Eat, Drink & Play
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July, 2016 - Issue #141

Where are you eating?
Chronic Tacos
What are you eating? The Torta: Fresh telera bread smothered in refried beans, customized with your choice of tantalizing meat - Pollo Asado (grilled chicken), Carnitas (slow-cooked pork), Al Pastor (spicy marinated pork), Carne Asada (grilled steak) or get it Vegetarian with beans and guacamole.
And why are you taking all your vet buddies for Tortas? Because, in celebration of July 4, Chronic Tacos is offering a generous "buy one entree, get another entree free" deal for all veterans and active duty through July 15. (Valid at Valencia, Saugus and Palmdale locations only.). 360-1800

Where are you eating? Nothing Bundt Cakes
What are you eating? More like, "What aren't you eating?" Nothing Bundt Cakes' mantra is "Cake Changes Everything" - and we tend to agree. But we'd like to add that it's really this sweet shop in Valencia that changes everything; after all, with 10 different flavors, four different sizes and decorations for all occasions, our understanding of what it means to have our cake and eat it, too, has entirely evolved. Take the moist, rich Red Velvet - a scarlet batter of cocoa and buttermilk mixed with chocolate chips and crowned with their signature cream cheese frosting. Nothing "bundt" perfection is our take! 291-2424

Where are you drinking? Wolf Creek Restaurant & Brewing Company
What are you drinking? Golden Eagle Ale. Why? For starters, it's a multi-award winning blonde ale with a clean malt flavor combined with mild hop bitterness. Secondly, it's a very refreshing ale, making it a perfect choice for a hot summer afternoon or evening. Finally, 50 cents of every Golden Eagle purchased at Wolf Creek goes to a remarkable non-profit organization in Santa Clarita as part of their Community Pints program. Or, visit their Brewery in Valencia on a Tuesday and they'll donate 10 percent of your entire order. You've never had this legitimate of a reason to drink beer; don't miss it!

Where are you Drinking? Sabor Cocina Mexicana
What are you drinking? Mezcalito. We're not sure how to properly say "magic in a glass" in Spanish, but that's what you experience when you try this deliciously-authentic Mexican beverage. At the heart of mezcalito is Reposado Mezcal, mezcal being tequila's smoky, sophisticated uncle in the flavor family and reposado meaning "rested" and aged in oak for two months to a year. Throw in fresh citrus, agave nectar and habanero bitters and you'll be feeling nice and easy - like you're south of the border with every order. Craving something different? Try Sabor's White Sangria with moscato, peach schnapps, fresh lime juice and seasonal fruit or the Sandia with freshly-muddled watermelon, mint, fresh-squeezed juices and vodka. 259-9002

Where are you drinking? Margarita's Mexican Grill
What are you drinking? The Double Pleasure Margarita, which is a fusion of any two fruit-flavored frozen margarita options. Choose from strawberry, melon, raspberry, peach, mango, pineapple, pomegranate, orange and banana. 255-1136

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Where are you celebrating America? Salt Creek Grille
How are you celebrating? By enjoying your favorite libation with all-American made Tito's Vodka, distilled six times in an old fashioned pot stills and handmade in Austin, Texas. It's also gluten free and Whole30 and Paleo friendly. Speaking of - Salt Creek Grille teamed up with their friends from Plate Therapy to bring new healthy Whole30- and Paleo-friendly items like this Salt Creek Caprese (with roasted beets, sliced tomato, cashew "ricotta," baby arugula, toasted pepitas, aged balsamic and crispy prosciutto). Eating healthy, drinking American... suddenly you're on your way to making your own fireworks this Fourth of July.

Where are you celebrating America? The Fourth of July Celebration in SCV
How are you celebrating? With a parade, pancake breakfast and fireworks, of course! The City of Santa Clarita commemorates Independence Day with the annual parade in Newhall (Down Main Street, Lyons Avenue and Orchard Village Road to its finish at 16th Street.), a pancake breakfast and fireworks show at Westfield Valencia Town Center (There will also be fireworks over Stevenson Ranch and Castaic.).

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Where are you meeting? Marston's Restaurant
Why there? You don't want to be the only one without food at the Santa Clarita Concerts in the Park. Be the Prince or Princess of Picnicking when you arrive with a Marston's Catering Box - served cold and packed individually with bottled water, a fudge brownie or chocolate chip cookie, plus utensils. Want your favorite regular menu item in a catering box? Poof! For $3.95, it becomes so. Try the California Orange Salad - a savory assortment of mixed greens, chicken breast, mandarin oranges, avocado, raisins, green onions, blue cheese, apples and candied pecans tossed with their special San Pasqual dressing. With food this convenient and delicious, the act on stage won't be the only one singing. 253-9910

Where are you meeting? Westfield Valencia's Summertime Cinema Under The Stars
Why there? Thursday night is the new Family Night in Santa Clarita thanks to Summertime Cinema Under the Stars at the Westfield Valencia Town Center. Enjoy Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Minions, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Zootopia on the projector screen with your friends and loved ones for warm summer evenings sure to be remembered. And it's free!

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Where you're jazzed: Hyatt Regency Valencia
Why you're jazzed: The Valencia Jazz & Blues Concert Series began on Friday, June 17 and runs every Friday through August 5... right in front of the Hyatt Regency Valencia. Get prime seating at Vines, then get prime rib! Friday nights at the Hyatt's restaurant is when they serve their famous Prime Rib Buffet, featuring hand-carved prime rib, crafted salads, shrimp, soup and dessert. 678-4044

Where you're jazzed: Valencia Jazz & Blues Concert Series
Why you're jazzed: Back for the 17th exciting year, the Valencia Jazz & Blues Series continues to create an incredible atmosphere in downtown Valencia. Every Friday evening, over eight weeks, the Santa Clarita Valley is filled with the extraordinary sounds from some of the top Jazz and Blues recording artists in the world. Each week provides entertainment and fun for the whole family, including special food and beverages, activities for the kids and fundraising for local charities, while highlighting the local business Sponsors that make it all possible.

The 2016 Line Up!
Friday, June 17
Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps
Friday, June 24 Tom Nolan Band Plus their CD Release Party!
Friday, July 1 Susie Hansen Latin Band
Friday, July 8 Michael John & the Bottom Line
Friday, July 15 The Delgado Brothers Winners of the 2016 International Blues Challenge!
Friday, July 22 Dona Oxford
Friday, July 29 Jim Gibson
Friday, August 5 Kelly's Lot Featuring Jeff Toto Blues from France!
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