Between work, t-ball practice, and dance recitals sometimes date night with your significant other can be a little tough to make happen. A night out that doesn’t include a miniature toy that you throw away the next day is rare, so when you get the opportunity, you hire the babysitter and head off into the warm Fresno night. Now what to do? If a great meal and unique experience that won’t cost you a mortgage payment sound good, then Fresno’s Tower District, specifically Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater, is the place for you.
For the last thirty-nine years, talented actors and actresses from Good Company Players have put on well-known musical plays inside the legendary Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater. This year’s calendar includes Hairspray, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Sound of Music, Calamity Jane, Singing In The Rain, & Beehive.
When you first arrive, you are welcomed and seated by their friendly staff. Wine, beer, and specialty drinks themed around the night’s performance (The Mother Abbess is delicious!), are offered from your server. You then choose your meal from several delectable options; all prepared by the talented and well known executive chef Eric DeGroot, I had the filet which was cooked to perfection. If you don’t reserve a romantic table for two then you will most likely be siting with people you don’t know… yet! Before the show begins and during intermission is a great time to meet someone new. Reach out and introduce yourself, you never know who it could be. The person across from me was in town for just the week from Italy and their guest chose to take them to Roger Rocka’s (my inspiration for this month’s article).
Once dinner is complete you’re treated to a pre-show of sorts with kids from the Good Company Players’ Junior Company. This expressive and uplifting group of children is a good representation of the talent both Fresno and the Good Company Players can expect to see in the future.
The main attraction then begins and immediately the audience is folded into a world where they can laugh, cry, and sometimes even sing along. When my wife and I managed the opportunity for ‘date night’, we were fortunate enough to catch a musical from one of her favorite movies while growing up, The Sound of Music. It was a wonderful experience that brought back great memories for her. For me it was major points scored 😉
Not every city is as fortunate as Fresno; it’s like having Broadway in your own backyard. I urge you to take advantage of it, and to call in advance for reservations at 559-266-9494
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I’m not sure what is more amazing to me, the fact that I had never been to Forestiere Underground Gardens or that when I surveyed some 100 people only 2 had visited. This is a true hidden gem here in Fresno folks and I urge you to check it out soon!
I had no idea what to expect from my visit to the Forestiere Underground Gardens, I imagined it was what the name said, an underground garden full of fruits, vegetables, flowers and the like. What I found was all that and a whole lot more.
This underground world is patterned after the Sicilian immigrant, Baldassare Forestiere’s native land. Roman arches dominate the underground landscape while the stonework provides stability and beauty. Unlike what one would expect of an underground network of tunnels, rooms and grottos, Forestiere designed it in such manner to allow fresh air and natural light into the spaces.
This 40 year labor of love began in 1906 and as your tour guide will tell you, Mr Forestiere did all this with his own two hands, using only a pick, a shovel, and a wheelbarrow. I struggled the other day digging a dozen or so post holes for a fence, I can’t imagine what it took to dig out three levels of twist, turns, and rooms that spanned over 10 acres of hardpan.
In addition to many creature comforts he designed and built, like an aquarium, I was really impressed by the multiple varieties of fruit-bearing
plants at different underground levels. Lemons, oranges, grapefruits, kumquat, strawberry, quince, and grapes… all still producing fruit for the staff to eat season long.
The tour schedule varies a bit due to weather so I would call first (559-271-0734) but in general you can expect a tour on the hour from 10am till 4pm. If you have a son, daughter, niece, nephew or other young child in your life I would highly recommend bringing him or her with you. Their oohs and aahs are priceless.
Forestiere Underground Gardens is a California Registered Historical Landmark, it is located on the south side of Shaw at 5021 West Shaw Avenue. It is easy to miss so be on the lookout for an old weathered billboard, parking is available curbside.
I’m working my way to becoming more of a full-time Paleo person and recipes like these sure make it easier. They are great whenever you need a little something sweet.
1 large ripe banana
½ cup almond flower
1 red apple peeled and cubed
3 large egg whites
1 large egg
2 tbsp. of honey
2 tbsp. flax seed
½ macadamia nuts chopped
108 raisins 3 for each one of the mini muffins.
Cinnamon to taste
Grab your trusted blender, add eggs, honey, and banana and begin blending. Once the mixture is smooth add apple cubes then blend again till smooth. Then add almond flour, flax seed, and cinnamon (to taste).
Spray mini muffin pan with pam and spoon mixture in till a little less then full. Sprinkle macadamia nut and 3 raisins to the top. Bake in oven at 350 for 15 to 17 min. You should get 34 or 36 mini muffins. You can reduce calories by eliminating nuts and flax, but you lose a lot of the heath benefits they provide.
These are yum and 100% paleo.
Calorie per muffin 40.7
Big thanks to my friend Elida Gonzalez for this wonderful recipe!
Well, if you are looking to get away and you want a unique summer adventure, look no further than a day trip of whitewater rafting on the Kings River!.
Prior to my first trip, I thought river rafting was only for the adventurers who thrive on adrenaline rushes, and while a Class 5 river may offer that, the Kings River is a Class 3 river that is perfect for beginning to intermediate rafters.
The Kings River is located at the border of Sierra and Sequoia National Forests; it’s famous for its long, exhilarating roller coaster- like rapids. The typical season is from May through July but if you plan a trip for March through early June you should keep in mind that it is a natural snowmelt river, and can be very cold at that time. Early season rafters often wear wetsuits, which are available to rent from most tour companies. My experience, great by the way, has only been with Kings River Expeditions but you may be able to find other options searching the internet.
Seriously folks if you have never been white water rafting, treat yourself to the experience. There is nothing like observing nature while floating down a river…
Ok, well maybe the ‘we did it’ moment after negotiating down a series of rapids is a close second!
I confess! While I was at P*de*Q I took notice of my favorite Food Truck’s new permanent location at 608 E. Weldon and made plans to dine there soon. Well soon came last night and I am happy to report here that the quality you have come to expect from them is fine and well at their first physical location. We both had The Dusty Bun-* Organic chipotle roast Mary’s chicken, with sesame carrot slaw and they were delicious. The new location is spacious with comfortable seating and on this night a local singer/musician kept us entertained while we enjoyed our meals. You can get your meal to-go but be sure to bring cash as they do not accept credit cards at this time.
Here’s some properties in and around Dusty Buns!
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I had the pleasure of biting into one of these delicious tapioca-based cheese breads a few months ago at an event CRU Wine Company was holding. Since then, unsure where I could find them, I was deprived… until now! Yesterday morning after getting my vehicle serviced at VanNess Auto (more on them soon) I decided to go for a quick drive around one of my favorite neighborhoods, Historic Fresno High when it happened, P*de*Q live and in living color, on their very own corner. You can taste these crispy on the outside, warm and spongy on the inside Brazilian treats at 1940 N Echo (at VanNess) Monday thru Wednesday 7am till 5pm, Thursday thru Friday 7am till 6pm and Saturday 8am till 1pm. I suggest them for breakfast with a cup of coffee from Cafe Corazon!