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The Knolls Ranger Works on his Beach Body!

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

The duties of a neighborhood super-hero are sundry and legion.  One day they might be cleaning the streets of crime; the next,  cleaning out the clothing rack at a Marshalls discount sale.  But no matter what day it is, chomping on snacks, cakes, goodies, and sweet stuff from the local dining establishments is always  a ranger requisite.  Be those snacks a hoagie from Philly Steak & Subs (4141 Long Beach Boulevard) a Manhatten black & white from Alsace Lorraine Fine Pastries (4334 Atlantic Avenue), or any number of delectable dishes from Sunny Donuts & Terriyaki (3408 Long Beach Boulevard).  The citizens know just how protected they are by how much their masked mascot had to eat.  Yum!

All in a Day's Work Bixby Knolls!

But all this voracious eating has added girth to the ranger’s heroic form and hindered his ability to fit into his summer bathing suit.  So what is a flabby justice fighter to do but catch a wave over to the Commit 2 Fit Athletic Club on 4354 Atlantic and shave a few layers off his Gluteus Maximus!

Al...most....there...nyeeeugh!

The trainers in Commit 2 Fit work to give you the work-out you need, gently pushing you to get the exercises you desire while never stepping over into drill instructor territory.  They are as hard on you as you want them to be and the facility has dozens of weight training machines to choose from.

After a solid five minutes spent wailing on my biceps and pectorals I felt ike a new ranger and was ready to go back out and have a baker’s dozen Angel Food Donuts.  Thank you Bixby Knolls!

Commit 2 Fit is located on 4354 Atlantic Avenue Long Beach, CA 90807.  You can reach them by phone at (562) 427-8663.  Tell them the ranger sent you!

Unveiling Jammin’ Music & Arts!

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Let it be known, the Knolls Ranger loves to jam.  He loves to wiggle, groove, side-step, and motor.  He loves to feel the rhythm.   But that ain’t all.  The ranger also loves that fruit based spread known as jam, he loves it on toast with a smidgen of melted butter.  Oooooh, the ranger loves that.  It stands to reason then that the ranger is head-over-heels, crazy-talkin’, pure-and-sweet gaga in LOVE with Jammin’ Music.  And it’s a good thing that the Knolls Ranger has an inordinately large heart because the room for love at Jammin’ Music just grew.  I’m talking of course about their acquisition of a new space at 4228 Atlantic Ave.

For those of you not in the Know’lls, Jammin’ Music is a seven year old music education school located in majestic Bixby Knolls.  Since opening they have taught hundreds upon hundreds of children the joys of learning to play an instrument.  The aim is high quality instruction, community engagement and a creative outlet for area youth.  Says business owner Kerri Hikida, “Music is shown to benefit children’s brains in many ways, such as in their reading and math skills.”  Well ring a bell, cook some meat, and call me Pavlov!  I had no idea that music education helped childhood neurological development!

The hundred’s of children who have learned to pluck strings, blow into horns, play keys, and beat drums since 2004 can attest the most to Jammin’s value as a music education school.  So it is with tremendous pleasure that we announce Jammin’s move from their former location to the new larger space at 4228 Atlantic, which will allow them to not only increase the music classes they’re offering but to give area youth that same excellent education they have come to expect in other artistic areas as well.  Starting June 20th, Jammin’ Music (now called Jammin’ Music & Arts) is offering an eight week Musical Making workshop which will teach kids improv, acting, clowning, and vocal training skills and which will culminate in a brand new musical created completely by, and starring the children who take the class!  The eight-week class meets twice a week (Mondays and Thursdays) from 5-7:30p.m., June 20-Aug. 11, for only $350 and is catered towards ages 7-17. Payment plans are available.

“But wait, there’s more!”-the ranger says in his best Popeil impersonation.  Local youth can pick up tutoring from new theatre instructors Ellen Warkentine and Jasper Oliver outside of this class on an individual one on one basis, picking up invaluable acting skills from these professional working actor/educators.  And take truncated versions of the course during Jammin’s annual summer camp!

