Eat, Drink & Play
June, 2012 - Issue #92
Father's Day, graduation parties, cupcakes, jazz performances, the newest Lexus... it's all in this issue's Eat/Drink/Play.

To be honest, we could go the rest of our lives eating only Salt Creek Grille's French Onion soup and be perfectly content, but it seems like the culinary masterminds of SCG have other things in mind. We'll take one of each... Mesquite Grilled Artichoke, Cajun Chicken Penne Pasta, Santa Maria Tri-tip, Eight-ounce Lobster Tail, Parmesan Creamed Spinach, Sweet Potato Mashed and Roasted Cauliflower are some of the new flavors on the new menu.

Is there anything more lipsmacking than the word "free?" Treat yourself, your family or friends to free Fatburgers, Chicken Sandwiches, Turkey Burgers and more at Fatburger Valencia (conveniently located on The Old Road) when you redeem the super-free, super-fabulous coupons found on page 51. 290-2523


If there's a cuter, more delicious way to celebrate Father's Day, we haven't found it. Lady Di's Cookies & Sweets has introduced the most Dad-worthy custom cupcakes with golf themes, chocolate tools and more. Or pick up graduation-themed cupcakes in school colors! This month also marks the release of the newest cupcake. Curly Q is a dark, rich chocolate cupcake filled with marshmallow buttercream and topped with chocolate ganache. 222-9102

Want to honor your grad? Have a party! Wolf Creek Restaurant & Brewing Co. will make it happen via their well-appointed banquet room or patio, great catering options or a simple pick up! They make your graduation party special, simple and affordable. (They work, you have fun!) Party faves include their delicious pastas (like the Thai pasta or Sun-dried Tomato Pesto) and chicken entrees (Dijon or Country French) paired with a salad and sides. And hurry in to taste their Renegade Rye, a special beer brewed to celebrate their 15th anniversary in the SCV. 263-9653

Treat Dad to a free day of play at Mountasia Family Fun Center on Father's Day! With the purchase of a child's Unlimited Play Pass ($19.99 or above), dad will have "free" reign of the place! While you're there, book your graduation party. Mountasia can accommodate groups of 10 to 1,000 (Seriously!) and can make their special day one that they'll never forget. 253-4FUN (4386)

Picture this: Your Father's Day or graduation party going off without a hitch. Kids sipping frozen slushies whenever their hearts desire. Adults pouring themselves (another!) perfectly blended margarita. You relaxing, enjoying your guests, taking in the compliments! When you call The Drink Dr., your guests can enjoy a self-service frozen (and fun!) beverage and you can enjoy your party! Rentals are surprisingly affordable. Check out the way-low prices on page 51. 510-5778

Since June is devoted to celebrating fatherhood, Vino 100 has selected three "manly" wines to enjoy. If a professional golf swing eludes Dad, he can still join the ranks of professional golfers by sipping PGA Tour Wines 2006 Commissioner's Reserve Chardonnay from the Russian River (Sonoma). Perfect with roasted chicken, creamy pasta dishes or seafood, this soft, supple wine has well-balanced acidity with the ripe flavors of apples and citrus. Another man-favorite is 2009 Educated Guess Cabernet Sauvignon from Roots Run Deep Winery (Napa) with rich, ripe, juicy flavors of blackberry and cherry fruit, and a hint of cocoa with a creamy vanilla finish that lingers. No guessing required; this wine pairs terrifically with grilled meats, hearty stews, roasted lamb and hard sharp cheeses. To help make Dad the center of attention, try Center of Effort 2009 Pinot Noir (Edna Valley). He'll find black cherry and wet stone aromas with ripe plum, black tea and cola flavors, as well as silky tannins and a lingering finish. It pairs well with roast pork, grilled salmon, roasted chicken and grilled meats. 294-6886

So you've heard that Sabor Cocina Mexicana's Jicama Tacos are back and you're ready to make your move. Now the only question is, "What drink would perfectly accompany the best tacos in the entire world?" We have four words for you: pineapple-jalapeno-infused tequila. The mixologists at Sabor infuse fresh pineapples, jalapenos and 100-percent agave tequila for 21 days - then make a martini out of it. And yes, it tastes even more amazing than it looks and sounds. 259-9002

Weekly Special Events at Sake
Bistro & Sushi

Sake Bistro & Sushi has created an exciting collection of events filled with exclusive entertainment and refined flavors.
Pick your pleasure!

Thursdays at Sake:
Each Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sake has a different fun event.

First Thursday is Gastropub Night, where you enjoy (and rank!) free samples of eight world-class beers.

Second Thursday is Wine Tasting Night with tray-pass apps and five new wines for only $25 per person.

