Friday, November 8, 2019

Pasta Luego Says Ciao

Posted By on Fri, Nov 8, 2019 at 9:02 AM

At the end of this month, sandwich and fresh pasta purveyor Pasta Luego is shutting its doors in Arcata's Jacoby Storehouse. Owner Nicole Maki started working at the shop in 2013, a few months after it opened, and bought it from restauranteur Bill Chino in 2016. Three years later, after struggling with the combination of an economic downturn and plaza panhandlers, she says, the financial hits of successive PG&E shutdowns were the last straw. She's closing down her packaged pasta business, too, though she says, "I can always pick it back up.”
Nicole "Coco" Maki making sandwiches at Pasta Luego. - PHOTO BY JILLIAN BUTOLPH
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  • Nicole "Coco" Maki making sandwiches at Pasta Luego.

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Friday, October 25, 2019

Finding Groceries When the Lights go Out

Posted By on Fri, Oct 25, 2019 at 9:05 PM

UPDATE: Costco will be up and running on generators, as will Walmart and Target.

Ferndale's Valley Grocery plans to stay open with the generator running.

Just like during the last blackout, Iłwai kiliwh market in Hoopa will be open and running on a generator.

CC Market in Rio Dell will not only be open during the outage but still has ice.

PREVIOUSLY: Once again, a planned PG&E power outage has local markets hooking up generators, hunting for diesel, shuttling their inventory into locked freezers and unloading perishables. Here's a working list of which ones will be open when the lights go out on Saturday. (Not sure what you need? Check your pantry against this list of recommended supplies.)

While the Eureka WinCo Foods shut down for the last blackout, Director of Corporate Communications Noah Fleisher said over the phone, “Winco will be open and able to serve the community during the blackout.” An extra generator will keep the stock cold and the lights and registers on.
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Friday, October 18, 2019

Moonstone Grill Changes Hands

Posted By on Fri, Oct 18, 2019 at 4:33 PM

The iconic beachside restaurant Moonstone Grill, formerly owned by the same group that operates Plaza Grill and the Basement (formerly Abruzzi), is now a part of another cluster of establishments owned by the Tanski family, along with Gabriel's Italian Restaurant and the Wine Cellar.

According to Likhi Tanski, general manager at Gabriel's, “It’s kind of been in the works for a few months but the actual deal got done a couple of weeks ago.” The sale, in escrow now, was “set up through a mutual friend," he says, adding that it was mainly handled by his brother Ariel Tanski, who will take over as owner and chef. 
Window-side dining at Moonstone Grill. - PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
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  • Window-side dining at Moonstone Grill.

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CalFresh Recipients Given Extra Time to Replace Food Lost to Blackout

Posted By on Fri, Oct 18, 2019 at 12:42 PM

The deadline for local CalFresh recipients who lost food during the Oct. 9 power outage to apply for replacement benefits has now been extended until Nov. 8, according to the California Heath and Human Services Agency.

Humboldt County residents can call (877) 410-8809 or go to the cou
Deadline extended for CalFresh recipients who lost food in the outage to apply for replacement benefits. - COURTESY OF THE NORTH COAST CO-OP
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  • Deadline extended for CalFresh recipients who lost food in the outage to apply for replacement benefits.
nty Department of Health and Human Services office at 929 Koster St. in Eureka to start the process.

According to the CHHSA, recipients “will need to complete, sign and turn in a 'CF 303' form to request a replacement,” including contact information and a short description of how the food was lost and the time and date of the power outage.

For more information call (877) 847-3663 (FOOD) or visit
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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Yurok Tribe to Buy Mad River Brewing

Posted By on Wed, Oct 16, 2019 at 12:23 PM

Hold onto your Steelhead. The Yurok Agricultural Corporation, which is owned by the Yurok Tribe, announced today it’s in the process of purchasing the 30-year-old Mad River Brewing and its taproom and restaurant. This will make the Yurok Tribe one of the few tribes in the U.S. to own and/or operate a brewing company, along with the Quapaw Tribe in Oklahoma, the Stillaguamish Tribe in Washington and the Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians in San Diego. The sale of the shareholder-owned company is expected to take some 60 to 90 days to complete.
Mad River Brewing's restaurant and taproom in Blue Lake. - FILE
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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Getting Food During the Blackout

Posted By on Wed, Oct 9, 2019 at 12:41 PM

At 9 a.m., rows of shopping carts blocked the glass doors of a darkened WinCo Foods. Staff there said a generator could power lights but that was it.

Across the street, a dozen people lined up on foot at the Happy Donuts drive-through window for miraculously hot coffee. Owner Natalie Dy, who hooked up her fryers to a generator in preparation for the potentially days-long PG&E blackout, and one staffer were busily shuttling doughnuts and counting cash — only cash.
The blocked doors at WinCo. - PHOTO BY JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
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  • The blocked doors at WinCo.
Finding food is hit or miss all over the county, as is paying with anything but cash. Here's a partial list of what grocery stores and markets are open. We'll keep updating as we get information. If you need emergency water, bathrooms or electric charging, PG&E is setting up a resource center.

