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It Has To Be Authentic

Written by Mike Stepanovich

It’s been more than four decades since I was last in Vietnam, but I have good memories of the food there. Everyone ate pho, the popular Vietnamese soup, in its various forms. There were other offerings as well—shrimp, seafood, rice of course, vegetables—all of it fresh...

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The Roayal Treatment

Written by Mike Stepanovich

California’s roads haven’t been royal for a couple centuries now, but you’re in for a royal treat when you dine at Camino Real, the restaurant that claims it was Mexican inspired with California love...

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Love at First Bite

Written by Mike Stepanovich

Carol was excited. She was having lunch with me at the Guild House, the all-volunteer restaurant at 1905 18th St., the corner of F and 18th streets. It wasn’t just the excellent cuisine that she was anticipating. Carol had been a Guild House volunteer herself years before...

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Keeping It Simple

Written by Mike Stepanovich

Shai Gordon chastised me when we saw one another at a recent social event. “Hey, Mike, we haven’t seen you lately,” the proprietor of Steak & Grape Restaurant said, with a raised eyebrow and slight smile...

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Downtown Delights

Written by Mike Stepanovich

For a while the only reason to be downtown was work or for government. That’s all changed.

Bakersfield’s downtown renaissance has made the area a favorite destination for eating, shopping, and entertainment.Locals and visitors alike are creating magical evenings in the heart of town now.

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The Yum Factor

Written by Mike Stepanovich

One of the many things I enjoy about my wife, Carol, is that because she’s essentially a lifelong Bakersfield resident—her family moved here when she was five—I often get a history lesson about all things Bakersfield of the last half century or so...

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Traditions & Taste

Written by Mike Stepanovich

Basque food and Bakersfield are synonymous. In fact, the Bakersfield Visitors and Convention Bureau website says we have the largest concentration of Basque restaurants in the United States...

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Definitely Delectable

Written by Mike Stepanovich

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Café Med has become a Bakersfield institution, an icon, a destination for out-of-towners, and a magnet for locals. An integral part of the Bakersfield dining scene for 21 years, it’s a place where friends congregate for good wine and good food.

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Using Your Noodle

Written by Mike Stepanovich

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I first became acquainted with Chef’s Choice Noodle Bar last October about six months after it had opened. Some friends told us about a winemaker dinner that was scheduled there, and asked if we’d like to join them. Oh man, was that a good decision.

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Tellin' No Lies

Written by Mike Stepanovich

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I’m not lyin’, this is a true story: Some years back, Bob Bryant told me he was planning to buy the Lie-N Den, a little spot at Niles Place and Monterey Street. Any suggestions? he asked. Yes, I said. “Find John Somers and learn how to make burgers....”

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