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February, 2016 - Issue #136
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What it is: Sabor Cocina Mexicana's Baby Kale Salad

Why you won't notice that it's good for you: Tender Jidori chicken breast, bright baby kale, red onions, currants, pumpkin seeds, queso fresco, sweet-potato strips and an agave vinaigrette offer so much flavor, you'll forget you're dining healthy. Make your meal even more memorable by ordering up Sabor's Skinny Margarita: Patron Silver Tequila, Grand Marnier, fresh-squeezed lime juice and a splash soda water.

What it is: Salt Creek Grille's Red Carpet
Why you won't worry about calories with this tasty cocktail: This mix of Voli Raspberry Cocoa vodka, pomegranate and lemon juice is full on flavor but only logs in 120 calories. Salt Creek's Skinny Cosmo and Lemon Drop Martini also weigh in at a svelte 82 and 85 calories, respectively. Pair your punch with a selection from their light and healthy menu, which features options like Quinoa Cakes and Grilled Vegetable Stack.

What it is: Rustic Eatery's Kale Caesar Salad
Why: Crisp, fresh and light, this salad is rich on flavor thanks to its homemade dressing. We love it topped with chicken breast served Naked (Meaning, it's cooked with Hawaiian sea salt and freshly-ground pepper.).

What it is: Marston's Restaurant's California Orange Salad

Why: This So Cal favorite is famous because of Marston's exquisite San Pasqual dressing (So good, it's sold in the restaurant by the bottle.). This treasure-trove of flavor features mixed greens, chicken breast, mandarin oranges, avocado, raisins, green onions, blue cheese, apples and candied pecans. It's a flavor that's so cravable, it's on our bucket list every year.

What it is: Rustic Burger's Rustic Burger

Why: There's beauty in simplicity. In 2016, we resolved to choose quality and authenticity over gimmicks - and that's what The Rustic is. The perfectly-moist patty (Pictured here: turkey.) is topped with tomato, iceberg, onion, pickles and Havarti cheese, plus a wheat bun that's made fresh in-house on the daily. It's simply perfect.

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What it is: Membership at Valencia Country Club

Why this gift will go down in history as the best Valentine's present ever: Your beloved probably knows that there's never been a better time to join Valencia Country Club. With first-class amenities like the legendary Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Signature Course, PGA Tour designed practice facilities, a new fitness center, a fabulous Clubhouse with incredible views and so much more, this is the gift that keeps on giving.
Call Missy Skinner, membership director, for more information. 799-1271

The best choice for a gourmet Valentine's Day: "Treat your Sweet" Packages at Vines in the Hyatt Regency Valencia include a five-course dinner for two with variety of appetizer and entree selections for only $79 a person. Reservations are required for this evening of gastronomically-awesome night of bliss. Make it an overnight getaway by booking a room by phone. Just call 799-1234 for quick lodging assistance.

The best choice for the sweeties in your life: Treats from Cake Goodness!

What to order: V-Day Sugar Cookies that are soft and delicious on the inside and decorated just as cute on the outside; Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies complete with special message scripped in yummy buttercream frosting; Cake Pop arrangements in all your favorite flavors (Order an arrangement and special orders today; these babies sell out fast!); Giant Cupcakes that are adorned with a glittered chocolate lip on top and come wrapped in a beautiful clear box that's tied with a satin ribbon; and Long Stem Strawberries dipped in rich chocolate.

How to celebrate Valentine's Day a week early: If the love of your life is a football fanatic, treat 'em to football-thematic cake pops on February 7's Super Bowl and give them a day off from the "Honey Do" list. It's a sign of true love!

The most romantic dinner menu award goes to: Sabor Cocina Mexicana

Their Valentine's Special:
Start with the Rose Petal Martini - Chilean Kappa pisco, Grand Marnier, organic rose petal puree and fresh juices - then dine on the Crepas de Marisco with fresh Maine lobster, wild Pacific shrimp, sea scallops, onions, roasted corn, baby zucchini, sweet yellow pepper sauce and avocado.



Where you'll be treated like a VIP BFF: Valencia Acura, where shopping for a car is like shopping with a friend... a really well-connected, super-knowledgeable friend who knows things about torque and leasing options and other things we haven't yet fully come to understand.

What you should shop for: The 2016 Acura ILX, with a highly-impressive 201-hp, 2.4 liter, i-VTEC engine. The ILX gives it one of the best power-to-weight ratios in its class, making you more nimble and quick on the road. New to the ILX is the world's first eight-speed Dual-Clutch Transmission with torque converter. The eight-speed DCT is always a step ahead, delivering rapid-yet-smooth transitions. Lightening-quick responses pair perfectly with amplitude reactive dampers that give you the best of whatever the situation demands. They operate in two unique performance zones, offering both a composed, comfortable ride and precise handling.

Where men are made to feel like royalty: Apollo's VIP Lounge

What it is: Apollo's Barber Shop treats every client like a VIP, but for the most exclusive service, head over to the brand's VIP Lounge on Town Center Drive where you'll get the best in scissor and razor cuts, hair coloring, beard/goatee design and straight-razor shaves. Coming this spring, the VIP Lounge will offer services that will help men deeply relax. Wine and beer will be on the menu, along with gourmet apps, cigars, chair massages, shoe shines and plenty of flatscreens playing the game.

How you can keep your 2016 resolution to "go green" while feeling like a VIP:
Plug in a 2016 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron and enjoy the wide open road sustainably.

Why this is your new favorite ride: The A3 Sportback e-tron plug-in hybrid combines all the benefits of a hybrid with the fuel savings of an all-electric vehicle. Coupled with the progressive Audi energy program, e-tron delivers a hassle-free approach to sustainability with an exceptionally low-carbon footprint.

And what to drive if you need to get up to seven passengers to your destination in style: The 2017 Audi Q7, which has been redesigned for the first time in years. With its powerful engine options, legendary quattro all-wheel drive system and innovative technologies - including the available 3D Sound system and driver assistance features - the 2017 Q7 can not only help get seven passengers to their destination quickly, it can do it in supreme comfort and style.

Where to go so you can test drive these beauties: Audi Valencia
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