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a laSt triBute young and strong, they carried our nation’s flag and mission around the globe: in the oceans of the Pacific, on the shores of Europe and in the jungles of Vietnam. Each day, often decades after their service, about 35 of these heroes and their spouses are laid to rest with the thanks of their country at Riverside National Cemetery.

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Beyond nature – Naida Osline star ts with and moves beyond nature photography. With image manipulation, layering and collage, she crafts exotic and ethereal ar t. Her work is on display through September at the Riverside Ar t Museum.

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School’S out – Are you ready? Museum escapes for family fun.

Still tuned in – When Mike Peters says he’s survived a rock and roll life, he isn’t just talking about the music industry. Cancer survivor and outdoor adventurer, Peters will join the Vans Warped Tour in August and has a punk rock musical and a new CD coming out this fall.

Kimchichanga! – Colorful décor and Korean and Mexican flavors collide wonderfully at this Riverside restaurant.

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grill fever – Marni Jameson rejoins the land of the grill. Her tips for your next purchase.

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ndependence dAy is a time to reflect on and cherish the freedoms we enjoy as Americans. The extended holiday weekend also offers worthy events for those who want to celebrate beyond the traditional backyard party.

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Concert for Heroes Held at Riverside National Cemetery, the Concert for Heroes featuring the Riverside County Philharmonic has been a popular annual event since 2001, often drawing upwards of 10,000 people. No other national cemetery in the country regularly hosts a symphony concert, making this a truly special event, says Michael Goldware, a Riverside attorney who led the committee to build the Medal of Honor Memorial at the cemetery “We’re fortunate that the Riverside County Philharmonic — one of the finest in the country — performs it,” he said. Arrive early to enjoy a picnic and stay for a rousing show conducted by Maestro Tomasz Golka. Divided into patriotic, blues, ragtime and classical music sections, the night’s repertoire includes “American Salute,” variations on George Frederick Root’s “Battle Cry of Freedom” and other tunes by Samuel Barber, Gioachino Rossini and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. John Philip Sousa’s rousing “Stars and Stripes Forever,” accompanied by fireworks, generally closes out the night. Local businesses contribute funds to help stage Concert for Heroes. “Without them, this concert would not take place,” Goldware said. “I’m thankful for them all.” 6:30 p.m. July 3; Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Blvd.; free; casual dress, no bare feet; www.rncsc.org.

Founders’ Day Front Row Fireworks Evergreen Memorial Historic Cemetery boasts a prime spot to view the best pyrotechnics in Riverside in a family friendly atmosphere, with food vendors, a kids’ play area, music and more. “We’re right at the base of Mount Rubidoux. It’s very beautiful and really like an open-air museum,” said Donna Michalka, a Founders’ Day Front Row Fireworks committee member. “People are awed by it.” The event draws its name from the vantage point it offers of the July 4 fireworks show at Mount Rubidoux. Now in its eighth year, Founders’ Day proceeds benefit cemetery beautification and maintenance plus an endowment for its ongoing restoration. “Our goal is $3 million; so far we’ve raised close to $2 million,” Michalka noted. “We have an anonymous donor who will match up to $500,000 every penny we make from our events during the next two years.” The cemetery also will host a movie series and pumpkin patch in the fall and, under a full moon on Oct. 6, a nighttime tour via lantern dubbed “Twisted but True: Tales Beneath Evergreen.” 5-9:30 p.m. July 4, Evergreen Memorial Historic Cemetery, 14th and Pine streets, Riverside; $5, free for children 2 and younger; OK to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets; www.evergreen-cemetery.info.

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Families gather for Founder’s Day Front Row Fireworks at Evergreen Memorial Historic Cemetery.

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calendar ‘LOOKING BACKWARD’ THROUGH JULY 15 – Photos depicting how Americans viewed the world at the dawn of the 20th century. California Museum of Photography, 3824 Main St., Riverside; 951-827-4787; artsblock.ucr.edu. Also: “Laurie Brown: Earth Edges,” through July 1; “Mundos Alternos: Art and Science Fiction in the Americas,” Sept. 16-Feb. 3. ‘AMERICAN QUR’AN’ THROUGH SEPT. 9 – Sandow Birk handtranscribed the entire Qur’an according to historic Islamic traditions and illuminates the text with relevant scenes from contemporary American life. Riverside Art Museum, 3425 Mission Inn Ave.; 951-684-7111; www.riversideartmuseum.org. Also: “Nadia Osline: Florescence,” through Sept. 13; “50 Gifts for 50 Years,” through Sept. 24. ALWAYS A REASON JUNE 27 – In concert, 7-9 p.m.; free admission. Canyon Crest Towne Centre, 5225 Canyon Crest Drive, Riverside; 951-686-1222; www.shopcanyoncrest.com.

