Filipino Food Fest Coming to Eagle Rock

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Filipino plate lunch. | Image: @christineziemba on Instagram

The Mall of Manila in Eagle Rock, Calif.—aka Eagle Rock Plaza—will really live up to its name on Oct. 7 when it hosts a Filipino Food Festival: EAT. PLAY. MOVE.

From 10 am to 5 pm, dozens of food trucks and vendors will descend on the plaza serving up food like your Lola used to make. (I should say “almost” because no one can beat my Owa’s chicken adobo, just saying.)

The vendors confirmed so far are:

Ninong’s Hopia Like It Grill City
Johnny Pacific LA Eat Bolo Kindness and Mischief
Rice and Shine Kitchen 1726 DK’s Donuts
Cakies Love Ensaymada Project Helado’s Pops
Bsweet Paella Paella Baked Desserts
Benadditz Mini Kabob Baon Truck
Spoon & Pork Manini Grindz White Rabbit
Thai Mexican Cocina

And don’t forget that inside the mall, there are other Filipino food options including Chowking, Grill City, Jollibee, Leelin Bakery & Cafe and Rick’s BBQ.

The organizers of EAT. PLAY. MOVE. know that while Filipino cuisine is really tasty, it’s neither the lightest nor the healthiest fare around so they’ve added “play” and “move” components to counteract the “eat” part. PLAY. features musical performances by a variety of Filipino talent including singer-songwriter Jeremy Passion, YouTuber Megan Delacey and beatboxer EVMB. 

MOVE. involves fitness activations for all ages, including Zumba, yoga, fitness tests, competitions. Personal trainers will also be on hand to assist those who need help moving or for those who want to set up training later.

Consider yourself warned: You now have ample time to work out, drop a few pounds and/or find the right stretchy pants to wear to the festival on Oct. 7.

EAT. PLAY. MOVE.: A Filipino Food Festival
Eagle Rock Plaza
2700 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles
Oct. 7 from 10 am to 5 pm

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New Coffee Shop Alert: The Main Brew

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New coffee shop to open in Old Town Newhall.

There’s a new coffee shop (among other establishments) coming to downtown Newhall. According to the sign on the storefront, it’ll be called The Main Brew Coffee & Tea. Located next to the KHTS AM radio station on Main Street, we’re anxious to try it when—or if—it opens. (We’re still holding our breath for Bodhi Leaf Coffee Traders, whose sign went up in August!)

We’ll let you know when we learn more information about either coffee shop.

The Cheesecake Factory Joins Santa Clarita’s Restaurant Ranks

Are you ready, Santa Clarita?
Are you ready, Santa Clarita?

It’s been a long time coming, but The Cheesecake Factory finally opens in Santa Clarita, serving diners beginning today (Tuesday, Nov. 8).

Yes, it’s a chain restaurant, but we don’t mind this one so much because…well, have you tried the cheesecake?

Located along the mall’s Town Center Drive, the restaurant is across the street from Pottery Barn closer to the rotary. We’re sure the restaurant will be mobbed at opening, so we’ll give the staff a few weeks to settle into a routine.

But if you reallllllly can’t wait, here’s the menu.

KHTS produced a video feature about the Valley’s newest eating establishment for a sneak peek inside:

The Cheesecake Factory
Valencia Town Center
24250 Town Center Drive #110
Valencia, CA 91355
661.286.1232

New Coffee Shop Alert: Bodhi Leaf Coffee Traders

May 1 update: Bodhi Leaf is now open for caffeine consumption. It took a while, but the shop finally opened on April 18. It has a great island vibe with plenty of seats and ample wifi.


We noticed a new sign going up the other day after a Saturday morning run with team Runners Lane: Bodhi Leaf Coffee Traders is opening a new location in Santa Clarita.

The Orange County based-coffee company specializes in commercial roasting as well as beans and equipment for serious home coffee connoisseurs. It currently has two coffee bars in Orange and Anaheim Hills that offer tastings as well as cupping classes. While the classes sound cool, we just hope the coffee is good. (If you’ve had it, let us know…)

The Bodhi Leaf’s SCV location is located the shopping center anchored by Schooners and Edible Arrangements on Soledad Canyon in Saugus. We’ll update this post once it opens.

