What's Good: County Fair Edition

What's Good: County Fair Edition

Treats that may or may not be worth your dignity

(August 22, 2019) First, a shoutout to the folks who amble to the fairgrounds toting bottles of water, sandwiches and baggies of carrot sticks. Bless your forethought and discipline. Say kind things about...

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Sun, Moon and Fig

A midsummer fig and goat cheese tart

(August 15, 2019) It's the still midsummer air that reminds me to check on the figs. With their deep green leaves shading them, figs are having the coolest, quietest summer of anyone. I...

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What's Good: Sauced

Four local condiments to go overboard with

(August 8, 2019) In the way that Colette might have looked back on her love affairs with a calmer eye and an appreciation for the sudden and temporary passions that drove her to...

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Butter and Belonging at Red Lobster

(August 1, 2019) My immigrant Japanese family came to America and fell in love with cheap steaks, sausage, corned beef and cabbage, lasagna and rye bread. But they drew a deep line...

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Sauvignon Blanc: Perfect for Summer

(July 25, 2019) Before I had ever tasted a sauvignon blanc, I was told it smelled like cat pee. The wine dork who told me this didn't even mean it in a bad...

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Zucchini Days of Summer

(July 18, 2019) Just saying the word "zucchini" evokes summer and the celebration of abundance for which zucchini plants are famous. I get inspired by the different varieties of zucchini and summer squash,...

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What's Good: Surprises

From small kitchens and unexpected spots

(July 11, 2019) Pizza by the sea When eating in Trinidad, it's a totally understandable knee-jerk impulse to veer toward fish and chips, clam chowder or crab anything. It's the seaside atmosphere. But...

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Ten Items or Fewer

Little Japan edition

(July 4, 2019) Maybe you're already swinging by Little Japan (2848 F St., Eureka) for the sushi-grade fish in the freezer (where else are you going to get a single curled octopus tentacle?),...

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On Ma, Her Doughnuts and the Afterlife

(June 27, 2019) What happens when we die is a matter of great debate. One thing is certain, though: As long as one person remembers us, we remain connected to the living world....

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All the Pretty Oysters

The drama and the winners at Oyster Fest

(June 20, 2019) The lead-up to the 2019 Arcata Bay Oyster Festival was a lot. Local beer brewers were once again shut out of the plaza taps when event organizer Arcata Main Street...

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Lunch and Legacy at Chin's

How an immigrant veteran brought Chinese food — and people — back to Eureka

(June 13, 2019) On a Monday afternoon, Mary Chin sits in the back corner booth of Chin's Café, her coiffed silver hair bright against the orange vinyl. It's been two weeks since...

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A World of Peas

And a plate of sugar snap peas with pancetta and almonds

(June 6, 2019) Spring has always meant peas throughout my life, both in Italy and in California. What has changed over time is my attitude, going from "oh, no!" to "yeah!" The peas...

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Getting into the Moroccan Tea Cookie Business, Almond by Almond

(May 30, 2019) Jmiaa El Hessni comes out from the kitchen with a plate piled with nine types of cookies and sets them down on the small coffee table. She explains, in a...

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A Life in Brisket

Steven Raichlen's "steaks" with herbed butter

(May 23, 2019) If you smell smoke in Blue Lake this week, stay calm. Barbecue guru and James Beard and Julia Child award winner Steven Raichlen will be over at the Sapphire Room...

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The List

The quest to eat at (almost) every restaurant in Humboldt

(May 16, 2019) Ken Burton and Cindy Moyer are on a mission. Again. For the second time, they are making their way through an alphabetical list of restaurants in Humboldt County — the...

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Ice Cream Every Day

Churning it out at Living the Dream

(May 9, 2019) If you're strolling Eureka's boardwalk around 8:30 a.m., the sea air might be tinged with the sweet, buttery smell of snickerdoodles baking in the countertop oven at Living the Dream...

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