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DayTripping: Devil’s Slide and heavenly sandwiches

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Half Moon Bay Field to Table

the coastside is a hot spot for the foodie trend

farm transplant sows seeds on the south coast

Senior Lifestyles

~ Staying healthy and active ~ Where do I take the grandkids?


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Half Moon Bay

Contents

MAY 2014

Features

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Feasting on the farm

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Remembering the holy ghost

Locovores are now getting a taste of real agricultural life. BY JULIA REIS PHOTOS BY DEAN COPPOLA

Pescadero, Half Moon Bay celebrate the chamarita BY STACY TREVENON PHOTOS BY DEAN COPPOLA

Device free fun

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The simple pleasure of a rope swing or tree fort invites analog fun. PHOTO ESSAY BY DEAN COPPOLA

Departments OpenDoor

Bringing some desert flair to the Coastside. 40

Q&A

Young farmer carves niche in Pescadero community. 30

DayTripper

The brand new Devil’s Slide trail goes well with heavenly sandwiches. 42

Words on a word

Because of all she does for you. This month: Mom 8

CoastsideCanines

Maccie, West Highland terrier. 38

SpecialSection

Senior lifestyles and ideas on where to take the grandkids

Publisher’s Note 6 Upcoming 12 The Scene 36 Real Estate 46

Arielle Love of Fly Girl Farm in Pescadero tends to the rich soil. Photo by Dean Coppola

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Publisher’s Note

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here are a couple of reasons why I was thrilled when our photographer Dean Coppola pitched his idea of a rope swing and tree fort photo essay. First, as a parent of a 14- and 11-year-old, anything that celebrates activities that don’t involve a screen is OK by me. Second, and more importantly, I am a rope swing aficionado. My wife and I lived up near Skyline Boulevard for a number of years which, surrounded by oaks and bay laurel trees, is a rope swing nirvana. And while most of the swings were safe enough, occasional bad decisions were made. One particular “project” of mine involved shimmying up a bay tree which arced gracefully from a cliff edge over a creek bed far below. With a fair amount of trepidation — as this was by far the highest rope swing I had attempted — I grasped the rope and leapt off the hillside expecting to return to the same spot for a quick dismount. In true Wile E. Coyote style however, the tree branch had too much flex, and my return trip ended smack into the cliff face — much below my intended target. I returned home with a bloody nose, far dirtier than I had started, and with one less rope — as it was now hanging out of reach over Damiani Creek. This was nearly 20 years ago. It’s possible that its still hanging there today. Although the swings that Dean captured for his photo essay don’t have the same kind of peril as ours did in Portola Valley, they no doubt provide the same simple pleasure for the rider — no downloading required. Take a look at his images on page 22 and see if they don’t bring back some memories, or maybe inspire some new “project” of your own. Helmet advised.

Bill Murray Publisher bill@hmbreview.com

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COPY EDITOR Julie Gerth

Business Office Barbara Anderson

Editor Clay Lambert

Photographer Dean Coppola

Writers Mark Noack Stacy Trevenon Julia Reis

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Toque Blanche Cooking Newsletter

A Matter of Taste

In food, like love, we seek out the objects of our individual tastes and desires. And like in love, opposites frequently work well together to achieve balance. Be the sea salt to my chocolate, the goat cheese to my fig, the hot sauce to my beans. It was a moment of recognizing perfect balance when we tasted one of Marilyn Johnson’s Spread the Love Jams, her Cranberry Habanero Jelly, a great blend of sweet and tart with just enough heat to get your attention without wiping out your taste buds. It's been a great hit amongst the staff and customers, used on everything from grilled cheese sandwiches to poached salmon.

Give 'Em What They Want

Speaking of spreading the love and marriage, we now have an online gift registry available on our website. Go ahead and choose what you want from our online store (just click the registry button next to each item), or do a store walk through with our Registry Specialist at Toque Blanche or Chefworks and make sure you have everything for that special day!

Our Next Cooking Class

Another special relationship is that between the food you prepare and the vessel in which you cook it. Robbie Lobell and Maryon Attwood, owners of Cook On Clay ceramics studio on Whidbey Island, Washington know all about that relationship. They will be at Toque Blanche to teach a cooking class that features their beautiful line of American Flameware at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday May 15th. Tickets for the evening class are $28 for one person or $42 for two, so find a friend to come along! Buy tickets online, by phone or at the store.

Book of the Month “The Heart of the Plate”

by Mollie Katzen, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013 Mollie Katzen has been cooking vegetarian for a long time, starting with the Moosewood Collective in upstate New York in the seventies. Well, vegetarian cooking has come a long way, baby, and the subtitle of her latest book (her twelfth) says it all: Vegetarian Recipes for a New generation. Gone are the nut and brown rice loaves and other heavy dishes from the early days of vegetarianism. Sure, there are some hearty dishes for winter along with lighter fare, but things are definitely updated for more modern tastes and packed with flavor. Flavor influences come from all over the world, from Asia (Coconut-Mango Rice Noodle Salad) to the Middle East (Caramelized Onion, Brown Rice and Lentil Burgers, a take on the classic Mujedrah, or Bulgur-Walnut Kibbeh) and everywhere in-between, like right here in America (Wild Rice Pancakes with Mushrooms and Goat Cheese).

