One of the fun things about having a blog is being able to write about experiences that I have with food. I’ve written about our food and wine experience on the Queen Mary and now I want to tell you about the wonderful Mother’s Day that my family gave me. My family took me to the SAGEBRUSH CANTINA.DSCN0751 The cantina is located in the heart of Calabasas. For those not familiar with Los Angeles it is located on the Southwest end of the San Fernando Valley off the 101 Freeway. The restaurant was first opened in 1976 by Bob McCord. Over thirty years of owning the restaurant he transformed it from a little restaurant to a local landmark serving traditional Mexican Food. The décor reminds me of a Western Bar. The bar area is huge with more flat screens than chickens in a coop. As weekly events the restaurant offers a whole range of lively activities like Margarita Mondays, Karaoke with a live band, live artist performances and a world famous breakfast.

It was this Sunday Brunch that I spent my delightful Sunday morning, fortunately my husband had the forethought to make reservations a month in advance for when we arrived for the first seating there was a mass of people. I will admit that the staff was very organized and that got us seated very quickly.

We sat down and were greeted with Champagne and fresh orange juice. My husband, two daughters and eldest daughter’s boyfriend looked at each other and said “what are we waiting for!” Off we went – we first hit the Omelet Bar.


You choose your own ingredients from a cavalcade offering of:

  • Onions
  • Tomatoes                   DSCN0721
  • Cheese
  • Bacon
  • Mushrooms
  • Pico de Gallo
  • Salsa
  • Ham
  • Jalapeno
  • Green Peppers
  • Guacamole
  • Sour Cream

… and of course fresh eggs. The omelet chefs were right there and cook up your omelet in a manner of minutes. Further the bar offered fresh bacon, waffles, pancakes with all the trimmings. I especially like their offering of bagels, lox (and all the fixings), cream cheese and I added a decent helping of Caviar (I wondered what the poor people were doing).


Well that was Round One. We started Round Two off with a visit to the Seafood bar. This was a great offering of Crab legs (swarm and cold), shrimp, caviar and oysters. DSCN0726 The offering was very fresh. The oysters, I have to admit were the sweetest I’ve had in a long time. The last time I remember having some oysters that good was when hubby and I visited the Key West.

Round Three, which I skipped because I was getting full, included an array of Mexican specialties; various pizzas, sushi, Chicken Crepes, Eggs Benedict, potato pancakes for the kids, along with pizza and lemonade they had Dodger Dogs and much much, more. I didn’t even mention the assortment of salads.


If that was not enough for you ham, turkey, beef brisket, pork ribs and roast beef were also there for your pleasure. The brisket was exceptional however the pork ribs carried the taste of the cooking fuel.

Well, I was done by this time fully satisfied and happy however, hubby was not done yet. You can probably figure out that Round Four was a trip to the desert bar. The main attraction was the chocolate fountain with:


  • Bananas
  • Oreo cookies
  • Donut holes
  • Marshmallows and of course Fresh STRAWBERRIES

Well, of course hubby being a chocolate fanatic I expected nothing less of on his return to the table an offering of dipped chocolate but also a huge slice of chocolate, chocolate cake, carrot cake, cheese cake and to top it off Churros. God help the poor man! There was also ice cream, and assortment of Jell-O cups (always room…).

Well-fed and slightly buzzed I was presented with my gifts. My eldest daughter and her boyfriend gave me a set of beautiful earrings, and from the youngest, new Bar-B-Q utensils.

A great way to spend Mother’s Day.    DSCN0734

As all ways …

Live Well, Eat Well

Chef “Mother’s Day of No Cooking” Shay

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