Archive for the ‘Food’ Category

Day133 La Gran Fiesta Ranchera

La Gran Fiesta Ranchera

La Gran Fiesta Ranchera

For the East Side of Riverside, there is nothing new about La Gran Fiesta Ranchera.

I can not tell you how many years that this festival, er um, fiesta has been going on, but I can say that I remember visiting it with friends back in Jr. High School.

The event, which is an annual fundraiser for Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine on Victoria Ave, draws an amazing crowd and some great musical talent.

And then there is the food…………
That is what this event is all about (okay, maybe that is just me!).
Carnitas, tamales, corn, jugos…….. and of coarse pizza!  Afterall, what would a fiesta be without pizza?

La Gran Fiesta Ranchera

La Gran Fiesta Ranchera

Traditional carnival style games line one side of the venue and greet visitors as they enter.

Food, beverages, and entertainment fill the rest.

Day123 Tamale Factory

Tamale Factory

Tamale Factory

Though I must admit that I have never eaten at the Tamale Factory, the architecture there is fantastic!

Owned and operated by Josie Hornback & Naomi Avila (a mother and daughter team), the place is a favorite among the local business people.

Designed and built by Avila’s husband, the building is meant to appear ageless and blend with surrounding businesses.

The Tamale Factory also features the spacious and elegant Avila Terrace. Set atop the Tamale Factory with open air terrace and formal dining room, Avila Terrace hosts private events plus an award winning Mystery Dinner Theater program on Friday and Saturday Nights!

The Tamale Factory is located in the pedestrian walk (Main St), across from the Mission Inn.

Day121 Tio’s Tacos

Tio's Tacos

Tio's Tacos

Perhaps the most eclectic place in Riverside is Tio’s Tacos on Mission Inn Ave.

Overly ornate with carvings, sculptures, and just about any other object that you could imagine, the environment is one that you won’t soon forget.

Martin Sanchez has been constructing his utopia over the past 10 years.

Every corner has something to see, from fountains to antiques, recyclables to ???, but definitely not how or where you would expect to see them.

A continuing work in progress, there is always something new to see.

And how about the food?

Authentic Mexican food, juices, fruits, and desserts. You won’t leave hungry!

If you are ever in the area, you should check this place out.

Ever see a chapel made out of soda bottles? or a man made of milk jugs???

PS: Don’t forget to bring your camera!

Day120 Back to the Grind

Back to the Grind

Back to the Grind

Founded in 1996, Back to the Grind brought to Riverside the first community coffee shop that was an alternative to the old coffee gathering places of the past. Set in a Victorian cafe, the ambiance is conducive to conversation, meetings, entertainment and alternative lifestyles.

Still the gathering place for students, business people and anyone who just wants a really good experience with beverages. The Grind has grown to be the premiere place to associate and fraternize with your friends or yet to be friends. You are invited to experience the best in beverage enjoyment in the Inland Empire, in an atmosphere designed to make you comfortable regardless of your lifestyle.

The Grind plays host to a wide number of bands of every genre. From local vocalists, to touring bands seeking a lively venue, Back to the Grind provides a great location for artists seeking to get exposure.

There are scheduled meetings ranging from chess and yoga, to Ukelele lessons and support groups. You can also see special performances from burlesque dancing to themed parties.

3575 University Ave.
Riverside,
, CA , 92501
(951) 784-0800
Founded in 1996, Back to the Grind brought to Riverside the first community coffee shop that was an alternative to the old coffee gathering places of the past. Set in a Victorian cafe, the ambiance is conducive to conversation, meetings, entertainment and alternative lifestyles.

Still the gathering place for students, business people and anyone who just wants a really good experience with beverages. The Grind has grown to be the premiere place to associate and fraternize with your friends or yet to be friends. You are invited to experience the best in beverage enjoyment in the Inland Empire, in an atmosphere designed to make you comfortable regardless of your lifestyle.

Day119 White Park

White Parkq

White Park

Established in 1883 with private donations of land
and labor, this park formerly reflected the Victorian
philosophy of eclectic and exotic landscaping in public
outdoor spaces. Named for Albert W. White, a city
trustee and private citizen, the park was deeded to the
city in 1889. .around 1875.

