MURPHY’S Anniversary Sale Features Bargains

The Murphy’s flyer this morning features sale prices at all their stores honoring their 45th Anniversary. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs @$1.45/lb.  Also those chicken spinach feta burgers @$3.45/lb,  pork shoulder roast @ $2.45/lb and cantaloupe @ $.45/lb.

They are having in-store drawings every day too although at the Cutten store yesterday it was hard to figure out what the prize was.  45 years is a long time to prosper on †he Redwood Coast so stop by and  say “hi”.


Farewell Grace Marton and Ralph McCarthy.

It seems an awful lot of people I know have died recently.

Grace hired me for my first job after leaving Hawaii and coming back to Humboldt. I started out as a part-time job developer, at Redwoods United, and lost touch with Grace when I moved on. I regret that. Grace was very dedicated and helped many many people during her career. 

Ralph started a literary agency and I was one of his first clients. I ran into him at Costco a few months ago. Can’t believe he’s gone.

Treasure your friends. They won’t be here forever.


Harbor Group Luncheon on Sept 28 Features City Council Candidates

The Humboldt Bay Harbor Working Group’s September luncheon features candidates for the Eureka City Council.  Austin Allison and John Fullerton face off in the 4th Ward while Heidi Messner is running unopposed in the 2nd Ward. Lunch is at noon at the Samoa Cookhouse, pork steak!  $15 for the full lunch, $11 for soup and salad. Call 441-1974 to RSVP and read about  it HERE.


The glorious mess that is Bella Italia

Bella Italia is hard to get a grip on. There’s no website. The menu seems to be in flux. We entered to a cacophony of breaking dishes and crying babies. But we all left happy. Let me explain.

Bella Italia is now located across from the Banana Hut on 5th Street in Eureka. When you enter you are overwhelmed by the most wonderful smells.  They distract  you from the chaos and the crying  babies  and the sketchy decor.  This is not a place that emphasizes appearance.

Judging from past Yelp reviews, the menu is smaller than it used to be.  I was kind of curious about that Greek pasta but there is plenty left to pick from.  I was with a group of six and two of us ordered the dinner salad.  At $7.95 it is HUGE – and excellent-  and you might as well split one.  There was only one waiter, a young fellow with a great attitude. Most of the folks who ordered wine had to negotiate a second choice-  they were out of a lot of items, having just come off the Labor Day weekend.

A couple of us had the ravioli ($15.95) and they cleaned their plates.  I had the Pasta Pescadores, with shrimp, salmon and scallops at $17.95,  very good and and it heated up well the next day.  As we were finishing the owner came out so we at least got a glimpse of the chef. 

Bella Italia is a strange and wonderful place.   I can’t wait to go back.