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Menu Please: So Ono at Niu Hawaiian BBQ

Femme de Joie has to confess she has never harbored any desire to take a Hawaiian vacation. This might be partly because she’s spent most of a lifetime right here in Shasta County, getting sunburns on the sandy beaches of… 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

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Menuplease: New China Serves Fine Cuisine

Strip malls are not usually the first place you look when choosing a restaurant. There’s just something about those impersonal, interchangeable squares of real estate with high-gloss walls, big glass storefronts and acres of asphalt just a few steps from… Continue Reading

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Tips for Dining Out Well – For Less

Even if a restaurant claims “you’re family,” you’re a customer, and they are in business to make a profit. Restaurants are good at separating you from your money: it’s their raison de etre. A severe case of sticker shock upon… Continue Reading

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MenuPlease: Elegant Asian Dishes at Yuet Bistro

It’s been noted before in this space that strip malls can be an unlikely place to find good food. The many vacancies and low rent in Redding make them ideal for small family-run restaurants. Yuet Bistro is one such place.… Continue Reading