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Cook with Chef Amar

Chef Amar Santana is teaming up with Lung Cancer Foundation of America for a...

The Drake

The Drake of Laguna Beach has just sailed past its second anniversary and is...

Rebel Omakase Now Taking Reservations for Aug. 17th Open

At last, the Japanese-founded dining experience – Omakase – has arrived in...

For Chef Craig Strong, Terra is His Terra Firma

Folks, I just have to say for the record that it sure is great to see Chef...

Festival of Arts 2021: What I Love Most

The Festival of Arts & Pageant of the Masters is exactly that - two...

Seabutter is Melt-in-Your-Mouth Fresh Sushi

Last week, the popular Seabutter Beverly Hills sushi restaurant welcomed the...

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The Drake

The Drake

The Drake of Laguna Beach has just sailed past its second anniversary and is only increasing its velocity as it continues its graceful cruise. Last Sunday night, I opted for The Drake for a post-birthday dinner with one of my best friends. Aside from ordering a couple...

Rebel Omakase Now Taking Reservations for Aug. 17th Open

Rebel Omakase Now Taking Reservations for Aug. 17th Open

At last, the Japanese-founded dining experience – Omakase – has arrived in Laguna Beach. New owners Jordan Nakasone (“Itamae” or Head Sushi Chef) and wife, Debrah Cha, will be opening Rebel Omakase on Tuesday, Aug. 17th at 5 p.m. Initially beginning with dinner...

Upcoming Events & News

Cook with Chef Amar

Cook with Chef Amar

Chef Amar Santana is teaming up with Lung Cancer Foundation of America for a "Cook with Chef Amar" virtual cooking class on Saturday, Oct. 2nd from noon to 1 p.m. Chef started his first restaurant here in Laguna Beach, Broadway by Amar Santana. He later opened Vaca by...

Festival of Arts 2021: What I Love Most

Festival of Arts 2021: What I Love Most

The Festival of Arts & Pageant of the Masters is exactly that - two enormous productions that symbiotically co-exist next to each other on the same grounds. This year's Pageant of the Masters is titled "Made in America, Trailblazing Artists & Their Stories,"...

Get to Know OC & LA Chefs

Chef Craig Connole finds new level of expression at Ristorante Rumari

Chef Craig Connole finds new level of expression at Ristorante Rumari

Fourteen years ago, I decided I'd make a hobby out of covering all the "best of Laguna Beach." Initially, it was just a few lonely blogs that - just as the movie Julie & Julie reported - seemed to only attract my Mom's attention and comments. Fast-forward 14 years...

Chef Linda Johnsen – Filomena’s – Costa Mesa

Chef Linda Johnsen – Filomena’s – Costa Mesa

Meet Chef Linda Johnsen, Owner and Chef of the ever-popular Filomena's in Costa Mesa. Chef Linda purchased the restaurant in 2009 when the real estate market tanked (her primary career at the time), and she's never looked back. Click to learn more about Chef Johnsen...

Best Food & Drink

The Drake

The Drake

The Drake of Laguna Beach has just sailed past its second anniversary and is only increasing its velocity as it continues its graceful cruise. Last Sunday night, I opted for The Drake for a post-birthday dinner with one of my best friends. Aside from ordering a couple...

Rebel Omakase Now Taking Reservations for Aug. 17th Open

Rebel Omakase Now Taking Reservations for Aug. 17th Open

At last, the Japanese-founded dining experience – Omakase – has arrived in Laguna Beach. New owners Jordan Nakasone (“Itamae” or Head Sushi Chef) and wife, Debrah Cha, will be opening Rebel Omakase on Tuesday, Aug. 17th at 5 p.m. Initially beginning with dinner...

For Chef Craig Strong, Terra is His Terra Firma

For Chef Craig Strong, Terra is His Terra Firma

Folks, I just have to say for the record that it sure is great to see Chef Craig Strong’s smile again. Certainly, one of the most talented chefs to ever grace Laguna Beach, this Michelin-starred and Five-Diamond legend is fully back in play and loving life at Terra at...

Seabutter is Melt-in-Your-Mouth Fresh Sushi

Seabutter is Melt-in-Your-Mouth Fresh Sushi

Last week, the popular Seabutter Beverly Hills sushi restaurant welcomed the arrival of its little sister, Seabutter Laguna Beach. Owners George and Angie Fratkin opted for a week of soft opening evenings but, as the Laguna Beach local coconut telegraph goes, it...

