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Taste Something New This January

New year, new you, right? Good news is we are kicking off 2017 with Restaurant Month and are giving you a list of delicious, different and even daunting dishes to expand your tastebuds and push your culinary limits. We’ve worked with the chefs of four local restaurants to highlight some dishes for those seeking something healthy, ethnic, comforting or wild. Check out the options below and let us know which one you’re most excited to taste!

Treehouse Tavern & Grill
29008 Agoura Rd. Agoura Hills, CA 91301
(818) 865-3700

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We’re starting this list off with some classic Tennessee Style Hot Wings. Treehouse Tavern & Grill is one of the newest local hot spots, and they aim to breath new life into one of Agoura Hills’ most historic locations by bringing live music and delicious food to the people of Conejo Valley.

These hot wings may look simple, but they pack a tasty punch. Serve ’em up with ranch and hot wing sauce, and you’ve got yourself a plate of chicken you can’t resist.

 

Ingredients: Rub for chicken (cayenne, chili powder, garlic, brown sugar, paprika), flour, salt, pepper, hot wings sauce (tobacco, garlic, butter, chili powder, cayenne), buttermilk

Directions:

  • Lightly blanch full chicken wings
  • Soak chicken in buttermilk
  • Toss in flour mix before frying (makes them extra crispy)
  • Add spice mix on top
  • Plate with cucumber & carrot rosette
  • Serve with ranch and hot wing sauce

DeLiteFul
322 W. Hillcrest Dr. (lower level, The Oaks Mall). Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
(805) 418-5118

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DeLiteFul makes it easy to stick to your New Year’s resolutions with mindfully created menus. Every ingredient, from the salt on the tables to the liquid in your glass and the food on your plate, is cultivated in a sustainable and kind way. DeLiteFul boasts no added sugar, no artificial ingredients and no chemical additives. How’s that for wellness?

The dish that’s one of our faves is the Spaghetti Bolognese with Zucchini Noodles. It’s hearty and filling without all the bad stuff that will ruin your New Year’s resolutions.

Ingredients: Ground chicken, spices (black pepper, cumin, cinnamon, paprika), zucchini noodles

Directions:

  • Brown ground chicken in pan
  • Add spices & let simmer
  • Spiralize zucchini to create noodles
  • Sauté briefly in another pan with olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper
  • Serve chicken over noodles & add shaved parmesan on top

Himalaya
720 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Thousand Oaks, CA 93160
(805) 409-1041

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Himalaya in Thousand Oaks is genuinely one of those hidden gems that you would never know is there unless a friend recommended it to you. And we are recommending it to you! The Nepalese dishes served here are are made with traditional recipes and ingredients, and will have you feeling like you just took a trip around the world just for dinner.

Ingredients: White basmati rice, zucchini, bell peppers (red, green, yellow), carrots, onions, tomatoes, cauliflower, chicken, mango chutney, naan, lentils (yellow and orange), Curry sauce (cumin, chili, coriander, garlic, ginger, turmeric powder, salt, mixed veggie spice)

Directions:

  • Dish #1:
    • Peel all veggies & remove seeds (on bell peppers)
    • Chop veggies
    • Create curry sauce (mix spices, water, oil) and mix with veggies
    • Mix together in a pan with oil
    • Add water & let cook for about 30 min
  • Dish #2:
    • Add oil, yellow & orange lentils, cumin, coriander, turmeric powder, 1 red chili, red tomato, to pan with oil, garlic & ginger paste
    • Add water
    • Cook for 45 min
  • Dish #3:
    • Using dark meat, cut chicken into small pieces
    • Use whole cumin, coriander, chili, garlic and ginger paste with onion & tomato for curry
    • Add turmeric powder, vegetable spice, cumin, coriander, salt, water
    • Add green onion, cilantro
    • Cook for 1 hour on stove
  • Rice:
    • Use white basmati rice
    • Cook on stove using water, salt, oil
  • Naan:
    • Made with all purpose flour, yogurt, salt, sugar, milk, oil, water, baking powder
    • Mix milk, yogurt together with sugar and salt, baking powder
    • Add oil, water
    • Whisk all ingredients together
    • Knead by hand (add little bit of oil if too sticky)
    • Cool for 2-3 hours
    • Flatten by hand
    • Bake in Tandoori oven for 30-45 sec.

Twisted Oak Tavern
30105 Agoura Rd. Agoura Hills, CA 91301
(818) 735-0091

hogzilla

Okay, we know this one might be a little scary, but the Hogzilla dish at Twisted Oak Tavern is seriously delicious! Twisted Oak brings a modern take on the traditional tavern along with a brewery producing their very own craft beers on site. This is the cool place you’d go to grab a beer with your buddies and maybe dine on a whole roasted pigs head. That’s a normal Friday night, right?

Ingredients: Roasted pig’s head, bibb lettuce, pickled vegetables, grilled lemons, cold vermicelli (rice noodles), house spicy hoisin sauce, brine (garlic, thyme, fennel, peppercorn, cinnamon, salt, sugar)

Directions:

  • Brine pig’s head (24-48 hours)
  • Remove from brine and place on baking sheet. Cover with hoisin sauce and roast in oven.
  • Grill flatbread and prep with spread
  • Plate
  • Enjoy!

How to Keep This Year’s New Year Resolution

New Years Resolutions. They’re easy to make and, unfortunately, just as easy to break. No matter how determined we are to keep them, somehow, by the end of January, our resolve seems to weaken and, before we know it, those well-intentioned goals become a distant memory.

We have the perfect remedy: we’ve compiled a list of simple and fun things you can do in the Conejo Valley to make those resolutions easier to keep than ever before.

New Year’s Resolution #1: Get in shape
Hiking is one of the best ways to shed some pounds and tone your body. Conejo Valley has numerous trails. Some lead you to waterfalls and even spectacular ocean views, like Mugu Peak, shown above. Use our online tool to plan your next hike. You can customize everything from location and difficulty to distance and elevation. Sure beats going to the gym!

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New Year’s Resolution #2: Learn a new skill
Maybe your new year’s resolution is to expand your horizons by challenging yourself to learn a new skill. Whether it’s to become a sommelier, golfer or dancer, you can start your quest in Conejo Valley.

Head to Giessinger Winery in Westlake Village to learn the art of French winemaking. Some of the wines there are produced from 60-year old dry farming vines in Monterey. The tasting room is open daily from 2 – 7pm.

Learn to golf at a public course in the Conejo Valley. Los Robles Greens Golf Course in Thousand Oaks offers instructional programs for players of all skill levels.

Have you always wanted to be a dancer? Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks offers video dance lessons you can take from the privacy of your own home. Once you’re a pro you can impress (and surprise!) all your friends at the next shindig.

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New Year’s Resolution #3: Travel more
Traveling doesn’t always have to be expensive. In fact, you can explore new sites that are just a short car ride away. The Getty Villa in Malibu or the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley make great day trips.

You could also travel back in time by visiting the Chumash Indian Museum in Thousand Oaks or the Stagecoach Inn Museum in Newbury Park.

There are lots of easy and fun ways to keep your new year’s resolutions in Conejo Valley. You can even book a stay and see all of the sites in one weekend if you are ambitious! If you’re looking to keep the commitment alive until 2018 explore conejo.com for even more ideas, inspiration and motivation.

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