Diane Armitage

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“Tuscany Beyond Expectations” Documentary Fills That Travel Yearning

Did you miss your trip to Tuscany this year? I have a solution for you. Three...

Everything’s Coming Up Pumpkin

As we all scream around the curve that is October and head for the...

A Tale of Two Breakfasts

Dining out for breakfast on the weekends is one of my favorite treats....

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

After a thwarted attempt to open at the end of July this year, our famed...

My Birthday Month’s Spectacular Foodie Finds

Last month was my birthday month, and it seems my friends know only one thing...

Wine Gallery’s Hidden Gem Menu

For years now, I've been extolling the cooking virtues of Chef Josh at our...

Best Food & Drink

Everything’s Coming Up Pumpkin

Everything’s Coming Up Pumpkin

As we all scream around the curve that is October and head for the straightaway of November, it has suddenly occurred to me that this is high-season pumpkin time. This week's gentle reminder of Wednesday's "National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day" prompted me into fast...

A Tale of Two Breakfasts

A Tale of Two Breakfasts

Dining out for breakfast on the weekends is one of my favorite treats. Recently, I finally ventured out to Harvest at The Ranch Laguna Beach and GG's Bistro for the first sit-down experience I've had in many months. A Peaceful Sojourn at Harvest Prior to COVID and...

Upcoming Events & News

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

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....

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

Everything’s Coming Up Pumpkin

Everything’s Coming Up Pumpkin

As we all scream around the curve that is October and head for the straightaway of November, it has suddenly occurred to me that this is high-season pumpkin time. This week's gentle reminder of Wednesday's "National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day" prompted me into fast...

A Tale of Two Breakfasts

A Tale of Two Breakfasts

Dining out for breakfast on the weekends is one of my favorite treats. Recently, I finally ventured out to Harvest at The Ranch Laguna Beach and GG's Bistro for the first sit-down experience I've had in many months. A Peaceful Sojourn at Harvest Prior to COVID and...

My Birthday Month’s Spectacular Foodie Finds

My Birthday Month’s Spectacular Foodie Finds

Last month was my birthday month, and it seems my friends know only one thing to do with me - take me to a restaurant. It proved a delightful, busy and caloric month, as those of you who follow my social media can attest. For today's column, I just had to share a few...

Wine Gallery’s Hidden Gem Menu

Wine Gallery’s Hidden Gem Menu

For years now, I've been extolling the cooking virtues of Chef Josh at our locals' favorite Wine Gallery. While most folks are more than happy to partake in his wings or various creatives pizzas, I always like to try something from the "real" menu of entrées every...

Beachcomber Cafe Raises the Flag for Fun Dining

Beachcomber Cafe Raises the Flag for Fun Dining

Last week, I decided it was time for a field trip. Never one to stray far from home, however, I chose a restaurant less than a mile out of Laguna Beach's northernmost city limits - The Beachcomber Cafe. A very popular restaurant with visitors, the Beachcomber is...

Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day!

Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day!

It's assuring to know that, even in the midst of a global pandemic, we're all still very willing to celebrate National Cheeseburger Day. Yep! It's coming up in two days - Sept, 18 2020 - so I thought I'd republishe my latest "Best Burgers of Laguna Beach 2020 column...

Upcoming Events & News

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

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...

Sawdust Will Open Smaller Outdoor Marketplace on July 17th

Sawdust Will Open Smaller Outdoor Marketplace on July 17th

Clearly, the above photo will NOT be happening at the Sawdust Art Festival this year. But they DO have a different solution! While the Festival of Arts, Pageant of the Masters and Art-A-Fair all cancelled their summer seasons this year, the Sawdust leadership worked...

Beaches in Laguna Beach – City vs. County Beaches in Laguna Beach

Beaches in Laguna Beach – City vs. County Beaches in Laguna Beach

Thanks to all of its beautiful cove beaches, Laguna Beach has an extraordinary number of beaches in just an eight mile stretch. With all of the recent closures, many people have been confused on WHAT a CITY beach is and WHAT a COUNTY beach is as they're somewhat...

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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