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The Oaks Grille at TPC Valencia has something to celebrate - or, more accurately, someone. New Executive Chef Peyton Poulsen, a mainstay at the fine-dining restaurant since his days as a busser (He did a stint in 2007 before attending culinary school.), has cultivated a kitchen community that is dedicated to from-scratch cuisine.
Sabor Cocina Mexicana is the SCV equivalent of a "stay-cation." You only have to travel to the Bridgeport Marketplace in Valencia to escape to an authentic, luxurious Mexican restaurant that feels distinctively south of the border - with a twist.
The patio at Marston's Restaurant in the Bridgeport Marketplace is my happy place. This is where I meet with friends, sip wine with my hubby and even down an iced tea solo in between client meetings. I always love it there - but spring afternoons and summer nights are my favorite times to enjoy Chef Jim's culinary creations.
The sweetest dessert you'll treat yourself to this month comes with a tasty reward for local equestrian therapy program Carousel Ranch.
Whether you prefer the heart-stirring twang of a country song, the hilarity of talented animals or the heavy beat of a drum, the 2015-16 Season at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (PAC) at College of the Canyons has exactly what you need for an unforgettable afternoon or evening out on the town.
At an all-too-rare "adults only" party at a friend's home, I shared how I had spent the day prior. "My son and I played laser tag," I said, "It's our go-to 'date' now." Without any more prompting, several of my dining companions perked up, replied nearly simultaneously and with an eagerness that had yet to be shown all night: "Have you ever been to Valencia Laser Blast?!"
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Eat, drink and play this summer with fresh and fun new menu and drink items.
Your best bets for Father's Day and Graduation parties.
Mother's Day brunch options, plus spring's best sweet treats.
Get a taste of healthy, Whole-30 and Paleo-friendly fresh food.
Read about this season's freshest finds and learn how to win free beer for a year.
We're hungry for health food - and local restaurants deliver.
START YOUR ENGINES
A quick peek into Audi Valencia's showroom during the holidays is all it takes to get caught up in the festive magic of the season - and not just because of the dealership's tastefully joyous decorations.
People watching is a pastime of mine - and watching friends reconnect is one of my favorite things to observe. I expect to see it at parks and coffee shops, though - not at car dealerships. But that's what happened this month, many times over, as I relaxed in the comfortable ambiance of Audi Valencia.
The Challenge: Mother's Day. Last year's breakfast-in-bed devolved into burnt toast, undercooked eggs and a kitchen that looked like a pig detonated an explosive vest. This year will be different - has to be different.
Which Acura model do you want to see in the driveway next year?
Three Acuras you wish were in your driveway right now...
2014 already? No one sells the jet packs and personal helicopters we thought we'd have by now, but today's new cars come close. Let's get you something new and shiny for 2014.
ENTERTAINMENT
Carousel Ranch is a community treasure that is changing lives. For anyone not familiar, this nonprofit organization has provided developmental therapeutic and recreational programs for children with special needs through equestrian therapy for two decades.
"It's hands-down the best course around," says one Valencia Country Club member. "It's a great place to relax with my family," says another.
Make your Next Bash One for the Record Books
Fine and Casual Dining, Fun, Family Entertainment and Exceptional Shopping Variety - that's what you'll find on Town Center Drive. WIth a relaxing outdoor ambience and convenient parking, Town Center Drive is the local spot where you can stroll, connect and conquer your to-do list - all in one place.
You won't want to miss these spectacular holiday events. Bring your family and friends, start a new tradition and connect with those you love during the most magical time of year.
Three beautiful Santa Clarita Valley homes will be decked out in true holiday splendor during Henry Mayo's 35th annual Home Tour on Saturday, December 5 from 9:30am to 4:30pm. Ticket cost is $30. A Holiday Boutique with more than 30 vendors will be open to the public that same day from 9am to 4pm at Pico Canyon Elementary School in Stevenson Ranch. Bring your friends and family to view a wide selection of creative and unique holiday items that will be for sale.
GET OUT OF TOWN
It was Friday afternoon and we were actually driving west on Highway 126. After innumerable texts, e-mails and internet research, our girls' weekend was officially under way.
Standing at home plate in Dodger Stadium for the first time, I pause a moment to take it all in. The first and third base lines stretching away to the foul poles. The pitcher's mound that will deliver up a 100-mph fastball. And the 56,000 spectators whose attention will be on me.
As the car climbed Mulholland Canyon Road away from the Arroyo Sequit, Drew started calling out plant names from the back row.
Arroyo Grande is the coolest little town you've never heard of. When I told a friend where I was headed, it didn't register. "Just off the 101, south of Pismo Beach," I told him. Still nothing. He finally Googled it on his phone and was intrigued. With good reason.
With a recent visit to a Downtown Los Angeles icon, the baton has been officially passed to the next generation. Clifton's Cafeteria, a Southern California tradition for 80 years, lives on in our family.
So how does this sound for a Valentine's Day get-away: rugged beauty, elegant comfort, a range of activities to suit any mood, all within weekend driving distance? Sounds too good to be true, right? Guess again.
MOVIE TIMES
This section has the movie times for the local Santa Clarita movie theaters; Edwards Valencia Grand Palace 12 and Edwards Canyon Country 10. Today's showings include Independence Day: Resurgence An IMAX 3D Experience, Independence Day: Resurgence 3D, Independence Day: Resurgence, The Shallows, Central Intelligence and Finding Dory 3D. Plus many more, click the link to see all of the movie times.
Confession: I have a Pinterest board dedicated to healthy cooking - but I've never actually made anything I've "pinned." That's why I was more than intrigued when I learned about Plate Therapy, an SCV-based fresh-meal delivery service that specializes in Paleo- and Whole 30-friendly foods that taste as incredible as they look. I've tried meal delivery before, with mild success. But I was never able to find the perfect balance of organic quality, peak freshness, accessible price, convenience and - the most important - flavor. That is, until I tried Plate Therapy.
Make your Next Bash One for the Record Books
Embrace the holiday spirit with these two festive classics.
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We asked - and you answered! Our readers share how they chill out when the hot temps roll in.
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