Bodhi Leaf Coffee Traders
22913-1/2 Soledad Canyon Road, Saugus

Dinner at Cathy’s Breakfast Cafe

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Egg in a Nest at Cathy’s Deli.

Since Eric Tovar-Plummer took ownership of Cathy’s Breakfast Cafe and Deli (aka Cathy’s Deli on Lyons Avenue) last year, the longtime Newhall eatery has blossomed into arguably the best breakfast/lunch spot in Santa Clarita. Just try the pancakes, breakfast burritos or homemade jams (strawberry Earl Grey is our fav)—anything, really—and taste the care that goes into every item on the menu.

But now Tovar-Plummer diving into the unknown with Cathy’s: Starting today (Aug. 3), the cafe expands its hours past 3 pm to serve early dinner items until 7 pm, from Wednesdays through Sundays.

We caught a glimpse of the new menu items on a recent visit, and the offerings look as tempting as the breakfasts. A few that looked exceptionally tasty include:

>> Egg in a Nest: Steamed rice, pulled pork, a marinated six-minute egg topped with house-made teriyaki, green onions and sesame seeds. (See photo above. A friend tried this on a recent visit and said it was delicious. She ate it all before we could ask to verify that opinion.)

>> Brick Chicken: Boneless 1/2 chicken pan seared with a side of cauliflower mash and soup or salad.

>> T-bone, Skirt Steak or Pork chop and Fries: Your choice of protein with fries and soup and salad.

>> Pork Chop Milanese: House-breaded pork chop topped with bacon honey gravy, a side of cauliflower mash and soup or salad.

We have a feeling that if dinner catches on at Cathy’s, Tovar-Plummer will have to extend those new ours to accommodate the demand.

Cathy’s Breakfast Cafe and Deli
23120 Lyons Ave., Suite 24
Newhall
661.288.2217
Hours: 7 am to 3 pm on Mondays and Tuesdays,
7 am to 7 pm on Wednesdays through Sundays 

Pocock Brewing Co. Joins the SCV Beer Scene

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The beer board at Pocock Brewing Co.

Move over, Wolf Creek. Santa Clarita’s beer scene just got a little more crowded. Tucked away in Valencia’s industrial center is Santa Clarita’s newest brewer: Pocock Brewing Co.

The family-owned craft brewery had its soft-opening in mid-October and grand opening in December, and it’s gained a steady following through word-of-mouth and social media. (We found it through good old-fashioned Facebook.)

Last weekend, SCVFoodie stopped by the small tap room to sample an IPA and be on our way, but we ended up meeting  brewmasters/owners Geoff Pocock and Todd Tisdell, who gave us a quick tour, and grabbing a bite from Pane & Passione—the food truck parked outside. At first, we were put off by the nearly desolate surroundings, located in the middle of the warehouses quiet for the weekend, but once we saw the giant tanks inside, the location made absolute sense.

We tasted samples of Pocock’s Letter of Marque, a double IPA, and the Rooster Pith IPA. We liked Letter of Marque’s stronger finish so we chose that as our pint. We’ll be back to sample other parts of the menu, particularly the Noble Piper Scotch Ale, the Barleywine and The Old Road Brown Ale (just because we love the name).

Pocock doesn’t have a restaurant, but food trucks park in front of the brewhouse almost every night they’re open. On Thursdays, Las Delicias brings their taco bar to feed the masses.

If you’re up for something a little off the beaten path for an interesting date night or an after-work watering hole, then definitely give Pocock a shot.

The Tap Room is open on Thursdays from 3-9 pm; Fridays from 3-10 pm; Saturday from 3-10 pm and Sundays from 12-6 pm. They can also do private events at the facility when the tap room’s not open.

Pocock Brewing Co
24907 Avenue Tibbitts, Suite B, Santa Clarita
661.775.4899

Making Progress at The Daily Harvest

The Daily Harvest is coming to the yellow Victorian buildings in Newhall.
The Daily Harvest is coming to the yellow Victorian buildings in Newhall.

In the late spring, we saw a new sign—The Daily Harvest—pop up among the yellow Victorian buildings along Lyons Avenue. And got really excited. According to what we could find online, the new “cafe & juicery” would offer: Organic Cold Pressed Juice, Seasonal Fresh Food, Breakfast, Salads and Sandwiches.

So we waited. And waited.

