Have lunch in Redding today

Cafe Pagato lunch

We welcome Jeremy, our new cook, to Caffe Pagato! Jeremy has made Roast Beef Pepperonata sandwiches with Potato Salad today for lunch. #passionforcooking #deliciousness #lunchspecial #caffepagato

Posted by Caffè Pagato on Thursday, April 16, 2015

I’ve posted about this interesting cafe before. You can check out this and other dining destinations at my Redding Area Restaurants page. Go and enjoy eating out; it’s Really Redding.

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Colossal oak on Benton Drive

We had a strong wind last night. I saw some damaged trees around town. This big oak on Benton Drive still stands.
Oak on BentonWe have some big trees in the Redding area. A while back, the wind took one of my favorite big beautiful oaks down. It was located on Deschutes Road. I thought I had a photo of that tree, but sadly I can’t find it. I will try to post more trees. ReallyRedding is a tree city, and there are many standouts.

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Recently and quite inexplicably, my car seems compelled to periodically post this warning.
Speed limitedDuly noted, car. It hasn’t proven to be much of a limitation.

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Joe Friedman break dances

My friend Joe Friedman let me shoot some of his calorie burning break dance moves in Anderson at California Dance Company studio the other day. I put it to music at YouTube.
Thanks, Joe. Your hard work and practice is evident. Below, his audition reel completed:


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Cornerstone Bakery and Cafe in Dunsmuir

You can hardly get more central Dunsmuirian than the Cornerstone. A delightful cafe and bakery next to the California on the main street through town.
Cornerstone Cafe1The interior evokes memories of historic eateries infused with modern hipster vibe. Great colors, and very Dunsmuiresque art pieces on the walls.

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Seen below, a trout fisherman seems ready to hook one of their excellent bakery items.
Cornerstone Cafe2The delightful Karry opted for the Cuban Pork Sandwich, slices of pork loin, ham, swiss cheese, pickles, mustard and mojo on a french roll. Not sure what mojo is, but it tasted great. I had a salad and the soup of the day, which was a terrific Clam Chowder, along with a Shasta IPA from one of several taps available.

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Being a bakery, they have a selection of fresh desert items on display.
Cornerstone Cafe3I couldn’t find a website for them, but I did find the Cornerstone Bakery and Cafe menu online. It all looks very tasty, and I know we’ll be back to try more of it. Looks like we’re hooked! Open for breakfast and lunch, but not every day, so check ahead. 5759 Dunsmuir Ave, Dunsmuir, CA 96025  530-235-4677 .

Just a bit upstream from Really Redding.

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Turning off the comments at redding.com

I discovered this by accident. Recently, redding.com switched using Facebook to host their reader comments. For a while, I saw no comments on any article. It was a revelation. I really don’t care that much what a random group of strangers thinks about everything written at redding.com. It was nice.

But then I saw others commenting on Facebook about the comments at redding.com (negative comments, of course). So I began to wonder if it was just me who couldn’t see the comments. Sure enough, it was just me.

I use Chrome. I had previously installed a privacy plug-in named https://disconnect.me/  It was not letting Facebook requests into my browser, effectively shutting off the comments.

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I like this plug-in. The free version lets you see who is tracking you and making requests at various websites, and you can turn them on or off with a software switch. So the default setting turns off the comments at redding.com. And several other things as well. The plug-in counts 66 things at redding.com at my browser:
Disconnect me RS

Obviously you can leave the comments available, and choose not to read them for the same refreshing experience. But just like the ever popular car-wreck-rubbernecker analogy, I just always looked. And doing so, I was nearly always disappointed. The rare insight gained was not nearly valuable enough to offset the barrage of negativity I could not un-see.

So now they are simply switched off.

I suppose I’d forgotten just how pleasant it can be to simply read an article, and move on. No rubbernecking the wreckage. As revelations go, this one wasn’t earth shattering. But it’s been a change for the better.

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The drought is real, but not all California is built in a desert

These images were taken today. A light dusting of snow in April on Castle Crags.
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Castle Crags2 1280April showers bring May flowers in Really Redding.

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A collection of Mediterranean religious imagery for Easter

While looking for images of the farmers market in Valencia for my last post, I realized I had some interesting (at least to me) images of churches and religious imagery from some Mediterranean cities that might make an appropriate post for Easter Sunday.

A couple of notes:
I had been randomly cataloging Redding Church buildings here at Really Redding over the years. I should start that again. In contrast to Europe, Redding churches tend to be utilitarian in design. Perhaps that’s our denomination then, we are mostly Utilitarians here.
The first image in the gallery above, and the animation at the bottom, shows a church riddled with bullet holes from the Spanish Civil War, Saint Felip Neri in Barcelona.

Barcelona church detail


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The Central Market in Valencia

The Redding Certified Farmer’s Market is reopening this Saturday April 4th. I’ve been looking forward to it. But I can’t help thinking about the year-round Mercat Central we saw in Valencia Spain last year. The beautiful structure contained an amazing array of vendors and produce. Here are a few images I captured.

“The Mercat Central de Valencia has always been known for the quality, variety and freshness of its products as well as the helpful, personalised service provided by its traders.

In addition to the market’s main activity, the innovative and business-like character of the traders has made the market grow and improve day by day. Nowadays, it is an important place for the sale of fresh products and a major cultural and tourist attraction not only for foreign visitors but also for the people of Valencia.

The Mercat Central de Valencia covers exactly 8,160 square metres divided into two areas or zones. The first one is an irregular shape with a surface area of 6,760 square metres and the other, which is octagonal and covers 1,400 square metres, houses the fish market. The basement, which has 7,690 square metres, was previously a fish auction and is now used as a car park.

The Mercat Central brings together almost 400 small traders and 1,500 people are involved in its daily activity. It is the largest centre of its kind in Europe specialising in fresh products and the first market in the world to rise to the challenge of computerising sales and offering home delivery, services which have been available since 2nd October 1996.”

So, according to the Mercat Central website, you can order online. But why would you? I shot a 30 second video walking in. Sorry for the skakiness, but it gives you some idea of the sound of it.Then you need something to cook that in.
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Valencia cooking2 I do like the new home for the Saturday Redding Farmers Market, behind City Hall. But some days, it would be nice to have some large, perhaps re-purposed building to keep out the elements. They seem to know a lot about indoor/outdoor beauty in Valencia.Valencia street cafeValencia street cafe2

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Shasta County retail food facility inspection results

How healthy is that restaurant? Some eastern cities we’ve seen, restaurants have health inspection results posted where you can see them. Here in Shasta County, you can view the health inspection history online. Link to the Retail Food Facility Inspection Results from Shasta County Environmental Health below.
Shasta County Health Inspections
We noticed it was easier to find the restaurant or store by street than by name. Also you can find things mobile like taco trucks by typing in taco, or whatever food vendor type you are looking for.

We’ll keep a link in the sidebar as Health Inspection Results.
Below are some tips from Shasta County, click image to slightly enlarge.

Shasta County Health Tips
Knowledge is power, and cleanliness is next to godliness in Really Redding.

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