The Turkeys Are Lurking In Eureka


I don’t like cornbread stuffing. I don’t like cranberry sauce. I don’t like wheat bread. I don’t even like turkey much. But around this time last year I concluded that the Turkey Lurkey sandwich made with the foregoing ingredients by the then-Vellutini’s Bakery in Henderson Center, is one of the best I have ever had.

Vellutini’s has become a commercial bakery operating on Broadway near Marie Callender’s. Scott and Stephanie Phelps are now operating The Corner Bakery and Cafe at the Henderson and “F” location. (They also have Babe’s Pizza and Pasta, so they’re a busy pair.)  Stephanie shared that their intent, especially with regard to the Turkey Lurkeys, is to carry on exactly as before.  I agree. Why mess with perfection?

The origin of the Turkey Lurkey is shrouded in the mists of the past.  I think the reason they’re so darn good is the FRESHNESS of the ingredients, not just the bread, which you’d expect, but all of it. This season a Turkey Lurkey goes for $7.65 for a whole sandwich (they’re pretty big- I eat them in halves) and a half -sandwich is $5.25, both before tax. You have a choice of chips or potato salad. Get the potato salad.

I had a Turkey Lurkey  the other day and it was amazing.  Definitely puts you in a holiday mood, plus if you come in October you can check out the Hallowe’en goodies.

So welcome the Corner Bakery and Cafe to Henderson Center. Sometimes it’s nice when things don’t change.


“Taste of Bim” IS Pretty Tasty; Amy’s Delight Delivers.

A TASTE OF BIM-  When I finally got to check out A Taste of Bim, the new Caribbean restaurant on 3rd Street (in the back half of what used to be the Avalon) the lunch rush had subsided and we were the only customers. The waitress was cheery and the space is colorful and full of light. Go HERE for a link to their website.

The food is definitely out of the ordinary. I ordered the codfish fritters, which come as three deep-fried tennis-ball size portions on a banana leaf. In appearance they’re kind of daunting but once you cut into them, they are absolutely delicious. They came with a mustard sauce that was also good.

I also had the jerk chicken wings, which were good. The jerk flavor was very mild. My friend had the roti with chicken, which turned out to be a large taco-like construction with the meat and potatoes stuffing folded into a sort of tortilla. It was very, very good and we were both impressed with the quality and the value.  The codfish fritters, for example, were $5. A Taste of Bim – “Bim” by the way, is short for Barbados- should do very well in a part of town that could use some new choices.  Open from 11-9 M-Th, 11-10 Fri-Sat, 11-7 Sunday. Check it out.

AMY’S DELIGHT- “I’ve driven past this place a thousand times” I said to myself. Amy’s is that place just down from Winco that you always pass by because  you’re just had lunch. I figure that with at least three trips a week to Winco,  COSTCO or some place on Broadway, plus return, I have actually driven past Amy’s 1560 times in the past five years. See? I never exaggerate.

We checked Amy’s out on a Friday morning and when we entered at 1130 no one was there.  We were greeted by a pleasant man who brought us a plate of cut-up oranges. He and his wife, who stayed in the kitchen, are the proprietors and her Asian heritage explains some of the menu items, like the chow mein.  They have many choices for breakfast or lunch and the prices are reasonable. We both had the chicken-fried steak breakfast which was good and which I could not finish.  By the time we left, the lunch crowd had arrived and there was not an empty seat. Amy’s closes at 3pm.  Their Facebook link is HERE and now you have no further excuse to drive past without stopping.  I’m definitely going back.

Open Tuesday-Friday 11-8, Saturday 7-2, closed Sunday and Monday.




Annals of Customer Service


This really happened.
I was shopping for a winter jacket at a local store which shall be nameless (because this could have happened anywhere in Humboldt) . I found one that looked right but it had a fur collar- not exactly my style,  plus I figured it was fake anyway. I flagged down a salesclerk and asked if it was real. She went to consult someone and came back saying, “Yes, it’s real. It’s fox.”

FOX!  I couldn’t believe it. “Isn’t that an endangered species?” I asked.  I don’t know whether they’re endangered or not.  My neighbor says there are foxes in our ‘hood in Cutten but I never see them.

“No, it’s really fox”, the clerk said.  “It’s right here on the tag. See?”

I looked at the tag.   It said “FAUX”, not “fox’.  I explained the difference.  She was sort of interested.

That incident made me wonder what local employers are doing for customer service training now that the Eureka Adult School is no more. Years ago, the Chamber sponsored training for retail employees.  The legend is that their training got its start when the waitstaff at the old Seafood Grotto were heard telling visitors who asked what there was to do in Eureka, “Nothing”.  The Chamber is under financial duress at present and I would’t expect any expensive initiatives from them for awhile.  

Retail is critically important in this County; it provides thousands of jobs, not all of which are minimum wage jobs.  It provides training; most people’s first jobs were in retail.  Retail trains people to communicate,  problem solve, handle cash and a dozen other skills. 

Including, maybe,  the ability to distinguish “faux’ from “fox.” The fake fox fur turned out to be detachable.  I’m trying to decide if I should give it to the dogs to play with or if that would encourage aggression toward small critters.  I guess I’ve already done irreparable harm with all the “squeaky” toys I’ve given them. The faux mice and faux birdies have taken their toll.


Let’s Talk About Guns



When it comes to guns, everyone’s got an opinion. What I am presenting here are not opinions, but statistics that were gathered by a gun enthusiast from South Carolina, Dr. John Rheney, who has been the outdoor columnist for the Orangeburg Times & Democrat since 1984. Click HERE for his complete article.  They are followed by some California statistics from the State departments of Public Health and Justice.  If you have information to the contrary, kindly post it with your sources or better yet a link.  Enjoy!

Seven per cent (7%) of Americans hunt.

A survey found that 32 percent (32%) of Americans either own firearms or live with someone who does. This is down from 50% in the late ’70’s.

In 1977, a third of Americans lived in a household with at least one hunter.  In 2014, that number had declined to 16%.

While the number of guns being sold has held steady or increased, the guns are being concentrated in fewer hands.  22% of Americans own a gun as opposed to 31% in 1985.

About 35% of men and 12% of women own a firearm. 31% of people over 35 years old own a firearm.  Only 14% of people under 35 do.

Republican households owning guns: 50%.  Democrats: 25%.

Whites are twice as likely to own a gun than other races. People with higher incomes are much more likely to own guns than the poor.

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