Question of the Month “How do I achieve balance in flavors?”

As in many things in life that deal with balance, the answer is simple, but the execution requires a bit more. The one word answer here is “Taste”, as in “taste” while you are cooking, but also in the larger sense of what one likes. Constantly tasting while cooking will help you achieve balance of flavor by making small adjustments; a pinch of salt here, a little acidity there, and maybe some sweet or even bitter to round things out. As for the second “taste,” much can depend on familiarity, cultural preference and even the amount of taste buds one has. If you've ever watched judged cooking shows such as Top Chef or Chopped you know that great palates do not always agree. Cook to your taste and be open-minded to others as well. This will develop you and your family's palates and hopefully lead to a love of all types of cooking.

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Wordsonaword The word: Mom

Here’s a word to the wise: Mother’s Day is Sunday the 11th. If you forget, shame on you. Few words evoke as much emotion as “mom.” With that in mind, we asked three Coastsiders, each with a unique perspective on that threeletter gem, to tell us what the word means to them.

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can’t think of too many other words that evoke an emotional stir quite like the word “mom.” The mom-child relationship is one of the longest we have in our lifetime. Mom is one of the very first words we learn as babies. Mom is the one who kisses the boo-boos, wipes the tears, and takes care of us when we are young. Fast forward to the teen years; Mom suddenly has lost touch with the world. She knows nothing, and you have become the all-knowing one. Gradually you realize Mom did know a thing or two. Then, stop the world, you become a mom! You reflect back and realize all that your mom went through with you. You have a deeper understanding of what unconditional love really means. From the perspective of being a mom, the word means experiencing love on a whole new level. To be a mom means a piece of your heart is now a walking, talking, independent soul, living in this great big world. Being a mom is the hardest, most demanding job I’ve ever had, yet by far the most fulfilling. Motherhood has been a lifechanging journey that I will be on for the rest of my life. Charity Secord is the president of the Coastside Mothers’ Club.

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hroughout my life many things have changed as I’ve gotten older; they’ve changed for the better or for the worse. There isn’t too much I can say that has been the same through the years, except for the one constant in my life, and that’s my mom. Playing sports has always been a passion of mine, and my mom has always given me the support I’ve needed, through thick and thin. Knowing that she has been, and always will be, in the stands cheering me on helps more than any coach’s tips and pointers. She has always done everything possible to be at every game she could, and this isn’t just with sports but with every aspect of my childhood and adolescence. She has always been there supporting me in any way she could. The amazing part is that she hasn’t done this incredible labor of love only for me but also for my older brother and sister.

hat does that word mean? I think that to most of us it means the ultimate in love and trust. From the first moment that a mother sees her newborn there is an instant bond. Mom is the one who feeds us, makes us comfortable and dries our tears. Mom is the one who kisses away the pain of a scraped knee and helps to heal the pain of a teenager’s broken heart. Mom is the one who teaches morals and manners. I did not appreciate my mom as much as I should have when I was younger. As a teenager it seemed we were squabbling over what now seem insignificant things. Now that I have been a mother, a grandmother and a great-grandmother, I realize that her intentions were always good. I know the joy of having given birth to four lovely daughters and the pain of losing the youngest two. I see the joy my grandchildren give to my daughters and to me. I know that I am extremely fortunate to be able to know my great-granddaughter and greatgrandson. I know that mom means love.

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Upcoming

~ Pescadero celebrates tradition

May 31 The 114th annual Holy Ghost Celebration in Pescadero, recalling the Pentecost Sunday when a ship filled with food arrived in the Azores Islands to save a famine-stricken people, will begin with dancing to live music by the Kelly McDonald Band at the Pescadero I.D.E.S. Hall at 30 Stage Road on Saturday night, May 31, and continue on Sunday, June 1, and Monday, June 2. There will be a parade from the hall to St. Anthony’s Church at 696 North St. at 10 a.m. Sunday morning featuring Big Queen Angela Brazil, Little Queen Kaitlyn Stanfield and their side maids, drill teams and local and visiting mariachi bands. A free barbecue lunch at noon both days and live auctions on the I.D.E.S. grounds will round off the celebration. Festivities will wind into Saturday night with dancing to live music at the grounds. Half Moon Bay’s festivities takes place June 2-9.

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~ Rocking the blocks

May 17 It’s all day this year! Celebrate the Coastside at the annual Rock the Block, where you can visit stores that are open late, hear live music and enjoy local foods from 2 to 8 p.m. It will benefit the Half Moon Bay Coastside Chamber of Commerce and Visitors’ Bureau and the nonprofit Nick of Time, which gives health screenings to athletes to prevent cardiac arrests on the field. 728-8380.