The new space is allowing Kerri and Geoff to try their hands at many new and exciting things including visual art classes, the afore-mentioned theatre courses and more.  Drop by the new space at 4228 Atlantic to wish them hello and congratulate them on the big digs!

Happy Valentine’s Day Bixby Knolls!

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

Howdy Ho Sweethearts!

Roses are Red

Violets are Purple-ish

The Ranger Loves You

And That’s all you can…(Boy, I’ve really gotten myself into a jam now)

Whether you’re trying desperately to find a word that rhymes with purple, scouring Roy Robbin’s Gifts & stationary for some vintage valentines, or trying to get Roman Emperor Claudius 2 off your back, chances are pretty good you’re still scrounging to perfect that gift for your loved one.

Well scrounge no longer Bixby Buckaroo’s!  Bixby Knolls Florists is your one stop shop for roses, orchids, daisys, and adorable stuffed plush things!  Offering a wire array of fair smelling quality plants at affordable prices Bixby Knolls Florists is the place to be this Valentines Day!  But don’t take our word for it, check them out yourselves at 3901 Long Beach Boulevard, or give ‘em a call at (562) 426-6996.  Happy day of love to you all!

Bixby Knolls Florists, Believe it...

Roxanne’s, You Don’t Have to Put Out the Red Light…But You Can If You So Desire

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to Remember

Well dip me in the sweet Suwannee and call me a swampy salamder, I think I just found my new favorite bar and grille!  (The metaphor’s mixed but the sentiments sincere).  Last weekend after receiving a buzz in my top secret subterranean ranger lair, I boogie-oogied out to 1115 E. Wardlow Road for a ribbon cutting ceremony at the brand new Roxanne’s Lounge!

Boom Shakka Lakka

Joining me were neighbors,

The Citizens of Cal Heights

Bonnie Lowenthal

the press over at the Gazette and beyond

Thrill seekers

owner Robert Molina

The man, the legend: Robert Molina

His lovely family including the adorable and eponymous Roxanne

Roxanne, Robert Molina, Silvia Jaquez, James Johnston of the 7th District, and everyone's favorite ranger

my pals from the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association (Holla!)

Morgan Wraight and I prepare for the ceremony over S'mores (It ain't Christmas any more you silly ranger!)

the ever suave James Johnston of the Seventh District

James Johnston: Straight Up

The Signal Hill Chamber of Commerce

The Signal Hill Chamber of Commerce

Media darling Mike Mora

Mike Mora, still the best beard in Bixby

And these guys, who just wanted to play a little pocket billiards

"Eight Ball, corner pocket."

Formerly the sight of the Green Dog Tavern, the new Roxanne’s Bar and Grille has a little something for everyone.  With it’s modern design (including a marble light up bar top!), and vintage images of California Heights and Signal Hill from the forties, it’s the perfect blend of old and new.  Their family friendly menu includes all manner of delicious American cuisine and after hours the place bumps with the sounds of top 40 and hip hop grooves.  their happy hour is from two to six pm, and their kitchen is open until 9:30 pm.  Call (562) 426-4777 to make your reservations or just show up!  tell ‘em the Ranger sent you!

We're Cutting Rugs over at Roxanne's!  See you soon!Bixby BuddiesThe Gang's all Here!

The Ranger Marshals the Marshalls Grand Opening!

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

Councilwoman Gabelich, Congresswoman Richards, Bill Baker, the ranger, and more!
Get your shop on Bixby! After over a decade of decadent degradation on a plot of property in the Northern quadrant of beauteous Bixby Knolls, it was high time for a hootenanny of epic proportion when dynamite retailer Marshalls opened their ambrosial doors last Thursday to the public. The coffee and coco flowed like wine as Long Beach dignitaries and citizens alike flocked to the Grand Opening.

