Our regular readers know how partial I am to Eureka’s culinary oasis on “F” Street, the Brick & Fire. I thought I was pretty familiar with their menu but had fallen into the trap of having the Wild Mushroom Cobbler, ($9) every time I went there. I tend to go for salads over fries, therefore I had never had the Brick’s fries ($3.50). They were a revelation.
The fries are steak fries and appear to be grilled rather than deep-fried. I was trying to figure out how to duplicate them at home and concluded you would need a LARGE grill to accommodate those tasty taters side-by-side. They are loaded with chopped garlic and altogether wonderful. I have a new favorite.
My friend had the Caprese BLT ($11) which she liked a lot and I had the panzanella salad ($11) which was seriously delicious, featuring nuggets of organic chicken that couldn’t have been better. If you haven’t already memorized their menu, you can check it out HERE.
We are lucky to have a restaurant of this caliber here. Support your local Brick! No, I do not own stock in them nor am I a friend of the owner.
We got hacked. I guess it was inevitable. I didn’t even know it was happening until a friend (thanks Grace!) whom I hadn’t spoken to in years emailed me with those dreaded words: “Your site was hacked!”
The hack was affecting everyone who accessed the site though Google, not the folks who were already on the mailing list. If you went through Google, you got redirected to a Russian porno site. What I saw of it was so unappetizing I now understand why the Russian population keeps dropping. I had noticed for awhile than a large number of the new signups were from Russia. I’ll be curious to see if that continues now that the hack is fixed. It was very, very stressful but the indispensable and extremely patient Bob Morse got us through it.
Onward and upward!
Talk about a timely topic! Their program on Wednesday the 27th will address the recent $7.5M grant and plans and projects for the Humboldt Bay Channels. Click HERE for more info. Fried chicken too! Ask them for a bib. See you at the Cookhouse!
A little reminder that Trump’s lapses in judgement are sometimes HUUGE. Read about it HERE.
I visited Loleta Cheese over the weekend to buy a box of cheese which would have to be shipped. I’ve done this several times in the past and I guess I got spoiled by their generous free-shipping policy. Well, NO MORE! To mail six cheeses, total value $33, I paid a $12.95 mailing charge PLUS $5 for “handling”. I understand that they had to raise prices in view of their bankruptcy but how about phasing it in? Or something. Anyway, 35% is too much to pay for shipping in my book so I will be looking for other Humboldt-made products to mail in the future. Jellies are too heavy and breakable, chocolate melts. Ideas, anyone?
The Greene Lily at 307 2nd Street in Old Town has been garnering enthusiastic reviews since it opened last Fall and I feared it would be too crowded on opening day of the RCMF. We found plenty of seating in the cheerful space and our breakfasts were excellent. The chicken-fried steak ($12.95) is the star of the show but the lady at the next table was enjoying their Cobb Salad, (also $12.95) which looked good. The biscuits are excellent and we shall be returning. Nice place.
Finally, Southside Mike’s has found a home!! After being available -sporadically- at the Myrtle Avenue center (think Myrtlewood Liquors and John’s Fine Cigars), Mike Ross is now going to be grilling there EVERY THURSDAY, FRIDAY and SATURDAY from 10 to 5 but if you wait until after 4pm they run our of things. His awesome tri-tip san ($10) is huge and melts in your mouth. They were out of the Smoked Mac’n’Cheese ($5) but I shall return. ‘Way to go, Mike! The new website is under construction.
A proposed change to Federal labor regulations would require employers to disclose their union-busting tactics directly to the affected employees, instead of by filing a report to the Dept of Labor.
Read about it HERE.
Forwarded for your edification:
‘Fraid of spiders? Get used to them. Every household in the United States harbors about 100 of them. But they only kill about seven people a year. Snakes kill five. This was in Better Homes and Gardens so it has to be true.
That actor who plays The Asshole in the National Car Rental ads, the guy who doesn’t want to talk to mere humans and negotiates a raise with himself, is Patrick Warburton, who played Elaine’s idiot used-car salesman boyfriend, the one who told her she was going to Hell. I sure didn’t recognize him. Guy is a genius. I didn’t used to appreciate those ads but I’ve seen the light.
The unemployment rate in Shasta County is 8% according to the Redding Searchlight-Record. That’s compared to 5% for Humboldt County.
(Bonus) According to the same paper, Red Emmerson of Sierra Pacific Industries is still rich. In fact, his Forbes ranking increased from 481 to 435 while his worth remained about the same, meaning some folks above him in the list had a tough year. HERE’S the story.
(Another bonus) Wild Rose Farm in Blue Lake is the larges quinoa producer in the US. You would have known that if you’d read the Greenway newsletter last week.
Retail giant Costco is increasing its starting wage by $1.50 to $13per hour. Read the whole story HERE. This after our civic leaders foretold the end of he Republic if Eureka were to have an $11/hour minimum. How can they afford this? Could good management have something to do with it? Do you think ??.
I love COSTCO.
Greenway, the Northcoast’s premiere planning and environmental think tank, has issued its latest bulletin. Read about FUTSAL and their other projects HERE.
I told my friend we’d eat anywhere she wanted. I was surprised that she picked the Stuf’d Potato. I’d eaten there a couple of times when It was in Henderson Center and thought it was okay but hadn’t checked out the new location on Broadway. The “new” location is in the Victoria Place, a strip mall tucked behind the Big Five and unless you were looking for it you would never find it. This is not a location people just stumble upon.
There were two other diners at 1230 on a Thursday. We didn’t see anyone else coming or going. Signs were posted for a festive Valentine’s Dinner, bacon -wrapped filet at $45. The interior is pleasant and the chairs were comfortable. I note this because I’ve been to a couple of places lately that DON’T have comfortable seating. The place is immaculate. I could imagine that in the evening, with candlelight and music, you could forget the strip mall aspect and it could be a creditable date restaurant. If nothing else, you could talk about the food, which is at least a bit unusual for Eureka.
The menu seems like the same one from Henderson Center. I’d had the potato with chicken in wine sauce before (10.95) and it would still be my pick but for a change I ordered their Reuben (also $10.95) which was fine. In a perfect world the pastrami would be thinner sliced but it was good, as was the potato salad. My friend had a chicken filet sandwich (ALSO $10.95) but it turned out she really wanted the bread pudding ($4.50) which she took home. She reported back that it didn’t seem as good as when she had had it before but I couldn’t help because I loathe bread pudding. If I go back I will definitely try one of the crepes.
The server was very friendly and encouraged us to stay as long as we wanted. We could have had a confidential business meeting. The reason for the lack of traffic is probably the name of the restaurant, which gives the impression that potatoes all all they have. The Yelp reviews point this out.
So if you’re looking for a place to have a quiet business lunch, or maybe a date night, check out the Stuf’d Potato. Not so great for networking, though.