On Friday I got a tour of Seafood City, a Filipino supermarket that opened a couple of years ago at 11098 Foothill Blvd. in Rancho Cucamonga in a portion of a former Best Buy. (They invited me to a media open house, I attended.)
They sell a lot of items any market sells, such as meat and produce, almost all of which is familiar, and many imported products. Then there are Nongshim noodles, made right here in Rancho Cucamonga. The store has a food court area with freshly prepared Filipino barbecue, noodles and other items, two bakeries and a Jollibee.
At top: I was surprised to see Thrifty ice cream in the freezer case. Above: the seafood area, not surprisingly at a place named Seafood City, has fish on ice on display, as well as live crab, a box of which had one or two feebly waving a claw. The store will clean the fish for you at no charge, according to a sign. The fresh fish usually arrives only a day after being caught.
At least one product name may not have translated well into English. It’s for an “herbal lightening soap.”
A Rose Parade item with a local tinge is followed by Culture Corner news and an item about the early days of TV, inspired by my recent column on my new set. All this is in Friday’s column.
Sunday’s column is about “Old Cucamonga,” a photo-history by Paula Emick. I interviewed her in mid-November (yikes!) but what with one thing or another, I wasn’t able to write up our interview until now. But that’s no reflection on her or her book.
In honor of what would have been Frank Zappa’s 75th birthday on Monday, I present a shorthand look at his Inland Valley years — essentially 1959-1965 — in Sunday’s column.
Gilberto’s Lounge in Rancho Cucamonga has been bought by a woman who plans to renovate the place and reactivate the kitchen. Sunday’s column has more, as well as some light-hearted news from a Chino council meeting. Above, owner Chyvonne Anchondo outside Mustang Sally’s, the bar’s new name.
Friday’s column presents four items from Rancho Cucamonga (our new home!) about Empire Lakes, the former Archie Wilson property, a beloved Alta Loma fence and a wisecrack by a competing paper, as well as four Culture Corner items. Maybe it will take your mind off all the San Bernardino news.
Wednesday’s column tells some of the history of Rancho Cucamonga as I interview the author of a new book on California wine history.
“It’s amazing to think there were 34,000 acres of grapes here after World War II,” Dinkelspiel said. “This was the largest grape-growing region in the United States. Now there are just a few hundred acres, if that.”
Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill has closed at Victoria Gardens. That’s the top item in Friday’s column, followed by a bunch of cultural notes and more. Below, a view through the locked front door on Wednesday.
Alisa Kaplan was the victim of a gang rape in 2002 that made news around Southern California and beyond for its shocking nature. The Rancho Cucamonga teenager successfully weathered the two trials it took to convict the assailants but descended into alcoholism and drug addiction. Now sober and advocating for victims herself, she’s published a memoir and talks to me for a long, emotional Sunday column. It’s the first time I’ve written anything quite like this, and the first time we’ve run an editor’s note warning readers they’re about to encounter graphic language. Be prepared.
Gilbert and Jennifer Guerra of Alta Loma are both hairdressers. They also shoot six-guns competitively. The couple is the subject of my Wednesday column. Notice there’s an accompanying video.