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Color Me Mine

10 Jun

Color Me Mine, located at 9000 Ming Avenue is fun for the whole family. Color Me Mine is a paint your own pottery store that allows both children and adults create a personalized masterpiece they can treasure forever.

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The best way to stay fresh.

16 May

There is nothing better than an ice cold refreshing coffee on a hot day in Bakersfield. With over 20 locations in Bakersfield, I love going to Starbucks to help me cool down in the hot Bakersfield heat.

With a relaxing atmosphere, great music, and a wide variety of drinks from Frappucinos, lattes, espressos, smoothies, and iced teas, it’s no wonder why Starbucks is a popular spot.

My favorite types of drinks are the Frappucinos. I love trying new coffee drinks, but these are my top 3 favorite Frappucinos from Starbucks that I always come back to.

1.      Mocha Frappucino light is probably my all time favorite drink from Starbucks. This drink contains mocha-flavored sauce blended with milk and ice.

Photo by Starbucks.com. The Mocha frappuccino light.

Photo by Starbucks.com. The Mocha frappuccino light.

2. Coffee Frappucino light is a close second. This drink contains coffee with milk, ice and hints of caramel. I am not that fond of caramel, but this drink has just the right amount of caramel.

 

Photo by Starbucks.com. The coffee frappuccino

Photo by Starbucks.com. The coffee frappuccino light.

3.  Mocha Cookie Crumble. For you chocolate lovers this is the coffee for you. This coffee contains mocha sauce, vanilla syrup, chocolate chips, milk, ice, chocolate whipped cream with chocolate cookie crumbles on top. This coffee doubles as drink and a dessert perfect for any hot day!

 

Photo by Starbucks.com The Mocha coolie crumble frappuccino.

Photo by Starbucks.com The Mocha cookie crumble frappuccino.

Honorable mention: Strawberries and crème frappuccino. This drink contains milk, strawberries blended with ice and topped with whipped cream. I don’t buy this drink that often, but I had to add it in this list because it is a delicious drink for those who love strawberries or for those who do not like coffee.

Photo by Starbucks.com. The Strawberries and Creme frappuccino.

Photo by Starbucks.com. The Strawberries and Creme frappuccino.

Go to the Starbucks website to see a full list of all the Starbucks drinks. http://www.starbucks.com/menu/drinks

 

Go to Starbucks’s Facebook to check on the latest deals or news  from Starbucks. https://www.facebook.com/Starbucks?fref=ts

Starbucks is a great place to sit down, relax, and enjoy a nice cold drink on a hot day in Bakersfield, California.

“Coffee for a purpose”

13 May
Photo by Sandy Ornelas. Entrance of Covenant Coffee located at 1700 N Chester Ave in Bakersfield.

Photo by Sandy Ornelas. Entrance of Covenant Coffee.

Covenant coffee, located at 1700 N Chester Ave in Bakersfield, offers freshly roasted coffee with a great cause.

Photo by Sandy Ornelas. Inside Covenant Coffee.

Photo by Sandy Ornelas. Inside Covenant Coffee.

Bakersfield just got a little bit sweeter

10 May
Photo by Sandy Ornelas. The entrance of Sugar Twist.

Photo by Sandy Ornelas. The entrance of Sugar Twist.

Sugar Twist bakery located on 9500 Brimhall Road is a big hit in Bakersfield, offering delicious, mouth-watering desserts from doughnuts, cakes, and cookies.

Sugar Twist bakery opened in 2011, and it already has a special place in many people’s hearts according to Yelp reviews. http://www.yelp.com/biz/sugar-twist-bakersfield

Sugar Twist has the classic doughnuts that everyone loves, but they also offer unique pastries such as, the Drizzlie S’more doughnut that consist of a long chocolate covered doughnut topped with marshmallows and crumbled graham crackers.

Photo by Sandy Ornelas. The display at Sugar Twist.

Photo by Sandy Ornelas. The display at Sugar Twist.

One aspect that makes this bakery unique is that Sugar Twist gives people the option to decorate their own doughnut.

When I walked into the bakery I was surprised at the great variety of pastries; there is definitely something to fulfill anyone’s sweet tooth.  I had a giant doughnut that consisted of three different glazes, maple, chocolate, and sugar and cinnamon. It was extremely delicious because instead of buying separate doughnuts you can have three doughnuts in one, and it is big enough to share so you don’t feel guilty for eating a giant doughnut. I defiantly recommend this delicious doughnut.

Photo by Sandy Ornelas. Giant doughnut from Sugar Twist. Best doughnut I have ever had.

Photo by Sandy Ornelas. Giant doughnut from Sugar Twist. Best doughnut I have ever had.

Another thing I recommend to try is a cream puff. The cashier told me that cream puffs are there best sellers and I can tell why. Cream puff is a miniature croissant with a creamy filling inside.

The Sugar Twist website displays the various pastries and cakes the bakery offers. Go check it out at http://www.sugartwistbakery.com/.

