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“12 Days of Christmas Cocktails” at Royal Hawaiian

Here's a fun one. Royal Hawaiian's resident Mixologist (and local favorite)...

Annual Surfing Santa Starts Holiday Events With Heart – Nov 23-24, 2019

Whether you’re ready for it or not, “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” is...

Tommy Bahama Closes Its 10-Year Operation

Tommy Bahama, known internationally for celebrating the island life, will...

Royal Hawaiian Wins “Best Steak of O.C.”

After just seven months of operation, Laguna's Royal Hawaiian Fire Grill took...

Art & Nature Begins Nov. 7th

Laguna Art Museum is celebrating its 7th annual Art & Nature, a...

Sip ‘n Shuck 2019

Next Sunday’s 7th Annual Sip and Shuck party at The Deck just keeps expanding...
Best Food & Drink
The Drake Brings Back Nostalgic Supper Club

The Drake Brings Back Nostalgic Supper Club

Last night was the official "opening night" for The long-anticipated The Drake Laguna Beach. It was an impeccable experience, which is a rare thing to say on a restaurant's opening night. Yes, they're still stepping into their stride, but for a 0-day-old restaurant...

Coyote Grill Howls Its 30 Years on Sept. 24th

Coyote Grill Howls Its 30 Years on Sept. 24th

In late August of 1989, the Michael Keaton/Jack Nicholson version of Batman was setting $100 million records, "Good Thing" was topping the charts from the Fine Young Cannibals, and Kim Bryant was opening South Laguna's Coyote Grill. Fast forward 30 years, and Coyote...

Tortilla Republic Closes Suddenly, Fishbone Hoping to Swim In

Tortilla Republic Closes Suddenly, Fishbone Hoping to Swim In

Tortilla Republic Laguna Beach abruptly closed with locked doors and a simple note this Tuesday, Sept. 3rd. Their note to the public stated that "Due to the recent influx of Mexican restaurants in Laguna Beach, it has become unsustainable for Tortilla Republic to...

Royal Hawaiian Offers New Twist on Holiday Parties

Royal Hawaiian Offers New Twist on Holiday Parties

Dear Reader, I know you don't want to hear this, but Thanksgiving is less than 100 days away. It falls late this year, too, which can cause even greater stress for corporate event planners and family heads-of-state who want to secure a great holiday dining or party...

Harley’s Sunday “Grill” is a Perfect Ode to Summer

Harley’s Sunday “Grill” is a Perfect Ode to Summer

In yet another ode to the happy, growing-up years of our childhood, Harley's Chef Greg Daniels has created a Sunday family style "backyard BBQ" from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. If you've been around long enough to remember Three Seventy Common's "Fried Chicken Sundays," you...

Upcoming Events & News
Dining Project OC Pops Up at Hotel Laguna

Dining Project OC Pops Up at Hotel Laguna

Sometimes, when I feel like my life is nearing an alarming level of chaotic flurry, God/the  gods/angels have a pow-wow on how to give me a break. Things are so busy in my life right now that they know they can’t send me on vacation. So, they decide, instead, to bring...

Laguna Art Museum Gala Promises Sophistication & Surprise

Laguna Art Museum Gala Promises Sophistication & Surprise

Laguna Art Museum's history and future is being celebrated again this coming Saturday, Sept. 21st, when the Laguna Art Museum Gala takes place at the Festival of Arts grounds. Last week, I wrote an article about the Museum's history and reasons for the expansive shift...

2019 Laguna Art Museum Gala Promises Glitz and Fun All in One

2019 Laguna Art Museum Gala Promises Glitz and Fun All in One

Last Friday,  Laguna Art Museum (LAM) Executive Director Malcolm Warner offered me a rare walking tour of the museum. Since his arrival at LAM in 2012, the man has been so busy that I've only seen bits of him from afar, either walking briskly from here to there or...

New Trolley Schedule Post Labor Day

New Trolley Schedule Post Labor Day

If you stayed off the trolleys this summer because of the crowds, now's your time to not only take back the town but take back your trolleys! Starting this week (Sept. 3), trolley service is cut back but still continues to troll us throughout the town.  Weekend...

Locals’ Parties & Pub Crawls Popping Up Everywhere

Locals’ Parties & Pub Crawls Popping Up Everywhere

As much as we love our tourists for their economic boost, we locals can't help but feel a bit of happy-happy joy when Labor Day creates that invisible cut off day. While our city remains much busier year-round now, it's still a welcome relief to be able to drive from...

New Dog Beach Hours + Dog-Friendly Restaurants Updated List

New Dog Beach Hours + Dog-Friendly Restaurants Updated List

Laguna Beach is extremely dog-friendly and it gets even friendlier in the fall and winter months. Starting on September 10th (my birthday, thank you very much. I'm sure all the dogs voted for this day) … dogs are allowed on the beaches anytime of the day as long as...

Get to Know OC & LA Chefs
Chef Jeff Moore – EATS Kitchen – Irvine

Chef Jeff Moore – EATS Kitchen – Irvine

Meet Chef Jeff Moore, Owner and Chef of EATS in Irvine. Chef Moore started working in restaurants to stay alive in college and, after learning to make the best Philly Cheesesteak in the world, he was hooked on creating food that people love. Click to learn more about...

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