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Gazebo Gardens hosts food truck showcase

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Gazebo Gardens is on the corner of Shields and Palm avenues in Fresno; host a food truck showcase on Friday and Saturday nights.

Every Friday and Saturday, authentic food trucks from all over Fresno come to Gazebo Gardens to share tasty dishes and drinks with the people of Fresno. Each weekend different trucks with a variety of foods are lined up in the gardens under the twinkly lights.

Gazebo Gardens hosts food truck showcase and starts from 5 p.m. and goes to 9 p.m. every Friday and Saturday night. Different trucks arrive each weekend providing an assortment of food. To add the charm of the night, bands come together and perform genres of smooth jazz or R&B.

Once arriving at the entrance, I already heard faint sounds of welcoming music. The sun had set and the glowing lights began to flicker on. The trucks were ready and lines of hungry stomachs were forming.

On this night, trucks from Dusty Buns Bistro, Sno Cafe, Mattie’s Wood Fired Pizza, Tako BBQ, El Premio Mayor, P&R Fusion and Cowboy Shaman served varieties of unique American, Mexican, Korean and Peruvian-American food.

The first item that I chose were tacos from P&R Fusion (Peruvian-American). They tasted fresh and very flavorful for the small tacos that they were; the order came with two tacos for $3. This was a great deal considering that I wanted to try more food from other trucks.

The next food choice that I picked was from Cowboy Shaman (Chinese Food), and it was a meal that consisted of 3 pot stickers and 3 egg rolls with additional sauces for $8. The pot stickers were more crispy than others that I have had at other restaurants making it super delicious. The sauces that came along with it were a perfect match of sweet and salty.

For dessert I chose to try a snow cone in “Georgia Sunset” from Sno Cafe. The “Georgia Sunset” tasted of peaches and cream and was very tasty. The snow cone was a refreshing finish to the warm night at the gardens.

The food was prepared quickly and served hot so the wait was not that long. Towards 8 p.m. more people arrived making the wait for the snow cone 10 minutes. Overall the service and presentation of food was excellent.

While enjoying the food, locales from around Fresno chatted under the stars and listened to the music brought by the band. Near the end of the night, Gazebo Gardens was packed with people from all ages, enjoying the food and tunes.

The setting was laid back and relaxing, with the twinkling lights and aroma of roses surrounding; it was peaceful. The next time you find yourself open on Friday or Saturday, check out Gazebo Gardens for flavorful varieties of food.

Check out the Gazebo Gardens website for upcoming events and line up of food.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @jennypenny.

For more reviews, read the March 17 article, Authentic Italian food offers traditional dining options.

By |2015-03-25T00:00:00-07:00March 25th, 2015|Community Events, Food, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Family friendly movie incorporates emotion, real life scenarios

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Family friendly movie, incorporates real life scenarios.

McFarland High cross country team bought to the silver screen

In McFarland, a small town in California’s Central Valley, a group of cross country runners are brought together under the coaching of newcomer Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner). Based on a 1987 true story, McFarland USA sport drama film is a family friendly movie that proves that with commitment and determination you can achieve anything.

Once arriving to the new city, White and his family have to learn to fit in the Latino town. Coach White is brought to the Latino high school in hopes of finding a job; while teaching a PE class he comes across some students with exceptional running abilities.

On a drive home from work, White coincidentally sees a student of his, Thomas, played by (Carlos Pratts), who runs home after school every day. White realizes the boys’ talents and decides to form the school’s first cross country team.

The film portrays the social issues of the 1980’s that the town and runners experience. In order to grow closer as a team, the runners need to go through trials and losses to achieve greatness. In conjunction to the poverty-stricken town, the cross country team struggles to manage school, life at home and practice.

Throughout the movie, Coach White transforms the team of athletes to championship contenders. The movie was directed by Niki Caro and produced by Walt Disney Pictures; experience the heart felt movie in theaters, Feb. 20.

After experiencing this movie, it gave me a feel good feeling; unlike most movies I was proud of the ending and was excited for my friends to watch it. I like that it took place in a small town in California, it was definitely unique. The film had a different plot than most Disney movies, I liked that it featured the inside story of the lives of teenagers who woke up every morning and worked for their parents.

Once learning of the movie’s plot, I recall when I used to participate on a cross country team myself. So while watching the races, I could remember what it felt like to run miles in the heat.

During the movie, not only does White act as the coach but as a father figure to the team. He realizes the povert