After a recent visit to JJ's Bar & Grill in Valencia, a friend asked me about my experience. What first came to mind wasn't the tasty food I noshed on, or the great drinks I had while re-connecting with an old friend. No, what came out of my mouth was this telling tidbit: "It was so relaxing!"
Sometimes, less really is more. That's the philosophy of Marston's Restaurant's beloved "Chef Jim" McCardy, a man who has a well-known knack for finding the best seasonal produce, meats and fish available anywhere.
Casa Canela Shares Farm-fresh Fare with "Mi Casa es su Casa" Service
The New Menu that makes them an Old Favorite
Beautiful Bundts make Nothing Bundt Cakes the Sweetest Spot in Town
When you meet Daniel Csotai, executive chef at the Hyatt Regency Valencia and mastermind of the gourmet goodness at Vines Restaurant, it's instantly obvious that this man loves what he does. How could he not? His restaurant, a Santa Clarita staple, is experiencing a revitalization that, by no coincidence, comes at the time of a new menu launch that celebrates everything Csotai and the Hyatt brand stand for: sustainability, a nod to local flavor, exquisite service and a twist on beloved classics.
Just moments from your door, there are flavors waiting to be discovered, long-forgotten stories eager to be shared, yet-unforged connections hoping to be made.
Our Fave Last Tastes of Summer Flavors

Summer eats and chilly drinks will keep you going in the heat.
You've got to try the new rolled ice cream at Chyll - and other treats.
Father's Day deliciousness, plus new tastes to share.
Treat Mom to her favorite brunch - no dishes necessary!
SCV's got a pretty high communal IQ. As a population, we're well educated, we invest in local schools and we're proud to be home to smarty-pants bio/tech companies. But what's really smart is how we show off our intelligence with our own clever car, coffee... and even roller coaster.
Sometimes, you just need to get out of town. And, sometimes, you have to go to Costco. Lucky for us, the Sahara is ready for whatever life puts in front of you - or what you want to leave behind.
Just because life can be boring doesn't mean your ride should be.
For every personality, there's a Jeep. Which is yours?
This Valentine's Day, prepare to be barraged by love stories that will never be as impressive as the love you should have for your car. With such wowing accolades as, "Best Buy in the Minivan Segment" from Consumer's Digest, "Best New Family Car for 2017" from and "2017 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year," it's no surprise that everyone is falling in love with the belle of the ball, the Chrysler Pacifica and, our favorite, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid.
Does all that holiday driving have you saying, "Ho, ho... just... no" to your current vehicle? Have you intentionally parked around the block to avoid the walk of shame back to your junker after an office party? Did you have to decide to bring the kids or the presents to Grandma's, because you couldn't fit both?
Grab a pumpkin-spiced anything, pull on a sweater and get out there, cool-weather-loving friends - because there's a lot of fall fun to fit into a few short months.
Yes, you can put your pinky up when you sip your drink at one of these local cultural finds. Join family and friends in a celebration of thefiner things in life, Santa Clarita style.
On Saturday, November 17, the merchants of Old Town Newhall welcome the community to their annual Sip N' Shop from 2pm to 6pm. Guests will nosh on light snacks and treats while taking advantage of deep pre-holiday discounts while meeting the small business owners who help keep Old Town Newhall a unique, vibrant destination.
Kick-off this holiday season and help celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley at Festival of Trees!
Even if you're not Sporty Spice, hometown football games can prove to be high in entertainment value. Don't have a dog in the fight? No matter. Cheer for a cool, crisp night out; hot cocoa in your hand; and the happy energy of the surrounding fans. Go see a football game!
Support Bridge to Home's Goal of a Permanent, Year-round Shelter by Attending Soup for the Soul
Say "Getty" these days and everyone assumes you're talking about the Getty Center museum complex atop the Sepulveda Pass that affords commanding views of the Westside all the way to the ocean.
Three thousand, one hundred feet. Seventy miles. Seven pitchers. Six guys. Three days. One question.
That's a rough accounting of the recent expedition undertaken to Mammoth by a group of mountain-biking friends - James, Mike, Jason, Todd, Tony and me.
I wasn't ready for Zion National Park, but Zion was ready for me. To surprise me. To push me. To make me stop and wonder.
Our weekend in San Francisco is much like the city itself - packed, busy, close - a whole lot going in a very small space, or in our case, a small amount of time.
Our foolproof plan to explore a city is simple. Book a well-appointed hotel. Then walk and see what we discover along the way. We followed that plan to perfection for a recent weekend in San Francisco.
Don't be one of those guys scrambling around Ralph's the morning of Mother's Day. Salvaging a bouquet from the left-overs. Scrounging for an envelope to match your card. Swearing you're going to put more thought into it next year.
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 Plus many more, click the link to see all of the movie times.
SCV's got a pretty high communal IQ. As a population, we're well educated, we invest in local schools and we're proud to be home to smarty-pants bio/tech companies. But what's really smart is how we show off our intelligence with our own clever car, coffee... and even roller coaster.
After a busy summer, we were feeling more Oktoberrest than Oktoberfest - until we saw the local lineup of Bavarian-themed events. Prost!
Whether you're celebrating a recent "swipe right" or a decades-long love affair, every relationship could use a little extra sweetness.
Only the poshest SCVians know that "posh" isn't even a popular descriptor anymore, so on top of the elements listed here, you're also going to need a new vocabulary to truly show that you've made it, SCV style.
What makes for a great night out in Santa Clarita? Our super-technical calculations ID'd the top qualifiers: romantic location, low kid-to-adult ratios and, because we've been with our partners for what feels like ages... something to talk about. Here are our favorite Friday night haunts.
Multiple theater venues. Immersive art programs. Wine tastings, street parties, jam nights and improv. The list of Old Town Newhall's cultural experiences is nearly as long as the community's storied history, one rooted in Western lore.
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