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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.
Executive Chef Peyton Poulsen is a man on a mission; the Oaks Grille at TPC Valencia mainstay is as committed to bringing fresh, local and sustainable finds to Santa Clarita as he is dedicated to creating new and exciting flavors for SCVians to savor. "We source as much as possible regionally and are inspired by those ingredients. This new menu brings unexpected flavors, several with a tropical twist - but they're all distinctly Californian," says Poulsen.
Since Michael Mohammed and his brothers took over the reigns of Chroic Tacos in 2012, the 14-year-old taco shop that started in Newport Beach exploded on the fresh-food map, expanding to 41 locations with 20 in the stages of leasing and construction - and more in the works. Demand is high - with delicious reason!
Wolf Creek Restaurant & Brewing Co. isn't just "in" Santa Clarita; in many ways, it "is" Santa Clarita. Founded by Rob and Laina McFerren 20 years ago, the restaurant has grown alongside its hometown, first expanding its footprint through the addition of an adjacent banquet room, then opening a separate brewing and tasting facility on the Rye Canyon Loop in the Valencia Industrial Center.
Highest-quality Ingredients & Stellar Staff make for a Sweet Spot
Before savoring a single bite of Xevichez's truly-exceptional sushi offerings, my husband and I already knew we were "home."
WHAT TO ORDER NOW
The flavors of the season - and the best fall to-do's!
Don't miss the best Dining & Entertaining Guide yet!
It's time to start planning your holiday events - here's how!
Salt Creek's wine-tasting dinner is going to be amazing!
Get ready to laugh until you cry - for a great cause!
Fresh summer flavor is now being served!
START YOUR ENGINES
Because life is full of all different kinds of adventures, you need a vehicle that can accommodate the demands of extenuating circumstances. No matter your plans, you're going to love getting to the action faster in your Jeep Compass Sport.
Ready to give your gas mileage a boost - while giving your lifestyle a kick in the pants, too? Families across the country are now getting their road trip on - without tripping out - in America's first ever hybrid minivan, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid.
Everything's "Grand" with this Cherokee in your Driveway
Fall into Luxury, Power, Storage & Adventure with the hottest new rides!
There's having a vehicle - and then there's having the right vehicle. Ready for wheels that match your lifestyle? Here are three that are ready to coordinate with your sense of adventure and love of the road.
In SoCal, nearly every day can be "beach day," and that becomes even more accurate when you're cruising in a vehicle that seems custom made for it. Ready to feel the cool ocean breeze against your cheek, to bask in the sun, to make memories you'll cherish forever? Jump in, buckle up and cruise over for the best summer yet!
ENTERTAINMENT
Celebrate the season with Festival of Trees!
Annual Fundraiser Supports Sending Children with Serious Medical Conditions to Camp for Free, The Painted Turtle's North Los Angeles County Regional Advisory Board will host its 12th annual BBQ fundraiser on Saturday, October 28 at The Painted Turtle camp in Lake Hughes.
It's not too late to get your tickets to Heart of the West, happening Saturday, August 26! With only two weeks to go, guests can expect an exciting evening featuring one-of-a-kind live and silent auction items, a delicious meal catered by Salt Creek Grille and what it is all about:
a demonstration by the children of Carousel Ranch!
Presented by the Princess Cruises Community Foundation, Carousel Ranch's annual fundraiser, Heart of the West, is gearing up to be another phenomenal year.
The SCV Senior Center New Building Campaign & Carousel Ranch need your support.
Join Santa Clarita in "Saving Sebi" at the gala at TPC Valencia.
GET OUT OF TOWN
To know my daughter Brooke is to know that more is better.
Whether we're talking nail polish, hugs or frosting, Brooke likes to pile it on. As our resident crafter/baker/seamstress, she is a whirlwind of grand ideas, many of which are inspired by the Food Network. She has an eye for style and real kitchen flair, but sometimes, clean-up takes a backseat to creativity.
There's one problem that comes with visiting Pasadena. Picking a restaurant. Like flowers on a New Year's Day float, there's seemingly one of every variety imaginable in Pasadena. When it's time to pick, it's hard to settle on just one. Fortunately, we found the solution to this decidedly first-world problem.
Three days. Three activities. Our plans for a weekend in Mammoth were that simple. Hike. Bike. Paddle. By noon on Friday, April and I were on task. Lacquered in DEET, we headed into the Little Lakes Valley from the aptly-named Mosquito Flat Trailhead.
Our guides warned us this might happen. That people might stop and stare. And the people did, which is understandable. I'd stop and stare too if I was at the bottom of a waterfall and saw someone descending from the top.
While summer's heat has evaporated our memories of California's record-setting winter in Santa Clarita, the precipitation lives on in Yosemite.
Los Alamos was one of those places that I've driven past for years. Just off Highway 101, past Buellton, but before Santa Maria, it was always on the way to somewhere else. Until now.
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 Plus many more, click the link to see all of the movie times.
Two birds, one stone. That's what I needed - what my family needed - earlier this year when I began researching club facilities in the SCV and Valley. Golf clubs, racquet clubs, swim clubs... they were all on my list as I furiously searched for the Holy Grail - a place where my entire crew could go regularly for socialization and recreation.
Santa Clarita is, in many ways, a thriving community because of the thousands of volunteers who donate time and talent to make it so.
The help you need to keep your New Year's goals going.
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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