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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Hollywood Star for Mayor of Flavortown

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2018 at 5:08 PM

Does this make Guy Fieri look like he has a halo? Yes, it does. - SHUTTERSTOCK
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  • Does this make Guy Fieri look like he has a halo? Yes, it does.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has announced its "Class of 2019" inductees and among the stars of film, TV, stage and music to receive a star on the Walk of Fame is — holy moly, stromboli — one Guy Fieri of Ferndale.

No dedication ceremony dates have been announced yet but expect the host of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives (it filmed in Humboldt once, you might have heard about it), Guy's Grocery Games and Rachel vs. Guy: Kids' Cook-off  (shama-lama ding-dong, when does he sleep?) to unveil his polished pink star sometime next year. Righteous.


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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Fish Fest Faves

Posted By on Thu, Jun 21, 2018 at 9:32 PM

Staffing the barbecue racks filled with coho salmon kept Bruce Wayne (left) and Tim Needham busy. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Staffing the barbecue racks filled with coho salmon kept Bruce Wayne (left) and Tim Needham busy.

The city of Trinidad turned into a giant parking lot on a beautiful calm Sunday morning to handle the large crowd of attendees at the 61st annual Trinidad Fish Festival. Street corners and lawns were filled with yard sales, while the main attraction was the coho salmon from Alaska being barbecued for lunch next to the school.

Trinity Street was filled with live music and the usual booths of arts and crafts vendors and a number of community organizations. The walk up Trinidad head to tour the old light house attracted a lot of hikers, as did the open house at the Humboldt State University Marine Lab. See the slideshow below for highlights of the day.


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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Photos from the Oyster Festivities

Posted By on Tue, Jun 19, 2018 at 6:16 PM

McKinley's festival look. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • McKinley's festival look.

Thousands of attendees consumed tens of thousands of oysters at the 28th annual Arcata Bay Oyster Festival on Saturday. The traditional event featured the usual long lines at the favorite award-winning oyster vendors and added a number of new entertainment features, including the Mermaid Lounge and silent disco, to the usual line up of oyster calling, live music and art. Check out the slideshow below for highlights.


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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Oyster Fest Winners

Posted By on Sat, Jun 16, 2018 at 2:44 PM

Best in Show shooters from Sushi Spot. - PHOTO BY JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Photo by Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Best in Show shooters from Sushi Spot.

By 10:15 a.m., parking was scarce, revelers were flowing onto the plaza and the first entries for Best Raw Oyster at the Arcata Bay Oyster Festival were teetering toward the judges on an ice-packed tray. By noon, the staff was tallying ballots, and by 1:40 p.m., the winners were on the books and volunteer coordinator Sydney Marrone was sprinting across the plaza to make the announcement.

Out of a mere five entries this year, there was still stiff competition, and Hog Island Oyster Co. took the title for Best Raw with a sweet corn mignonette, micro cilantro and a drizzle of urfa chili oil.
Hog Island’s corn mignonette won Best Raw. - PHOTO BY JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
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  • Hog Island’s corn mignonette won Best Raw.
Best Cooked went to Blue Lake Casino for its grilled oyster with miso dill butter sauce and rice cracker caviar, which beat out six other contestants. It’s not yet on the menu at Alice’s but the staff on the plaza said it may be soon, depending on how it sells today. The win might add motivation there.
Blue Lake’s Best Cooked oyster with rice cracker crispies. - PHOTO BY JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Photo by Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Blue Lake’s Best Cooked oyster with rice cracker crispies.

Best in Show shocked no one with frequent winner Sushi Spot claiming the prize for its Goose Point oyster shooter with spicy yuzu citrus pepper sauce, jalapeño, lime and a teeny cherry tomato that some poor soul had to peel. (We see you, hardworking tomato peeler.)

And Pizza Gago snagged Best Non-oyster with a wagyu beef and chimichurri pizza, though it’s worth noting the mobile pizza joint very nearly took Best Cooked Oyster with its garlicky pizza topped with lemon and coconut cream sauce, bacon, spinach and oysters.
Steak pizza won Pizza Gago Best Non-oyster. - PHOTO BY JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
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  • Steak pizza won Pizza Gago Best Non-oyster.

The sun’s still shining, the music is still playing and you can still line up for the winners if you hurry. 
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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Tomo's Back

Posted By on Thu, May 17, 2018 at 3:10 PM

Sushi chef Josh Hand is back behind the counter at Tomo Japanese Restaurant. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
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  • Sushi chef Josh Hand is back behind the counter at Tomo Japanese Restaurant.

Out of the ashes — well, mostly smoke damage — of a Jan. 27 fire, comes Tomo Japanese Restaurant in Arcata, having reopened Monday night for dinner service. According to the restaurant's General Manager Josh Hand, the fire, which started by the aquarium (check your fish, folks), did plenty of damage, leaving a path of destruction into the kitchen, where the range hoods pulled the smoke, and dining room. Insurance "took a while to come through," he says, but covered the rehab. That included new carpets, paint, repairing shoji screens, replacing part of the sushi counter, cleaning out sushi counter refrigeration units and a new range, floors and other equipment in the kitchen.

