Eat, Drink & Play
April, 2017 - Issue #150

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Every year, Santa Clarita hops on over to Salt Creek's Easter Brunch, and with good reason. Everyone gets a pep in their step when they see the Prime Rib Carving Station, the make-your-own pasta station, chilled shrimp, fresh salmon, mussel marinara soup, barbecue chicken salad, aebleskivers, chicken-and-mushroom-stuffed crepes, barbecue short ribs, Chicken Marsala and a dessert buffet with favorites like creme brulee, chocolate mousse, chocolate-covered strawberries and gourmet baked goods. Drop in from 9am to 4pm or reserve a table for your party of seven or more. Your meal will only set you back $46.85 for adults and $17.95 for kids under 12. Also exciting: Starting April 2, Salt Creek Grille will bring back their popular Sundown Sundays from 4pm to 7pm on the patio.

Year after year, the Vines Easter brunch has become a destination location for families and friends who value freshness, flavor and variety. Enjoy personalized omelets; fresh seafood including Alaskan king crab legs, blackened-seared Ahi tuna and Atlantic smoked salmon; the finest cuts of meat including Smoked Easter ham, slow roasted prime rib au jus, apple-onion roasted chicken and dijon-herb crusted rack of lamb at their "Carved at Will" station; plenty of tasty deliciousness for children including pizza and chicken tenders at the "Kids Rule" area; and a Sweet Table that features banana caramel bread pudding with vanilla cream, pumpkin pie, carrot cake, cheesecake and so much more. Make your brunch reservation from 11am to 4pm. The cost is $65 for adults and $28 for children. Vines Restaurant at Hyatt Regency Valencia

"No one who had ever seen Catherine Moreland in her infancy would have supposed her born to be a heroine." With that line, Jane Austen opens and sets the scene of her beloved first novel, "Northanger Abbey." When Catherine is invited as a traveling companion for a holiday in cosmopolitan Bath, England, she is removed from the mundane setting of her life, where reading Gothic novels was one of her only means of entertainment. Those novels form her romanticized ideal of the world that she hopes will be fulfilled during her time in Bath. The Master's University Theatre Arts Department, in an adaptation by Matthew Francis, presents this mysterious, fun and comic love story about a girl with her head in the clouds who learns living a life like those presented in the novels may not be as exciting or romantic as reality. It's a tale we are all familiar with; a coming of age story each of us have experienced in our own variation. With the charm and wit only Austen can bring, the heart and life only live theatre done by The Master's University can accomplish, this production is not one you will want to miss! 362-2255

Nobody wants fish of fishy quality. Whether you're craving fresh fish that nourishes your mind/body/soul or looking for meat alternatives to get you through the Lenten season, Fish Tail Seafood Grill is the casual-quick answer for all of your cravings. This three-time consecutive winner of "Best Seafood of the Year" award in the SCV receives their fish deliveries six days a week and boasts menu items such as top-grade ahi and salmon poke that's ultra fresh, never frozen. And for all the carnivores out there, the barbecue beef and teriyaki chicken rice bowls will make you forget you're eating at a restaurant with the word "fish" in its name. Check out their $6 Fish Tacos on Mondays and the Kids Eat Free event on Tuesdays!

Springtime at Marston's sounds like a movie and features menu items so delicious you'll be wondering if you're living in reality or if this was all somehow scripted. Owner Chef Jim McCardy has concocted some fantastic new seasonal favorites that are sure to be blockbusters. Put a spring in your step with the new crab cakes, blackened rib eye with blue cheese butter, pistachio crusted salmon and garlic grilled chicken. These new dishes are so delightful, you'll wonder how he does it. Good news! You can learn some of Chef Jim McCardy's recipes as well as his tips on the last Monday of every month at "Cooking with the Chef." This is a great class for people of all levels of culinary experience and includes tastings of each dish, a recipe booklet and a non-alcoholic beverage for only $60 a person (Although if you feel like drinking something stronger, they'll offer you happy hour prices!). Make sure to reserve your spot today for Monday, April 24, as these events book fast!

We're not sure what's more tantalizing - the delicious Japanese/Mexican fusion menu at Xevichez on Town Center Drive that pairs our favorite fresh fish with crave-worthy south-of-the-border inspired sauces, or the fact that we can get it all-you-can-eat style during their Happy Hour for only $20. Don't have an hour for lunch? Order the lunch special that includes one fresh roll, soup, salad and a soft drink for only $9.95. Happy Hour runs Monday through Friday from 2pm to 6pm and also features draft beers for only $3 and Micheladas for only $5!

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Sabor Cocina Mexicana's Chef Lety is at it again with their new Spring/Summer menu. Try the famous Tacos de Jicama Tortilla - a thinly-sliced jicama tortilla, Jidori free-range chicken, crema de salsa quemada, lettuce, avocado and diced sweet tomato. Savor yours with one of Sabor's new seasonal margaritas: the Jicama Cucumber or the Watermelon Strawberry.

Tired of the typical, played-out cake served at parties and bored with the fro-yo craze? Well, Nothing Bundt Cakes provides you with nothing "bundt" options with 10 different flavors to appeal to myriad tastes. Featured flavors include Red Velvet, Pecan Praline, White Chocolate Raspberry, and their newest flavor, Mocha. They also have special-occasion bundt cakes, including this fave: the Prettiest Princess bundt cake, perfectly pink and complete with butterflies! Check out the ad on page 39 and take $5 off your bundt-cake purchase.

A video montage at your wedding reception by Trilogy DJ Productions is a great way to "show and tell" your love story to guests while walking down memory lane together as a newly-married couple. If a picture paints a thousand words, let Trilogy DJ Productions create your masterpiece. A typical video montage will have 10 to 20 pictures of each person from childhood to today, followed by another 10 to 20 pictures of the couple doing things together. It's such a sweet treat for guests! You've lived your love story. Let Trilogy DJ Productions share it with your friends and loved ones!

PS: Video montages aren't just for weddings! Anniversaries, milestone birthday parties, retirements and more are all great times to celebrate with a beautifully-produced blast from the past!

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You know what's maddening? Watching the light at Valencia and McBean turn green, then yellow, then red... without moving an inch. If your're going to sit in SCV traffic, at least make it worth your time. Just think: You could advertise and promote your business during your 30-minute commute from Canyon Country to Stevenson Ranch at the wrong time of day. Having a custom wrap on your company vehicles is a great way to advertise what you do and who you are. The team at Genesis 1 Auto Concepts can work with you to make a great design for your ride. Visit their showroom to see what a difference a vinyl wrap can make.

March Madness is coming - meaning lots of college basketball on TV and a major demand for game grub. Hot dogs and hamburgers are perfect for little league, but you're an adult now. Up your tailgating game "big league" by bringing home Chronic Tacos. Enjoy 10 percent off your entire catering order when your order before April 15, 2017 with the coupon on page 71.

Take aim at your calendar and pull the trigger on May 6 and May 7 for the 2017 Summer Blast at Oak Tree Gun Club. Draw your credit card and fire away on huge deals on ammo, firearms, merchandise and more. Plus, you'll be able to try demo guns from your favorite manufacturers. Enjoy food, archery and fun for all ages with free admission!
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