The Blessing Box

Claremont UCC BoxFrom the CUCC Facebook Page:

Did you know that we have a Blessing Box on the North side of our Sanctuary? It’s stocked weekly with food, water, clothes, and toiletry items for those in need!

This Box was built as a community project between the Dreaming Lodge, Claremont UCC, and The Press Restaurant.

The Blessing Box is open and accessible 24/7! Just go to the North side of our Sanctuary (near the corner of 6th St. and Harvard Ave.).

Interested in helping to stock the Box? Go to just stop by and drop your donations inside!

Claremont UCC



85C in Claremont

85 Degrees ClaremontIf you read my Life in Claremont blog, you may remember that I am a big fan of the Taiwanese Bakery Chain called 85C (85 Degrees Celsius which is the perfect temperature at which to brew coffee).

Now we don’t have to drive to Covina, Hacienda Heights, Chino Hills, Irvine, Westminster or Fullerton to get our sea salt coffee (decaf, natch). We have our own 85C in Claremont – right by Super King.

We went at noon last Tuesday, and there wasn’t too much of a line, but I’ve heard they’ve been busy….

Sea Salt Coffee 85C

A Perfect Day in Delft

Delft BikeOur entire trip was so relaxing and fun, but I think we both agreed that the day we rode bikes in and around Delft, Holland, was our favorite day. I don’t know if it was because it was so much fun to ride bikes on flat paths, if it was the nice weather, if it was the beauty of the landscape, or being with our friend that made it the best, but it was certainly a high point on our vacation.

The day started with heading to the train station to pick up rental bikes. These are the fun one-speed bikes where you brake by pedaling backwards, just like I did when I was a kid.

Under the train station is a huge bike parking lot for commuters. This is just a small part of it.

First stop was a five minute ride away to stop for coffee and pastries at a little French cafe.

Then we rode out into the countryside outside of the city.

All that biking made us a little tired, so we stopped to look at the modern view of this Vermeer painting, View of Delft. It looks a little different now than it did in his day.

Delft view Vermeer

This view happens to be close to a great place to get a cold drink.

Delft Drinks

We were told we were only halfway done with our tour, so we headed off again seeing some cute little churches in the country.

Delft Chuch

By this time we needed lunch, so we had some sandwiches in this lovely place that looks like a greenhouse.

Delft Restaurant

The last push of our ride took us to the cheese shop and fresh vegetable shop for dinner ingredients.

Delft Cheese Shop

If I lived in Delft, I could easily have a blog with a photo a day because there is endless inspiration for pictures. Delftography?


Once the land grant office, currently a gourmet street taco place, Petiscos is a great little spot to have some fish tacos and other deliciousness.

Petiscos sign

Order at the window of the little teal building

Petiscos Menu

then head back into the quiet yard and choose a picnic table.

Pick up your food and enjoy! The tacos are tasty, but our very favorite was the street corn cup (in the middle). Tacos used to run between $4-7, but now all are $3 each.

Petiscos Food


Elvira’s in the Old School House

Claremont Old School HouseA new Mexican restaurant in Claremont is always worth a try. The original Elvira’s (pronounced El-vee-ra, according to the Courier article) in Upland sits outside our regular field of vision, but we had been once and really enjoyed it. Now the new location has opened in the Old School House, Claremont’s first high school, on the corner of Indian Hill and Foothill Blvds.

The official front door is on the west side facing Trader Joe’s, but one can also enter the back door near Indian Hill and walk through the restaurant to request a seat.


Elvira's Claremont

The interior is in the former high school library, and there are lovely high ceilings in this room. The room next door near the bar is darker and louder. So next time I will try to sit in this room with the original restored art.

I hope that someday Elvira’s will have outdoor seating, even though there are many tables inside.

I can vouch for the spinach enchiladas – they had lots of flavor!

May 2017 Photo Round-Up

During Finals we had the German and Chinese Language Residents and some German-speaking students over for a little cultural exchange. We made s’mores (definitely an American treat) and the German Language Resident made Spaghetti Ice which looks like spaghetti, but is really whipped cream with ice cream through a press that makes it look like pasta, topped with pureed strawberries and coconut flakes. Yummy.

We replaced our dying tangerine tree with a dwarf avocado. We choose a large size as we don’t want to wait 20 years to make homemade guacamole.

The store at the botanical gardens is closing for the season, so we had to go one last time before fall. And then we had to go check out the current exhibit in the one-room gallery.

The duck on the pillar at Harvey Mudd College is gone. I hope it’s because the pole has just been painted, and the duck might reappear.

Memorial Day was a perfect day to try out our new car bike-rack and take a ride around the Back Bay in Newport Beach.

Bring on June Gloom!