Cafe Gratitude- I had to make this second Santa Cruz entry to shout out one of my favorite spots when I'm traveling, Cafe Gratitude. They have multiple locations in California (see my San Diego post) and even one in Kansas City. The Santa Cruz location is a staple every time we come to town. The menu is simple and so nutritious. I usually have the 'I am Whole' bowl, which is full of plant-based nourishment. It gives me everything I need after a day of training/traveling and before a night of playing music. The prices are reasonable and I'm always grateful to find myself at Cafe Gratitude when on the road!
Staff of Life- This organic market in Santa Cruz is such a winner! They have a great juice/smoothie bar, salad bar and prepared foods section (which is always great for the hungry traveler). In addition, the produce section is overflowing with awesome organic produce at fair prices. The green juice I got was on point as well! Staff of Life is a must if passing through Santa Cruz and looking for a good market to replenish your food bag and you appetite.