Eat, Drink & Play
July, 2012 - Issue #93
Summer lovin', for some, involves romantic trysts. For us, it involves Lady Di's Cookies & Sweets. Their summer cupcake flavors have us swooning: Root Beer Float, Ice Cream Sundae, Frozen Banana, Key Lime Pie, Lemon Meringue... It almost makes us forget that Di's has real ice cream (delicious sundaes and waffle cones) in for the summer, too. We'll take one of everything, please! 222-9102

You're in the mood for something delicious. The weather's hot, but if you see another tostada sitting in front of you, someone's going to pay. You want savory. You want The Social! Start your meal with the Grilled Artichoke served with garlic mayo and drawn butter. Then dive into the Cranberry Spinach Salad served with goat cheese, candied walnuts and cranberries topped with an apple cider vinaigrette. For dinner it's the Orange Roughy Almondine with almond-butter sauce, served with scalloped potatoes and fresh sauteed vegetables. Dessert? Oh yeah. How about a chocolate martini? 799-9155

Yes, you can eat at Fatburger on the Old Road in Valencia even if you want to be skinny. (Don't be put off by the name of the "Fat Salad!"). On the other hand, if you're craving a real breakfast that will hold you 'til lunch, try Fatburger's Bacon and Egg, Egg or Sausage and Egg sandwiches. Midday snack attack? Go for the Fatburger Hot Dog or Chili Dog. And if "skinny" isn't on your to-do list today, order up their real ice cream milk shakes served with whipped cream (The new Oreo shake is amazing.). 290-2523

Here's a delicious way to get in some well-deserved quality time: Mountasia Family Fun Center's Family Fun Deal. Score one large pizza with up to two toppings, a pitcher of soft drinks and four rounds of miniature golf for only $28.99 (player card cost is extra). And file this under a "last minute" good time: Dads play free at Mountasia on Father's Day with the purchase of a child's Unlimited Play package of $19.99 or more. 253-4FUN (4386)

Get your calendar. Go. We'll wait. Got plans for July 16? No? You do now. Marston's "Cooking Classes with the Chef" are a major hit and you're not going to want to miss this one, featuring Summer Favorites. For only $60 per person you'll get a tasting plate of each dish, plus a beverage and a recipe booklet to take home. If you want to spice things up a bit, you'll also be able to purchase beer, wine and cocktails at Happy Hour prices. Make the call and reserve your space. 253-9910

On Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16, something amazing is going to happen that will change your life forever. Salt Creek Grille will celebrate their 13th anniversary by selling glasses of champagne for only 13 cents (Don't be a lush; one glass per customer!). Plus, Happy Hour prices on appetizers will run all day long. If you happen to miss this, there's still hope for you; roll in another time and try one of their new Timeless Classics cocktails. These distinguished beverages - the Manhattan, French 77, Moscow Mule, the Old Fashioned - are made fresh when you order, giving you time to settle in, sit back and get ready for your Don Draper moment. 222-9999

Exciting news! After 15 years of making award-winning beer in their brew pub - and countless requests to retail their beer -
Wolf Creek Restaurant & Brewing Co. is opening a full production Wolf Creek Brewery. Wolf Creek Brewery will be located on an acre property within the Mann Biomedical Park in Valencia with a new state-of-the-art 30-barrel system slated to be in operation September 1. Featuring a tasting room and beer garden, the new brewery will allow WC to supply the growing demand within their own restaurants as well as wholesale to other restaurants, bars and beer-drinking venues. Congratulations to the whole Wolf Creek team! 263-9653

It's no secret that a meal at TPC Valencia's The Oaks Grille is magical, but now on Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., more than your dinner may disappear. Table-side magic by Brian Gillis from The Magic Castle will be performing. Also on a Wednesday is the June 27 Wine Tasting, featuring Luigi Bosca Winery and tray-passed appetizers. Reserve your spot soon; at only $21 per person, this opportunity will be gone faster than you can say "abracadabra!" You'll also want to check out Friday night entertainment weekly starting at 6:30 p.m. on the veranda. 288-1995, extension 104

We now adore The Drink Dr. twice as much - double flavor frozen drink machines just became available! (Nothing says summer like a margarita in one hand and a pina colada in the other.). Also on the list of reasons to get "doctored" up: weekly Kegerator kit rentals with 50 cups (only $150!) and weekly Jager Machine rentals with 50 shot glasses. Of course, the single-frozen drink machines are on the list of "cool" rentals, too. These high-quality, fast-freezing machines are a necessity for parties, especially in this heat! Delivery and pick up is included when ordering inside the SCV. 510-5778

Enjoy the Vino 100 Experience
Santa Clarita's favorite neighborhood wine store has daily tastings with selections that change weekly. The Vino 100 ladies pride themselves on discovering handcrafted, hard-to-find, artisan wines. Voted "Best Wine Selection in the Santa Clarita Valley" for the past five years and "Best Wine Selection in Los Angeles" three years in a row, there's a wine for every palate. 294-6886

Third Tuesday (6 p.m. to 8 p.m.): Black Bag Wine Club Tasting Night; no cost for members; $15/visitors

Tasty Tuesdays (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.): Enjoy a $5 tasting flight with the purchase of a bottle of wine.

Wine and Jazz Friday nights (6 p.m. to 9 p.m.): Listen to the original jazz sounds of local artist Harry Orlove, composer, arranger and accomplished guitarist.

Every Friday and Saturday evening: Jumpstart your weekend enjoying fine wines and Vino 100's small-plate bar menu; $15 three-flight tasting, $25 five-flight tasting, or order by the glass or by the bottle.

You know what we love? Knowing how to make the stuff we love. The professional chefs at Kitchen Wizards are ready to teach you the inside secrets of the perfect burger and more this month. Just in time for summer cooking, July's list of classes includes a fun/sophisticated Hollywood Bowl picnic; food and wine pairings; a clam bake; sushi making; and a taste of Italy. Book online (, enter the code "summerfun" and take 18 percent off any class. Call for details on private cooking parties and special events. 254-1234

If you've ever wanted to learn how to shoot, now's your chance. Oak Tree Gun Club is offering a Beginning Pistol class on June 30 and Beginning Shotgun class on June 24. Already quite the marksman? Drop in during their Summer Blast Sale through June to score deals on ammo, firearms, merch and more. 259-7441

Summer at Sake Bistro & Sushi is going to be hot in all the right ways. Steam up at Happy Hour with extended summer hours: Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and weekends from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., grab $5 Signature Cocktails, $4 Premium Wine, $3 Beer and Appetizers for $2. Play it cool on Saturday from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. when World Class Jazz is on the menu and visit on Sunday for an encore performance with Supper Club Jazz from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Looking for a way to spice up Sunday with the fam? At Sunday Champagne Brunch kids dine for $7.95 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Parents: Unlimited Champagne/Mimosas are only $10/$12.). Prepared-to-order options are priced from $8. Start your weekend early on Thursdays at Sake from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (First Thurs: Gastropub; Second: Wine, Champagne or Sake Tasting; Third: Dinner with the Winemaker; Last: Featured Liquor and Cigars). 255-SAKE (7253)

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