The Soup Doctor

A mother's healing fall soup

(September 23, 2021) Fall is quietly approaching and chilly days are not too far away. It's the season to nourish our bodies, as my mom used to say. She would make special seasonal...

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Blackberries for the Wily

And an end of summer pie

(September 16, 2021) I want to write about my soft-focus childhood memories of blackberry picking, a basket on my arm as Disney butterflies danced around me. But as happy as my recollections...

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Simple Summer Salad

(September 9, 2021) In my most recent article, featuring a side dish made with zucchini, tomatoes and carrots ("Summer on the Plate," Aug. 5), I wrote that ripe tomatoes mark the official...

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History of a Nacatamal

Alba Lopez's Nicaraguan food stand

(September 2, 2021) Order a nacatamal from the Nicaraguan Food stall at the Henderson Center Farmers Market on a Thursday and owner Alba Lopez will present you with a fat rectangle wrapped in...

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What's Good Roundup

Coffee at the Vance and lunch at the zoo

(August 26, 2021) All in the Familia When Bandit Savory & Sweet left the oak counters of the ground floor of the Vance building in Old Town Eureka, along with the sadness that...

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The Jefferson Community Center is Turning Up the Heat

(August 19, 2021) It's a sunny Friday afternoon at the Jefferson Community Center in Eureka when the kids begin their afternoon harvesting. The garden beds bear a bountiful display of summer produce: kale,...

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Should We Be Dining Out?

If unvaccinated, the answer is no

(August 12, 2021) Was it a good idea to click on the profile of the person in my Facebook feed indignant over vaccine requirements? Probably not. But there, along with the anti-vaccine messaging,...

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Look Down: Ecos Cafe at the Zoo

(August 7, 2021) With all the excitement over the newly opened Redwood Sky Walk at the Sequoia Park Zoo (3414 W St., Eureka) and its elevated view of the big trees, it's easy...

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Summer on the Plate

Zucchini, tomatoes and carrots on the side

(August 5, 2021) I did it again: In the spring, blinded by dreams of zucchini and their golden blossoms, I planted two seedlings in my raised bed (the land of experiments, I...

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Logger Bar Reopening Cut Short by COVID Numbers

(August 3, 2021) Well, crap. After a brief and much anticipated reopening, the Logger Bar, Blue Lake's iconic watering hole, has shut its doors once again. Owner Kate Martin, who'd closed the bar...

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Tomato and Egg Stir-fry

And the miracle of the ordinary

(July 29, 2021) When my editor suggested I write about the tomato and egg stir-fry dish I'd posted on social media, I thought, "There aren't any unique stories (or secrets) behind this iconic...

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Relocation and Reinvention

Gallagher's finds a new spot and Mazzotti's starts over on the plaza

(July 22, 2021) Gallagher's makes a move Kelly Erben is about to start a seating, serving and dishwashing shift at Gallagher's Irish Pub and Restaurant, as she has for 16 years, "the last...

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The Logger Bar Comes Back to Life

A Blue Lake institution readies to turn the lights back on

(July 15, 2021) Kate Martin, owner of Blue Lake's Logger Bar, didn't hibernate during the pandemic. She'd shut down the bar in accordance with shelter in place in March of 2020 and put...

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Love for Local Restaurants

(July 13, 2021) Restaurants and their workers helped get us through the last year. The Journal wants to hear about the ones closest to your heart and share your appreciation in the upcoming...

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A Little Razz-Ma-Tazz

A family soul food truck comes to Eureka

(July 8, 2021) On Juneteenth, the silver Razz-Ma-Tazz Soul Food truck sits parked between the Southside Mike's BBQ and Taste of Bim trucks with a small crowd in front and a handful of...

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Breakfast with the Season's Fruit

Fresh cashew milk and chia pudding

(July 1, 2021) During the recent 15 months of isolation, outdoor physical exercise helped me manage my anxiety. I am deeply grateful that I could spend time in the forest, on the beach,...

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Full Capacity Indoor Dining Returns

But outdoor dining and some masking rules linger

(June 24, 2021) Sea Grill owner Holly Blackwood has come to love the wooden structure in the adjacent parking lot — "the pavilion," as she calls it — that has allowed the Eureka...

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Folie Douce to Become The Kitchen Arcata

(June 17, 2021) Last week, a joyful Chris Hollen announced the sale of her restaurant Folie Douce to Jacob Masslich, who'll be spending the summer transforming it into The Kitchen Arcata. Hollen says she's...

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Chop Up Italian Salsa Verde

And upgrade your deviled eggs

(June 17, 2021) Several things stand out in my memory of the semester I lived in Florence. I remember narrow cobblestone streets. The tranquility of brisk, autumn mornings near the Arno and the...

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Wrapping Up Zongzi

Sticky rice dumplings for the Dragon Boat Festival

(June 10, 2021) Zongzi (sticky rice dumplings) are a classic treat to celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival for Chinese all over the world. This festival falls on the fifth day of the fifth...

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in our blogs...

NCJ Preview: Otters, Police Transparency and Blackberry Mania

(September 18, 2021) This week we're talking about the North Coast Otter Art Initiative and the beautiful painted sculptures created by local artists to raise money for otter research. We defy you to...

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2021 Apple Harvest Festival Canceled

(September 17, 2021) Sad to say, but it looks like the Friendly City's annual Apple Harvest Festival will be put on the shelf again this year. Organizers had hoped to offer a limited and...

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California Can Keep Thirstiest Crops, State Ag Chief Tells ‘State of Mind’ Podcast

(September 8, 2021) The head of California’s agriculture agency said on the California State of Mind podcast that even devastating drought doesn’t mean the state must uproot its thirstiest crops. Instead says Karen...

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