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Best Margaritas in Laguna Beach, 2021

National Margarita Day is Monday Feb. 22nd, an as far as I'm concerned, this...

Celebrate Year of the Ox This Week With Mandarin King

This Thursday, Feb. 12th, Chinese New Year is upon us, ushering in the Year of...

Laguna Chefs Share the Love with Valentine’s Day Menus

No matter what may be going on all around us, and despite the fact that social...

Sunglass Gallery’s Harry Bagga Shines

After properly grieving the loss of my 14-year Fendi sunglasses, I trooped...

Superbowl Sunday Eats

With outdoor dining open now, our Laguna Beach restaurants are scrambling to...

Restaurants Ready (Again) for Outdoor Dining

This week, when Governor Newsom lifted the regional stay at home order, it...

Best Food & Drink

Best Margaritas in Laguna Beach, 2021

Best Margaritas in Laguna Beach, 2021

National Margarita Day is Monday Feb. 22nd, an as far as I'm concerned, this is the love holiday we really need to be paying attention to this month. So, it's time to roll out (once again), Diane's updated Annual "Best Margaritas of Laguna Beach." Here's how my search...

Celebrate Year of the Ox This Week With Mandarin King

Celebrate Year of the Ox This Week With Mandarin King

This Thursday, Feb. 12th, Chinese New Year is upon us, ushering in the Year of the Ox. The Chinese believe the personality of the astrological sign infuses the year. We couldn't be more fortunate to have the "yin" stability of the Ox in the year ahead. Known for its...

Upcoming Events & News

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...

Best Food & Drink

Best Margaritas in Laguna Beach, 2021

Best Margaritas in Laguna Beach, 2021

National Margarita Day is Monday Feb. 22nd, an as far as I'm concerned, this is the love holiday we really need to be paying attention to this month. So, it's time to roll out (once again), Diane's updated Annual "Best Margaritas of Laguna Beach." Here's how my search...

Celebrate Year of the Ox This Week With Mandarin King

Celebrate Year of the Ox This Week With Mandarin King

This Thursday, Feb. 12th, Chinese New Year is upon us, ushering in the Year of the Ox. The Chinese believe the personality of the astrological sign infuses the year. We couldn't be more fortunate to have the "yin" stability of the Ox in the year ahead. Known for its...

Laguna Chefs Share the Love with Valentine’s Day Menus

Laguna Chefs Share the Love with Valentine’s Day Menus

No matter what may be going on all around us, and despite the fact that social distancing is in play, Valentine's Day will always be our annual optimist. It may look a little different at our restaurants this year - the two-by-two tables won't be shoulder to shoulder,...

Superbowl Sunday Eats

Superbowl Sunday Eats

With outdoor dining open now, our Laguna Beach restaurants are scrambling to accommodate residents and visitors. This coming weekend, though, might be a bit quieter than most as the Superbowl take over center stage. Typically, Superbowl Sundays are pretty quiet in our...

Restaurants Ready (Again) for Outdoor Dining

Restaurants Ready (Again) for Outdoor Dining

This week, when Governor Newsom lifted the regional stay at home order, it didn't take long for restaurants to get the message. Cleared to fly for outside dining again, just about every Laguna Beach restaurant owner has been hustling to get their outdoor patios back...

Plan Breakfast To-Go on Inauguration Day

Plan Breakfast To-Go on Inauguration Day

Every four years, I take the day off for Inauguration Day. I vote, so I feel it's my duty. I like the spectacle and swelling Democracy heart of it all.  This year, even without the crowds and the bands and the balls, it's still Inauguration Day, and I'm front and...

Upcoming Events & News

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...

Citing COVID Cases, Sawdust Marketplace Closes

Sawdust Festival – Plenty of Shop Opps Thru Dec. 20th

After a thwarted attempt to open at the end of July this year, our famed Sawdust Festival chose to wait it out a few more weeks They finally opened on Sept. 19th to a scaled back "Outdoor Marketplace" on weekends only. And so far, it's moving along just beautifully....

The Drake Nears First Anniversary With Enthusiasm

The Drake Nears First Anniversary With Enthusiasm

Exactly one year ago, I interviewed the founders of The Drake Laguna Beach who, after three long years, were putting the finishing touches on the city's new posh jazz supper club. They finally opened the last week of September, just when the City of Laguna Beach...

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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