The construction seemed to stop and start in fits and spurts. But now they’re back at it in earnest and one of the guys walking into the construction site said they’ll be open “soon” (within the next month). Fingers crossed.

Follow the cafe on Instagram (@TheDailyHarvest) to track its progress.

The Daily Harvest Cafe & Juicery
22722 Lyons Ave. #6
Newhall, CA 91321 

**If the cafe’s a success, then parking will be an issue. The [tiny] spaces at the lot for the Egg Plantation, Honu Coffee and various shops, dance and yoga studios will be at a bigger premium than they are now. But we’ll take parking headaches if that means more food options in the SCV.

A New BBQ Joint and Brewhouse Slated for Newhall

Dixie Brown's is slated to open in mid-August in downtown Newhall.
Dixie Brown’s is slated to open in mid-August in downtown Newhall.

SCVFoodie returned to the Newhall Refinery last week for dinner (the Refiner’s Fries, naturally), only to discover that a new brewhouse is being planned across the street.

From what we can gauge from Dixie Brown’s active Facebook page and rudimentary website, they’re slated to open in mid-August and serve up the BBQ basics. They’re also polling people for what kinds of beer they should serve up.

The concept is perfect for those people who might think that the Refinery’s menu is a little too…different.

So Dixie Brown, if you’re reading this, we’d like to throw in a few beer suggestions, too: Racer 5 and then anything Chimay, Clown Shoes or Dogfish Head.

Dixie Brown’s BBQ & Brewhouse
24255 Main Street, Newhall, Calif.
661 481-1188
info@dixiebrowns.com

Taste of the East Coast: Dunkin’ Donuts to Open in Santa Clarita

Dunkin Donuts to open in Awesometown.
Dunkin Donuts to open in Awesometown.

Update 8/1/15: Dunkin’ Donuts is scheduled to open at 4:40 am on Wednesday, Aug. 5 in the SCV. “The first person in both the walk-in and drive-through lines will be rewarded with free coffee for one year. The first location is also handing out tote bags to the first 100 customers.” (h/t The Signal)


We caught this bit of news last week, so East Coast transplants might want to hold onto your seats: The first of several Dunkin’ Donuts is scheduled to open in the SCV at the end of July.

Yes. You read that right.

No more driving to Santa Monica or Encino for the Chocolate Glazed or the Powdered Sugar (our two personal favs). All you have to do in a few short weeks is drive over to Canyon Country (the Sierra Crest Center, 27125 Sierra Highway, #326-A, Santa Clarita, CA 91351).

Now that bit of news definitely puts the “awesome” in Awesometown.

We’ll let you know when it officially opens.

New Coffee Shop Alert: Honu Coffee in Newhall

Honu Coffee opened in Newhall.
Honu Coffee opened in Newhall.

The food business is tough, and running an independent coffee shop is one of the hardest. You have to sell a lot of lattes and iced coffees to make rent and payroll, let alone a profit.  And while we do frequent Sbucks, Coffee Bean and Peet’s, there’s something special about supporting the mom-and-pop coffee shops, helping our communities feel a little less cookie cutter.

We were saddened by the closing of our favorites The Coffee House and Bakers in recent years/months—places where the staff asked about you and not just the name for the cup. For a while, there was nowhere to nibble on fresh baked treats or a place to bring the laptop to work away from the office.

Until now.

Honu Coffee is now open in Newhall’s yellow Victorian buildings block, taking over the space from Kokolita’s Cupcakes second location. The same space was also previously home to The Poached Pair and before that, the popular, long-lasting Java’n’Jazz coffee shop.

We stumbled upon Honu by accident, looking to buy cupcakes from Kokolita’s. While Honu’s owners sell Kokolita’s cupcakes and empanadas, the focus is definitely on the coffee. The owners have a special Honu House Blend that’s exclusive to their shop, and the beans are roasted by Martin Diedrich’s Kean Artisan Roasters in Costa Mesa. Honu’s also working to sell larger batches of their cold brew coffee.

We had a cappuccino on our first visit, and we’ll be back for another. But next time, we’ll bring our laptop, and sip away in Honu’s loft, doing our best to support the SCV’s latest coffee shop.

Honu Coffee
22722 Lyons Ave.
Santa Clarita (Newhall), Calif.
661.607.3863

Monday-Thursday, 6 am to 5 pm
Friday: 6 am to 11 pm
Saturday: 7 am to 11 pm