Can we shop yet?
To fully appreciate the grandeur of this North Long Beach victory we must understand the tremendous history behind this unveiling. So gather ‘round kiddies and travel back with me through the fogs of yesteryear to a time nearly forgotten. And as we ride the space-time continuum, I beseech you to beware of the dreaded Morlocks. (I ain’t trustin’ nothin’ that ain’t got no melanin. My regards to auld H.G.)

Gut Munching Troglodytes from Man's Future
Y’see before 4450 Atlantic was a Marshalls (holla!), it was a pigeon riddled pit of despair. Formerly a Robert’s department store, this vacant building hadn’t seen a customer in ages. But property owners at Gaska Inc. weren’t unawares of the Knolls eye sore, and in fact were working quietly night and day for the better part of six years to correct this!  Deep within their business laboratory, they labored to concoct the perfect elixer which would transform the space by the light of the full moon into the denim-jeans-and-designer-hand-bag-slinging retailer you see today! But in order to achieve this dream they needed the aide of the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency.

Amy Bodek and the Knolls Ranger
“Development of this modern Marshalls Department Store has concurrently eliminated a blighting condition at the former vacant Roberts store site and serves as a beacon for the continued revitalization of North Long Beach,” stated RDA Executive Director Amy Bodek in her now famous, “Marshalls Woot Woot!” speech. The RDA approved a $3.7 million loan (which roughly translates to ₩4,543,600,000 for our readers in South Korea) to develop the new Marshalls as well as a $500,000 façade improvement grant (614 million won, [you’re welcome Satchmojoey]). With these kind of smackaroo’s backin’ ‘em up, it was merely a matter of convincing Marshall’s parent company TJ Maxx that such a venture was a good idea. Easy peasy.

Leave it to me Gaska!
Last October Bixby Knolls residents took turns heaving bricks and boulders at the old domicile à la Shirley Jackson. (I was there y’all!) And for the better part of a year the Ed Grush Construction company had been building the beautiful Marshalls you see today.  Finally, on an unusually crisp August morning, the unveiling began…

Councilwoman Gabelich and the Ranger Remember
All of the Long beach big-wigs were at the grand opening ceremony including Congresswoman Laura Richardson, Councilwoman Rae Gabelich of the Eighth District, Chair of the Long Beach Redevelopement Agency Bill Baker, RDA director Amy Bodek, executive director of the BKBIA Blair Cohn, the Duke and Duchess of Bixby, and yours truly, the Knolls Ranger. (I raffled off a couple blow dryers.)

And the winner is...

The Ranger and the Duchess

Woo-hoo!

The Duke and Duchess

The new Marshalls is your one-stop shop for all your back to school needs.  Check them out at 4450 Atlantic!  Photos courtesy of Blair Cohn and Thomas Wasper.

Brenda’s Hair By Design: A Great Place for Snips and Clips

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Too much hair!

“Holy heretic javelinas hissing handsomely! I need some hair help!” Cried the Ranger on a particularly pleasant June morning. Being un-accustomed to human grooming habits however (remember the Knolls Ranger is half pod person and has slept away the better part of 50 years in a fruit crate) he found himself at a loss for the best way to rectify his rapidly regenerating follicles.

“I can’t be in want of a cut,” he reasoned, “The good Gorgon gals over at Salon Medusa just snipped my stuff last January. Is this a result of my plant genes? Am I converting carbon dioxide into organic compounds too rapidly? Should I stay out of the sun or water myself at less frequent intervals?”

Thoughts of vegetation reminded the ranger of Natalie Gutenkauf and The Factory Gastro-bar, whose mission is to constantly serve the finest freshest food from free-range beasts to community veggies! Perhaps she might know a bit about proper pruning techniques. So he rushed over to 4020 Atlantic Avenue to assimilate her knowledge base!