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CONCERTS IN THE PARK THROUGH JULY 26 – Woodie and the Longboards, pictured above, (Beach Boys and surf music tribute); June 28; Stone Soul (Motown), July 12; Latin Nation, July 19; Neon Nation (1980s pop), July 26. Fairmount Park, 2601 Fairmount Blvd., Riverside; 6-9 p.m.; free; 951-826-2000 www.riversideca.gov/park_rec. ROMANO’S CONCERT LOUNGE THROUGH AUG. 14 – INXSive (INXS tribute), June 30; Paradise City (Guns N Roses tribute), July 1; No Duh (No Doubt tribute), July 8; Renegades of Rage (Rage

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mortuary hearse slowly moved toward a committal shelter in riverside National Cemetery on a sunny morning in mid-may. already waiting were members of a u.s. air Force honor unit based out of march air reserve Base. the six members, in dress uniform, raised their white-gloved hands toward their foreheads to salute, a motion that was slow, methodical and respectful. Inside the hearse was a silver casket draped with an american flag. the honor guard marched slowly toward the hearse and, as they did, the metal plates on the bottoms of their black shoes clicked and scraped the asphalt. the back door of the hearse was opened, and the team removed the casket. once fully removed, the hearse rose a few inches, its precious weight now in the steady hands of those who have performed this same task many times. thus began a committal service for Virgil malter, an air Force retiree. malter’s service would be one of dozens on this Friday morning. riverside National Cemetery averages 35 each weekday and, yet, despite that busy flow of services, the extensive beautifully maintained grounds 12 |  riversidemagazine.com  | summer 2017

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provides each family with peacefulness and intimacy. Family members exited their vehicles and watched the honor guard remove the casket and carry it toward the shelter. some relatives used cameras on their phones to capture the scene. Within moments, the flag was lifted from the casket, snapped tight and folded. soon, staff sgt. astin Coleman would kneel and hand the flag to malter’s wife, Gertraud malter, 89. But before the gesture, a rifle volley penetrated the quietness. then taps was played. Larry malter, 59, the eldest of two sons of the encinitas family, held back tears during the ceremony. “the rigor and the precision of the exercise was very moving,” he said, now standing watch, curbside, near his father’s final resting place. In front of him was just dirt. It was a more industrial side of america’s busiest national cemetery. heavy-duty equipment used to dig graves rested atop the earth. a cemetery employee backed a blue van to where malter’s casket would be lowered. his son stood like a sentinel, saying goodbye to his father. as workers finished their job, he continued standing watch. he said his father’s service was the first time he experienced a military


Staff Sgt. astin Coleman of the March air Reserve Base Blue Eagles Total Force Honor Guard holds an american flag that was draped over the casket of Virgil Malter, an air Force retiree. Photo By CarLos Puma


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Motorcyclists from the Patriot Guard Riders and other groups often participate in services at Riverside National Cemetery and other veterans-related events, perhaps most notably the West Coast Thunder ride every Memorial Day.

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protecting this country,” Larry Malter said. “I have a newfound respect for our flag and what it stands for. My dad

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served from 1952 to 1956. To honor someone in this manner who served so long ago speaks volumes about our military.” It’s exactly the type of reaction that Pete Young, director of Riverside National Cemetery, and his employees strive to achieve. “For me, it’s a matter of respect,” said Young, a retired Navy lieutenant. “We are the ones coordinating that final goodbye for the family. Yes, we’re doing about 35 services a day, but we want to make every family feel that they’re the only one we’re dealing with [at that moment]. “We’re doing this for the family that is still here. We are saying to them, ‘You are our primary focus.’ ” Two-wheeled tributes Earlier in the week, more than 200 motorcyclists turned out for another tribute. Some were members of the

