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Eat, Drink & Play
April, 2012 - Issue #90
EAT
Just because the place is called Fatburger doesn't mean that the "getting ready for summer swimwear" set has to pass on made-to-order deliciousness. Lighter options include the Turkeyburger, Veggieburger and Chicken Sandwich. But skip the hand-scooped, whip-cream-topped real ice cream shakes (Or, maybe just have one of those for lunch?). 290-2523

For less than a family dinner at a diner you could be cooking your own fabulous meals at home. Except that, until now, there was no hands-on way to learn how (Sorry, Rachel Ray. We need to "learn by doing!"). Pazam! (That's our "wizard" sound; take it or leave it.) In one Kitchen Wizards session, you'll develop the confidence to try divine recipes at home. April's kitchen calendar (log on for dates) includes lots of New Orleans fare (Crab & Artichoke Gratin, Gumbo, Jambalaya, Fried Oysters, Hurricanes, Beignets and Chicory Coffee), plus a Chinese Dim Sum menu (Pot Stickers, Shrimp Dumblings, BBQ Pork Buns, Crab Rangoos), Bread Workshop and a Healthy Homemade Baby Food session. 254-1234 www.kitchenwizards.net

Easter is Sunday, April 8
With some delicious help from Lady Di's Cookies & Sweets, your Easter baskets will make everyone "hop" to attention! Easter-themed caramel apples, cupcakes and iced white-chocolate Easter cookies are available in store and by special order. 222-9102

The Best of Easter Brunch

There's brunch... and then there is Salt Creek Grille's ridiculously-good, totally-unique champagne-brunch spread. Easter Sunday just became more delicious with apple-smoked bacon, sausage, abelskivers, waffles, eggs benedict, baby-back ribs, blackened salmon, king-crab legs, sushi, smoked salmon, muscles marinara, chicken roulade, Salt Creek House Salad, potato salad, Capri salad, pasta salad, pesto salad, a vast selection of desserts and much, much more. Reservations for parties of seven or more are recommended. Cost is $39.95 per person with kids under 12 ringing in at $12.95. Open from
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 222-9999

Sake Bistro & Sushi, conveniently located in the Bridgeport Marketplace, is offering a fantastic Easter Sunday Brunch From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feast on Sake's incredible selection of fresh fruit, breakfast pastries, assorted salads, omelets, eggs benedict, carved-just-for-you prime rib and numerous hot entrees that are oh-so Sake. Cost is $29.95 for adults and $12.95 for children 12 and under. They will also have a special Easter Dinner menu available beginning at 5 p.m. with live Jazz featuring the Jimmy Carnelli Duo singing Frank Sinatra and all the Greats. This is an ideal opportunity to see why Sake is a prime party and event location; 255-SAKE (7253)

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tournament Players Club Valencia will host a spring-inspired buffet in celebration of Easter. The kids will enjoy a visit from the Easter Bunny and a traditional egg hunt at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. Reservations required. 288-1995 ext. 104

Marston's is open on Easter from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Drop in or reserve your spot to enjoy favorites like mimosas and Pulled Pork Eggs Benedict. 253-9910

DRINK
We love March Madness. It's just so... maddening. The victories! The heartbreak! And now, the beer! Wolf Creek Restaurant & Brewing Company is hosting their first-annual March Madness Tournament - and this is one for the record books. Drop by Wolf Creek the Monday immediately following the round of "32" to pick up your entry form and get complete details. You'll have a chance to win prizes (and free beer!) by "picking the winners" in each of the final four rounds. The overall winner will take home a one-of-a-kind personalized Wolf Creek shirt and a growler a week of beer free for a whole year. 263-9653

For Passover dinner, the pros at Vino 100 suggest 2010 Golan Heights Moscato (Israel; certified Kosher). Their Moscato is delicious and delightful, generously sweet with good balance of acidity and flavors of apples, tangerines and tropical fruits. For celebrating Easter, they kindly suggest the 2009 Skyleaf Riesling from New Zealand. With its dry, crisp and refreshing flavors of apple, melon and honey with just a touch of sweetness, it's a perfect match with your ham dinner. Or try 2009 Marc Bredif Vouvray (France), offering light sweetness with rich, savory pineapple and fig-like fruit flavors. If dinner features roasted lamb, go for the 2009 Paringa Shiraz (Australia) with intense aromas and flavors of blackberry and black currants and a hint of mocha, or 2009 Klinker Brick Farrah's Vineyard Shiraz (Lodi) with rich flavors of black cherry, dense layers of spiced plum, supple and silky tannins. 294-6886

We're loving Pulchella's comfortable patio. It's the perfect spot to sit and share a bottle of cult-following wine. And now it's even better - because Pulchella has partnered with Salt Creek Grille (222-9999) to create a special menu. All you gotta do is call ahead to Salt Creek and they'll have your food ready to pick up and enjoy in Pulchella's tasting room. 799-WINE (9463)


PLAY
The Wait is Over
All-new 2013 Lexus GS is Here
Test drive (or buy, or lease!) the car that will change it all. Your new ride is now available at Keyes Lexus of Valencia.877-302-7693 www.lexusofvalencia.com

And now, for a dose of adorable! Scratch Golf... Accelerated is now accepting kids ages 4 to 6 into the Little Linksters program. Your tiny treasure will be exposed to the game of golf in a controlled environment, learning basics like putting, chipping, swing and fitness. These mini, age-appropriate golf lessons are held after school, during the weekday and on weekends for your convenience. Programs, including Spring Break camp, are available for big kids, too. 775-0578


WIN Family Four-packs to the
Santa Barbara Zoo!

In Santa Barbara children building a sand castle on the beach may be surprised to look up and see a giraffe. Beach volleyball players often hear lions roaring and surfers sometimes hear the hooting of a gibbon. Located across the street from the beach, the Santa Barbara Zoo may be the only zoo on earth where the lions have an ocean view.

Parents call this lush seaside park quaint, charming and beautiful. But children know that it's a wonderful place to see all sorts of amazing creatures like elephants, lions, gorillas, flamingos, condors and penguins up close! In fact, kids can see many of these spectacular creatures by riding on miniature trains that run around the park. This Spring Break the Santa Barbara Zoo introduces a brand new train locomotive, Emmett! Also, Duncan, the amazing 15-foot-long T-Rex dinosaur, will be starring in his stage show, "How to Train Your Dinosaur." Don't forget to feed the giraffes and say hello to Lucky, the famous "penguin with a funky shoe." Win one of two family four-packs (admission for two adults and two children) by "liking" Inside SCV Magazine on Facebook. Log onto www.facebook.com/insidescv - a winner will be selected on March 30, so log on now! www.sbzoo.org
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