Natalie Gutenkauf knows vegetables

Natalie Gutenkauf knows vegetables

After having a chat or three with the local neighbors, the ranger saddled up to the bar and asked the hard hitting questions.

“Greetings meal merchants! The Knolls Ranger here, champion of Bixby!”

“Hey guy, still wearing the cowboy get-up huh?”

“Indeed, let me ask you local business-peoples a question. You and Ms. Gutenkauf seem to know a great deal about produce, correct?”

“Sure Will Rogers, whatever you say.”

“Terrific, well my foliage is getting a bit funky.”

“Sounds like a personal problem to me.”

“What I mean to say is, I think I’m in need of pruning.”

“I think you’re in need of a CAT scan myself, but being as this is a modestly priced, gourmet food and bar and not a doctor’s office, the best I can offer you is a rib eye sandwich with crispy baked onions, roasted red peppers, le leyenda, and horseradish mayo on a french roll.”

“The Longfellow Legacy Sandwich?”

“That’s the one.”

“By Jonah you’re onto something! What does a sandwich do? Hold things together! And what needs holding together the most right now? Our human legacy in the face of planetary unrest! And who holds the key to our continued legacy? The children! The children of Longfellow Elementary School! They’ll know what to do about my hair!”

And before you could say, “You owe me still for that Sarsaparilla.” the ranger was out the door, running down the Atlantic Cooridor as fast as a mouse at Christmas! (Which is quite fast, for the record)

The Fastest Creature in the Land

The Fastest Creature in the Land

And a mere forty five.8 seconds later, (not including a five minute gatorade break at the ampm) The Knolls Ranger crashed through the pastoral entrance to Longfellow Elementary at 3800 North Olive avenue and immediately set about addressing all the children he saw.

“Children, kid’s, young people.  Lend me your ears!”

“Eeeeeww, I can’t take my ear off.”  Said one little girl and clutched her hands to her face adorably.

“You’re silly.”  Said a boy of six beaming and bouncing around.

“I guess that’s right.”  The ranger warranted after some reflection, “You would be unable to part with this extremity.”

Everybody laughed.

“But you are the hope for the future, and it is your creative energy and foresight that I throw myself at the mercy of now! What, oh what, future world leaders, do human people do about their hairs!”

“You’re a weirdo!” A boy of five exclaimed, climbing onto a desk, pointing his finger towards the ranger, and grinning ecstatically.

“You smell like fish.” Chimed in another precocious tot.

This caused the whole lot of them to begin chanting, “Fish, fish, fish, fish, fish.” And jumping up and down.

Mistaking their fun frolics for oracular crypticness  the ranger at once departed, heading for the fishiest North Long Beach shop he could think of, H. Salt Fish and Chips at 3545 Atlantic Avenue.

H Salt Fish and Chips

But no sooner had his gold boots touched down upon the hallowed grounds of H. Salt when the ranger heard the fry cook bragging about a settlement his cousin Tony’d just received, in the sum of 2,000 dollars.

“I tell ya, Maurice.  Tony had it right, you want something in this world you gotta sue ta get it.  It’s dog eat dog eat dog out there you know.  Tony had it right.”

“Excuse me brave fish mongers!  But a sue, what is this?  Besides a popular ladie’s name in southern rural areas.”

“Aaaaw, kee-ripes it’s that hero kid again.”

“Might you by chance help me with my folicle frenzy?”

“Listen ranger, you want your usual hush puppy salad or what?”

“I would like to know the definition of a sue.”

“Kee-ripes Maurice would ya get a load of the ranger?!  Alright kid listen, when something in this world don’t go your way often the only resource ya got left to ya is to sue and bleed the other guy dry.  You find yourself a lawyer, and you sue.”

“Thank you ever so much dear friend.  I will never forget this kindness you have bestowed upon me.”  Proclaimed the Knolls Ranger clasping the fry man’s hand in a symbol of good will and rushing out the door.

Catching a bus to find a lawyer

Catching a bus to find a lawyer

“What the heck was that?”  Maurice asked, mid bite into a vinegar soaked cod.

