up at Venus
Masarap, led by chef Paul Suniga, is hosting a Filipino street food pop-up from 1-5 p.m. Saturday at Venus Spirits Westside Tasting Room (200 High Road). The menu will include lumpia and other items. Learn more on IG @masarapthehomie.
Companion Bakeshop organizes free courses and demonstrations
After a two-year hiatus, baking classes are once again available at Companion Bakeshop (2341 Mission St., 831-471-8378). Registration is open at companionbakeshop.com/pages/classes for workshops including Sourdough Basics, Pie Lab and Baking for Kids. There are also two free demonstrations with no registration required: Gluten-Free Blueberry Buckwheat Scones (September 18) and Roasted Pumpkins for Fall Baking (October 8).
The Santa Cruz collective organizes an event at the Harbor Café
Collective Santa Cruz’s “Collective County Fair,” 5-10 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Harbor Café (535 7th Ave.), is billed as a “drinking beer, slingin’ whiskey,” wild shindig western. There will be food from Chicken Foot (think Latke Tots with pink pearl apple sauce, Pierogi loaded potato cheese with sour cream, bacon, scallions), Hindsight Café, Mattia Pizza and SC Bread Boy. The drinks will be sold by Fruition Brewing, Apero Club, Nitro Cycle and the popup bar 3-Headed Mule (Classic, Kentucky and Mezcal Mules). Sellers Ethos, Madison Wanamaker, Trollop & Hussy and Hutson design will also sell products.
Apple picking at Gizdich Ranch
Gizdich Ranch (55 Peckham Road, 831-722-1056, gizdich-ranch.com) recently started its apple picking season. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends, people can tour the ranch and pick apples to take home for a fee. Bring your own containers or buy a box. Gizdich also has a pastry shop and delicatessen. Customers are invited to picnic on site or to take away.
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Upcoming Scrumptious Fish & Chips Popups
Scrumptious Fish & Chips has several upcoming popups. These include 1-6 p.m. every remaining Wednesday in September at the SC Downtown Farmer’s Market and 4-8:30 p.m. Thursdays at Humble Sea Brewing Co. (plus the same hours on 12 and September 29). They’re also at Humble Sea every Saturday (1-7 p.m.) and Sunday (12-6 p.m.) through October 2. Other appearances include the Felton Farmers Market and Steel Bonnet Brewing Co. See the full schedule at scrumptiousfc.com.
Quick Bites, compiled by Tara Fatemi Walker, is your weekly serving of Santa Cruz County restaurant, food and drink news. Send articles to [email protected] (Sunday 7:00 p.m. deadline for this week’s column). Want local food and drink news as it happens? Follow Sentinel’s catering team on Twitter @santacruzfood.