Eat, Drink & Play
October, 2012 - Issue #96
Wherever you eat, save some room for dessert at Lady Di's Cookies. Their latest cupcake brings moist dark chocolate cake, creamy caramel and chocolate ganache together with sea salt for a taste explosion you can measure on the Richter Scale. Not ready for the commitment to just one flavor? Any cookie or cupcake variety can be ordered as a mini. Mini cookies run two for $1, mini cupcakes are $1.25 or $1.50. Personally, though, we recommend you go big and snag a Chocolate Salted Caramel cupcake when you visit on $2 Tuesday Cupcake Day this coming September 25. 222-9102

One size doesn't fit all at Fatburger. Choose from small, medium, large, XXL or, for NFL linebackers in training, XXXL. Picking one of the five sizes doesn't close the deal - now you need to choose your toppings. How about some cheese, bacon, chili, egg, grilled mushrooms or guacamole? Don't stop there; pile on some grilled onions and jalapenos. Yes please. Be sure to save room for one of their low-fat ice cream sandwiches. When the food is this good you don't want to wait. Order ahead via your PC or smartphone. 290-2523

Summer may be over, but staying in shape is a year-round challenge. Salt Creek Grille makes it easy with their new Get Healthy menu items. Try the Quinoa Bowl packed with dried apricots, scallions, almonds, carrots, honey, and, of course, protein-rich quinoa. But don't let the vegans have all the fun. Order up some blackened salmon jicama tacos. They're pure healthy delicious goodness packed into a jicama tortilla. Whatever you order, you're sure to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere right at the center of everything in Valencia. 222-9999

It's finally open! Pizza del Sardo's long-awaited real-Italian food is here. Master Chef Ugo Moi prepares dishes from his native Sardinia with no compromises or adjustments for American palates. One bite and you'll be transported to a sidewalk cafe in Old-world Italy where the focus is on food and family. The pizzas that emerge from their Italian-made brick oven will have you singing "That's Amore" as you polish off the light, crunchy crusts. From pasta dishes to paninis to pizzas, every meal promises a masterful celebration of flavor. 259-9090

Sake Steak, Seafood & Sushi's incredible fall menu - with 11 new steak and seafood entrees, plus all-new appetizers, sides, salads and desserts - is causing quite a buzz. (Larger-portion selections, wallet-friendly prices!) Let's start with their steaks. Each 21-day-aged thick-cut Angus Steak, ranging from 8 to 22 ounces, includes your choice of toppings (like orange walnut butter) and sides like the addicting four-cheese mac n cheese. Sake's seafood selection sets the standard for freshness, flavor and excellence. Dive in with Live Maine Lobster; Scottish Salmon; Alaskan Halibut and much more. Or choose the huge 16-ounce Double Cut Porkchop or melt-in-your-mouth Slow-Braised Short Ribs.

Looking for fun for less? From 5 p.m. on Tuesdays try the best, freshest sushi and sake at 20 percent off. Save again on Sundays with their Brunch's bountiful breakfast entrees and unlimited champagne for only $10 more (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Those of you 60 years "young" and older get 15 percent off Sunday evenings after 5 p.m. And don't miss the mouth-watering lunches. Grab a bento box lunch special or try one of their artisan sandwiches at a price that will make you swear off "fast food" forever.

You already should know that Sake's Happy Hour is one of legend. Now it's time to multiply the fun by two. Sake introduces a second dose of Happy Hour for the night-time crew. The Lounge is an all-new late-night Happy Hour that runs Thursday through Sunday from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Relax with friends on their super-sexy patio while enjoying Sake's casual-cool ambiance. Nosh on an incredible selection of 16 appetizers. Check out these prices: Two Steak or Shrimp Soft Tacos for $3.50; Lemon Calamari for $5; Chimichurri Chicken Wings for $6! Great sushi items and rolls start at only $3; sip on 16-ounce tap beers for $3 and $4; premium wines by the glass are only $4; well drinks are $5 and signature top-shelf cocktails/martinis are a low $7. Not a night owl? Sake's traditional Happy Hour (on the patio or bar only) runs Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 255-SAKE (7253)