Seabutter Sushi Opens This Week

Seabutter Sushi Opens This Week

This week, Seabutter Sushi began its soft open phase in the old San Shi Go location at 1100 S. Coast Highway. Essentially, they're using this week to dial in the service and food before they expand to full operational hours. This Friday and Saturday (and moving...

Upcoming Events & News

Cook with Chef Amar

Cook with Chef Amar

Chef Amar Santana is teaming up with Lung Cancer Foundation of America for a "Cook with Chef Amar" virtual cooking class on Saturday, Oct. 2nd from noon to 1 p.m. Chef started his first restaurant here in Laguna Beach, Broadway by Amar Santana. He later opened Vaca by...

Festival of Arts 2021: What I Love Most

Festival of Arts 2021: What I Love Most

The Festival of Arts & Pageant of the Masters is exactly that - two enormous productions that symbiotically co-exist next to each other on the same grounds. This year's Pageant of the Masters is titled "Made in America, Trailblazing Artists & Their Stories,"...

Laguna Beach Fireworks 2021

Laguna Beach Fireworks 2021

The Laguna Beach fireworks show is back in play and will begin at approximately 9 pm on Sunday, July 4th. As usual, the fireworks show will originate from Monument Point at Heisler Park. For this reason, the Monument Point area will be closed all day on the 4th of...

Sunglass Gallery’s Harry Bagga Shines

Sunglass Gallery’s Harry Bagga Shines

After properly grieving the loss of my 14-year Fendi sunglasses, I trooped back to the only man I trust - 31-year Sunglass Gallery Owner Harry (Harjit) Bagga. This is the guy who looks at you once and heads right to the perfect sunglasses. Fendi, apparently, has lost...

Citing COVID Cases, Sawdust Marketplace Closes

Citing COVID Cases, Sawdust Marketplace Closes

Initially scheduled through December 20th, the Sawdust Marketplace closed yesterday (Saturday) for the season and the year. Marketplace organizers noted that "Due to rapidly increasing COVID-19 cases in our own area, and several confirmed cases among our Sawdust...

Get to Know OC & LA Chefs

Chef Craig Connole finds new level of expression at Ristorante Rumari

Chef Craig Connole finds new level of expression at Ristorante Rumari

Fourteen years ago, I decided I'd make a hobby out of covering all the "best of Laguna Beach." Initially, it was just a few lonely blogs that - just as the movie Julie & Julie reported - seemed to only attract my Mom's attention and comments. Fast-forward 14 years...

Chef Linda Johnsen – Filomena’s – Costa Mesa

Chef Linda Johnsen – Filomena’s – Costa Mesa

Meet Chef Linda Johnsen, Owner and Chef of the ever-popular Filomena's in Costa Mesa. Chef Linda purchased the restaurant in 2009 when the real estate market tanked (her primary career at the time), and she's never looked back. Click to learn more about Chef Johnsen...

Chef Peter Lai – The Blind Rabbit Speakeasy – Anaheim

Chef Peter Lai – The Blind Rabbit Speakeasy – Anaheim

Meet Chef Peter Lai, new Chef of the award-winning Blind Rabbit speakeasy in Anaheim. Chef Peter Lai wasn't even looking for a new job when he was invited to take a look at The Blind Rabbit … and then he couldn't even find the door when he showed up for his...

Chef Rich Mead – Farmhouse – Newport Beach

Chef Rich Mead – Farmhouse – Newport Beach

Meet Chef Rich Mead the unassuming chef of Farmhouse in Newport Beach at Roger's Gardens. Chef Mead has been cooking for GIANT tables of guests for years, so he's looking forward to his return to OC Chef's Table where he simply tends to 10 guests during the...

Chef Jet Tila – Food Network’s Iron Chef

Chef Jet Tila – Food Network’s Iron Chef

Meet the Food Network’s Celebrity Chef Jet Tila, the likable and uber-talented chef on a number of shows, including Iron Chef America.  Chef Jet Tila is returning for his second year to OC Chef’s Table as the spotlight celebrity chef.   Click to learn more about Chef...

Chef Jason Neroni – Rose Cafe – Santa Monica

Chef Jason Neroni – Rose Cafe – Santa Monica

Meet Chef Jason Neroni, the renowned L.A. based chef of Rose Cafe in Santa Monica. Chef Neroni has heard about the OC Chef's Table, and was so affected by the homelessness in his own neighborhood, that he contacted Illumination Foundation, the non-profit entity...

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