Author: Mike Nelson

If it’s gelato, it must be Tifa

PICTURED: Tifa’s Camarillo location is one of five in or near Ventura County offering an ample (and delicious) selection of gelato flavors, as well as chocolates, pastries and coffees. Photo courtesy Tifa Inc. by Mike Nelson Tifa Chocolate and Gelato Locations in Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Camarillo, Thousand Oaks (opening soon) and Westlake Village $2-$7 Just because Italians invented gelato in the late 17th century, does that mean Americans can’t make gelato that tastes darn near close to what you’d find in any Italian street-corner gelateria? If you mean the “gelato” you find on most local supermarket shelves (if...

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Fine Italian dining to savor, not rush

PICTURED: Bolognese lasagna with ground veal, spinach, carrots, mozzarella and ricotta. Photo by Mike Nelson by Mike Nelson Bistro 13 4910 Verdugo Way, Camarillo 805-383-3388 $13-$36 In this part of the world, you don’t walk into many restaurants that are bedecked with white linen tablecloths and napkins, and graced by soft lighting and easy-listening music — Sinatra, Bocelli and gentle instrumentals. Nor are there many restaurants that tempt fate, as it were, with “13” in the name. Except that Bistro 13 is owned by Giovanni Tromba, a name synonymous with good dining in this part of the world. ...

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Holdren’s gets it right in the chops (and everything else)

PICTURED: Jalapeno and pepperjack-crusted pork chop. Photo by Mike Nelson Holdren’s Steaks and Seafood 1714-A Newbury Road, Newbury Park 805-498-1314 $4-$107 Who goes to a steakhouse for the pork chops? Or the fish? Guess. Yes, I like good steak, too, and Holdren’s Steaks and Seafood in Newbury Park offers an enticing assortment of sirloins, filet mignons, ribeyes, porterhouses and more that keep steakhounds coming back. But my go-to entree at this popular dining room is the pork chop — specifically, the thick, grilled-to-order jalapeno and pepperjack-crusted pork chop ($27), covered in a zingy but not overpowering brandy peppercorn...

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COMICS, COSTUMES AND COMMUNITY | Camarillo to host first-ever Comic-Con on Nov. 9

PICTURED: Daniel Handler, creator of A Series of Unfortunate Events under the pen name Lemony Snicket, will be a featured guest at the Camarillo Public Library Comic-Con®. Thought Halloween was over, did you? For some, playing dress-up in a favorite costume — a.k.a., “cosplay” — is a year-round activity that allows one to step outside an everyday persona and into not just the world of make-believe but contact with fellow “cosplayers.” “It’s community building,” smiles Gabriela Jimenez, community outreach and promotions coordinator for the Camarillo Public Library, which is hosting its first-ever Comic-Con® festival on Nov. 9. “Cosplay has...

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Beyond the standard, in every way

PICTURED: Vegan tacos with arugula salad, black beans and salsa on the side. Photo by Janis Nelson Blue Agave Restaurant 185 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura 805-667-9180 $14-32 I do not pretend to be a Mexican food expert (I’m guessing that few Norwegians are). I simply know what I like. And I like Blue Agave. Located at the south end of Mission Plaza on Santa Clara Street at Figueroa, 22-month-old Blue Agave has done what a series of restaurants in this location have not: built a loyal clientele that enjoys good food, good fellowship and, in many cases,...

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    January 22 @ 10:00 am - April 9 @ 4:00 pm
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    April 4 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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    April 4 @ 10:00 am
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    April 7 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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