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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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Make Mine Authentic

Written by Mike Stepanovich

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Those who know me know that when it comes to Mexican cuisine I have a predilection for two things: all things New Mexican, and Tecate.

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Steak With A Side of River

Written by Mike Stepanovich

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It’s a beautiful Kern County autumn afternoon—blue skies, warm temperatures, light breeze.

Greenhorn Summit is in the distance, the southern Sierra Nevada beckons. perfection.

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Imagine My Surprise

Written by Mike Stepanovich

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I’m one of the few long-time Bakersfield residents who was unfamiliar with Great Castle Restaurant. but no more.

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Pasta Anyone?

Written by Mike Stepanovich

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One of the great lunch specials in Bakersfield is at a small, family-owned restaurant in northeast Bakersfield in an old shopping center across from Bakersfield College...

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Deli-cious

Written by Mike Stepanovich

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I heard about Mill Creek Deli long before I ever stepped foot in the place. My wife, Carol, one of the cheerful volunteers at the Assistance League of Bakersfield, and her colleagues, discovered the Mill Creek Deli shortly after it opened in November 2009.

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Flame On

Written by Mike Stepanovich

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The aroma grabs you first; that smell of seasoned meat grilling on an open fire. There’s nothing like it. It gets your mouth watering and your taste buds quivering in anticipation...

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A Foreign Affair

Written by Tom Xavier

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Mambo...mambo Italiano! If you’re like me, you love Italian culture. And when I say Italian culture, I mean Italian food. It’s rich, unique, and involves savory flavors. Come on, who doesn’t drool over the sweet sauces and fragrant meats of Italian cooking?

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Meals & Memories

Written by Mike Stepanovich

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The painting just naturally grabs your attention, more so than the other bits of nostalgia decorating the walls at Zingo’s Café. It’s one of those paintings that makes you recall a distant time, reflect.

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