Another unique aspect that Sugar Twist offers is special pastries for special events or holidays. It’s perfect just in time for mother’s day on Sunday.  They make cakes, cookies, and cupcakes just for mom! You can look at the pictures of these special pastries on Sugar Twist’s Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SugarTwistBakery.

Sugar Twist is absolutely great for the whole family. There is a great variety of desserts to satisfy anyone’s taste buds.

Over the Moon for restaurant Sushi Moon

3 May
Photo by Sushi Moon's Facebook.

Photo by Sushi Moon’s Facebook.

Sushi Moon on the corner of Brimhall Road and Calloway Drive is the newest addition to the various sushi restaurants in Bakersfield since its opening in February of 2013. According to yelp.com, there are approximately 27 sushi restaurants in Bakersfield. Yelp.com is a website where people can post a review on restaurants, stores, and more. Check it out at http://www.yelp.com/bakersfield-ca-us. So what sets Sushi Moon apart from the others?

Sushi Moon offers a variety of traditional yet modern Asian cuisine, with a great range of items to satisfy anyone’s taste buds.  With a menu of more than 200 items including classic sushi rolls, decorative sushi, seafood, and Korean BBQ, it will definitely be a challenge for any customer to decide what to order.

Sushi Moon is located at a busy intersection, but when entering the restaurant one is welcomed to a relaxing atmosphere. The restaurant is decorated elegantly. The restaurant is dark, with the walls painted black and pops of red in the curtains. There is a wine room that displays all the wines the restaurant offers. There are various flowers located all over the restaurant, and beautiful chandeliers hanging from the ceilings. The tables are spacious with comfortable chairs and a small candle on each table. The restaurant is very detailed with a feminine touch.

Photo by Sushi Moon's Facebook.

Photo by Sushi Moon’s Facebook.

The décor of the restaurant was designed by one of the owners, Tammy King.

“She is very fashionable. She owns the clothing store on Stockdale highway, Fashion and Fame. She is really trendy,” said Aeriel Cummings, the restaurant manager and server.

Cummings has been working at the restaurant since its opening in February of 2013.

When asked by customers what Cummings recommends she suggests a meal based on people’s preferences: “People always ask me for my recommendation; I always ask them whether they like fresh fish or deep fried fish and depending on what their answer is I usually recommend a couple rolls. Some people come in just for the meal. I recommend the poke bowl,” Cummings said.  The poke bowl consists of tuna, salmon, and white fish.

For people who are new to sushi, Cummings recommends tempura rolls. Tempura rolls are different types of sushi that have been battered and deep fried.

One of the most popular meals on the menu are the lunch bowls. The Bibimpap Bowl consists of assorted vegetables with beef bulgogi, a fried egg on top, and crisped rice with sweet spicy sauce.

What makes Sushi Moon unique from other restaurants in Bakersfield is the wide selection of food, said Cummings.

“Until I started working here I figured out the difference between a fresh fish and something you can tell has been frozen for a long time,” she said. The menu has about 40 rolls and three selections of rolls to choose from. They include fresh fish rolls, teriyaki rolls, and baked rolls. A baked roll is a classic sushi roll with baked fish on the outside. “So we have a huge selection, more than I even realized that other restaurants didn’t have,” said Cummings.

Another unique aspect of Sushi Moon is the presentation of the sushi. Three cooks prepare the meals fresh in front of the customers. The cooks decorate the plate of sushi to appear as flowers or birds. The images of the decorative sushi can be seen on the restaurant’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SushiMoonBakersfield

Customer Jose Romo says Sushi Moon is one of his favorite restaurants. “I love sushi, my favorite dish is the crunchy salmon talaki,” Romo says. The crunchy salmon talaki has shrimp tempura, crab and avocado on the inside and seared salmon and crispy onion on the inside.

Hamburgers Galore!

26 Apr

Bakersfield is filled with numerous hamburger joints. But which ones are the best of the best? Here I provided the top three hamburger restaurants in Bakersfield.

 

3. Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers located on 2649 Calloway Drive.

Photo by Sandy Ornelas. The grilled chicken breast sandwich from Freddy's.

Photo by Sandy Ornelas. The grilled chicken breast sandwich from Freddy’s.

Freddy’s is still fairly new to Bakersfield, but it has already gained a big audience.

If you are looking for a reasonably priced and delicious cheeseburger this is the place to go.

  • Price: $7.09. Prices for a hamburger range from $6-$7.
  • Food and drinks offered: Great range of classic American food from hamburgers to hot dogs. Desserts include malts, custard, and sundaes.
  • Appearance: 1950s look. Similar to In N Out.
  • Favorite: Grilled Chicken Breast Sandwich. Contains Grilled Chicken Breast, lettuce, tomato. With baked lays and a drink, but I substituted the lays for fries. Fries seasoned with Freddy’s famous fry seasoning.
  • What is it known for: Known for  east coast style hamburgers and custard.
  • The menu can be seen on the restaurant’s website.  http://www.freddysusa.com/menu/combomeals/

 

2. Red Robin located at 2710 Ming Ave.

Photo by Sandy Ornelas. The California Chicken from Red Robin. Yum!

