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Sequoia Park Zoo and Gardens – A Delightful Pairing

The flower garden by the Zoo is such a delight to wander past or through on the way to the Zoo, and the City of Eureka’s Parks Department does a great job keeping it looking fresh. Former Eureka police chief Dave Douglas and his wife Sylvia also help out on a volunteer basis. The half-acre space specializes in dahlias and is at its most colorful from late June through September, but there’s usually something blooming most times of year. The gazebo is always a welcoming sight with its sheltered seating, and the sundial and wishing well add interest.

For garden lovers continuing on to the Zoo, there’s plenty of plant life to enjoy there, too. The aviary is planted with nearly all native plants, including flowering currant, huckleberry, wax myrtle, and madrone, and there’s a flourishing redwood shrub sprouting from the old-growth stump that was left behind from the old logging days. There’s so much plant life, it can sometimes be hard to find the birds – although when the male Golden pheasant is strutting his stuff, he stands out pretty well!

Hand made pizza wheel cutters

Pizzas are usually cut by a long curved knife called a mezzaluna or, more commonly, a pizza wheel cutter.  Humboldt Hardware now carries locally crafted pizza cutters in a variety of woods and sizes.  My favorite (third from the left) was hand turned from plum wood and finished only with a little wax.  The cutter itself can be easily unscrewed for cleaning.  If you would like a particiular wood, size or design, they can make custom cutters for you as they recently did for celebrity chef and former Fortuna resident Guy Fieri who was given a red pizza wheel with flames.  It is a lot of fun to see how each handle fits in your hand and you can even decide which wheel best fits your handle since the wheels are interchangable.  (ask at the store before you swap them as some wheels may be more expensive than others)  These one of a kind cutters are the ideal gift for the pizza fanatic in your life and are available at Humboldt Hardware, 531 Second Street, Eureka.  

Fire & Light: Many Colors, But Green All the Way Through


As Earth Day approaches, it's worth our while to reconsider what "going green" actually means. As the buying power of the green consumer increases, plenty of companies have remade their image as “eco-friendly.” And, at first glance, their practices seem to fit the bill. They use recycled paper. They encourage carpooling. They post polite reminders to customers reminding them to only take a few napkins at a time. But Humboldt County isn't interested in good intentions, we're interested in action. We were composting before composting was cool. It's for that reason that we're home to a thriving community of innovators and small businesses who are taking green to the next level. Some Humboldt Made members are producers of environmentally-friendly technology, others create organic, ethically-produced specialty food items. Others have a more subtle green profile. Fine tableware might not be your first thought when it comes to a green product, but Fire & Light, makers of hand-poured colored glass tableware, is one of Humboldt County's best examples of a environmentally-conscious business that redefines what it means to truly “go green.”

Nice to meat you! I got beef.


This is a quick tutorial on tackling a massive topic: cows. In this town they are all over, so you know they're big! Most are also grass-fed and finished, like Clint Victorine's Pacific Pastures and Eel River Organic Beef. Let’s look out on the pasture to see what the cows are bringing home.


You might think, it is too hard to learn all the parts of a thousand pound creature. In fact, you might be tempted to “graze” right over it, but trust me: this is simple! I will teach you a little bit about anatomy then you can match the part of the animal with the type of preparation it requires. When you visit the meat counter find out what general region each piece comes from. You can ask the butcher or Google it. Knowing some anatomy, you will be able to understand how to prepare it.


Mad River Brewing Company Wins Award at World Beer Cup®


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 Photo (from left): Packaging and Brewing Staff

Sean McSmith, Kevin Fischer, Robert Lemon, Morgan Phillis, Karl Modell, Nick Pires-Moore, Evan Spragen, Josh Da Silva, Dylan Schatz (Head Brewer) with World Beer Cup Award

Down front: David Cook

Blue Lake, CA • April 15th, 2014 — Mad River Brewing claimed a bronze award in the 2014 World Beer Cup, a global beer competition that evaluates beers from around the world and recognizes the most outstanding brewers and their beers. The 2014 competition was more competitive than ever—4,754 beers were judged.

Gold, silver and bronze awards in the competition’s 94 beer style categories were presented April 11, 2014 during the World Beer Cup award ceremony at the Hyatt Regency in Denver, Colorado.

Competing against 67 entrants from around the world, Mad River Brewing Company was awarded a bronze award in the Golden or Blonde Ale beer style category for its Flagship Ale, Steelhead Extra Pale Ale. "I raise my glass high to our production crew at Mad River. Our dedication to excellence, everyday, has set a consistent benchmark for the USA and the world for craft brewed ales of the highest quality." says Dylan Schatz, Head Brewer.


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