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    PETE TITTL: The other honest-to-goodness breakfast hub downtown

    By PETE TITTL For The Californian
    Saturday, Feb 28 2015 09:00 AM

    There are times when the hour wait for breakfast/lunch at 24th Street Cafe can be a bit impossible, particularly on a Sunday morning. They've got the patio, the staff is efficient, but some weekend days just have a honey-do list that makes the delay impossible. So consider ambling over to the original occupant of that building, Lorene's Coffee Shop, which is just a few blocks west on 23rd Street.

    I know in some circles it will seem sacrilegious to compare the two, but the long-time downtown coffee shop does some things well enough to avoid a serious letdown if you choose wisely.

    Let's start with breakfast and my favorite, the skillet breakfasts. Sure, the chains have made creations like this common: a metal dish of fried potatoes...

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    Golden girls: Bakersfield Junior League at 50

    Back in 1965, when the Junior League of Bakersfield was in its infancy, members were accustomed to being misunderstood. Once, when a lunch order for a board meeting arrived, the potato salad was in the shape of a baseball and bat. Comic...

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    Salty's serves up "killer barbecue" on "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives"

    Guy Fieri did his part Friday night to put Bakersfield on the Triple D dining map with some “killer barbecue” at Salty's BBQ & Catering. The Rosedale Highway restaurant was in the hot seat in the first of three “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives...

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    HERB BENHAM: Roofer never looks down

    A description of Donna Amparano sounds like the punch line of a joke. If it were, she'd be the first to laugh, if not tell it herself. Amparano is a one-legged roofer with a three-legged dog. What are the chances? "The dog's name is...

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    HERB BENHAM: A dried-in-the-wool laundry rookie

    For Christmas, Sue gave me a blue vest from Nordstrom, made of extra-fine Merino wool. It's a beauty, neither too thin nor too thick. The vest started as a large. I own three vests but the moths chewed two of them, leaving the third one...

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    ANN CIERLEY: How to get started on wine journey

    I've been approached several times already this winter by earnest young adults who either ask me for recommendations for a good wine, or want to know where they can learn about wine. The ensuing conversation always has me telling them to...

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    We grilled Salty's owner before TV debut

    Although the owner of Salty's BBQ & Catering loves talking barbecue, when it comes to discussing his restaurant's Friday debut on "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives," he was warned to close the lid as tight as he would on pulled pork in a smoker...

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    Looking for wholesome fun? Be glad for 'Plaid'

    While some court controversy in shades of gray at the movie theater, Stars Theatre Restaurant offers a family-friendly outing with "Forever Plaid," a return to the bygone era of four-part harmonies opening Friday. "The show is funny. It's...

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    Looking for wholesome fun? Be glad for ‘Plaid’

    While some court controversy in shades of gray at the movie theater, Stars Theatre Restaurant offers a family-friendly outing with “Forever Plaid,” a return to the bygone era of four-part harmonies opening Friday. “The show is funny. It’s...

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    We grilled Salty’s owner before TV debut

    Although the owner of Salty’s BBQ & Catering loves talking barbecue, when it comes to discussing his restaurant’s Friday debut on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” he was warned to close the lid as tight as he would on pulled pork in a...

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    Great outdoors is on display

    The great outdoors, in all of its splendor, is set to come to the Kern County Fairgrounds this weekend. Outdoor aficionados can check out what's new in boating and other aquatic vehicles, explore the latest model RVs and size up the...

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    Poetry in motion at CSUB

    The poetry of Spanish dramatist Federico Garcia Lorca comes to life Thursday at Cal State Bakersfield's Dore Theatre in "Lorca in a Green Dress." The lyrical drama depicts Lorca's journey in purgatory as he faces four aspects of his...

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    Remembering arts advocate with laughter, not tears

    When Jan Fulton went about planning her funeral, the first order of business was this: There would be no funeral. The arts and civic pride advocate wanted music, food, stories, laughter -- and if a New Orleans-style procession could be...

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