The NFL has been around for over 90 years, but it seems as if it was created for a fun day at the Tilted Kilt Valencia Pub and Eatery. To make sure you can really enjoy the games, Tilted Kilt will open for breakfast on weekends at 9 a.m. Serving such favorites as breakfast burritos and corned beef hash and eggs, they'll tempt you further with a Belvedere "Burner-Mary" and their own "Tilted" take on the Screwdriver. That's a perfect start for a day of hard-hitting gridiron action. Stop in for their "TailGate" menu featuring a Blackened Chicken Flatbread Sandwich, Blue Moon Wings and a "'Kilt" Patty Melt. Hurry, though - they'll only offer this menu for a limited time. 255-9800

How about some weekend relaxation at Oak Tree Gun Club? Drop by on Thursdays for free handgun rentals and 10 percent off all Oak Tree brand ammo from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. For a Friday night treat enjoy half price pistol range fees from 4 to 10 p.m. After you've ventilated some targets, hit the bar and grille for their super-special large pizza and a pitcher of Oak Tree Ale for only $20 with the coupon in this issue. (See page 28 to snag it.) Get there early on Saturdays 'cause the winter hours now in effect mean it's lights out at 6 p.m. 259-7441

You could hire a motivational speaker to infuse your business, professional, sports or even family "team" with the cohesion it needs to seize the day. Or you could make sushi. Kitchen Wizards offers highly-interactive corporate and team-building classes in their intimate classroom-kitchen setting that are heavy on fun - plus, the experiences work as an ideal opportunity to grow relationships. So prep some pasta with your crew, then relax, eat and bond over delicious "made it ourselves" food, drinks and great service. 254-1234

Stress Less
Book your Holiday Parties & Catering Now

That sense of doom you feel is the onslaught of holiday entertaining looming over the horizon. Rather than wasting your vital free time preparing for the crowd, make a call to an expert for a turn-key event.

Marston's Restaurant has you covered for everything from after-work relaxation to pre-holiday cooking classes. They'll host your holiday party in the restaurant or on their patio, or they can bring the food to you. For a preview, stop in for one of their new Happy Hour appetizers like pepper-crusted ahi tuna with soba noodle salad or some ciabatta toasts with garlic goat cheese, heirloom tomato and artichoke. Wash these scrumptious noshes down with a cherry smash or a watermelon gin fizz and your workday's stresses will be nothing but a memory. When you're ready to face the holiday planning, attend their special holiday cooking class on September 24 and get a jump on the season. 253-9910

Flexibility, thy name is Wolf Creek Restaurant & Brewing Company. Want a catered affair at your house? No problem. Choices include sandwiches, pastas, salads, chicken and tri-tip or even a full taco bar. Naturally, their craft-brews will draw raves from your guests, too. You set the guidelines; do you want them to drop off the food and go, or would you prefer a fully-staffed catering experience? Whatever you choose they'll take care of every detail - even the ones you haven't thought of. (There's a reason to hire an expert). Prefer to have your party somewhere else? No problem, they can set it up in their restaurant or anywhere else you can name. 263-9653.

Plan Now, Party Later
This holiday season, when you open your home to family and friends, you want to give your guests the best impression possible. Do you have everything that you need to accommodate your visitors' comfort and enjoyment? This is where a party rental store, like A V Party Rentals, can be your greatest ally. Here are some considerations to ponder now so that you can "party" happily later!

Space: During the holidays, folks often "grow" their space by bringing in canopies or tents. You may also need to consider flooring, lighting and heating. This is where a knowledgeable rental person can walk you through the options, saving you effort, time, money and stress.

Take a Seat: A V Party Rentals combines variety with value. They carry tables in every shape and size, and chairs come in lots of different styles and colors. You can really add to the festive atmosphere of your event with perfectly-matched tablecloths and decor. Visit A V's beautiful, extensive showroom on November 10 at their annual Holiday Open House for inspiration or drop in any time.

And have a Drink: You can provide a full-service bar, beer and wine, or just a self-serve beverage table for your guests.

