Eat, Drink & Play
April, 2018 - Issue #163

It's Wolf Creek's 21st birthday, but you're getting the gifts! Pre-party at the restaurant on Monday, April 2 and Tuesday, April 3 with a .21-cent Golden Eagle pint - the beer that started it all! Plus, get a free slice of Meghan's Famous Chocolate Cake (One per table, friends.). Then head over to the birthday party at the Brewery on Saturday, April 7 for a special limited bottle release of their Barely Legal Triple IPA and barrel-aged Wild Angels while enjoying live music, food trucks, special glassware and merch while supplies last. This no-cover event is going to rock! 263-9653

Here's one way to make Tuesday tops: half-priced wine on Tuesdays at Marston's! (Some exclusions; check with your server.). Need something to keep you going all week long? Marston's Happy Hour menu is valid Tuesday to Sunday from 5pm to 7pm. Select from flavorful plates like the Fried Chicken Sliders with chipotle slaw, basil aioli and tomato; Grilled Calamari Steak with chipotle tartar sauce; Tempura Asparagus with shiitake mushrooms and ginger sweet soy ragout; Pork Tostadas with pulled pork, ranchero cheese, cabbage slaw, black beans, avocado, sour cream and pico de gallo and more. You'll also score $6 wine by the glass - we love the True Myth Chardonnay and The Stump Jump Shiraz - as well as $4 draft beers, $6 well drinks and much more.

So, you're local - but you haven't been to The Local Pub & Grill. It's ok, we forgive you - but you won't forgive yourself if you don't stop in soon. Santa Clarita's hottest new spot has steaming new entrees like a succulent Flat Iron Steak with mashed potatoes, Grilled Asparagus Salmon Quinoa Bowls, Pesto Chicken Penne and so much more (Including so many new signature burgers, pizzas and flatbreads, we Just. Can't. Even.). Couple that with a new weekend brunch menu, all-new happy hour and a fab new expanded handcrafted cocktail and wine list that gives you about a million reasons to go to The Local, local! 495-9192

You're Going to Want the 2018 Mercedes E 300. This isn't just the most advanced E-Class yet. With technologies never before offered on a production car, the E-Class writes a new chapter in the story of driving: Where cars can talk to each other, and look out for you, in ways you never imagined. You can't see around corners. But your E-Class can. Groundbreaking "Car-to-X" technology connects your E-Class to a central information resource, to send you in-car updates about driving conditions before you get to them. Your car can also report hazards, to help other drivers with Car-to-X. And in a side impact, it's good to have innovation on your side.Pre-Safe Impulse Side is an industry first that can help prepare you for an impending side impact. By rapidly inflating the front-seat bolster, it can move you further from an intrusion and help reduce the forces of impact. Drive Pilot takes intelligent cruise control in a new direction: sideways. It can stop and go with the flow, and help you stay between the lines, even in curves. Test drive yours at Mercedes Benz of Valencia. 753-5555

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Sabor Cocina Mexicana's Easter Brunch Buffet is everything you'd want in a gourmet meal - and nothing you don't (You won't be seeing any giant walking, talking bunnies here!). Sip on your mimosa while noshing upon a surprise selection of Chef Lety's favorite seasonal special-occasion dishes. It changes every year, but you can be sure that your Easter will be filled with authentic, organic flavor. 259-9002

Salt Creek's Sunday Champagne Brunch just experienced an affordable price change; it's now $36.95 for adults and $14.95 for kids under 12. Head in soon to try their special new brunch cocktail menu, including the SCG Bloody Mary (Bloody Mary mix, Worcestershire, tobacco, vodka, tomato juice), French 77 (St. Germain, fresh-squeezed lemon, topped with champagne), The Hangover Cure (sparkling water, muddled lime, lemon, cucumber, mint, basil bitters, topped with Modelo) and more. Not a morning person? Beginning April 8, Sundown Sundays are back at Salt Creek Grille on the patio to soothe your afternoon-loving soul. Relax with appetizer and drink specials, plus the best in live music from 4pm to 7pm (2pm to 6pm on April 15 to accommodate the Soroptimist Wine Affair!). Sip on a Strawberry Panther (Three Olives cucumber-lime vodka, strawberry and lemonade for only $11.) while noshing on Stuffed Jumbo Shrimp (Stuffed with horseradish and bacon wrapped, served with chipotle honey sauce for $16.95.). It's a great way to wind down your weekend. 222-9999

"Casual yet refined" is a hard pairing to balance, but Oaks Grille has managed to thrive time and time again with the restaurant's stunning views, gorgeously-rustic ambiance and combination of tried-and-true menu selections, plus numerous adventurous plates you just can't find anywhere else in Santa Clarita. And on no other date is all of this exquisitely obvious than on Easter, when Oaks again hosts their stunning Easter Brunch. The beautiful buffet will brim with seasonal treats, hand-carved meats and salads galore. This all-ages event is made more special with the visit of Mr. Easter Bunny himself. Easter Brunch is on Sunday, April 1. Call today for reservations. 288-1995, extension 109

Remember those big banners that used to grace the 14 freeway, near new home developments? They said, "If you lived here, you'd be home by now!" Well, we can't help but think nearly the same about memberships at Valencia Country Club, except that this one would have to read, "If you were a member here, you'd be having fun now!" VCC has been revitalized with new members, new membership options that make it more affordable than ever, a massive monthly social calendar (Bottomless Mimosa Sundays at VCC are a thing of legend!), the best greens in town and so much more. Time and time again, new members say, "I should have done this years ago!" - and here's why. VCC is the only place where you can combine the best in golf with the best in dining, social events, family-friendly experiences, deluxe fitness center, private special-occasion options and other add ons that are just plain fun. 799-1271

