The Riverside Food Lab is the Inland Empire’s new popular place to hang out with friends, family and even colleagues. This food hall is open daily from 11am-11pm and is located on 6th and Market St. near the Fox Theater in Downtown Riverside. People nowadays are so wrapped up in their social media apps and what filter looks best on Instagram that they tend to forget to explore what their hometown has to offer. Who doesn't love a wide variety of food options? The Riverside Food Lab welcomes all types of food. From craft beer to coffee and Mediterranean cuisine to plant-based burgers, the Riverside Food Lab is an amazing and fun addition to Downtown Riverside. Plus, during the weeks … [Read more...] about What’s the Riverside Food Lab cooking up?
Open Mic night brought people together at downtown Riverside's coffee shop, Back to the Grind, on September 25. That night, in the basement of the shop, people were in their seats ready to get another taste of the community's talent. In the crowd sat four friends, Dylan Mayer, Michael DeSantos, J.J. Garcia and Lori Knight, who came out to support their community. "I love everything about Open Mic nights--the talent, the people, the ambiance, the support--it's what people need to get away from the real world for a while," shared Knight. Open Mic nights are known for hosting a diverse array of talent ranging from poetry to live music. "Even though I don't come all the time, … [Read more...] about Riverside’s Open Mic: Coffee & Creativity
Riverside’s third annual Salsa Festival brought many music fanatics together on May 13 at White Park in Downtown Riverside. One of I.E.’s most notable radio station 99.1 KGGI, hosted the event, which engaged the audience in a dance off competitions as well as chants for the artists performing.Live performances had the crowd moving to the music and recording for amazing memories to look back on. Many great live entertainers performed this year including: Omarion, Redfoo of LMFAO, Frankie J, Baby Bash and much more for all to enjoy. Entry fee for the salsa contest was $50. The tasting was not permitted for the public but only for the judges. The prize awarded for each winner was $500, … [Read more...] about Inland Empire Salsa Festival
By Yesica Gonzalez IStaff WriterI Flowers were people's expression, on Saturday, April 8 in Downtown Riverside. Riverside residents held the 70th annual Community Flower Show and Garden Tours during the whole weekend. The event held a tour of the garden outside, a session about tips on floral designing and during the first few hours, there were judges examining all flowers from different categories. There was a section for the youth, on all types of specimens and multiple range heights for plants. A few of the judges were Arleen Raysor and Pat Clayes. They judged the miniature floral designs and the whole first division. For each design, there is a card placed by them … [Read more...] about Community Flower Show and Garden Tours
By Veronica Vicente |Staff Writer| On Oct. 21 the Riverside coffee shop, Back To the Grind, held its monthly poetry slam competition, called "Floasis." Upon arriving at about 7 p.m., the coffee shop's first floor was full of people who appeared to be studying or on the couch socializing with their friends. I ordered a caramel Frappuccino, although it was not on the menu, the barista happily created the drink I asked for . As the barista prepared drinks for the customers, the room was filled with the coffee aroma. The cover charge was $7 dollars and included a raffle ticket to be entered in a drawing to win prizes. "Floasis" started an hour late, at 9 p.m., the host Tiana … [Read more...] about Floasis at Back to the Grind
By Danni Ybarra | Staff Writer | Tucked away along a string of restaurants, wineries, and boutiques, Simple Simon's Bakery & Bistro is a hidden treasure among the working class of Downtown Riverside. Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Simple Simon's only serves breakfast and lunch, and the locals who know that make sure to get their order in as soon as they can, because due to its popularity, it is always busy. Located at 3639 Main St. Riverside, CA 92501, Simple Simon's shares a pathway with the historic Mission Inn, and is a stone's throw away from the Riverside Convention Center. Before walking through the front door, you must first pass their perfectly worn brick facade and cozy, … [Read more...] about Simple Simon’s Bakery & Bistro — Restaurant Review
By Desirae Contreras |Staff Writer| Make way for the newest Inland Empire band hitting the music scene, the Backseat Pilots. CSUSB seniors and brothers Jason and Joshua Recinos, alongside alumnus Jarrold Chang, started their band in 2010. Ever since then, the Fontana musicians have performed all across the Inland Empire. From community shows, churches, benefit concerts and school events to venues like Back to the Grind and the Big Time, the band has established a steady fan base for themselves in the electronic dance, rock and indie music scene. “We strive for freedom with our music. We don’t like limitations and ultimately aim for a new-age style of ‘80s sound scape smashed … [Read more...] about CSUSB students aspire to make music universal
By Norberto Perez |Staff Writer| While Occupation movements on the East Coast are about to test their resolve against freezing temperatures and Occupation Oakland supporters have recently tasted tear gas the newly created Occupy Riverside supporters are just getting their shoes broken in. After camping out all night on Main street in tents a group of about 40 marched up Magnolia and 14th to the front of Bank of America. Some carried protest signs; One carried a bullhorn. Lisa, who amplified her message toward the brisk Saturday morning traffic was greeted by passers-by with their car horns. While the protest group walks in an elongated path from University Ave. to 14th St. … [Read more...] about Occupy Riverside: the protest around the corner