Eat, Drink & Play
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April, 2016 - Issue #138

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What's classic: Rustic Burger's "Rustic" burger! 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 classic perfection. Also classic: Rustic's friendly service. Overwhelmed by the expansive collection of distinctive burgers? Get a recommendation by one of Rustic's devoted staff members. 254-1300

What's classic: Rustic Eatery focuses on fresh food, not flash. On a daily basis they emphasize a classic brick-oven element to produce freshly-baked artisanal breads and savory, slow-roasted meats that they use on their unique menu of hearty sandwiches and crisp salads.
Delicious, unique and affordable: that's the Rustic Eatery way. Try a classic Rice Bowl served with fresh oven-roasted vegetables the next time you crave classic, fresh flavor.

What's classic: Salt Creek Grille has brought back the class of traditional crafted cocktails with their "Grandpa's Medicine Cabinet." More "old favorites" have been added with a fresh twist, including The Sea Captain cocktail, which was created by SCG's bartender Bryce. It is his own twist on the classic cocktail The Old Fashioned. He takes Bulleit Rye Whiskey, a splash of Absinthe, Salt Creek's housemade simple syrup, bitters, tops it off with a splash of champagne and garnishes it with an orange twist. It's served on the rocks.
Another new favorite is an old cocktail: Papa Doble, also known as Hemingway's Daiquiri, which is a post-prohibition martini. It consists of premium Rum, Luxardo Liqueur, grapefruit juice, fresh lime juice and sugar. It is served in a martini glass. 222-9999

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Easter Brunch at: Vines Restaurant & Bar at the Hyatt Regency Valencia is warm, traditional and exquisite. The refined ambience is background to the star of the day's show: the food! Nosh on a buffet of items like Alaskan King Crab Legs, Slow-roasted Rib Eye, Paella, Spinach and Cheese Tortellini, Blackened Ahi, Freshly-made Omelets, Belgian Waffles and a stunning dessert buffet with French Pastries, Cupcakes, Chocolate-covered Strawberries and more. Cost is $62 for adults, $27 for children ages 5 to 12. Reservations are strongly suggested. 799-1234

Easter Brunch at: The Oaks Grille has two convenient seating times: 10:30am and 1:30pm. Treat the family to a spring-inspired buffet so the kids can enjoy a visit from the Easter Bunny and an energetic egg hunt. The entire crew will enjoy the menu, featuring traditional brunch faves including Made-to-order Omelets and Waffles, Eggs Benedict, Chef-carved Prime Rib, Braised Short Ribs, Roasted Pork Loin, a Seafood Display and Kids' Buffet Selections. Adults are $64; children 6 to 12 are $22 and little ones 5 and under are $6. Reservations are required by March 20. 288-1995, extension 104

Boost your brunch at home with: Nothing Bundt Cakes! You don't have to hunt long to find a delicious, delectable, share-able Easter treat. Nothing Bundt Cakes has 10 different flavors and four different sizes. Their individually-packaged bundtlets make the perfect addition to any Easter basket and the bite-sized bundtinis, sold by the dozen in your choice of flavors are sure to satisfy all your Easter guests. The full-size decorated cakes, including the adorable Bundt Hunt design, will make the ideal centerpiece for your Easter table. 291-2424

Easter Specials that will make you hop to it on Sunday morning:
Wolf Creek Restaurant & Brewing Co.
Selections include: Crab Cake Benedict, Miami Shrimp Salad and Mustard-thyme Chicken. They are open 10am to 9pm on Easter Sunday and reservations are encouraged. 263-9653

What's too cute to hide? These sweet treats from CAKEGoodness! Deck your spread with desserts that do double duty as decorations. We can't get enough of the "bunny butt" cupcakes! 799-7510

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Hungry for something new? Sabor Cocina Mexicana always impresses with fresh seasonal options and their new sea scallop dish doesn't disappoint. If you try just one new meal this month, make it the Callo de Hacha con Fideo de Calabaza. The dish features seared sea scallops, corn-crema, zucchini noodles and chives. Rather be comforted by an old favorite? Sabor's famous Jicama Tacos are back, too. 259-9002

New to the SCV theater world: The Master's College Theatre Arts Program's presentation of "Fiddler on the Roof." A beloved musical theatre classic, and winner of nine Tony Awards, "Fiddler" follows the life of milkman Tevye as he tries to guide his family and lead his community through turbulent, changing times. Fighting for tradition while valuing his family and pulling people together when everything threatens to yank them apart, the colorful villagers of Anatevka will warm your heart and sweep you away with stunning musical numbers and a timeless story. Featuring a live orchestra, shows run April 1, 2, 8 and 9 with tickets running from $10 to $20. Buy your family-friendly tickets online at or call the box office. 362-2255

Plate Therapy is in session: This innovative Paleo- and Whole 30-friendly meal delivery service is how busy people "eat healthy" - without counting calories. Each perfectly-balanced portion of organic goodness is hand-crafted by celebrated contemporary Chef Thatcher Mills to provide your body with sustainable energy and muscle-fueling protein. The ultimate in convenience, Plate Therapy is delivered to your door every Sunday when you order online by Wednesday at 5pm. Choose breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks from a monthly changing menu that celebrates the best in organic seasonal produce; line- or wild-caught fish; and organic free-range meats and eggs.
Our faves now: Stuffed & Roasted Portobello Mushroom with Italian sausage, mixed vegetable ratatouille, toasted almond meal and marinara sauce and Chicken Pot Pie with organic chicken, carrots, celery, onion and a pot-pie sauce topped with crispy potatoes. Inside SCV President Jeanna Crawford says, "I've been in the most delicious kind of 'therapy' for about six weeks and I've lost over 18 pounds, 22 inches and every last one of my cravings. And I've 'gained' a lot too: mental clarity, boundless energy, a love of real whole foods, vibrancy and appreciation for what my body can do with the perfect nourishment." Log on for new lower prices, starting at $8.95. See page 83 for order-by dates and free offer.

What You Want:
The Audi Q5
Why You'll Love It: Different in every way, the Audi Q5 is in a category of one. With its unmistakable profile, its sophisticated styling and unique LED Lights, the Audi Q5 is anything but your typical CUBV. But it's not just looks that distinguish the Q5. From Audi drive select, which allows you to adjust the vehicle's handling and response to the legendary quattro all-wheel drive system, the drive is unforgettable, too. Visit Audi Valencia to test-drive the distinct Audi Q5 today.

What You Want:
An Acura MDX
Why You'll Love It: The 2016 Acura MDX is inspired by the standards of mankind. This elegant machine is purposely designed to encourage your endeavors. Use the key fob to start the engine from up to 328 feet away. In addition to warming up the engine, it adjusts interior climate to a perfect 72 and sunny. The first-class cabin has perfectly-placed controls and effortlessly-viewable monitors. And now - there's nothing second rate about second row. Choose from available heated seats and enjoy an abundance of legroom with top-flight entertainment options. If ever there were a vehicle built for SCV fams, this is it. Take yours for a spin at Valencia Acura.

What You Want:
A Fiat 500x
Why You'll Love It: The all-new 2016 Fiat 500x boldly enters the crossover market with innovation, functionality and Italian style. Fiat designers and engineers took the Fiat 500 and added more space, utility driver-centric amenities, capability and advanced safety and security features. Five trim levels let you choose your personal style. Take a test drive at Van Nuys Fiat.
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