Diversity enriches our lives. Particularly in the food department.

I can recall back in the 1980s when it was a big deal in Bakersfield when our first Vietnamese restaurant opened, a place called L'eau Vive located just west of the corner of Ming and Ashe in southwest Bakersfield. Frankly I was not well-versed in nuoc mam, a classic, clear sauce made with garlic, vinegar and sardines that was a specialty there, but I learned and the owners and staff were like teachers.

Pete Tittl’s Dining Out column appears in The Californian on Sundays. Email him at pftittl@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter: @pftittl.