Monday, April 26, 2010

Ritz Teppamyaki and Sushi Bar, Eureka, CA

The Ritz has moved! Their new location is absolutely beautiful! Harbor front view and wonderful atmosphere, slightly smaller than the old location down on F st. The best news of all even with the new better location the prices remain the same! I've had dinner here many times sense I moved to Eureka. The Ritz doesn't have the best online reviews or even the best reputation. I believe this place has changed sense when a lot of people first reviewed it, and I also think the new view makes it a really fun place to go to now. The Teppamyaki is really good! It's worth giving one more try if you aren't sure, and if you've never gone I think you'll be pleasantly surprised! One of my favorite rolls is the Kaleidoscope roll. Pictured here is a rainbow roll and Jaque's Special, both with soy paper.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Greek Pasta with Meatballs

Prep Time: 40 minutes
Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1/2 cup orzo, 3 meatballs, and 1/2 cup sauce)

2 cups hot cooked orzo
1/3 cup plain dry breadcrumbs
1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 pound lean ground lamb
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, divided
2 large egg whites
1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
2 cups jarred marinara sauce
3/4 cup (3 ounces) crumbled feta cheese

1. Preheat oven to 375°.

2. Combine breadcrumbs and next 6 ingredients (through garlic) in a medium bowl; stir in 1 1/2 tablespoons parsley. Add egg whites, stirring mixture until just combined. Shape mixture into 14 (1-inch) meatballs; cover and chill meatballs 5 minutes.

3. Cook orzo according to package directions; drain. Keep warm.

4. Heat oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add meatballs to pan; cook 8 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Drain well; wipe pan clean with paper towels. Return meatballs to pan. Spoon marinara sauce over meatballs; sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 375° for 15 minutes or until meatballs are done. Sprinkle with remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons parsley and feta. Serve over orzo.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Co-Op Sandwich

The co-op sandwich is the finest creation ever made! Just what you would expect from from a grocery store in Eureka, everything is natural, organic, and locally grown! So why... I ask you, would you ever get another sandwich at Subway again? It's 6 dollars for a huge sandwich with pretty much anything you can think of, kind of topping or bread. I shall never go hungry again!
My favorite- cranberry, turkey sandwich with avocado.
Co-op deli also does catering and offers cooking classes.

Oaxaca Grill

Polite friendly customer service.
Best salsa ever! I am in love with the hot sauce! The mango salsa on the fish tacos is unbelievable.
(You can buy their salsa/sauce at co-op and Eureka Natural Foods as well).
Unique menu. Fresh and Authentic. I really love this place.