• Richard Yoshimura, owner of Moo Creamery in Bakersfield, cuts a thick slice of his chocolate cream pie. Forget about the goopy chocolate pudding pies that some restaurants slop up and cover with canned whipped cream, writes Californian reporter Harold Pierce. Moo Creamery’s adaptation of a French cream pie recipe boasts a firm luxurious bittersweet filling that melts as soon as it hits your mouth and tastes like a chocolate truffle.

    Love & Chocolate: Where to get your fix in Bakersfield

    We know, we know: If you haven’t booked your reservations for Valentine’s Day yet, it might be too late. So what are we doing tempting you with 10 rich chocolate desserts if there’s no hope of getting into the restaurants that serve them? Because there’s always tomorrow. There is no rhyme or

  • Whether you're FBO ( Facebook official) or It's Complicated, celebrate Valentine's Day at Eureka! with the burger restaurant's specialty Valentine's drinks, available through Feb. 15. Each cost $12.

    THE DISH: Valentine's cocktails at Eureka! and macarons at Gimme Some Sugar

    Today is Valentine’s Day and whether you’re with a sweetheart or single and fabulous, Eureka! Gourmet Burgers & Craft Beer has a drink for you. The Hawthorne-based burger chain known for specialty cocktails brought modern romance to its mixology for Valentine’s. Those crazy in love can enjoy

  • Is there any task manager Miguel Legazpi doesn't perform? Here, he shakes the ingredients of a cucumber margarita for a regular guest at Red Grill Onions Mexican Cafe and Bar.

    PETE TITTL: Restaurant with long name will be on your short list of faves

    It’s hard to be more impressed by a new restaurant than we were on our visit to Red Grill Onions Mexican Café and Bar. It needs a name that long to contain its awesomeness. It’s a small place, seemingly with only one employee, an amiable man who took care of customers at the bar and tables,

  • Johnny Depp plays Donald Trump in website "Funny or Die's" take on the presidential candidate's best-selling book "The Art of the Deal."

    Watch Johnny Depp as Donald Trump in FunnyOrDie Film 'Art of the Deal'

    LOS ANGELES - FunnyOrDie, striking while the iron is hot after Donald Trump's Republican presidential primary victory in New Hampshire, has released a 1980s-throwback movie starring Johnny Depp as the mogul-turned-politico. The 50-minute “The Art of the Deal” film -- which FOD says is “The New

  • Laurie Britt and her mother, Kay Ward, say that quilting together has deepened their relationship.

    Mother-daughter quilters have art form covered

    Laurie Britt’s modern quilts are like paintings made of fabric. Mother Kay Ward is a traditionalist, known as the “Queen of Applique” for her intricate piece work. Britt moves from one color and subject to the next. Ward sticks to a palette of warm jewel tones and specializes in floral and Celtic

  • Lisa Lampanelli appears Feb. 12 at the Bakersfield Fox Theater.

    CESAREO GARASA: If 'mean' is your scene, she's the queen

    Lisa Lampanelli’s style of comedy is confrontational and merciless. In under five minutes, you’ll be saying to yourself at least once, “I can’t believe she said that!” “I always compare it to how when you’re around true, real friends, and you know how real friends can joke with each other and call

  • "Abandon in Blue" by Rubia van Roodselaar is among the works on display at the Brazilian consulate in Los Angeles.

    It started with the 'Samba': Bakersfield artist gets show in LA

    Although Carnival revelers have cleared from Rio streets by now, the party continues in the work of Rubia van Rooselaar. The Brazilian-born artist, who now calls Bakersfield home, brings a bit of her homeland’s bravura to “Reaching for the Stars” at the Brazilian consulate in Los Angeles. Van

  • "Deltron: 3030" by Jorge Guillen, part of his show "Skylines: 3030" opening Saturday at the Arts Council of Kern.

    Artist paints to a hip-hop beat

    The Arts Council of Kern is dropping a fresh beat on the local arts scene Saturday courtesy of Jorge Guillen. The artist unveils his “Skylines: 3030” this weekend with an evening reception featuring the work of DJ Epic One. The collection of 16 mixed-media works is inspired by Guillen’s life:

  • Jon Pardi plays Buck Owens' Crystal Palace on Feb. 12.