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Guy Fieri Makes His Mark on the Walk of Fame

Posted By on Thu, May 23, 2019 at 5:36 PM

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  • A screenshot of Guy Fieri and his star.
Celebrity chef Guy Fieri received his Walk of Fame moment this week in a celebration that saw the mayor of Flavortown lauded by actor Matthew McConaughey as the son of Ferndale took his place on the heralded walkway of terrazzo and bronze stars.

Fieri, a Food Network star who got his start selling pretzels in the Victorian Village, is perhaps best known for his television show "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives," which has included an episode on Humboldt County restaurants. (Read previous Journal coverage here.)

Check out all the action for yourself in this video of the Hollywood event.

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Massive Fish Farm Proposed for Pulp Mill Site (Video)

Posted By on Sun, Feb 10, 2019 at 1:40 PM

A rendering of the Belfast, Maine, facility. - NORDIC AQUAFARMS
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  • A rendering of the Belfast, Maine, facility.
The Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District and Norwegian company Nordic Aquafarms are set to formally sign a lease Monday for the development of a massive fish farm at the former Samoa Pulp Mill.

According to the harbor district, the project will include “the removal of all remaining deteriorating buildings and unutilized infrastructure” at the 30-acre property, which was the site of a multi-agency clean-up effort in 2014 to avert a looming catastrophic environmental disaster on the edge of Humboldt Bay.

Read previous Journal coverage about the removal of nearly 3 million gallons of caustic pulping liquors abandoned in failing storage tanks by Evergreen Pulp here, here and here.

The proposed project is forecast to “result in the investment of hundreds of millions dollars in the local economy,” the harbor district’s release states.

According to a report in seafood business publication Undercurrent, the project “represents a potential $400 million investment,” bringing around 80 jobs. Eventually, the article states, plans are to produce some 25,000 tons of fish a year at the facility.

In a Facebook post linking to the article, harbor district Commissioner Richard Marks described the fish farm as a nearly half-billion-dollar project, writing that “new construction will bring many hardhats to the area and then many high end Fishery jobs for biologists form Humboldt State.”

A land-based aquaculture facility – likely producing salmon or steelhead – the venture will serve as the West Coast base of operations for Nordic Aquafarms, which is currently in the process of developing an East Coast equivalent in Belfast, Maine, according to the company.

The facility will use what is known as recirculating aquaculture system, or RAS, which utilizes large tanks and water treatment systems in raising the fish. The company says the method prevents many of the common concerns associated with farm fishing in offshore pens, including pollution from waste, chemical use and the potential to pass on diseases and parasites to wild fish.

Nordic Aquafarms Concept from Netron on Vimeo.

“We will now be situated on both coasts, which fits into our strategy of locating fish farms close to major regional markets,” said Marianne Naess, Nordic’s commercial director, in a release. “The Humboldt location will enable us to reach more than 50 million people within a 12-hour drive or less, which reduces the cost and environmental impact of transportation while supplying the market with super-fresh, sustainably raised local fish.”

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Fair Factor

Posted By on Thu, Aug 16, 2018 at 3:50 PM

Majestic food stall flags in the wind. - FILE
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Editor’s note: It’s official — the Humboldt County Fair is back. To help our readers prep for what many see as the most important fair experience — the food — here’s a look back at a 2015 walk through of edible attractions at the Ferndale tradition.

You can smell the fryers from the parking lot as you stumble through the lumpy pasture toward the whirring rides and tinny pop music playing on the other side of the turnstiles. Once inside the Humboldt County Fair, the maze of traveling food stands and the barrage of signs for jumbo and beer battered everything can overwhelm. How do you best use the limited real estate in your belly and will you be able to keep it down if you hop on the Tilt-a-Whirl?

Here are some of the heaviest hitters scored 1-5 for three criteria: fair factor, or how on-theme the food is; value, the cost vs. satisfaction and/or bragging rights, keeping in mind that most prices are slightly inflated at these things; and fair tummy, the gentlest way to describe how much this treat is going to hurt you, especially on the Gravitron.

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Friday, July 13, 2018

What Are You Doing This Weekend?

Posted By on Fri, Jul 13, 2018 at 3:01 PM

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  • Get out and see the redwoods.
Editor’s note: With a weekend forecast of a balmy 70 degrees along the coast while hitting close to 100 inland, now seems like a good time to dust off our look at perfect summer trips from the spring 2014 Insider magazine.

Weather aside: The National Weather Service Office in Eureka reports there is a slight chance of thunderstorms this afternoon — 20 percent — throughout the greater Humboldt County region.

Meanwhile, if you are starting to form some plans for the next couple of days, check out the suggestions below. Happy summer.

So, did you pack your hiking boots or a sketchpad? Are you scoping out galleries or restaurants (or both)? Are you looking for a little history, or just hoping to wear out the kids? Whether you're searching for trailheads or artisanal breads, we've got you covered with customized itineraries so you can coast through your trip to the North Coast.

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