~ Young actors present an original

May 9 The Young Actors Workshop presents it new, all-original, improvised play “Bacon, the Dumbest Day in San Francisco,” at 7 p.m. May 9 and 10 and 2 p.m. May 11 at Half Moon Bay High School. The play concerns scientists who are trying to end world hunger, a lab accident that brings food to life, and assorted good guys and bad guys. Tickets are $5 at the door. 576-4754.

~ Through the looking glass

May 9 Roughly 100 young actors bring a classic to life when Coastal Repertory Theatre presents “Alice in Wonderland” as its annual spring musical. You’ll see Alice, the Mock Turtle, the March Hare, the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit and many more Wonderland characters in a high-techno show with music, themes and lighting which may frighten children under 6. It will run at 7 p.m. May 9, 10, 16 and 17, and 1 p.m. May 10, 11, 17 and 18. Tickets are $20/ youth 5 to 17 and seniors 60 and above, and $25/adults, at coastalrep.com. (650) 569-3266.


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May 31 The Half Moon Bay Girls Softball League begins its season with opening ceremonies at 8 a.m., at Half Moon Bay High School. The ceremonies feature an introduction of all the players and coaches from the teams. The first games take place shortly after the ceremonies conclude. There is no admission charge to either the ceremonies or the games. The season ends in late July. 712-7200.

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May 20 Those interested in horseshoes can come to the 15 horseshoe pits at Smith Field for the National Jim Sample Tournament at 9:30 a.m. or the National Glen O’Brien Tournament at 5:30 p.m. Participants are National Horseshoe Pitching Club members, but the public is welcome to visit to watch the tournament and get information about the National Horseshoe Pitching Association. Charlie Hall, 726-5549.

~ White elephants and more

May 24 The Half Moon Bay branch of the American Association of University Women will hold their second White Elephant Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the train depot below the Johnston House in Half Moon Bay. Kitchenware, books, decorative items, potted plants, clothing, and more will be sold to benefit the local AAUW’s scholarships and annual Tech Trek science and math camp for girls. Branch President Harriett Beck, 728-9218.

~ High school students display their art

May 12 The fresh, original art work of Half Moon Bay High School students will be showcased in the annual student show at the Coastal Arts League Gallery and Museum at 300 Main St. in Half Moon Bay. The show runs through May 24, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 23. 726-6335.

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Locovores are now getting a taste of real agricultural life

Joe Harrington places duck breasts on plates at Harley Farms in Pescadero.

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ucked away in a Pescadero loft, about 20 people, strangers to each other aside from the companions they brought with them, sat around a long wooden table in murmured conversation. Ella Fitzgerald crooned in the background. Soft light peered in through the fog and servers poured wine into pewter cups and placed plates of food before the guests. The converted hayloft at Harley Farms Goat Dairy on the South Coast typically hosts public farm dinners once a month and the occasional luncheon. On this day the farm was holding an afternoon event on Good Friday. “Farm-to-table� is a common catch phrase in the San Francisco Bay Area. It conjures images of farmers markets and produce recently dug from the ground or trimmed from the vine. But over the last several years, a number of farms on the Coastside and beyond have brought farm to MAY

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Rick Stern, of Palo Alto, sips soup during a tour at HarleyFarms.

So you want to eat at the farm? Ready to book a farm meal? You’re not alone. These events usually sell out, sometimes months in advance, so plan accordingly. Tours of the farm grounds often precede the meals themselves, so wear comfortable shoes and be prepared not to eat right away. If you’d like to pair an alcoholic beverage with your lunch or dinner, check ahead with the establishment as wine may not be included with your ticket.

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farm table with breakfasts, lunches and dinners that allow guests not only to eat meals prepared with local produce, but also gain an appreciation for how that food was grown and prepared. Besides Harley Farms, Half Moon Bay’s Miramar Farms hosts farm-fresh breakfasts and dinners throughout the year, and Outstanding in the Field holds farm dinners at locales across the country with plans to come to Pescadero at the end of the year. Farm dinners started at Harley Farms seven years ago by owner Dee Harley’s estimate. Before then, a local woodcarver was working to transform a fir tree into a long table and chairs in the loft, and as more people began to visit the farm’s cheese shop, they would stumble upon the

loft and its handcrafted table and ask if they could dine there. Harley Farms began by hosting corporate and small private parties and opened up its calendar to public events thereafter. “It became another component to why the farm can stay small and profitable,” Harley said, sitting in the candlelit dining room shortly before guests sat down for their lunch. “People appreciate being here; they understand when they come and have dinner where they are.” Harley Farms’ lunches and dinners took off with the economic downturn, which Harley attributes to people eschewing weekend getaways and restaurant dining for staycations and farmers markets. Word of mouth has


