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Trains, Lions And Mountains: Chef Luigi In Riverside, Part I 
Apr. 14, 2010 9:59 pm 
Updated: Apr. 15, 2010 7:42 pm
Hello AR! This is Chef Luigi sending you my latest adventures. Lots has happened since my last post and Chef Luigi want to update beloved readers and fans. Thank you for your support!

I was given a brief tour of Riverside. Just in case I was not aware what town I was in, I had only look at the sign to remember.

Chef Luigi give Riverside thumbs up

LB take Chef Luigi to relax in place called Fairmount Park. First thing Chef Luigi notice is big train car.

Luigi like Union Pacific train

I ask LB if I can ride but LB say train not working. It's a vintage train, he call it, not sure why I can't take ride but Chef Luigi no mind. We go to see the views by the water.

Careful not to scare the birds

Chef Luigi did not want for birds to try and bite me so I was very careful to have them stay away. I tell LB if we can get one bird to take home. I can make a good roast duck dish, but LB say we cannot take duck home. Must be a Riverside thing.

Next we go to mountain. I will post picture of mountain in minute, but first pictures.

1932 is long time ago

Sign say "Riverside Lions Club 1932" but Chef Luigi didn't see lions, or even lion cubs. They must have had lions here long time ago, since they made club for them.

LB's daughter Kennedy go with us. We explore cave. I scared at first but I follow Kennedy to top. She brave girl. I not scared with her there.

Show me the way, Kennedy

We get to top of steps and Chef Luigi like view from above.

Chef Luigi's new hiding spot

I really want to go in cave but said nevermind. Kennedy go and Chef Luigi worried about lions still.

Well, remember that mountain I talk about? It is called Mt. Rubidoux, and it was a long walk. First of course we start at the bottom.

It say Low Clearance so I fit under just fine.

LB tell me Mt. Rubidoux is one of oldest landmarks in Riverside. It is mountain but not look like big mountain. Feel like it though. Lotsa walking.

There were strange plants around us. LB say plants call cactus. He tell me that his mother likes to cook cactus, she call it "nopales" but LB never really try them. "Nopales" sound very tasty dish, but LB did not get any to take home to his mother.

I scare I might touch needles and hurt thumb so I keep distance.

Cactus or nopales? Chef Luigi confuse

Chef Luigi and LB walk far up mountain. Kennedy walk mountain too. They not in awe of cactus, nopales, those green things... but Chef Luigi cannot get enough. I get brave too.

Can you find Chef Luigi? I hide well

We climb up mountain slowly and there are great views all along path. You can see Riverside well.

Chef Luigi like Riverside so far, but mountain is tough climb

Well, Chef Luigi cannot wait to show you rest of climb up Mt. Rubidoux, but rest of post very long so Chef Luigi save it for second half.

LB has been good and Kennedy take care of Chef Luigi. I am happy to go to mountain with them. Please come back for second half so you see if Chef Luigi make it to top and what is on top when (if?) we got there.

Apr. 14, 2010 10:08 pm
OmGosh! Chef have to be tired after all that! Cute as ever! And I have to thank your hosts, Kennedy and LB! How great was that? Beautiful pics!
Apr. 14, 2010 10:13 pm
Great blog, Little Chef and that LB sure takes great pics. Looks like you are having a wonderful time. Beautiful city you're in and very exciting. The "Lions Club" must have been very scary indeed! (lol)Can't wait for part two.
Apr. 14, 2010 10:15 pm
Mt. Rubidoux is quite a climb Luigi....good for working off the pasta! Tell LB to take you to the Performing Art Center....very cool. Nice Italian restaurant around the corner. Hey where are those Mexican recipes LB promising you?
Apr. 14, 2010 10:15 pm
Oh, and give Kennedy a hug, please.
Apr. 14, 2010 10:20 pm
Well done, Luigi! You must be exhausted. Get some rest but don't dream about lions or cactus!
Apr. 15, 2010 4:40 am
Good hearing from you! And glad you are having such a great time with your gracious hosts!
Apr. 15, 2010 6:29 am
mmmmmm...Nopales! YUM! Just LOOK at them all! LOL! Riverside looks like a fun place to explore! and LB is a most gracious host too!
Apr. 15, 2010 6:36 am
Looks like you all had a great day and enough exercise to burn off lots of calories. What's for dinner?
Apr. 15, 2010 7:55 am
Chef,so glad you are enjoying your stay with LB and Kennedy, but where are the rest of the family? No Mrs.LB to take you sightseeing too? I know she works all day but is she helping to prepare the evening meals and teaching you California Cuisine?
Apr. 15, 2010 12:13 pm
Oh, you must be tired, Chef Luigi! Nothing like a day of site seeing to make you hungry for dinner! Can't wait to see what LB is planning for you next!
Apr. 15, 2010 1:32 pm
It sure looks like you are having a good time. I will be waiting for the 2nd half of your blog. I can't wait to see where LB takes you next. Mag
Apr. 15, 2010 5:05 pm
Yep, that's quite a hike up the mountain-I've done it at sunset-that is really pretty, but the views are always nice as you wind around it. I hope you get a chance to sample some local grown orange juice-had a great crop this year!
Apr. 15, 2010 7:42 pm
Wow incredible view
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Hello everyone! I'm Chef Luigi, Chef Tony's little brother. My brother Tony got a new job, so I am now the new Allrecipes traveling Chef. I'll be traveling from home to home; cooking and having fun. I can't wait to visit everyone!
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