If you're not going to treat yourself to an ice cream cone when it's warm like this, you just don't want to be happy.
I went into Living the Dream Ice Cream looking for Dirty Monkey (chocolate, banana and peanut butter) but discovered instead orange blossom honey. It is the ideal end of summer flavor — light and faintly fragrant, but not actually flowery, with that warm honey sweetness. My fear of all bees disappearing just got real.
Previously, I had scoffed at cheese puffs (crab or otherwise) as something only a novice would order at an Asian restaurant. When my pregnant friend raved about the little golden triangles, I dismissed it as a hormonal craving.
That said, I have tasted the puffs at Annie's Cambodian Cuisine, and lo, they are good. Crispy, bubbly wonton skins that show up hot and filled with melted cream cheese and scallions. Add a dab of chili oil to the sweet sauce they come with and revel in an appetizer that hits every one of your deserving taste buds. The smallest order is three for $1.50, and you get six for $2.75, but in a moment of honesty we got a dozen to split and left no puff behind.
So dish, Humboldt — what's your current food crush? Send tips and photos to Jennifer@northcoastjournal.com.
It's comforting to know that if we were ever completely cut off from the rest of the world, we'd still have good wine up in these parts. The results are in for the wine competition at the Humboldt County Fair, and local grapes are representing. A panel of seven judges picked the winning bottles out of 60 wines from 15 wineries and individual vintners.
Briceland Vineyard emerged as the top winery, actually tying with itself twice — for Best Wine from Humboldt County grapes and Best Other White with its sparkling brut and 2012 Riesling. Fieldbrook took Best White with its 2012 chardonnay from Mendocino grapes. (Full disclosure, Fieldbrook is the family winery of the Journal's publisher Judy Hodgson.)