Friday, June 27, 2014

Tourist Trap

Posted By on Fri, Jun 27, 2014 at 10:56 AM

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Hipsters, pack your bags. Eureka might be too mainstream for you now. The July-August issue of the American Automobile Association's Via magazine features seven highlights from the "vibrant Northern California seaport, famed for teeming fisheries and towering redwood forests." Carson Mansion, the Hikshari' Trail, Samoa Cookhouse, Sequoia Park Zoo, Living the Dream Ice Cream, Humboldt Bay Tourism Center and Eureka Books all get shout-outs in "Weekender: Eureka, Calif." Read the full article here and swell with local pride.
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Friday, February 28, 2014

DDD in Humboldt: Creole Edition

Posted By on Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 3:34 PM

click to enlarge Sweet Mama Janisse and Guy Fiery filming Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. - COURTESY OF BLESS MY SOUL CAFE
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  • Sweet Mama Janisse and Guy Fiery filming Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.

Sweet Mama Janisse of Bless My Soul is already kind of a big deal (have you had her Voodoo pudding?), but tonight you can see her work some Creole kitchen magic on Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives tonight at 10 p.m. on the Food Network. The episode will feature shrimp and crawfish etouffee and jerk chicken leg quarters with caramelized bananas. "It was a blast," she says. "We were like two peas in a pod, man." 

Tune in again on March 7 for Fieri's visit to Cafe Nooner featuring pulled pork po'boys with apple slaw and lamb kebabs. 

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Libation Loses Wine License, Temporarily

Posted By on Mon, Sep 23, 2013 at 3:51 PM

click to enlarge In the Libation window. - JUDY HODGSON
  • Judy Hodgson
  • In the Libation window.
Libation — the Arcata Plaza purveyor of wine and beer — got dinged with a suspension by Alcoholic Beverage Control for an Oyster Fest violation, according to a sign on the shop's door. The suspension, which forced the shop to close, began on Sept. 19 and will continue through Oct. 3.

According to a homemade sign on Libation's door, the business was admonished for allowing customers to drink wine outside of the store's bar area.
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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Fieri Bomb

Posted By on Thu, Sep 19, 2013 at 4:28 PM

click to enlarge We're gonna need more napkins — Guy is coming to town.
  • We're gonna need more napkins — Guy is coming to town.
A Guy Fieri sighting ranks right up there with a blurry Bigfoot photo up in these parts, and it looks like we're due for another one in November. A Guy Fieri sighting, that is. The Humboldt Beacon reports that the Food Network host is bringing his sunny smile and dark roots up to his hometown of Ferndale to film an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Any guesses as to where? According to the Beacon's Heather Nyberg-Schlotzhauer, Ferndale and Fortuna booster clubs will be raffling off two chances to get on set. Read the full article here.
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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Oysters, Oysters, Oysters (Beer), Oysters

Posted By on Wed, Jun 12, 2013 at 3:33 PM

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  • Oysters!

The $10 price tag may be strange and new, but Oyster Fest 2013 promises to make this year's event as bivalve-filled and beer-soaked as always (maybe even a little bit more). Center stage of the fest goes to the delicious, local Kumamoto oysters, of course, but the silver and slippery shellfish will have to share the glory with an impressive musical line-up and more than 30 food and beverage vendors offering their own summertime fare. Basically, on Saturday, June 15, the world is your oyster!

Oyster Fest overruns the Arcata Plaza from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with bands and contests alternating throughout the day. DJ Stirfry Willie starts the day, and lays down the jams at 10 a.m., followed by the Oyster Calling Contest at 10:30 a.m. How do you call an oyster, you ask? Loudly and originally, that's how. As the day gains momentum and people start to get in the true spirit of oyster festivities, Yogoman Burning Band will take the stage at 11:15 a.m. Whether you're a hippie who likes to dance freely or a hipster who just wants to tap your feet to the beat, the eclectic dance music of Yogoman is sure to please. It's a combination of jazz, soul and funk; but, mostly, just amazingly awesome.

The Shuck and Swallow contest is at 12:45 p.m., and it's always a crowd-pleaser; who doesn't love watching people shove as many oysters down their gullet as physically possible?! No one, that's who. After that, everyone could use a little funky hip-hop. Lyrics Born performs at 1:30 p.m., adding a little more value to that $10 ticket.

Winners for the best oysters will be announced at 3:30 p.m., and the last musical performance of the day starts at 3:30 p.m. with Motherlode. The group is described as "Greasy Soul Funk," and should fit in with the celebratory vibe just perfectly. Last call for beer is at 4:30 p.m., and the event winds down at 5:30 p.m. We all know the party usually carries itself over to the bars along the plaza, so plan on really making a day of it. For more information on performers, or information on where you can pick up tickets, head over to the Arcata Main Street's Oyster Fest 2013 website,

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