Kybecca Wine Bar, a slow-food restaurant set within a converted 1860s general store, freshens up palates with a gourmet menu of small plates and entrees crafted from locally grown ingredients. Parties start the gustatory revelry with a cheese platter, festooned with three or four artisan offerings such as Cherry Glen chipotle chevre and fromage d’affinois brie. Guests pass around tapas-style bites of pistachio-pesto gnocchi ($9) or four bison blue-cheese sliders ($12) made from humanely raised meat. Spend quality time with full-plate entrees, including the brace of lamb ribs ($21/full) accompanied by pesto gnocchi and roasted tomatoes or the truffle-buttered beef tenderloin ($17), which rests, like a spectacularly successful and eccentric truffle trader, on a bed of wild-mushroom risotto.
A lively atmosphere and rotating menu of delectable gourmet American fare populate F.W. Sullivan's. Chef Sean Murphy fuses a mélange of flavors to craft his American pub fare, which he mixes up based on the whims of the restaurant avatar Sully, who brings a variety of international tastes to the table. Start your tongue-traveling with the Costa Rican coconut shrimp ($9) or the Guinness barbecue-sauce-infused pork shanks and grits ($9). The California fish tacos ($9) meld grilled tilapia, avocado cilantro crème fraiche, and homemade salsa to lusciously please refined seafaring palates. Traditional Irish favorites such as the shepherd's pie ($10) step dance enthusiastically against restaurant originals like Murphy's Meatloaf, a blend of beef, pork, and veal seasoned with fresh, piquant herbs and wrapped in nature's candy, bacon ($10).
Park Lane Tavern mimics the feel of European taverns inside and out, from an exterior that pays homage to London taverns to interior furnishings directly imported from Europe. Like a hot dog curtseying to the queen, the menu blends American staples with traditions from across the pond, juxtaposing steaks and club sandwiches with shepherd's pie and fish 'n' chips. Behind a gleaming handcrafted bar, bartenders dole out pints of the tavern's more than 24 beers on tap and pour glasses of wine, single-malt scotches, and small-batch bourbons.
Originally built in the 1760s, the 645-acre Belvedere Plantation hosts the yearly Harvest Festival each October, filling weekends with family-fun attractions ranging from pumpkin patches to hayrides. Eight acres of cornfield are sculpted into a NASA-themed maze, inspiring brave farmstronauts to venture into uncharted territory. Adrenaline pumps through the veins of onlookers observing pig races, while turbo-charged pedal tractors thrill speed seekers. A double slide stretches out to 100 feet, whisking human missiles through space and time, as amiable goats, chickens, pigs, and turkeys look on with a been-there, done-that nonchalance.
Before acting as co-owner and artistic director at Artistry Dance Center, Melissa Cook worked alongside Mandy Moore of So You Think You Can Dance, danced on Gilmore Girls, and sashayed through Disneyland parades. At the studio, she and her staff of equally talented instructors teach a new generation of dancers, aged 2 and older. Dance classes cover ballet, tap, hip-hop, and even Scottish Highland dance.