Here’s to You, Bakersfield!

At Bakersfield Lifestyle, we have much to be thankful for. Building the magazine over the past six months has been our driving mission every day—sometimes challenging, but more often exhilarating. We arrived in Bakersfield, almost by accident, in March 2017, hoping we made the right decision. No family, friends or acquaintances to lean on. Our driving commitment was to launch…

Keith Brice Receives John Brock Award for Community Service

The John Brock Committee and CSU Bakersfield’s School of Business and Public Administration (BPA) presented Keith Brice as the 2017 recipient of the award on September 7 at Seven Oaks Country Club. Keith is the president/CEO of Bakersfield-based Mid State Development Corporation.

November 2017 Around Town

Bakersfield ranks fourth nationally, and second in California, for architecture and engineering occupations, according to a new study released by Abodo. The apartment-hunting website places the Bakersfield metropolitan area among the nation’s best based on various factors, including the median rent of a one-bedroom apartment, the median occupation salary and employment per 1,000 jobs. In Bakersfield, about 26 out of…

A Thanksgiving Tale of Unfortunate Events

Thanksgiving, our uniquely American tradition, comes but once a year and families proudly assemble in homes across the country to be together and express their gratitude for all the blessings in their lives. Sometimes they travel great distances, face airport delays, traffic jams and inclement weather conditions. Year after year, as the song goes “we gather together to ask the…

Out of the Kitchen

Mike Kelly and Marah Jackson produce some amazing cuisine five days a week at the Petroleum Club of Bakersfield. Downtime and holidays mean relaxing with family and friends and doing everyday things—Everything except cooking! Time to relax and recharge the batteries! And the food they crave is nothing fancy, just well-prepared family dinners. Mike’s wife will prepare the family feast…

Triassic Vineyard

Sometimes if we’re lucky, providence comes knocking, though we might not always recognize the opportunity when it appears. The world of business relies heavily on analytics, metrics and informed decision-making based on mountains of data, balance sheets and deductive rationale. But then, there is the intangible, the third eye or sixth sense, which sets some individuals apart. It’s that gut…

FRENCH QUARTER 
TREND SETTER

Finally, fall is in the air! There’s something special about autumn that draws us together with family and friends. Transitioning from flip-flops to boots, tank tops to sweaters and backyard grilling to pumpkin pie ... actually pumpkin-flavored everything! Family and friends gathering for food, football and fun make us want to create a warm and welcoming home.

Enjoy the Season Guilt-Free

The years seem to fly by, and once again Thanksgiving is upon us. So with the holidays arriving, are you ready? The next couple of months are full of parties, food, shopping, gifts and travel. While they are joyous and festive times, they often evoke stress, anxiety and often dreaded weight gain. The average adult expects to gain 5 pounds…

When Your Child Needs a Hand

It’s now November and the school year is in full swing. About now, parents might begin to sense that all is not well with the way the school year is progressing. Perhaps parent-teacher conferences revealed academic concerns. Parents might be noticing that their child is unhappy, tears with homework are a nightly event, and maybe the mornings are fraught with…