“Oh, he’s like some local mascot superhero thing.”

“Like Batman?”

“Well he ain’t got the batmobile and I never seen him fight no crime, but yeah, I guess, sorta like Batman.”

“Kee-ripes Murray, who’da thunk?  Bixby Knolls gots it’s own Batman.”

“Yeah, that’s right.  The Bixby Batman.  Hey listen, you want fry’s with that fish?”

Meanwhile back on the ranger trail, our hero was reading up on lot’s of influential court cases at The Dana Neighborhood Library.

The Dana Neighborhood Library

“Roe v. Wade, court rules in favor of Wade.  Brown v. Board of Education, court rules in favor of Brown.  King Kong v. Godzilla, court rules in favor of Mothra.  Wow, that’s an ironic twist.”

Thus, sufficiently prepared, the ranger trekked over to the law offices of Larry H. Parker on 350 San Antonio Drive, determined to win a lawsuit in the case of The Knolls Ranger v. The Knolls Ranger’s Hair.

The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker

“Larry baby.”  The ranger said as he sauntered into the door, attempting to walk the walk and talk the talk,  “You gotta help me out.  It wasn’t me man, I swear.”

“The Knolls Ranger, what a pleasant surprise,” said the celebrated personal injuries lawyer rising from his chair and shaking the hero’s gloved hand.  “It was so nice to see you at Il Poggio at the last first friday.”

“Mmmm hmmm, mmm hmmm, I understand where you’re coming from Lar, but this isn’t just a rights to privacy issue, this is a human issue.”  The ranger said, trying in vain to utilize the lawyer rhetoric he had just recently memorized.

Larry H. Parker scrunched up his brow, and his face frowned slightly.  “I’m not sure that I follow you Mr. Ranger.”

“If the glove doesn’t fit you must acquit.”

“Did you come to me seeking some sort of legal advice pertaining to a personal injury.  Say, a dog bite, or a motorcycle accident?”

To this the Knolls Ranger collapsed into a chair, weary from his travels and sweating under the weight of his massive head growth.

“No Mr. Parker, it’s my hair.  I’d like to take action against my hair.  It grows too fast you see.”

“Ah, I see. Well I’m afraid that’s not entirely my area of expertise. As far as I’m aware no legal action can be taken against rampant hair, this is just something human mammals have to deal with. But there are always barber shops and hair salons. And it can be quite fun getting your hair sculpted in a new and interesting way. Personally I would advise you to visit Brenda Gutierrez right over here on 4144 Business Street, she’s been in the business for over 20 years and crops mops with a smile.”

To this The Knolls Ranger brightened visibly, sprung from the chair, embrace the people’s lawyer, and took off.

Brenda's Hair By Design

Well after all that trouble, a mere twenty minutes was all it took to weed the ranger’s head back to a presentable shape.  True to the lawyer’s word Brenda delivered professional quality barber service with a huge smile.  The locals in the shop were interested in the goings on of the world and discussed with the ranger at length everything from local policies to the ancient city of Petra.

Brenda, formerly a soldier in the US army, and a welder for the Long Beach naval shipyard, has been specializing in men’s hair for well over twenty years.   She’s trimmed, shaved, and clipped in Hollydale and Gardena but has been practicing right here in Bixby Knolls (where she grew up) for the longest amount of time.

Help me Brenda!

That's what I call satisfaction

Can't Expose the Secret Identity

All done!

The service was excellent and I would highly recommend it to anyone with rampant follicles like myself. Brenda’s Hair Design for Men is located at 4144 Business Street in Bixby Knolls (between San Antonio Drive and Carson Street). Walk in or call ahead at (562) 997- 8700

Alive and Kicking at 3838 Atlantic!

