Saffron- Newbury Park
I can be somewhat of a picky eater… My husband will tell you I can be an EXTREMELY picky eater. Until recently I have been a little nervous to try Indian Food. The spices were new to me, curries confused me and it was different. A few years ago I made a promise to step out of my comfort zone when it comes to food. We have a restaurant in the Conejo Valley called Saffron, located in the Ralphs shopping center off Ventu. I had heard tons of friends chatting about it so I began with asking friends what they ordered and then started with take out,
I had my favorite dish, Shahi Paneer, over the past few months it has been my GO TO take out choice, like every single time. It's the most delicious tomato puree base, with ground up cashews and paneer cheese. You put it on top of rice with Naan, it is, I can't explain how amazing it is. But try it, please!
So, after getting comfortable with take out we decided to go into the restaurant & have dinner. I love this little corner restaurant, the ambiance, the bar, the tables lit by candle. It's absolutely perfect for a date night! Saffron isn't just your average Indian restaurant though, the bar is phenomenal, I highly recommend the “Bomb-rita” - it was amazing!
We started with the Aloo Tikki & 69 (get your mind out of the gutter… it was date night!) which were perfectly sized appetizers! I loved the crunchy then soft inside of the Aloo Tikki and the sauce was divine.
Jake got a Curry with chicken that he loved & I got the vegetarian delight. We added a new kind of Naan this time, the Peshawari Naan, it had cheese, cashews and raisins. Sweet, Salty, Creamy bread… Yes, please & more! The lentils that came with my vegetarian delight were SO GOOD! Prior to eating at the restaurant I had never had the yogurt called Raita, and boy, let me tell you,. I HAVE BEEN MISSING OUT! Dipping potatoes in that yogurt was a party in my mouth!
I HIGHLY recommend immersing yourself in the culture with Saffron. Go in, eat inside, watch the movie they have playing on the projector, soak in the ambiance and wonderful scent of food, have a drink & enjoy a date night at Saffron!
Freda’s comes to town!
Hey Conejo Valley, Freda’s is OPEN in our hood & its definitely worth a trip! Its located in the Trader Joe’s and Bj’s center on the corner of TO & Westlake Boulevard. Its beautifully decorated with black & white tile, some beautiful fiddles (if you love indoor plants you'll notice these when you walk in!) & great lighting! There are booths with chairs along the side wall and bar tops in the middle of the restaurant. The inside is perfect for a quick family dinner or even a bigger group of friends.
The menu has a ton of great options, and honestly took us a bit to decide because everything looked so good! We decided on a few things, first we started with the chips and cheese with a caesar. Sign me up friends, I'm now a regular… HOLY MOLY, the chips and cheese is AMAZING. The chips were SO CRUNCHY & freshly made, we actually brought them home and they were still crisp the next day. The caesar had a lighter dressing on it and the most delish parmesan crisp on the side.
We decided on the Short Rib Pizza for Jake and a Potato Pizza for me, a cheese for the kids with a side of french fries. I haven't had potato pizza since we were in Italy, and Freda’s does it RIGHT! The thinly sliced potatoes with the creamy aioli, then add the cheese and dough, it's HEAVENLY! Add in your glass of wine or beer with it, and this meal was a 10 out of 10! Freda’s is a great addition to the Conejo Valley its great for family dinners or a night out with friends.
PS…. They’ve got slices too!
Gahhhhh. 5th grade math & 1st grade site words, who knew they’d make you want to pull your hair out.
They do. Homework for some kids is easy, there aren’t any fights. There is no yelling, or crying, or rolling on the ground. If you’re one of those parents, wanna trade kids after school for a bit? Just kidding… Kinda.
Just as the school years in full swing & all is back to “normal”, I’m not loving homework.
So today we tried something new! I picked up my crew, 3 families, 5 kids & we headed to the Thousand Oaks Library for their Homework Help program!
It was LOVELY! By lovely I mean, we spent 2 hours at the library, the kids got their homework done, roamed the library & I had such a peaceful afternoon while I finished up work.
We went to the TO library (NP also has the program!) & the program was located in the main hall near the front of the library. There were tons of tables set out and quite a few helpers. My 3 5th graders sat at one table with a student helper & my 1st + 2nd grader sat at another table with a helper. ALL 5 got their homework completed with no complaints!
Here’s the details!
Wednesday’s & Thursdays 3-5
Parents must stay in the library.