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he father of the farm dining movement set his first communal table at a farm in Santa Cruz in 1999. He was inspired by his older brother, an organic farmer, and by his own work as a chef at Gabriella Café in Santa Cruz. That’s where he began to write the names of the farms where the restaurant got its produce right on the menu. Now, Bay Area native Jim Denevan takes these events on the road as the creator of Outstanding in the Field. It has grown to 45 states and nine countries since expanding outside the Bay Area in 2003. “I saw a change coming in the way food was considered in the United States and wanted to be a part of that change,” Denevan said. “In the early years it wasn’t successful in the sense of money; we lost money every year. But I thought the time was coming that this idea would take off and I was willing to invest time and energy into getting it going.” And it has gotten going, as Outstanding in the Field has attracted diners coast to coast since it took off in 2006. Now, the organization sells 70 percent of its tickets for the season on the first day of sales. “I think people want to connect to things directly in front of them, things like taste or people or food,” Denevan said of farm dining’s popularity. “Paradoxically, local culture has become more popular because of technology’s ability to take us such great distances from where we are that at the same time we want more connections. We want to be closer to our source of food.” The first Coastside Outstanding in the Field dinner was held in a sea cave in San Gregorio in the mid-2000s. This year, Denevan will hold his first farm dinner of the season at Coastways Ranch in Pescadero, with two return trips to the South Coast in November and December. Tickets are around $250 apiece. These events follow a consistent format: a five-course meal with wine pairings and a tour of the farm beforehand. Local guest chefs are usually brought in to prepare the meal, but for the May 18 Coastways meal, Denevan will cook, as he always does for the first farm dinner. If you want to participate in an Outstanding in the Field dinner, buy your ticket earlier and come prepared with a plate and ready for a healthy dose of fine food and conversation. Visit outstandinginthefield.com — Julia Reis

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Two goats rub up against Jim Greer, of San Francisco, during a tour at Harley Farms in Pescadero

Top, Celia Levison, of Millbrae, plays with a baby goat while on a facetime call during a dinner at Harley Farms in Pescadero.

Out in the fields…

 On May 18, Miramar Farms will host “What’s the Buzz About the Honeybees?” Patrons will get a farm fresh breakfast and an interactive session with the Miramar Farms beekeeper. Registration is $50 per adult and $25 per child age 8 and under, and proceeds benefit BRITE Scholarship Program for Half Moon Bay High School students. Visit miramarfarms.com/events for more information or to register.  Also on May 18, Coastway Ranch in Pescadero will host Outstanding in the Field’s first farm dinner of the season, with founder Jim Denevan as the chef. Later in the year on Dec. 6 and 7, Pie Ranch in Pescadero will host Outstanding in the Field guests for meals prepared by local chefs Robin Song and Kendra Baker. The meals are around $250 per person. More details and tickets are available at outstandinginthefield.com.  Harley Farms Goat Dairy lunches and dinners are largely booked through the rest of the year, but spots are available for goat tours and other events. For more information, visit harleyfarms.com.

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also increased the popularity of the meals. They sell out months in advance once the calendar for the following year comes out every November. “The simplicity resonates with people,” Harley said. “It’s like you’re coming to my house for dinner — it’s that relaxed — and every flavor is fresh because it’s from here.” Besides dining in Harley Farms’ converted hayloft, the experience always includes a goat tour. People can register for separate goat tours aside from these meals, but for diners a tour of the grounds occurs before sitting down to eat. For the Easter weekend luncheon, Harley led guests on a dirt path to what she called a “secret garden” that had been planted 30 years ago and brought back to life by farm staff over the last couple years. Here, guests snacked on soup, goat cheese with bread and lemonade before seeing the farm’s bee orchard and of course, the baby goats. Once sitting down, patrons began to talk among themselves, trading names of hometowns, colleges and professions. On the menu for the day: goat cheese ravioli in fried sage butter, duck breast with yam gratin, leeks and asparagus, and goat cheese cheesecake in a raspberry


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Frittata appetizer with edible flowers on top at Harley Farms in Pescadero.

reduction sauce. For 52-year-old Pescadero resident Nancy McCroskey, and her 77-year-old father Jim McCroskey of Palo Alto, dining at Harley Farms has become a tradition. It is the elder McCroskey’s Christmas present to his daughter. For them, it’s the food and the people that has kept them coming back, this time for the fifth year in a row. “The food is amazing and it’s a really fun outing together. It’s fun to meet people with similar interests,” said Nancy McCroskey, recalling that one year they met a woman who came by herself and wound up inviting her to breakfast the next day. “We’re looking forward to next year,” Jim McCroskey added. So long as people continue to fill Harley Farm’s long shared table every month, these dining experiences will continue to be a staple of its business. But despite its popularity, Harley says they have no plans to offer any additional meals. “We employ only local people, and we want to enjoy what we’re doing,” she said. “We’re concerned about the farm being first — it has to always come first.” HMB

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Photo of Big Queen Beverly Cunha Ashcraft in 1950.

