On my recent trip to the Brimhall Farmers Market I interviewed a woman who sells hand woven baskets made in South Africa.
Some of the best food in Bakersfield is found at “The Blue Elephant, Finest Authentic Thai Cuisine,” located at 8200 Stockdale Hwy, Suite M-1. Their food delights new customers,and old customers alike. You can order online for pick up at http://www.blue-elephant.net or call order to go at (661) 833-8190.
- The aroma of Yellow Curry with Tofu, and Chicken, Garlic Fried Rice fills the air.
Steve and Birdie Del Papa enjoy Chicken Pad Thai and Chicken Basil. A glass of Merlot wine and Mango Sticky Rice for Dessert topped the evening meal.
Another fine Thai Restaurant is The Orchid Thai Restaurant. Located at 5550 California Avenue, #106, Bakersfield, CA 93309. They have been in this new location for just over one year. Their specialties include Lobster Mac N’ Cheese, Roasted Scottish Salmon, and Seafood Inferno. Orders can be placed online at: http://www.orchidfusioncuisine.com.
Chicken Pad Thai is a favorite at most Thai Restaurants. Pad Thai consists of glass noodles, seasoned with delicate herbs and delicious peanut sauce.
Famous for their decadent desserts, Red Velvet Cake is a favorite at The Thai Orchid.
Last but not least is The Thai Kitchen located at 9901 Hageman Rd. Bakersfield, CA 93312
The restaurant is open for Mon-Thu, Sun 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Tours of the Historic Union Cemetery and more information on their events can be found at http://www.UnionCemetery1872.com
A stroll through the emerald golf course grounds of Union Cemetery Saturday morning, April 27, for “The Good, The Bad, and The Judges,” tour was fascinating. It was a special tour of the Pioneers Section where Bakersfield’s founding fathers are buried.The City of Bakersfield is named after Col. Thomas Baker, who was an attorney, a judge, and served as a senator from Fresno and Tulare counties 1861-1862. He loved the land and with Harvey Brown, bought swamp land in 1863 that is now Bakersfield. He is one of ‘The Good,” as well as one of “The Judges”. His profound knowledge and foresight was instrumental in the creation and promotion of Bakersfield and the welfare if it’s residents.
Benjamin Brundage, (1834-1911) was Bakersfield’s first Superior Court Judge. The original Kern County seat of government was in Havilah, but Brundage fought hard to have the seat of government permanently moved to Bakersfield. Brundage Lane is named in his honor.
RALPH M. FARISS, IS ONE OF THE “BAD” (1889-1915).
- Peggy Schrader tells tour group about the infamy of one of Bakersfield’s trouble makers, Ralph M. Ferris (1889-1915). Ralph, a resident of Bakersfield, was hanged in San Quentin in 1915 after he committed a train robbery in which he shot and killed Horace E. Montague, December 1, 1913 near El Monte, CA.
In Kern County our number of Farmer’s Markets has tripled since 2003 to last year’s count of 18. Nationwide there has been a steady upward climb to 7,175, to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Kern County’s Farmer’s Market is thriving, floundering and has been providing service to the public for 30 years now, and they are open to the public year round. The goods these market’s offer include a variety of items: fresh, honey, fish, poultry, okra, plums, tomatoes, black berries, cherries, blueberries, melons, peaches, cheeses, juices, jams, freshly made artisan bread, healthy snacks, and holistic dog treats. It is such a great atmosphere to come out even just to walk around and enjoy the afternoon. I personally love watching customers swapping recipes for their peach salsa or their grandma’s secret, fresh apple pie. The time slot on Saturday mornings is considered a prime slot for publicity and visibility to the public. Farmer’s are usually willing to make deals for buying in bulk and will heavily discount as the end of the market approaches. That is something you can’t do at your local grocery store and that helps keep the steady line of customers coming back every Saturday. “Government programs also encourage farmers’ market attendance among low-income residents. Each year, the USDA provides WIC with a limited number of checks that can be used like cash at markets with approved vendors.” (Kelli Schmitt, Bakersfield Californian) This helps ensure that the Farmer’s Market is readily available to anyone who is willing to spice up their grocery shopping and come out on a sunny afternoon on their weekend off to enjoy some authentic, locally grown veggies, produce, and more!
Bakersfield Culture Sizzles as The Empty Space Art Gallery/Theatre Celebrates Ten Years The Empty Space theatre and art gallery, located at 706 Oak St., is a cultural icon in Bakersfield. It is celebrating it’s tenth anniversary with an exhibit from John Kirkeby called, “Kreative Allusions” and a play called, “Crimes of the Heart,” written by Beth Henley and directed by Bob Kempf. Gallery director, Jesus Fidel, 30, prides the theatre/gallery as beng, “the only totally nonprofit, donation based theatre/gallery in the U.S. run by 20 volunteers 365 days a year,” said Fidel. Each month a different artist is featured in the art gallery and a different play is presented to the public. The plays are usually locally written or off-Broadway shows, with suggested donations of $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors per theatre show. Visiting the gallery exhibit is free and delicious snacks, coffee and wine is available. While the artist reception hours are between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on weekends, the plays take place in the evenings on weekends. For a schedule of this month’s showings and future events go to www.esonline.org. John Kirkeby, retired from Xerox ten years ago, now has more time to be creative. He is celebrating his second showing at The Empty Space. “I really like the casual atmosphere at this gallery. For my first exhibit I was really nervous and brought 41 paintings and sold only a few. This year I have 21 paintings and they are selling very well,” said Kirkeby. He also has many prints of his artwork to choose from for sale at the gallery. If you are artistic and would like to exhibit your work to the public you can contact Michelle Guerrero, 35, the marketing director at (661) 327-7529. Both Guerrero and Fidel have been with The Empty Space for three years and are always available to answer any questions. If you love art you can also go to the Bakersfield Museum of Art website, www.bmoa.org for more information on Bakersfield’s hidden art treasures.