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Eat, Drink & Play
July, 2014 - Issue #117
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EAT
EAT: Salt Creek Grille
If it's just not summer without a little "spice," you need to try Salt Creek Grille's Spicy Thai Shrimp Pasta. The SCG chefs saute jumbo shrimp with shiitake mushrooms, broccoli and green onions and then toss it with a spicy Thai peanut sauce and linguini noodles. It's so good! Pair your pasta with a glass of Cakebread Sauvignon Blanc; you will not be disappointed!

A little less spicy, but still awesomely delicious, option: Salt Creek Grille's Turkey Burger. They take fresh ground turkey and add in just the right amount of diced jalapenos, then serve the moist and flavorful burger on a whole-wheat bun with grilled onions, fresh lettuce, tomato, pickles and a cilantro jalapeno mayo. Pair the turkey burger with a glass of their Ponzi Pinot Noir from The Walllamette Valley in Oregon for a fun meal that'll turn up the heat. 222-9999

EAT: Sabor Cocina Mexicana
When temps go up, so too does our ability to go from pleasant to snappy in the blink of an eye. Lucky for us, Sabor Cocina Mexicana's flavorful seasonal fare keeps us both cool and "cool." Take the Jicama Tacos, for example. These delicious bundles of goodness are bursting with big bites of jidori free-range chicken, lettuce, avocado, mango and creamy charred tomato salsa, all wrapped up in a soft-but-crunchy, bright, thin and light jicama slice. There is no "cooler" summer dish in the SCV. The only thing that makes 'em better: a bold summery beverage like the Ultimat Sandia, made with Ultimat Vodka, mint and fresh watermelon. Sabor is located in the Bridgeport shopping center in Valencia. 259-9002

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EAT: Pizza Del Sardo
"Hello beautiful!" That's what we said when Pizza del Sardo's chef placed the piping-hot Pizza Bufala on our table - and we don't assess compliments meant for pizzas lightly. This classic shows off a bright just-made tomato sauce and basil, Pop Star Skin Care Barbies Kittens Barbie In The Name Of The Queen Barbie Graduation Party Dressup but the crowning glory is the bufala mozzarella, or "burrata" cheese. We don't usually wax poetic about dairy, but these creamy dollops of awesome are deserving of exception. Made by a couture So Cal family-owned dairy, Pizza del Sardo's buratta is luscious, light and made with only the finest Italian panna (cream).

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The Pizza Bufala is initially cooked in the oven without the cheese and then, after the burrata is added, it is put back into the oven to ensure that the cheese's texture remains heavenly. Burrata cheese is also wonderful in a caprese appetizer and with crusty bread. Pair it with a Pinot Grigio and enjoy! 259-9090

DRINK
DRINK: Upcoming Events at Oaks Grille at TPC
Wednesday | June 25
From 6pm to 8pm, enjoy Wednesday Wine Tasting with a specially-selected wine pairing and appetizers.

Friday | July 4
Fourth of July barbecue from 5pm to 8pm - plus a great spot to watch the fireworks! Summer entertainment at Oaks Grille begins with live music every Friday night. Log onto www.oaksgrilletpc.com for a full events calendar. 288-1995

PLAY
PLAY: Marstons
You know those social-media memes flying around about how you only have "X" more weekends with your kid before they go to college/high school/etc.? Well, we did the math and found a number even more staggering: You only have about 13 more Saturdays before summer 2014 is officially over. Are you ready to make the most of it? If not, you might want to follow our two-step plan for a summer of smiles:

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PLAY: Oaktree Gun Club
If you're looking for a new hobby that really hits the mark, give archery a try. The sport has been revitalized, but those of us who grew up with a target in the backyard can tell you from old-school experience - learning to shoot bows and arrows is big-time fun. Now, experienced archers and newbies can enjoy the newly-open Oak Tree Archery. The brand-new Bullseye Target Range, 3D Target Range and Pro Shop are impressive, as is their complete selection of major manufacturers like Mathews, Bowtech, Hoyt, PSE, Diamond, Mission, TruGlo, Genesis and Spot Hogg. Drop in Wednesday through Friday from 10am to 10pm and Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 6pm. Range fees start at only $20 and rentals start at only $10. They also have a full-service bow smith on staff, so call for rates. 259-7441

Saturday Night Concerts in the Park with Marston's to Go
Marston's boxed picnic lunches and dinners are simply delish and come with everything you need for comfortable outdoor dining. Call ahead, then pick up your package and head over to Central Park. This year's lineup can be found at www.santa-clarita.com/concerts.

Soak Up the Sun while Sipping Something Delish
Blood Orange Margarita, Green Tea Mojito, Paddy's Appletini or Watermelon Basil Martini, anyone? Marston's patio is sunny, the service is sweet and the apps are to die for. Pair your summery drink with one of the best happy hour selections in town. Our faves: Tempura Asparagus, Pork Tostadas, Peppered Seared Ahi and Smoked Chicken Nachos. 253-9910

Go "Over the Rainbow" with ESCAPE Theatre's Production of "The Wizard of Oz"
Performances Run June 20 to June 22
at The Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center

Join Dorothy, Toto, Scarecrow, Tinman, the Lion and more as they travel in the land of Oz. Over 300 talented local youth and teens (Who have rehearsed for four months!) will raise your spirits with great songs like, "Over the Rainbow," "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead," "The Jitterbug" and "Merry Old Land of Oz" while others will actually fly through the sky! (Flying effects are provided by ZFX, Inc., as brooms don't really work like that in real life!). You're sure to be entertained with all of the cute little Munchkins as they welcome Dorothy to Munchkinland, too. Shows are Friday at 7pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2pm and 7pm. This family-friendly production is sure to please people of all ages!

ESCAPE is a non-profit organization directed by Kyle and Elizabeth Burson that is designed to teach youth and teens about musical theatre and teamwork in a fun, supportive environment. For more information on ESCAPE; their summer camp for kids in first through sixth grade, "Grease," running July 25 to 27; "Annie" and "The Sound of Music," or to make ticket reservations to see "The Wizard of Oz," call or visit their website for more info at www.escapetheatre.org. 299-5264

The Acura ILX is Turning Heads
Take one look, and you'll know the ILX luxury sedan plays by a new set of rules. With technology centered around your life and a design that pushes all the right buttons, this is luxury at an entirely new level. With three powertrain options to choose from, including Acura's first gasoline-electric hybrid, it's no wonder the ILX is getting so much attention. Four more reasons it's caught our eye: copious leg room; a pin-drop quiet cabin; smart infotainment screen nestled deep into the dash; and a drop-dead-gorgeous starting price of $26,900. Check it out at Valencia Acura. 255-3000
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