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Red Hill Coffee Shop

Roadside Americana

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Adjacent to Red Hill BBQ is the Red Hill Coffee Shop in Rancho Cucamonga, California.   When I captured this image I was attracted to the geometry of the bui;ding from this angle of view, the paint job, the signage and the character sitting on the bench outside the building.  A weird group of details to be attracted to, but the totality of the details and the overall scene trigger my mind to conjure up some interesting scenarios.

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Red Hill BBQ

Roadside Americana

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Red Hill BBQ, Rancho Cucamonga, California.  I love the wagon wheels, pot bellied stove and the oil barrel pit with the smoke coming off it.  There is real fragrance to real barbeque.


Give Up A Little Love For The Old Girl.

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Prowler Roadster inviting suitors, American Classics Car Show, NHRA Museum, Pomona, California 21-Oct-2012.

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The Family Hobby

American Classics Car Show, NHRA Museum, Pomona, California 21-Oct-2012.

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Red Detroit Muscle

As seen at the American Classics Car Show, NHRA Motor Sports Museum, Pomona, California 21-Oct-2012

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Black Vette #26

American Classics Car Show, NHRA Museum, Pomona, California 21-Oct-2012

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Black Vette #23

American Classics Car Show, NHRA Museum, Pomona, California 21-Oct-2012

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Chevrolet Convertible

American Classics Car Show, NHRA Museum, Pomona, California 21-Oct-2012

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Blue Coupe #17

American Classics Car Show, NHRA Museum, Pomona, California 21-Oct-2012

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Red ’57 Chevy #14

American Classics Car Show, NHRA Museum, Pomona, California 21-Oct-2012

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A Pair Of Coupes

American Classics Car Show, NHRA Museum, Pomona, California 21-Oct-2012

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Red Coupe #5

American Classics Car Show, NHRA Museum, Pomona, California 21-Oct-2012

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Thanksgiving Dinner Served Here

Roadside Americana

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 32mm ISO 200 1/50 f/11 Lr4, TpzSim; PsCS6

The Sycamore Inn, providing food and drink to travelers on old Route 66, since before there was a Route 66.  This Rancho Cucamonga, California landmark first opened in 1848.  On the menu for Thanksgiving 2012: A selection of 29 wines by the glass, a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings, or filet mignon, prime rib or salmon.  Served in the main dining room at tables with white tablecloths and ancient wing backed chairs on casters, squint your eye and you might see an old sour dough miner celebrating a gold strike.

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 44mm ISO 200 1/320 f/8 Lr4, TpzSim; PsCS6

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The Magic Lamp Inn

Roadside Americana

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 44mm ISO 200 1/20 f/14 Lr4, TpzSim; PsCS6

A fixture on Foothill Boulevard (Route 66) in Rancho Cucamonga since 1955, with live music in the lounge four nights a week, and menu items like jumbo crab cocktail, Caesar salad tossed table side and Chateaubriand for two carved table side with both Bordelaise and Bernaise sauce, the Magic Lamp Inn is a throwback to an earlier time.

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Chicken Savings Time

Roadside Americana

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 27mm ISO 200 1/15 f/16 Lr4, TpzSim; PsCS6

When contemplating Americana, fried chicken, and especially Colonel Sanders’ original recipe, has to come to mind.  This outpost of the venerable chicken chain is at the corner of Mountain Avenue and Foothill Boulevard, on a segment of historic Route 66 in Upland, California.

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Donut Construction Site

Roadside Americana

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 200mm ISO 250 3-bkts f/11 Lr4, TpzSim; PsCS6

Long before there were McMuffins there were donuts for “healthy” Americans to start their day.  Back in the day Winchell’s was a favorite stop for me when I was craving a crumb cake donut, and no construction barriers would have kept me from getting to a dozen donuts.  (I have been paying the price for that behavior ever since.)

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Taken To The Cleaners

Roadside Americana

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 48mm ISO 250 3-bkts f/11 Lr3, TpzSim; PsCS6

Whether to get dirty cloths clean or to undergo a fleecing, we all know what “taken to the cleaners” means.  I am certain that in this case it has always meant getting your fashionable clothes cleaned in Pasadena, California.  I don’t know where the locals take their unfashionable clothes to be cleaned, though.

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Burger Queue

Roadside Americana

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 27mm ISO 800 1/100 f/8 Lr4, TpzSim; PsCS6

The always present line up of cars waiting their turn at the In-N-Out drive thru in Pasadena, California.  I recommend the “Double Double”, hold the spread and add mustard and ketchup.

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Pie ‘N Burger

Roadside Americana

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 200mm ISO 250 3-bkts f/11 Lr4, HEP2, TpzSim; PsCS6

Pie ‘N Burger has been a locals institution seemingly forever in Pasadena, California.  It is practically next door to Caltec and likely a lot of science and engineering students and teachers  have had either pie or burgers or both there during its tenure.  I ate their once, years ago when Judy introduced it to me, my recollection, however, was one of feeling underwhelmed with both the pies and the burgers.  But it’s a cozy little embodiment of a certain genre.

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Mimi’s Cafe

Roadside Americana

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 24mm iso 200 1/15 f/8 Lr4, TpzSim; PsCS6

Mimi’s Cafe, Chino Hills, California.  A chain, but even a chain has its virtues, good breakfasts, muffins and the clam chowder is very decent (when hot and fresh).

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Cafe Opera & Bakery

Roadside Americana

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 40mm ISO 200 1/125 F/11 Lr4, TpzSim; PsCS6

On Myrtle Avenue in the pedestrian friendly Old Town, Monrovia, California.  There are quite a few restaurants and retauraunt/bars in this neighborhood.

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Hot Nings?

Roadside Americana

Nikon D7000 10-24mm @ 24mm ISO 320 1/160 f/16 Lr3, TpzSim; PsCS6

No,  “Hot Wings” is behind the shadow.  Found on Colorado Boulevard in Old Town, Pasadena, California.

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Give The Man A Hand

Street Life

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 200mm ISO 320 1/80 f/11 Lr4, SEP2; PsCS6

A couple responding to a singer/musician’s free performance, South Main Street pedestrian promenade, The Shoppes, Chino Hills, California.

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Exuberance

Street Life

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 46mm ISO 320 1/25 f/8 Lr4, SEP2; PsCS6

Happy young men mugging for me on their bikes at The Shoppes, Chino Hills, California.  This is what you call  a suburban biker gang in these parts.

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