Photo by Sandy Ornelas. The California Chicken from Red Robin. Yum!

I love red robin! Red Robin is a bit pricey but the hamburgers are  delicious and unique. Red Robin has a great variety of hamburgers that are a nice transition from a regular cheeseburger.  Plus you get unlimited fries!

If you are looking for a unique hamburger this is the place to go. And don’t forget the onion rings.

Photo by Sandy Ornelas. Onion rings from Red Robin. Yum!

Photo by Sandy Ornelas. Onion rings from Red Robin. Yum!

  • Price: $9.99. Burgers range from $8-$10.
  • Food and drinks offered: Great variety of hamburgers, from classic cheeseburgers, to spicy, BBQ, and teriyaki. Over 20 hamburgers. Bonus: You can customize your own hamburger.
  • Appearance of the restaurant: Casual and cool restaurant. Pop Culture themed.
  • What is it known for: Hamburgers!
  • My favorite:  California Chicken. The California Chicken contains grilled chicken breast, guacamole, bacon, Provolone, tomatoes, pickles and mayo. Fries are delicious too.
  • Red Robin’s menu can be seen on their website. http://www.redrobin.com/

 

  1. In N Out.

Two  locations in Bakersfield,  one on  5100 Stockdale Highway and the other on 2310 Panama Lane.

Photo by Sandy Ornelas. Animal Style french fries and animal style cheeseburger from In N Out.

Photo by Sandy Ornelas. Animal Style french fries and animal style cheeseburger from In N Out.

You just can’t go wrong with In N Out. Whenever I am craving a hamburger I always go here. In N Out is definitely one of my favorite places to go out to eat.

If you are looking for a typical hamburger with a kick this is the place to go.

  • Price: $7.58 for animal style hamburger and fries.
  • Food and Drinks offered: Classic cheeseburger, hamburger, milkshakes, and fries.
  • Appearance of the restaurant: 1950’s look.
  • My favorite: Animal Style hamburger. This burger contains lettuce, tomato, a mustard cooked beef patty, pickles and onions.
  • What is it known for: Delicious, Mouth-watering hamburgers and their “not so secret menu.”
  • Their menu and secret menu can be seen at the In N Out website. http://www.in-n-out.com/menu.aspx

Bakersfield’s newest restaurant, Sushi Moon

20 Apr

 

By: Sandy Ornelas

Photo by Sushi Moon's Facebook page

Photo of decorative sushi by Sushi Moon’s Facebook page

Sushi Moon is one of the newest sushi restaurants in Bakersfield since it’s opening in February of this year.

One of my favorite meals to eat is Sushi, but I have never found a good sushi restaurant in Bakersfield to go to. I have been to a couple of sushi restaurants in Bakersfield, but nothing compares to my absolute favorite sushi restaurant, Full Moon Sushi in Costa Mesa, California.  So, I saw that Sushi Moon was new in town and I decided to give it a try. And I was pleasantly surprised.

When I first walked in Sushi Moon, I was welcomed to a relaxing atmosphere. The restaurant was so elegant and fancy. The restaurant is dark, with the walls painted black and pops of red in the curtains. There are various flowers located all over the restaurant, and beautiful chandeliers hanging from the ceilings. The tables are spacious with comfortable chairs and a small candle on each table. The restaurant is very detailed with a feminine touch.

As an appetizer I received a bowl of miso soup; one of my favorite dishes to order when I go to a sushi restaurant. Miso soup consists of soybean paste, fish stock, seaweed and tofu. This dish sounds odd, but trust me it’s very delicious and healthy.

When I opened the menu, I was overwhelmed with all the choices. Sushi Moon offers more food than any restaurant I have ever been to. There is over 200 items on the menu with a great variety of seafood, sushi, and Korean bbq. I had a hard time choosing what I wanted to order.

Sushi Moon has a Facebook page that provides a full list of the restaurants menu and pictures of their dishes. https://www.facebook.com/SushiMoonBakersfield

When looking at the menu, I decided to go for something I normally wouldn’t order. At sushi restaurants I tend to order the same thing, teriyaki chicken or California rolls because it’s offered at every sushi restaurant I go to and it’s my favorite dish. So this time I decided to try something new. I ordered the crunchy shrimp. The crunchy shrimp consists of shrimp tempura, crab meat, and avocado on the inside and crunchy tempura on the outside. This dish was very delicious and I highly recommend this to anyone that goes to Sushi Moon.

My overall experience at Sushi Moon was great! I loved the food, the atmosphere was relaxing, and the staff was very friendly. I plan on going to Sushi Moon again very soon.