If you haven't tried Plate Therapy lately, you haven't tried Plate Therapy! Between a totally-new Grab n Go option (Their kitchen on Ferry Court in Santa Clarita is convenient - and adorbs!), weekly chef's specials, specialty drinks, amazing fresh-made sauces and dressings, inspo on Insta and Facebook, and so much more, we wouldn't be able to keep up if we weren't buzzin' from all this extra energy we've got because of our PT lifestyle! Now, to the delicious details: First, Plate Therapy's not just Paleo anymore! You can also score crazy-delicious wholefood veg options like the Vegan Black Bean Burger and an entire collection of gluten-free goodness. Second, grab your cal and get Taco Tuesday, Burger Friday and Soup Sunday penciled in, because these Grab n Go options will fly. Third? Why are you still reading when you could be on your way to Grab n Go today!?

When you're craving authenticity, head over to Casa Canela, a family-owned and operated eatery that has a story as flavorful as the food they serve. Our pick this month: Chilaquiles Rojos. This savory meal is a fusion of corn tortilla chips, special Casa Canela tomato salsa, melted cheeses and cream. And just like your mama, they like to make sure you leave full, so choose two sides to accompany - including home fries, fresh fruit, refried beans or charro beans. 523-7282

Want to know what Kogiya 2 Korean BBQ is really like? Well, according to their huge numbers of five-star reviews on sites like Yelp and Google, it's "incredibly delicious," with "tender slices of meat that are perfectly seasoned," served with "a delicious selection of sides," by "staff who are friendly and attentive - especially the owner, Kelly!" But don't take their word for it. This family-owned and operated establishment that serves all-you-can-eat fresh and healthy ingredients now has a new, delicious way to give Korean BBQ a try. Their new a la carte menu features Hot Stone BBQ for only $9.99 (Do the Tofu Soup & BBQ combo for $12.99), or give the all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ Special a go Monday through Thursday, all day, for only $12.99. This Lyons location is tasty on plentiful parking, too, so there's no excuse not to drop in, say "hi" to Kelly and enjoy an authentic meal! 678-0999

Both the Acura MDX and Acura RDX were honored as US News & World Report's 2018 Best Cars for the Money in the luxury three-row and luxury compact SUV categories respectively. The award is based on a composite score of quality, safety and value, including the vehicle's five-year total cost of ownership as well as the average price of the vehicle. The MDX has been a customer favorite since launching nearly 20 years ago. In fact, Acura customers have made the MDX the best-selling three-row luxury SUV of all time. Also, an established, perennial top-seller, the RDX has topped 50,000 sales in each year since 2015, a record only the RDX can claim in its segment. The refreshed 2018 Acura MDX continues to offer comfort, advanced technology, sophistication and style. An all-new 2019 Acura RDX will launch in mid-2018. For more details about Acura's win, visit Valencia Acura, Santa Clarita's friendship dealership. 255-3000

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Whether you bleed "blue," or you just really like Dodger Dogs, JJ's Bar & Grill is the best spot to catch every Dodger baseball game this season. With the opening game on March 29, you have plenty of opportunity to nosh on authentic Dodger Dogs with all the trimmings, sip on beer specials and much more. Rather belt out "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" with a mic? Don't miss Friday night karaoke at JJ's. Also worth a stop: Live DJs for Country and 80s Nights on Saturday evenings. You can also hit a homerun by hosting your party at JJ's; the banquet room can accommodate up to 150 guests - or party on the any-occasion patio (E-mail Jeff for deets at 799-7557

Join Painting with a Twist - Santa Clarita for paint, wine and fun for everyone! Come with friends, or come solo and make new friends! Relax, sip on a favorite beverage, enjoy the music and recreate one of their fabulous paintings with step-by-step instructions from their team of talented artists. They deliver an incomparable experience with the best studio atmosphere, beautiful art and friendly art instructors. They put the "art" in "pARTy" - so get ready to let loose! Instructors have plenty of fun and games up their sleeves for you to play; anything from karaoke to dance contests to a wine cork version of hot potato. The prizes are pretty great, too - winners leave with a variety of PWAT swag and maybe even an extra painting chosen from the prize-painting selection. Ready, set, dance contest! Find out why Painting with a Twist is a little bit of paint, a little bit of wine and a whole lot of fun! 414-6454

Presented by Heritage Sierra Medical Group, Santa Clarita's 25th Annual Cowboy Festival will be the best yet, thanks to special events like the "Cowboy Kickoff" SENSES Block Party on Main Street in Newhall on Thursday, April 19 (Food, line dancing, a mechanical bull... oh my!) - and lots more reasons to dust off your boots and don that cowboy hat! Running in historic Old Town Newhall from April 19 to April 22, this year's fest will feature five performance stages, a variety of exquisite western merch, tasty grub like the world-famous Cowboy Cobbler and much, much more. The free-admission celebration will feature western swing music, country hits performed by Festival favorites and a fine selection of ticketed limited performances (These sell out lightning fast; don't wait!). The main Festival sets up camp at William S. Hart Park on Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22. Take the entire family (Remember, it's free!) to experience trick ropers, gunslingers, living history exhibits and 35 show-stopping acts. While you're there, take advantage of the free tours of the William S. Hart Museum and keep your eyes peeled for the herd of American Bison gifted to Hart by Walt Disney so many years ago. The official website has all the boot-scootin' details about tickets, performance times and more.
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