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Patriot Guard Riders, others came from the American Legion Riders and still others were simply motorcycle enthusiasts and friends of the deceased. Motorcycles lined both sides of a street in a southeastern pocket of the cemetery. Some of the riders decorated their handlebars with small American flags and others had larger flags propped on the back of their rides. There also was an honor guard unit — one of many teams that work in rotation at the cemetery. All are volunteers and ensure that every veteran is buried with full military honors. In addition, there was a U.S. Marine honor

guard detail from Camp Pendleton. In short, the place was packed for the committal service for Robert O. Pittenger. The 58-year-old had served in the Marines and was active in the Patriot Guard Riders and American Legion Riders — the reason why so many bikers were present. Now off their saddles, the riders formed two columns along a path toward Committal Shelter G. Riders carrying flags held them high in salute as Pittenger’s casket rolled past. Once everyone gathered under the wood and concrete shelter, Adrian Saucedo of Riverside

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FAST FACTS • Dedicated on Nov. 11, 1978, Riverside National Cemetery spans about 921 acres and is the third largest of the 135 national cemeteries managed by the National Cemetery Administration. Since 2000, it has been the most active national cemetery in the country, based on the number of annual interments; last year, there were 8,518 such services. • Five Medal of Honor recipients are buried at the cemetery. They are Cmdr. John H. Balch (World War I), Staff Sgt. Walter Ehlers (World War II), Col. Lewis L. Millett (World War II, Korea, Vietnam), Col. Mitchell Paige (World War II, Korea), Staff Sgt. Ysmael R. Villegas (World War II). • All but two of the 65 employees working at the cemetery are veterans. • Think your water bill is high? The Riverside National Cemetery spends $100,000 a month to keep the grass green, using reclaimed water from Western Municipal Water District.

Serving those who served and their families An army of more than 500 volunteers is an integral par t of the operations at Riverside National Cemetery, says Pete Young, cemetery director. Whether they serve as greeters, like Vietnam War veteran Al Boctor; make up one of the memorial honor guard units, as 70-year-old Ismael Aguilar does; or help in myriad other ways, volunteers donate more than 1,600 hours of their time at the cemetery every month. In addition, members of the Riverside National Cemetery Suppor t Committee, raise funds to install monuments, including the PoW/MIA Memorial, and suppor t community events, such as the cemetery’s Memorial Day and Veterans Day observances. Another volunteer group, Veterans Without Family, meets on Wednesday mornings to oversee the interments of the remains of veterans who, for whatever reason, were

• Prior to the weekends marking Memorial Day and Veterans Day, volunteers stake an American flag at every marker. In May, 204,315 flags were placed for Memorial Day, up from 198,712 prior to Veterans Day last November.

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Members of the Riverside National Cemetery Support Committee — at the cemetery’s POW/MIA Memorial — include Mike Warren, left, Cindy Allen, Nina Adkins, Donna Pierce, Jack Pierce, Sue Coggins, Paul Adkins and Jim and Shelly Gore.

unclaimed by family members or other loved ones. “Without our volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to provide the level of service that we do,” Young said. For his par t, Aguilar, a san Jacinto resident, is a regular presence during services at the cemetery, along with the fellow members of his unit: Neal Baum, 70, Hemet; Ron Paiz, 74, Moreno Valley; Frank

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The March Air Reserve Base Blue Eagles Total Force Honor Guard prepares to fire a three volley salute.

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Contreras, 70, Hemet; Frank Romano, 70, Menifee; Don Jones, 71, san Dimas; and Roger Morrie, 82, la Verne. “We’re real proud to do it — to honor our veterans,” Aguilar said. “We are the last thing their family sees. We want to do this, not because we have to. We’ll be here in rain, wind and whether it’s cold or hot.” — Jerry Rice and John Welsh

of the flag. Like nearly every employee at the cemetery, Saucedo is a veteran. As the active Marines folded the flag, there was a brief moment, which was not part of the ceremony, when a whale-sized jet rumbled during takeoff from the nearby March Air Reserve Base. It did a wide circle, then returned to the airfield. And once again the shelter was quiet. Birds chirped in nearby trees. Three fountains at a man-made lake sprayed water. The rifle volley punctuated the service. “Ready, aim, fire!” shouted Sgt. John Deleon. Boom. “Ready, aim, fire!” Boom. “Ready, aim, fire!” Boom. Then, the Marines finished the folding of the flag. It was handed to the widow. The two Marines exited the shelter and visitors parted, to give the stoic-faced men an easier pathway. Pittenger’s widow, Dee, knew the drill well. She and her husband had rallied many riders


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cer tain conditions. Where: 22495 Van Buren Blvd. Information: 951-653-8417, www.cem.va.gov/cems/nchp/ riverside.asp • U.S. Vets What: Nonprofit organization providing employment, housing and counseling services to veterans, along with access to benefits and treatment for mental and physical health problems and substance abuse. Where: 15105 Sixth St., March Air Reserve Base

