Tales from the Mixing Bowl

One of the many great aspects of the holidays is tradition. Memories of Thanksgivings past and the loved ones who labored to create lasting impressions are brought to mind at this time of year. When family gathers, it is nice to remember the stories and tastes that are gone but somehow still linger. Old recipes help to recreate history, and…

Late Summer Bounty

 Article Ali Whyte  The Mark Restaurant, a landmark in downtown Bakersfield, is under new ownership. Ryan and Mikela Oberg purchased the restaurant earlier this year. Chef Manny Rubalcava has been with the restaurant for many years, having worked his way up from dishwasher to executive chef. Manny says lots of new innovations are underway, and he is excited about the future.…

Pimm’s Cup

 Article A.P. Whyte | Photography Elliott St. George  We declared our independence from the British, though we still feel connected in so many ways. Americans love British television, books, movies and theater. We are endlessly fascinated by all things royal. So to commemorate our independence and pay homage to our roots, try a Pimm’s Cup, a light cocktail for those…

Seasonal Delights

Locale, defined as a place where something happens. 
That “something” is the unique creation of delicious, artfully prepared food that is locally sourced and organic with a gourmet touch. Located in a once-upon-a-time gas station, owner Heather Laganelli has pumped her restaurant full of her creative joie de vivre. Perhaps it was inevitable that Heather should find herself in the…

A Taste 
Of Home

Shai Bitton grew up in a confluence of culture in Jerusalem. His family originally was from Morocco but later settled in Jerusalem where Shai spent his childhood. His entire family was in the restaurant business there. An older sister moved to New York City and opened a restaurant in Grand Central Terminal. Soon, Shai, now a young man, moved to…

Roasted Ginger Salmon with Loaded Green Salad

Choice of greens (romaine, butter leaf, red leaf, green leaf lettuces, spinach, kale, arugula, etc.)
½ cup shredded or chopped carrots
¼ chopped red onion
1-2 chopped banana, red, yellow or orange peppers
¼ chopped cucumber
¼ chopped avocado
¼ cup crumbled goat cheese or feta
¼ cup raw pumpkin seeds
1 tablespoon raw hemp seeds

Inside Bakersfield Lifestyle’s Cookie Jar

Okay, we surrender! Sweet Surrender Bakery has been around for years, and they only get better with time. Known for their incredible Matterhorn cake that was featured by Giada De Laurentiis on "The Best Thing I Ever Ate," they also make some of the most delicious and beautiful Christmas cookies you’ve ever seen. Whether you want to bake some for…

Apples and Sunflowers

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