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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Dokkaebier Spices it Up

Posted By on Tue, Sep 22, 2020 at 8:48 AM

If the Booth Brewing was your gateway to Korean beer aesthetics, you'll be pleased to know Dokkaebier has made its way into Humboldt stores. The independent beer company's CEO Youngwon Lee, formerly of the Booth's Humboldt operation, launched the Bay Area-brewed beer at San Francisco Beer Week in February on the cusp of shelter in place. His head brewer is fellow Booth alumnus Aaron Weshnak, who cooks up the recipes — featuring flavors like galangal, bamboo leaf and lemongrass — here in Humboldt.

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Lee, who came to Humboldt from South Korea in 2017 (though he grew up in Guam and New Jersey), is based in Oakland and, unable to find the right facility in our county, works with a brewery there to produce what Weshnak cooks up in his kitchen. “I trust him with the recipes," says Lee. "And we brainstorm about what we want to make.” Under normal circumstances, they might be traveling more to collaborate but shelter in place rules that out. Lee says it's a good thing they're comfortable working remotely. “If I never worked with him this wouldn't have been possible.”

As to the Asian-inspired flavors, “The beer market is very IPA dominant," says Lee, who wanted to make something unique. Weshnak stepped up to the challenge.

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Saturday, September 5, 2020

Frankie's Develops a Sweet Tooth

Posted By on Sat, Sep 5, 2020 at 12:04 PM

Since shelter in place, Frankie Ambrosini has scaled back. Where once a trio sliced and slung bagels in the Redwood Acres bakery, there's only Frankie's NY Bagels' namesake, baking and selling online orders for pick-up on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Now those orders include a shifting lineup of desserts.
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Painstaking Italian rainbow cookies ($2.50), the first cookie everybody snatches off the assorted tray from bakeries back East, are in the rotation. The stacked layers of almond-rich cake with jam in between and chocolate on top are originally Jewish and not really cookies, but that's what they're called. And as I've said before, cheesecake is pie and Boston cream pie is cake, so free yourself from arbitrary binary constructions. 

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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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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.

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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. 
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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. 
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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.
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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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Monday, July 20, 2020

New Craft Brewery Opens in Blue Lake

Posted By on Mon, Jul 20, 2020 at 6:46 PM

A flight of Powers Creek craft beer served outside of the Blue Lake Casino, including an Irish-style dry stout, a Scottish-style export ale, a blonde session ale and a double IPA. - ASHLEY HARRELL
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  • A flight of Powers Creek craft beer served outside of the Blue Lake Casino, including an Irish-style dry stout, a Scottish-style export ale, a blonde session ale and a double IPA.
Where a casino's doors have (temporarily) closed, a new craft brewery has opened.

Housed within the Blue Lake Casino — which recently shut down for the second time due to the pandemic — Powers Creek Brewery, which remains open, has started serving craft beer in the outdoor seating area for Alice's restaurant. Owned by the Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe, it's the second tribe-owned brewery in our county along with Mad River Brewing, which is owned by the Yurok Tribe, and one of only five nationally.

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Sunday, July 19, 2020

Manzanilla Blooms in Henderson Center

Posted By on Sun, Jul 19, 2020 at 12:15 PM

On Thursday, visitors to the Henderson Center Farmers Market got a sneak preview of Manzanilla, the Spanish and Mediterranean spot opening in Le Monde's former spot. Starting this week, the restaurant will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m. for takeout and outdoor dining. So far the lunch menu is brief and the restaurant is temporarily cash only, but chef David Velasco-Guzman and partner and sous chef Walter Rubke expect to expand gradually. 
Manzanilla co-owner and sous chef Walter Rubke cuts house made pita for the mezze platter in the kitchen of the newly opened restaurant in Henderson Center. - PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
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  • Manzanilla co-owner and sous chef Walter Rubke cuts house made pita for the mezze platter in the kitchen of the newly opened restaurant in Henderson Center.
With city approval, Manzanilla set up tables in the adjacent parking lot on Saturday, where, among others, chef Josh Wiley of Five Eleven and his girlfriend Cheyanne Samson took in sunshine and "amazing" empanadas.

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Thursday, July 9, 2020

A New Raliberto's Opens on Broadway

Posted By on Thu, Jul 9, 2020 at 5:42 PM

Many a dirndl was rent in mourning over the closure of Stuft Potato, the sole local source of spaetzele, jaeger schnitzel and scores of other Austro-German delights. Now at least we may feed our emotions at the Raliberto's Taco Shop that has sprung up in its place.
Masked service at the new Raliberto's Taco Shop on Broadway in Eureka. - PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
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  • Masked service at the new Raliberto's Taco Shop on Broadway in Eureka.
According to Roberto Hernandez, whose family owns this branch of the franchise, it opened on Friday for both takeout and dine-in service at five tables. The menu is the same as the popular outpost by the county jail on Fourth Street, including the only carne asada burritos that briefly return the spark to the eyes of homesick San Diegans.

The name isn't even on the door yet but it's definitely a Raliberto's. - PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
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  • The name isn't even on the door yet but it's definitely a Raliberto's.
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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

UPDATE: Siren's Song Tavern Will Sing Again

Posted By on Tue, Jul 7, 2020 at 2:21 PM

UPDATE:

 The Siren’s Song Tavern will sing again. The announcement that Old Town bar and music venue has officially changed hands to new owners was made July 21 on its Facebook page.

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In a Facebook post, the business, housed in the ground floor of the historic Healy Bros. Building, announced, "Everything needs to be cleared out, we are selling EVERYTHING that we can. If you are interested in equipment, lights, sound equipment please message us and set up a time." 
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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Mazzotti's Shutters in Response to Statewide Closures

Posted By on Wed, Jul 1, 2020 at 6:16 PM

Following Gov. Gavin Newsom's order today shutting down indoor restaurants and other indoor businesses in 19 California counties due to rising COVID-19 infection rates, Mazzotti's on the Plaza owner Joseph Mazzotti has closed the Italian eatery, at least for now.

In a Facebook post, Mazzotti wrote the closure would be until further notice. "Our staff, your families and our community is first on our mind! We want to do what is right and we feel this is!"

Via text, Mazzotti wrote that he had been considering pausing service over the weekend, amid trying to organize the week's staffing and watching the increase of COVID-19 cases on the news. Newsom's announcement solidified the choice.

The restaurant had been offering takeout during shelter in place and had established both gift card sales and a GoFundMe. Its sister location in Eureka closed in February of last year.

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