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    Island breeze at Mill Creek Deli

    BY JENNIFER SELF Californian lifestyles editor
    Wednesday, Apr 23 2014 04:48 PM

    It's open, it's closed, it's open, it's closed, it's for sale, it's ... wait -- are those tables out front?

    The erstwhile Mill Creek Deli has always demanded a certain degree of flexibility from its loyal customers. But Brenda Sharp, who opened the restaurant five years ago in the building that once housed her beauty shop and the dearly departed Silver Fox lounge, said she's all in this time. She's reopening the downtown cafe Thursday, with some interesting changes, reflected in the restaurant's new name: Mill Creek's Castaway Cafe.

    "We're keeping the old menu but adding some Jamaican and Caribbean items -- jerk chicken and some smoked items," Sharp said by telephone Monday. "We changed the inside, added to it. We kept the artwork but...

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    A brew (and few) for you at festival

    For those of legal drinking age, it's about that time to head out to fundraisers and local gatherings with cold beer and hot entertainment. First on many lists is the annual Festival of Beers, May 3 at Stramler Park. "It's awesome, fun in...

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    SCOTT COX: A happy Scott at Happy Jack's

    This week's salad was eaten at the request of not one but two nice folks who wrote me about it. And it was at Happy Jack's Pie 'N Burger, so it's not like anyone had to twist my arm. Did you know Happy Jack's has salad? Neither did I....

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    PETE TITTL: Tofu House sure to satisfy craving for Korean

    One of the most impressive new restaurants to open last year was Seoul Korean on Coffee Road. We visited with my in-laws and their boys since they had spent over a year in South Korea with the military. 'They were just as impressed with...

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    The Dish: Cult-status brew still hard to get

    You have to beg, steal or borrow it, but we're here to report that the hard-to-get Citra at Kern River Brewing company lives up to the hype. The award-winning double Indian Pale Ale, the most popular beer at the Kernville brew pub, has...

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    PETE TITTL: Humble Ruben's makes the big move to Rosedale

    Not many restaurants are abandoning downtown Bakersfield for Rosedale, but Ruben's Mexican Food & Seafood is going against the grain. Best known for its seafood, the humble eatery recently closed its Chester Avenue location -- where it had...

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    The Dish: Bakersfield whiskey earns silver

    The Olympics have passed but the Americans earned a different silver thanks to Bakersfield-based Bowen's Whiskey. The spirit, created by North High grad Wade Bowen, earned a silver medal at the 2014 World Whiskies Awards in the American...

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    Fast-food review: Breakfast wars heating up

    Along with the morning coffee, a breakfast war is brewing. For my money, the best breakfast tacos to be had are at Homestate, a Texas kitchen by way of L.A. dishing up charro beans, chorizo and other goodies in flour or corn tortillas. But...

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    SCOTT COX: At $4, Costco's Caesar a pleaser

    I've been running around town a lot lately, chasing down leads from readers about Bakersfield's best salads. And I've had some good ones. And fancy ones -- salads with all manner of impressive greens, exotic dressings, and even candied...

  10. Fine wine and jazz perfect cure for the Friday night blues

    Bakersfield College Foundation's 2014 Red & White Wine & Food Festival on Friday will offer tastings from some of the most respected vineyards, paired with hors d'oeuvres prepared by the college's Culinary Arts program. The grass area...

  11. With great cause on the line, feel free to drink up at event

    Ready to wine and dine like a star? Raise your glass and toast your inner celebrity at "Hollywood Style," the Bakersfield Association of Realtors second annual wine tasting and silent auction. Founded last year to raise funds for the...

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    'O' my! Bakery selected for second appearance in Oprah magazine

    Entrepreneurs, authors and other creative types are glad to be blessed with the Oprah stamp of approval. With so many products out there seeking an "O" rating, it's not often that someone makes the list twice, but Bakersfield's own Sweet...

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    MMMAC & CHEESE! Festival celebrates beloved dish

    For most of us, somewhere in our childhood memories there is at least one bowl of macaroni and cheese. Whether it came from a blue box or started with a scratch-made roux and a blend of cheeses, it was carb heaven. The organizers of the...

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