Second Thursday at 7:30 p.m. is also Private Sushi Dinner (limited seating; call for reservations) for $59 per person.

Third Thursday at 7:30 p.m. is Chef's Private Five-course Dinner, a culinary adventure guided by Chef Robert Lia
(former exec chef of Geoffrey's Malibu and more). Seating is limited and $85 per person.

Last Thursday is "Featured Liquor" & Cigars Night. On May 31, enjoy vertical tastings of seven bourbons plus tray-passed appetizers for only $35 per person. Purchase your cigars at Sake or bring your own!

World Class Jazz
Saturday Nights (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.):
Experience world-class Jazz during the dinner set from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and then tap your toes and dance as they step it up until 11 p.m.

Sunday Supper Club Jazz (5 p.m. to 9 p.m.):
Have an incredible night with The Jimmy Carnelli Duo singing Frank Sinatra and all the Greats, plus bistro and sushi specials. Guests 60 and up take 15 percent off.
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We've done our share of swooning over Marston's Restaurant's fresh and flavorful selections. Now it's our turn to learn how to make people go weak in the knees (via their tastebuds!). Marston's will host a fun and casual class on their patio. Relax in the sun while learning the tricks and techniques to successful barbecuing. Sample each of five recipes, including dessert, and treat yourself to a microbrew (or wine, or specialty martini!) at Happy Hour prices. Call asap to book your spot for the barbecue class on May 21 or get a head start and claim your seat for the next class (topic TBA) on July 23. 253-9910

Did you know that Oak Tree Gun Club's 100 acres have been used as filming locations for TV favorites like "Entourage" and "NCIS?" You don't have to be a celebrity to take advantage of their outdoor ranges that offer trap, skeet and sporting-clay shooting, plus pistol and rifle shooting. 259-7441

Starlite Casino Entertainment has provided the finest gaming equipment for numerous celeb-filled events, but to them you're the star! Want to "wow" your high school or college kids' friends? Host a graduation party complete with a craps table (Yes, we just found another use for Monopoly money!). Are you desperate to earn the title of "World's Best Spouse" this Father's Day? Treat the guy in your life to a cigar-fueled night with the boys featuring a professional poker table. Maybe you need to earn some cash for your school, group or nonprofit? Trust us: We've been to enough fundraisers to know that hosting a poker or casino night is an incredibly fun and smart way to raise funds. Starlite's authentic Vegas equipment rentals include setup for Texas Hold'em, Craps, Poker, Roulette, Black Jack, Bingo, Money Wheel, Ho-Lo and more.

Yes - there is a T-Rex at the zoo! Duncan the Dinosaur stars in the Beautiful Santa Barbara Zoo's stage show, How to Train Your Dinosaur. Created by Hollywood special effect wizards, Chiodo Brothers and David Barrington Holt, Duncan stands seven feet tall and is 16 feet long. This amazingly lifelike T-Rex runs, snorts, blinks, growls and even poops in a fun and funny 15-minute live show. "He's a real-life pretend dinosaur!" say kids. What the kids don't know is that Duncan is a "stand in" for the fascinating animal training and care the Santa Barbara Zoo does behind the scenes. "Our zoo keepers can't show you how to brush a gorilla's teeth or give an Asian elephant a pedicure on stage. With Duncan the Dinosaur, however, we can demonstrate our world-class animal care techniques in a fun and entertaining fashion," says Santa Barbara Zoo CEO Rich Block. Find out more at and "like" Inside SCV Magazine on Facebook for a chance to win a family four-pack to the Santa Barbara Zoo! Our next winners will be announced after June 4, so don't wait!

More than a country club, Tournament Players Club Valencia has the amenities you need to enjoy the lifestyle you deserve. Right now they are offering a very limited-time special: No dues for 12 months! (That's over $6,400 in savings!). Make your membership inquiry now to take advantage of this limited engagement.


Featuring the new bolder, signature Lexus spindle grille and upgraded interior, the new 2013 RX will continue to be the most popular choice in the luxury crossover segment it created over 10 years ago. The 2013 RX gets a fresh sportier look at the front with a new bumper, complemented with new headlamp design, LED daytime running lights and distinctive fog lamp bezels. The luxurious and spacious RX receives numerous interior enhancements, too. The steering wheel has been redesigned for a more comfortable and relaxing grip. The center console has been redesigned for versatility and easy accessibility. In addition to ECO mode, the RX 450h features a Sport mode with revised steering effort, throttle mapping and transmission-shifting priorities to fully exploit the capabilities of the powertrain. The cabin of the 2013 RX also gets new Ebony Bird's-Eye Maple wood trim and available Saddle Leather interior.
Visit Keyes Lexus of Valencia for a test drive. 877-302-7693
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