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With growing summer crowds upon us, we locals need to be reminded of those few more tucked away, local-welcoming restaurants that will help get us through the next 10 weeks. I asked my dear buddies, Ruben and Nelson, to join me at two “local” spots this weekend, both...
About a year ago, the small Pearl St. General Store opened the "Seahorse" in salute to its 1946 predecessor, The Seahorse Bar, which was Laguna's first gay bar. As you can probably imagine in the 1940s, the bar was a word-of-mouth-only speakeasy. Its counterpart...
Yesterday, the winners of the Top 50 Restaurants in the World were announced from Bilbao, Spain. Just six U.S. eateries made it to the list, many of whom are repeat winners. For years, this "award" system has had its critics, primarily because female chefs rarely make...
This Thursday, June 21st, Cafe Jardin at Sherman Gardens in Corona del Mar is hosting another Garden Fusions gourmet dining experience. And, it's even more "summery" in nature this lovely June eve with a "Fusions Sandcastle Lounge" created by famed Chris Crosson ("Mr....
The giant California Wine Festival is back in play in just a couple weekends, Friday and Saturday, April 20 & 21 at Dana Point’s Lantern Bay Park (top of the hill overlooking the Harbor by the Laguna Cliffs Marriott). Tickets for this event sell out well in advance,...
Despite the fact that we’ve been seeing a lot of the New England Patriots in Superbowls lately, it’s important that America, as a collective, gather ‘round this Sunday for the Superbowl commercials. Oh. And the game. That, too. (As far as I’m concerned, the...
If you’re a Pirates of the Caribbean fan, here’s your chance to walk in Jack Sparrow’s shoes (preferably not shambling as he does). In fact, even Spock fans will find this an equally interesting tidbit: This coming weekend, the Ocean Institute is enjoying one last...
On Saturday Feb 3, between 10 a.m. and noon, Main Beach will once again become the focal point for protestors wanting their voices heard – but this time, the gathering is intended to demonstrate opposition to the Trump Administration’s proposal to open up the...
Arts & Culture
On Tuesday, ROUX Creole, the well-received new restaurant in Laguna Beach, lost founding Chef Norm Theard due to “irreconcilable difficulties” between Theard and investor partners. Theard resigned early Tuesday morning, citing "lack of support and negativity from the...
On Monday, Jan. 22nd, Orange County officials began clearing the homeless encampment on the Santa Ana riverbed. This encampment, one of the largest in the L.A. basin and the largest in Orange County, stretches more than three miles and houses approximately 1,000...
Laguna Playhouse will be opening its fifth show this 97th season – The Graduate – starring Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Melanie Griffith, as Mrs. Robinson. Ovation Award-winner Michael Matthews is the director. The Graduate will run in a limited...
On Sun, Jan 28, the Laguna Craft Guild art show is set to take place on the Cobblestones of Main Beach, from 9 a.m.- sundown. Tickets are free and open to the public. This is a small group of local Laguna Beach artists who sell handmade goods once or twice a month....
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This Thursday, June 21st, Cafe Jardin at Sherman Gardens in Corona del Mar is hosting another Garden Fusions gourmet dining experience. And, it's even more "summery" in nature this lovely June eve with a "Fusions Sandcastle Lounge" created by famed Chris Crosson ("Mr....read more
Normally my go-to restaurant for the best craft egg dishes in Laguna Beach, Cafe Anastasia, is lesser known (at least to me) for its amazing fresh juices and salads. As I'm in the middle of a 30 Day Detox and on the hunt for chefs serving up the most "clean food" in...read more
A little over a week ago, I decided to commit to a 30-day “clean food” detox. For a self-declared foodie, food columnist and marketing agency owner who only specializes in restaurant clients, this decision is tantamount to declaring martial law of a most tortuous...read more
Nine years ago, the vacant lot at the corner of Coast Highway and Eagle Rock in South Laguna was choked with weeds. At that time, owner Paul Tran gave written permission for the South Laguna Civic Association to install a Community Garden. Today, it is thriving with...read more
It's hard to believe that the NINTH annual Spring Fling Potluck Festival at the South Laguna Community Garden Park is already upon us. It takes place on Sunday, April 29th, from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. It's also hard to believe that the face we came to know so well at our...read more
Laguna Beach Live! presents a special fundraiser concert on Wednesday, April 25th, starring Leslie Lewis Paris Quartet, to support the non-profit's youth program Live! Music & Kids. Singer Leslie Lewis and pianist Gerard Hagen have been making beautiful music together...read more
For a return visit, Taste of the Nation is circling back around to the Montage Resort this Sunday, May 17th for its “No Kid Hungry” endeavor through the Share Our Strength foundation. This is not a small endeavor by any stretch. For 27 years, Taste of the Nation has...read more
You KNOW that spring has sprung when our local-favorite Sunset Serenades return! It's a happy day on Friday, May 4th when Sunset Serenades returns to the Heisler Park Amphitheater with a variety of music genres. It's a great way to roll in with an end-of-week picnic,...read more
It’s that time of year again: Friday, May 4th is the date for the Laguna Beach Garden Club’s fundraiser, the Gate & Garden Tour of South Laguna, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. This year, the diversity of the gardens in South Laguna stands out. The 10 private gardens on the...read more
The giant California Wine Festival is back in play in just a couple weekends, Friday and Saturday, April 20 & 21 at Dana Point’s Lantern Bay Park (top of the hill overlooking the Harbor by the Laguna Cliffs Marriott). Tickets for this event sell out well in advance,...read more