Although Crystal Springs is small by grocery-store standards, the flat white storefront, set with a royal-blue arched entranceway and windows, appears somehow palatial, beckoning passersby into its den of delicious delectables. A wide selection of local and organic produce is available for plucking. Navel oranges start from the bellybutton at $0.49 per pound, and small Fuji apples start at $1.09 per pound. Keep it savory with russet potatoes ($0.49 per pound), or move on to not-so-naturally occurring breads and cheeses. A variety of fine cheeses and olives are ready and waiting for munching from the hand. The olive bar starts at $3.99, Bulgarian feta cheese begins at $4.79 per pound, and Turkish goat cheese starts at $7.99 per pound. Fresh-baked bread is delivered every morning, with warm, steaming loaves beginning at $3.29.
Dinner can be a hectic affair, and some families find that getting a filling, nutritious meal onto the table every night is sometimes exhausting. Knowing that dining out every night can quickly break the budget, entrepreneur Jay Cornwall decided to bridge the gap between takeout and at-home meals with a menu of freshly prepared pasta, ravioli, sauce, and entrees that can be fashioned into a full meal in less than 10 minutes. Every day, his chefs create a selection of 24 pastas, 15 sauces, and a signature entree, as well as mac 'n' cheese and lasagna. Chefs also curate a range of sides, bread, and wine, and even offer pairing advice on complementary flavors.
The Half Moon Bay Wine & Cheese Company plies adventurous wine hobbyists of all levels with unexpected selections of world-class wines and cheeses. Visitors can sip, swish, and study the bouquets of some of the store's 60 wines available to taste every day, just a fraction of the more than 800 boutique and specialty wines the store stocks from all over the world, including varietals such as Ca'Rossa nebbiolo ($20) from Italy or Morgan pinot gris ($18) from the Santa Lucia highlands in California. Newly galvanized sippers can pair the more than 120 California and Oregon pinot noirs with the company's selection of artisanal cheeses and gift baskets delectable enough to make a cow weep with joy, or can bring home rare Santa Cruz Mountain wines, including the Clos de la Tech 2006 pinot noir.