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Information: 951-656-6892, www.usvetsinc.org • Veterans Crisis Line What: National helpline, staffed by VA responders, for veterans in crisis or those who may be concerned about a veteran. Information: 800-273-8255 (press 1) or send a text to 838255

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to show up for similar ceremonies, all in the effort to let the families of deceased military personnel know that their loved one deserved honor. One week later, she’d be back at Riverside National Cemetery to show her support for another veteran. “He was truly a proud Marine,” Dee Pittenger said after her husband’s service. Men hopped back on their Harley-Davidsons and other rides, started the engines and rumbled out to meet up at American Legion Post No. 848 in San Jacinto for a memorial gathering. “When I first met him, I made the mistake of saying, ‘So you were a Marine?’ He corrected me, saying, ‘Honey, once a Marine, always a Marine,’ ” Dee Pittenger recalled. She clutched the triangleshaped flag under her right arm as she spoke. “This was what he was all about,” she added. “For God, for country, for family.” About an hour later, a much smaller group was at the same shelter. The Marines were back, ready to honor another deceased brother in arms, Albert Marcelli of Hesperia. This time, the flag was handed to a niece of Marcelli, Antonia Buckner, 64. She, too, held the precious cloth close to her heart. She plans to mail it to a younger niece in the

U.S. Virgin Islands where Marcelli grew up before settling in the High Desert area. Marcelli was known for his generosity and entertaining relatives with his skillful play on the bongos. And if he didn’t have his drums handy, he’d improvise with pots and pans. “This touched my heart,” Buckner said of the service. “He wanted to be buried here with his fellow Marines.” A ‘peaceful, tranquil’ place On the Friday when the Malter family honored their loved one, the cemetery was visited by those simply wanting to leave flowers and take a moment to reflect. That’s what Erika House, 64, of Las Vegas, did. “It’s very peaceful here, very tranquil,” she said. Earlier, she said she could not help but notice the Malter service. The plot marker for her parents — Robert Avery Green and Alberta L. Green — is located about 300 yards from the commital shelter. Robert Green, a career military man, served in the U.S. Army during World War II, as well as in the Korean and Vietnam wars. “When you see the services, reality sets in,” she said. “It brings you back to when you were here for the same reason. You can relate to what those family members are going


through. It’s a good memory. It’s sad, because you lost someone. But it’s nice to see them honored.” Jan Noble of Banning brought a bouquet of roses, carnations and baby’s breath to honor her mom, Elsie Alhbrandt, for Mother’s Day. Her stepfather, Carl Edward Alhbrandt, erved in the U.S. Army. He died in April 1981 and his and his wife’s plot is in one of the older sections of the cemetery. Noble says she makes pilgrimages to the cemetery on special occasions, such as Mother’s Day. As she shared a few words, a round of rifle volleys went off from somewhere in the distance. “There’s the gun salutes,” she said.

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Staff Sgt. Astin Coleman presents an American flag to Gertraud Malter, 89, during services at Riverside National Cemetery for her late husband, Virgil Malter.

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For “Birdbath” (2016), images of birds are combined to suggest the existence of alternate realities that overlap within the same space, and as an expression of time.

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ature’s bounty and beauty has inspired many artists, including naida osline, whose fanciful and exotic photographs of flowers, plants and birds will be on display at the riverside art Museum through the summer. osline’s exhibit is much more than a group of simple photos. she employs imaginative wizardry and clever photo manipulation techniques, such as timelapse photography, collages and layering to transform her subjects and give them an ethereal, fantastical quality. “I like that they kind of look believable,” 20 |  riversidemagazine.com  | summer 2017

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said the 61-year-old, who splits her time between homes in riverside and Huntington beach. Her exhibit features selections from three bodies of work: • Florescence highlights plants, animals, insects and synthetic products; • Visionary Plants focuses on plants that humans interact with in everyday life, such as tobacco, coca, coffee, cannabis, opium and others, all of which have influenced facets of life including laws, violence, addiction, the economy,