Hand, who started out washing dishes at Tomo as a teenager 16 years ago and is now the head sushi chef, spent the downtime helping with the cleanup. Most of the old staff is back, though management had to hire a new sushi maker, a cook and a pair of dishwashers. For now the Arcata institution is only open for dinner starting at 4 p.m., but Hand is hopeful it'll be back on for lunch over the next few months.  
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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Spammed: Photos from the Spamley Cup Cook-off

Posted By on Wed, May 2, 2018 at 6:02 PM

Team Dick Spam Dyke holds the majestic trophy aloft. - PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
  • Photo by Mark McKenna
  • Team Dick Spam Dyke holds the majestic trophy aloft.
On Sunday, April 29, some 15 chefs and amateurs battled for the Spamley Cup at Redwood Fields in Cutten, whipping up schmancy SPAM dishes for some 750 attendees. The event also raised $9,000 for Humboldt CASA.

Over the phone, organizer Mike Vitiello retells the salty competition's origin story:
Nine years ago, a handful of chefs hanging out at the Shanty after work trash talked each other into a backyard challenge to see who could make the best meal out of the oft derided canned meat. After a few years, they decided to open it up to the public as a fundraiser and now it's an annual tradition. See Mark McKenna's photos of the nitrate-heavy action below.

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Equinox Dinner Canceled Due to Five Eleven Fire

Posted By on Thu, Mar 15, 2018 at 10:07 AM

Chef Lizette Acuna of Ramone's prepared a duo of oysters for last year's Equinox event. - PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
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  • Chef Lizette Acuna of Ramone's prepared a duo of oysters for last year's Equinox event.

Untie your bibs, folks. The Equinox in Old Town benefit dinner for Humboldt County Office of Education's Nutrition Programs and Services set for Monday, March 19 is called off, at least for now. The seven-course feast prepared by a team of local chefs — from Five Eleven, Mazzotti's, Ramone's, Vista Del Mar, Kyoto and Le Monde — was set to take place at Five Eleven again this year but a fire in the its kitchen on March 9 has temporarily closed the restaurant and put the kibosh on the event.

So far, organizers haven't announced an alternative date or venue, but if you already purchased tickets, refunds are available. In the meantime, go ahead and torture yourself with this slideshow of last year's spread.
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Friday, March 9, 2018

Coming Soon: New Pizza in Old Town

Posted By on Fri, Mar 9, 2018 at 3:51 PM

The Madrone Brick Fire Pizza and Taphouse is set to open at 321 Third St. in Old Town. - PHOTO BY HOLLY HARVEY
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  • The Madrone Brick Fire Pizza and Taphouse is set to open at 321 Third St. in Old Town.

If you were wondering if anybody was ever going to light up the darkened windows of The Ritz, that's a yes. Sort of. The Madrone Brick Fire Pizza and Taphouse is moving into the Opera Alley side of the 321 Third St. address, having split the kitchen and claimed its brick oven. Which also makes the Journal the only business in town without a fancy pizza oven.

Owner Kyall Widmier has his fingers crossed for an April opening but that depends on paperwork, and he's still nailing down some staffing. But once the doors open, expect 10-inch pizzas from pepperoni to chèvre and prosciutto, a bevy of beers, cider and wine.

So the other end of the restaurant is still available if anybody wants to put in a dim sum joint. Just putting that out into the universe, people.
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Monday, March 5, 2018

Early Oyster Fest Lineup

Posted By on Mon, Mar 5, 2018 at 3:44 PM

Competitive shucking on the Arcata Plaza during last year's Oyster Fest. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • Competitive shucking on the Arcata Plaza during last year's Oyster Fest.
Maybe you can still revel in the moment when it's this chilly and rainy out, but we're dreaming of sunshine and looking at the early lineup for the Arcata Bay Oyster Festival on June 16, when we'll be ambling around in the sunshine with stainless steel beer cups and slurping the fruits of Humboldt's waters from their shells. Organizers at Arcata Main Street are taking vendor applications and planning the kid-friendly Flupsy Stage, street performers and the newly added Mermaid Lounge Stage. Take a gander below at the acts booked for the other three stages so far.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Cool Ink, Hot Wings and Hot Dogs

Posted By on Tue, Feb 6, 2018 at 7:49 PM

Tattoo artist Megan Franklin, of Springfield, Missouri, had Tye Harris, of Kyle, Texas, add a realistic tattoo of her grandparents on their wedding day to her arm at the Inked Hearts Tattoo Expo at Blue Lake Casino and Hotel this past weekend. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • Tattoo artist Megan Franklin, of Springfield, Missouri, had Tye Harris, of Kyle, Texas, add a realistic tattoo of her grandparents on their wedding day to her arm at the Inked Hearts Tattoo Expo at Blue Lake Casino and Hotel this past weekend.

The ninth annual Inked Hearts Tattoo Expo at the Blue Lake Casino & Hotel in Blue Lake last weekend wrapped the usual work of more than 30 talented tattoo artists around a few new features. Event organizers Ted and Amy Marks added the Hot Wings of Death Challenge and the all-bulldog Super Bully Bowl Pageant to the usual line up of the Hot Guy/Hot Girl Contests, daily tattoo contests and live music.

The bulldogs were not judged on their tattoos. See a slideshow of the contests and some prize-worthy body art below.


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