    Shows before bros for trend-bucking Jon Pardi

    Call Jon Pardi a honky-tonker for the 21st century. Bucking the trend of the moment, Pardi’s eschewing bro country and making his mark playing the real stuff, as he’ll prove Friday at his concert at Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace. Actually, there might be a little bro country attitude in his party

  • “Goya — Visions of Flesh and Blood” will screen at Edwards Cinema on Feb. 11.

    Edwards to screen look at Spanish master Goya

    “Goya — Visions of Flesh and Blood” will screen at Edwards Cinema Thursday. The film looks at an exhibition of Francisco Goya’s works on display at the National Gallery in London. The Spanish painter, often hailed as the first of the moderns, lived from 1746 to 1828. Fathom Events, the film’s

  • Solve a murder with your valentine at museum's mystery event

    Nothing brings a couple closer together than solving a murder. For those not feeling another romantic candlelit dinner for two this Valentine’s Day, the Buena Vista Museum of Natural History and Science has a suggestion for adding a little excitement to the holiday, and a day early. For the Murder

  • Chris Stapleton at the CMA Awards in November.

    Any tickets left to Chris Stapleton's Bakersfield show?

    Chris Stapleton tickets all but gone He’s the hottest thing in country music today, so it’s no surprise that Chris Stapleton’s April 22 show at Rabobank Theater is nearly sold out. All regular seats are spoken for, said Nick Wynne, marketing manager with AEG, the company that operates the theater.

  • The cast of "The Producers."

    'The Producers': One heil of a good time at the theater

    Only a comic genius as shameless as Mel Brooks could write “The Producers,” a spectacle of supreme bad taste that manages to inspire belly laughs out of Hitler jokes. One of the most successful Broadway production in recent history, “The Producers” makes its way to Bakersfield Thursday

  • These three had a good time waving at the crowds on the long parade route in Kernville during the 2014 Whiskey Flat Days. This year, the event will take place Feb. 12 to 15. For 59 years, the mountain town has celebrated its wild west past as Whiskey Flat.

    Flat-out fun in Kernville this weekend

    When people talk about the good old days of yore and the simplicity of a horse, a home-cooked meal and wholesome families, they tend to skip over some of the nitty gritty: no plumbing meant smellier people, horses meant lots of manure and to get those families, well, many a frontier man had to seek

  • Joe Robinson will perform ini the Guitar Masters concert series in Bakersfield on Feb. 18.

    Young gun comes to Guitar Masters series

    What happens when your dreams start coming true at the tender age of 17? That’s exactly what happened to Australian guitarist Joe Robinson, who won “Australia’s Got Talent” — and a quarter of a million dollars. “I’m still pinching myself sometimes, and that happened eight years ago. Ever since I

  • Days after the announcement that Merle Haggard was forced to cancel his February tour dates due to health concerns, the singer hit the stage Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Ballroom in Las Vegas. Joining him were, from left, son Ben Haggard, country star Toby Keith and fiddle player Scott Joss.

    Hag back: The show goes on for country legend

    Less than a week after announcing that lingering effects of double pneumonia would force him to cancel his February tour dates, Merle Haggard returned to the stage Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Ballroom in Las Vegas to prove he’s got plenty of lung power left. Joining Haggard on stage for about 30

  • The Dog Days combo pizza from Pacino's Pizzeria Pastaria in Tehachapi. Restaurant critic Pete Tittl raves about the crust: perfectly crisp on the outside and soft as fresh-baked bread inside,  paper thin in the middle and rolled to a substantial thickness on the outside.

    PETE TITTL: Pacino's makes you a pizza you can't refuse

    I can’t say that I’ve ever really been in a restaurant like Pacino’s in Tehachapi. Yeah, it’s Italian, featuring a menu with the familiar pastas, pizzas, veal and all you’d expect in a restaurant like this. But it’s the overall obsession with All Things Al that just blows you away. Our waitress