Apple Season in the Mountains

October marks the time of the year when the air becomes crisper and the holiday season is just around the corner. Certain apples are in season for most of the year, but many apples varieties are just coming into season. The Apple Festival in Tehachapi is marking its sixth year. The festival takes place on Oct. 13-14; admission to the…

Kitchen Tools

If it's fall, it must be baking season! The temperatures are finally dropping, and thoughts of warm cider, cookies and pumpkin spice everything come to mind. In addition to Halloween, there are school activities, football games and weekends with friends. With the holidays are just around the corner, it’s a great time to assemble the tools necessary to create seasonal treats…

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…

Finally Fall | Happy Birthday to Us!

Finally Fall There’s a certain excitement that accompanies the advent of fall. Summer is over, the heat has subsided and it’s time to get to work. Somehow the tasks don’t seem onerous because there are so many enjoyable activities that come along with the cooler season. There are football and soccer games, tailgates, performances, road … Continued

October 2018 Around Town

Dreaming Beyond the Stars: A Night at the Oscars Gala The Housing and Opportunity Foundation of Kern proudly announces its 7th Annual Dreaming Beyond the Stars Gala Nov. 2 at The Padre Hotel to raise important funds that help low-income citizens to achieve an important life change. The Housing Foundation offers services such as self-sufficiency programs, social … Continued

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.

A Cook’s Tour

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

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…