Eat, Drink & Play
July, 2018 - Issue #166

No more wondering what to do on Friday nights because beginning Friday, June 15, the sounds of live jazz and blues bands once again will fill Town Center Drive in Valencia. Concerts run from 7pm to 9:30pm in the street outside the Hyatt Regency Valencia. Snag a table at the newly-remodeled Vines Restaurant for an amazing evening in the best seats in the house. The concert series is free.

The West beckons! Get your family out of the city (By going about 2 minutes into the country!) and dive into nature with a sunset trail ride and campfire in the party area of Don-E-Brook Farms - all for only $50 per rider. 296-9995

Karaoke attracts all different types of people. Whether you're a "Star of the Bar" or "Super Fan #1" cheering from the sidelines, you're going to love "JJ's Idol" Karaoke Contest. Every Friday and Saturday night at JJ's Bar & Grill, singers will compete against each other based on talent and votes. Each patron receives a vote ticket upon purchase of a libation and the singer with the most votes qualifies for the finals, with the winner receiving $100 cash. 799-7557

Signaling the beginning of a new era for Acura, the re-engineered 2019 RDX is the first in a new generation of Acura products at Valencia Acura. This reimagined five-passenger SUV delivers top-of-class performance, a more spacious and luxurious cabin, and a host of premium technology and features. Designed, developed and manufactured in America, the new turbocharged RDX is the quickest, best-handling and most-luxurious RDX yet. It's Acura's most extensive redesign in more than a decade and centers around the manufacturer's Precision Crafted Performance brand direction. The 2019 RDX's sumptuously-appointed, tech-forward and spacious new cabin features Acura's latest thinking surrounding a more premium, personal and connected driving experience. And while the RDX's exclusive platform, VTECTurbo engine, 10-speed transmission and available torque vectoring SH-AWD will excite every luxury-car enthusiast, it might be Acura's signature Diamond Pentagon Grille flanked by all-new Jewel Eye headlights - boasting seven LED light elements, up from the previous five - that turns heads as you travel Santa Clarita and beyond. Where will your Acura take you? Valencia Acura255-3000

The most chill place in Santa Clarita, with plenty of relaxed seating, an organic ambiance, super-friendly staff and a menu that transports you to the streets of Thailand is aptly named Chyll. For those who don't know, the cool new trend in Asian sweets is Thai fried ice cream, also known as rolled ice cream. Rolled ice cream is just what it sounds like: little rolls of uniquely-flavored ice cream like Ube, Pina Colada, Rum and Mango that are packed into a cup with your name on it, then topped with all kinds of extras, like fresh fruit, Oreo cookies, Fruity Pebbles, chocolate bears, toasted marshmallow, coconut and more! From Bangkok to Boston, New Zealand to New York, and now Santa Clarita, ice cream parlors like Chyll are drawing big crowds to order and gaze at the making of the frozen treats. You're going to love watching it being made on "frozen plates" right before your eyes. And there is more to Chyll than ice cream; their menu is loaded with freshly-brewed exotic drinks like Hibiscus Mango and Butterfly Blue teas and Lavender Milk and Taro teas; each can be loaded with delicious chewy tapioca balls known as boba, made fresh every few hours. Enjoy Vietnamese hot and cold fresh-brewed coffees plus an assortment of fresh-fruit smoothies like the Green Apple, Lychee, Mango, Taro and Watermelon. Chyll has brought Thailand treats to Valencia (Next to Eggs 'N' Things, on Newhall Ranch Road.)! During the month of June, buy one drink and get 50 percent off your second beverage from 10am to 4pm. Chyll is now open from 10am to 11pm daily.

There's no sweeter complement to the delicious music at Concerts in the Park than a moist and flavorful treat from Nothing Bundt Cakes. With over 10 different flavors and four different sizes, there's a "best bundt" no matter the size of your picnic basket. Our pick: Bite-sized bundtinis are perfect to share - and the Red Velvet, made from a scarlet batter of velvety-rich cocoa, speckled with chocolate chips and topped with their delicious signature butter cream-cheese frosting, will rock you harder than the bands on stage. 291-2424

By modeling healthy choices to your family and friends, you're teaching by example. Delicious example, in fact, when you eat clean by ordering Plate Therapy delivery to your home or, better yet, choosing a meal from their Grab 'n Go kitchen. You'll enjoy nutritionally-balanced, chef-created recipes that don't contain dairy, gluten, legumes, soy or refined sugars. What do they contain? Organic and local produce whenever possible, along with meats and fish raised in cruelty-free environments without antibiotics, hormones or GMOs. Take Plate Therapy's meals to the beach, camping - even on an airplane. By thinking ahead and investing in yourself, you'll have access to delicious, good-for-you food that costs about the same as an unhealthy meal out.

Casa Canela has made breakfast a passport destination. Give your taste buds an international vacation with their delicious French toast, either classic or cinnamon, topped with blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and fresh syrup, or choose between four different types of Belgian waffles: plain, sugar or cinnamon with berries.

The new Brewer's Menu at Wolf Creek Restaurant & Brewing Company makes you wonder: Is there anything owners Rob and Laina McFerren can't do? This new collection of savories features our new craving, The Portobello Fries. These ale battered, deep-fried sliced portobello mushrooms served with a chimichurri aoli and spicy ranch are a welcome alternative to the potato.

"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 is tequila's smoky, sophisticated uncle in the flavor family; "reposado" means "rested" and aged in oak for two months to a year. Add 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. Try Sabor's White Sangria with moscato, peach schnapps, fresh lime juice and seasonal fruit. 259-9002

Sundown Sundays are back at Salt Creek Grille on the patio - and their Santa Clarita's best way to pack in the final "chillax" session before the Monday-morning grind. Relax with appetizer and drink specials, plus the best in live music from 4pm to 7pm. Sip on a Volver - tequila, syrup, lime, cranberry and pineapple - while noshing on Creek Sliders, served with blue cheese aioli and wild baby arugula on King's Sweet Hawaiian Buns with housemade chips. 222-9999

Man's best friend does like doggy bags, but he likes doggy patios more. Feast upon the deliciousness of the new tantalizing summer menu filled with salads and lighter fare with your furry BFF on The Local Pub & Grill's pooch-friendly patio - or go inside and watch the big game or play trivia against fellow patrons on one of the many big screens. Spoil your crew with their special weekend brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 2pm, too. Want deets on their performers, trivia nights and special events? Follow The Local Pub & Grill on social media!

GM Chris Paz is so busy selling Mercedes-Benz luxury vehicles for exceptional prices to phenomenal people at Mercedes-Benz of Valencia that he doesn't get out as much as he'd like. Still, this GM is committed to meeting the community he serves - so he's incentivizing your visit! Paz is treating you to free pairs of tickets for wine tasting at Reyes Winery just for stopping by to say hello. Does GM stand for "General Manager" or "Great Man?" (Not a hypothetical. The answer: Both!) 753-5555
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