Not Home for the Holidays

It’s that time of the year again, the holiday season. As the weather cools off, people get warmer.

Gratitude. Thanks for Your Support!

Hello, all! I thought about gratitude a lot and decided to show some. The French Quarter would like to thank you for letting us meet and welcome your out-of-town friends and family to our store when they visit Bakersfield. It’s fun to be discovered!

Crop-Gifting: Ag’s New Role in Charitable Giving

As the “Breadbasket of America,” California's Central Valley growers are finding innovative ways to leverage the value of their crops with meaningful charitable giving. The Bakersfield-based Kern Community Foundation is embracing a movement that’s been popular in the Midwest for years in so-called “Gifts of Grain” programs. Put simply, a producer of any of a variety of crops plants, harvests and sets…

Thanksgiving by Inspiring Designs

An elegant holiday table would not be complete without flowers. This beautiful arrangement was created by the talented Diane Dang, owner of Garden District Flowers. Diane chose warm autumnal hues that harmonize beautifully. Chrysanthemums, roses, carnations, snapdragons and for texture, greens, ivy and branches are combined for the centerpiece. The low, horizontal design is of perfect proportion, low enough to…

Restaurants in Unusual Settings: The Tower Craft Bar & Grill

 Keep the Faith  It was in 2008 that German-born chef Robert Alimirzaie became enraptured with the building that once housed First Baptist Church. For 10 years, Robert couldn’t get the old church out of his mind. When he and future partner Carlos Ponce met, Robert shared his ideas. The two dreamed of how their collaboration might take shape. Charles H. Biggar designed the…

A Cook’s Tour

Where Chefs Eat: A Guide to Chefs' Favorite Restaurants by Joe Warwick

Glorious California Wine

In California, we’re blessed with a bounty of fine wines that have made US wines much sought after in many parts of the world. In fact, in 1976, a blind tasting in Paris pitted the best of California wines against the best of France. The tasters were all noted French authorities with impeccable credentials. But the unthinkable happened. The 1973…


The BLVD Bakersfield is an entertainment venue offering a full-service restaurant, 14 state-of-the-art bowling lanes plus eight VIP bowling lanes, an outdoor beer garden with two bocce ball courts, three full-service bars, more than 60 interactive games with a prize store, a two-story laser tag arena, a ropes course, and private party spaces and meeting rooms for corporate gatherings.

Timeless Joy of Wine and Dining

One thing remains timeless—the association of wine with food, history and tradition. We drink wine with a nice dinner, we look forward to it after a long day, and it finds its way to our table when we gather for a celebration.  Since we also eat with our eyes, presentation is essential to the success of a dish or a…

I Think I’ll Get a Cortisone Shot

 Article Dr. Arturo Palencia  One of the most overused and least understood medical treatments is the cortisone injection. Cortisone has been used in multiple body parts and can be extremely helpful. But cortisone is but only one steroid and nothing more than the name of a specific “branded” product. It can be safely injected into various tissues such as tendons. However,…