How to Win at Oyster Fest

How to Win at Oyster Fest

And how to lose

(June 25, 2015) At 10 a.m., sitting around a window table at Mazzotti's, we got our instructions (no alcohol, score everything), got our multi-colored ballots and started eating. This year, the 25th anniversary...

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Humboldt on Tap

Would you like cherries with that?

(June 18, 2015) Ari Friedman grins down at the cherries behind the bar at Dead Reckoning Tavern in Arcata. It's a wide smile, stretching the corners of his dark mustache and crinkling his...

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Glamorous Berries

Summer pudding and Pavlova

(June 11, 2015) Even when I'm feeling fed up with food (not actual cooking, which I find simultaneously contemplative and entertaining, but with all the books and blogs and the smothering tide of...

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Hooray for Carrots — for Once

Savory carrot and fromage blanc tart

(June 4, 2015) Have you ever been excited to find carrots at the farmers market or in your CSA share? Have you ever picked up a bunch of carrots by the stems and...

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Hum Plate Round-up

Have you tried that place yet?

(May 28, 2015) As our annual Menu of Menus restaurant guide goes to press, we've been sampling some new joints that have opened up in the last year. Check out the new issue...

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Good Together

Spring wine pairings

(May 21, 2015) A new season is a wonderful opportunity to pay closer attention to what's on our plates and in our glasses. Politics aside, the impetus to eat local can simply be...

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Smoke it if You've Got it

Homemade bacon ain't that complicated

(May 14, 2015) Store-bought bacon, especially the high-end stuff, is so delicious that there's little point in making it at home, except that homemade bacon is even better. I know it's hard to...

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Humboldt on Tap

When weak wins

(May 7, 2015) Great relationships can benefit from a little time apart. No matter how smooth, how satisfying the partnership, stepping away can be a revelation. If you've been drinking India pale ales,...

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Hum Plate Roundup

The food of our forefathers

(April 30, 2015) Eat America First The standard sub at Z & J Asian Subs (2336 Third St., Eureka) isn't so much a Vietnamese bánh mì as an American barbecue sandwich that spent...

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No Shame in Cans

Quick and dirty black bean stew

(April 23, 2015) Has cooking always been so complicated? When I look at recipes in magazines like Cooking Light and Bon Appetit, the pages themselves seem weighed down with all the ingredients to...

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A Sustainable Fish Fry

The underappreciated little smelt

(April 16, 2015) It was still dark at 6 am, but the street light shining into the custom aluminum bed of the pickup parked on the Englund Marine dock revealed a mass of...

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in our blogs...

Chile vs. Chile: Eureka

(June 28, 2015) Our epic quest to find Humboldt County's best chile relleno got underway this week, with gustatory explorations on Tuesday and Thursday. Our criteria for a good relleno? Stem in, naturally....

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Shell of a Good Time

(June 22, 2015) The 25th annual Arcata Bay Oyster Festival filled the plaza and plenty of bellies this past Saturday. The sun was out, the bands were swinging and the lines at the...

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