by Robin Auwerda Some call her the “Purveyor Of Fun”, some refer to her as the “Local Tattoo Goddess”, most of us just call her Mimi Masher. I’ve always wanted a tattoo, and was hungry for a burrito. Who better to call for a lunch date, and get some info on tattoos, than Mimi Masher,… Read More


M.A.D.E. in Long Beach Around Town Column, by Robin Auwerda Sure it’s fun to “shop local”…. Shopping local seems to be the “in” thing to do lately. But shopping locally can be harder than it sounds. At least little me thinks so. Where are these so called local shops and their local owners? Are they… Read More


Robin Auwerda’s “Broer” Visits Long Beach When you live in a world far away from the ones you grew up with, it is a great experience when they come and visit you! My brother Martijn recently visited us. Martijn is 3 years younger than I, has a job, he lives mostly independent, is mentally handicapped,… Read More


This little story started out on Facebook. Even though social media isn’t all that social in my opinion, it does help you stay connected with friends far and near and keeps you updated on what they are up to. One of my Facebook friends is very passionate about a certain city park, Lincoln Park. The… Read More


Pavement Art - Robin Auwerda

Art must be seen from a distance, hanging on a wall, and never touched by the admirer. That is what I heard growing up in The Netherlands, from my parents, teachers, troop leaders at my boy-scout group. Art was and still is everywhere back home. Since art is in the eye of the beholder, I… Read More


I don’t really know how many murals Long Beach has. quite a few I’d say. Every time I drive by one, it brightens my day. Colorful buildings make for a better urban experience. There’s even a Mural and Cultural Arts Program that has helped with the creation of at least 8 of the City’s murals.… Read More


Roller Derby Kids

This story really started more than half a year ago at Mr. Yetis Pet Supplies, a local pet food store on Lakewood Blvd and Stearns. I was asked by the owner to dress up as that year’s Santa (sshhh Santa is real), and surround myself with all kinds of wonderful pets and have photos taken.… Read More


A Bike and A Carrot by Robin Auwerda When you are born in a bike loving country like The Netherlands, like I was, it is such a pleasure to see your town turn into Bike City USA, more and more. Long Beach is on the road to bicycle heaven. More and more bike lanes, trails,… Read More


What is a Sunday afternoon without friends to hang out with? In the last couple of years Long Beach (and surrounding areas) has turned more and more European-like-awesome. Breweries are starting to grow in numbers and fun little bars, restaurants and ?koffie?- shops have appeared onto the scene of, hanging out is fun and gets you… Read More