Diane Armitage

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46th Annual Dana Point Boat Parade: Dec. 10th – 12th, 2021

Far closer than the Newport Boat Parade and a heck of a lot more . . ....

Winter Fantasy Festival Opens This Weekend, Nov. 20, 2021

I love the Winter Fantasy Festival at Sawdust more than our summer affair, the...

SCP Hotels Acquires Second Hotel in Laguna Beach

Soul Community Planet (SCP), a wellness centered group focused on "Holistic...

Surfing Santa 2021 Gets Spirits Soaring: Nov 20 & 21

One of the coolest non-profit ideas around, Surfers Healing is designed for...

Hospitality Night (Santa is Coming!) Fri, Dec. 3rd, 2021

"Every first Friday in December (except maybe not last year, at least not in...

Laguna’s 2021 Thanksgiving Options are Bountiful

Last year at this time, the State of California moved back in to “purple tier”...

Best Food & Drink

Laguna’s 2021 Thanksgiving Options are Bountiful

Laguna’s 2021 Thanksgiving Options are Bountiful

Last year at this time, the State of California moved back in to “purple tier” status, which sent our Laguna Beach restaurateurs scrambling to figure out what to do with all of their Thanksgiving dining reservations. This year let’s hope we’re in for a more...

Scott McIntosh Opens 3rd Reunion Kitchen Location

Scott McIntosh Opens 3rd Reunion Kitchen Location

Congratulations to my restaurateur/chef buddy Scott McIntosh, who’s known in this town for Boat Canyon’s successful Reunion Kitchen as well as Asada Tacos + Beer. On Monday this week, he opened his 3rd Reunion Kitchen location, this time in Santa Barbara right on the...

Upcoming Events & News

46th Annual Dana Point Boat Parade: Dec. 10th – 12th, 2021

46th Annual Dana Point Boat Parade: Dec. 10th – 12th, 2021

Far closer than the Newport Boat Parade and a heck of a lot more . . . creative, the 46th Annual "Fiesta" Dana Point Boat Parade of Lights happily returns Friday, Dec. 10th through Sunday, Dec. 12th. The parade kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and at...

Winter Fantasy Festival Opens This Weekend, Nov. 20, 2021

Winter Fantasy Festival Opens This Weekend, Nov. 20, 2021

I love the Winter Fantasy Festival at Sawdust more than our summer affair, the Sawdust Art Festival (which I happen to like a lot). This year, it's back in full swing and opening on Saturday Nov. 20th for FIVE full weekends. Aside from 150 artists’ booths in this cool...

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

Laguna’s 2021 Thanksgiving Options are Bountiful

Laguna’s 2021 Thanksgiving Options are Bountiful

Last year at this time, the State of California moved back in to “purple tier” status, which sent our Laguna Beach restaurateurs scrambling to figure out what to do with all of their Thanksgiving dining reservations. This year let’s hope we’re in for a more...

Scott McIntosh Opens 3rd Reunion Kitchen Location

Scott McIntosh Opens 3rd Reunion Kitchen Location

Congratulations to my restaurateur/chef buddy Scott McIntosh, who’s known in this town for Boat Canyon’s successful Reunion Kitchen as well as Asada Tacos + Beer. On Monday this week, he opened his 3rd Reunion Kitchen location, this time in Santa Barbara right on the...

Laguna Beach Foodie Fare

Laguna Beach Foodie Fare

In case you aren’t privy to my social media platforms @bestoflaguabeach, I thought I’d use this column to share some of my favorite single items that you definitely want to follow up on. Before I explain all these beautiful food and drink items, let me answer those...

Larsen is Friendly Hospitality at its Finest

Larsen is Friendly Hospitality at its Finest

With the new Larsen restaurant open in Hotel Laguna, everyone and his neighbor can be seen at the new swank digs. I was one of those people last week, meeting my two dear friends, both chef concierges at Montage Laguna Beach and The Resort at Pelican Hill. These lead...

Oliver’s Weekend Brunch

Oliver’s Weekend Brunch

For several months now, Chef/Owner Erik De Marchi of Oliver’s Osteria has been serving up brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. I’ve been so intent on dining on his sumptuous food in the evenings, that I never got around to brunch until this past weekend. Now I wonder how...

Best Local Lobster is Back: Coyote Grill

Best Local Lobster is Back: Coyote Grill

In Laguna Beach, we locals look forward to about three events each year. In October, it’s all about the lobster … for the month’s duration, you’ll find us standing on street corners in South Laguna, anxiously awaiting the unfurling of the “Local Lobster” banner at...

Upcoming Events & News

46th Annual Dana Point Boat Parade: Dec. 10th – 12th, 2021

46th Annual Dana Point Boat Parade: Dec. 10th – 12th, 2021

Far closer than the Newport Boat Parade and a heck of a lot more . . . creative, the 46th Annual "Fiesta" Dana Point Boat Parade of Lights happily returns Friday, Dec. 10th through Sunday, Dec. 12th. The parade kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and at...

Winter Fantasy Festival Opens This Weekend, Nov. 20, 2021

Winter Fantasy Festival Opens This Weekend, Nov. 20, 2021

I love the Winter Fantasy Festival at Sawdust more than our summer affair, the Sawdust Art Festival (which I happen to like a lot). This year, it's back in full swing and opening on Saturday Nov. 20th for FIVE full weekends. Aside from 150 artists’ booths in this cool...

SCP Hotels Acquires Second Hotel in Laguna Beach

SCP Hotels Acquires Second Hotel in Laguna Beach

Soul Community Planet (SCP), a wellness centered group focused on "Holistic Hospitality," announced at the end of October that they have acquired their second hotel property in Laguna Beach.  Hotel Seven4one, a boutique hotel on the same block as The Orange Inn marks...

Surfing Santa 2021 Gets Spirits Soaring: Nov 20 & 21

Surfing Santa 2021 Gets Spirits Soaring: Nov 20 & 21

One of the coolest non-profit ideas around, Surfers Healing is designed for children with autism. The greatest surfers in the world jump in to help these kids experience surfing in multiple surf camps throughout the United States Australia, New Zealand and Mexico. One...

Hospitality Night (Santa is Coming!) Fri, Dec. 3rd, 2021

Hospitality Night (Santa is Coming!) Fri, Dec. 3rd, 2021

"Every first Friday in December (except maybe not last year, at least not in full regalia as usual), Laguna Beach celebrates Hospitality Night. It's a great "locals' night" for people watching, live music, dancing, great restaurant get-togethers, retail shop and...

Coast Film Festival Nov 10-14, 2021

Coast Film Festival Nov 10-14, 2021

Get ready for adventure and life-changing stories because the Coast Film Festival is back for its third go-around. Screenings galore, Q&As with filmmakers, and all the surrounding hoopla take place November 10-14 at the Festival of Arts Grounds. There will be...

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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