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In the age of Google, a simple search for instructions leads to more results than one knows what to do with. Bakersfield Life Magazine aims to make the process a little easier by presenting you with "How To" guides written by those in the industry who serve our community. From buying your first car to getting the loan you need to become a homeowner, these guides will help you make well-informed decisions to some of life's biggest questions. 

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Dining Divas: Crest Bar and Grill

Nestled inside the Bakersfield RV Resort, Crest Bar and Grill is the place to relax after a long day with delicious food and drinks. This southwest gem has taken its place among Bakersfield’s top locally owned restaurants. Learn what luxury RV living is all about. APPETIZERS Carla Barrientos on

Stephen Schrepfer, owner of Think Green Pedicabs

How local pedicab drivers are thinking green

They are the limousines to your wedding. Or the Ubers to your pub crawl. No. We aren’t talking automobiles. Bakersfield’s Think Green Pedicabs are cycling in the streets downtown and its lime-green means of transportation are easy to spot a mile away. Hail them like a cab and they’ll take you

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  • Food and nutrition quiz

    See how savvy you are about food and nutrition by taking this little quiz. Some questions have more than one answer. 1. Only one juice is high in iron. Is it: (a) orange (b) prune (c) carrot (d) apricot   2. Trimming the fat eliminates most of the cholesterol from meats. True or

  • Overweight woman exhausted after a long run. Selective focus.

    What Happens When ... You Lose Weight

    There is no greater feeling than realizing you’ve dropped a few sizes while shopping. Whether it’s inches off your waist or torso, that sudden grin on your face when you look at yourself in the mirror is priceless. For many, documenting their fitness journey on social media helps keep them

  • Lasagna-stuffed spaghetti squash

    Prevention: Key component for fight against diabetes

    The number of people living with diabetes has almost quadrupled since 1980 to 422 million adults. At the World Health Day this year, the World Health Organization said factors driving this dramatic rise include being overweight and obesity. Kern County is 58 out of 58 counties in the state when it

  • From left: Donna Chaffee, Debbie Pappe, Christine Saldivar and Jane Couperus.

    Local book club blossoms into flourishing group of well-read members

    “It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” – Oscar Wilde Book clubs are alive and well in Bakersfield, and, according to proponents of reading “when you don’t have to,” that’s a plot you always want to thicken. The pastime

  • Zika

    The lowdown on the Zika virus

    Utter the words “Zika virus” today and almost everyone has something to say. But it hasn’t always been a topic of conversation in households or doctors’ offices in the United States. Until now. On Feb. 1, the World Health Organization declared Zika virus a Public Health Emergency of

  • Grilled chicken fettuccine with mango cream and butter sauce

    What's Cooking: Mango chicken pasta

    Ingredients • 1 1/2 pounds boneless/skinless chicken thighs • 1 tablespoon olive oil • 1 pound fettuccine • 2 fresh, ripe mangos • 1 cup heavy whipping cream (divided into 2/3 cup and 1/3 cup amounts) • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan (plus a little more for serving)

  • Herb Benham

    Last Word: The joys of DIY

    We live in an old house, in an old neighborhood, in an old part of town. What the houses share, in addition to charm, is that most are falling apart. What many of us strive for is to maintain our houses in a state of graceful decay. Start with the outside of the house. Besides some rotten eaves

  • Kinkaku-ji Temple, the famous Golden Pavilion at Kyoto, Japan.

    The path to ‘traditional’ Japan passes through Kyoto

    I had been in Japan for about a week and I had yet to go to Kyoto, Japan’s former capital about 280 miles west of Tokyo. あのう、すみません。京都へ行くバスがどこにありますか (Excuse me, where are the buses that go to Kyoto?) I asked after finding a train station staff member to help me.  I was in Shinjuku Station in

  •  Information Bureau researchers busily sorting through readers' questions.

    No question too tough for TBC Information Bureau

    Long before the internet, Google or smartphones provided instant answers to practically any question, the information superhighway consisted of the local library and the daily newspaper. Readers depended on The Bakersfield Californian to provide the latest local news and they turned to The

  • Kern County Veterans Services Department Director Dick Taylor during the annual Memorial Day Service at the Bakersfield National Cemetery.

    Hometown Hero: Dick Taylor

    The Marine Corps is not easy. It’s not meant to be. But once you’ve signed the papers and are hundreds of miles away from home at boot camp, there is no turning back. For Dick Taylor, director of the Kern County Veterans Service Department, the decision to enlist as a 19-year-old wasn’t a