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he old story varies depending on who is telling it. But its message of gratitude and celebration remains the same. A beloved central figure is Queen Isabel, who lived in the 1200s and was known for her kindness to her people and to the poor. She would often lead religious processions to her church, in which she would carry, not wear, her crown. She would place it on the altar in a gesture meant to represent her submission to the will of God, and then Mass would be celebrated. “For a queen to do this (carry her crown instead of wear it) was a tremendous demonstration to the people, of faith,” said Bob Fernandez, a member of the Half Moon Bay Sociedade Da Irmandade Do Divino Espirito Santo or Society of the Divine Holy Spirit, known as the I.D.E.S. society. After the beloved queen’s death, her people continued her example, processing to their churches, carrying a crown, to seek divine intercession in times of trouble. Their need was never so great as in the 19th century, when earthquakes and volcanic eruptions shook the Azores and, as a result, crops failed and famine spread. The afflicted people rushed to their churches to pour out prayers for help. As if in response, on Pentecost Sunday at sunrise, a ship sailed into the harbor, loaded with food and other necessities. “The people believed it to be a miracle,” said Fernandez. Versions of the tradition note that when Queen Isabel’s husband, King Denis, died, she joined the Third Order of St. Francis and devoted herself to the poor. Various versions state that when her body was exhumed to be put into a new shrine, it was found to be incorrupt. The queen’s body still remains in a silver and crystal casket in a cathedral in Portugal. Two centuries after her

Lodge president Manuel Azevedo, left, and treasurer Mel Mello look at old photos at the I.D.E.S. building in Half Moon Bay.

death, she was canonized as St. Elizabeth (Isabel in Portuguese). Today, the centuries-old legend has been supported for generations by the I.D.E.S. Society with activities that blend history, tradition and faith. And that brings the story to Pescadero and Half Moon Bay. “This is why we celebrate Pentecost, why we feed all the people, why we’re called the Brotherhood of the Holy Spirit,” said Fernandez. Sometimes the festival is colloquially called the “Chamarita,” after a complex traditional Portuguese folk dance that enlivened its early days. Traditionally, the dance began with a chant still sung by longtime society members: “Chama Rita! Chama Rosa! Que Bonita! Que Formosa!” (Come up Rita! Come up Rosa! How pretty! How beautiful!) The beauty lives in the teen Big Queens and younger Little Queens who accompany the holiday’s traditional parades to the local church for Mass, wearing beautiful

“This is why we celebrate Pentecost, why we feed all the people, why we’re called the Brotherhood of the Holy Spirit.” Bob Fernandez, Half Moon Bay I.D.E.S. Society member

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gowns and handmade capes. A stroll through the I.D.E.S. Hall at 725 Main St. in Half Moon Bay reveals the occasion’s heartfelt historical and cultural bond. It consists of a large hall, an adjacent smaller hall, kitchen and a “capela” or chapel, where the crowns of the queens are displayed during the festival. But all the time, the interior walls of the big building display photographs of the Coastside’s Holy Ghost festivals past and present. The photos tell of horses and buggies, vintage cars and hairstyles of the era. One such photo shows a smiling Bev Cunha Ashcraft — who went on to become an iconic downtown businesswoman — as the Big Queen in 1950. The 114th annual Holy Ghost Celebration is scheduled in Pescadero on June 1 and 2 (six weeks after Easter Sunday) and the Portuguese Pentecost Festival for the 143rd year in Half Moon Bay the following week, from June 2 through June 9. “It’s something we do over here, that feels so good,” said Half Moon Bay resident Jorge Melo. Born in the Azores, he came to the United States in 1972, and is a trustee of the I.D.E.S. Society of Half Moon Bay. “It was something I grew up with, that I loved being a part of,” said Mel Mello of Half Moon Bay, who serves as treasurer of the I.D.E.S. Dancing, an auction to benefit the societies, feasting in memory of that long-ago celebration by the starving Azorean people and the Sunday parade featuring queens with their side maids, make up the festivals. Since 1900, the Pescadero I.D.E.S. has celebrated the Holy Ghost Festival. “To me, (the Holy Ghost Festival) is important because it’s been in my husband’s (Tim) family,” said Gina Brazil, whose daughter Angela is this year’s Pescadero Holy Ghost Festival Queen. “His great-greatgrandfather was one of the first marshals, so I feel it’s important that my kids help and continue and be part of that until we can’t do it any longer.” This year, Pescadero’s celebrations will begin on Saturday evening, May 31, with

dancing from 8 p.m. until midnight to the music of the Kelly McDonald Band. It will be held at the I.D.E.S. grounds at 22 Stage Road in Pescadero. The dances, a mainstay of Holy Ghost festivals, are open to the public, and there is a nominal fee per person. Pescadero’s festivities will continue with a gala parade on Sunday morning, from the I.D.E.S. grounds to St. Anthony’s Catholic Church at 696 North St. Escorted to the back of the parade as it goes to the church will be Queen Angela Brazil, 16, with her side maids Haley Anderson and Emily Iacopi, and Little Queen Kaitlyn Stanfield with her side maids Samiha East-Bratt and Riley Mills. “It’s a lot of fun because you get to get dressed up in the capes and nice shoes,” said Angela Brazil. She, like her fellow queens, designed her full-length cape, choosing its fabric and colors and incorporating the traditional crown, cross, doves and rosary symbols. As per convention, the Queen is chosen by a drawing for a yearlong term, during which she visits and participates in other Holy Ghost festivals in nearby Portuguese communities such as those in Union City or Mountain View. The Pescadero festivity will also be attended by local and visiting drill teams and marching bands. In Pescadero, several bands, including bagpipers, return annually to participate. After the procession has wound its way to St. Anthony’s Church and Mass has been celebrated, the queens traditionally lead the parade back to the Pescadero I.D.E.S. grounds for a free barbecue — also commemorating the feasting that occurred in the Azores so long ago — and a live auction following the meal. The traditional barbecued beef comes from local cattle, processed by locals, said Gina Brazil. “When I was the Little Queen, it was, oh, people are looking at me,” said Angela Brazil. “This year I embrace it.” Festivities in Half Moon Bay follow the same basic outline. “When I was a kid, this was the biggest thing on the coast,” said Fernandez. Looking back in time, the Brotherhood


