Fall is in the Air!


Greetings! We may have been sweltering in 90 degree weather just a couple of days ago but October signals the beginning of the holiday season- the season of food!

Autumn has arrived, and we couldn’t be more excited. Our enthusiasm for the seasons often revolves around the abundance of fresh fruits and veggies. In the case of fall it’s apples . . . always apples. Apple pie, apple slaw, apple cider, and of course the apple shrub in this month’s featured recipe!! This stuff is magical. We can’t wait to use it in holiday cocktails!!

haunted-harborAs part of the Santa Cruz Harbor’s 50th anniversary celebration, The Harbor is planning a fun-filled, spooktacular October!

The Port District will be hosting a Haunted Harbor Trick-or-Treat event for kids on Saturday, October 25, 2014, from 4 PM – 7 PM. Trick-or-treat stations will be set up in the southeast harbor and the water taxi will be in operation to shuttle people on an eerie ride down the channel. Make sure to stop in and see us for some special treats!



October 22-29

Every fall, Santa Cruz restaurants bustle with visitors new and old, each of them eager to savor an affordable delicious three-course meal.The annual Santa Cruz Restaurant Week (SCRW) returns this Oct. 22-29. We invite you to try our delicious three-course menu designed especially for
Restaurant Week.


Featured Recipe: Apple Shrub



  • 1 cup shredded apples (we used fuji)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar

  • Core and grate your apples.
  • Add the grated apples to a non-reactive mixing bowl, add the sugar and stir to combine.
  • Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 24 hours.
  • Remove from the refrigerator and add the vinegar. Give the mixture a good stir so that all sugar is dissolved.
  • Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth. Firmly squeeze the shredded apple to extract every last bit of liquid.
  • Pour into a jar and seal. Try it in your favorite holiday cognac cocktail!

Fun Food Facts: Apples


  1. More than 2,500 varieties of apples are grown in the United States, but only the crabapple is native to North America.
  2. Apple trees take four to five years to produce their first fruit.
  3. Apples are a member of the rose family.
  4. A peck of apples weighs 10.5 pounds. A bushel of apples weighs about 42 pounds.
  5. It takes about 36 apples to create one gallon of apple cider.

So as we say good-bye to summer and all it’s bounty we welcome fall with open arms and ready bowls, be it steaming butternut squash soup or a warm apple cobbler we look forward to the cool crisp days ahead.

The Johnny’s Harborside Family

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