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heightened spirituality and raised consciousness; • Birds turns to local birds by layering photographic images and giving them a fantastical quality. “Birds fascinate me,” she explains on her website, naidaosline.com. “They are the echoes of dinosaurs, representing a confluence of eons of adaptation and evolution. As inhabitants of the air, birds transcend gravity, representing freedom to those of us who are restricted to the earth yet dream of the skies.” With nature as a subject, Osline first worked with plants. “I started to really think about what plants had this deep relationship with humans,” she said. “For those, I was inspired by early botanical drawings. I was inspired by the more fantastical versions of that.” A native of Canada, Osline spent most of her childhood growing up

months in Colombia between 2012 and 2015, living on a friend’s farm while working and exhibiting her art. When she moved to Riverside eight years ago, Osline felt the time was right to focus on creating and exhibiting her works, so she gave up a secure, full-time job. “That’s the life I feel I needed to lead,” she said. “Time is the only thing you can’t get back.” “Tobacco No. 1,” 2010

working-class in Orange County. She is the daughter of Swedish immigrants who didn’t do much in the way of intro-ducing her art. She majored in art at Cal State Fullerton and served as the first director of the Huntington Beach Art Center. Osline has enjoyed artist residencies in the Joshua Tree and Petrified Forest national parks; she also spent several

Nadia Osline: Florescence Where: Riverside Ar t Museum, 3425 Mission Inn Ave. When: Through Sept. 13 Meet the artist: Gallery talk and tour with Naida Osline, Aug. 5 at 1 p.m. Free with paid admission or membership. Also, during First Thursday events in downtown Riverside. Information: 951-684-7111, www.riversidear tmuseum.org

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Catching up with The Alarm’s Mike Peters

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to pass on knowledge,” says Peters, 58. that spirit will continue when the Alarm plays select Vans Warped tour dates in August. “i’m holding harmonica workshops, teaching kids and adults alike how to play.” Performing alongside young punk and hardcore bands is a daring move. “i’ve never shied away from a challenge as an artist — whether it’s been to rebuild this band [in 1999] or making change happen.” Peters’ life story is central to an affecting new documentary, “Man in the Camo Jacket.” shot over the course of eight years, it shows Peters as he undergoes chemo, steadily tours

and hikes some of the world’s highest peak summits for LHs. Prominent musicians and industry vets supply commentary. the film debuted on the film festival circuit this past spring and won an award in Newport Beach. it will be available for download and through Video on Demand services soon. “i’ve come through a lot to be the man i am today,” Peters says. “i’m really grateful that i’ve met some amazing people along the way who have allowed me to flourish. … You can’t do that alone. to hear my original bandmates and people like Billy Corgan [of smashing Pumpkins] or Billy Bragg speak so highly of me is very humbling.” Most viewers will come away inspired, but longtime Alarm followers already have “a sense of who i am when they see me live. i’ve always been open and accessible. i jump off the stage and talk with the audience after shows.” that friendly attitude counters the old warning about meeting your heroes.


“When I was starting my musical journey in 1976, I went to see the Sex Pistols. They did ‘Anarchy in the U.K.’ and anarchy wasn’t a word I’d been taught in school. I tried to ask Johnny Rotten what it was about after the gig and he told me to [get lost]. I’m not going to do that. Hopefully the film backs up the respect I have for the audience.” The accompanying soundtrack includes a fine mix of new, unreleased and live tracks, with Peters’ amped up cover of INXS’ “The Devil Inside” among the highlights. This fall, “Oxy and the Morons,” a new punk rock musical he co-wrote, will debut in England. Additionally, “Blood Red,” the first new Alarm studio album in close to a decade is available on CD exclusively via www.thealarm.com (a companion piece to follow in September). Meanwhile, Peters’ foundation continues to be a

regular presence at concerts, festivals and elsewhere, signing up 150,000 potential bone marrow donors internationally (with nearly 3,000 potential lifesaving matches) through its Get on the List campaign. Find more info at www.lovehopestrength.org. The Alarm Where: Romano’s Downtown, 3557 University Ave., Riverside When: 7 p.m. Aug. 14 Tickets: $20 advance Information: 951-780-6000, www.theconcer tlounge.com, www.thealarm.com Also: • Aug. 6, Vans Warped Tour, Pomona Fairplex, $41.50, www.axs.com; • Aug. 11, Wiens Family Cellar, Temecula, $55-$99, goldencrownproductions.com; • Aug. 13, The Rose, Pasadena, $24-$34, www.ticketmaster.com; • Aug. 15, The Casbah, San Diego, $25, www.ticketfly.com; • Aug. 16, The Coach House, San Juan Capistrano, $24, www.ticketweb.com; • Aug. 17, The Canyon, Agoura Hills, $24-$34, www.ticketmaster.com

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Delicious pairing Korean and Mexican flavors come together at Kimchichanga Written by David Cohen Photos by Eric Reed

