Friday, October 24, 2014

Truck-stop Truck

Posted By on Fri, Oct 24, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Street waffles are a sign of a just society. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Street waffles are a sign of a just society.

Toni's Thai truck is no more. Its cook has returned to Thailand, leaving us bereft of green curry and jasmine rice on wheels. The shiny red truck has been transformed into the Redwood Local, parked at Seventh and I Street in Arcata. Embrace the change and the meta-weirdness of truck stop fare from a truck. The fried chicken and waffles are solid, despite not being from scratch ($7.59, $2 for country sausage gravy). The joy is in being able to get hot waffles curbside. That's how they do it in Belgium, which the International Human Rights Indicator Rankings put at eighth in the world, right up there with those Nordic countries full of safe cars, high-design furniture and smoked salmon. Street waffles: sign of a just society.

Potato thins with bacon: the love child of nachos and potato skins. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Potato thins with bacon: the love child of nachos and potato skins.

But the show-stopper is a paper tray of potato thins ($4.99). Not as thin as potato chips, the slim slices of spud are deep-fried until soft with a crisp edge of brown skin here and there, and topped with sour cream and scallions. For $1.99, you can add a handful of chopped bacon. Do not live a life of regret. Add the bacon. They are like the love child of potato skins and nachos. They are best hot, so have your own little tailgate at one of the picnic tables. Even if we are all the way down at 18 on those human rights rankings, this is the taste of America.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

France, Italy, Texas

Posted By on Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 1:59 PM

No syrup required. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • No syrup required.

Nothing ever got worse because somebody spooned mascarpone cheese on it. It's like the missing link between whipped cream and cream cheese. Thanks, Italy. Case in point: the French toast at Benbow Inn ($14; 445 Lake Benbow Drive, Garberville). If the weather's nice, order it on the veranda overlooking the bridge. Just nibble at the biscuits and scones that come out with your coffee and have a moment of silence for your Paleo friends, because their sacrifice is real. Thick slabs of Texas toast (oh, Texas, I can't stay mad at you), already crisp and buttery outside, hot and custardy inside, are topped with a hefty scoop of mascarpone blended into whipped cream, balancing the tartness of fresh raspberries. The fluffy dollop glides meltingly down the ramp of bread, threatening to mingle with the applewood-smoked bacon and making you forget all about that little cup of syrup to the side of your plate. 
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

One Piece Won't Kill You

Posted By on Tue, Oct 14, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Looks bloody good. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Looks bloody good.


Ramone's is icing these Dexter-esque desserts for the season. It's the house chocolate layer cake with seasonal gore. 
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