Trivia note:Albert “Stoney” White was the ‘first border’ at the Mission Inn.

Today, White Park houses a senior center, cactus garden, butterfly garden, and a Japanese Garden (see below).

Throughout the year, the park is host to a number of events ranging from the Mayor’s Ball (A fundraising event for the city’s art community) to live music, carnivals, and community events.

White Park, Japanese Gardens

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Day118 “Der” Wienerschnitzel

wienerschnitzel

wienerschnitzel

How could I forget this old “Der” Wienerschnitzel building?

Though I am not much of the hot dog person, my sister used to love this place growing up.

For some strange reason, this iconic style building seems to be a thing of the past

Day110 Gage Canal

Gage Canal

Gage Canal

Without Matthew Gage, there would be no Gage Canal.

Without the Gage Canal, Riverside’s citrus industry would not have flourished, and the city would not have prospered the way it did around the turn of the 20th century.

And without that prosperity, people would probably not still be arguing about the water coursing down the 130-year-old canal.

That the canal exists at all is notable. Gage, a jeweler who emigrated from Canada, had no background in water or engineering. And he had no money. Under a federal program at the time, he filed for claim on 640 acres of land, promising he could deliver water to irrigate the tract within three years.

Gage was sure he could bring water to the area along the base of the hills to the southeast of downtown. Although it seems counterintuitive, the water would come from the Santa Ana River in San Bernardino and flow downhill through what is now Grand Terrace and the Highgrove area into Riverside.

Through a series of clever cuts and minor tunnels in the hillsides between Loma Linda and Grand Terrace, the gravity-fed canal continued through the western edge of the current UC Riverside campus to its end between Harrison and McAllister streets, 20.13 miles from its origin.

It wasn’t long before citrus groves blanketed its route. Many of those groves are now gone. But the water is still flowing in the canal, feeding the remaining acres of citrus as well as commercial nurseries and the gardens of homes along its course. The land is part of Riverside’s greenbelt.

The canal is also a magnet for recreation. Joggers and cyclists regularly use the dirt paths along its edge. Old-timers tell stories of floating down the waterway during hot summer days long ago.

And while the open part of the canal between Arlington Avenue and its terminus is usually full of water, that water does not come from the original wells at the Santa Ana River. Those wells are still active, but their water is tapped for use by the Riverside Public Utilities.
(Courtesy The Press Enterprise Tuesday, July 29, 2008)

Smoking Martinis

Crescent Jewell Smoking Martinis

Crescent Jewell Smoking Martinis

Though not part of the normal Riverside 365 blog, I thought I would share this photo with you.

Today I did a photo shoot at the Crescent Jewell Restaurant for an article in Inland Empire Magazine.

The subject: Smoking Margaritas!

Being a “fun” and colorful shot, I wanted to share!

Cheers!

Day102 Casey’s CupCakes

Casey's Cupcakes

Casey’s Cupcakes

Did someone say sweet tooth?

Casey’s Cupcakes & Cappuccino is definitely a “must stop” place if you have a passion for sweets.

Their array of cakey treats range from decadent chocolate to peanut butter, toasted coconut to raspberry.

This place is done to the “9’s”!
Everything from the quality baked goods to the matching boxes and bags that you will haul them out in is first rate.

If you are ever in the downtown pedestrian mall, stop by, pay a visit, and treat yourself to a…….uhm………treat!

Day76 Dairy Queen

Dairy Queen

Dairy Queen

Once a thriving institution (Starbucks of the 70’s?), Dairy Queen, at least in it’s original fashion, seems to be near extinction.
These days “DQ” focuses on food more than treats.

I remember going to this place when I was very small.
My sister took some fine accordion lessons just up the street, and afterwards, we were treated to our “expensive” sweets.

For those of you abroad, and unfamiliar with Dairy Queen, it is (or was) a chain of ice cream shops. Most of the cones, sundaes, etc were made by hand to order.

Even to this day, cars and bicycles line the street during the summer time to carry on the tradition.