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

A Hell of A Show

The Knolls Ranger is proud to welcome his favorite band of mischievous itinerant artists back to the Atlantic Cooridor.  Alive Theatre, a Long Beach based Non-Profit performance company has traversed much of this fine city since their inception in January of 2008, playing in alleyways, parking lots, galleries, river boats, hotels, museums, libraries, churches, vacant store fronts, converted cargo containers, any place that would have them.  And with each venue they marked off, they left an imprint.  An imprint of wild and wooly wackiness.

In Arabia We'd All Be Kings, 2009, Expo Furniture Warehouse

In Arabia We'd All Be Kings, 2009, Expo Furniture Warehouse

Playhouse 2009 Expo Warehouse

This is the fiery bunch that turned the Expo Furniture warehouse into a New York dive bar circa 1984 last summer for their production of Stephen Adly Guirgis’, In Arabia We’d All Be Kings.  And then immediately turned around and changed the space again into a fun-house/art gallerie/spookshow filled with performance art, and rampant ballerinas!

And now they’re back, back in another more-or-less vacant former furniture retail store!  Back doing what they do best, looking at the world through slightly eschewed vision and then shaking it up like a snow globe and handing it back to the public.  This time the play they’ve chosen to perform is Master Absurdist Eugene Ionesco’s dramedy satire, A Hell of a Mess.

Pretty Kitty

We find The Character on his final day at the job.  His recent inheritance from a relative he didn’t know well has given him enough capitol to retire early and break the bondage of his cubicle. With his past flames, former disgruntled colleagues, and favorite dive in the rear view, he sets out into a world that his new-found wealth brings: An apartment in a high rise nestled amongst an assortment of kooky neighbors. He finds his way to a nearby bistro that he’ll eventually frequent daily and en-kindles romance with a waitress named Agnes. All is well for a time until revolution erupts and sends his suburban neighborhood into chaos. To find refuge from the war torn streets, he bars himself to the confines of his apartment and lives out his remaining years in solitude pondering the purpose of it all.

A Hell of a Mess, 3838 Atlantic, April 17th - May 8th

A Hell of a Mess, 3838 Atlantic, April 17th - May 8th

The show runs for the next two weekends at 3838 Atlantic, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 PM.  Tickets are $18 general admission, $15 for students and seniors.  There is an additional $10 group rate for ten or more people or a discount of three dollars for a receipt from Nino’s Italian Restaurant.  (You cannot double up on discount deals)  Additionally you can enjoy an 15% meal discount on a Nino’s dinner after the show if you provide one of their excellent servers with your Alive Theatre ticket stub or program.

Looking for a crack in the wall

Finally, there will be two special pay-What-You-Can nights.  Saturday May 1st, and Friday May 7th.  The ranger’s planning on seeing the show for first fridays and hopes to see you there!

What a hell of a mess

Introducing…The Knolls Kegger!

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Two Rangers?!

Hot hopping horned toads of Havana, the Ranger had a wonderful Wednesday!  It all started at 7 PM over at The Factory Gastrobar where residents of Bixby Knolls, local congressmen, and business leaders all gathered to talk bikes and sip brews!

The Ranger as Beer Keg

Bixby’s favorite music man, DJ Neon Hunter played the party hits we all wanted to here and Long Beach City Mobility Coordinator Charlie Gandy outlined his plans for transforming Long Beach into “the most bike friendly city in the United States.”  Yowza!

Gandy and the Ranger!

These plans included using $17 million in federal and state grants to improve the bike system in the city and painting twenty new miles of bikes lanes on all your favorite streets!  Also on the docket was the value of incentives to local cyclists such as the Lunch Breaks for Cyclists system already in place wherein bikers receive meal discounts from a plethora of Long Beach eateries for lunch on the first Friday of every month, including Bixby businesses like Nino’s Italian Restaurant!  (And speaking of First Fridays, please do click here to get in the know’lls)Bike Racks at High Schools!