Spicy pork Korean taco Ssam

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imchichanga has brightly colored décor with a corrugated metal ceiling interspersed with bright red beams, echoing the striking visuals and bold flavors of the Riverside restaurant’s dishes. it is truly a fusion-style place. mexican dishes are infused with Korean ingredients to produce culinary creations where the whole is definitely greater than the sum of its parts. Kimchi (Korean spicy pickled cabbage) plays an integral role, as do the marinated grilled meats such as bulgogi (thin-sliced steak) and kalbi (short ribs). You’ll also find the Korean all-purpose chili sauce, Ssam, in a number of dishes, which combines a fermented, salted soybean paste (doenjang) and roasted garlic and vinegar with gochujang (a potent chile pepper paste). it goes particularly well with grilled meats. During a recent visit, we began with the Ssam lettuce cup tacos (two), filled with bulgogi strips, mango slices, jicama and cabbage along with the Ssam sauce which provides a funky umami flavor to the overall taste profile. it’s a generous, visually appealing item that literally sings with multiple flavors — a bit sweet and a bit spicy. The Kimchichanga, which matches the restaurant’s new name


Restaurant owner and his sons, Richard, left, Munther and Louis Ali Deeb

(it previously was Red Hot Kitchen), is a riff on the classic deep-fried chimichanga. The rolled tortilla is stuffed with kimchi, beans, cheese and kalbi (which was rather chewy), deepfried and then streaked with spicy mayo and Sriracha sauces. It’s served as four thick cylinders with excellent eye appeal and a flavor profile that really amps up the standard chimichanga. The kimchi quesadilla has a distinct spicy component with a hint of sourness and generous amounts of tender spicy pork. It’s garnished with chopped green onions and red bell peppers and a side of spicy Sriracha mayo to streak over the top of the quesadilla. The mushroom poppers are a must. They’re deep-fried batter coated mushroom caps stuffed with a mock

Short rib Kimchichanga

crab/cream cheese mixture topped with green onions and a side of hot pepper sauce containing a touch of habanero. My favorite item was the Bulgogi Philly Cheesesteak sandwich. Served on a large soft oblong roll, it contained an abundance of bulgogi, grilled onions, red pepper slices, the occasional jalapeño slice, melted jack cheese and drizzles of nacho cheese sauce and spicy mayo. It’s definitely a jazzed up version of the mundane cheesesteak, and certainly more enjoyable from both a taste and a textural standpoint. Our final selection was a four-taco combo of bulgogi, chicken, spicy pork and short rib as the fillings. All contained cabbage (both green and purple) and were topped with the slightly sweet house red salsa. For those who want to go carb-free,

there’s also a salad bim-bam-bap that contains your choice of meat, a spring mix of greens, mango and assorted vegetables all topped with a fried egg and that addictively delicious Ssam sauce. Also note that the meats in the dishes we sampled were our choices and can include bulgogi (beef ), kalbi (short rib), chicken, spicy chicken, spicy pork, fish or tofu. Unlike many so-called Korean Mexican fusion establishments where the only Mexican connection is tortillas, this is truly fusion cuisine with components from both Korean and Mexican cuisines intertwined — from the choices of chiles to authentic sauces and distinctive ethnic ingredients including kimchi, fermented bean paste, jicama and guacamole to create an array of creative dishes that your taste buds will welcome as a breeze of culinary fresh air. Kimchichanga Where: 1995 University Ave., Riverside Hours: Noon-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday Prices: $5.49-$8.79 for star ters, $7.39$11.59 for salads and sandwiches, $3.09$8.99 for tacos, burritos and rice bowls Credit cards: All majors Recommended dishes: Bulgogi Philly Cheesesteak sandwich ($11.59), Kimchi quesadilla ($7.39), Korean taco Ssam ($3.89) Notes: Mochi ice cream available. Beer and wine license pending. Information: 951-684-9800, www.kimchichanga.com

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4 craft ales to try and where to find them Written by John Welsh

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Inland empire Brewing Company co-founder Paul Murphy toasts with a “Vicky.”

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ndia pale ale is certainly the go-to brew for many hopheads, and Riverside’s craft breweries do not disappoint on the ipa front. These brewers keep their creative juices flowing, too. They’re providing tap hunters unique approaches to the ipa and some signature beverages too. Here are four, tasty brews produced by Riverside beer makers.


