"Superstore" (Hulu): "Superstore" is a sitcom about a group of strained and mistreated employees working at a multinational retail corporation called "Cloud 9." The sitcom is not just another workplace comedy, however. It's brilliant and practical. Stars such as America Ferrera, Ben Feldman,…

Since 2003, high-achieving high school seniors selected to participate in the Jim Burke Education Foundation’s Dream Builders program, and its year-long sister leadership group Ford Dimension, have been churning out creative and impactful service projects. The Dream Builders' motto is "helpi…

Moving season is right around the corner, and for many people, moving is an experience you only want to do once! However, many helpful tips can make your move a lot more enjoyable. The most important tip is to create a checklist and have a folder on hand. The checklist is to make sure you do…

As the COVID-19 pandemic comes to its natural conclusion, many of us are left with the overwhelming realization that life is precious and have a deep sense of gratitude to those who helped us weather the storm.

Over the years, the traditional definition of a family has changed from a mother, father and children to include stepparents, stepchildren and foster and adopted children.

California finally opens up this month, just in time for summer, and I don't know about you, but our household is very excited, especially our teens. I think our family is more excited about this summer than any other because, like most things, we didn't know what we had until it was gone.

Feeling a craving for something sweet this summer? When you walk into Aunt Mae's Sweet Tooth downtown, it's like walking into a literal candy shop. Every turn you take is a new sweet you want to try. Featured on their menu is a bacon toffee that includes small bits of applewood bacon, Aunt M…

If there’s a joint that dazzles its customers, it's Wiki’s Wine Dive & Grill. Known for being one of Bakersfield’s best happy hour and brunch spots, Wiki’s has continued to elevate its menu and business to attract more customers.

The votes are in and the community has spoken! The annual Best OfReaders' Choice Poll showcases the best of the best — from food and shopping to entertainment and services — as decided by those who call Bakersfield home. Even though 2020 saw many changes locally and the pandemic impacted all types of businesses, readers still showed up to honor their favorites around town. This is the Best Of Bakersfield!

Vacation season is right around the corner. For the second straight summer, travelers may have to contend with uncertain circumstances as the world continues to confront the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

On a lazy spring day of backyard chores a few years ago at our Las Palmas neighborhood home, an empty clay strawberry pot was in my way. So I decided to paint it. Then another and another, as you can see. The general idea was for a patio motif that caught one’s eye. Subsequently, I thought a…

Our nation's foundation of health needs a major overhaul. As this pandemic unfolds and the “nocebo” effect takes its toll on an already-fragile population, it pushes me to spread positive, valuable and effective information centered around the fact that YOU have more control over your biolog…

I stood outside of the hospital entrance for what felt like forever to pick up my mom from her first surgery at the beginning of her journey with newly diagnosed breast cancer. The day was long, and hospital staff locating a vacant wheelchair was all that stood in the way of me reclaiming my momma.

“Wrong Turn (2021)” (YouTube TV): There’s nothing I love more than a good horror film. The “Wrong Turn” franchise is made up of six movies, each movie becoming more predictable than the next, which is one of the reasons why I love watching them.

Similar to others, I was inspired to cook something I saw on TikTok and decided to give this apple and brie grilled cheese sandwich my own twist. Ever since Salty & Sweet made a visit to PorkChop & Bubba's for the November issue, I couldn't stop thinking about their gouda burger. It …

I think most of us fantasize about having healthy and beautiful looking hair. From our trials and errors with products, some of us can't seem to get it right. With the right stylist and the right products to look for, you can achieve that look. I asked Carie McKay-Rose, a stylist at Sola Sal…

With open arms, Bakersfield welcomed a new bakery in 2020: the delicious Crumbl Cookies located at The Shops at River Walk. As a cookie lover myself, I had to try what some residents of Bakersfield raved about. 

It is still difficult to fathom that we have just crossed the one-year mark since the novel coronavirus was declared a pandemic. Over the course of the past year, stay-at-home orders have been mandated throughout California. Most of us would have never expected that in April 2021, many would…

Many Americans have questions about COVID-19 vaccines – and rightfully so. There’s lots of information out there, and researchers are learning new details about the virus daily.

Bratcher Home & Design is owned and operated by residential interior designer, Brooke Bratcher. Located at 1219 18th St. in downtown Bakersfield, you’ll find yourself in a beautiful showroom stocked with home decor, a design studio filled with textile samples, wood finishes and home furn…

I love pasta, and I recently decided to make some on my own. It's a task I've wanted to do for quite some time, and it turned out to be much easier than I thought! To accompany my fresh pasta, I made a homemade marinara sauce. It's simple, requires few ingredients, many of which you already …