Food Thoughts: You may be serving your guests only finger foods or appetizers, setting up a buffet, or providing a sit-down dinner. In each case, you will need to consider rental items for handling your meal, like chafing dishes and serving utensils. You will also need to determine if you are going to use china and silverware, or are you going disposable. 259-2151

An Evening On Broadway
Want to experience the best of Manhattan without a TSA patdown and a death ride with a surly cabbie? Call Escape Theatre to reserve a table at their October 20 production of "An Evening on Broadway" starring Susan Egan, the Tony-nominated actress with a list of Broadway credits (She's wowed crowds as "Belle," "Millie," and in other starring roles.) longer than a cross-country flight in coach. She has performed with the likes of Tommy Tune and Carol Burnett and has a voice that could turn burlap into velvet. We'll be there for the entertainment, but the fact that Escape is a non-profit working with over 750 youth and teens every year just makes this event all the more impressive.

The SCV Jazz & Blues Festival is Going to Rock
Tickets still Available for Saturday, September 29
Awesome Town will live up to its name on Saturday, September 29 when Ultimate Promotion hosts a regional favorite, the SCV Jazz & Blues Festival. With a line up that is ready to rock (Seriously. Rock music has been added to the mix!), this all-day festival will bring over 10 hours of nationally- and internationally-celebrated performances to the picturesque driving range at Valencia Country Club. Comfortable lawn seating, gourmet food vendors, wines, a beer garden, a cocktail lounge and cigar bar will make your day a feast for all of your senses. Settle in with your favorite foods and beverages while drinking in the sounds of performers like:

Mindi Abair
the event's headliner, a gorgeous sax player featured on American Idol, who's just returned from a tour with Aerosmith and a performance at the Hollywood Bowl

Jazzy Boy Jeff Band
celebrated Jazz/Latin Fusion percussionist

Ruben Reza Band
an SCV local whose Jazz/Rock fusion has lit audiences on fire

Jeff Lorber
American Grammy Award-nominated keyboardist, composer and record producer

Theresa James & the Rhythm Tramps
performs at Blues fests all over the US and Europe; Bonnie Raitt is a fan of this SCV Mom

Jeff Golub
former lead guitar for Rod Stewart and Billy Squier

reuniting for this event - and featuring, in part, a variety of professional SCV musicians

Doors open at 12 p.m. and the event runs rain or shine. Hosted by Pat Prescott from 94.7 "The Wave," this is a day not to be missed! A well-deserved day of relaxation, jubilation, gastro treats, the best beverages and so much more can be yours with a click of a button. Exclusive VIP tickets are available, as well as plush last-minute corporate sponsorship opportunities. Tickets start at only $75 each and include all-day access to the Festival and grounds. Purchase your tickets at For more information on sponsorships, call Ultimate Promotion at 388-6764.

Boo-tacular Fun for 5 and Up
Wallers' GymJam Academy will host an All Hallows' Eve Celebration for kids ages 5 and up that will have even the high-schoolers screaming! Festivities include a spooktacular maze, costume contest, pizza, movie and fun games like "flashlight" hide and seek. The excitement begins at 7 p.m. and ends at midnight for kids under 7. For the older set, the party doesn't stop until 8 a.m. the next day! Call for details and date. 251-3390

Which All-new Acura ILX is for You?
Check out the all-new Acura ILX for a sporty, luxury ride that fires on all cylinders. This car can be tailored to anyone's needs. Looking for fuel efficiency? Get the hybrid version and sail past the gas station thanks to its 39/38 EPA mileage ratings. Prefer to burn rubber? Choose the 2.4L model and rock the 201 horsepower i-VTEC four bolted to a close-ratio six-speed manual that's slicker than a greased politician. If you'd rather let the car do the shifting the 2.0L is for you with its standard five-speed automatic. The 10-speaker Acura/ELS surround-sound stereo included in the Technology package could make fingernails on a chalkboard sound great and the 15-gigabyte music storage system with voice-activated controls ensures enough tunes for a cross-country drive. And trust us, once you get behind the wheel you'll never want to get out, what with the available heated, perforated leather seats. Can you say "road trip?" That's when the navigation system with real-time traffic will come in handy. You'll never get lost with this system watching your back - just a glance is all you need to know if the 405 is flowing smoothly or snarled up like a rabid dog. Once you've had this info at your fingertips you'll wonder how you ever lived without it. Visit Valencia Acura for a test drive.

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