Eat, Drink & Play
May, 2012 - Issue #91
Yummy Ways to Celebrate Mother's Day on May 13
Moms will be gifted with a free chocolate-covered strawberry when they visit Lady Di's Cookies & Sweets on the Saturday or Sunday of Mother's Day weekend. No purchase is necessary to get your sweet treat, but may we suggest one anyway? Di's newest cupcake creation - Salted Caramel Dutch Apple - is incredible. 222-9102

There's brunch... and then there is Salt Creek Grille's ridiculously-good, totally-unique champagne-brunch spread. Mother's Day 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 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. 222-9999

We've all been there - at a restaurant on Mother's Day, patiently waiting (for over an hour!) for a table, when "it" happens. An adorable kid just can't take hanging out in restaurant purgatory any longer. Tantrum alert! Prevent this tragedy from happening by booking your Mother's Day reservations now at Marston's. You can even dine outside on the gorgeous patio seating area.

Sabor Cocina Mexicana has turned Champagne Brunch Buffets into works of art. On Mother's Day, give Mom the five-star treatment by gifting her with the pleasures of authentic, locally-sourced, sustainable cuisine. Refined ambience and a creative menu are available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 259-9002

Looking for a new, fun and exciting way to celebrate with Mom? Kitchen Wizards is offering a very unique Mother Daughter High Tea. The resident chefs will demonstrate (And you'll taste!) how to make divine tea sandwiches, mini tarts, scones with lemon curd and clotted cream. You'll also learn about the "proper" way to brew a pot of tea and enjoy a fine port to finish the class. The cost, per person, is a very reasonable $55 and the timing is perfect: It will be held on May 12, the Saturday before Mother's Day. Use the code "SPRINGFEVER" during your online checkout to take $10 off your class! 254-1234

Celebrate Mom with a gourmet brunch at The Oaks Grille. Seatings are scheduled for 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and boast a delicious menu, including made-to-order waffles and omelets; eggs benedict; plenty of traditional breakfast favorites; a fresh seafood display; roasted prime rib; prime pork loin; pan-seared sea bass; a collection of gourmet desserts; and a variety of kid-friendly entrees. Adults pay $48, children 6 to 12 are $17 and little ones 5 and under are free. Reservations are required prior to
Sunday, May 6 288-1995 extension 131

A phrase of affection in one of our homes: "You're driving Mommy to drink!" On Mother's Day, at least, we can do it for free.
Azul Tequila will be gifting moms with one free margarita! Celebrate on Cinco de Mayo, too, when appetizer specials are only $4.99. Choose from asada fries; chicken, beef or carnitas nachos and more, then wash it all down with $3.75 margaritas, $3 Coronas and $3 Sauza Gold or Cuervo Gold tequila shots. Specials are available 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. 254-5500

Here's something that's going to make you do a double-take: Wolf Creek Restaurant & Brewing Company is serving some of their favorites - and ours - for 15 cents. Yup. You read that right. In honor of their 15-year anniversary, every day in the month of April (Hurry!) will boast a .15-cent item. Log onto their Facebook page ( to find out which delicious dish you'll score for way less than a buck. Will it be Megan's Chocolate Cake? Taos Eggrolls? Mac-n-Cheese? Golden Eagle Ale? 263-9653

The Vino 100 gals are loving these new, lady-like selections. Beckmen Vineyards Le Bec Blanc (Santa Ynez Valley) is a blend of four grapes and delivers lovely aromas of green apple and pear, along with juicy pear flavors laced with layers of honeycomb and white pepper. Bellenda Prosecco Brut Rose (Veneto, Italy) is pretty in pink (think roses!). It is elegant and lively, yet crisp and dry with fresh raspberry and strawberry flavors. Arriving in May, Juliette's Dazzle Rose (Walla Walla, Washington) is a unique Pinot Grigio Rose with soft, fruity strawberry flavors and just a slight touch of sweetness. 294-6886

Celebrate a traditional Cinco de Mayo (And a margarita so good the place is named "Margarita's!") at Margarita's Mexican Grill and take in the sights and sounds of the amazing Santa Clarita Ballet Folklorico dancers! A very special Cinco de Mayo menu will be available and reservations accepted from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. 255-1136

Weekly Special Events at Sake Bistro & Sushi
Thursday Nights at Sake
Every Thursday Night beginning at 6 p.m., Sake offers a special event and menu. Gastropub Night features free samples of world-class beers and a selection of gourmet burgers. Wine Tasting Night includes tastings of six different wines with paired appetizers. Around the World Night has a special menu inspired by different countries. And for sushi lovers, Sushi & Sashimi Night offers unique dishes and fish flown in fresh from around the world.

Live Music on Friday Nights
At 10 p.m., tap your toes to the best bands in town playing hits from the '80s and up.

Saturday Jazz
Sake hosts a jazz quartet playing Modern and Brazilian Jazz from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Sunday Brunch
Beginning April 22, try their all-new Sunday Brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring gourmet omelettes and breakfast dishes, Brioche French toast, several eggs benedict selections, prime rib and a full menu selection of entree and sushi items.

Sunday Supper Club
From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., The Jimmy Carnelli Jazz Duo will be singing Frank Sinatra and All the Greats. The Supper Club also features dinner and sushi specials and a 15-percent-off discount for everyone 60 years young and older.

Fun Every Day of the Week
Have you tried Sake's awesome 5-4-3-2 Happy Hour? It features finger-licking great food starting at only $2, $3 beers, $4 premium wines and $5 signature cocktails. Happy Hour runs Monday through Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. 255-SAKE (7253)

Admit it: Most people reading this either have always wanted to learn how to shoot a gun or are terrified that they don't know how to shoot a gun. Lucky for both sets, Oaktree Gun Club pros are ready to show you how. Taught by Brian D. Dillon, PhD and NRA-certified instructor, this class will increase your confidence and skill in a safe and fun environment. The four-hour course is designed for new shooters - taught half in the classroom and half on our shooting range. You will learn basic handgun safety, shooting fundamentals and proper technique. All ages and experiences are welcome. Students will shoot 100 rounds of .22, and one magazine/cylinder of larger calibers, including .38 Special, 9mm, .357 Magnum, .40 S&W, .45 ACP and .45 Long Colt. Guns and ammunition are provided. 259-7441

Spring marks allergy season, prime-time reruns and a loss of an hour's sleep. The plus side? Bake You Happy's new Strawberry Rhubarb cupcake. This seasonal bite of heaven features a buttery vanilla cake with a graham-cracker crust filled with rhubarb filling and topped with a strawberry rhubarb buttercream. You can even order cupcakes in a jar to share with friends and family who live far away. 255-5100

Lexus CT 200h Hybrid
by the Numbers

combined 42 mpg rating (the most of any luxury vehicle)
advanced 8-airbag system, including driver and passenger knee airbags
and dual-stage front airbags that are optimized to deploy at
one of two speeds depending on impact factors
fuel requirements are economical: regular unleaded 87-octane
base MSRP for the CT200h is $29,120
Available at Keyes Lexus of Valencia877-302-7693
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