Pescadero I.D.E.S. Queen Angela Brazil, 15, of Half Moon Bay, holds her crown in Half Moon Bay.

of the I.D.E.S., according to papers kept in its building, was first organized in Half Moon Bay in 1871, with the emblem of the red flag and crown which is recognized as the symbol of the Holy Ghost Festival. The society’s property was donated in 1898 by Mr. and Mrs. Manuel Dutra, and the first hall and capela were built in 1911, later to be replaced by a new one. A larger hall was built in 1928 at a cost of $3,897. Festivities will begin this year on June 2 with the recitation of the Rosary each night at 7:30 p.m. in the church’s small hall (at 7 p.m. on Friday June 6). Also on Friday there will be a cultural event revolving around Portuguese folk dance, held in the church’s big hall and open to the public. Also scheduled for Friday is a blessing of the meat that will be used in the celebration, by former Our Lady of the Pillar Catholic Church priest, the Rev. Agnel de Heredia. The festivities bow to tradition at 6:30 p.m. on June 7, with a procession to the church that brings the crown for a blessing. It will feature last year’s Big Queen, Cynthia Silva, and Little

Queen, Madison Melo, who will pass their crowns to the new 2014 queens. A Portuguese dance, with music by Gilberto Amaral, and a presentation of the queens with their courts and officers, will round out the evening’s festivities. June 8 will be a big day in the festivities, beginning at 10:30 a.m. when the parade leaves the I.D.E.S. Hall for Our Lady of the Pillar for Mass. It will feature Big Queen Daisy Loreto Barcelos and side maids Elise Quick and Rose George, and Little Queen Jayme Soares with side maids Allyson Vargas and Nicole Vargas and their courts, along with visiting queens and their courts from other Bay Area Portuguese communities. For the Half Moon Bay festivities, the queens wear beautifully detailed handmade capes, the colors of which were chosen by the Big Queens with the Little Queens following their lead. After the service, the queens will lead participants back to the chapel, where the crown and scepter are placed on the altar until the end of the celebration. The traditional free meal will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday, when participants partake of

some of the 7,000 pounds of beef purchased in Manteca and delivered to Half Moon Bay to be cooked in the halls’ four giant ovens. The meat is roasted with water, wine and herbs, said Fernandez, and the juices are saved to be used over the weekend as the food is cooked and served. The meat is free to those who go inside the hall for it, and sandwiches are sold at a nominal fee outside. The feasting will begin at 11 a.m. June 8 and noon on June 9, and will be followed by the auction at 2 p.m. both days. Both events will be on the I.D.E. S. grounds. Over the years, since the days when kids got out of school and people had time off work for the festivals, the parades have gotten smaller, said Gina Brazil. Many older participants have died and their children have moved away and don’t return for the festivities every year. Still, “It’s moving to put the cultures forward and it’s important to be part of it,” as well as an honor, she said. “It’s a large part of what Half Moon Bay is,” said Fernandez. HMB MAY

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Device free fun

Put down the touch screen and pick up the tire swing. Opportunities for carefree fun abound on the Coastside. photos and story by dean coppola

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t wasn’t so long ago, and it wasn’t in a galaxy far, far away. It happened all over the country and right here on the Coastside on those long, foggy, summer days. We’d build, climb, throw, catch, run and ride. We’d play outside for hours, lost in our activities. We’d only head home when darkness fell. We were sweaty and dirty and already thinking about tomorrow’s adventures. We didn’t have cellphones; we knew when and where to meet. We were young architects and craftsmen building tree houses and skate ramps that collapsed more times than not. But we were hearty and undeterred. We regrouped, gathered more supplies and rebuilt. We left the rope swings to the big kids, as they were much better climbers. We’d hop on after they got tired and left, and, although we never went as high as they did, we had just as much fun. Many parents, myself included, are mystified by a younger generation’s reluctance to drop an electronic device and walk or pedal to freedom. As these photos attest, some of these spots still exist. Handmade and imaginative, these monuments to childhood adventure illustrate that somebody is still out there building, climbing and sweating. Ironically, all these photos were taken on an iPhone. It’s interesting that a device many of us blame for this generation’s lack of activity can transport us back to a time when it was commonplace. — Dean Coppola is the photographer for the Half Moon Bay Review and he still remembers the freedom of summers on the Peninsula.

