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Labor Day Tales: Blood, Guts, Gift Wrap and Daycare

(Editor’s note: This is an encore column that was originally published in 2013.) When asked to name some of my most challenging jobs, I tend to recall employment of my youth, before I turned 30. I’ll leapfrog over my earliest… Continue Reading

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North State Live Music March 2–March 8

  Wednesday, March 2 Lisha Kim and Joe Walker at The Savory Spoon in Redding, from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. (530) 222-7200. Sami Jo at the Post Office Saloon in Redding, beginning at 6:30 p.m. 21 and over. (530) 246-2190. The almost-every-Wednesday Johnson Blythe… Continue Reading

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Menu Please: Sauce Is King at Fat Daddy’s Gourmet Bbq

What defines barbecue? And what is the difference between barbecue and grilling? Though the terms are frequently used interchangeably and the results (usually) delectable, they mean very different procedures and end results. As Chris Schlesinger explains in his 1990 book… Continue Reading

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Menu Please: Kahuna’s Mongolian BBQ Livens Up Downtown Redding Dining

The term “Mongolian barbecue” was first used by Chinese actor Wu Jau-nan when he opened a restaurant in Taipei in 1951. In “Unmentionable Cuisine,” the late Calvin Schwabe described Mongolian barbecue as being Taiwanese and similar to certain cookery from… Continue Reading

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Menu Please: View 202 – All That Glitters is not Gold

Not everyone loved the old Hatch Cover Restaurant, but it held a warm place in Femme de Joie’s heart from many get-togethers with family and friends over the years. She loved the retro-70s vibe with the piped-in Pablo Cruise-y music,… Continue Reading