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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?!"
Offering local audiences a "Season of Celebration," the 2014-15 Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (PAC) at College of the Canyons 10th Anniversary Season will feature a wealth of talent for audiences of all ages to enjoy.
The Oaks Grille's chef, Daniel Otto, is ubiquitous with exceptional, "you gotta try this" food. So when they announced a menu change, we knew we were in for new flavors and new favorites.
If Wolf Creek Restaurant & Brewing Company is my "Cheers," does that make me "Norm?" Probably. And, if it means I can keep eating and drinking here indefinitely, I'm totally fine with that.
The movement towards fresher, more local and healthier fare has reached Santa Clarita's most beloved steak house, and, judging from Salt Creek Grille's new menu, it's a trend with delicious staying power.
"I can't wait to see you! Let's do dinner," said my West LA-based friend last year. Tentatively I replied. "Do you want to come out here to the SCV, or should I come to you?" There are few things more uncomfortable than having a friend explain that your hometown is not the Mecca of culinary cuisine. Now, with Sake Bistro & Sushi open in Valencia, I finally had a reason to avoid LA traffic - and prices. Promising that she'd dine on incredible dishes that put even LA's best to shame, I convinced her to make the drive up.
The click-clack of Manolo Blahniks announces the arrival of another "girl posse," one of Sabor Cocina Mexicana's most loyal demographics. The well-dressed women settle into a comfortable, yet finely-appointed booth and sip on Skinny Girl margaritas while enjoying a decadent appetizer of gossip and laughter.
We asked four local chef's to share a few of their motivation, thier favorites and the secrets to thier success...
In defiance of the looming recession and perhaps even conventional wisdom, The Kona Crisp opened its doors on July 5 of last year. Since then, the restaurant has found many fans in Santa Clarita by offering top-quality Hawaiian BBQ at affordable prices. A couple of friends and I stopped by on a Saturday afternoon to try The Kona Crisp for ourselves.
The year was 1988. Def Leppard was on the radio. Mullets were in. And a new barbecue restaurant opened in Canyon Country, serving the most tender and tasty tri-tip around.

Fast forward 20 years. Santa Clarita is a different place, especially without my mullet. Change is inevitable, however, and even an institution like Rattler's Bar-B-Que can't escape it.
We gringos love a reason to party. How else do you explain the popularity of Cinco de Mayo, a holiday commemorating an obscure battle in Mexico, that is celebrated with great vigor in the U.S.?
Every once in a while a new restaurant comes on the scene that has it all: great food, attentive service, a family-friendly environment in a posh atmosphere and all at an affordable price. Well, get ready folks, because New Moon Restaurant is just that kind of place.
You always hear about people who want to make it on Broadway. The heck with that! Make your way to Off Broadway Bistro where every meal is a box office smash!
After 27 years in the Santa Clarita Valley, Le Chene continues to delight a sophisticated gathering of diners who are more than willing to take the road less traveled in order to enjoy what is arguably the best food in the area.
When you were a child your mother probably told you that "it's nice to share." Mother must have been talking about The Sycamore Bar & Grill at Robinson Ranch. Executive Chef Tom McNulty has created a menu of dishes that are just begging to be shared. Generous portions of starters, salads and entrees are perfectly suited to be enjoyed with a companion. The warm, rustic atmosphere of SB&G, with its two indoor fireplaces, expansive view of the golf course, handsome bar and almost den-like seating area with large screen television, invites a long, leisurely stay.
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