Sadie McCracken, 10 of Boise, ID., rides a teeter totter, with her mom Maggie McCracken at San Gregorio State Beach.

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Cabrillo Family Dental Gentle, friendly, care with state of the art techniques has kept families coming to Cabrillo Family Dental Care for over forty years. Many of our senior patients have raised families on the coast and have been with us since they were young parents. While our newer senior patients are often people who have retired in


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Clay Lambert: Did you grow up around here? Arielle Love: No, I grew up on the East Coast. I sort of had back-to-the-land-y kind of parents. I went to art school and came out here and did an internship at Green Oaks Creek Farm. That was in 2004. Then I managed the farm there for a couple of years. I leased some land from them for a couple of years and then I started this farm. That’s 10 years.

CL: It seems like in your business there are old-time farm families and then there are people who look more like you. AL: Yes. CL: What is the connection for you? Do you feel akin to those folks who have been at if for generations? AL: Yeah, I do. CL: Did it take a while for you to earn their trust? AL: Well, I did the farmer’s market in Palo Alto when I was at Green Oaks Creek. That is where the owner of that farm was born and raised and he had a lot of connections there. There were great people there and Palo Alto is ready to receive – and pay for – good organics local produce. It wasn’t until I started leasing my own land that I started going to the farmers market in Half Moon Bay. That is when I got connected with John Muller and the Giustis. CL: What do they make of you, a young girl from the East Coast? AL: I think that they were surprised that I kept showing up year after year. I think every spring they were like, “Oh, still doing this, huh?” One of my favorite people there is Bruno. He is there at the Giusti stand every Saturday. He’s in his 80s and he sees me roll up and he and goes, “You are one of the hardest working people out here! Now let me tell you something.” He’s dropping pearls of wisdom left and right. I hang on every word. John Giusti and I talk about things, like fumigating the soil with mustard greens. There is a conversation and that’s more important than one of us mentoring the other.


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CL: You were an art major. Why aren’t you off making art somewhere? AL: I am making art. CL: What do you mean? Do you consider this a work of art? AL: Yeah. I don’t really think I’m that great of a farmer. This is something that somebody said to me recently: I think that I’m an artist who farms. I started doing it for a healthy planet, healthy food and I thought that I would have to do other things to feed my artistic sensibilities, but it turns out that every week is a work of art at the stand. The spring is a blank canvas in the field. CL: So what do you farm? AL: It’s a mix of vegetables, cut flowers, strawberries, dry-farm tomatoes. We do starts in the spring to sell as potted plants. We do some value-added stuff like strawberry jam, pepper jelly. That was more of a thing when I started and had less produce. CL: How much land do you have? AL: It’s 1.3 acres here and this year we’re leasing another 1.3 acres in downtown Pescadero. CL: Show us your good stuff. AL: (Walking into the greenhouse.) These are the early girl tomatoes. It’s a medium-sized slicing tomato and it produces these really sweet, small, rich fruit that people just can’t get enough of. I’m going to go to the market here on May 3 and until I bring in the tomatoes at the end of August I’m going to hear, “Do you have the tomatoes yet?” CL: Tomatoes are fruit, right? AL: Yeah, they’re fruit. CL: Do you have academic training in stuff like that or did you just learn it. AL: I just learned it. I’ve had a few really good mentors. I try to pass on as much as I can but I don’t feel that is a strength for me. CL: Do you feel that you or even someone like (longtime coastal farmer) John Giusti could just pick up and go to Iowa and be just as

effective as a farmer? AL: We’re kind of in a Mecca of agricultural in Central California. There is something really special about the central coast of California. CL: I’ve heard that your strawberries are really good. AL: Yeah, they are really good. We can go look at those if you want. CL: Please. (Walking further into the fields.) Where do you think you will be in 10 years? AL: Maybe a dental hygienist (laughing.) CL: You haven’t thought that far ahead? AL: No, I don’t think that far ahead. I hope that I will still be farming and increasingly successful, and teaching people and building community. CL: How do you define success? AL: Well, I would like to be able to pay to go to the dentist. I define it pretty loosely. Happy and not stressed about money all the time. I think we’ve become very successful as a community in the time that I’ve been here. There are quite a few sustainable farms popping up and we help each other a lot. We have parties together.

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CL: Is the Half Moon Bay farmers market any different than working the farmers market in Palo Alto? AL: Well, it’s my community. In a lot of ways I have a similar lifestyle to the people who buy my produce. It’s an historically agricultural community here. We’re close enough that we don’t just see each other at the farmers market. CL: I hear a lot of bartering goes on among you guys at the farmers market. Do you trade strawberries for other things? AL: Yeah … chicken! CL: You are obviously not a vegetarian. AL: No, I’m not a vegetarian. CL: How much work does this represent? MAY

