Sunday, August 23, 2020

Island Delight Opens in Eureka

Posted By on Sun, Aug 23, 2020 at 7:02 PM

While fans of Hawaiian cuisine are rending their Aloha shirts over the impending closure of Eureka's Banana Hut, they may find solace over on Harris Street, where Island Delight opened this weekend. Just a block from the recently opened Jerk Kitchen, it offers a distinctly Pacific Island flavor in the spot that formerly housed Amy's Delight.
Island Delight springs up in the former home of Amy's Delight. - PHOTO BY JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
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  • Island Delight springs up in the former home of Amy's Delight.

Island Delight is the first restaurant Samasoni Fonoti and his wife Keaka Roberts-Fonoti have opened, and the couple was surprised by the wave of customers that rolled in on their first day for kalua pig, chicken katsu and Spam musubi. “On the first day with the big rush, we didn’t expect that,” says Fonoti, who admits so far the restaurant has no official internet or social media presence. For now, they are only taking phone-in orders for pick up Wednesday through Saturday, and while he's grateful for the business, he feels a little bad for those he had to turn away. 

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Saturday, August 22, 2020

Drink to That: Six Rivers Joins Stout Project to Benefit Black Humboldt

Posted By on Sat, Aug 22, 2020 at 10:00 AM

On Thursday, Six Rivers Brewery announced the release of its Black is Beautiful stout, joining breweries across the country raising cash to fight racial inequity and police violence.

Started by Weathered Souls Brewing Co. in San Antonio, Texas, the project is "a collaborative effort to raise awareness for the injustices people of color face daily and raise funds for police brutality reform and legal defenses for those who have been wronged." Participating brewers, who are invited to use the signature label and tweak the provided base recipe, donate all the proceeds from a stout sold under the Black is Beautiful label to local organizations fighting police brutality and supporting equality and inclusion. They are also asked to "commit to the long-term work of equality."

It’s Thirsty Thursday and we have a special beer release. Black is Beautiful is a collaborative effort organized by...

Posted by Six Rivers Brewery on Thursday, August 20, 2020


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Friday, August 21, 2020

Boozy Popsicles from the Goat

Posted By on Fri, Aug 21, 2020 at 10:52 AM

This was not the summer any of us ordered. And so the only weather-related denial we support is the refusal to accept the end of the season. The fact that Richards' Goat Tavern and Tea Room has recently figured out boozy popsicles is another reason to linger.

Along with its takeout food menu, Richards' Goat Tavern and Tea Room has been offering to-go cocktails and mocktails in compostable cups since July. But in the last few weeks it has added individually wrapped popsicles spiked with hard alcohol or wine ($8-$10). This week it's a mango-Tajín white sangria pop with sauvignon blanc from Monument Mountain vineyards. Frozen amid the wine and organic juices are hunks of kiwi, Tajín seasoning and peppery nasturtium petals. Some flavors, says co-owner Aimee Hennessy, are still "in the experimental phase."
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Friday, August 14, 2020

Aloha, Banana Hut

Posted By on Fri, Aug 14, 2020 at 10:03 AM

Co-owner Ken Evans announced yesterday on the restaurant's Facebook page that Banana Hut will be closing Aug. 31. "Unless a buyer magically appears." The restaurant shifted to takeout and delivery for its Hawaiian barbecue and Spam musubi with the start of shelter in place, with Evans and his wife Fatima covering the kitchen and register on their own. “We’re back to where we were 14 years ago," he said.

The Evanses started the business in 2004 out of a trailer at Redwood Acres Fairground before relocating to a brick-and-mortar location there. The restaurant moved into the Fifth Street location, with its palm fronds and trompe l'oeil sky ceiling in 2009.

Aloha! It is with heavy heart that we are announcing the closure of the Banana Hut on August 31st.(Unless a buyer...

Posted by The Banana Hut Hawaiian BBQ on Thursday, August 13, 2020



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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

It's OK, Dick Taylor Will Bring You Milk and Cookies

Posted By on Wed, Aug 12, 2020 at 4:23 PM

Sitting at home wanting chocolate when there is no chocolate is not a new problem. However, it’s one the folks at Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate have been prompted to solve during shelter in place. After closing in accordance with the county shutdown in March, the local bean-to-bar retail operation began offering its bespoke bars and upscale, small batch chocolate treats via Door Dash delivery. And it has expanded its menu to cookies, brownies and s'mores, all available for delivery, as well as in-store and curbside pick-up. 
Alexander Family Farms milk and a fleur de sel chocolate chip cookie from Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate. - SUBMITTED
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  • Alexander Family Farms milk and a fleur de sel chocolate chip cookie from Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate.

Sales assistant Rachael Martinez says the shop started offering its baked goods about a month ago. Co-owner Dustin Taylor’s wife Rebecca “is an incredible baker,” says Martinez, and she prepares everything with the house chocolate, down to the cocoa powder. On the menu: double chocolate chunk ($3.50), chocolate chip with a sprinkle of fleur de sel ($4.50), fudge brownies with peanut butter ganache ($4), DIY s’mores kits and prepared s’mores for those of us without the patience for a perfectly browned marshmallow. You can add a bottle of Alexander Family Farms milk for the full wholesome experience ($6, milk and cookie) and staff will even warm your cookie for you. 
Rebecca Taylor's peanut butter ganache-topped brownie. - SUBMITTED
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  • Rebecca Taylor's peanut butter ganache-topped brownie.

The drinking chocolate once available only in the shop is now on the to-go menu ($4-$4.50), too, including Belize, chai and the aptly named Campfire, which comes with pecan wood-smoked maple syrup and a toasted marshmallow. “You got all the flavors without the work,” says Martinez.
The Campfire sipping chocolate. - SUBMITTED
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  • The Campfire sipping chocolate.

Pro tip: If you’re ordering via Door Dash, it’s worth checking to see if you can give local businesses a break by ordering through Storefront on their individual websites, as the company is waiving its usual commission through the end of the year.
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