Natalie of the Factory kept her patrons well fed during this Happy Hour of two-wheeled delight with the Gastrobar’s usual assortment of excellent free-range meats and organic vegetables!  And the New Belgium Brewing Company showed up with their own ranger to promote and serve their new brew: Ranger IPA!  Yee-ha!  I donned my beer keg duds for the special occasion!  We rangers need to stay together you know!

John Royce, Jim Hanson, The Beer Ranger, The Knolls Ranger, and Kim Peterson's Progeny all listen intently.

John Royce, Jim Hanson, The Beer Ranger, The Knolls Ranger, and Kim Peterson's Progeny all listen intently.

Only in Long Beach would you find a melding of minds this exciting and progressive!  And only in Long Beach would they be both discussing and actually enacting change on this large level.  It makes me proud to be a ranger.  Later that night The Factory continued the party with their weekly Wednesday open mic night!  Check them out at 4020 Atlantic Avenue, or call ahead for great bites: (562) 595-4020.

C is for Cookie, that’s good enough for Me (and the Muppets)

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Alsace-Lorraine, they're big on options

I was just a wee bean sprout taking up soil on the Flint, Bixby & Co. Rancho when the Franco-Prussian war was ending in 1871, and I fondly remember the German Empire creating the Alsace-Lorrain territory after annexation.  (Those were the good old days).  Well,  139 years, two world wars, and 201 Ernest Borgnine pictures later the Alsace-Lorrain terrain was returned to the French and now shares it’s name with an über delicious bakery right here in Bixby Knolls!  Huzzah!

But enough with the nerdy stuff, your favorite masked do-gooder (that’s me!) decided to check out this pastry paradise the other day and test their Franco-Germanic sweets for cultural accuracy and culinary mastery and boy did my taste buds sing (I’m pretty sure it was a Justin Bieber song, [the pipes on that kid, I'm tellin' you!]).

I can’t recommend this Bixby Knolls business enough, do as I did and buy four of everything.

I'll take this many!

And now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m compelled to wax poetically.

The cookies were choice, the cakes crumbleriffic!

The macaroons were mouth-watering and the celebration cakes specific!

Dutch tortes and quiches and bapkas and truffles!

Eclairs, brownies, & scones filled with all sorts of stuffles!

The pies ranged in flavor from pumpkin to mince!

It was the best pastrie shop I’d been to before, or since!

Groovy Man

Alsace-Lorraine is located on 4334 Atlantic in Bixby Knolls, drop in or call ahead (562) 427-5992 and get your cookie on!

A Savory Supper!

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Snacking on a Scrumptious Deep Fried Ice Cream

The first Monday of every month is a cause for celebration amongst food enthusiasts in Bixby Knolls.  Why you ask?  Because that’s when the Bixby Knolls Supper Club meets to scarf, gorge, banquet, feast, sup, chow, bolster, & dine.  (Found my trusty Thesaurus in case you couldn’t tell!)  The Supper Club was formed over a year ago by Executive BIA director Blair Cohn and has since ballooned to epic proportions.  What started out as a small experiment in communal community dining during a typically slow evening of the week (ye olde dreaded Mondays), has since ballooned into a full blown evening of festivity, tom-foolery, and drunken congressmen chatting with drunken neighbors!  The latest instance of supper satisfaction came courtesy of El Torito at 3301 Atlantic Avenue.  The staff was surprised when over 100 Bixby locals including The Duke and Duchess, John Royce, and a few of my friends from Longfellow Elementary turned out for fajitas, enchiladas, and sopa!  The food was delish, and the residents fun as always.  And speaking of residents, there were quite a few attempts made to discover my secret identity which did not sit well with the ranger (The walls have ears you know, and potential arch-nemeses lurk at all corners, even brightly colored local Mexican food chains) but that was ok, they’ll never know.

A Great Turn-out

The supper club meets at a different local restaurant on the first monday of every month.  You can rsvp by e-mailing info@bixbyknollsinfo.com.  So what are you waiting for, join the club already!