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CL: What’s the next thing? AL: We’re getting into doing more events, like flowers for events. And maybe moving into more drought-tolerant crops. CL: Is this something you would advise people back home to do? Or does farming have to be in your blood? AL: I don’t usually offer unsolicited advice, but if someone wanted to I would tell them if they have an urge to do it, just do it. You can get caught up into all kinds of versions of how your life could be but you have to do what you want to do. It’s not the promised land. Somebody said, “I wish you would just stop living in this fantasy world and just come home and get a real job.” I thought, “Do you want to come check out this fantasy world?” I spend most of my time hunched over. But it does pay in ways that are like we make a million dollars. CL: How old are you? AL: 35. CL: Is there going to come a time when you can’t do this any more? AL: I don’t think so. I have become more respectful of my limits. I’ve figured out how to use my body more effectively. I hurt myself more in the first three years. CL: Are you looking forward to the farmers market season? AL: I’m looking forward to it. I haven’t had income since the end of November. There is still an overlap in May and June when I’ll be planting, but it’s also socially really wonderful. I’m not looking forward to them demanding the dry-farm tomatoes! HMB


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“Maccie” Mac — that is, short for MacTavish — the West Highland terrier, came to live with artist-musician Diane Burns and husband Ed Haussler in Miramar when he was 7 months old. With his breed’s roots in Scotland — hence the highland flair to his name — Mac, or “Maccie” as his owners affectionately call him, is a very social, sweet companion for the pair. He even made room for Bingo, another “Westie” they adopted at 10 months old. Bingo loves to chase his adopted big brother, and Maccie loves to be ambushed, Burns said. Both came from Westie Rescue — Mac from San Francisco and Bingo from San Jose. Mac has been with the couple for almost 13 years now. He sits at Burns’ feet when she takes up her guitar to perform, or stretches out in her home studio when she creates portraits of wildlife, country houses or floral scenes in batik. “He always likes to be next to me,” Burns said. And he accompanies Haussler in his chores. He also likes to go with the couple on travels to places like British Columbia, Arizona, Utah and more. “He took to the RV really well,” Burns said. When they visited Crater Lake near Bend, Ore., he discovered snowdrifts. The problem? His fluffy, pure white coat. “He went jumping around the drifts, so we went looking,” Burns said. “He’d hop from one snowdrift to another and you’d see his little black eyes and black nose, and the rest kind of blended in.”

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Daytripper

The old Highway 1 at Devli’s Slide has been converted to a magnificent walking and cycling trail. PHOTOS BY JUNE MURRAY 43 2

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PLACE TO GO

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The historic completion of the Devil’s Slide Tunnel has opened a playground for hikers, bikers and explorers on the cliff-hugging road which was Highway 1 before the tunnels were completed last year. This new section of the California Coastal Trail offers stunning views of dramatic rock formations, wildlife and the crashing surf below. And, if the conditions are right, the trail provides a wonderful view of the Farallon Islands. The paved trail is a 1.3-miles long and at provided overlooks, trail users may rest on benches and gaze through observation scopes and take in the view of the rocky coastal waters below. Interpretive signs are placed at key points along the trail and describe the history, geography and the marine and avian communities that live and migrate here. While there are many convenient amenities such as pet waste stations, bike racks, drinking fountains and restrooms, parking is at a premium. There are small lots on both sides of the trail in Montara and Pacifica but on weekends these will fill up fast. Arrive early or late in the day for the best chance for a spot, or if convenient, there is a public bus (number 17) that will drop visitors off at the trailhead. Some will park at nearby Gray Whale Cove and walk to the entrance, but there is currently no sidewalk or path. Do not park along the roadway as you will be ticketed. The converted roadway is wide enough for both walkers and cyclists, but be prepared for some steep hills. Without doubt this is one of the most unique trails in California and is worth a visit both for the history and the views. Scan here for more information about the area.

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Gherkin’s Named after the tasty, tiny pickles which are generously spread on every sandwich, Gherkin’s is the kind of place where you put your ‘regular’ on hold and opt for something a bit more interesting. Some pause at a $10 sandwich, until they see the thing. Bring a sturdy backpack and carry your subs to the Devil’s Slide trail or fuel up after your hike on their ocean view patio. The massive burgers are grilled to order. Not in the sandwich mood? The chef salad is piled high with fresh vegies, meats and cheeses, and of course, those tasty gherkins. You’ll find quite a crowd on sunny weekends, so call ahead. 171 Main St. Montara. About 1 mile south of the trail. 728-2211.

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Juan Pablo Diaz prepares Salmone alla Dolores at Mezza Luna.

Fresh from the sea Pan-fried salmon is a seasonal delicacy Commercial salmon season opened off the San Mateo County coast on May 1. There is nothing quite so delicious as fish pulled directly from the sea and cooked right away. One of the coast’s premier restaurants, Mezza Luna, is a stone’s throw from the boats that bring in that fish. So, naturally, it’s a good place to learn how to make fresh fish dishes with a coastal flair. This recipe for pan-fried salmon was developed at the restaurant and appears in the “As Fresh as It Gets” Cookbook. It’s reprinted here with the permission of the restaurant and the San Mateo County/Silicon Valley Convention and Visitors’ Bureau, which produces the cookbook. — Clay Lambert 45 4

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