Friday, April 29, 2016

Comfort Zone

Posted By on Fri, Apr 29, 2016 at 11:36 AM

Doro wat, Ethiopian comfort food. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Doro wat, Ethiopian comfort food.
Entering the vermillion and yellow interior of Ethiopian International Café (210 Fourth St., Eureka) is like being wrapped in a flag at a soccer match. On a recent rainy afternoon, following a tip about the restaurant's outpost at the Arcata Farmers Market, we grabbed a random-couch-adjacent window table at the brick and mortar location and scanned the menu while Björk keened in the background.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Angels and Morsels

Posted By on Tue, Apr 19, 2016 at 2:28 PM

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The parking lot of Siam Orchid (427 V St., Eureka) is packed enough to simultaneously irritate and inspire hope, given the number of businesses that have moved in and out of the spot. Don't fret; there's more room in the bright dining room, where a photo of King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit preside over twinkling tchotchkes.

Besieged as we are by the limitless platoons of lingerie model "angels" deployed on runways and in ad campaigns of late, the Angel Wings ($8) — chicken wings de-boned but for the very tips and stuffed with something like pork dumpling filling and glass noodles, then battered, rolled in panko and fried crisp — are a welcome irony. These are no two-bite bar wings. In fact, the pair that arrive with standard sweet chili sauce are thickly crusted and substantial enough to pass for lunch. They're also mild and crunchy, so dip away and be grateful your vocation allows you to eat wings rather than wear them.

Thai surf and turf: snapper and ground pork. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Thai surf and turf: snapper and ground pork.
You do not have to choose between sweating your way through a Thai meal or surrendering to the usual pad thai. Instead, you could order the Pla Tod-Na-Moo ($13). The filet of snapper is fried without batter, yielding a brown exterior and firm bite. Poured over top is ground pork stir-fried with sweet white onion, scallions, matchsticks of fresh ginger and a mix of white and stewed shiitake mushrooms. The sweetness of the shiitake suits the ginger and the aromatic sauce is brothy rather than greasy. Surf and turf at lunch — another life-choice win.



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Friday, April 1, 2016

#TasteofMain 2016

Posted By on Fri, Apr 1, 2016 at 10:36 AM

Finger food and toe tapping during Taste of Main Street in Eureka. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Finger food and toe tapping during Taste of Main Street in Eureka.
We hate to eat and run ... wait, that's not true. We love walking around Old Town grabbing a bite here and there. But last night we were on a mission to eat our way through all 26 stops in the Taste of Main Street pass book. We were focused and we were swift, working our way backward from the new chowder at Jack's Seafood to the popcorn tofu at the Co-op. Alas, despite short lines, we were waylayed by a little jazz band here, a little socializing there. By the time we hit Fifth Street at 7:57 p.m., the chairs were up on the tables at Surfside Burger Shack, Bless My Soul Cafe was down to a couple of canapés and the Co-op was a mirage in the distance. If you missed a ticket or two, here are the spots we hit and the things we ate.
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