Mitla Cafe of San Bernardino finishes in Final Four of tortilla tournament

The historic Mitla Cafe along Route 66 in San Bernardino, California, recently advanced to the semifinals of the rugged KCRW Tortilla Tournament in the corn tortilla division. Inland Valley Daily Bulletin columnist David Allen, who noted the restaurant dates to 1937, passed along these details about the competition: While first-timer Mitla was entered in both … Continue reading Mitla Cafe of San Bernardino finishes in Final Four of tortilla tournament

Was “Sleepy Joe’s Cafe” by Bruce Springsteen based on a Route 66 restaurant?

In the last few weeks, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin columnist David Allen has tried to track down the inspiration to the Bruce Springsteen song "Sleepy Joe's Cafe," off the new, fascinating "Western Stars" album. It's easy to see why the opening lines of the song intrigued Allen: There's a place out on the highway 'cross … Continue reading Was “Sleepy Joe’s Cafe” by Bruce Springsteen based on a Route 66 restaurant?

Hal Blaine, drummer on dozens of hit records, dies at 90

Hal Blaine, a member of the Los Angeles-based Wrecking Crew of studio musicians who played drums on thousands of songs during the 1960s and '70s, died Monday. He was 90. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member played on albums by Frank Sinatra, Simon & Garfunkel, Neil Diamond, Elvis Presley, the Beach Boys, the … Continue reading Hal Blaine, drummer on dozens of hit records, dies at 90

Trees to honor veterans planted along Route 66 in Upland

Dozens of trees recently were planted along Route 66 in Upland, California, as living tributes to military veterans. The trees were planted along Upland’s Memorial Park on Foothill Boulevard (aka Route 66) in late April. According to The Daily Bulletin: Volunteers and city officials helped plant 79 trees in the park April 21, as part of … Continue reading Trees to honor veterans planted along Route 66 in Upland

Mitla Cafe featured in Netflix’s “Ugly Delicious” episode

The historic Mitla Cafe in San Bernardino, California, plays a vital role in the "Tacos" episode of the Netflix-produced "Ugly Delicious" documentary food series. The show stars chef David Chang and co-host Peter Meehan "on a mouth-watering, cross-cultural hunt for the world's most satisfying grub." The "Tacos" episode embarks on usual destinations such as Mexico … Continue reading Mitla Cafe featured in Netflix’s “Ugly Delicious” episode

Mitla Cafe in San Bernardino marks 80th year

The Milta Cafe, one of the oldest Mexican restaurants in the Los Angeles metro area, market its 80th birthday earlier this month. According to the San Bernardino County Sun, the San Bernardino restaurant marked the milestone with a banquet attended by 200 longtime patrons, family members and musician Poncho Sanchez. Commemorative pins, mugs and shot glasses … Continue reading Mitla Cafe in San Bernardino marks 80th year

‘The Founder’ movie tells story about the rise of McDonald’s

"The Founder" movie, which details the rise of longtime McDonald's restaurant magnate Ray Kroc, opens in U.S. theaters today. Oscar-nominated actor Michael Keaton stars in the film, who appears to put his intense, charismatic and fast-talking style to good use. Here's the trailer for "The Founder": https://youtu.be/N1adu1VkU_w The film earns an 80 percent "fresh" rating … Continue reading ‘The Founder’ movie tells story about the rise of McDonald’s

Jack Brown, CEO of Stater Bros. Markets, dies at 78

Jack Brown, 78, longtime CEO of Southern California's Stater Bros. Markets chain, died Sunday night surrounded by family members, according to a news release from the company Monday. Stater Bros. was the longtime chief sponsor of the Route 66 Rendezvous in San Bernardino, California, until the city's bankruptcy forced the stoppage of that classic-car event in 2012. … Continue reading Jack Brown, CEO of Stater Bros. Markets, dies at 78

Tale from a Route 66 childhood gets an Oscar nod

I missed this when it was announced last week, but a Pixar animator now is an Academy Award nominee because of his short film, inspired by his childhood at a Route 66 motel in California. Sanjay Patel, with producer Nicole Grindle, were nominated for an Oscar in the short film (animated) category for "Sanjay's Super Team." Here's a synopsis … Continue reading Tale from a Route 66 childhood gets an Oscar nod

San Bernardino mass shooting

You no doubt heard about the mass shooting Wednesday in the Route 66 town of San Bernardino, California, that left 14 people dead and 17 injured. The suspected shooters, an apparent husband-and-wife team, were slain during a confrontation with police later Wednesday. Initial reports of a third assailant never were confirmed. The best coverage I've seen … Continue reading San Bernardino mass shooting