Iota India Pale Ale Where: euryale Brewing Company, 2060 Chicago ave., Suite no. a-17, Riverside Getting there: The brewery is located just nor th of Spruce Street and its front entrance faces west toward Chicago avenue. Information: 951-530-8865, www.euryalebrewing.com Bio: Seven hops give the iota its wellbalanced approach for your palate. The iota is euryale’s biggest alcohol by volume (aBV) beer at 7.2 percent. Keeping with its Greek mythology theme, the beer’s namesake is the ninth letter of the Greek alphabet. euryale, it should be noted, was one of the three gorgons, but the lesser known. Birthdate: The iota ipa dates to about 2014 during euryale founder don Miller’s homebrewing days. (euryale opened at its Chicago avenue location in early 2016.) taste: Some ipas can be known as “palate wreckers,” Miller says, but he prefers to make his beers have a sustainable drinkability. after all, beer is a social business, he adds. iota is a smooth, floral, citrusy beer. Miller designed the beer to feature a hoppy bitterness that lingers into a dry finish. Bear in mind it’s a sneaky beer: it’s so silky you may forget about that 7.2 percent aBV, so we’d recommend keeping that in the back of your head if you didn’t come to this nor th Riverside location with a designated driver. (Of course, growlers are available to take the iota home for longer sessions.)

Inland Empire Victoria Where: inland empire Brewing Company, 1710 palmyrita ave., Suite no. 11, Riverside Getting there: it’s tucked into an industrial park on the east side of interstate 215; use east la Cadena drive to palmyrita. Information: 951-643-7687, www.iebrew.com Bio: Originally labeled an american strong ale by the brewers, its new label will define it as an american barley wine. it’s a big beer at 11 percent aBV. The name is a special nod to Victoria avenue, possibly Riverside’s loveliest of thoroughfares. every couple of months, the brewers and a handful of their buddies produce 10 pounds of zest from 200 to 300 pounds of navel and Valencia oranges to give the beer its signature taste. it also features orange blossom honey, domestic malted barley, honey malt, and Columbus and Cascade hops. The beer is affectionately known by the regulars as “Vicky.” Birthdate: in august 2009, inland empire Brewing Company co-founder and brewer paul Murphy made a small batch of Victoria to use as a toasting beverage for his marriage to his wife, elizabeth. “everyone loved it,” he said — and nagged him to make it regularly. now Vicky is par t of the regular rotation at inland empire Brewing. taste: its flavor profile is easy drinking, despite its aBV power punch. it’s not overly bitter, nor overly sweet. a very balanced “big” beer. Buy one of the take-home bottles and share with a friend.


Riley’s Irish Red Location: Packinghouse Brewing Company, 6421 Central Ave., Suite No. 101-A, Riverside (nor th of Riverside Municipal Airpor t) Information: 951-333-9261, www.pbbeer.com Bio: This is a traditional Irish ale with a deep red color and off-white head; It features a nice session-level ABV of 5.3 percent. It’s also an awardwinning beer, capturing the Bronze Medal at the Great American Beer Festival in 2016. Prior to that prize, the beer had always been popular at Packinghouse, ranking as one of the favorites among the regulars. Birthdate: It has been par t of Packinghouse’s regular rotation since the brewery opened in October 2010. Taste: Think traditional ales one might have found in an American version of an English-style pub. This is a toasty, malt beverage that gives way to flavors of nuts, caramel and toffee. In today’s IPAcrazed, beer-drinking world, it’s easy for an Irish ale to get lost in the shuffle. But this beer is wor th stopping in to try — and its lower-range ABV means it does not pack a wallop. Some reds can be almost bland in taste, but this one does not disappoint.

Razztastic Berliner Where: Route 30 Brewing Company, 9860 Indiana Ave., No. 19, Riverside Information: 951-776-7083, www.route30brewing.com Bio: It’s one of the most colorful beers a hophead will find in the Inland Empire. It’s also one of the most expensive brews Route 30 makes, due to its process and ingredients, including 42 pounds of raspberry puree. The recipe also calls for nonfat Greek yogur t. If someone strolls in and says they’re not much of a beer drinker, the Route 30 crew pours them a Razztastic. Birthdate: It’s been one of the regular beers in the rotation since Route 30 opened its doors on New Year’s Day 2016. In its infancy, brewers Tom Creely and Eric Brummell ran out of Razztastic, disappointing some of the regulars. “In the month or so without it, people would come in and see we didn’t have it and walk right back out the door,” Creely said in early June while doing regular cleaning maintenance on the brewery’s tap system. The young brewers have not made that mistake again, and Razztastic is almost always one of the 10 featured beers in the regular rotation. Taste: Drinking this lollipop-colored beer that comes in a goblet might be as close as it gets to drinking a raspberry sherbet ice cream cone. As eye-popping as its color, the raspberry finish is not assaulting. However, this brew is an acquired taste, since it is in the sour side of the beer spectrum — meaning that it is intentionally acidic or tar t. But it’s a very popular beverage for patrons dealing with all those hot-summer days in the Inland region and, at just 4.2 percent ABV, it was designed as a pleasant, session concoction. 28 |  riversidemagazine.com  | summer 2017

