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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.
WHAT TO ORDER NOW
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!
Spring's best brunches, plus what to do with your crew.
START YOUR ENGINES
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 Cars.com 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?
The people you love the most are going places. These gifts to give, or keep, will get them there in style, safety and comfort.
ENTERTAINMENT
Consider this your Halloween headstart.
Children with serious medical conditions often get left out of traditional "kid" rights of passage, like summer camp. That's where The Painted Turtle, located in nearby Lake Hughes, comes in. From its adaptive programming to its hospital outreach program, The Painted Turtle empowers children with life-threatening illnesses to gain independence and build a community where they are not alone.
In 2017, I settled into a plush chair in The Paseo Club's well-appointed loggia to sign my membership contract, wondering if my family would really use it. It wouldn't be the first time I've enrolled in a health club, only to find out hundreds (Thousands?) of dollars later that the closest I'd get to the entry was when I was in the adjacent Starbucks drive-thru line.
After 15 years of raising vital funds for SCV residents with breast cancer, it's time for Bras for a Cause to get a lift, padding the hundreds of thousands already raised in a decade and a half with a record-breaking anniversary haul.
On August 25, over 850 guests, volunteers, kids and horses will come together to raise operational funds for Carousel Ranch, a local equestrian-therapy program that serves over 100 SCV kids weekly.
Sometimes, simple tools can create the most complex masterpieces. That's the concept behind the Santa Clarita Chalk Festival, presented by the Old Town Newhall Association in conjunction with the City of Santa Clarita.
GET OUT OF TOWN
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.
A 100-year Celebration at March Air Force Base April 7th and 8th
The first bottle of bubbly was well on its way to empty as our Mercedes merged onto the 101 freeway, barely five minutes into our trip. Not to worry. There was another bottle already on ice, so I could quickly pop the cork for nearly-instant refills. With nine glasses to keep filled, you've always got to be thinking one bottle ahead.
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.
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.
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.
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