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Fired up for grilling Written by Marni Jameson

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started salivating the minute the truck pulled up with our new outdoor grill, an electric woodpellet cooker that looks like a cannon and weighs just as much. “Over here, no over here! Maybe in the garage.” I try to steer the poor delivery guy and his gigantic overweight parcel around the patio like an awkward dance partner. He is demonstrating more patience than I deserve. the box lands with a thud. I am eagerly tearing it open before the truck is down the street. I had been waiting for this. For the past year and a half, dC and I had been sentenced to cooking only indoors. today, we were about to join the 75 percent of U.s. adults who own an outdoor grill, according to the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue association. We were like two inmates just released from kitchen jail. I could already smell the wood fire and taste the mesquite-infused chipotle chicken. dC could not assemble the grill — a traeger eastwood 34 — fast enough. after the grill was together, we cooked outdoors every night for a week. We grilled burgers and kabobs. We seared steaks and roasted veggies. We wondered why we had waited so long. Why? Because choosing a backyard barbecue is not as easy as it used to be. do you want gas, charcoal, electric, or the wood-pellet burning variety? What size? What color? Built-in or freestanding? I just want dinner. I did my homework, then let dC pick. and he did. after dC had cooked up a couple excellent meals, I asked for his review. 30 |  riversidemagazine.com  | summer 2017

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of the 10 percent of grill owners who have outdoor kitchens, one third plan to add to them during the next few years.

“It’s the best grill I have ever used,” said dC, who has had both fancy gas and charcoal grills before. “I like that you don’t need to worry about a propane tank running out or blowing up, a gas line or a supply of charcoal. I like that all you need is an outlet and wood pellets, which aren’t nearly as messy as charcoal. “I like that you get a smoked-wood flavor and that you can set the temperature like you do on an oven, shut the lid and walk away,” he added. apparently, his reaction echoes the marketplace, where “electric woodpellet grills are the fastest growing segment,” said dan Parrilli, senior merchant of grills for the Home depot. “Consumers love that you can grill, smoke, bake, roast, braise and

barbecue with the same cooker, and set the heat for low and slow or fast and hot.” Beyond this blazing grill trend, america’s passion for outdoor grilling in general is still hot, hot, hot. “Our national pastime for gathering around the grill is strong and showing all indications of continuing to grow,” said Jack Goldman, president of the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue association, in a statement. He attributes the trend to our “continued passion for culinary adventure.” Parrilli also credits the strong interest in shows on the Food Network. as a result, “outdoor chefs are moving way beyond burgers and dogs and are cooking pizzas, poppers and even French toast on their outdoor grills.” as outdoor grilling season starts


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Riverside Community Hospital unveiled its new seven-story patient tower and other projects during a recent VIP reception and open house. More than 300 business leaders and city officials attended the event. The structure boasts 123 private patient rooms, an expanded intensive care unit as well as a new laboratory and cafeteria.

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Riverside Metropolitan Museum The museum’s Nature Lab has a collection of living vertebrates and invertebrates, many of whicch can be found in the Riverside region. Enjoy hands-on activities and watch the attendants feed and care for the animals. Note the City Council will soon decide whether to close the museum to renovate the 1912 building it occupies. 3580 Mission Inn Ave.; 951-826-5273; www.riversideca.gov/museum

Jurupa Valley Discovery Center Nine acres of botanical gardens with dinosaur sculptures. Also, the Ruth and Sam Kirkby Earth Science Museum has dinosaur eggs, fossils, Native American artifacts, rocks, gems and more. Geared for ages 12 and younger. 7621 Granite Hill Drive, Riverside; 951-685-5818; www.jmdc.org

Orange Empire Railway Museum Wander through barns filled with locomotives, passenger and freight cars, streetcars, interurban cars, artifacts and model trains. Rides available on select trolleys and trains 11 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends and holidays. 2201 South A St., Perris; 951-943-3030; www.oerm.org


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